Monday, February 24, 2014

snow...snow...snow...snow......

We have had a lot of snow this year.....did I mention a LOT of snow???

Sunday, September 8, 2013

if you look closely in his eye...you can see me holding the camera


the Pioneer Woman's homemade cinnamon bread...WOW..it is delicious and WORTH THE WAIT!



I got in the mood to bake some homemade bread...decided since I rarely if ever make any sweet bread with yeast..I would try making a loaf. I decided on cinnamon bread..NO raisins....and chose the Pioneer Woman's recipe. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/08/homemade-cinnamon-bread/

WOW..it was delicious...took like a total of 4 hours rise time..but so worth the wait. My house smelled so good and it reminded me of Cinnabons in smell and taste. DELICIOUS!  Check out the recipe at the link above...I did not bake mine for 40 minutes though..mine only took about 30 minutes to bake and I put some glaze on the top.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

BLUE ORCHIDS!


Our local Krogers had the most beautiful BLUE ORCHIDS! I had no idea there were BLUE orchids...and these are gorgeous!

Friday, June 14, 2013

look what showed up at my birdfeeder....



I figure he must have been pretty hungry to try to eat from a regular feeder!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Giant Vidalia onions...ooooh...I do love em!

Love em! Wish I could get them year round....here is a link to a wonderful Vidalia onion relish you can can

http://www.instructables.com/id/Canning-Vidalia-Onion-Relish/

Friday, May 17, 2013

I guess Blogger is fixed...just takes a very long time to upload pics

Cute idea!

issues with Blogger

I will update once I am able to post pics again. I have not been able to post pics on Blogger for over a month

Saturday, April 6, 2013

testing out new camera my dad got for me...

My dad surprised me with a new Lumix...a DMC-ZS20 and I have to say it is exceptionally nice. I loved my first Lumix and still use it...but occasionally it will do strange things like have weird colors and stuff....so I found I was not always taking it out and taking many pics anymore. Not sure why. How many sunsets or moon shots or macro shots or "regular" shots like that can one take I guess I was thinking. My family ALL have cameras and at all our get togethers everyone has them out snapping away..so I never really had to take mine out to take any shots as everyone else had good  pics and I could always get what I wanted from them!

BUT this new camera has sparked the interest again and I have been experimenting with it. My first Lumix would only zoom out to about 40x. This one will go to 135x so I was curious what shots of the moon might look like.

I shot these next 2 shots THROUGH my window (which was probably pretty dirty) and WITHOUT a tripod and I could not believe how the craters are showing up with such detail!
This was 67x out....



this was 135x out....

yes...I think I am going to have fun experimenting with it...so many more features than my other Lumix had....even panoramic shots...and 3D....lots of things to try out. THANKS DAD again for the nice and totally UNexpected surprise! Love ya!

Monday, October 22, 2012

homemade apple fritters...

Homemade Apple Fritters Recipe: Printable Recipe
1 heaping cup AP flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
dash salt
1 – 2 tsp. cinnamon (depending on how much you love cinnamon)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 T. butter, melted
1 egg
1/3 cup milk + plus more if needed
1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped apple, your favorite kind for eating, peanut sized or smaller

oil for frying
milk and powdered sugar glaze for dipping or just powdered sugar for dusting
(About 1 cup pwd. sugar + 1 T. milk or more) 

Mix all dry ingredients together, slowly add the wet ingredients minus the apple. Carefully mix until well combined but not overly beat,gently fold in apple pieces. The batter should be the consistency of a light cake mix. Once the oil is ready (when a test drop of dough floats to the top of the oil, a drop of water sizzles, or a piece of white bread browns in 60 seconds) then using a cookie scooper or soup spoon, place a 4-5 balls of dough into the oil. Be careful not to overcrowd and watch carefully for the underside to turn golden brown, then gently flip over and continue frying until done. I cooked mine about 35 seconds to 1 minute per side, but they were larger and I flattened them out a bit like what  you get in the bakery – adjust cooking times based on size of fritters and temperature of your oil, ideally around 365° F. It is always a good idea to test one to ensure it comes out like you are expecting.

Monday, October 8, 2012

a male Golden Pheasant....

 this guy was in our local park's peacock house with the peacocks..isn't he beautiful and colorful??





Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Homemade soft pretzels...and homegrown tomatoes..

 Made a batch for my snack during college football game watching yesterday..... (for recipe check sidebar under soft pretzel for link)
 My tomatoes are coming on finally...I planted late. Apparently I have many more yellow than red ones..but they are all so good!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

still in a drought in Ohio...


my bushes are green and I am thankful for that. My grass has been brown for weeks now. I have not had to have it mowed for over a month. It looks like a desert around here. We did finally get some rain and I have only a few specks of grass looking even remotely green. I am thankful for the rain we got though.

Prior to that rain the grass was all brown....just really brown..looked like dried straw. It was really bad. I don't think I have any pics of it like that. Now I have a few sprigs of green sprouting up here and there.

I guess it is starting to make a comeback now with the moisture...but since I get full sun and have no shade trees...my yard may take a long time to recover. It saves me paying the mowers...and I really don't mind having brown grass..I am just thankful my bushes and the neighbor's trees so far have not died off or suffered too much.