Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

I want to wish a Happy New Year to all my old friends I've known for years. My new friends I just met in 2017. My blogger and facebook friends who I have never met but are friends nonetheless. I hope 2018 is a great year for all of you and all the world around you! 
Cheers!




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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ironstone Park

It was a cold winter day in March that Maggie and I took a walk at Ironstone Park.  
It's a local park in my area that is busy in the summer time with families having picnics and kids baseball team in full swing.  In the winter the park is empty and a scenic place to take a walk.


One of the cool things at the park is an old railroad trestle and metal bridge with Ironstone creek running underneath it.










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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Swan Lake

My husband surprised me with a weekend trip to Cape May, NJ.  We stayed at a lovely Bed and Breakfast and spent the weekend relaxing.  On Saturday we took a walk along the coast and found a small lake.  There was the most beautiful swan swimming along with the ducks.
I was told there are three types of Swans in the northern part of the country where I live.  This particular swan is called a Mute Swan.  It won't make a lot of noise but will hiss if aggravated.  It was absolutely beautiful!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sunflower Field

There's something about a sunflower field stretching for miles upon miles that makes you feel like you're chilling on cloud nine. People from across the region, including us, flocked to a field off of Main Street to see and photograph the gorgeous fields of yellow.
The beauty of the sunflower field put me in such a good mood.  All the way home I sang "You are My Sunshine".


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter Eggs

Every year, like so many other families, dying Easter eggs has been a tradition.  My sons are grown, so now the tradition continues with the nieces and nephew.





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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Meat Tapas with Garlic and Sherry

INGREDIENTS

3 tbls extra virgin olive oil (3 times around the pan)
3 cloves garlic, peeled, coarsely sliced
2 - 3 lbs cubes meat tenderloins
1 cup Madeira good Spanish sherry
parsley


DIRECTIONS

Heat oil and garlic in a heavy skillet over medium high heat.

Pat meat with paper towels to dry, just before dropping into heated skillet.

cook meat until browned. sprinkle with salt and pepper.

douse pan with sherry, scraping off all the icy bits from the bottom of pan.

reduce the liquid for 1 minute and transfer meat to serving bowl.

sprinkle with parsley for color.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

BALSAMIC CHICKEN & GARDEN MEDLEY with PASTA

Meat
6-8 boneless chicken breasts

Marinade
3 gloves garlic
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp crushed rosemaryy
2 tsp of italian seasons
salt and pepper
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Veggies
2 medium zucchini, sliced
2 large onions, sliced into rings
1 each green, yellow, red, orange bell pepper, sliced into strips

Pasta
2 lbs thin spaghetti
1 clove garlic, minced
Parmesan cheese


DIRECTIONS

Marinate chicken and veggies separately. Place chicken pieces and veggies in separate ziploc bags and divide marinade mixture evenly enough to ensure all will coat well.  Marinate overnight or at the least, several hours.

At 450 degree F, roast chicken and vegetables separately. The secret to this begin so good is to leave it in the oven long enough for the chicken and veggies to get blackened edges.  Turn chicken and veggies so they do not dry out or burn.  Chicken will finish in about 30-40 mins; the veggies about 50-60 mins.

Sauté olive oil and minced garlic for a couple of minutes. Lightly toss with pasta.  Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Warm Chili & Cheese Dip

INGREDIENTS
1 can (15oz) chili with meat, no beans
1 brick (8oz) cream cheese
1 pacakage (10 oz) shredded cheddarr cheese
a handful fresh cilantro, chopped

tortilla chips
bell peppers (yellow, green and red), seeded and cut into thing strips, lengthwise



DIRECTIONS

combine chili, cream cheese and cheddar in saucepan and cook over medium-low heat until smooth.
stir in cilantro and transfer to fondue pot or oven-safe bowl, warmed in a 350 F oven for 10 minutes.


Serve with tortilla chips or platter of tai-colored pepper strips.
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Washington DC

Friday, the 20th of January is Inauguration Day. Instead of focusing on the politics, I thought I'd share the trip we took this fall to Washington DC. 
 Students from Great Britain took a two week trip to visit our country.  Todd and I hosted one of the teachers who came along to chaperone.  My favorite day trip we took was to see our nations Capitol.  It was a gorgeous day and I enjoyed walking throughout DC to see all the monuments.

 Mr. Trump recently opened a hotel in DC.  We happened to pass by on our way to lunch.  It just looked like another hotel with flashy gold signs everywhere.  Honestly I wasn't that impressed.
With all the uproar during this years election, the British visitors were fascinated with our presidental  debates and learned a lot about our political process. 
In fact, I learned A LOT during this election too. It was inspiring to see all 3 of my boys get involved with politics and have civil conversations about it.  


 The most excitement we had was getting caught in the middle of a protest in front of the White House.  We got to see Secret Service men run across the White House lawn chasing someone down.  You could see the sharp shooters on top of the roof from where we stood.  It was difficult to get photos because of the extra security blocking tourists off from getting too close to the gate.
Whether we like it or not, Mr. Trump will become our 45th president and will take up residence in the White House for the next 4 years.
I just hope there won't be gold glitter and neon flashing signs in the lawn.

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