During the lazy days of summer, a trip out to one of the Delaware Nature Society’s locations is a “must do” activity. They offer something for everyone including, numerous camps for kids at their various locations, Farm to Fork dinners, hiking trails, Farm Fun Days, graduate and seasonal programs for adults, a Crop Share Association (CSA), and many other activities.
Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society is the premier non-profit environmental organization in Delaware. The organization’s success can be attributed to its long-term and consistently active preservation, conservation and advocacy programs. Delaware Nature Society differentiates itself by integrating education as a vital element in its role in preservation, conservation and advocacy.
At the Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, DE they offer cooking camps for kids of all ages, cooking classes for adults, bee keeping programs and a crop share association (CSA). Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, DE and the DuPont Environmental Education Center (Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge) in Wilmington, DE are two other locations that have many children’s programs and educational classes. The three other locations Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, DE, Cooch-Dayett Mills in Newark, DE and Buena Vista in New Castle, DE are well worth a visit as well. Whether traveling to one of the locations alone or bringing the whole family, you are bound to have an amazing time!
Check out these helpful links
Delaware Nature Society Youth Blog:
Farm to Table dinners:
Harvest Moon Festival:
Farm Fun Days:
This weekend we are going to a dinner party at a friend’s house and everyone was asked to bring a Barefoot Contessa dish. I selected a dessert called Eton Mess that Ina Garten has in the “How Easy Is That? – Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips” cookbook. It is very easy to make and is a perfect summertime treat.
ETON MESS RECIPE:
4 (6-ounce) packages fresh raspberries, divided (I chose to do a combination of strawberries and raspberries)
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar (I chose to substitute some of the sugar with maple syrup and raspberry jam)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon framboise liqueur
1-1/2 cup cold heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 (3-inch) bakery meringue shells, broken in pieces (or I purchase a container of small vanilla meringues from Trader Joe’s)
Pour 2 packages of the raspberries, 1 cup of sugar, and the lemon juice into a 10-inch sauté pan. Crush the berries lightly with a fork and bring the mixture to a full boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is syrupy. Fold the remaining 2 packages of raspberries and the framboise into the hot mixture and refrigerate until very cold. I added in several leaves of finely chopped fresh basil and mint once the mixture was cold.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream, the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, and the vanilla together on medium-high speed until it forms firm peaks.
In decorative glasses, layer a spoonful of the whipped cream, a spoonful of the raspberry mixture, and then a few meringue pieces. Repeat once or twice, depending on the size of the glasses, until the glasses are full, ending with berries and a dollop of cream. Serve immediately or chill for an hour, until ready to serve.
In the height of summer, we are in high Bloody Mary Season and I can’t think of a better way to savor the flavor and kick the heat than to indulge with McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix. Incorporating their famous pickles as a base for the mix, brothers Bob and Joe McClure have created a strong, yet savory Bloody Mary Mix. The second you feel the desire to pop open a jar you’ll immediately be transfixed by aromas of pickle brine and garlic, which is the base of this sensational mix. Other ingredients include vinegar, tomato paste, cucumber juice, salt, hot pepper, garlic, dill, and black pepper; and for those non-horseradish lovers, this mix is horseradish FREE! The consistency of the mix is thin and light, not too sweet, and perfectly spiced! In addition to complimenting it with your favorite vodka, it also works as a base in your summer gazpacho.
Since McClure’s pickles have been produced by the McClure family for generations, quality and freshness are a guarantee. McClure’s pickles and Bloody Mary Mix are made from local produce whenever possible when in season. When local produce are not available in season, they speak directly with the growers at selected farms to assure that the produce are of superior quality. They stress their commitment to quality even in their labels, which are made of environmentally friendly soy and vegetable inks. So savor the flavor and cheers to McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix. Perfect for any barbecue, also try their flavorsome relish available in garlic & dill and spicy.
Here’s a recipe that combines my dad’s famous Bloody Mary’s along with a few extra ingredients we have added. At your next BBQ, set up a Bloody Mary bar and let your guests decide what to garnish their drinks with. Cheers!
In a pitcher, mix these ingredients:
- McClure’s Spicy Bloody Mary mix combined with Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix
- Tito’s Homemade Vodka, to taste preference
- 1 lemon cut into slices
- 1 lime cut into slices
- 1 light beer of your choice (or more than one beer depending on the amount of Bloody’s you are making)
Garnishes for guests to pick from:
- Celery stalks
- Basil leaves
- Sage leaves
- Pickled green beans
- Hot sauces
Several years in the elements were beginning to take a toll on the finish of a pair of classic rooster statues. The pieces were originally painted white and were in need of fresh, updated look. We wanted to recreate the effect of the classic concrete garden statue. Simply by painting and refinishing them, and lastly adding a layer of texture helped them to blend in with the natural surroundings with their ‘new’ antique feel.
To achieve a textured, striated look, we faux finished the statues by dry brushing a medium gray rust coat enamel paint that was just a few shades darker than the Vintage Pewter.
Check out the process from start to finish below:
Let us know what you think of the transformation!
It’s not too late to find something in time for Father’s Day this Sunday. We’ve rounded up some great gift ideas that suit just about any kind of father in your life. Gift box subscriptions are all the rage these days; and they’re not just for women anymore — Birchbox and Mantry have subscriptions geared specifically for men. We’ve also included a list of local shops where you can find a great selection of gifts for this Father’s Day.
(1) The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart
This illuminating guide covers the science and history of over 150 herbs, spices, flowers and more that make up our favorite beers, wines, and spirits. With over fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners, this book is filled with fascinating and inspiring facts.
Give the gift that keeps giving all year long, with the men’s Birchbox monthly subscription that’s chock full of goods. Designed to introduce guys to the best grooming and lifestyle products, they will receive a variety of samples including everything from top shaving cream and cologne to cool gadgets.
(3) Lobster Thermidor Bottle Opener (terrain)
Crack open a cold one with this hand-painted, cast iron lobster bottle opener
(4) Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons
Make this delicious BBQ Sauce recipe to give to Dad (with a little help from Martha, of course)
Each Mantry arrives in a handmade wooden crate filled with six full size artisan food products along with with product stories and recipes – all delivered right to their door!
Designed specifically to enhance the taste of IPAs, Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada collaborated with German glassware maker Spiegelau to create this signature glass that any true beer geek would appreciate
Perfect for the business man who likes to travel in style
This Collection from MOUTH comes with all the extras for the man who loves to grill, such as : BBQ sauce, spice rub, seasoning, marinade and signature toppings like corn relish, salsa, chile pesto, bacon mayonnaise & sweet pickle chips
(10) Alfred Dunhill Steering Wheel Cufflinks (Mr. Porter)
Fulfill his need for speed with these classy steering wheel cufflinks
Below are some great LOCAL SHOPS to find that last minute gift!
for the WELL-DRESSED man:
Wright & Simon
Wilmington Country Store
for the OUTDOORSMAN:
Trail Creek Outfitters
Glen Mills, PA
for the GARDEN Enthusiast:
Old Country Gardens
Glen Mills, PA
for the Crafty Culinarian:
Pro Kitchen Gear
for the ART Aficionado:
Andre Harvey Studio
Somerville Manning Gallery
Carspecken Scott Gallery
The Station Gallery