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Watermelon Lemonade

If the world is having a lemon shortage it's because they've all been thrown my way lately.  Oh well, I just do as the old saying says and make lemonade, but I make it with puree'd, fresh watermelon for a sweet twist...and my crew + a few, loves it.  So, lemonade throwers....keep throwing.




I wanted to post this in between coats of paint in the kids bathroom, and while taking my chocolate break ;-)
No, I was not kidding about the chocolate.
I will never outgrow my sweet tooth.  So, as I munch on a box of chocolates, I'm going to share this yummy Watermelon Lemonade I made last week for Shawn's birthday.  It was so easy and really, really good.  It was a huge hit with all my kids and Shawn too, so much so that I had to make another batch a few days later, which Jonah mixed partially with ginger ale.  That turned out to be excellent so I added that as optional in the recipe.  



Watermelon Lemonade


2 12 oz frozen lemonade
4 cups water
about 8 cups seedless watermelon, cubed  (…

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere Tablescape

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.


He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,–
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."


Then he said "Good-night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.


Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears…

Vintage Lace Runner = King Sized Bed (border) Sheet

Although I don't know as much as I'd like to about vintage linens, I certainly admire the detail of crochet, lace, needlework, embroidery and fine handwork that went into so many of them.
My bedroom linens are dark, as are the walls, so I want to bring whites in where I can to help brighten the areas.  One such way to do this is by adding a white, flat sheet, with a beautiful border that can be folded down over the blankets, to my bed.  It not only lightens, but softens the area as well.

What I did to create the look was initially search online for a vintage sheet, but because King sized mattresses were not produced until 1958, by Simmons, it is virtually impossible to find an antique or even vintage, flat sheet that truly fits a king sized bed. I did find a beautiful, vintage linen sheet but it did not adequately cover the bed, and even worse, much worse, is that linen sheets, ironed sheets!, are NOT comfortable.  It didn't make it through the first night on our bed. 

(by th…