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October 29th, 2014

Peper’s Greenhouses, Milton, Delaware, Home, Garden, Shop, Greenhouses, Flowers, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, Poinsettias, Online Shopping, Shipping, Southern Delaware

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Pepper’s Greenhouses….13034 Cedar Creek Rd., Milton, DE 19968.  Tel. 302-684-8092.  Well, I will give you my Sussex County directions:  From Rehoboth Beach go north on Rt. 1 or Coastal Highway, turn left on Rt. 16 west.  Drive for a few miles and when you get to the stop sign in Milton, where the Food Lion is, turn right and immediately turn left.  Follow that road for less than a mile and the Pepper’s will be on your left.  That easy and worth a trip to the greenhouses.

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This is a family operated busines.  They have been doing so since 1985.  They also have online shopping and shipping within the United States.  Visit http://www.accentsforhomeandgarden.com.  They only close on Tuesdays at this time of the year.  On Facebook you can find them two ways:  Pepper’s Greenhouse or Accents for Home and Garden.

Pepper’s takes a complete different aura in the Fall.  Just like anywhere else it is a bit more quiet….well, let me correct myself.  More quiet everywhere else unless you are Sea-Witching in Rehoboth Beach, or ghost hunting in Lewes….Those 2 Delaware Beaches do not stop year-round.

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Pepper’s greenhouses looked beautiful the other day.  The weather is cooperating so if you still have some planting to do, take a drive over.  Plenty of cabbages, and winter pansies.

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Strolling the greenhouses I found pineapples!!

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The poinsettias are slowly turning waiting their turn!!

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Pepper’s offers plenty accents for the home and garden.  They also have ready made arrangements and a “forever” section of flowers…silks, etc. etc.

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It is going to be beautiful today!!  Check it out!

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October 29th, 2014

Village Improvement Association (VIA), Annual St. Nicholas Tea, Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014, A Traditional Three-Course Tea, The Holiday Season Begins in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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The Village Improvement Association (VIA) is located at Boardwalk and Grenoble Place in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-227-1631.  Website?  http://www.rehobothbeachvia.org.  This is one of the oldest women’s civic and charitable organizations in Rehoboth Beach.  It was founded in 1909.  These women are powerful in Rehoboth Beach and they get things done!!  Since its founding days, the members have been making contributions to the town of Rehoboth Beach, as well as surrounding Cape Henlopen communities.

The VIA is a member of the Delaware State Federation of Women’s Clubs (DSFWC) and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).  To learn more about the VIA, and to find out their events, and what they are all about, please visit the website above mentioned.

Last year was the first time I attended this elegant tea.  For 2 days the members of the VIA present this tea to the guests in a traditional way.  The delicious offerings were homemade, as they are every year.   This year is its Ninth St. Nicholas Tea and Sleigh Boutique.  Tables are decorated by the members with their own china.

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If you wish to attend, please make your reservations soon.  You may call for reservations 302-227-1631.

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Tea will be served in 2 seatings each day:  11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  There are 10 tables seating 8 guests per table.  The cost is $25/person, $15 for children 13 and younger.

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Craft, boutique and basket Chairwoman, Susan Siemionko, left, and Sherry Hall, Jennice McCarty, Francine Frederici and Carolyn Shriver show wreaths and a basket that will be for sale at the boutique.  New this year is “A Boutique for All Seasons”, offering wreaths for winter, spring, summer and fall, as well as Halloween, Valentine’s Day and patriotic holidays. Please note that this boutique will open at 10 a.m., an hour before the morning teas, so shoppers who can’t attend the Tea will have a chance to purchase items.

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Event Chairwoman, Ann Sebastian, left, Marge Cintavey, and Carol Hall show holiday-themed tea pots.

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The St. Nicholas Tea and Sleigh Boutique gives you the opportunity to shop for the coming Holiday Season.  Besides the beautiful baskets, handmade crafts and Chritmas-themed items will be available.  Local venders will be on hand to help with our Christmas shopping.

The Piccadilly Lady, with her bottomless pockets, will sell wrapped surprises.

And I am sure Santa will make a stop.

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Have Fun and Enjoy!!

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October 25th, 2014

Cafe A Go-Go, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Coffee Shop, The Best Daily Addiction; Mexican Mocha!,Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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It is a gorgeous day at the Delaware Beaches and pretty soon the Downtown Rehoboth Beach will be celebrating another festival week-end!!

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Plenty of places to stop for coffee in Rehoboth Beach, but Cafe A Go-Go, located in the heart of Downtown Rehoboth Beach at 102 Rehoboth Avenue has amazing coffee.  Served with a smile by Jesus and Maria Ramirez; you are really going to be impressed with their coffee.  Tel. 302-227-1099.

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Cafe A Go-Go has been a fixture in Rehoboth for so many years now.  It is comfortable, spotless, and a great place to hang out in the morning, not just to have coffee but to also have something to eat.

They serve bagels, bagel sandwiches, wraps and other goodies for easy eating at the beach.

Their Mexican Mocha can turn out to be my daily addiction.  Stop by and try it!!

Jesus and Maria also serve green tea smoothies, and they do have gluten free oatmeal!!

Have a great time at the beach….Jesus and Maria also speak Spanish in case you want to practice you language.

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October 24th, 2014

Destination? Lewes, Delaware, Delmarva Historic Haunts, Lewes Historical Society, The First Town in The First State, Saturday, October 25, 2014, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

For the past couple of years every time the end of October approaches I start thinking about Delmarva Historic Haunts.  I wanted to go on one of the haunts…..Lewes is the perfect town for such an experience.  Aren’t you curious?

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Lewes is The First Town in The First State.  It was founded in 1631 and then incorporated in 1883.  That makes it Delaware’s oldest settlement.  Its history is on display throughout various historic buildings in Downtown Lewes.

We are meeting Delmarva Historic Haunts, http://www.delmarvahistorichaunts.com at 10:15 p.m. at the Lewes Historical Society Complex….at the Schoolhouse.  The haunt will begin at 10:30 p.m.  There is another “haunt” at 7 p.m. but I think the later one will be bone-chilling! Yikes!

I am dragging a few of my usual suspects.  They are always game for something outside of their box.

I cannot help to think of Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church located at Mulberry St. and Second St. The parish was established in 1681 and the original building was completed in 1724…..This church has the oldest cemetery in the State.  The graveyard is a snapshop of time.

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The 2 oldest graves are by the corner and against the wall of the church.  The graves connect the past with the present.

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The Labyrinths at St. Peter’s are a path of peace.

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So will it bone-chilling or not?  I will just have to let you know!!

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Note:  An affiliate of NBC News will be filming on Saturday at this event.  You can find Delmarva Historic Haunst on Facebook.

October 24th, 2014

Destination? Sea Witch Halloween, Fiddlers’ Festival, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, If The Shoe Fits, The Sea Witch Will Wear It In Rehoboth Beach, October 24th – October 26th, Southern Delaware,

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Where is my shoe….the Sea Witch asked?  Does it fit?  If it does, wear it in Rehoboth Beach as a celebration of the 25th Sea Witch Festival gets underway.

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One of my local friends said to me ” Is it Sea Witch this week-end?”  I replied “Do you live here?”  He said “I can’t keep up with the festivals!”  Ha ha…..the locals can’t keep up, but in reality they love all the excitement the Second Season brings to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  The visitors say “Keep them coming”.  “We love coming to the beach”.

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So here I was early in the morning on Friday trying to capture the essence of the beach.  We are really spoiled….have you heard the news? Nothing good, I assure you.  The Delaware Coastal towns give the residents and visitors a sense of peace.  Love it and don’t take it for granted.  The Boardwalk was quiet and after the rain event on Thursday, the day was turning out to be beautiful

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They were getting ready to film on the Boardwalk.  DelmarvaLife was broadcasting….and Norman, the scooter riding dog was patiently waiting his turn.

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Finally, it was time for Norman to shine, and as he rode the scooter and people clapped, and for the most part he made our day!!  He will be around throughout the week-end.

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Story time at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue will be on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.  Your little young ones getting up early might like this activity.

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Out and About in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, the stores are into the spirit of the festivities.  Lots of merchandise, plenty of it on sale.  Tax free shopping in Delaware!!

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If you are vacationing with your pooch, Rehoboth Beach loves dogs….restaurants with outdoor seating like Grotto Pizza on the Avenue….welcomes your best friend.

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This week-end is going to be wicked and wonderful….Costume Parade, Dog Parade, Trick or Treating, Fun and Silly Games and Activities for the whole family!!  Don’t miss entertainment at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Lantern Tours, 5K Race and more.

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For a list of everything that is going on, please visit http://www.beach-fun.com/sea-witch-halloween-fiddlers-festival.html.  Tel. 302-227-6446.  The Dog Parade on Sunday….a Must!!

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October 23rd, 2014

Curried Carrot & Apple Soup, Tostones (Fried Plantains), Rehoboth Beach Eats!!, Meatless!! Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

I love the title my Mother in Law gave to a family cookbook of recipes:  Begged, Borrow, & Stolen.  That’s how I feel when I use recipes.  The good thing is that I usually change them with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I make the recipes my own.

So, being that it is cooler, rainy, windy…and Fall, I think that the Curried & Apple Soup could be a keeper.  Served with a side dish of tostones or fried plantains and Mojito….it is even better.  The word Mojito has been around for such a long time.  In Puertorican cooking it means a sauce made for dipping certain local delicacies.

Carrots are so healthy and the saying of “an apple a day, keep the doctors away”, is probably so true, as well.  Hope you like it.

CURRIED CARROT & APPLE SOUP

2 tablespoons margarine

1 small onion, chopped

1 leek, thinly sliced

1 small fennel bulb, cored and chopped

salt and pepper

1 pound carrots, cut into 1/4 inch rounds

3/4 pounds celery root, chopped (regular celery will do)

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped

4 gingersnaps cookies

1/2 tablespoon yellow curry powder (more if you like curry)

1 garlic clove, crushed

1/2 teaspoon of finely grated fresh ginger

2 thyme sprigs (1/4 tsp. ground thyme will do)

3 cups chicken stock (I used unsalted chicken stock)

1 cup Apple Cider

1/2 cup sour cream (I used non-fat)

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Garnish:  Toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped mint, fresh cilantro or cilantro paste, and favorite hot sauce; optional.  The pumpkin seeds were toasted on the stove in a frying pan.  Make sure they do not burn.  So good!!

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In a large saucepan, melt butter.  Add onion, leek, fennel, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Cook stirring here or there until softened and veggies are browning.

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Add carrots, celery, apple, gingersnaps, curry powder, garlic, ginger, and thyme.  Cook until the carrots and celery soften somewhat.

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Add chicken stock and apple cider.  Bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for about 15 minutes until the veggies are very soft.  If using thyme sprigs, remove, otherwise, continue with the next step.

Working in small batches, depending on the size of your blender, puree the soup with the sour cream and vinegar until smooth.  What I did was mixed the sour cream with the vinegar and added a tablespoon with each batch.  This is a creamy soup so, make sure there are no lumps.

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You can reheat the soup and seasoned it with salt and pepper, if necessary.  Laddle the soup into bowls and top it with the garnish above mentioned.  ENJOY!

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I decided that Tostones or Fried Plantains would be great with this soup.  A meatless meal, no less!  Plantains are a starch.  If you let them ripen, then, they are sweet and if green you can make Fried Plantains.  For the longest time I used to mashed them with a plate, but now I have my Tostonera from Puerto Rico.  The Tostonera and the Pilon are a necessity when cooking Puertorican food.  The Pilon is very versatile…use it to mash garlic, make mojito, and other PR dishes.

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The plantain was peeled, cut, and ready  for the next step of frying.

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Fry the chunks of plantain in oil until lightly browned.  Then, place on the tostonera, or between wax paper.

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The tostonera is going to make it so much easier to mash.  Otherwise, while between the wax paper, mash with a plate.  2 plantains were used on that evening. Finish mashing them and keep on paper towels until the next step.

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Heat the oil back again and place the mashed plantains in batches once again.  They will rise to the surface. Let them get nice and light brown.  Take them out and place on paper towels again to drain the oil.

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You can serve them on a platter with just butter and garlic salt.  Or you can make the mojito by placing in the Pilon or Mortar 1 garlic clove, a pinch of salt.  Then with the pestle, crush garlic and salt together.  Add a bit of olive oil, a tablespoon or so, a small can of tomato sauce, tabasco and cilantro.  Then squeeze half a lime and add it, as well.  That’s it.

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Note:  This recipe is gluten free.  Make sure you check the tomato sauce, the chicken stock, and apple cider. Have a good one!!

October 21st, 2014

Destination? The Upper Crust, Coffee House, Homemade Baked Goods, Georgetown, Delaware, Coffee and More, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert…Artist Exhibit, Georgetown Art Crawl, Sussex County, Southern Delaware

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The Upper Crust is located at 7 East Market Street, Georgetown, Delaware 19947.  Tel. 302-856-2300.  Website?  http://www.theuppercrust.info.  On Facebook you can “Like” Upper Crust Georgetown.  Lots of events are being sponsored by the small and quaint restaurant across from the Courthouse…right by The Circle.

Georgetown, Delaware is the County Seat.  It is “Sixteen Miles from Anywhere” in the Deep South of Delaware.  We live in Sussex County and Georgetown is the County Seat.  Sussex County is also referred to as “Delaware’s Dixie”.

At some time or another you might have to visit Georgetown….Some pass by Georgetown as they make their yearly or week-end trips to the Delaware Beaches. Others, make Georgetown their workplace.   And, as you drive by…have you noticed how cute the streets are looking in Georgetown?  Getting into the season, I should say!

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My friend, Jody, and I stopped by because as it happened word of mouth told us that The Upper Crust was one to be checked.  They said that everything was homemade, delish, and their service was excellent.  So, we did!!  We found out that everything was that and more.

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The Daily Menu has specials like Cellblock Specials….it is by the Courthouse, of course.  On that day I had their Quiche which was bacon, broccoli and cheddar, with a nice bold cup of coffee.

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Busy in the kitchen getting ready for the day.  We tasted their soup…so delicious, but it was not ready yet.

Quiches were being prepared.

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Dessert anyone?  At times that’s all that is needed with a cup of coffee or tea…seasonal cheesecake!

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Events:

The Upper Crust will be transforming their herb garden into The Great Upper Crust Decorated Pumpkin Patch.  Pumpkin registration is at The Upper Crust at 7 East Market St. in Gerogetown.  Registered pumpkins will have their picture taken and posted on The Upper Crust Facebook Page (Upper Crust Georgetown).  Show your creativity and register your pumpkin until October 29th.  They will judged at close of business on that day.  The 1st, 2nd or 3rd….could be yours!

The Upper Crust is the Birthplace of the Historic Georgetown Art Crawl.  Exhibits and Events originate here…They offer space to local artists who might not otherwise have an opportunity to show their works.  Please visit http://www.theuppercrust.info/current_artist_exhibit, to see what else is happening here.

Unitl October 25th the exhibit is Millsboro Creative heARTS of The Salvation Army’s Developmental Disabilities Program.  Designs have been used by The Salvation Army for Divisional Chistmas Cards.  The group of 15 artists is empowered by their own work and inspired by the relationships they have developed with members of the local arts community.

November:  The Upper Crust will exhibit Award Winning Folk Artist Pamella Bounds-Seemans.  It will start October 25th until November 22nd.  Her colorful Folk Art is known as “Fun, Funky and Folk” and uses plenty of jewel-encrusted frame color.  You can meet her on Thursday, November 6th at The Upper Crust….Return Day.  Her theme of the exhibit will be “Georgetown and Return Day”.

For more information, please contact Bruce at bruce@theuppercrust.info, or 302-856-2300.

Note:  Stay tuned for info. on the 2015 Georgetown Art Crawl Festival by visiting http://www.facebook.com/georgetowncrawl.

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October 20th, 2014

Tomato Sunshine, Garden Center, Farm Market, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Into the Fall Season!

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Located at 19791 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, you will find Tomato Sunshine.  You cannot miss it!! It is so visible not because of its name but because it changes drastically with the seasons.

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Today is so sunny and cool…just the perfect autumn day!  Tomato Sunshine is open just as it is every day.  Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Tel. 302-226-9533.  Website?  http://www.tomatosunshine.com.  Check the website, and once on it, click on “In the Greenhouse”…there is an interesting recipe using garden sorrel for a winter soup.

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The market is ready for Halloween….

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I stopped so often throughout all seasons not just to buy produce, plants or whatever else I would need, but also because it brings a smile to my face.

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Shrubs, perennials, and veggies are available at Tomato Sunshine.  Any questions?  They are experts!!

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In the meantime, enjoy Autumn because pretty soon when you pass by Tomato Sunshine……Christmas Trees!!

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