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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Chair Is So Much More




"Chair ~ a piece of furniture consisting of a seat, 

back, legs, and often arms, designed for one person."




Chairs, though originally intended for use for "state and dignity" 

have become one of the most common and 

ordinary objects within our homes.  

When Chloe @ One King's Lane recently contacted me to ask if 

I'd write a post about a statement chair in our home, 

I was happy to oblige.  





My husband and I both admire chairs 

for their function and their form.  

We've been known to bring back 

chairs as a "souvenir" from our travels.  





One such chair is a 

Thonet bentwood rocker purchased in Paris.  

Thonet furniture, with its curves 

and bentwood construction, speaks to us.





Our sun room, once a screened in porch, 

now functions as a year round living space since 

enclosed with walls of French doors and windows.   





The fluid movement in the lines of the bentwood rocker 

compliment the architectural details in the corbels 

of the original porch design that were retained 

and enclosed with transom windows.





The casualness of the Thonet, with its cane back

 and seat, fits the aesthetic of our sun room .   .   .





Yet it stands on its own as unique 

among the wicker and bamboo pieces.  





It serves as both an accent piece 

and a favorite spot to relax with a gentle sway 

while the design flows effortlessly with 

textures and accessories of the room.





A chair is so much more 

 than just a place to sit!


So tell me, do you have any statement chairs?   

If so, leave a comment and tell me about them.





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Use this link to join, and there's a $15 credit waiting for you!

If you are interested about 

the history of Modern Chairs, check out 

A Complete Guide to Modern Chairs 

here at One King's Lane.




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Birthday, America!






July 4, 2014





All across the USA, 

Americans will celebrate with

parades ~ picnics ~ festivals ~ fireworks.





The Stars and Stripes 

will wave in the breeze.




While Boston and Philadelphia 

will be host to large crowds for the day's celebration, 

neighborhoods from coast to coast will also celebrate.  





Bicycles ~ Wagons ~ Scooters ~ Trucks ~ Cars





All festooned in 

red, white, and blue.





The patriotic spirit 

fills the air!





There will be picnics 

and neighborhood barbecues.





As America Celebrates 

Independence Day!





America's 

238th Birthday 

is upon us.





Wednesday, June 11, 2014

She's A Grand Ole Flag






Celebrating National Flag Week





Honoring the red, white, and blue.



Patriotic holidays and the colors of our country's flag

have always given me a sense of pride and happiness.





I'm proud to be American!





As an elementary teacher for 30 years,

patriotism was an important component

throughout the year's curriculum.




It wasn't an isolated unit, 

but rather a theme that was woven into

various activities and integrated across the curriculum.





I believe it is important to teach children respect 

for our country's flag and other patriotic symbols and .   .   .





That instilling patriotism at an early 

age enables young children to understand 

the responsibilities of good citizenship.





It makes my heart sing to drive 

through my neighborhood and .   .   .






See families proudly 

display the flag of our country.



It reminds me that the US is a country united, 

one of liberty and justice for all.




THE STARS AND STRIPES




THE RED, WHITE,  AND BLUE






OLD GLORY






LONG MAY SHE WAVE





If you are an American,

pay tribute to our flag this week.

"She's A Grand Ole Flag"

Flag Day ~ June 14


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Monday, June 2, 2014

Chipotle ~ Mystery Ingredient Club






Mystery Ingredient Club

It's our 4th meeting, and


decided to put a little spice in this round of fun.  





~ Chipotle ~

Chipotle comes from the word, chilpoctli

when means "smoked chili."

This unique flavor comes from smoke-dried jalapenos.

It's used in many Mexican dishes because the smoky flavor 

and heat of the peppers is perfect for Mexican food.






I live in Texas where 

hot, spicy Mexican food is a staple, 

and one of my favorite dishes is blackened fish tacos 

with spicy chipotle aioli.  The hot days of summer, I prefer

a lighter dish, so I've opted to share a fish taco salad.

  It's got the flavor without all the calories.





Layer your bowl with crisp salad 

greens topped with brown rice.





Next add a layer of salsa made with 

corn, black beans, red peppers, garlic, and onions.





Top that with blackened fish and chopped 

avocado with just a squeeze of lemon.





You can find a printable recipe here for

Spicy Fish Taco Bowls.





My twist on this recipe is to add

a drizzle of Chipotle Aioli.





 It gives it that extra kick 

and yummy flavor.




We can buy Chipotle Aioli locally,

but you can easily make your own.




Check out the links below to see

what other members cooked up 

with the mystery ingredient.


Previous Mystery Ingredients 

You can click the title to go to the original posts.




# 1 ~ Meyer Lemons

Cooking With The Meyers




#2 ~ Creepy Sprinkles Lab

Happy Owl-Ween!





#3 ~ Chocolate

A Little Heart on the Side

 Also joining





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