Have a great Monday!
So beautiful, and so much fun to photograph!
A whole big field of it…for my dear friend Kathy, who likes Queen Anne’s Lace.
This was taken on an early morning photo walk with a friend (last spring?). How nice it is to know someone who doesn’t mind getting up early and getting out of the house for some photography fun! I can’t wait until spring!
Do you spot the spider web in the lower left corner?
Found these two wandering around the Butterfly House on one of our visits there. Kind of cute, don’t you think? I want a pet snail 🙂
A little fun with bokeh before I take our Christmas tree down 😉
I used to not like beer….. tried it as a teenager a few times, but yuck!! (And no worries, it was perfectly legal because I grew up in Germany and you’re allowed to purchase / drink beer and wine when you’re 16)….. then Brian came along and
drove me to drinking talked me into trying a Guinness, and much to my surprise I actually liked it! The cans, not the bottles!! (yuck!) That even made hubby happy, and he said that he should thank Brian for getting me to like beer, because now when he stops to pick up a 6-pack for himself, he’ll pick up some Guinness for me and won’t have to say “nothing” when I ask him “what’d you get for me??”
Happy New Year to all my blogging friends and followers. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2014!
(And phew!! What a relief to be able to number my posts again and not have to come up with a real title for every single one! I’ll still try, though 😉 )
It was just me at the movies today to see Brian‘s ugly twin* (aka Jason Statham) in Parker.
For a while it looked like it was going to be a private screening, just for me, but then some other people showed up (darn…that would have been cool!)
The movie was really good!! I enjoyed it and it was definitely worth the price of a movie ticket (and certainly the matinée price!) I didn’t even mind going to see it by myself. The movie was already added it to our Netflix queue, and it’s going to stay. Not just because Greg wants to see it, but because I want to see it again!
*of course that’s what HE says….. if you ask me, well…umm.. “No Comment!” There. That’s not going to hurt anyone’s feelings, right? 😉
One of my Christmas presents.
I thought I’d play along with Karen’s A Week Of Dinner blog-along, although I won’t have pictures of a whole week’s worth of dinners to share, because 1) I hate cooking!! Yup! I wish dinner would just make itself. 2) Most dinners I make just aren’t all that photogenic, and 3) When dinner is ready, I’d rather sit down to eat, than take pictures and have it go cold…cos you know, I never stop at just one picture and have to get different angles and such, to make sure I hopefully end up with something I like 😉
First dinner is Southern Pork BBQ On Buns, made in the crock pot (aka slow cooker). Found the recipe in a magazine years ago, and will include it below..
Southern Pork BBQ on Buns
3 1/2 lbs boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into 2 1/2-inch chunks, trimmed of visible fat
2/3 cup + 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 cup grated onion
2 tsp minced garlic
4 tsp hot-pepper sauce
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 cup of your favorite bottled barbecue sauce (we use K.C. Masterpiece Original)
8 Hamburger buns
In gallon-size zip top bag, combine pork, 2/3 cup vinegar, onion, garlic, 2 tsp hot-pepper sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper.
Seal bag. Refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours; turn bag a few times.
Transfer pork and marinade to a slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, until meat is fork tender.
Drain in colander over bowl, reserve 1/2 cup skimmed cooking liquid.
In a large bowl, using two forks, shred pork. Add reserved cooking liquid, barbecue sauce, and remaining vinegar and hot-pepper sauce until moistened.
Serve on hamburger buns with coleslaw on the side. Enjoy!
Next for dinner was Nordic Potato Soup With Ham, also made in the slow cooker. This recipe was in the cook book that came with our slow cooker, and I’ll include it below as well. I served it with fresh baked Italian Herb bead.
Nordic Potato Soup with Ham
3 medium-size thin-skinned potatoes (about 1 1/2 lbs total), peeled and diced
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 smoked ham hock (about 1 lb)
1 Tbsp dry dill weed
2 tsp grated lemon peel*
1/4 tsp ground white pepper*
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup whipping cream
Dill sprigs (optional)
In a 3-quart or larger electric slow cooker, combine potatoes, onion, ham hock, dill weed, lemon peel, white pepper and broth. Cover and cook on low until ham hock and potatoes are very tender when pierced (about 7 1/2 – 8 hours)
Lift out ham hock and let stand until cool enough to handle (we cut up the ham before hand and can skip this step)
Meanwhile, remove about 1 cup of the potatoes with a little of the broth, whirl in a blender or food processor until pureed. Return puree to slow cooker (or: use a fork to mash some of the potatoes against the side of the slow cooker to puree them)
In a small bowl, mix corn starch and cream; blend into potato mixture.
Increase cooker heat to high. Remove and discard fat and bone from ham, tear meat into bite-size pieces and stir into soup. Cover and cook, stirring 2-3 times, for 20 more minutes. Garnish with dill sprigs if desired. Enjoy! (Makes 4-6 servings)
A little follow-up post to my Mystery Coin…. I knew I wanted to do something with it, but wasn’t sure exactly what, so I went to the craft store and looked around to see what I could find, and this locket was just perfect for it. As you can see, it’s not finished. I still need a chain for it, and I’m thinking of adding something else to it, too. Some crystal beads maybe? I’ll have to look through some jewelry making books to get some ideas…
It was right around this time three years ago that I started my weight loss, and it’s nice to have this reminder (aka fat pants) to see how far I’ve come.
Those fat pants are a size 14, and, as of last fall, I shrank all the way into a size 2* 🙂
* the bigger pair sits at the waist, and the smaller pair just below the waist.
Sally doesn’t look too happy! 😉
I can’t remember what prompted me to photograph this little scene (a moment of desperation, because I couldn’t find anything else to photograph?), but it does kinda sorta have to do with a fantasy of mine, because I would love to take my car out on a race course sometime and just gun it, see how fast it can go. Actually, what I’d really like to do, is get my previous car back (Nissan Rogue…. still miss it, even if it did have “issues”) and take that out on the race track. That little car has some get-up-and-go! It would leave any ol’ Hyundai Santa Fe (my current car) in the dust 😛
And if there was one thing I could do while passed out cold, it would be to get a tattoo.
If there was one thing… anything at all… that you could do, what would it be?
It’s a sad day…. another one of my favorite TV-shows is coming to an end 😦
Strange little flower…. don’t know what it is, and can’t remember when or where I found it.
Did you guess that the subject in yesterday’s post was a tightly closed Queen Anne’s Lace after it bloomed? If so, you were correct!
Come back tomorrow for Part 2, to find out what this is! 🙂
What’s better than whipped cream?
Chocolate whipped cream, of course! (Even if it doesn’t photograph as well 😉 )
No matches were lit during this project
This last photo was taken with my iPad…. forgot to take one with my “real” camera.
I got myself in trouble about a week ago, when I started this huge cross-stitch project! I love to cross-stitch, just wish it wasn’t so time consuming, and I’ll be lucky to get it all finished before the end of the year.
Because of that, I won’t be around as much. There will still be something new here on the blog every day, but I may not make it to your blogs every day, or comment on every post. But I’ll try to catch up (and keep up) as best I can.
There will also be a whole lot of randomness here… with no flowers to photograph, desperation is taking over 😉
… where to focus. I like them both, what about you?