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October 23, 2012

Southern Charm

by ClearanceCharms

The change of season brings a heaping of beauty to the south.  Here are Clearance Charms, we are fortunate enough to reside and hold offices in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village, a magical movie-set neighborhood that just brims with southern charm and begs to be strolled in the moonlight.    I can’t quite express how peaceful this neighborhood is (mind you not on a Saturday in the summer when tourists flood the city like palmetto bugs) and how fortunate we all feel to live here.

Picture this… quiet meandering streets lined with oaks dripping in Spanish moss.  Hydrangea, lavender and everything else amazingly southern blooming, picket fences and porch swings.  The quintessential rocking chair, perfectly poised for front-porch sittin’.  Gas lamps burning a welcoming beacon at every walkway. An abandoned brick stairwell from a 1700s rebel officer’s home.  The sun setting in a brilliant glow over Charleston harbor, illuminating the Holy City’s steeples as it disappears.  Pure Magic.

While there are a million delightful restaurants, sites and adventures to be seen in downtown Charleston, the peaceful magic of day’s past is found in the Old Village.

Pitt Street Bridge (& my puppy’s rump)

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If you ever find yourself in town, wander on over to the “Old Bridge” at Pitt Street.  Aim for sunrise or sunset and you’ll find yourself in another world.  The bridge was original site of a trolley bridge connecting Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island from 1898 to 1927, there was a plank bridge built on Hogs Head barrels across the cove during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.  Today it is a gorgeous reminder of who came before us.  From this waterfront vista, you can see historic Fort Sumter, downtown Charleston, the Cooper River Bridge and Sullivan’s Island through the marsh and bay.  It is hands down my favorite place in all of Charleston and well worth a romantic stroll.  Wander back down Pitt Street and you’ll pass one historical home after another, many once belonging to officers, politicians and pirates. Yes ma’am, I said pirates!

1.  Hot Toddies

Get your mind out of the gutter; I mean the drinks not little trollops.  The first place we lived in Charleston was in this itsy little tucked back neighborhood and our very first neighborhood friend introduced me to a new concept.  Upon our first meeting, we were instantly invited to come have a hot-toddie on the porch that very evening.  It was an unusually cold first winter, she was about eighty years old and the drinks were oh-so-warming.  To this day, I do believe she made the best first impression.  If you haven’t indulged, google it this winter. Yum.

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2.  The true meaning of y’all, y’all

Now here’s the thing, my mama is from the south.  Y’all has always been part of my vocabulary.  But here, it isn’t just a cute little hyphenate.  Nope, it’s a way of life.  Brace yourself New Englanders, in the South – everyone talks to everyone.  I know, right!?  I literally can’t walk down the street without stopping to have a friendly chat with some lovely person, neighbor or stranger alike.  Being a native Californian, that suits me just fine and I rather enjoy knowing silly little details about folks I’ve never seen before.  (See that fella, he’s on his way to the dock to have himself a po’boy and watch the dolphin roll in). I’m convinced there is no comparison to the hospitality here.  Everywhere you look, it’s a friendly face with genuine interest in how you are.  And while the pace of the line at Starbucks might be maddeningly slow, it is ridiculously refreshing to live with such a welcoming group of people.  So for that, I thank you southerners

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Hey y’all” = come on in for supper/let’s sit and chat for 5 hours/wana go down to the creek (yes, we have a creek) and grab some shrimp and beers?/it’s time for brunch/it’s time for bed kids
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“All y’all” = A 4+ group of people is invited over for hot toddies.

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“Bye y’all!” = I’ll see you tomorrow, same place same time.  No, you don’t need to call first.  Yes, the front door will be unlocked and a pie will be on the table – help yourself and bring me a slice out on the porch, will ya?

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3. Architecture should be adorable

My current residence is a lovely little marshy hideaway, but I cannot wait to build a house.  My extreme desire to build our next residence is largely thanks to the exquisite home design found in Charleston (namely the Old Village, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms).  Take a dash of old world sea-captain stateliness, mix in some plantation grandeur, a little Key-West flair and throw on some adorable shutters and you have the most adorable homes ever built.  They. are. exquisite. Perfectly adorable and unassuming but marvelous all at once. Every detail has been paid attention.  The front porch (major factor) is curved for the best view and angle for waving at passersby.  The gas lamps frame the walkways and doors.  Oh god, the doors.  BEAUTIFUL.  Big bay windows from every room.  Balconies and hidden gardens in abundance.  Paved driveways, adorable little hedges.  Ridiculous kitchens. It’s all designed for understated opulence but more importantly, for relaxed southern living. These folks really know what they want from their daily lives; comfort, kitchens filled with loved ones and yummy food, views for days and yards that welcome the neighbors over for toddies (see number one) and oyster roasts. Relaxed, detailed, seaside.  That’s me in a nutshell.  And now I know how to express it in architecture. brava.

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4.  On that note, gas lamps are a necessity

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Just as much as I’ve fallen for the amazing construction techniques here, gas lamps will forever be a part of my life.  There is just something so old-world and romantic about a flickering light to illuminate your path.  Maybe I was meant to live during the Civil War. Wait, scratch that, I can’t do without my excel and Starbucks.

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Twinkling gas lamps have this exceptional way of adding a touch of the mysterious to an otherwise ordinary evening. If you are so lucky, stroll down a gas lamp lit street one night and feel the magic.  Watch the lights flicker, take a deep breath of salty air and pretend you’re a pirate for just a brief moment.

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4. The Civil War isn’t just in history books

I’ve had the privilege in living in not only one but two major historical war towns. A city incredibly chalk-full of historical battle sites, Boston (and the outlying cities) is of course home to the “shot heard round the world” – the unordered shot on Lexington Green that began the American Revolution.  And of course on June 17, 1775 the first major fight between British and American troops occurs at Boston in the Battle of Bunker Hill. The city oozes with revolutionary history, it’s truly fascinating. No, seriously.

Travel 1000 miles south and right in my Mount Pleasant backyard, on April 12, 1861, General P.G.T. Beauregard, in command of the Confederate forces around Charleston Harbor, opened fire on the Union garrison holding Fort Sumter.  This first fire aimed at Fort Sumter took the Civil War past the theoretical, making it a very real conflict and thus igniting our fair country’s Civil War.

Captain George S. James has the distinction of firing that monumental first shot.  The spark had been lit on the war and there was no turning back from that point on.  I had the phenomenal honor of being a MP resident for the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter last year.  What a crazy history lesson that was.  The cannon fire began at 4:30 am, just as it had in 1861 and didn’t cease until the Union surrender of the fort 34 hours later, I kid you not.  Cannon fire literally shook our house.  The south is alive and well, my friends.
Admittedly, I’ve always found the histories of monarchical countries more interesting to study/read tawdry novels about.  But after having lived in a place where the past is so present, one can’t help but want to know more.  The passion of my southern neighbors (confederate loving or not) made me more than a little ashamed that I know more about Henry VIII than the development of our United States.  Note to self: learn about your own country’s history asap.

A History Lesson, or two: 

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5. Beer & Puppies should be casual

So again, this little bit of enlightenment comes from my specific (awesome) neighborhood.  Never have I ever seen a neighborhood with such a relaxed approach to puppy containment and sidewalk drinkin’.  Pooches & parents stroll through the neighborhood to the park without a leash in sight and make friends as they go.  It’s really such a simple concept – yet so rare.  Traffic is generally minimal in our quiet subdivision and there are no mean doggies to worry about.  What’s even better? Usually the proud owner is toting a bevvie (scotch seems to be the libation of choice) and are generally happy as a clam at high tide.  It makes for wonderful morning walks and evening gab-fests.

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6. Eating like a southerner every day = blaaa

Everyone knows that a Carolina girl can sure fry some chicken. But dear Lord, these people won’t eat greens (and I don’t mean collard) to save their lives.  Call me picky, but I have found it exceedingly difficult to find healthy meals in this fair state.  Not  only are salads totally off the menu, it’s to the opposite end of the spectrum. I’m talking buttery grits, creamed anything and there’s not a pasta in sight that isn’t covered in cheese.  It’s a bit disturbing really.

Thankfully, Charleston happens to be a fairly active city so at least people get their blood flowing after clogging their arteries.  What I’ve learned from this culinary experience, comfort food isn’t for me.  My metabolism just can’t keep up with all those biscuits.  Bless your heart if you can!

PS: This photo is from the most amazing restaurant ever – check out Hall’s Chophouse on downtown King Street for some seriously good eats.  One meal you won’t be sorry you indulged in!

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7.  Football is intense

I think everyone knows that the South takes football seriously. But I could never have imagine just how serious.  I’m talking babies in done-up bedazzled SC strollers, team flags flying from every vehicle/window/fence/wall, local holidays just so that everyone can travel to Columbia to tailgate for the big game, full-back Tiger tattoos, completely color coordinated wardrobes (I’m talking every.single.garment.), and my special favorite… the Garage Party.

The ultimate in college football excitement, the Garage Party is a common occurrence in even the poshest neighborhoods.  Now, I never got a definitive answer as to why watching football is best in one’s garage.  But it seems to have something to do with the excessive drinking and spilling of beer.  Southerners, can I get confirmation on this?  Walk down any street on game night and you’ll hear men, women and children alike screaming at  big screen TVs in the garage.  “Geeeeettt hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmmm! Get em boy!!!” is my middle aged female neighbor’s favorite thing to scream. I heart her. Excessive drinking and shouting aside, it’s nice to feel a part of something. I’ve never been one to cheer for a team whose college I didn’t attend or get super into professional sports, but there really is something energizing about rallying around a hometown team. One thing Southerners do especially well is come together and it seems football is no exception.  They’re quick to support their brothers, a lesson we can all do well to learn from.

Disclaimer to Charlestonians: I will never ever pick a side so let’s just pretend I’m wearing whatever colors you want me to be, k?

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8. Mornings are magic, so wake up already

I’ll just put it out there, I’m not a morning person.  Once I’m up, I’m totally fine. It’s the actual getting out of bed that kills me.  It’s so dang cozzzyyy in bed. Why would anyone ever leave it?  Thankfully, I have this really whiny puppy who insists on waking up and going for a walk before the sun comes up which is actually perfect timing to get me to work on time.  I can’t tell you how many sunrises I’ve seen in the past few years, but they’ve been enough to make me not want to miss another.  Here’s the key; the world is still at sunrise.  It’s truly a special time of day before all the fray and commotion of a busy workplace like a bead vault!  No one is out (except maybe my neighbor Sallie who is awesome to share a sunrise with in case you’re ever in town at 6am), the birds are just starting to sing, and the world is covered in a silvery fine mist that makes every leaf seem enchanted.  Try it, would ya?  Set your alarm for 15 minutes before sunrise tomorrow (that is, unless you have children or puppies who perform this function for you), brew a cup of bold roast and just wander in the pre-dawn splendor.  This is an especially good time for quiet reflection but don’t ruin the peace with list making like I’m prone to do, it totally kills the mood.  Just soak it in. You never know how that morning magic will change your day, or your life.

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9. Support Local

I’ve always been inclined to root for the underdog.  In sports, elections, boat races, you name it.  So it was no big leap for me to want to support small local businesses as opposed to big box stores.  Charleston takes the concept of supporting local to a whole other level. They are fiercely loyal to local teams, boutiques, farmers, grocers, artists, performers, any one who claims southern ground as home.  I think it all comes back to the sense of community that these southern folk were raised with.  Everyone takes care of everybody else and the cycle perpetuates.  It’s wonderful.  Restaurants are owned and operated by local chefs, menus consist of locally grown produce and meats, festivals celebrate local artists and performers, and patrons flock to stores owned by born-and-bred South Carolinians.  The concept that I’ve always been eager to embrace has been expanded upon ten fold.  As a result, we consumers receive better service, better products and fresher foods and locals have something to be proud of.

Not to mention, the relationships that are fostered from supporting local artisans are a major bonus. It’s a special kind of awesome when Tony at the breakfast place has your order ready for you when you arrive and Joe at the meat market calls you when the best cuts of filet come in. Personalization is fabulous.  Living with that kind of hospitality year round makes me realize even more that we need to always provide that same level of service to our loyal NewDreamz clients.  I hope we serve you all as well as my southern friends would.  I think we are fortunate to live in a time when customer appreciation and high levels of service are coming back into fashion and I hope dearly that we can help move that movement forward.  The support we’ve received as a small business from loyal customers and locals alike has been wonderful. Thank you, truly.

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10. Take time

My years in Charleston have been spent in a bustling and growing business, so needless to say I had very little sleep and even less time to spend on myself.  My hair got unruly, my nails went unpolished and my exercise dropped off the map.  When every minute is scheduled out, even the smallest task can seem to suck your day away.  Twenty minutes to get coffee and a bagel is just not going to work for me.  Before Charleston, my adult life was spent in Boston where things move at the speed of light, just the way I like it.  However (and this is a big however), southern living is trying desperately hard to teach me to slow down.  I’m happy to report that I’m making progress, albeit in small steps.

But here’s the thing, the people in line at Starbucks that want to chat – it turns out that they’re actually really nice AND they love my bracelets! The deli manager who likes to talk about craft beers and gun ranges before he slices your turkey – he’s pretty cool to share a burger and watch a game with.  The shop girl who won’t stop babbling about how awesome my shoes are (yes, they are awesome, thank you for noticing) – she lived down the street from me in Boston.  All the people and all the slow situations that initially made my skin crawl from sheer inefficiency, are actually pretty fantastic. Let’s be honest, I’m never going to have hours to just wile away at the market.  But I’m learning to be more patient with daily adventures.  Because really, if I’m rushing through my day, what’s the point?  To the same end, slowing my pace has helped me carve out some time for myself.  I still don’t have time for that coveted activity that is actual store shopping, but I’ve made room in the day for making dinner at home and hitting the gym.  And who could forget all those early morning puppy prances? It’s not perfect balance, but it’s a start.  And I have the southern way of living to thank for making me realize that I need it.  It turns out, there is something to be said for going slow enough to actually enjoy yourself.

So thanks, Charleston.  It’s with heaps of appreciation that I’ll be sharing your Southern Hospitality with everyone I know.  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll make my next visitors some biscuits and grits.

xoxo, L

June 21, 2012

The Bead Loving Family Grows!

by ClearanceCharms

Every once in a while we get a review that is so sweet and sincere that we just have to share.  The following email from Cheryl really warmed our hearts!  We’re always striving to delight our ladies and it sounds like we hit it out of the park!  So glad you’ve found us, Cheryl!  Thanks for writing in!

A few months ago I was given a gift of a genuine “Pandora bracelet”, two sunburst clips and my first daisy charm, at a total price of $160.00 which shocked me.  I loved the look of the charms and the compliments I had received, but one charm and two clips is a beginning, not a proper bracelet.  
    
So for mother’s day and my birthday, my grown children dutifully got me a few other Pandora charms, and my sister even bought a “Zable” style charm to try and help me fill the bracelet to a respectable amount of charms.  However, the prices they paid were ridiculous.  While I desperately wanted more beads, there was no way I could financially afford to lay out that kind of money.  THEN I discovered your site.

At first I was worried, as everyone always cautions you about buying anything over the Internet, but I decided to give it a try.  Best decision I ever made!   The beads were ordered Saturday evening and arrived that following Wednesday afternoon.  Fast Service!
    
While I was nervous about the quality- I should not have been, the beads are everything you advertise, if not more.  My new beads are equal to, if not better quality than the “name brand” beads already purchased.  
    
I am now a customer for life and will be referring all of my family and friends to your site.  And you are an American based- here in the United States business- definitely a plus!!!

Cheryl H

March 12, 2012

A Charming Review

by ClearanceCharms

Good morning! I wanted to share with you that I posted about you on my Facebook page this morning! I received my first order yesterday and was SO PLEASED and excited and surprised by the enclosed coupon, that I made another order this morning! I love you guys! The packaging was awesome as well and so pretty! I let ALL my friends know to come to you and now I open my email and there is a mesge about rewards points??? What??? You guys are blowing me away! LOVE YOUR STUFF! Thank you SO MUCH for making quality beads AFORDABLE in this economy! Not all of us are rich but we still love to have well-made beautiful items at a FANTASTIC price! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

-Deborah B.

Thanks for sharing, Deborah!!

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

by ClearanceCharms

The day has finally arrived where overeating is encouraged, company is paramount, and giving thanks is the reason for the season. Thanksgiving is by far a favorite holiday; not only is there amazing food and lots of it, but it brings hope and optimism by encouraging everyone to reflect on all the wonderful things in life to be thankful for. Celebrate, give thanks, and enjoy spending time with those who mean the most. What are you most thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

 
(photo credit: Country Living Magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine, weheartit.com)
November 17, 2011

Favorite Holiday Recipes

by ClearanceCharms

Tis the season! The holidays are so very important to every member of the Clearance Charms family and with Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have reached a new level of excitement and holiday cheer! The staff would like to extend some holiday fun with our customers by sharing our most favorite holiday recipes! From drinks to desserts – we hope you find something to add to your table this year!

Directions: Combine the lemon juice, sugar, orange liqueur, Triple Sec, cognac, and orange juice in a non-reactive bowl and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the Champagne and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Pour into a decorative bowl or pitcher. Garnish with orange or lemon slices and fresh strawberries, if desired. Serve in Champagne flutes, wine glasses, or punch cups.

Directions: Drain pineapple and reserve juice. Add juice to 1/2 cup hot water and heat to boiling. Soften gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water. Dissolve softened gelatin in hot water-juice mixture. Let cool until it starts to set; don’t let the gelatin harden. Put cranberries through a grinder. Add ground berries, pineapple, nuts, and sugar to cooled gelatin mixture. Mix well. Pour into a bowl or mold. Refrigerate until completely set. Place mold in a warm water bath and run a knife around the edges to loosen. Invert onto a serving plate, garnish with parsley and a dollop of or whipped cream.


Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and Marsala. Set aside.
Add the sausage to a medium skillet over medium heat, crumbling it with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it’s completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the scallions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the panko crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Finally, swirl in the mascarpone and continue cooking until the mascarpone has melted and made the sausage mixture creamy. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly. Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty.

Directions: Drain pineapple. Mix together pineapple, flour, sugar and cheese in a large mixing bowl. Prepare a baking dish and pour the mixture into the pan. Top mixture with 1 sleeve of crumbled ritz crackers. Melt the stick of butter and pour over crumbled crackers. Cook at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Directions: Discard neck; coarsely chop giblets, and return to roasting pan.  Bring drippings to a boil over medium-high; cook until liquid is brown and syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring constantly, until very syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, until incorporated for about 1 minute. Gradually add broth, then 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until gravy reaches desired thickness for 5 minutes. Stir in bourbon; cook 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat; stir in cream. (If gravy is too thick, add water as necessary.) Pour gravy through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium saucepan; discard solids. Season with salt and pepper, and keep warm; whisk before serving. Try over potatoes.

Directions: Butter and flour a baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast walnuts for 5 minutes and place to the side. Grate the carrots and combine them with the buttermilk, vegetable oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Whisk thoroughly. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cardamom, and cinnamon. Combine all ingredients and fold without overmixing, fold in walnuts last. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes or until the cake cooks throughout. Frost with cream cheese frosting after cake has cooled completely. For the icing, In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and butter on medium just until blended. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. With the speed on low, add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Place the frosting in the refrigerator for 5 to 10 minutes before using.

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the filling, core and chop up all the apples. Mix all the ingredients together and place into 7 to 8-ounce ramekins. For the topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Blend the butter into the mixture until it forms pea size lumps. Stir in pecans and sprinkle over filling. Bake crisps for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

We hope you and your family find these recipes as delicious as we do. If you have any fabulous family recipes, please feel free to share! Merry Eating and Happy Holidays!

(Credit: some recipe adjustments provided by www.foodnetwork.com)
October 11, 2011

300th Post

by ClearanceCharms

It’s been a wonderful first year of behind the scenes blogging at Oh So Charming!  We’re so tickled that to have just published our 300th post!  We are eager to keep the fun, tips, and insider promotions coming.  Please be sure to let us know if there is something you want to learn more about or see more of.

Let’s have a beautiful holiday season,  Thanks for joining us for the ride y’all!

xoxo

September 23, 2011

First Day of Fall

by ClearanceCharms

Happy Fall Season! Today marks the first day of fall, one of our favorite seasons! Here’s to all the fun to come – changing leaves, pumpkin patches, hot apple cider, and camp fires. From the west coast to the east, in town and city – we hope you have a fabulous fall season!

  

     

September 19, 2011

Fall Adventures: Apple Picking

by ClearanceCharms

In our fast paced, on-the-go society, it may seem inconvenient to venture anywhere other than the supermarket to get groceries. People who share this mentality have no idea on what they are missing out on! It is not necessarily about the food that is involved – it is all about the experience. There is something so magical about picking apples on a cool autumn day.

For all of you who have been fortunate enough to partake in this amazing activity, you know exactly what I mean. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains where there is an apple orchard or roadside stand around every corner. When fall rolls around, it becomes Apple Country. Tourists flood in to see the illuminated leaf colors and to enjoy the simplicity of apple picking. There is nothing as refreshing as crunching into an apple that you have picked yourself – you can almost taste the crisp fall air in every bite.

The prime time to pick apples is between late September and early November depending on the type of apple and the climate/weather. The most abundant apple growth in the United States is in the Northeast and the Northwest. If you live in these areas, apple picking should go to the top of your ‘To Do’ list. If you live elsewhere, I highly recommend a fall road trip! There are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy at the orchards – hay rides, pumpkin patches, hikes, etc.

If you think a peck or a bushel of apples is just too much for you, remember they will last up to 90 days when refrigerated. Since my mother would kill me for giving out her family recipes, below I have compiled a list of delicious recipes from the chefs of Food Network to help you utilize the fresh apples you have. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Recipes:

Apple Pie

Spiced Apple-Pear Cider

Waldorf Salad

Apple Streusel Muffins

Apple Brie Calzone

Apple Crisp

September 11, 2011

Remembering

by ClearanceCharms

It’s hard to believe that 10 years has already passed since that terrible day.  At 8:46 a.m. ET United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center’s north tower.  In the moments (and months and years) that followed, thousands of lives were lost, just as many heroes were made and a country mourned as one.

Even now, three thousand six hundred and fifty days later, I still can’t write this post without crying.  Every photo, every sound bite, every quote from a survivor searching for a loved one makes me as emotional as it did ten years ago.  Some may be gripped with anger at those who caused this absolute destruction, and rightfully so.  I, however, can not seem to get past the terror that must have gripped the 2819 souls who suffered the worst fate.  No one should have to suffer as they did, and it is for them that my tears fall.

My intention is not for you all to join me in my sorrow, rather to remember that we are fortunate to be here.  Every day that we rise, we have the option to move forward or stay still.  Let us all make the most of our days for those who won’t get the opportunity.  Let us remember that while buildings were crashing down around them, men and women ran into the flames to try and save people they had never met.

Ten years have come and gone since that fateful day, but we can still remember to take care of one another.  Make the place you call home one of compassion, friendship and empathy.  I hope that we all have learned over the years to accept differences in our neighbors and to be greatful for what we have.

I hope you take some time today to reflect on the lives lost and how you can make the most of your own life.  Remember where you were that horrible morning… but instead of re-living the shock and anger, let’s remember how proud we felt to be Americans when every New Yorker came together in the rescue efforts.   I hope we can always rise to the occasion.  Let us make our lives stand for something meaningful; peace, compassion, courage.

 And most of all, let us remember that hope can get us through anything.

 

Ten years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the nation will pause and remember the fallen, the survivors, the first responders and all who helped the us move forward after the tragic events.

Join in a minute of silence at 10 a.m. PST Sunday to remember and reflect.

 The Ground Zero Memorial Today

9/11 by the numbers…

Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819

Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609

Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115

Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion

Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50

Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000

 

Remember the heroes with us:

National Geographic’s Remembering 9/11 (some images in their gallery may be graphic but you are not taken directly there)

NYMag’s 9/11 Statistics

9/11 Memorial Site (includes touching photos of memorials worldwide)

Official 9/11 Comission Report

September 11 Digital Archive

August 5, 2011

Wishes & Whimsy

by ClearanceCharms

This Friday afternoon we encourage you to add a little whimsy to your weekend.  Embrace your days with childlike enthusiasm to make the most of your days off or new projects.

What are you wishing for?

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