Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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DISCOVERING 
SCRATCH BREWERY

Weeks ago, at Tower Grove Farmers Market,
I stopped at a "new table," offering
their breads and brewed sodas.
(We hit it off.)

Scratch is a brewery and bakery,
bringing their hand-crafted wares
to a receptive new market (hopefully.) 

I remember tasting a "toasted hickory" soda
(non alcoholic),
so aromatic, so complex, so intoxicating.
Their bread was an other-worldly sour dough.

I had to know more.
These were artisans.
 Located in Ava, Illinois.
(2-hour drive, middle-of-nowhere.)

These are pics from my recent visit.
Four young talented homesteaders
brewing and baking
extraordinary home-grown goodies,
to national culinary acclaim.

Complex, organic, local, original.
Beautifully crafted/brewed sodas/beers,
wood-fired pizza, beautiful breads.
Growing their own hops.
Cute goats.
 (Roads with no road signs.)

Monday, May 30, 2016

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THIS PEACE LILY

salutes our fallen soldiers,
but more importantly
to a future with promise,
for peace
rather than memorials.

(We salute our soldiers past,
this day, and pray for
their families 
and honor their memory.)

-- A Peaceful Memorial Day --

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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GOOD NUTRITION
IS COLORFUL

A trip to the Farmers Market
is proof positive
that a healthy diet
is rainbow of colors.

A perfect example is a
sprout & edible flower salad.

A beautiful and nutritious
feast for the eyes and body.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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CRAZY FOR CACTUS

And you thought you knew cactus!

Consider these beauties . . .

1.  Colony of African Milk barrel cacti. 

2.  Bishop's Hat cactus.

3.   Old Man cactus.
        (He needs a haircut.)

4.  Pin Cushion cactus.
      (Ouch.)  

And they're flowering now!
 Such amazing design.

    (And I love the names.)  
  

Friday, May 27, 2016

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"THE POPPIES BLOW"

It is fitting poppies are now in bloom,
in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Red poppies (4 varieties shown here)
have become a symbol of rememberance
of soldiers who died in past wars,
especially World War I.

Thousands of French allied troops
were gassed in a surprise attack
by German troops (1915) 
while still in their trenches,
in the poppy fields of Flanders.

If you notice a red poppy in someone's lapel
this Memorial Day, it's there in
rememberance of a soldier who died.

"In Flanders fields
the poppies blow,
Between the crosses
row by row."

       -- John McCrae