Meyda Lighting stained glass window designs make great additions to contemporary home and office decor. At Hametownshoppes, we are having a promotional sale on Meyda Lighting stained glass designs through the month of May.
Already competitively priced with free shipping, when you enter the promo code: windows123 and you can get an additiona 10% off the windows.
Take a moment to view or purchase the following windows.
Hametownshoppes has over 6o Meyda Lighting Stained Glass windows. These contemporary designed windows make a great addition to your home or office decor and make great gifts to friends or family members who appreciate the intricacies and designs of Tiffany style stained glass.
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Now is the time that garden centers and nurseries have a ready supply of perennials for planting. One favorite perennial that should be used in both commercial and residential landscapes is the daylily.
Daylilies require very little care other than an occasional division, thrive in full sun to partial sun, are reliable bloomers, and can be somewhat drought resistant. Daylilies come in many different flower colors and sizes.
The dwarf ever-blooming daylilies have become increasingly popular with landscapers because of their short stature and the splash of floral colors, which is often times needed in the commercial landscape.
Daylilies are members of the genus Hemerocallis and should not be confused with the true lilies that are in the genus Liliacea.
Though daylily flowers appear to look like a traditional lily, the flower only remains open for one day whereas lilies can have multiple flowers on the same stalk and remain open for 5-7 days.
Daylily clumps can bloom for up to 1 month and provide that long term color.
Another major difference between lilies, is that daylilies are much easier to care for and are less likely to be consumed by rabbits, which enjoy the lilies. Unfortunately, daylilies are not deer resistant.
Martha Cycz, a daylily expert in the following video shows how easy it is to care for daylilies.
At Hametownshoppes, our yard is bustling with bird activity. Birds are starting to make nests in our trees, American Goldfinches (Carduelis tristis) have shed their winter drab feathers for summer yellow feathers and are appearing at our niger seed feeder, and several variety of wood peckers are attacking our suet.
The American Robin is migratory and leaves Canada and northeastern part of the United States and over winters from Florida and to central Mexico. Along with the Red-Winged Black Bird (Agelaius phoeniceus), the American Robin these birds are the most abundant native land birds in North America.
On occasion, we have been fortunate to see Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) which fly through our fields in later winter to clean off holly berries and remnants of crabapple berries. My friends who live in the rural areas have an abundant number Eastern Bluebirds that have built their nests in constructed birdhouses mounted to fence posts.
Though we put out hummingbird feeders, this year we are going to put up feeders to attract the Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula). Many relatives and friends of ours have great success with the different types of feeders designed to attract these brilliant orange birds. Though this colorful bird occasionally flies into our immediate backyard, our open field is a more suited habitat.
After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city had to be rebuilt. It was during this rebuilding; American architects had opportunities to present new building designs.
Their designs to be a marked contrast to the traditional Greek and Roman classicism and ornate designs of the buildings leveled in the fire.
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was the most well-known architect who promoted the uniquely American building designs which consisted of the use of horizontal lines, flat roofs, limited ornamentation, and building integration into the mid-western United States landscape.
The flat horizontal building lines were thought to represent the flat lines of the uniquely American mid-western prairie.
Architecture Historian H. Allen Brooks coined Prairie School to describe the architectural designs of that era.
The same principles of building designs influenced stained glass patterns, which have also been called Prairie School designs.
Meyda Lighting has some of their own Tiffany style stained glass Prairie School designs and these are now available at Hametownshoppes.
These simple designs would complement contemporary home and office decor. These lamps ship free and are competitively priced.
Take a moment to view or purchase these lamps by selecting the link above the pictures.
The word baroque is often times associated with a description of art designs as having excessive ornamentation.
The Baroque decor style of art was sanctioned by the Catholic Church as an alternate art expression to the Protestant reformation. The style and colors selected for the art form was elaborate, extravagant, and was meant to be a boastful statement of power. Besides the Church, this art form addressed the style of the European aristocracy quite well.
Palace of Versailles Sample of Baroque Architecture
Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of cattle. The brisket muscles support much of the body weight of the cow or steer. Because of that function, the brisket muscles have a significant amount of tissue and must be cooked slowly to tenderize the meat.
In our family there is one savory and simple brisket recipe that is a sure hit and can be served at lunch or dinner time as a warm sandwich.
Beef Brisket Sandwiches
Brisket Cooking Instructions
Place 2-3lb beef brisket (not corned beef) in a baking pan.
Add water to almost cover the meat. Put on top of the meat the following: 2 sliced carrots, several stalks of celery, 1 or 2 onions, salt and pepper.
Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 3 hours or until meat is tender.
During the cooking process, turn the brisket once or twice and add water if necessary. You actually want to keep the water level covering 1/2 the brisket.
When finished cooking as determined by tenderness, cool , then slice across the grain of the meat.
Use leftover broth from the cooked meat and remove the vegetables.
Add 1 package of brown gravy mix to the broth.
Add and stir in 1/2 to 1 teaspoon horseradish.
Heat gravy mixture and poor over the sliced meat.
Cover with foil, and heat the gravy poured over sliced meat for 1 hour at 325 degrees.
Serve on sandwich buns. This sandwich mixture freezes well and can provide another dinner if you wish.
A great way to serve these flavorful sandwiches is with Made in the USA Pottery sold at Hametownshoppes! Take a moment to view or purchase some of the competitively priced Made In USA pottery from Emerson Creek and Hartstone Pottery as the following: