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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

Day 115 and it’s Wild Strawberry Day! Yum! Let’s see, what can we do with strawberries? Summer is right around the corner, let’s party!

Let’s make some Easy Strawberry Lemonade!

1 (12 fluid oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate

4 1/2 cups water

Fresh Strawberries

In a large pitcher mix together lemonade concentrate and water. Stir in Strawberries! Voila ! Done!

Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

Now for the more serious drinker: Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 pt Fresh Strawberries

1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice (about 8 lemons)

6 cups cold water or mixture with ice cubes

1 cup Vodka

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining 1 cup sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. Place over medium heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.
  3. Once the simple syrup has cooled, puree strawberries in a food processor or blender with ½ cup water.
  4. In a large pitcher, combine ice, strawberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice. If using the vodka, add it to the pitcher and stir to combine.
  5. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your tastes, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve desired sweet/tart balance.
  6. Rim your glasses with sugar before pouring, then garnish with fresh strawberries, oranges or lemon slices.

Wild Strawberry has been in the Crayola Collection since 1990. It is known as Rockets’ Red Glare in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Wild Blue Yonder

It’s Day 114 of the Color Your World Challenge! Today let’s go into the Wild Blue Yonder with the US Navy’s Blue Angels! I especially like three things about this video: The way the leader chews his gum, ( I wonder if that is regulation?) the reflection of the other Angels’ planes on his helmet visor, and the way you can see what it is like to pull those G’s! Wow!

The Blue Angels is the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, with aviators from the Navy and Marines. The Blue Angels team was formed in 1946, making it the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world, after the French Patrouille de France, formed in 1931. The Blue Angels’ six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet. On March 1, 2013 the Navy announced that due to sequestration actions aerial demonstration of the Blue Angels would cease. However, it was determined that “community and public outreach was a crucial activity” and it was announced that the Blue Angels along with the US Air Forces, Thunderbirds, would resume air shows in 2014. The Blue Angel’s do more than 70 shows at 34 locations throughout the US and employ the same practices and techniques used since 1946. Over 260 million people have seen them perform!
Crayola added the color Wild Blue Yonder to their collection in 2003.

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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; White

Good morning everybody! Today I am going to mix things up a bit and instead of a photo to represent White I’m artistically presenting White, with some groove baby!

Barry White was born Barry Eugene Carter, September 12, 1944, in Galveston, Texas. White’s greatest success came in the 1970’s as a solo singer with the Love Unlimited Orchestra, making many enduring soul, funk, and disco songs such as his two greatest hits, “You’re the First Last, My Everything” and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe.” Barry White did a lot to Color Our World! Who could forget his deep bass-baritone voice? So crank it up and groove around the floor! SB, I can’t get enough of your love babe! You’re My Everything!

Barry White

Barry White

White has been in the Crayola Collection from the very beginning in 1903. It is also known as Space Shuttle White in the “Discovery” series, Peace Dove White in the “Retro Colors’ set, Whitehouse in the “Colors of Washington, DC” and Space Needle, the color for Washington, in the “State Crayon Collection.”

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Thursday Doors: April 21, 2016

My Favorite Door in Manarola, Cinque Terre, italy

My Favorite Door in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

The View of All that Quirkiness, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

The View of All that Quirkiness, Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Today for Thursday Doors we are in Manarola, one of the five villages in Cinque Terre, Italy. We stayed at the tippy top of this small village and would walk down everyday to the harbor or train station. These are some of the doors I observed along the way! My favorite is the first Pale Blue Shutter Door! Quite quirky, don’t you think? That entire building was quirky from the porthole windows to the cement gate pass through! What about that wrought iron railing made up of different finds? I liked the curly ques placed at the top of the cement arbor too. The walkway was narrow so I could get up close and personal to study all the finds near this door!

More Sea Blue to Add a Touch of Contrast

More Sea Blue to Add a Touch of Contrast

Here a Touch of Green Goes a Long Way

Here a Touch of Green Goes a Long Way

Why Not Add a Bit of Red to Draw Your Eye?

Why Not Add a Bit of Red to Draw Your Eye?

Manarola may be the oldest of the villages in the Cinque Terre, with the cornerstone of the church, San Lorenzo, dating to 1338. The name Manarola is a form of the latin worlds “magna rota” which means “large wheel” in reference to the mill wheel in the village.

The Teeny Tiny Church Door of San Lorenzo

The Teeny Tiny Church Door of San Lorenzo Church

Notice the bell above the church? As part of the history of the church, we learned that at one time the priest liked to ring the bell a lot, to remind the villagers to come to Mass. The villagers pleaded with him to stop all the ringing, day and night, to no avail. The priest was found murdered in the church and the bell no longer tolls! No one was ever prosecuted for the murder either!

A Door With A Lot Going On Above It

A Door With A Lot Going On Above It

In the picture above one could jump out the window, scoot across the walkway and be gone on the next roof!

A Stroll Along Narrow Walkways Through the Village

A Stroll Along Narrow Walkways Through the Village

Most of the residents in Manarola are involved with the fishing or wine-making industry. The local wine, Sciacchetrà, is well known, and the high quality wine of the region was noted in Roman writings!  The only way to get around the five villages is by train, boat or the hiking trails in the hills and vineyards above the towns, which makes up the Cinque Terre National Park. To read another post about Manarola look Here. You can collect charms that represent each village in the Cinque Terre, to make a bracelet or necklace. To find out how to get the Cinque Terre Charms look Here!

What’s your favorite Door ?

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Vivid Tangerine

Vivid Tangerine

Vivid Tangerine

Day 111 and we are looking for a photo of a Vivid Tangerine, as the color was named in 1990. It was also known as Organic Orange in the “Retro Colors” set of the Crayola Collection. Either way, we should be looking for photos of fruit, don’t you think? This one is about as tangeriney as I can get!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Violet Red

Violet Red or is It Red Violet?

Violet Red or is It Red Violet?

Violet Red or is It Red Violet?

Violet Red or is It Red Violet?

Day 110 into the 120 Days of Crayola Challenge and we are really being challenged!  But, I’ve been doing my homework! There is no color called Violet Red! There is a color called Red Violet and we had that color back in the R’s. Been There Done That! See I’m paying attention!

Anyway, the weather has been acting like Spring this week; warm, cold, rain, cold, warm, blustery. Back and forth, so maybe the Challenge is also suffering the challenges of Spring! So I am showing another garden photo from my English Garden Tour. I want it to be summer!

These photos are from Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, near Cranbrook, Kent, UK.  Can one ever get tired of Sissinghurst? I don’t think so. Sissinghurst, is a small village in the county of Kent in England. It was originally called Milkhouse Street, but changed it’s name in the 1850s, to avoid association with the smuggling and cockfighting activities of the Hawkhurst Gang.  I can see why, who would want to say, I live in Milking Street! Click Here to see what Sissinghurst, the castle gardens, is up to this Spring!

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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Violet

An English Cottage

An English Cottage with Violet Blossoms

An English Cottage In Brushstroke

An English Cottage In Brushstroke

Day 109 in the Crayola Challenge! An English Cottage is the Perfect Place for Purple or is it Violet?

First there was Purple. Then in 1914 Crayola made Purple, Violet. Violet has transitioned through Violet 1, 2 and 3. There are more names for Violet in all the collections than I can shake a stick at!  Violet has been called Bunch of Grapes Purple in the “So Big” set, Jellyfish Purple and Venus Violet, in the “Discovery ” series, Psychedelic Purple, in the “Retro Colors” set,  Ravenous Purple, in the “Colors of Baltimore” series, Pike’s Peak Purple, the color for Colorado in the “State Crayon Collection” and Love & Purple in the 110th Anniverary set. Crayola loved their purples!

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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Unmellow Yellow

 

Unmellow Yellow, Unmellow Orange, and Unmellow Green!

Unmellow Yellow, Unmellow Orange, and Unmellow Green!

It is Day 106, I think, if I have done my math correctly, in the Crayola Challenge! Wow! Look at these guys! I’d say these plants have Unmellow Yellow, Unmellow Orange and Unmellow Green! And no leaves, just a stem! I think they are part of the Red Hot Poker family of plants. Correct me if I’m wrong! Wouldn’t this plant perk up any spot in the garden! I think so!

Unmellow Yellow

Unmellow Yellow

Here is another Unmellow Poke in the garden!  These are surrounded by grassy spikes which sets them apart! I love the color combinations! Both these plants were found in the Hot Garden at Sissinghurst, home of Vita Sackville-West. For more information about Vita Sackville-West look Here! For a review of a great pub near the garden look Here!

Unmellow Yellow is a fluorescent color that was introduced into the Crayola Collection in 1990. It is also known as Yellowstone in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

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Guest Blog: The Jazziest Tram in Rome

TramJazz Rome, Italy

TramJazz Rome, Italy

Doing tons of research about “things to do in Rome” I came across TramJazz.  This is typically only a little fun-fest known to locals.  Extensive research pays off.  TramJazz is basically what it sounds like.  It’s a “tram” that features “jazz” music accompanied by a traditional Italian 4-course meal.  There are different types of jazz music featured, but on the night I was able to attend with a friend, it was, “Wonderful World”, a tribute to Louis Armstrong.   When booking, you get a choice of sharing a table of four or sitting at a table of two.  We chose to sit at a table of four.  The TramJazz departs Piazza di Porta Maggiore at 9pm.  The tram is really a trolley car that is on a cable track.  When you arrive, they check your reservation and then show you to your table on the tram.  The tram seats 22 guests.  There are 3 servers and a 2-piece band.  Upon being seated we were greeted by our table mates. They were a cute Italian couple that didn’t speak any English!!!  Our server brought us wine and our first course.  The menu was in Italian only, and the tram had very little lighting, so seeing what we were being served was a bit of a challenge.  This was tough for me because I am a very picky eater.  The first course was a type of black licorice bread with sausage, ricotta cheese and honey.  The tram started on its journey.  It was night time so seeing the city all lit up was really nice.  The jazz musicians could only play music when the tram was stopped.  After traveling for about 20 minutes the tram came to a stop in front of the National Museum.  The jazz musicians began playing.  They played 4 to 5 songs while we were stopped.  We also were served our second course.  It was Eggplant Parmesan with tomato sauce.  We knew it had to be really good because all of the Italian people on the tram were licking their plates.  The tram was back on the move.  It took us through the “old city” and landed at The Colosseum.  We were able to get out here and take a few pictures.  The jazz music continued, as well.  We were served our next course when the tram started moving again.  This time we received Broccoli Lasagna, another homemade dish, using the freshest ingredients.  The last course was my favorite, it was Citrus Gelato! YUM!  We also were given unlimited wine the entire night!!!!  The tram was now back at Piazza di Porta Maggiore and we were off the tram and headed back to our hotel.  It was about a 3-hour ride.  The music was absolutely fantastic and definitely a fun thing to experience.  I mean, how many people can say they listened to Louis Armstrong on a Trolley through Roma?  

The price of the tour is $65.00 per person and if you want to have an authentic Italian meal with the locals, enjoy jazz and want to see Rome at night, this is the tour for you!

Ryn Jarrett opened her web business, Roman Holiday Italy Travel, in 2016.  TramJazz is one of the tours she reviewed as a recommendation for Roman Holiday Italy Travel.   Please feel free to check out her business page at www.romanholidayitalytravel.com.    

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Turquoise Blue

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Ligurian Sea off Coast of Cinque Terre, Italy

Ligurian Sea off Coast of Cinque Terre, Italy

Vernanzza, Cinque Terre, italy

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy

Day 105 of the 120 Days of Crayola! Hey, we’re getting there! Today let’s look at the beautiful Turquoise Blue Ligurian Sea off the coast of Cinque Terre, Italy! The “Five Lands” are made up of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park. Over the centuries, the villagers have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea.  Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, but cars cannot reach them from the outside. This is paradise on earth!

How About a Hike Up These Stairs!

How About a Hike Up These Stairs!

The variation of house colors resulted when fishermen, doing their jobs just offshore, wanted to be able to distinguish their houses with ease!  Most of the families in the five villages make money by catching fish and selling them in the small port villages. Fish is also their main source of food.

The Trail in the Cinque Terre National Park , Cinque Terre, Italy

The Trail in the Cinque Terre National Park, Cinque Terre, Italy

Part of the trail in the Cinque Terre National Park from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the  Via dell’ Amore or Love Walk. Here we see that locks have been placed on the fence line by romantic lovers. For more posts on beautiful Cinque Terre, just click on the tag in the list to the right!

The Love Walk, Cinque Terre, Italy

The Love Walk, Cinque Terre, Italy

Turquoise Blue was added to the Crayola lineup in 1935, but was only available in bulk until 1949, when it was added to the assortment of colors.

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