"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Clover Ice Cream

Over the holiday weekend, my grandaughter, Isobel, and I picked white clover and made home-made ice cream with it.  It was delicious and tasted of summer.  

We added about a cup of the chopped clover to milk and cream and let it sit for several hours, then strained it.  It did have tiny flecks of clover in it, but I didn't care.

I did not want it flavored too strongly, so instead of vanilla, I flavored it with apple juice and a ribbon of honey. Since I rarely measure anything, if you want the recipe, I will put it to paper.  Isobel and I thought it was superb (my husband said it tasted like grass), but it was sweet summer at its finest.

PS - I researched white clover to make sure it wasn't toxic and found out that it is full of protein.  Who knew?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Woulda, Coulda, Didn't

Three stores I need to stay out of - Saks, Williams Sonoma and Restoration Hardware.  I mulled over this white Alexander McQueen bag recently.  Woulda, cause I really loved it.

Coulda, as this black one would have been more practical.  

Would never, but this little McQueen lizard number was cute, though it wouldn't have been with the dirt from my garden showing under my fingernails.  My chickens would have loved pecking the bling.  I do wonder though, if I purchased this and put it away unused for about ten years, if it would be worth much more.

At the end of the day, I didn't go home with one of these, but settled for a Tory Burch bag and a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses.  I'm not going back to Saks for a great long while.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ball Canning Jars

It's the 100th anniversary of Ball and they have re-released their blue glass jars.  Just for a little while though.  Better get them if you see them, as they aren't making many.  I found mine at Target.  

Just a little factoid of Ball history.  Mr. Ball was a devout Christian and always tithed 10% of his earnings to the church.  When the great quake of San Francisco occurred in the early 1900's, everything in the city was leveled except for the Ball factory.
That bit of information came from Mr. Paul Harvey, a fellow Oklahoman, in his radio show, The Rest of the Story.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Native American Collection

I don't even know where to look for all my pics of Native American collectibles for those of you that asked to see some.  I don't think I've taken any photos of the jewelry or the totem poles or the pottery.  Type in Native American in the upper left hand corner to see other pics.  I think there are details and/or descriptions of these items.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Native American Basket

I never get rid of my Native American collectibles.  I have beaded moccasins, various beaded bags, pottery, jewelry and baskets.  This basket is a pre-1950's Choctaw basket.  The design is Jacob's Ladder.  Though the dyes have faded somewhat, at one time they were red, gold and blue.