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Yogurt bark…

I know why this recipe caught my eye on Pinterest.  Its because I always have a container of vanilla Greek yogurt in the refrigerator, and yesterday I had two because they had been on BOGO at Publix.  I never dreamed I’d put a recipe on this blog, but it really isn’t a recipe at all.  Except to say that you need to line your cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread your Greek yogurt about 1/4 inch thick over all.  What you do after that is up to you.  Personally I searched Walmart for a package of the Brookfield clusters I see all the time, except for when I actually wanted to buy them.  The idea of chocolate and dried cranberry appealed to me, with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts, which are also always available in my freezer.  What I did find was Ocean Spray milk chocolate covered craisins, and I didn’t even need to chop them up.  Sprinkle with what ever tickles your fancy and stick the cookie sheet in the freezer for a couple of hours and you’ll be able to break it up like bark, and you’ll have a nice cool treat to enjoy straight out of the freezer. 06-21-20 yogurt

Chobani makes a great Greek yogurt, lower sugar, with Madagascar cinnamon.  I like to mix in chopped apple and walnut and that can be breakfast, dinner, or dessert.  It’s very versatile.  As is chopped Cuties and yogurt.  I’m trying to use stuff up before I shut this place down and hit the road.  I have my work cut out for me…

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Those family recipes…

I had a brainstorm.  Nothing new, right?  Evidently I was also having them a (horrifyingly long time ago.  A time before the internet, before Pinterest, and before Allrecipies.  A time before your dear daughter could just text or message you to ask for a recipe.  It was a time when my daughter was getting married and I imagined her having to cook everyday, and I thought that she might like to have those simple, every day recipes that she had enjoyed as she grew up.  And so I searched for a book of some sort in which I could write-in those recipes.  This one was just what I was looking for.  I left lots of empty pages also, pages that she filled with recipes from friends and relatives, and others that she found over the years.  That that book has been well-used is evident from the worn out spine and the spills from dinners made over the years.  I’m especially tickled to know that my granddaughters have made some of those recipes in that book, even though finding new recipes to cook is a much easier task these days.06-13-20cookbook

A few years went by before my son was getting married, and I took that same idea a little further for my new daughter-in-law.  I had discovered Longaberger baskets by then, and further discovered that they had a recipe box available.  So I bought some cute recipe cards and sent a few to various relatives on both sides of the family, so that she now has a box full of hand-written recipes from special people in her life.

All of this came to mind when I was at my son’s house the other day, and in talking about the bullfrogs we were drinking I mentioned that I wished I hadn’t lost the recipe for a drink we used to make called Creamsicles.  They may not have totally unpacked since their recent move, but my DIL was able to go straight to that recipe box and the first recipe I saw was for Creamsicles.  As she talked about how much she enjoyed having those hand written recipes from favorite people it made my little heart go pitter-pat.  And the Creamsickles, can’t wait to make them again.  I used to make them for the kids too, without the vodka of course…06-13-20creamsckes

As much as I love technology, sometimes the old-fashioned way can just tweak at your heart strings.

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Get thee to the rookery…

I’ve been driving right past the rookery lately, so I made it a point to stop the other day.  As soon as I got out of the car I could tell that things were winding down there, the decibel level was decidedly lessened.  The babies have grown so much that it’s now impossible to tell the babies from the adults.  I have thought of these wood storks as the ‘three amigos’, but as you can see there were only two of them still standing at attention.  The sky was full of birds though, birds seeming to be flying for the fun of it, so maybe the third one was spreading his wings.

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The egrets are still the stars of the rookery.  They look so elegant no matter what they are doing.06-16-20rookeryegret06-16-20rookeryegret206-16-20rookeryegret3

I stopped by last December just to see if anything was happening at the rookery, but there wasn’t a bird in sight.   So I had wondered when they would be leaving, and where they are going once they do leave.  It seems that I might be out of here before they are…

 

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Oasis…

This oasis is located just minutes from sunset beach.  If I wasn’t such a wimp I might have stuck around for sunset, but I didn’t, mostly because I know I will be back many more times in the future.  You see this oasis belongs to my son, his new-to-him house, where I spent the day yesterday eating my DIL’s great food and drinking bullfrogs.  And enjoying this wonderful backyard.06-15-20Mike'syard106-15-20Mike'syard206-15-20Mike'shottubbers06-15-20Mike'spetunia06-15-20Mike'spinkflower06-15-20Mike'stinypurpleflowers06-15-20Mikeorange06-15-20Mikepink206-15-20Mikeyellowflower

This house was owned by a landscaper, which of course shows.  My DIL’s challenge is to use the app she downloaded to look up what the plants are as they bloom, and what care is required.  My son may have thought that the lack of grass meant a no fuss backyard, but after taming the Mexican petunia yesterday he was planning to ice his back after I left.  The kids?  Well, it may be a race to the hammock…

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Oh go take a hike!

Perhaps the thing for me to do is to always hike with my friend Betty.  I’ve known her for a while now, and while I can’t say that every time she goes hiking she is the only one who comes away with ticks on herself, it happens frequently enough that that I can say that going with her will improve your odds immensely!

This hike was at McKethan Park in Brooksville.  The way that the live oaks sprawl makes me wish for my younger years because they would have made fabulous trees to climb.  Betty and Linda said they saw a face in that tree trunk so I took a picture, and now I see a lion.  A stone chimney is the only remnant of someone else’s story that took place in these woods, and those are etchings in the concrete of the sidewalk.  Nature asserting that she is only tolerating our intrusion.05-09-20takeahike05-09-20hike305-09-20hike205-09-20lion05-09-20fungus05-09-20macro05-09-20GBH05-09-20remnants05-09-20etchings

But there was an ulterior motive to this hike.  It was a chance for us to channel our inner children.  Even though between us we are pushing 200 years of living, those little girls came out to play.  I would love to know what a person finding these pictures in the distant future would think.  Possibly that we had come across a crime scene along the way?  No, it was just us ‘girls’, playing in the woods.

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Leftovers

I as able to go to the rookery much earlier in the day than usual on Sunday because it was overcast so I wouldn’t be shooting into the sun.  Normally I have to wait until after noon so the sun is behind me and lighting up the views of the birds nesting.  And the pictures of the birds that I took that day were the ones I paid attention to.  But I made another stop that day.  I stopped at the lake in my park to look for dragonflies again, and again I found only the black ones there.  It was disappointing, and it was made worse by that same overcast sky that had the water also looking gray and dull.  But when I found myself wide awake at 3 AM this morning I got up and made a pot of coffee and looked at the rest of the photos, and found a few surprises.

These irises caught my eye because they were the brightest thing out there that day.  There were only a couple of stalks of them and they were being blown around, the petals folding over each other.  04-16-20iris2

As I walked to set my tripod up at the edge of the lake I realized that I had company.  This Great Blue Heron was standing like a statue so I took a few pictures of him, and even though I had looked at those pictures before I hadn’t noticed the dragonfly photo bomb until this morning.04-16-20greatblue.jpg

And, speaking of photobombs, I also noticed this. 04-16-20photobomb2.jpg

I have no idea why the water looks the way it does in this picture, but I like it.04-16-20dragonflywater.jpg

I learned that the one thing that you can count on concerning trying to photograph dragonflies is the they always return to the same resting place.  So if you are patient and focus on that spot your subject will always return, which explains why I got a zillion of exactly this same shot04-16-20dragonfly.jpg

But I’ve come to not be happy with just dragonfly pictures, now I want their faces. 04-16-20faces.jpg

What I said to myself as I put the coffee on this morning was that I’d be able to go out for the sunrise.  I’d be ready to go early enough.  Only it’s raining.  Now what…