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Thursday, July 31, 2014

August 2014 Desktop Calendar

Never forget what day of the week it is with our handy 
Desktop Calendar for your home or work computer.

This month we would like to share a pic of our back patio as seen in Country Living magazine from a few years ago - simply decorated with pots of fragrant Rosemary.  Enjoy!

Click on the image above to view a full size version that you can save to your computer.

Be sure to check back next month for a new calendar image for September.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

JULY Happenings around New England

Here are a few upcoming events in New England that we thought you might enjoy - 

When: Saturday, July 13th - 11:30 - 3:30
Where: The grounds of the Pownalborough Courthouse - Dresden, ME
What: 2014 Dresden SUMMERFEST!

There will be a variety of events & activities appropriate for all ages so bring the family along to this wonderful community event.

Activities for Summerfest 2014 
(More activities may be added as the date approaches)

11:30 Parade led by the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps
12:00 Concert by MPSPDC
12:30 Concert by Dresden Richmond Choral Group
1:00 Presentation by Wind Over Wings- Birds of Prey
1:30 Pie Judging Contest
1:45 Concert by Cedar Grove Band
3:15 Sing Along with the Accordion Dude

All Day Activities
Barbeque provided by the Dresden Fire Department
Farmer’s Market- Goranson Farm
Horse and Carriage Rides by Hideaway Farms
Tours of Pownalborough Courthouse
Nature Trail Hikes
Children’s Games- Clowns- Facepainting- Hula Hoops
Petting Zoo with goats and other animals
Community Displays- Dresden Historical Society- Bridge Academy- Republicans and Democrats-Richmond Area Health Center- Richmond Dresden Food Pantry
Local Businesses- Jewelry- Home made breads

When: Wednesday, 7/16 at 5:30pm
Where: Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland, ME
What: Summer Garden Series - Castlebay Presents Maine's Bygone Ballads 5:30pm
This program relates to the 2014-2015 museum exhibit, "Home: The Longfellow House and the Emergence of Portland."
Cost: Free for MHS members; $5 for non-members (pay at the garden gate).

For more info visit the Maine Historical Society website.

When: Saturday, 7/19 - All Day Events
Where: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
What: Fire & Ice Day at Old Sturbridge Village

Old-fashioned fire fighting
See an exciting demonstration of historical 19th-century hand-pump fire trucks, and lend a hand by helping to pump the water. Enjoy a fire truck parade around the Common, including historic motorized fire trucks.

We will also host Massachusetts' premier Fire Explorer Scout Muster, providing the opportunity for teams of scouts to compete in several events. Visitors will also have the chance to compete in the same events!

Old-fashioned ice cream
For ice, cool off with demonstrations of old-fashioned ice-cream making, using period tools, techniques, recipes, and ingredients. In the morning, 18th-century techniques will be used and in the afternoon, we'll switch to 19th-century methods.

The Best Chili in History Contest
Help judge our fifth annual chili contest. Local restaurants including The Oxhead Tavern and The Publick House are putting their chili recipes to the test!
For more info visit the OSV website.

When: Thur & Fri, 7/24 & 7/25 - Various Times
Where: Rufus Porter Cultural Center - Bridgton, ME
What: Cultural Heritage Series featuring workshops on Vinegar Graining, Theorem Stenciling, discussions on Understanding Antique Homes, Rug Braiding & more.  
For more info regarding class prices & times visit the Rufus Porter Museum website.

When: Saturday, 7/26 from 10am - 12pm

Where: Tate House - Portland, ME

What: Family Fun Days - Creating in the Herb Garden
Hands-on activities which utilize common herbs grown in colonial and contemporary gardens.  Families will visit stations and make herbal sachets, dye yarns, make herbal salves, and dried flower wreaths to take home.
For more info & pricing visit the Tate House website

When: July - Oct 18th

Where: Tasha Tudor Museum - West Brattleboro, VT

What: Exhibit - From Scratch: Tasha's Handmade Life

Immerse yourself in Tasha's lifestyle as you take in her handmade things which include a corgi, original paintings and drawings and canned goods. See how Tasha's devotion to hand-written letters inspired some of her followers.

Watch the documentary, enjoy a cup of Tasha's tea, revisit the lost art of letter writing and even try a bit of watercolour painting. Your children may enjoy our dress up area, colouring pages, reading corner, dollhouse, play tea set with cookstove and more

For hours, directions & more info please visit the Museum website.

Circa Home Living is not responsible for changes or cancellations to the events listed above due in part to rain or unforeseen circumstances.  We recommend checking the individual websites or calling to confirm events before making final plans.  

If you know of an upcoming event for August that you think our readers would enjoy we'd love to hear about it. Please e-mail us the details by the 23rd of July to be sure there is time to include the listing in our next Events blog post.

Triple Delight Brownies

If you enjoy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oreos or Fudge Brownies this is the dessert for you since all three are combined together in this hard to resist, delectable treat! They're always a big hit at any gathering and super easy to make! 

Here's what you'll need:

1 Box/Bag of Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 Box of Brownie Mix
1 Pack of Double Stuff Oreos
Check the package mixes for what is needed to make each - eggs, butter, oil, etc...

Preheat your oven to 350.

Line a 8x11 Glass Baking Tray with grease proof paper - we use parchment (NOT wax paper.)

Follow the instructions for the Cookie Mix to make the cookie dough. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the lined baking tray, until it covers the bottom evenly.

Cover this layer with Oreos. You may have a few leftovers for snacking on later.

Mix up your brownie batter per the box instructions. Pour over the oreos.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes depending on how gooey you want the centers.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

When its still a bit warm, use the paper to lift the brownies out of the tray and rest it on a chopping board.

Use a large, sharp knife to cut into manageable squares.


Gina asks - What is the maximum wattage for bulbs in your light fixtures?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions regarding our lighting.

All of our Chandeliers & Sconces are equipped with the smaller candelabra sockets.

The maximum wattage bulb for this type socket is 40 watts. If the chandelier is being used as a main lighting source, either 25 or 40 watt bulbs (shown in top photo) will do the trick nicely. To cut down on the glare frosted bulbs can also be used - found at most local grocery stores. 

For more ambience we offer silicone dipped bulbs in 3, 4, 6 & 15 watts (shown above) in plain silicone or tinted with scent. We use the 6 watt bulbs in several of our fixtures to act as nightlights throughout our home.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 2014 Desktop Calendar

Never forget what day of the week it is with our handy 
Desktop Calendar for your home or work computer.

This month's image features gorgeous Bee Balm with our Potting Shed/Art Studio in the background. Enjoy!

Click on the above image to view a full size version that you can save to your computer.

Be sure to check back next month for a new calendar image for August.