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Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread so help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is going on in your life. I have always loved roses. Roses are interesting flowers. They are beautiful and have a wonderful smell. They also have thorns. In the book The Little Prince the Prince was looking for something to protect his flower. He thought his flower was unique unto all the world. When he saw a garden full of roses he was very upset because his flower was a rose like all the others. One of the lessons from the book is that his rose was unique because he loved it and lavished attention on it.

My Mom loved roses. When picking out an urn for the ashes I made sure that the urn had roses on it. Now whenever I see a rose I am reminded of my Mom.

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Originally posted to Street Prophets on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse.

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  •  Cookies (19+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sat May 25, 2013 at 12:41:43 PM PDT

  •  Roses are pretty to look at.. (10+ / 0-)

    but I'm highly allergic to them. Even before I developed asthma I couldn't be around them. Rose scents are forbidden to enter the house. But pictures are nice LOL.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:04:21 AM PDT

  •  My mom loved roses, too (13+ / 0-)

    She always discouraged us from buying her flowers, saying the money should be spent on better things that last longer.
    The month before she died, a brother sent her flowers for Mother's Day and she loved that, having never received flowers before so it was an awakening for her and me, finding out that she did indeed enjoy flowers.
    Sadly, I found out too late or would have bought her flowers throughout her life.
    Every time I see roses, I think about her, too.

    Beautiful pictures!

  •  My Mom (7+ / 0-)

    Always said to save your money but she was always thrilled that the family ignored her and bought her roses anyways.

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:06:00 AM PDT

  •  Mom's Inspiration (5+ / 0-)
    My Mom loved roses. ... Now whenever I see a rose I am reminded of my Mom.
    My mom loved roses too, and she grew them in her later years. She passed about 15 years ago, but before she 'left' she had inspired me to start growing roses as well. I now have about 40 rose bushes under cultivation, many different types, and mom was the inspiration for this.

    Her two favorites were the Double Delight hybrid tea and the Mme. Cecile Brunner polyantha; I have both of those in the rose garden here at home.

    Roses are a challenge to grow, in that most modern roses do best with some tending, but, in their vast variety they are very rewarding with some work.

    Garden roses are somewhat like like love: they thrive with care, and you have to learn to not get upset or discouraged if you get caught by their prickles.*

    * On rose bushes, "Prickles" is the proper botanical term for the sharp protrusions most call "thorns." Rose 'thorns' are not 'true' plant thorns due to the way they form and are attached to the rose canes. I know, trivia...

    "Treat others as you would like them to treat you." -St. Luke 6: 31 (NEB) Christians are given a tough assignment here: Love the people you don't even like...

    by paz3 on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:04:07 AM PDT

  •  Hearts starve as well as bodies. (5+ / 0-)

    Give us bread, but give us roses.

    Some of my "roses" lately...


    Potent Pork and Jade Green Jasmine Rice by *Windthin on deviantART

    Halve and remove seed from two chayote squash. Dice chayotes into tiny cubes. Peel and do same to one half of a medium jicama and one bulb of elephant garlic. Set all aside.

    Take around 12-16 baby yellow carrots, quarter lengthwise and dice. Pour liquid from one 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts and one 15 oz can cut baby corn into medium-small saucepan. Roughly dice corn and water chestnuts. Place with carrots in saucepan. Fill 1 C liquid measure to 1/3C with carrot juice; top to 1/2C with pomegranate juice and add to saucepan. Add 1 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp ground turmeric, about 1 tbsp clover honey. Stir together, set heat to medium, and cook for 15 minutes.

    Take large square ridge-bottomed skillet and mostly cover the bottom with olive oil, then add several splashes of silver rum, 4 tbsp Thai Kitchen light coconut milk. Heat on medium. Add chayote, jicama, and elephant garlic to skillet. Stir together well. Cook about 8 minutes, then raise heat on both pots to 6. Cook for ten minutes. As soon as saucepan is boiling, add 1 C fragrant jasmine rice, stir, cover, drop heat to low, cook for 15 minutes. Stir skillet occasionally.

    In small dish or bowl, mix 1 tsp ground marjoram, 2 tsp kosher salt, 1/3 tsp sage, 1/4 tsp crushed rosemary, 3/4 tsp rosemary leaf powder, 1 tsp turbinado sugar, and 1/4 tsp Turkish fine ground Sumatran espresso coffee.

    Mix 1.42 lb fresh ground pork and spice blend into skillet, plus four more tablespoons coconut milk. Cook until pork is no longer pink, stirring frequently.

    When rice is done, stir in 2 tsp lavender flowers; re-cover, move off heat and let sit for 4-5 minutes. Serve side by side.

    The rice turned this amazingly beautiful shade of green. Even more incredible, though, was the delicious herbaceous aroma and flavor, smelling very much of green tea and tasting wonderfully herbal. The jasmine rice is very fragrant, the spices chosen add to this, and the lavender is just a nice finishing touch. It needed a touch of salt after serving, but nothing more, and the pork didn't even need that, wonderfully savory in its own right. The chayote and jicama are diced small enough to be nice and tender, and really absorb the flavor of the pork and spices.


    Sidekick 5 by *Windthin on deviantART

    The cute things I can wear due to my continuing good health and weight loss.


    Vinnie and Rachel 1 by *Windthin on deviantART

    My sweet birdies. Maui usually takes the morning shift with me at the computer, and Vinnie usually comes for a visit late at night. Winter, my big fluffy parakeet, comes to the bedroom once a week and visits the bathroom with me a few times a week.

    Hope you all have many, many roses to enjoy, outside and in!

  •  Beautiful! (1+ / 0-)
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    michelewln

    Thanks for the eye candy, Michele.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:33:18 PM PDT

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