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Life is a mosaic! 2013 will add more color!

By: Jen

Located in the Macy's State Street store, Chicago, IL, USA

Marshall Field and Company Building
Macy’s Department Store
111 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60602
312.781.1000

Thank you to all of our followers and supporters during our first year of blogging! It’s been quite a discovery and we feel a great sense of accomplishment to have started this project in 2012. Just before the holidays, I had a wonderful opportunity to take my youthful nieces on a little trip down memory lane. We visited the historic Marshall Field and Company Building in Chicago. Macy’s now owns this landmark… long gone are the days of stellar customer amenities once known to Marshall Field’s customers.

We enjoyed a day of Ferris Bueller like antics and as we were getting ready to burst forth into the cold night, I asked the kids to look up and to our delight, we were awestruck by the Tiffany Favrile Ceiling which is located in the cosmetics department on the fifth floor. This ceiling is the first and largest built favrile glass mosaic in the world. The hand applied design includes over 1.6 million pieces of glass.

Louis Comfort Tiffany created and patented this type of iridescent glass. The material was first produced in 1896. During production, the pigments were poured into the molten glass thus imbedding the colors into the glass.

Life is like a mosaic! 2013 will surely add more color and more pieces into all of our stories. We wish you a most beautiful design in the 365 days to come. Happy New Year!

Can you make that cranberry pie?

Be the hero this holiday season! Every time we make this recipe from our Mom, we get requests for it, literally as in “Can you make that cranberry pie?” Friends, this is so easy– you can make it too! This pie works like a charm for a winter’s breakfast, brunch or t.v. time snack. Whip some heavy whipping cream with a couple of tablespoons of bourbon for an extra treat.

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Step One is the base!
12 0z. (3 cups) whole, fresh cranberries
3/4 C. chopped walnuts
1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 T. orange rind
1 tspn. cinnamon
Toss together and pour into a greased pie plate.

Step 2 is the batter!
2 eggs
1 stick melted butter
1 C. white sugar
1/4 C. sour cream
1 tspn. vanilla
Mix together with a fork.
Gradually add 1 cup of flour.

Step 3 is the assembly!
Pour over the cranberries.
Bake in 325° for 50 minutes.

Who ever thought a small acidic red berry from an evergreen dwarf shrub could taste so good? Next week we will share our cranberry salsa recipe! What do you do with the North American berry species?

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