August 24, 2014

Art Star Gallery & Boutique


Situated in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia,
there's a fantastic little shop called Art Star Gallery & Boutique!
It features a praiseworthy collection of quality handcrafted creations by various artists.
Step inside with me for a look around!

A Phea Jean dress sewn from vintage fabric and the 
amusing work of Fuzzy Ink greet us at the door.


This place overflows with creativity, imagination and artistic talent!


Since 2004 ~ Congrats on 10 years, Art Star!


Clever greeting cards including a selection by Paper Sparrow.


Imagined from a felt fantasy world, how about this for faux taxidermy?
Horrible Adorables by Jordan Elise


A gorgeous grouping of Robert Siegel Ceramics.


A gallery of wall art, with some fun stuff by Kristen Tercek.



Prints by Paper Sparrow, plus Nick Kripal's Stacking Tart Sets.


A super display of tees ~
I was especially drawn to this one - Herb Garden by Red Prairie Press!


Captivating children's books featuring primo illustrators like Emily Winfield Martin.


Also for the kiddies - check out these great wooden cars & trucks by Patrick Donovan.


Oh-so-cute hair clips by Wee Stitchery!


Meet Megan, who couldn't have been friendlier!
It's her discerning eye and flair for business that make Art Star happen!

How about free gift wrapping? Awesome!


Art Star is located at 623 North 2nd Street in Philadelphia.
Check out their website!
Also on Facebook and on Twitter @artstarphilly.

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming info on the phenomenal
Art Star Craft Bazaar!


August 20, 2014

Blueberry Buckle


Gotta LOVE blueberries!
This recipe for Blueberry Buckle is an absolute family favorite!

So, what is a "buckle", anyway?
A Buckle = Cake Batter + Fresh Fruit + Streusel Topping.
The classic version uses blueberries, but other fruits will work as well.

Why the name, "buckle?"
When the cake is baked, the topping crinkles, or buckles.

This dessert has been popular in the United States,
particularly in New England, since the time of the colonists.


This colander once belonged to my
brother-in-law Vince's dear mother,
whom I miss so very much.
I use it all the time and think of her.
A special keepsake.

Here's a kitchen gadget that I like to use: The Wonder Cup.
It's great for measuring things like shortening or peanut butter -
ingredients that are tough to remove from regular measuring cups.

I purchased mine years ago through The Pampered Chef,
but since I could no longer find them on that website,
I'm providing a link to, if you'd like to check them out there.


The batter ~


The crumbly streusel topping ~


Incredibly delicious!


Blueberry Buckle

 1 ½ C sugar
½ C shortening
2 eggs
1 ½ C milk
4 C flour
4 t baking powder
1 t salt
4 C (2 pints) fresh blueberries

1 C sugar
2/3 C flour
1 t cinnamon
½ C butter (1 stick)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar & shortening until fluffy.
Mix in eggs until well-blended. Then add milk and mix again.
In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder & salt.
Add to wet ingredients, mix slowly until blended.
Fold in blueberries.
Grease & flour 9 x 13 pan. Spread batter evenly into pan.
Combine ingredients for topping. Cut in butter with a pastry blender.
Sprinkle over batter.
Bake 40-45 minutes.



This recipe comes to you with thanks
to my sweet friend Lisa T.,
who shared it with me many moons ago!

Other blueberry recipes on the blog:

August 18, 2014

Greenmarket Union Square - NYC


A recent day in the Big Apple landed us at a fabulous farmer's market at E. 17th Street.
The Greenmarket of New York City’s Union Square hosts up to 140 vendors 
each Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A loyal following of urban residents shows up to shop from a huge variety 
of fresh, organic produce and the like from nearby farms.
Fruits, flowers, vegetables, eggs, honey, herbs, seafood, mushrooms and so on!

Greenmarket is operated by a non-profit group called GrowNYC, which began in 1970 
to encourage New Yorkers to create healthy, environmentally-conscious communities.
Teaching folks about recycling, how to set up community gardens,
how to compost, and about the importance of good nutrition
are just some of the great things that GrowNYC accomplishes!

Here’s the Greenmarket mission : “ promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms 
the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly consumers, 
and to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, 
most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.”









Game boards at the ready for a friendly round of backgammon or chess.


Lounging in the park.



Visit the GrowNYC
Website and
Facebook page.

August 15, 2014

Liz Cooksey's Textile Art

Hailing from Manchester, England, Liz Cooksey
 is the creator of these brilliant works of art.
Her version of multi-media handcrafting, 
which includes crochet and embroidery,
features birds, flowers, rabbits and trees.
Delightful textile collages! Take a look~

Here's the Liz Cooksey website!

All images used with direct permission from Liz Cooksey.

August 13, 2014

Nagle’s Apothecary Café - Ocean Grove, NJ


The morning we headed to Ocean Grove, New Jersey,
we noticed a busy corner diner called Nagle's and stopped in for breakfast.
Established in 1901 as a pharmacy, Nagle's Apothecary Cafe is now a popular eatery.

Walk up to the window for an ice cream sundae or root beer float,
try one of their famous club sandwiches at a sidewalk umbrella table,
or step inside... into another era.


Wall-to-wall memorabilia lends a nostalgic mood.


There's quite a collection of antique pharmaceuticals on display! 


This road sign from the past reminds us of a time when the
Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association
imposed tight regulations on the town.


No carriages, automobiles or even bicycles allowed on Sundays!


We sat at the old marble counter, and perused the menu.
"Your Prescription to a Bygone Era"


Vegetable omelette, home fries, rye toast, coffee.
Fueling up for the day!


Oak cabinets, hexagon tiled floors, brass hardware
and vintage candy treats for sale - it's all in the details.


Nagle's Apothecary Cafe is located at
43 Main Ave., Ocean Grove, NJ.


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