Friday, June 29, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ I Just Can't Stop. They Are TOO CUTE...

average sized carrot. Mama bunny is average sized, too.

oh, it smells good.

don't know if anyone actually got a mouthful, but they are practicing.

(the shoe is a size 9). Hmmm wonder if toes taste good?

and the back door mud area is so not pretty. ignore the dog hair and other unsavories.

I'm sorry. I just can't help it. Tuesday and Wednesday, Day 10 and 11 of bunnies taking over our world, they suddenly changed from sweet, furry lumps into animated miniature bunnies. I just can't resist sharing these pictures with you. And there will be some videos next week. Sigh. I'm obsessed. We all are. 

So, forgive me. And enjoy the cutest things you may ever, ever see.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ A Wee Bit of Bunny Lovin Cuteness

Look at me. I be a big bunny.

It is a rough job to grow so fast. Really rough.
 10 Days. 

There are eyeballs peeking out. And suddenly, overnight, these little buggers are acting like bunnies. 

These teeny, tiny, miniature bunnies. They sit and sleep (sometimes) in the bunny pose instead of all sprawled out. 

Not all six eyes are open to the world, but they will be by the time you read this. 

Ha.Ha. Hop, Skip and Jump.
Unbelievable this bizarre miracle of life. 

Peekie, Peekie.
One of my friends keeps saying. "Seriously, look what God can do in 28 days. You can't plant a tomato seed and get tomatoes in 28 days." 

Amazing. And, in case I haven't said this enough. STINKING CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I'm a big shot. I hang with the grown-ups.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Serials and Scenarios ~ 350 Best Vegan Recipes and Giveaway ~ Reviewed


350 Best Vegan Recipes
Deb Roussou
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Robert Rose (March 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778802949


Delicious, innovative and easy-to-prepare recipes for everyone in search of meal-planning options to fit the vegan lifestyle.

These tempting vegan options include a wide and varied range of tantalizing meal ideas -- from amazing appetizers and salads to hearty soups, incredibly satisfying main courses and decadent desserts. This outstanding cookbook contains so much more than just incredible vegan offerings (that are also guaranteed to appeal to non-vegans and non-vegetarians) -- it also includes comprehensive and useful information on everything from stocking a vegan pantry to helpful kitchen tools and equipment.

And what really sets this book apart from other vegan cookbooks is the "Vegan from Scratch" chapter which provides information on making everything from Vegan Bouillon to Soy Cream Cheese and Smokey Maple Tofu Bacon Slices. These recipes really bring a wholly authentic vegan lifestyle into the home kitchen!

My Review

If you are new to Vegan eating, investigating it, or are trying to add delicious meatless meals to your life, this packed-with-recipes cookbook is a great resource to have on hand.

I'd love to tell you that I cook from my brain and pure creativity and never need cookbooks to get the juices flowing, but that would be a lie. Not saying I can't get on a roll and go all out. But when I'm tired, or bored, or just can't muster creative, I like me a good cookbook.

I also would love to tell you that I love internet recipes. Honestly, with a few strokes of a few keys one can really find a whole lot of what they need on the web. But, I hate cooking from recipes on my computer. There is something about a book that I can write down tweaks or suggestions for next time in the margins. I even like an occasional splatter mark in my cookbooks. (Not to be confused with spatter for those like me, who love police fiction. I do not want spatter in my cookbooks, thankyouverymuch.)

I have made a handful of recipes from 350 Best Vegan Recipes. Each of them was delicious.

My first recipe was Serrano and Roasted Pepper Cornbread. Yum. I had some leftover Spanish rice that needed a little something to make it star in another meal. With a handful of seitan bits and the cornbread layered over the top and baked with the cornbread instructions, yum, this bad boy is a keeper.

Next up was Almond Bear Claw Muffins served to breakfast guests.  Absolutely delicious. I used almond butter instead of the paste that is called for and the recipe worked well. And won raves. 

Another muffin recipe was equally delicious. Raspberry Streusel Muffins.

The Cremini and Kalamata Olivada -- YUM.

I don't think I can tell you what i still want to make from this cookbook. It would probably take less time and space to tell you what doesn't appeal to me.

Recipes on my radar include:

Trendy and creative sounding Horseradish Mustard and Panko-Encrusted Tofu and Northwest Passage Cedar-Planked Tofu. Down home fun comfort food... County Fair Corn Chip Pie. With recipes like these book covers most aspects of Vegan entertaining.

Raw and just veggie lovers will find a section that contains recipes like: Cauliflower and Zucchini Slaw, Hearts of Palm and Mushroom Salad with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette, Grilled Artichokes with Jalapeno Mignonette Sauce, Sauteed Slivered Brussels Sprouts Over Wild Rice Cakes and Lemon Cucumber Tabbouleh. All together now, "Yum." 

The dessert section offers up a Cranberry Walnut Cake with Caramel Sauce, Jade Green Tea Pound Cake and Figgy Pudding with Brandy Hard Sauce.

A dozen or so pages contain cocktail recipes, too.

I also appreciated the resources. Like the salad dressing recipes, spice blends and basic Vegan recipe versions to replace expensive Vegan processed items. You can use this resource to make your own dairy free versions of mayonnaise, ricotta, smear, sour cream, tempehacon bits, caramel and divine chocolate sauces, vegetable broth and seitan.

Not every recipe in the book is unique, there are several basics or standard items you'll find in nearly every Vegan focused cookbook.  The recipes I tried are delicious and easy to follow.  If you are looking for why to go Vegan, or what one is, that information in not in here. However there are some resources for new Vegans like a very simple pantry list, useful kitchen tools, vocabulary, and suggested menu/party list. Most recipes can be made with commonly found-in-Vegan-household ingredients. If you are looking for some tasty Vegan recipes and like the idea that you can buy a book with 350 recipes instead of 175, then you might want to look a little bit closer at adding it to your bookshelf. It's a keeper and I will continue to cook from it.

And one of the recipes on my must try list is one I have permission to share with you.

Excerpted from 350 Best Vegan Recipes by Deb Roussou © 2012 Robert Rose Inc.  Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Sauteed Slivered Brussels Sprouts Over Wild Rice Cakes (page 132)

Heightened flavors and a vibrant presentation make this dish a real star. It is doubtful there will be any leftover, but if so, chill the shredded Brussels sprouts, dress with balsamic vinaigrette and serve as a memorable side dish.

Serves 4

       Preheat oven to 200°F (100°C)

       Blender

1 lb Brussels sprouts, bottoms and outer 500 g leaves trimmed

2 tbsp olive oil, divided 30 mL

2 onions, thinly sliced 2

3 cloves garlic, sliced 3

11⁄4 tsp salt, divided 6 mL

1⁄2 tsp Dijon mustard 2 mL

1⁄2 cup firm or extra-firm silken tofu 125 mL

2 cups cooked mixed wild and brown rice 500 mL

2 tbsp chopped chives 30 mL

1 tbsp chopped basil 15 mL

1 tbsp minced Italian flat-leaf parsley 15 mL

1⁄8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 0.5 mL

1⁄3 cup fresh bread crumbs 75 mL

Canola oil

2 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted 30 mL

1. Finely slice sprouts about 1⁄16-inch (2 mm) thick. Separate slices into shreds and set aside.

2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and let pan get hot. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the olive oil and tip pan to coat. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, 3⁄4 tsp (3 mL) of the salt and mustard and cook, stirring often, until onions are golden and caramelized, about 20 minutes.

3. In a blender, purée tofu until smooth. In a bowl, gently fold together puréed tofu and rice. Mix in chives, basil, parsley, black pepper and remaining 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) of salt. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl and, using a tablespoon, drop rice mixture into bread crumbs, patting gently to form a cake. Press additional crumbs on top and use a small spatula to transfer cake to a plate lined with waxed paper. Repeat with remaining rice mixture.

4. Place another skillet over medium-high heat and let pan get hot. Add about 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) canola oil. When oil is hot, place 3 or 4 rice cakes in pan and cook until edges begin to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip cakes and cook until underside is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and keep warm in preheated oven. Repeat process with remaining rice mixture.

5. In pan with onions, heat remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) of olive oil over medium-high heat, pushing onions to one side of pan. Add Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring frequently, until shreds are bright green and just beginning to wilt, about 5 minutes.

6. Arrange 2 to 3 rice cakes on a plate and top each with a little pile of sprouts. Sprinkle with pine nuts and serve.

Now would you like a free copy? The publisher is offering to send one of my readers (US or Canada) a copy. 

I'm leaving this random contest open through midnight on July 21st. 

Leave a comment. One chance. 

Follow my blog. One chance (you have to leave another comment telling me.)

Poke around the provided links and tell me, in a separate comment, which recipe you'd like to try.

Make sure I can get in touch with you. And wait til the reveal on July 22nd. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Look How They've Grown. Hops, Skips and Jumps...

Look at those little kickers.
They kind of look like pigs.
 My, what a difference a mere week makes.  From day one last Saturday to Day 8 Sunday they've gone from naked little pinkies to fuzzy little bunnies. 

Their eyes still aren't open yet. 

And they sleep and sleep and sleep. 

Or miniature donkeys.
But, since they've managed to grow fur and leaps and bounds in their short week of life, I think sleeping makes sense.


Oh my. No words.

Polka dots and bunny ears.

Teeth. Ha. Ha.

So they may be growing, but all three still fit in two hands.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Not About Bunnies ~

Let's talk, instead, about an eye for fashion. 

There is a blog I follow that is all about crafts and fun decorating ideas. 

This gal is pretty creative. She'll take a landscape picture and then she'll pull the colors out of the landscape. 

Here is my version of this. 

I will call it an Eye for Fashion. And I spent several days working out my color scheme. 

The first two days were in the RASPBERRY, PURPLE and BLACK scheme.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Should Be Law About Cuteness This Cute?.

Did you notice I didn't mention bunnies once yesterday? 

Ha. Ha. Guess what I'm posting today? 

Does this need any words? Nope.

HEAP of cuteness. 5 days old.

I think he was snoring.

Mr. Darcy gets curious.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Farm Report, Not by Les Nessman

Farm day was a scorcher. 

So, imagine how glad we were when we were assigned "just the pack, ma'am, just the pack."

The farmer and interns were sitting around the packing area, looking at a pile of kohlrabi when we arrived. At 1:30 they all looked like they had used up one of their nine lives. Have I mentioned that the farmer is in her early 60's? Important note. They had been working since 8:30. The temperature was low 90's and there was some pre-hoped-for-rain-humidity in the air. They'd killed beetles and removed damaged leaves. They'd picked, they'd weeded. The farmer made an organic veggie lunch for them and they'd just recharged.

We exchanged niceties and the details of the pack and the washing and box wrangling commenced.  The farmer grabbed her hat and gloves and the twenty-something interns sighed, stood up and grabbed theirs. "Off to pick more kohlrabi." The farmer chirped on her way out. 

An hour later the door opened letting in the blazing sun and bringing women bearing armloads of octopus like veggies. They dumped them, soaked up a little cool air in the cold room, came out into our area wiping their faces on their arms. 

"Ready girls?" The farmer said. In her hand rested two packets of seeds. "It's going to rain tomorrow. I want to get these seeds in." 

The interns followed. I may have seen one mouth "Help Me!" over her shoulder as she exited the protected cocoon. 

This was a long pack. We didn't get home til after 7:00. We packed the last bits of broccoli and early harvest of beans, the last of the snap peas, lettuce, kale, chard, beets, garlic, a kohlrabi or turnip, and some cabbage found it's way into a few boxes. Oh, rhubarb, can't forget that little addition. As I've sung the praises of volunteers benefiting from the less-than-perfect produce extras I took the discarded ends and not so beautiful chunks, and so far I've gotten 8 cups of chopped fruit and I expect to get another pie's worth out of the rest. Three pies for a little elbow grease...Hmmm I think that's a deal. But, as per usual, I digress.

Our box was full. And we worked hard. But we didn't do diddly compared to the farmer and her interns. They came back two more times for seeds. If it was going to rain, by golly, those seeds were going into the ground. They'd gulp water or green tea and scarfed their snacks.  Each time I saw them, they seemed a little more wilted. But not the farmer.

I've mentioned the nibbling that goes on in the garden? The farmer grazes, and we follow her example. I can't back this claim,but I'm pretty sure organic vegetables are super juice and that doing what you love is 220 voltage energy. Gotta be. Because if she didn't love this, the farmer would be insane. 

And the farmer got her beautiful rain. And we will all benefit from her diligent work in a few short weeks. And it's awesome to see tough Iowa stock in action. When I'm 60 I want to make 20-somethings sweat and grow weak in the knees, too. Gotta eat more organic veggies.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ No, Mom, You Can't Take Any Pictures of Them Today...

I want to write about bunnies. I want to GUSH about bunnies. But & (which is my daughter's code name, should you wonder why my sentences contain weird &s) wouldn't let me take pictures of them. Their mama was being cuddled by & and their papa was munching grass and dandelions under watchful eyes. So the babies were allowed on my lap (in their box) so they could be near mama. 

You know how everything babies do is cute and fascinating? Well, that is true of bunnies. They are really spastic like newborn foals, completely unaware of how to use appendages. But while watching them Monday night I realized that their spastic movements have to be to work out those powerful little back legs so they can use them for hopping soon. 

Last night, one of them scratched it's little head with it's back foot. So cute. And another one stretched it's little pink paws out in a full body stretch. I wanted to cry because it was just precious. Here's a little video I shot Monday night. They are only squirming so it's not much to write home about. But. Really, does extreme sweetness need action and glitz?

Tomorrow I'll give you a farm update. No bunnies. I promise. Unless they do something really cute.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Lions and Tigers...No...Dog and Cats and Bunnies...Oh My.

I mentioned we had a productive weekend. 

Let's say that was an understatement. The terrific enamelware deal was mightily eclipsed by an event that took place on Saturday Evening.

& was out with a friend. She arrived home at 11:00 p.m. Rob was reading and I had already entered into the sleep of those who trod over hill and dale, through crowds and rain, and bag a sweet bargain. 

Suddenly, the door flew open and words flew out of our panicked daughter's mouth. My sleep fog and her panic didn't help me to understand what was said. The urgency of her tone did. I stood up and she repeated what she'd already blurted. The phrases were disjointed and confusing. "Lizzie! Sweet Potatoes! Babies!!!!!!! All over everywhere!" 

We all rushed downstairs and out into the yard. Me in my jammies, Rob in his man shorts. What she had been trying to help us understand was that Lizzie had delivered babies. And those babies appeared, at first, to be sweet potatoes. & was wondering why there were sweet potatoes in the cage when she realized that the potatoes were baby bunnies. And those bunnies had no nest.

Elizabeth Bennett Bunny and Mr. Darcy had apparently married at some point. Because, Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett Darcy had been in the family way when they joined our family. I certainly don't want to accuse Mr. Darcy of being just like that scoundrel Mr. Wickham, (again) so I will choose to believe the best about them. 
Night they were born. See the speckled back pattern like Mama and Papa?

Anyhoo. I digress, don't I?

Elizabeth Bennett Bunny and Mr. Darcy are the proud parents of three little bundles of squirming pink flesh with flecks of black. 

Top bunny, check out his back feet!!!!
Would you like to see them? 

Of course you would. 

Look very closely, there are teeny teeth!!!!!!!

Why you so cute?  (less than 48 hours after birth.)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Saturday Score in Antique City

 So I had a pretty full and productive weekend. 

Saturday found & and me joining my folks in Antique City, Iowa. (Also known as Walnut).

Yay. How cute is this little bargain?
The city houses vendors from all over sprawled out on the main and secondary streets, over 300 booths I think. (One guy from Texas had quite the set up...I can't imagine taking glassware across the country, packing, unpacking and repacking - UGH). To sell antiques you have to love, love, love what you're doing, I can't imagine there's a whole lot of money in it. 

Speaking of money. I was restrained but successful. I think I got a sweet bargain. I love enamelware. And I've been eying one guy's booth every year waiting for his prices to drop. He's got big flour bins and bread boxes. They are beat up, as almost every enameled thing I've ever seen is, but they are so cool.
I was disappointed at his booth. Each of his items was $85 to $115. I just couldn't justify those price. So I went away telling myself that I might find something perfect someday.

Small town Iowa.
A table way down the road had a bunch of miscellaneous items. On the ground, under the table I saw an enamelware turkey roaster. It said savory in bumpy letters on the sides of the pot and had it's lid. Cream colored with green edging and handles. Perfect. Big enough to use as a bread box (or for a party sized bunch of garlic bread, chips, popcorn, endless possibilities). I saw the price tag. $20.00. No way. I guessed there had to be a big hole in the bottom of the roaster and lifted the lid.
Perfect. That's right. And she took $15.00 for it, too. Yes! 

My dad scored a great deal on a stained glass window. And we all got quirky cool little tidbits of fun, too. Rain hit hard a few hours in. (Another ugh for the poor vendors.) But was short-lived. None of us melted. 
"Look what Mommy got for you, Honey." "NO! Mommy, NO!"

I love the quaint little house with the yard full of hollyhocks. It doesn't get more small town Iowa than this. Ya know. 

And. This doll. Oh my. I just had to take a picture. I can't imagine anyone being on the lookout for an eyeless, soulless doll. But if they were, well, it was there for the picking. (pun intended, not funny, sick and twisted, but intended indeed.) Shudder. This is a nightmare maker. What a gift it would make. Or it would even beat the horse head in the bed, ya know? 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Serials and Scenarios ~ Treasures of Healthy Living

Treasures of Healthy Living 

Treasures of Healthy Living
Did you know you can find the answers to many health problems in the pages of Scripture? Think of God's Word as a treasure map that leads straight to the healthy life you've always dreamed of. It reveals how you can move from a sick, lackluster life to one that is full of energy and hope. This practical Bible study will reveal the truth about the foods you eat and provide simple tools to begin improving your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You won't believe how much your life can change when you grab hold of the treasures God has provided for you.

In this book, you will:
 - Discover the basics of nutrition to build a firm foundation for your health
 - Obtain the tools you need to evaluate and improve your health
 - Examine the harmful effects of altered food and household products
 - Find healthy alternatives to unwholesome foods
 - Learn how diet, exercise, and your spiritual life go hand-in-hand
 - Lay the groundwork for a lifetime of positive health

There are dramatic health benefits when we eat the food God provides for us instead of the processed packaged food man provides. Since changing their diet in 2003, Annette and her husband have come off of all their prescriptions, lowered triglycerides from over 900 to 140, lowered cholesterol from 300 to 160, and lowered their blood pressure to normal.

About the Authors
Annette Reeder, a Biblical Nutrition Consultant, is leading people all around the country on an adventure with the power of food to change lives one meal and prayer at a time. Annette is a graduate of Liberty University and Huntington College Health Sciences and the founder of Designed Healthy Living a nutrition consulting ministry.

Dr. Richard "Dick" Couey is Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences at Baylor University. Dr. Couey has spent nearly fifty years studying the physiology of the cell. He has especially studied how nutrition, exercise, and stress affect the cell's biochemistry and physiology. Dr. Couey's students praise how Dr. Couey can make the complexities of the cell seem understandable.

My Thoughts: I'll be checking this one out very soon. As all my regular readers know, I'm sold about whole foods and am a big fan of veggies, veggies. Since we went organic five years ago and Vegan/Whole Food Plant Based a year ago we've seen great results healthwise. 

I'll post my review once I get a chance to get through the book.

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Sweet Whispering Skills...

We've had a few bunny visitors this past week. Who knew white bundles of polka-dotted cuteness would be such a crowd pleaser.

Miss K, proved to be a bunny whisperer. 
Elizabeth Bennett Bunny was a real fan of her massage skills. They bonded like this for about ten minutes. Pretty cute.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Well, Mr. Darcy, I Nevah...

Farm day was perfect. 78 degrees, sun, breeze and lots of help. 

Toad Boy was at our house building a bunnie palace and & and I got to the farm a bit later than usual. All the lettuce was done. I can't tell you how nice that was. I've been the chief lettuce washer for the past couple of weeks and that is a job that is tedious. 

We have two interns who are now helping. One has been with us for a couple of weeks and she brought a friend along. They are both in the horticulture program at a local community college. And they seem to love what they are learning and doing. 

More hands makes quicker work and for fun conversations. We ended up getting home in record time. Toad Boy was still hard at work on the palace. We had our delicious Kale and sesame/onion/rice vinegar warm salad and a farm fresh lettuce salad. 

A good day was had by all. Except a few deceased-by-force worms. (Oh, and Elizabeth Bennett Bunny was violated a bit. Seems Mr. Darcy's cuteness fooled & into thinking he'd be a gentleman if she removed the divider between them. Uh. Not so much. He was no gentleman. I even suggested that she change his name to Mr. Wickham. We will cut a hole and add a mesh so they can communicate. I'm pretty sure Elizabeth Bennett Bunny prefers her communication to be longing glances and nose rubs verses the reception she received upon her last visit with Mr. Darcy.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Storytime. Pow. Right in the Kisser...

As a writer you'd think I'd have a great story for the eye. 

By the way, it's gotten a bit uglier. 

On Sunday night my eye fooled me into thinking that I might be able to hide the faint lavender shadow with plenty of makeup. 

But then I woke with a scarlet clown tear above the lavender crescent moon. And all hope was lost of keeping it under wraps.

So. I have the avoiders. They look at me. Look away, look back and stare at "the eye." 

The direct questioners. "So, did you tick off your husband?" "Ha.Ha.Ha."

And the ones who interact with me, then suddenly, apparently, they notice I have a shiner. "Whoa! What happened to you?" 

One of my doctors falls in the latter category. Our conversation went like this. 

"What did you do to yourself?"
Laugh. "Why do you think I did it to myself?" 
"I think I know you pretty well." 
Fair enough we have worked together for awhile."So I smashed my car door into my face." 
"Yeah. And would it surprise you to know that I was talking and distracted when I slammed my face into the car door, or vice versa?"
He laughed. "No, not really." 
"I'm going to take all that as a compliment. So don't ruin it for me." 
"So," He said as he was heading back to his office, "did you do this last night?" 
"No, the day before."
He stopped. His eyebrows rose and he looked pensive. "Didn't I talk to you yesterday? And you had it then?" 
"Wow. I guess I'm a man. Huh?" 
Uh yeah. 

But I will forgive him for that. Because I carry on as if nothing is abnormal with my face until I get a glimpse in the mirror. Whoa. Send in the clowns, don't worry their here. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ 5000 Pin Party

What's a party without balloons, Red balloons and polka dots.
& is a master pinner. 

She recently hit a landmark # and by golly, being the pinner and doer of pins that she is, she decided to have a 5000 Pin Party to celebrate this huge accomplishment. 

Lots of uses for jars on Pinterest, great for veggies for dipping.
I was invited, mostly because it was held at my house. 

Ha. Ha. 

And because I'd help her with the details. 

Rainbow fruit kabobs
And I might take some pictures. 

Here are some fun snaps of the very fun event. We ate, we laughed and those who wanted to make some Pinterest takeaways did.

Jars with lemonade/tea and chunks of fruit.

Frozen banana "pops" with toppings, Pinterest salsa and truffles.

Pinterest cupcake....the best and the worst.

& agonizes which pin to make #5000.

Just pretty, aren't they.
Pinterest ha ha's decoupaged onto can lids an turned into pins.

A few of &'s projects on display. The Twine vase and the lightbulb vases are hers. The black and white beauty is one I bought in Wisconsin.