Monday, June 30, 2008

Minted Fruits

Summer's harvest has begun, and enjoying local produce is a splendid treat! This week we are enjoying Rainier cherries. Their red and golden colors appeal to the sense of sight, and their taste is oh, so yummy! Their delicate sweetness makes them one of my favorite fruits. Usually we eat them 'plain' or 'out of hand', but for added flavor and to make them a little more festive, here's a recipe for a yummy minted syrup that you can enjoy with them or other summer fruits.

Minted Fruits

2 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, snipped
1/2 cup mint-flavored apple jelly
2 Tbsp. water
3 cups assorted fresh fruits, cut into bite size pieces

Sprinkle sugar on mint leaves in a small bowl. Allow to stand for one hour. Melt jelly in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in the mint-sugar mixture and water. Chill.

Arrange cherries or other fruits in a parfait cups or pretty bowls. Spoon mint syrup on each serving. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.


*This syrupy sauce is also delicious served with oranges and grapefruit; sliced bananas; pineapple wedges; apricots; peaches; fresh berries; and coconut.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rice Pudding, Flower Water & Coconut Cream

Rice Pudding in Flower Water with Coconut Cream

This recipe creates a thick rice pudding. Made with coconut cream and fresh flower water, it has a sweet and exotic fragrance.

1/2 cup glutinous rice
1/2 cup unsprayed honeysuckle flowers, citrus blossoms or fragrant rose petals
1 3/4 cups boiling water
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons palm sugar
1 cup frozen thick coconut milk, thawed
4 teaspoons fine rice flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Rose petals, honeysuckle or lemon blossoms for garnish (optional)

Soak rice in warm water to cover by at least 1 inch for from 2 hours or overnight. Float honeysuckle flowers or the blossoms or petals in 1/2 cup warm water, cover, and let steep at room temperature for several hours.

Prepare a steamer, using a 14-inch wok, a Dutch oven or stockpot. Place a steaming rack in pot and pour in at least 2 inches of water (rack should be above water level). Cover and bring to a boil.

Drain rice and place in a wide, shallow bowl. Place bowl on rack in steamer. Add the 1 3/4 cups boiling water to rice, cover steamer and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, adding more boiling water to steamer as needed to keep the water level fairly constant.

When done, rice should be soft, and liquid almost soaked up and a little creamy. The rice will be a bit crunchy on the outside, but creamy in the center.

Remove petals from flower water and save for garnish if desired. Warm soaking water a little, then stir in palm sugar until just dissolved, adjusting sweetness as desired. Be careful heating the water, if it gets too hot, it will lose its aroma. Pour scented water over rice and stir gently. Refrigerate if not serving immediately.

Coconut cream: Pour coconut milk into a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat, whisk in rice flour and cook until just thickened. Stir in salt.

To serve: If rice has been refrigerated, reheat it in a steamer, or microwave until warm. Spoon rice into bowls and top with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the thickened coconut milk. Garnish with flowers, if desired.

Serves 4

Photo: Elm Street Antiques

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Uniquely Made

"There you are. . .how wonderful! How unique you are, not "Made in Japan" but made in your mother's womb. A factory needs plenty of light; God was so smart he could make you perfectly in the dark.

That cowlick of yours, the length of your toes, your upper lip --- he made all of you, and you are therefore very special and precious.

The timing of your life is also unique. This is what Psalm 139 says: not only are you one-of-a-kind, but so is your life. Your particular birth-to-death span was planned by God 'way beforehand.

Have you become aware of a developing pattern in your personal life? Is there something inside of you like a time-release capsule; every so often does something softly explode within you; are new gifts released, or new interests, or new opportunities?"

Anne Ortlund*
Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman
[Word Books 1984]

May your life be triggered with a new gentle explosion --- or even a total revolution! How exciting to find the new adventures, avenues, and passages that God has planned for us as we look forward to new stages in our lives. Is your life evolving and changing in the passage of time? Each of us passed through life passages. Sometimes it seems easier to cling to the past, as it seems safe and comfortable. Giving up a life-period that was meaningful can be difficult. But life changes, and each stage can be just as exciting and adventuresome as the ones left behind. New goals, a renewed focus on what is important, and great adventures await!

In the next few weeks I will be reading one of my all-time favorite books and will share tidbits and pieces of it that especially speak to me. I hope you are blessed by them as well. Check out the book if you'd like to read along.

*Prolific writer and speaker; composer of songs and hymns; organist for the radio program "Old-Fashioned Revival Hour" for many years; and help-meet to Ray Ortlund, former speaker of "Haven of Rest" and founder of "Renewal Ministries".

Friday, June 27, 2008

Garden Goose

A wonderful package arrived at my mailbox this week from Tina at Garden Goose. It contained such wonderful items from her gift shop.

How cool to have your own 'label', Tina. Yours are so pretty!

Each tea tin has a beautiful picture of the flower that the tea is made from along with brewing tips and a description of the tea contents. Let me give you an example. Here's what it says on the back of the Hibiscus Summer Tea tin:

"What Reminds You of Summer?"

"Everyone's different. For me it's hibiscus flowers. Often bees darted inside the hibiscus in our yard to taste the sweet nectar and carry it home to their hive. They knew something, the bees, long before we did, that many flowers are delicious! So taking a bit of advice from the bees we've included Hibiscus in this tasty fruity tea. Naturally caffeine free, you may enjoy this tea late in a balmy summer evening without fear of being kept up late. Enjoy!"

Each tea tin has the Garden Goose Certified seal of approval on the top and a link to Tina's Etsy shop below. I'm off to there now, to see more of her quality gifts for home and garden. Maybe I'll see you there. . .

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Scrubby Pattern

Thank you to Sabine from Sunshine and Shadow for sending a link to for a scrubby pattern similar to the ones I found when thrifting last week. Yeah! Thanks, Sabine!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mountain Peak

The mountain peak in my post from yesterday can be identified as Mt. Adams. This mountain is about 35 miles from Mt. St. Helens. Because of it's flat-topped shape it is sometimes confused with Mt. Rainier. With an elevation of 12, 276 feet, it looms high and can be seen from great distances when the atmospheric conditions are just right. From our point on cabin-mountain, Mt. Hood can also be seen, but on a less grand scale (too small to show up in a picture from our perspective). On a really good day Mt. Rainier can be seen as well. For those living along the Cascade Range, these beautiful mountains provide a grand backdrop to their everyday life. From where we live, we get a tiny peek now and then. I hope those nearer by take the time to enjoy and appreciate the magnificence of their unique volcanic peaks!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Remembering Mother

Remembering my mother. . .on this day of what would have been her 74th birthday. How she loved nature, and especially wild flowers. This Calypso Lady Slipper Orchid was found right near the cabin yesterday in what I've named Lady Slipper Hollow.

Although winter stayed late, spring and summer arrived quickly once the snows melted. The flowers could not be held back and this week burst forth in colorful bloom!

I found many of her favorites as I walked through the woods this week.

She so enjoyed the
Calypso Lady-slipper Orchids
Shooting Stars
Yellow Violets

She loved Cat's Ears both because they were unique and had such a darling name! They are also called Star Tulips and grow independently from others of its kind on the forest floor.

I was surprised to find this favorite flower of mom's this week as well. Shy and quiet, the wild ginger grows close to the ground and is usually hidden by its heart-shaped leaves. Mom enjoyed transplanting this plant to her home garden where it grew well.

June 24, 1934

Cabin [Mis] Adventures

You may read this post to the tune of Gilligan's Island. Do you remember how the captain and his crew set out for a three-hour tour? Well, the Captain and I set out for a quick trip up the mountain to check on things at the cabin. It was to be a short trip, so I didn't even pack an ice chest of food. A quick toss of some bananas into a grocery bag and the purchase of some Bing cherries at the food mart along the way were our lunch to tide us over until we got home again. The trip up the mountain was beautiful. Except for a few patches in shady spots, the snow is gone. Each week more varieties of wild flowers are in bloom. The hills really are alive with songs of birds and the hum of bees and crickets.

We arrived to cozy cabin, but trouble at the fence-line. It seems that next week the free-range cattle will be arriving on the mountain top, and the zealous cattleman who must keep them out of the watershed decided that he didn't want to repair any fences and chose instead to put up a single electric wire to keep the cattle where they belong for the summer months. That's not a problem, but his crew decided that it would be easier to take down fences along the route rather than build one of their own. To Brent's great dismay, he found the entire fence along the north border of our property destroyed. Wire cutters had randomly snipped barb wire and left it in pieces along the fence-line. Our top strand of barb-wire was still up, equipped with hot wire fittings and ready for electricity to be applied. Although this method might keep the cattle out successfully, it doesn't work for zealous 4-wheelers and any party animals from the valley below. Brandon and Rylan were equally dismayed when they heard the news. A summer's work from a season past was so swiftly destroyed without thought or consultation. Brent decided that the best course of action was to rebuild our fence --- before the cattle arrive.

He set to work with diligence, having to find pieces of barb-wire and bend them together again. Of course it couldn't all be put back together with what had fallen, so trips into the woods to one of our old fences were considerable as he recycled stretches of barb wire from that fence to repair the new. Of course a brand-new roll of barb wire was at home, but he hadn't realized it would be needed, so left it there in storage.

In addition to the fence the crew tore down, they eliminated trees along the way that they thought were in their way. How sad! Brent and the boys had carefully worked around these trees when they built the fence, but now more than a dozen were chopped down and scattered along the way. Years back we had selected one tree to cut down for Christmas, but had such hard time with the thought of any of them being cut that we've bought our Christmas trees ever since. Now someone comes along and randomly cuts them down without a second thought. Many were three or four times larger than any normal Christmas tree. We must be a family of tree-huggers, as we seem to enjoy and value nature in it's natural and intended state.

Coco thought she was in heaven! She stuck near the fence builder as Brent worked. Her nose was busy sniffing here and there as she searched for squirrels and other woodland critters. Sometimes she strayed too far, but was always quick to return when called.

Our lunch of cherries and bananas was supplemented with canned soup and crackers from the cabin cupboards. It's really quite fun to put together a tasty meal from the pantry. I felt like one of the "Boxcar Children" as I figured out what to make for a creative lunch out of 'nothing'. [If you haven't read the "Boxcar Children", you really must!]

While Brent worked on the fence, I decided to plant a package of mountain meadow seeds. In an old bucket, I mixed soil and seeds together with care. They were then scattered over soil on the point in the picture below and raked so they could meld with the earth.

This 'point' is being restored and this spring there is a considerable amount of green growth. But three or four years ago this was a huge hole in the dirt, as the previous cabin occupants chose to keep salt blocks there for the elk. It truly was 'Elk Point' as the elk dug and snorted and relished the salt (and the salty earth). Although we love elk, we decided to put a salt lick farther away from the cabin, as along with elk in such close residence comes a very strong odor! Brent filled the hole in with fresh soil and we've let nature do it's thing. . .until now when I decided that my seed packet could help it along!

Brent's fence building was exhausting work. This happened to be a day-trip and the boys hadn't come along, so they couldn't be called upon for assistance. I decided Brent needed a snack for energy! I had fun scouring the cupboards, seeing what I could find to prepare. Hot tea, roasted nuts, and dark chocolate satisfied perfectly.

Remember my previous post about 'fried eggs and toast'? I decided to try one of the 'eggs' out and see how it worked. Perfect! Having a scouring scrubber and dishcloth all in one is a mighty handy thing! I wish my thrift store find would have come with pattern instructions so I could make more!

With the perfect weather, I decided that washing dishes outside sounded more fun than inside. Wash basins and a dish drainer on a mesh picnic table provided the perfect setting in the woods for this task. It's amazing how quickly a pile of dishes can be washed and dried in such a setting. No drudgery here!

After dish washing, I decided to check on Brent's fence building and headed down the road and around the bend to where he was working. I was decidedly surprised when a honey-colored bear ran across the road right in front of me, lickety-split! He ran off towards the cabin and I'm sure beyond. He was in a great hurry to get somewhere else! Snakes are not my thing, but bears are fun to observe as long as they are going in a direction away from me. But I will admit to a bit of concern when I discovered Brent's jacket on a stump in the woods but he was nowhere to be found. He showed up eventually, as he was examining the fence line and charting his course of repair action.

The routine at the end of a cabin visit it to tidy up and put things in order. After dishes were put away, floor swept, and dusting done, I was ready to go home to the valley below.

I even hung the dish towels on the tea cart with care.

But Brent had other ideas. The fence must be readied, and by nightfall he wasn't done. The night must be spent and another day of fence work completed before we could head back home. Did I mention that the sheets and pillow cases were also at home in the valley below? Hmmm, but we can improvise. Cozy quilts and fluffy blankets served their purpose well and we slept in the cabin attic in the quiet woods. The silence woke me up a few times and I peered out the window to starry skies and the moonshine's ray in the cabin woods.

A note so you don't think we'd leave let our [adult] children worry about our whereabouts. We took a trip half-way down the mountain to obtain cell phone coverage where we called and let them know we'd be home a day late. The sunset was worth the journey. . .although it doesn't show up in this picture well. But, look closely. Can you see the volcano in the distance? It's probably about 200 miles away and can only be seen at sunset on evenings when the atmosphere is just right. It's always a treat for me to see!

All ended well, but the fence is only two-thirds done. The cattle man and Brent had a long talk the next morning --- in a very neighborly fashion. All is resolved. Our fence stays up and the cattle man will put an electric ribbon fence strand up along the road. And he even agreed to bury it underground at our entry way so we don't have to go through two gates to get onto Paintbrush Lane. Stay tuned for the next saga of cabin adventures. Hopefully they will be quiet and serene!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lavender Bliss

The bees and I had a lovely time in the lavender today. Silvery green stems with lavender buds in an assortment of colors were fragrant and fresh. The hum of bees could be heard as I cut stems by the handful. They were so busy gathering nectar, they didn't have time to bother with me and we co-existed compatibly.

A special cutter is used for efficient cutting. Using a small hand-scythe, the lavender stems are gathered in a bundle and then cut in one swift movement. They are cut at the base of the stems and right above the leafy green foliage.

Lavender Herb Tea

1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
A couple sprigs of fresh or dried sage
A couple sprigs of pineapple mint or apple mint
A little rosemary

Use herbs fresh or dried. Toss together in a teapot and pour hot water over the top. Steep for 5 - 8 minutes. Decant with a strainer and serve in a pretty teacup. Add a touch of stevia for sweetness if you like. Enjoy.

Lavender Citrus Salt

1 cup sea salt
4 Tbsp. lavender buds
2 Tbsp. lemon peel, finely ground
2 Tbsp. orange peel, finely ground

Blend together and store in an air-tight jar. Enjoy as a seasoning for your favorite vegetables and salads.

Today wasn't a day for lavender wands or baskets, but little bundles of lavender were trimmed and wrapped in satin ribbon and bow. They are now ready to dry into fragrant little mussie-tussies that will last year around.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sweet Baby Land

Welcome to the World!

Making the decision to have a child is momentous.

It is to decide forever to have your heart
go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone

We're so glad you're here!

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder,

hope, a dream of possibilities.

Eda J. Le Shan

Darling baby, Kahleigha Sharae
Many happy hours you'll share with those who love
as they generously dote on you, teach you,
share life's lessons with you.

Congratulations to your happy parents!

When you are a mother,
you are never alone in your thoughts.
A mother always has to think twice,
once for herself and once for her child.

Sophia Loren

And special congratulations to my friend, Paula.
I know you'll enjoy many precious moments being grandma
to your adorable, new little rosebud!
Happy times ahead!
Enjoy them all!!!

Baby photos: Copyright Paula 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lilies of the Tea Garden

Quite a few years ago my mother-by-marriage gave me three lily bulbs for my garden. I'd never grown lilies before, having only enjoyed them at Easter time when I bought a planted Easter lily and then threw it away when it was done blooming and growing. From my mother-by-marriage I learned that my Easter lilies could be planted in my garden and would grow and produce beautifully there for seasons to come. I also learned that lilies gradually increase by division of the large, main bulbs and by the growth of the small bulbs along the old below-ground stem. In September she would 'divide' her lilies, thus the bulbs for me. The three little bulbs she gave me grew, producing a small cluster of flowers the first year. Each year thereafter the stalks produce more and more blossoms. This year they are heavy with buds and blossoms in their cheerful bright red color! There are more than twenty buds and blossoms this year, creating a riot of color. I enjoy these blossoms each June and think of her and how much she enjoyed her garden too.

Lilies like sunny spots that receive full sun at least half the day. Bulbs should be planted 4" to 6" deep. In places where winters are very cold, an extra layer of mulch covering them is helpful for protection. Lilies should be treated much like daffodils when it comes to cutting off the spent flowers. After the blossoms die, they can be cut off right below the base of the flower. The tall, green stems should be allowed to remain until late summer when they turn yellow or brown and then die back. This ensures that the plants energy goes towards growing large, healthy bulbs for the next growing season.

[Did you notice the lilies in my post about Quirky Garden Names? They stand nearly 4" tall this year and are the cluster of orange-red that you see near the back porch steps].

Fried Eggs on Toast

Sometimes you can find some very interesting things in thrift shops. Yesterday I was looking through a box of craft and sewing cast-offs at a thrift shop and came across a zip-lock bag filled with two balls of neatly wound cotton crochet thread and these scrubber dish clothes. I'd never seen anything like them before! They're brand new; obviously someones project for awhile that became forgotten over time. They remind me of fried eggs with their bright yellow centers and frilly white crochet on the side. For a mere 50 cents I was able to purchase the entire bag. A thrift store deal, for sure! They are 'too cute' to use yet, but maybe in awhile I'll try one out.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quirky Names & Garden Themes

Have you ever done something that makes sense only to you? And do you do quirky things that make your friends think you might be just a little bit silly? Now that I've asked, would you dare admit it?

I have a quirk that I learned from my mother-by-marriage. She was always naming things! Roads, meadows, mountains, or points each were named according to something that happened there or a detail apparent at the location. When she said that we should go camping to LaBrent Point, the family always knew it was the place that she named after my husband and me because we went on a famous camping trip there once when Brent forgot our sleeping bags and had taken the top off the Bronco (we froze at night!). If we went on a picnic to Elk Point, we knew where she meant, thus named because many elk were seen there. Cabin-Woods road was the road that led past the log cabin, and Deep Woods Pond was a place she liked to go to observe birds in the deep forest. Evidently our children adopted this habit (or learned it from her too) because they named places in our yard according to traits observed there. When Rylan was a little boy he would avoid mowing the lawn in a certain corner of the yard. We discovered it was because he didn't like "Scary Corner" because it was dark and bushy there. And Brandon always had a cute or funny name for his favorite garden patch.

Without even realizing what I was doing, I've taken to naming flower beds. The names adopted over time seem to stick --- and remain the same from year to year. The picture above shows the "Tea Garden". There are no tea trees or tea herbs in this garden! It was simply named this because I enjoy stepping out the back porch with my cup of morning herbal tea and leaning on the porch rail to observe the garden as I sip and think. The "Spa Garden" surrounds the patio by the master bedroom, and "The Secret Garden" is a tiny spot with special stepping stones made by my mom. My mother had specially named gardens as well. Her "All White" garden was right outside the living room window and every plant in that garden bloomed in exotic white flowers. It was elegant and beautiful! Her "Secret Garden" was nestled amongst trees where a tiny brick patio contained enough space for two small chairs and a table. Mom's "Sweetheart Garden" was cut into the shape of a heart where she grew roses in her front lawn. And "The Woods Garden" was at the bottom of her hill with all her brambly and wild-like flowers. Gardens given simple names; each holds special plants that seem to match the mood and purpose of the garden created. Having something special to identify them with is helpful and endearing to those who share it's beauty.

Recently our local newspaper suggested that we spice up our gardens with a theme. Although some are common ideas, others are quite unique and seem like they would be interesting to plant and grow. They suggested the following:

Colonial: Divide a small area into squares that are separated by walkways and inter-planted with vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. For ideas, find pictures or drawing of Moravian style designs from Old Salem, Massachusetts or Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

Perfumed: Grow plants that are especially fragrant in this garden. Ideas are for lavender, lilacs, roses, sage, and verbena. A perfumed garden is especially nice near a bedroom window or an outdoor living room.

Tea: Plant tea herbs in this garden for fresh summer tisanes and infusions. Use the flowers and foliage from basil, peppermint, rose hips, chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm in this garden.

Patriotic: Plant flowers that are red, white, and blue. These are especially nice in concentrated areas like window boxes or planters. Flags or decorative metal stars would be a pretty addition to this garden.

Roof: apply a thick layer of sod to a roof-top and then grow wildflowers, succulents, or cactus on it's top for all to enjoy. Just make sure the roof is sturdy!

Alphabet: This is a fun project for children in the family. Start by planting something that starts with the letter "A" and then proceed through the alphabet to "Z". You might have to take creative liberties with some plant names, but working from alyssum to zinnia could really be fun!

Friendship: Plant flowers in this garden that were given to you by friends and loved ones. A start, a seed, a plant --- each bonds you to that friend. It reminds you of them each time you look at the plant. Just be sure to select perennials for this garden rather than annuals. Fair-weather friends should probably have their contributions planted elsewhere.

What other ideas do you have for themed gardens? If you want to leave a comment with ideas, I'll add them to the list for others to enjoy too! Put your thinking caps on and then share your creative and growing ideas for garden themes with us.

Recipe in Rhyme

Doughnut Recipe in Rhyme

"1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk,
2 eggs beaten as fine as silk;
Salt and nutmeg, lemon will do,
Baking powder teaspoons two;
Lightly stir the flour in,
Roll on pie-board, not too thin.
[With a cutter, make the rings,]
Drop with care the doughy things
Into the fat that briskly swells
Evenly the spongy cells.
Watch with care the time for turning,
Fry them brown just short of burning.
Roll in sugar, serve them cool.
Price a quarter for this rule."

Lucretia Allyn Gurney, Oregon, 1851

Lucretia crossed the continent on the Oregon Trail to homestead near Oswego, Oregon. This recipe came with her, not in a cookbook or on a recipe card, but as a lilting rhyme that she learned from her mother. Her mother probably learned it from her own mother, and then Lucretia passed this recipe along in rhyme to her children and grandchildren. This was a common method of passing along information from one generation to the next. Not only it is the stuff that legends are made from; evidently recipes were passed along this way as well. Reading and cyphering were not necessary with this method of communication and valuable family treasures were retained in this way.

Photo: Elm Street Antiques

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tasha Tudor, a Tribute

Today the world lost a talented and gifted friend. Beloved Tasha Tudor, author and illustrator of many books and gardener extraordinaire, passed away at her home in Marlboro, Vermont. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 28, 1915, she was named after her father, Starling Burgess. But her father, who enjoyed Tolstoy's War and Peace preferred to call her Natasha after a character in the book. Her mother's friends would sometimes refer to her as Rosamund Tudor's daughter. Tasha liked the sound of the name Tasha Tudor, and eventually had her name legally changed to reflect this preference.

Ms. Tudor received many awards and honors for her exceptional contribution to literature. A Caldecott Honor was given for her work for Mother Goose in 1945 and again in 1957 for the book 1 is One. She also received the Regina Medal in 1971 for her contributions to children's literature. Her prose was always simple and captivating, frequently including rhyming text. Enchanting illustrations were detailed and realistic in soft colors that seemed to fade away onto the page. She was known for her love of nature and flowers, birds, and other charming animals were frequently featured in her art.

Some of the books she wrote and illustrated are:

Pumpkin Moonshine
A Tale for Easter
Snow before Christmas
Thistly B
The Dolls' Christmas
Edgar Allan Crow
Amanda and the Bear
A is for Annebelle
1 is One
A Time to Keep
Corgiville Fair
Tasha Tudor's Seasons of Delight
The Great Corgiville Kidnapping

Tasha Tudor was one of the great artists of the 20th century. Her love for illustrating New England nostalgia and sentimental illustrations that made one think of a bygone era. She lived her life as she dreamed, simply and sustainably, preferring the old-fashioned in both lifestyle and dress. For 92 years the world has been blessed by her presence and contribution to American culture, literature, and art. Although she is gone from us now, her legacy and spirit will live on through the work she so fluently contributed to all.

Tasha, you will be missed.

The photographs today are taken from one of my favorite books: Tasha Tudor's Garden by Tovah Martin and Richard W. Brown.

Tasha Tudor

Born: August 28, 1915
Boston, Massachusetts

Died: June 18, 2008
Marlboro, Vermont

92 Years of Age

Tasha Tudor's Memorial Website
Memory Book & Obituary