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Archive for November, 2010

2010/334: Pansies

2010/333: More Fall

Courtesy of the same crepe myrtle as the previous fall pictures (except the third one, not sure what kind of leaf that is)



One of my favorites from my recent visit to the Dallas Arboretum.


2010/329: Bonus – Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hope everyone had a wonderful day with their loved ones, and a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

It was just the four of us, and of course the turkey cooking did not go without a mishap or two.  The plan was to brine the turkey and deep fry it, and all was well at first. Greg wanted to put the turkey in the brine on Sunday, but I talked him into waiting until Tuesday morning.  We have this big orange 5-gallon cooler that we use just for brining turkeys. Greg put the turkey in the cooler, added the brine, and then some ice on top, that he decided to put in Ziploc bags this year, so the brine wouldn’t get watered down too much. Not sure if he checked the ice during the day… the cooler was in the kitchen during the day, and then Greg put it on the back porch late Tuesday afternoon/early evening. After we went to bed, I asked him if he checked the ice, and he said no. Did he get out of bed and check? Nope.
Wednesday morning he brings the cooler back into the house and minutes later tells me that the brine felt cold but the ice was completely melted (Should have listened to me, right?), and he was worried. I suggested checking the temperature of the brine, and it turned out to be around 54 F…. not safe in my opinion… and we ended up throwing the turkey away to be on the safe side, and buying another one.
This one stayed in the refrigerator until it was time to cook it. No brining this one! The plan was still to deep-fry it, but the weather decided not to play along. Wednesday afternoon at 4pm it was 84 F and just twenty-four hours later it was only 42 F, cloudy, drizzly and windy, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing by Friday morning.
Greg made an herb butter and roasted the turkey in the oven. All went well at first, when a couple of hours into roasting, I hear some cursing coming from the kitchen. The oven had been turned off!! It most likely happened when the timer went off, to remind Greg to baste the turkey, and instead of leaving it alone, he pressed the Cancel button, which not only made the timer “END” display disappear (it would have disappeared on its own), but turned the oven off as well! And of course he didn’t realize that until the time went off again!
But, in the end, the turkey turned out delicious! No mishaps to report with the side dishes that I cooked. I made pumpkin bread for dessert, but everyone was too stuffed after dinner, to eat dessert. Guess that can be breakfast tomorrow…

2010/329: Japanese Windflower


One from the Dallas Arboretum earlier this month.

2010/327: Key To My Heart

2010/326: Alyssum

2010/325: Evergreen

These were really neat trees, with curved branches and smaller hanging branches that had these little needle flowers all over them. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of what the tree looked like, but that will be my mission next time I’m at the Dallas Arboretum.

2010/324: Japanese Maple (3)

2010/323: Japanese Maple (2)

2010/322: Japanese Maple (1)

Love these trees!

2010/321: Looking Up

Thought I’d stick with a tree theme this week…. these were taken at the Dallas Arboretum when I was there recently.

2010/320: I *Heart* Fall

Seems that the crepe myrtle in front of my house took pity on me and turned a beautiful red and yellow.
We have several other crepe myrtles and one of them is still mostly green, the leaves on the other one are a dark color… like someone mixed a very dark green and a very dark red together… and the one in the back yard has almost no leaves left.
Needless to say, this crepe myrtle is my favorite.
This is also my contribution to Scott’s current assignment: Autumn. There’s still time to enter your fall pictures.

2010/319: I Love Fall

There’s not much fall color around here, but I’ll take what I can get.

2010/318: Lily Detail

2010/317: Lily

2010/316: Chain

Nikon D300 + 60mm macro lens + 13mm extension tube = fun!

2010/315: Silhouette

2010/314: Shielded

2010/313: Bonus: Chrysanthemum

Well, the heart I posted earlier this morning isn’t exactly the most exciting thing, so I decided to post a little bonus… one of my favorites from the Dallas Arboretum last week.

2010/313: ♥