We'll update the site soon with wrap-ups, thank yous, and photos, but I want to give a same-day thanks to all of the members, guests, volunteers, patrons, and vendors who helped to make the day such as success--we appreciate all of you! Also, if you took any photos and/or videos of the day, please send them our way!
I also want to give you all a heads-up about the Macy's coupon from your goody bags: They are giving that 15 percent discount on top of any sale and other coupon price, so it's a great deal!! I bought one of the dresses Hannah wore in the fashion show, and got the Blackridge Garden Club discount on top of my Macy's twenty percent off coupon. :) I love it when that happens.
I am having a chaotic week, and the national and international news is disconcerting, but seeing these blossoms this morning made me smile. What have you been seeing and hearing that reminds you that spring is around the (Bloomin'!) corner? Click on the images for full size shots and captions. If you have a Blackridge bloom to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post it in our blog.
We hope to see you all at the Bloomin' Corners benefit at Longue Vue Club on March 19. LVC typically works with us to concoct a signature cocktail, to be available at the cash bar, along with their other offerings, and this year, we are featuring this delicious libation to compliment our special entrée choices of Mediterranean Stuffed Pork, Salmon with Fruit Salsa, or Vegetable Paella.
Hasta la Vista
2 oz. orange juice
2 oz. cranberry juice
1 splash grenadine
4 oz. Absolut Mandarin Vodka
1 oz. 7-Up, chilled
Shake vodka, orange juice, cranberry juice and grenadine with ice, and strain into a highball glass. Add 7-Up. Stir lightly and serve with a fruit garnish. Enjoy!
I'm having every bit of a Monday today, even though it's Thursday, but one bright spot is shown in the photo on the left, which popped out at me from the shady side of our McNary corner (along Graham.) I only had a minute, so I quickly jumped out of the car and snapped this pic. I'm not even sure what they are, nor do I care that they will be buried in snow again tomorrow. Spring is coming, and Corners are Bloomin'!
Greetings, Garden Club Members: This is your invitation to bring your favorite baked goods specialties to our spring event and sell them to benefit the Bloomin' Corners!
We need everyone who can to participate. The following are suggestions of baked goods you might contribute: Cakes (loaf), cupcakes, pies, tarts, cookies, breads, muffins, coffee cakes, nuts, candies, pretzels, treats for pets (it's a bakery/barkery).
Everything you bring will help; we will wrap it in event theme for sale. Please bring your items to: Lil & Neal Huguley-1036 Old Gate Road-412-731-6441 on Friday, March 18 between 3:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Donations for the Basket of Cheer raffle prize for the Bloomin' Corners benefit will be gratefully received by Adrienne O'Toole.
Please call or email Adrienne (412-244-1864 or email@example.com) if you are able to contribute. Thank you!
Author, Judy Diorio
Judy's Blog is written by Blackridge's gardener-in-residence, Judy Diorio. Judy has lived in Blackridge for 25 years, and writes the BGC's "In The Garden" column for the Blackboard. She has studied horticulture and landscape design and is currently preparing to be a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist.
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