John James Audubon & The Double Elephant Folio

 | NOV 14, 2019

An early subscriber’s copy of John James Audubon’s “Double Elephant Folio” – incomparably the most important and most beautiful color-plate book ever published. The watermarks of the first ten images identify this copy as one of the first Audubon received a subscription for. This is an unusually large and brilliantly colored copy, with the plates in very early state: all ten first plates are engraved by Lizars alone, prior to retouching by Havell Jr, and 141 of Low’s 150 variable plates are present in the first state.   FULL STORY… CLICK HERE




Jamie’s Classic Boca Grande Key Lime Pie Recipe

Just 3 ingredients for the pie filling!

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

For the homemade graham cracker crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs, 11-12 full sheets of graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • Tips: I like to place the graham crackers in a gallon size zip lock bag and use a rolling pin to crumble.

For the key lime pie filling:

  • 1 cup key lime juice or 12-14 Boca Grande key limes!
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans of organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 large organic egg yolks

Directions for crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.  Add the melted butter and stir until fully combined and all of the crumbs are moistened.

Scoop the mixture into a 9-9.5 inch pie plate and press firmly into an even layer on the bottom and up around the sides of the dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool for another 10 min. while you make the pie filling.

Directions for pie filling:

Combine the 3 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until fully combined.

Pour the filling into the slightly cooled pie crust and spread it around into one even layer.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 min. or until the top of the pie is set.

Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 2 hours.  Then put in the refrigerator to chill for at least 6 hours or overnight. Once chilled, top with homemade whipped cream and enjoy!

  Recipe courtesy of Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty Associate, Jamie Curry. You can read more about Jamie HERE!

A Quaint Building Straight Out of a Norman Rockwell Painting

Lovers of nostalgia and Normal Rockwell will delight in this antique shop that is listed for sale in Stockbridge, MA. Listed with William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, this property was featured in the Atlas Obscura article linked below.

44 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262, listed for $1,795,000

Rare opportunity to own a Berkshire Landmark. Known as ”the Antique Shop” in Norman Rockwell’s Main Street Painting, this iconic Building is famous worldwide. Classic Victorian Style with acres of charm. 3 Stories with on-site Parking. 3 ‘Main Street’ Retail Spaces, a large (and vacant) Second Floor Residential / Office space and an income-producing Third Floor. Owned and well-maintained by the same owners since the 1960s and steps away from The Red Lion Inn and former ”Alice’s Restaurant”. Minutes to Tanglewood and all Berkshire Attractions. Ideal for Investment, Office, Residential or Retail use. A true ‘once in a life-time opportunity’ to be part of Stockbridge History.

For Sale: A Quaint Building Straight Out of a Norman Rockwell Painting

A detail of “Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas (Home for Christmas)” by Norman Rockwell. The center building is currently up for auction. ©1967 LICENSED BY NORMAN ROCKWELL FAMILY AGENCY/NORMAN ROCKWELL MUSEUM COLLECTION

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