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The end of summer is the crucial moment for sweet peas. After months of harvesting, plants look old and tired but they need to be quietly ignored so that they can get on with ripening their seeds.
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Summerland by Virginia Johnson
Artist and fashion designer Virginia Johnson has collaborated with Hollywood at Home on the California Series of limited edition prints. Johnson has a special love for California and her charming hand celebrates the vibrant landscapes and flora of the state. The series, which includes 6 styles each printed in an edition of 50, comes framed, signed, and numbered.
She also has a sketching trip planned for 2018. Check out the itinerary.
Lemons are a powerful way to ward off winter colds and other ailments.
Lemons are thought to have originated at the base of the Himalayan Mountains, as a natural cross between the lime and the citron. Cultivation spread throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, and, like many other plant-derived foods, were introduced to the Americas when Columbus made his second voyage in 1493.
It's probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but the amount per serving is pretty impressive at 187% of the daily value, making it a super infection fighter. Teamed with flavonoid glycosides called esperetin and naringenin (found in most citrus fruits), the combination provides radical free-radical zapping activity. Free radicals can do serious damage to blood vessels and can contribute to cholesterol build up in artery walls, atherosclerosis, and even heart disease.
Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing. Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits.
Persimmon trees put on the most amazing show in fall. Here is a great persimmon salad recipe.
Persimmon and Goat Cheese Salad
6 cups greens (mixed, any style)
1 Fuyu persimmon, diced
1 small apple, diced
1/2 cup soft goat cheese, crumbled
3 Tbsps sliced almonds, toasted
4 Tbsps. tangerine juice
2 Tbsps olive oil
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1 pinch salt
2 dashes pepper
Place the greens in a salad bowl and top with the fruits and goat cheese.
In a small bowl, whisk tangerine juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Whisk in olive oil in a small stream. Adjust to taste. Combine with greens and toss. Sprinkle almonds over all. Serve.
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