Gardening with a purpose.

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BFR offers fun vintage books that are applicable today, like Quick Freezing and Family Food Gardening by Gordon Morrison.  Many are requesting people buy locally grown food, what is more local than home?  This book from 1948 “explains the basic principles and practices of family food gardening…as it related to quick freezing”.  Safe, nutritious and economical year round returns from the family food garden.

Fruits are great to freeze.  Picked when at the peak of flavor, they are perfect for smoothies, pies, & dessert toppings.  Apples are delicious blanched in slices and use in fruit cups or my favorite apple sauce.  It freezes well and is a perfect pair with pork chops or a swell snack.

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Here is my recipe for Apple sauce.

3 to 4 lbs Apples

Lemon Zest and juice to taste

3″ Cinnamon Stick (or ground)

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar (Molasses or Honey)

1/4 Cup White Sugar

1/2 Salt

Directions:  Core and peel apples, quarter and cook with all ingredients and of course you can add, lessen or subtract ingredients, flavor the way you like.  Bring to a boil then simmer 20 to 30 minutes until apples are tender.  Remove lemon zest and cinnamon stick and smash.  Potato masher, blender, or food processor, it all works.  You can still flavor to taste, add honey, sugar or more lemon.  Great served warm or cold.  Freeze!  ~Double or triple the batch.

Los Angeles Art Deco Society Avalon Ball and Silent Film Festival 2015

Every year in May, The LA Art Deco Society hosts the Avalon Ball on Santa Catalina and lovers of all things vintage take over the Island. At the same time there is a silent film festival in the casino’s 1929 theater. This years movie was The 1925 Phantom of the Opera and featured a full orchestra in the pit, as well as on stage kettle drums, organ player and opera singer. Using the original sheet music from the movie’s premier showing this was as close as you can get to the way it was in 1925. Simply amazing! here are some photos of the weekend, enjoy!

Called the

Called the “Dance Pavilion in the 1930s , most now refer to it as the casino although there has never been any gambling in it.

Half Moon Bay, with the Casino in the background. Built in the Art Deco style in 1929 complete with Tiffany & Co. Lighting

Half Moon Bay, with the Casino in the background. Built in the Art Deco style in 1929 complete with Tiffany & Co. Lighting

Dressed for a

Dressed for a “Tropical” setting.

Even the tour buses are

Even the tour buses are “vintage”.

The Island is so much more fun when shared with great friends!

The Island is so much more fun when shared with great friends!

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1930's Hollywood Starlets!

1930’s Hollywood Starlets!

My favorite gal, wearing Stop Staring to the Ball.

My favorite gal, wearing Stop Staring to the Ball.

Captured WWI German Maxim machine gun at the park.

Captured WWI German Maxim machine gun at the park.

There are many oddities left over from a bygone era on the island. A wall and doorway to nowhere.

There are many oddities left over from a bygone era on the island. A wall and doorway to nowhere.

The bell tower chimes on the hour and on the half. Built next to Zane Grey's Manor, Mrs. Wrigley hoped it would drive Zane nuts!

The bell tower chimes on the hour and on the half. Built next to Zane Grey’s Manor, Mrs. Wrigley hoped it would drive Zane nuts!

1925's The Phantom of the Opera was painstakingly re assembled from surviving sources and presented in it's original format and edit.

1925’s The Phantom of the Opera was painstakingly re assembled from surviving sources and presented in it’s original format and edit.

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The Art deco murals are spectacular inside the theater.

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Inside the ball room. Once hosted all the great big bands of the 1930s and 1940's.

Inside the ball room. Once hosted all the great big bands of the 1930s and 1940’s.

Even the local wildlife was friendly!

Even the local wildlife was friendly!

We even ran into a celebrity, G.W. Bailey from the TNT show Major Crimes. He was super friendly.

We even ran into a celebrity, G.W. Bailey from the TNT show Major Crimes. He was super friendly.