Whether you celebrate New Year’s Eve at a large, festive fête or in the comfort of your own home with close friends, we hope you pause to celebrate the successes of the past year and look forward to what’s in store in the new one.
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There’s something in the air this time of year—and it’s more than just a hint of winter on the horizon. There’s a certain cheerfulness in the atmosphere that’s cozy and welcoming and makes you want to linger a little longer at a friend’s house or even spend the afternoon playing games by the fire—it’s the scent of the season.
We created this version using Meyer lemons, navel oranges, cinnamon sticks, and cloves, with apple cider as a base. Make your own blend based on your favorite aromas. Cranberries, vanilla extract, pinecones, rosemary, bay leaves, and apple slices all make great choices for winter and can be added to a water base. Simmer on the stove and allow the fragrance to waft throughout your home.
On front porches around the state, garden chrysanthemums—available in a wide range of hues—often signal the arrival of fall holidays. Whether it’s delightful little trick-or-treaters dropping by for a handful of candy or loved ones gathering to celebrate a season of gratitude, the flowers not only greet guests but also serve as a reminder of autumn’s bounty.
What do you think when you hear the word “apple”? A teacher’s desk? A fruit-laden orchard strewn with ladders and bushel baskets? A steaming pie? Whatever the image that jumps to mind, it’s likely to be a vision of autumn. Sinking your teeth into a crisp, sweet apple is much like the first step out your front door on one of the early brisk mornings of fall—a true sign of the season, and of cooler days to come.
As Americans prepare to celebrate 239 years of freedom, there is perhaps no piece of history more symbolic or iconic than the American flag. With thirteen stripes—representing the thirteen original colonies—and 50 stars, one for each state, it’s a symbol of solidarity that connects every man, woman, and child lucky enough to call the United States home. We think it looks as beautiful as ever flying proudly over the Little Red River.
Often seen decorating the posts of mailboxes across the state, the popular and pretty blooms of the clematis make their appearance in late spring and early summer. Ranging in hue from white to purple, blue, and deep scarlet, the flowers of this climbing perennial—which can have both single and double blooms—often grow to be as large as china saucers. Use these stunning beauties to add both height and color to any space in your garden or home.
Good things are worth the wait. While May might be known as National Asparagus Month, the traditional spring dish you’ll likely enjoy this season didn’t mature overnight. In fact, it takes two to three years from the time the initial seeds are sown to realize a harvest—making the simple green stalks a work of art in their own right.
With Easter celebrations taking place on April 5, you may be thinking about dyeing eggs and hiding them for young hunters. However, these fresh eggs—gathered from several local farms in Arkansas—come naturally in stunning hues. Pictured here are eggs laid by Ameraucana (blue), Polish (white), Rhode Island Red and Buff Orpingtons (light brown), and Cuckoo Maran (dark brown) hens. While nothing compares to the taste and texture of fresh eggs, we think you’ll agree that this colorful harvest is almost too beautiful to eat.
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