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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.)


Monday, May 28, 2012

Orange and Fennel Salad

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Orange and Fennel Salad
Salads are one of my Hubby's and my favorite foods. Now that Spring is here and a big selection of very fresh vegetables are readily available at markets, Salads of all kinds will be on our menu in the coming months.
This Salad is crisp and fresh. Sweet and savoury. And easy to make as well!
On a plate, lay a couple of large Romaine Lettuce leaves out. They are going to be the plate!
On top of the lettuce, lay a layer of grated Fennel. Love the sweet licorice flavour of fennel!
The next layer is thinly sliced Daikon Radish slices. Love the fresh sharp tangy and slightly spicy flavour of the Daikon.
Next using a sharp knife, completely peel a large Navel Orange and slice it into rounds. Lay these in a layer on top of the Daikon.
Pour any orange juice into a small bowl for the dressing.
2 TBSP. Olive Oil
1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp. Grated Black Pepper
1/2 Tsp. Salt
3/4 Tsp. Dried Basil. (You can use fresh, I just didn't have any!)
1/2 tsp. Extra Hot Horseradish.
Mix the dressing up well and add:
1 small Purple Onion, thinly slice into rings.
Soak the onion pieces in the dressing mixture. When ready to serve scoop the onions over top of the oranges  and drizzle the remaining dressing over top of the salad.
Crumble pieces of Feta Cheese over top and you are ready to eat!!
You will love it!
If you serve this with a Barbequed Steak, its a match made in heaven!
Just saying....
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Bon Appetit!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Project 52 - Favorites

One of my favorite things is an unexpected moment. A moment of grace. Not given lightly and easily missed, these moments can lift your spirits and change the course of your day.
You have to be receptive and open to these moments because they are fleeting. You have to be prepared for them because they won't last long.
Last night at my friend Sally's house on her balcony, we saw a beautiful rainbow, a huge purple shaded evening cloud and I of course was not prepared. No camera!! But maybe I was only meant to sit amongst friends, enjoying some good food and wine, and a rainbow and a cloud. Maybe that was all the prepared for a moment I needed at that moment!
Moments of grace come on silent and cautious feet, trusting a bit to stand and be observed. They are only meant to be observed for if you step toward them to grasp them they disappear.
They don't stay forever. You have to pay attention when they present themselves.
Moments such as these lift our spirits.
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Here are a selection of flowers I found on a trip to Minter Gardens.

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We love to visit this Garden at least every two weeks, it always changes as the weeks go by.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Project 52 - Mothers

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My own Mother passed away 20 years ago and my own two children, young adults now, live out of town in the next province over, so Mother's Day is not something I celebrate in a traditional way of spending time with your parent or your children.
Instead we, my hubby and I went out and spent the day at the park. We found this mama and her babies at the lake.
Can you imagine having that many babies at once?
Some of the babies needed a good clucking too to keep in line! I love seeing babies at the lake, watching them grow and play.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Coconut Coated Salmon Fillets and Potato Kugel

Coconut Crusted Salmon Fillets
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Coconut
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 boneless Salmon Fillets
Mango Chutney
Put Coconut into Ziploc bag, add Salmon fillets and shake to coat well. Put coated Salmon onto Parchment lined baking pan.
Sprinkle liberally with Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper.
Bake at 375 degree oven for 10 minutes or until fish is golden brown and flakes easily.
Serve fillets with Mango Chutney.
Coated with Unsweetened Coconut and Salt and Pepper and ready for the oven!!
Potato Kugel
I have always loved Potato Pancakes and over this past Christmas, discovered Kugel when I didn't want to be a slave over the stove and rather spend the time visiting while dinner cooked.
3 Russet Potatoes, grated and squeezed to remain moisture
1 finely chopped Onion (I used a big handful of chives from my garden)
5 large Cloves Garlic, grated
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1/4 Cup Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Pepper
Coat Glass baking dish with layer of Olive Oil. Mix all ingredients well and spread out into an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with Paprika.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 45 minutes until browned and bubbly and cooked through.
Serve with Sour Cream and chopped Chives.
Tastes like Potato Pancakes without the fuss!

Serve with a nice Green Salad and dinner is served!

Enjoy your day!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pixel Dust Photo Art

Pixel Dust Photo Art

This flower photo was taken at Minter Gardens and then texture added after. I cannot get to my other computer to tell you the name of the texture right now, I think it was something like sign of spring.  Love pixel dust textures!!
This is my first entry here to at Pixel Dust Photo Art!
To all the Mom's out there, I wish you all a very happy Mother's Day!! Enjoy your day!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Project 52 - Still Life

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The other day while at Minter Gardens, I was caught in a sudden rainstorm, so ducked into the gift store to seek refuge from the rain.
Get it, ducked into the store??
Okay, I know I have to work on the humor!!
Ready for the beach, or if you live here where rain is the norm, ready for the rain showers.
You can sleep away the day waiting for the sun to come out, but really here you miss too much time. Best to get out and get wet!
I personally am not one to buy such ornaments as were displayed here in this little gift store, but I do know that some people do enjoy and buy such trinkets.
Rubber Ducky you're the one....
Lots of Still Life in this little Gift Store, I left it all there for others to enjoy, and exited the store as soon as the rain stopped to continue my quest for the photo!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Captured while driving home down the Highway.
Ruby Tuesday 2

Friday, May 4, 2012

Project 52 - Fiesta and Siesta

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Minter Gardens in the Fraser Valley is a 23 acre sculpted garden that attracts tourists and like from everywhere to visit and stroll through its spectacular floral gardens, enjoy a yummy meal at one of its two restaurants, or is also a destination for outdoor weddings and events. The seasonal gardens opened a month ago and we got our yearly passes right away!
We went again three weeks after our first visit and the Gardens were a riot of colour with Tulips everywhere!
It is invigorating and calming to stroll through a garden. Beautiful to enjoy especially if it is not you having to weed it!

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Tulips are one of my favorite flowers of Spring. Thier multitude of colours and shapes are fiestas for the eyes. How can you not feel cheery with a bouquet of Tulips or gardens of Tulips to enjoy!!
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Skywatch Friday
Peacock Plumes in tulips! Although it was a cloudy, cool day it was perfect for photos!
And now home for a Siesta!!