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  It goes like this:      After the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the American Revolution (1775-1783), and the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the original 13 colonies found themselves broke.       Without the means to repay the farmers, and clerks, and boys, and widows, that had won these conflicts the state of Connecticut […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Screw the living history, i want your mom’s POT ROAST! Only kidding. I love stuff like that. But I do like pot roast. If it’s a good one.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hear ya. I will post her Pot Roast recipe soon. It will NOT disappoint.ReplyCancel

  • Elin Stebbins Waldal - Love the images at the end of your post, makes my hankering for fall to hurry up and arrive in California grow stronger! Your post inspired me to seek a living history farm here and I discovered there is one two hours from my house, it looks gorgeous too. Thanks for the great tip!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Good for you! They really are all around us-Living History opportunities. I just LOVE them. I recently heard of a new plantation that has opened to the public and will be scouting it out soon. Stay tuned!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Love history and this was so interesting. Love to feel those yarns. I should really seek out these places in my own back yard. We are rich in history as well! It’s not all Soprano’s and Housewives of NJ!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - New Jersey has such a rich history I bet they are and if you do- I’d love to hear about them!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Loved this. Everything about it. History is so freaking interesting. And everything has it. We forget that. Every old building, every old table with rings on it has history. If only the walls could talk.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I know!!!! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sitting in a place and started asking too many questions about it’s history. LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - Fascinating display of Americana… Both interesting and informative… Love your pictures!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Myke! Glad you stopped by!!ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - Ok, so when ever you put food in the title, I’ve grown to expect an amazing recipe to accompany the story you tell. I was sad when I reached the end of the story, and no recipe for pot roast 🙁ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh boy. You caught me! I WILL be posting that darn recipe soon!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anne Louise Bannon - Love open air/living history museums like this. What fun. But I don’t get how pot roast won the West, unless you mean women bringing families in and… Or is it just a joke and I’m not getting it. Sigh. Wouldn’t be the first time.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Even I don’t know what I meant- really, but yes, the idea that w/o women and their good cookin’ all would have been lost. Or something that that. Wouldn’t be the first time I didn’t make sense. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Sounds like a perfect day – topped off by a yummy home-cooked meal, of course!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Love to go to places like this. Our last road trip we went to Springfield, ILL so I could get my Abe Lincoln freak on. They preserved the whole street his house is on. Even got to see the triple seater outhouse. The family that…together…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We stopped by what was supposed to be his log cabin in Kentucky once. Problem was/is that THAT cabin is long gone and the park services put up a pretend cabin near what they THINK was where his father settled for a bit- once. *head shaking* At least you got to see the TRUE three-seater!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - Oh, I love the stories of western expansion (except the part where the people who already lived there were “resettled.”) Was this before they drained the Black Swamp, aka Ohio? I love personal, and often that means feminine, takes on history – and small house and village museums play a critical role in preserving and conveying that history. Oh, and by the way, you have my vote for “best blog post title!”ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Your history lessons are dished out in such pleasingly humorous bits and bites. If history in high school had been as fun as yours, I believe I’d be far more educated in that way. Love this! (And pot roast!)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve got a million of them. Have you heard the TRUE story about how the Oxford Dictionary came to be???? AMAZING!!!!!! I really should write about that….. thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • K. Lee Banks - Thanks for sharing the great pictures and some of the history behind them. I especially like the spun wool!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The wool was gorgeous and soooo soft. The colors so rich. They sold skeens in the gift shop. I bought a few- of course. HehehheeeeeReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - People down on their luck cannot afford $1,200 payment and build such a stately manner. I love visiting a place like that. You are right about potroasts. Even used that in my one story.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Cheryl the Historian- I love your new profession! I could sit by the fire place all day with you and listen to your stories:) Plus you make me hungry with this stuff!
    xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re so sweet! I LOVE history. These are a few posts from a few years ago that no one read. I’m re-posting because I have a FULL calendar this month and with the autumn upon us I think people like to read a good yarn. Hahahaa Thanks Abby. XXOOOReplyCancel

    I am a LOVER of all things a tad on the flamboyant side.     Notice I said ‘tad’ as if to qualify myself and allow some room for wiggle because I’m nothing if not a fence sitter and you all know that’s a lie.   I was recently at the Audubon Zoo […]

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  • Jason (from Dealspotr) - Love flamingos. Very nice post. Well done.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Jason. They really ARE beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Cary - You’re a bad ass, and I mean that in the best possible way.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Even I’m afraid to get on my ‘wrong’ side. HeheheeeeReplyCancel

  • carollynn - From one Flamingo to another, you look fab in the video. And if we’re being honest, we’re talking a hellofalotta flamboyant, and that is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - I love Flamingos but I suppose I need to let mine fly a bit more often.
    Cheryl your garden is just gorgeous. I love that the fountain is from Pennsylvania and the fish are so cute. Love the video:)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Doreen! Ben has the fish trained like pets! They come to the top when they see him and nearly jump out. Amazing what ‘food’ will do.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) - I am a frequent flamingo flier. We even had pink flamingo lawn ornaments as trail markers to the meadow on the mountain where we were married! Aren’t estate sale finds (like fountains) wonderful.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - God yes! I LOVE estate sales! Somehow this large fancy place was being sold off piece-by-piece and the lady who bought the fountain knew of me and our garden (at that time) and called Ben and asked if he’d like to buy it. It was so heavy he had to get a few friends to help him move it. I’m glad he did!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I LOVE your garden! I want to come sit in it next trip to New Orleans!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Your Flamingoness made me so happy today. Your garden is amazing and it was so nice to see the fountain with the fish.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Flamingoness! I love that term! Yes Yes Yes!!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - Flamingo is a great mantra for joy, self-expression and exuberance (among other things — as good mantras are super open ended). Thank you for the words and images in that dimension. FLAMINGO!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Absolutely to die for! Love your garden and, especially, the private courtyard with fountain.

    What a super series. Very cool! Thank you for sharing and letting us peak into your private space. 😀ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My pleasure! I’m so happy you stopped by!!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Harrington - What a fantastic site!! Great post and YOU GO GIRL!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Cook Bonifant - Just taking a moment after reading this to think about my own particular Flamingo was fun. And yes, yes, yes to the loud music when nobody’s around. Also singing in the car.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Love that hat you’re wearing. And yes, Cheryl, you’re officially famous – even before that episode!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’ve had that hat for ages. It folds flat when I travel to the beach and, of course, keeps the sun off my aging neck in the garden. ps: I love being kinda famous!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I love the image of you strolling back from lunch after a glass of wine giving directions with style and flare! Thank you for, as always, making me smile!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Flamingos are awesome – and so are you! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - was that iced tea you’re holding? very Southern (altho’ my knowledge comes from Duck Dynasty and their gardens are nothing like yours!) Gorgeous courtyard and you looked fabulous. Now I’m off to discover my flamingo 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - Love that photo of you. I also love flamingos. I can’t wait to meet you–the special flamingo from New Orleans.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I love how your gardens are separated into different areas! That’s my favorite thing about New Orleans, the little secret back getaways! I was just there at the end of last summer and probably walked right past your house. It’s nice to see bloggers that you know but don’t know and how they look and live! Your gardens and you are very beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - YOU ARE SO GORGEOUS AND ADORABLE!! And your gardens… OH MY GOSH HOW AMAZING!!! I want to come stay with you… and sit out there for HOURS. Please?

    I lived in uptown for a year, when I did my clinical training at Depaul Hospital. (Is that still there? Psych hospital. I think that was the name…lol) Gosh, 1989-1990 I believe it was. I absolutely adored New Orleans!! Looking at the video makes me long to go back. 🙂

    You ARE a FLAMINGO!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Depaul is not still here, as far as I know. NOLA misses you too! Come on by anytime, the door is always open!ReplyCancel

A month ago, I was in Chicago for a Blogging Conference. You know, the one that if you hear one more damn thing about you’re going to scream?Yea. That one.Well, this post isn’t about that… sort of.In Chicago, somehow, I was invited to attend a luncheon presented by the Nestle Corporation, who is the brand […]

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  • Janie Emaus - You’ve made me seriously hungry!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I’m sold. I would have liked to have learned more about the contents and healthy #s in this post, but I had a moment and looked them up myself. The sodium content is reasonably low and I like the convenience of frozen meals on occasion. Ok, I hate to admit how often “on occasion” really is. 😉 I’ll be looking for these and giving them a try.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh, that’s wonderful- that you found your answers! Not only are these prepared dishes more healthful but others in the ‘industry’ are trying to catch up. And let’s all be honest- we do have the occasional need for the convenience of prepared foods. Anyone who says otherwise is just fibbing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Glad you shared this – it brought back my faith (formerly a bit lagging) in the food future of our country.
    So much about the success of our children depends on good nutrition: their bodies and their brains.
    I wonder about the great thinkers and doers of our time – those who made great strides with inventions and creations. I wonder how much MORE they would or could have done had their families fed them more nutritious food?

    That thought helped me get on board with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Others of influence in the food industry are also contributing, like Rachel Ray. No matter what we think of their personalities, or even their motives, they are contributing to the well-being of our children and other citizens, thereby helping make our country the best it can be.

    Thanks again for posting this.

    And yikes! What fun to see all the ingredients in the pantries of the kitchen of goodness. Yum. I’m heading back into my kitchen yet again today to whip up more goodness for the family.

    Note: I am having issues entering my blog URL for some reason, despite multiple efforts. I may have to post as anonymous? If so, my URL is aka Julie PhelpsReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So glad you took the time (and sorry for the difficulty) because your comment rings SO TRUE with me, and others I’m sure. There is a food revolution happening in the USA (Thank God) and my hat is off to everyone, be it homemaker, restauranteur, chef, author, prepared foods company that steps up to the plate. These people (and I say ‘people’ because that’s who’s cooking these dishes- not robots) are truly changing the face of what’s behind our frozen food lockers. Thanks for stopping by. Now I’m off to you!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - I think the food industry will serve us what we demand. If people want better foods, and are willing to pay more for them, then I’m certain we’ll get them.

    I eat frozen dinners a couple of nights a week since I travel (it’s that our restaurant fare), and so I’m always looking for healthy choices in the frozen food section. So often the food I get is so terrible. I’ll definitely be checking out this line of foods.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I don’t think they will disappoint Chloe. But- they will not taste like what we are all so used to. They are better- more flavorful but less salt. Smaller portions. Whole grain carbs. Change is good.ReplyCancel

  • - Fantastic product to keep me out of fast food drive-ups on workdays!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Even the packaging is different- no colored plastics- all clear. No chemicals. And they have a 2-step process. Cook a little- add the sauce. Finish off. These are NOT all done for you, but it’s EASY!!! Hope you enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Lean Cuisine Honestly Good. I had not heard of this line before and didn’t know Nestle owned Lean Cuisine either. Since you are recommending, I will definitely try Honestly Good. I am also very happy they noticed you and invited you to their kitchen!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - What’s so weird is that I was on my way to Chagrin Falls, Ohio the very next day and they are headquartered in the next town over- Solon, Ohio. How weird is that! I think they were even a bit surprised when I accepted their invitation for the next day! HahaaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - What a cool experience Cheryl! It sounds good. I’d try it. Bon appetit my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Where’d my comment go? Poof! So just in case…I’m gonna post another one. 😉

    What a cool experience Cheryl! This looks and sounds good and I’d try it. Bon appetit, my friend!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - There you are! It really was fascinating. What I loved was the intimate and personal consideration they craft these recipes with. Real People! WHO KNEW!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Their food is definitely better than any other! How wonderful that you got shown around!! I see they have a liquor cabinet/rack as well!! Now, that makes it pretty homely for me! 😉ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Loved it! And by-the- by tomorrow’s post you’re gonna like! You’re mentioned!!!! Yippie! I love Roshni!!!!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Now that’s a kitchen!ReplyCancel

In a windowless room, deep inside a large building, sits a young man, a techno-wizard really, who is endlessly sorting, prioritizing, and filing snippets of classified government information, into larger algorithms, so that program artificial intelligences can identify patterns.Patterns of possible plans that might pose a threat to National Security.These are only ‘snipets’ because no […]

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  • Tracie Nall - I do wonder….how long will Russia let him stay in the airport?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Not much longer. They (Russia) are looking for someone else to take him in. Problem is that everyone has been told that if they take him in the USA will stop trade, etc. with them. He’s not worth ruining an economy over- so he may be Siberia bound.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - yeah I often wonder what his long-term plan was – or if he had one at all??ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - It is fascinating seeing a real life version of “The Terminal” (not that the person in the movie was in the airport terminal for a similar reason) unfold. I don’t know if anyone could have foreseen the consequences – especially not someone his age.ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - Just goes to show: it’s NOT age over wisdom. He sure didn’t think this through did he.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - It sounds like a movie plot…ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Bowns - Very intriguing! Is this a short story or a film plot idea?ReplyCancel

  • Suerae Stein - I definitely see a book and a movie on the horizon. It really is fascinating how this all played out and it will be interesting to see where he ends up. If we ever find out.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - It’s not as if he can do much with his time but write…

    Coming in 2014: Shia LaBoeuf as Edward Snowden in…

    Doctor StrangeDrone: Or How I Learned To Get Over My Fears And Love The NSA.ReplyCancel

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