Today I had to say farewell to my Basset Hound. Mixed emotions today as Fred had only come into my life this past July. Freddie, I will miss your early morning talks, your large feet as they fun across the floor after balls and socks. I will miss your sad but always happy eyes. Other will miss you Halloween costumes and your never endless supply of toys and games. There are so many things that I will miss, so many memories that have been made and wish that were still being. Fredster, Freddie, Fredmister, Bo I loved you you sweet little dog. I will always hold a soft spot in my heart for you, one that can not be filled by another. Now run, play and sleep dear friend.
Dan Belton Writes
“I snuck up on the same male mandarin while he was sleeping, I’ve never been anywhere near as close before. They’re so outlandish, almost like a teacher’s asked a class of six year olds to draw an imaginary duck and then someone’s made it ! I’ve got a bit of catching up to do I know.”
Someday I hope to have a shot as good as this one.
Today has been one very good day as far as birding goes. 1 Flicker, Mountain Chickadees, Downy Woodpecker, Magpies, House Sparrows and some House Finches all from my office window.
Sometimes for a Sunday snack I have to have something filling, fast and comforting. That’s where tomatoes, onions, peppers, limes, salt and cilantro come in.
Pico De Gallo
Yellow or red onions
Chop up your onions very finely. Next, chop up an equal amount of tomatoes (I learned this trick from the Pioneer Woman). Next Chop up a bunch of cilantro to equal 1/2 the amount of onions or tomatoes.
Now combine these three ingredients into a large bowl. Top mixture with 1-2 chopped Jalapenos, depends on how HOT and SPICY you like your Pico. Squeeze on 1//2 to one whole lime. Sprinkle with salt, I like to use sea of kosher salt as the granules are bigger.
This mixture will only keep for one day, after that you will end up with a juicy liquid mess not worthy of a chip.
Pico de Gallo can be mixed with roughly chopped avocados for an avocado dip. Serve it over chicken, on tacos or just eaten straight from the bowl with chips like I like to do.
Capturing sparrows from the comfort of my office. Clearer, sharper shots would have been nice BUT below zero tempatures just aren’t agreeable with me. I will have to venture outdoors soon though as these little guys can empty a bird feeder in no time flat.
Temp is just barely above zero. The outside air is crisp and bite as you breath in. But it’s not bad enough to keep some photo hungry shooters indoors. Thanks Linda J and Anita B for suggestion we go shoot some birds Ü.
Swans, they’re so cagey, wish they would stay content and not so quick to take flight.
What came first the needle or the thread? I my case, which came first the quilter or the photographer? I have to say that in my case, quilting came first. My resolution for the coming year is to finish up some much neglected quilt project, photograph them and the pass on the finished projects to my family. I don’t agree with the statement “She that passes on with the most fabrics wins!” I believe that “She that passes on the most FINISHED projects wins.” Ü Now I’m off to photo shoot with friends them it’s back to organizing quilt fabrics.
Buttermilk Syrup Recipe; Heaven on a Waffle, Pancake or French Toast!
I was given a small package of a Buttermilk Syrup for Christmas, needless to say I needed to find an originally recipe. It was off to Google for the hunt. This syrup is thick, caramel-ly and just a hint of a buttermilk taste.
Image courtesy of jade louise designs
This will be put in the Phillips family favorites recipe collection
Mandy’s Recipe Box: Warm Lemon Pudding Cake: The name really says it all. Made with lemon pudding, this comes out of the oven so warm and oozing with pudding. Sort of like a molt…
I have been on the hunt for a hot lemon pudding cake for years. I recall having this type of cake when I was in my teens and fell in love with it. JOY JOY JOY I have finally found the right recipe and it’s so stink’n simple.
Warm Lemon Pudding Cake
1 pkg yellow cake mix (I used Betty Crocker, get the kind that makes a 9×13 size)
Ingredients called for on back of cake box
2 pkg (3.4oz each) instant lemon pudding
1/3 c. sugar
2 c. cold milk
1 1/4 c. water
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar (for dusting)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake as directed on package. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Beat dry pudding mixes, granulated sugar, milk and water with whisk 2 min.; pour over batter in dish. Don’t spread it. You’ll fail. Place baking dish on baking sheet. (Baking sheet will catch any sauce that might bubble over sides of dish as dessert bakes.) Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 min. (Sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.
I rushed out the door this morning hoped into my ride and started down the drive. Gosh what’s up with my car it’s acting so sluggish? I pull over only to find a rear flat. I never get flats in fact this is a first for this car. I leave my car at the side of my quarter mile lane run back and start up the black dodge truck. Thank goodness for multi car families . Now I am sitting in the tire store waiting the good news on my tire. Not so goo, the tire is a loss. Good news a have a brand new spare under the car if they can just figure out how to get it from the car. 🙂