The options to cultivate and enjoy these late Summer/early Fall fruits are nearly endless and naturally involve some specimens with rather quirky names. When browsing a seed catalog, we came across names ranging from Arkansas Black to Zogola, and nearly everything in between. We're curious, is your fruit nomenclature up to snuff? Take our quiz and see if you can discern which varieties are apples and which are tomatoes, based on name alone.
Rock on, baby. Heirloom rocking horses are a classic toy for tots and a staple in a great number of family homes. Sturdy construction and care have allowed these rocking horses to be passed on from generation to generation — but there are a few new breeds on the rise. Check out these modern rocking horses that will surely become heirlooms for your kiddies to pass on to the next generation.
- Simple: The Tori Rocking Horse ($100) has been a favorite of new mamas since it first hit the market. Heirloom quality and nontoxic and renewable material, paired with the functionality of modern design — it folds flat for easy storage! — makes this horsey the perfect gift for any toddler.
- Swank: The newly unveiled sixkid Rocking Horse (starting at $500) is ergonomically shaped — for a safe ride — and breathtaking. It makes a stylish addition to the nursery, playroom or even living room!
Which do you prefer?
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- Into pickling? Here's how to choose the right vinegar. — The Kitchn
- What does "heirloom" mean really? — Chow
- The incomplete but oh-so-true guide to beachside eats.— The Epi-Log
- Don't these brownie chunk peanut butter cookies sound divine? — Baking Bites
- Bacon-cheese hot dogs: a brunch dish for the adventurous. — Serious Eats
- Use your old wine corks to make these cute trivets. — Sweet & Sticky
- Are you a health foodie? — FitSugar
- Bored with beer? Try getting creative with fizzy flavor blends. — Slashfood
In the New York Times story "The Tyranny of the Heirloom," writer Joyce Wadler explores the idea of the unwanted family inheritance. Melodie Bryant, a New York composer whom Wadler interviews, for example, inherited a portrait of her Great-Great-Great-Uncle Ivins, even though she had no desire to hang the painting in her tiny Chelsea apartment. Add to this a moving accident, which ripped the canvas and cost Bryant $3,000 in repair costs, and you can understand why this portrait became a wall hanging you'd avert your eyes from.
In the article, Wadler writes,
Ambivalence and guilt, it seems, are central elements of furniture inheritance, the anchoring pieces around which everything is organized, like the sofa in a living room. Barry Lubetkin, a psychologist and the director of the Institute for Behavior Therapy in Manhattan, has observed this in a number of patients living with inherited furniture they hate. It’s an unhealthy setup, in which people become “slaves to inanimate objects,” he says. “Once you’re defining it as something you can’t get rid of, you’re not in control of your life or your home."
Of course, you probably know that my philosophy for decorating and design goes something along the lines of "less is more." That doesn't mean that I'm not living with some inherited pieces, but luckily, thus far, all of the pieces are ones that I love.
Have you been saddled with any unwanted heirlooms? Tell me about it in the comments below.
A term that is used to describe a number of plants grown from a certain seed variety. These seed varieties are grown without any human intervention and must be at least 50 years old. In the purest sense it is a plant that has been selected, nurtured, and handed down from one family member to another for generations resulting in a highly flavorful produce. In the food world it most commonly refers to tomatoes, but can also refer to corn, watermelon, squash, etc.
I love the look of these Moon & Stars Watermelon - which gets its name from the striking pattern of small dots and one larger one. This extra sweet Amish heirloom variety was once on the verge of extinction, but is making a comeback. If you're interested in growing them in your garden, a packet of purple variety seeds costs $2.39 and a packet of the green variety costs $2.69.