Monday, March 16, 2009

Welcome Back Spring At the Upperville Daffodil Show

Monday Morning Blog

The Upperville Daffodil Show is a stepping stone to bigger daffodil shows like the ones in Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. There's a national show, too, but at the Upperville show it's just friendly competition.

It's not necessary to compete, of course, you can just go to see the flowers - and what beautiful flowers you'll see!

Hundreds of bright yellow blossoms in every variety imaginable line table after table. Their sweet scent is deliciously heavy and perfumes the air. It always smells like Easter and daffodils make everyone feel happy.

All amateur growers are invited to exhibit.


The 46th Annual Upperville Daffodil Show
Presented by the Upperville Garden Club in conjunction with The American Daffodil Society.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Buchanan Hall
8549 John Mosby Hwy
Upperville, VA 20184

No charge to enter daffodils or view the exhibits but donations are appreciated.

For information contact:
Alex Woodson


Diane Ingoe

Monday, March 2, 2009

Is Your Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Monday Morning Blog

Have you looked at your orange juice bottle lately?

I mean REALLY looked at it?

Some bottled juices are 100% freshly squeezed juice.
Some are made from concentrate.
Then there's bottled juice that's made from part concentrate and part freshly squeezed.

The healthiest and best value is 100% orange juice NOT from concentrate. There should be no added sugar, corn syrup, water, coloring or cellulose.

What's wrong with 100% orange juice made from concentrate?

Nothing if you're buying frozen concentrate.
Adding your own water is a good way to save money.

What's wrong with 100% orange juice made from concentrate is that you're paying premium prices for less than premium juice.

Every time orange juice is processed, it looses nutrition - vitamin C and enzymes in particular. Vitamin C is added back after processing but not enzymes.

When bottled orange juice is made from concentrate, it's been processed twice - once to make it into concentrate and again to pasteurize it after reconstituting and bottling.

Each time food is processed, it looses nutrition.

So when you buy bottled orange juice, get the biggest bang for your hard earned buck. Make sure the juice you choose is worth the squeeze.

Orange-mato Soup
Tomato and orange? You betcha!

3 tablespoons butter (margarine not recommended)
1 small onion (chopped - about 1/3 cup)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 (14 to 16 oz) can diced or petite diced tomatoes in juice (without sugar or corn syrup)
2 cups orange juice (without sugar or corn syrup)

Melt butter in a medium pot. Add onions and black pepper. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft (but not brown) - about 10 minutes.

Stir in broth, tomatoes and their juice. Bring to boil. Simmer on low, partially covered, about 5 minutes to blend flavors. Stir in tomato juice and heat to steaming.