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I am a married woman with children out of the home now developing my own interests, hobbies making my way through the heat of the experiences and days of my life. (Click on pictures to enlarge.)


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Straight out of the Camera Sunday

My second entry ever into Straight out of the Camera Sunday!!!
Here are some pictures of the Turkeys that escaped Thanksgiving!!
Taken outside of Kilby Historical Museum in the Fraser Valley.
These birds were thankful to not be on a dinner plate!!
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Roasted Tomatoes

My favorite tomato of them all is the Roma Tomato. I like that they are firm fleshed and strong skinned and are amenable to whatever cooking is required without losing thier shape or colour. When roasted they retain thier shape and become sweeter as they cook.
One of my favorite things to do with Roma Tomatoes is to roast them. I like to put spices and before roasting is finished sprinkle a bit of cheese on top that I have on hand. Here I have roasted tomatoes along with my bacon cooking in the oven. The little bit of bacon fat that the tomato sits on adds another layer of flavor to the tomato.
Cut Roma Tomatoes in half, lay out each half on a baking sheet and drizzle with good Olive Oil. Sprinkle with salt and ground pepper and whatever herbs strike your fancy. Here I used a bit of basil and oregano. About ten minutes before roasting is complete, I sprinkled a good pinch of crumbled Blue Cheese over each tomato and finished cooking. The blue cheese retained some of its firmness and a bit of melted creamy cheese as well on each tomato. Serve these with Bacon for a wonderful Sunday breakfast!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday's Fave Five

1) Its my favorite day, or rather evening. I love Friday evenings, its the start of the weekend where I can sleep in, lounge around the house drinking coffee, watch Saturday cartoons with my hubby and not have to get up to go to work until Monday. Its the start of my down time!!

2) I am so glad my older cat Speed is getting along and "embracing" our newest kitten, Scarf. I really had serious doubts that he would accept another cat into his territory but I think because she is such a new kitten, he has taken on the roll of her surrogate and protector. How cute is this, them cuddled up and sleeping on the couch.

3) And not neccessarily in that order, (just the way the pictures downloaded) my Hubby is my favorite! He is my best friend, my calm port in the storms of my life, my breath of fresh air. There is nothing I like better than spending a day with him wherever it takes us!!
4)Greek Salad!! Is there any better combination of vegetables around?? Seriously, I could eat this every day. I buy a home made Greek dressing from one of the greek restaurants here in town. I could not make dressing any better than this stuff. It rocks the salad!!
5) My new Concrete Driveway!! My hubby and one of the Concrete finishers are outside babysitting it as I type this. It is still wet and curing, and they are guarding it so that no one who feels the urge to deface it while it is drying can do that. I might just have to take a picture of it in the morning, it is so wonderful!!
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Skywatch Friday

For Skywatch Friday, a couple of pictures from this last weekend taken at the Eagle Festival in the Fraser Valley. The snowcapped mountains are beautiful, especially on a fairly sunny day such as it was. That is an eagle flying.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Watery Wednesday

Every year Salmon come up the Fraser River to spawn. It is an annual migratory event that also brings the eagles out to feast on the salmon.
This salmon is barely alive, swimming sideways and upside down.

The salmon coming up the river are huge. In places the water seems to boil with them.

Part of a stream where salmon are swimming up.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Today's Flowers

For Today's Flowers I have a couple of pictures of the last of the miniature roses. I think these have survived partly due to being planted up against the house, so maybe a bit more warm than out further in the elements. It rains like crazy here so they aren't being drowned by being somewhat protected under the eves. A little bit tattered around the edges, a bit droopy, but then again aren't we all on some days!!!
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Macro Monday

I figured it was about time for another Kitten fix, I know I can't get enough of her!!
For all those who did not meet the kitten last week here on Macro Monday, my hubby picked up this kitten after he had witnessed the car in front of him, the person in the car, unroll the window and toss her out of the moving car. He pulled over and found her and brought her home.
It's been a week of getting to know her and her personality and we have finally found a name for her that suits her to a tee!!
Meet Scarf!!! So named because her favorite safe place to be is on my hubby's shoulder stretched out over his neck just like a scarf. And also because she seems to have a bit of a feeding disorder. I think the last place she was at before being tossed out the car window did not feed her much if anything. She is a maniac about her food. She will scarf down a bowl of kitty food in about a minute. We have to limit the amount she gets each meal as she does not seem to have any shut off saying she is full. We have to hide our other cat's food as well as she would scarf that down as well. So Scarf is her name.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Today's Flowers.

On a recent walk the other day with my camera, I saw this one remaining yellow rose along the fence line of a house I passed. Now winter is upon us here, and flowers are for the most part gone. It was right after a rain shower and I also managed to capture the raindrop clinging to it as well. For more of Today's Flowers please visit http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cream of Brussel Sprouts Soup

One of my favorite fall vegetables is Brussel spouts. I love them steamed, roasted, even deep fried. My hubby frowns on me deep frying them though, they do tend to stink up the house a bit. So I came up with a soup for them, being that soup is another one of my favorite fall foods. Nothing like a steaming bowl of soup on a cold fall day!!

Cream of Brussels Soup. The cast of ingredients. Forgot to put the real cream out here. Oh, and the real butter!!
Chop up all the ingredients and get ready to cook. It really does not take too long to make this soup.
Saute all the ingredients in butter, add chicken stock and simmer till veggies are soft. Then add your cream.
That shadow is my head ready to eat some soup!!!!
Here is the recipe for you all. You have to try it out.
Cream of Brussel Sprout Soup
2 oz. Butter
1 Onion chopped
2 Potatoes, chopped
Saute this for 10 minutes until onion is soft and starting to brown.
Add to the pot:
1 lb. chopped brussel sprouts
20 oz. chicken broth
Juice and Zest of 1 lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste.
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Cloves
Simmer all this until vegetables are soft and totally cooked through. At this point you could puree the whole thing in a food processor but I like my soups chunky. So I just go ahead and add 4 oz. Cream to the pot. Serve after heating cream through. You can garnish the soup if you like with Toasted Almonds.
Hope you give this a try. I know some people out there like Brussel Sprouts, I can't be the only one!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Macro Monday

Yesterday we brought home a new kitten to join our family. Hopefully anyways, because our older cat has been an only cat for a long time and is not to thrilled with us for this intrusion.
This little Calico kitten was discovered by my hubby yesterday after witnessing the kitten being thrown out of the window of a moving vehicle. My hubby stopped and picked up the kitten and then brought her home.
How could anyone throw a kitten out of a car?? How could you gaze into these eyes and then do that?
We have not named her yet. We have to find her name. She is beautiful though and today is finding her energy and getting playful.
I'll post more in the days to come!!
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Macro Monday

With Fall here and the temperatures getting cooler, one of the things I have noticed around my house is that the spiders have moved thier webs/homes closer in towards the house. I think they are trying to get closer to the warmer parts of the house as the temps get colder.
I haven't a clue what kind of spider this is, but I do like the patterns on her back. She is a well dressed arachnid!!
And as long as she stays outside in her own home, and doesn't try to come in to mine, we can have a live and let live attitude towards each other.
I know that since I bought my camera I would of run screaming off in the opposite direction rather than get this close to it. My camera takes me places I would not normally go to for sure.
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