Thursday, July 31, 2008

Can I get a napkin???

While doing some research about Mac graphics I stumbled upon this video at Bloggymommy blogging her way thru pregnancy.

Watch out when you go to a foodcourt!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Peaches or why I love to can

I do love peaches and without a doubt they are my all time favorite fruit. This year we have gone thru over 20 lb +. While at the Farmers' Market they were still going for $4.50 for a box of about 5 peaches, they are now being sold in the grocery store for 88cents or 99cents a lb - when on sale. Peaches from up I-95 in New Jersey.

I will be getting another 20lb tomorrow. And then again, the same amount later in the week. Why??? Well this was what happened another year...

Peach bounty

l-->r Peach Preserves for a Cold Morning, Peach Chutney, Peach Conserve and my favorite, African Pickled Peaches

Peach Preserves for Cold Mornings

3 pounds ripe peaches, peeled and quartered
l/2 medium-size orange, quartered and seeded
2 Red Savina habaneros, (seeds and all)
4 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 Cup honey (the lightest, mildest you can find)

Combine peaches, sugar, and honey in a Dutch oven; stir well. Cover and let stand 45 minutes. Place knife blade attachment in food processor bowl; add orange quarters and habanero chiles. Process until finely chopped, stopping once to scrape down sides.
Place orange, habanero chiles, and an equal amount of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until orange rind is tender.

Bring peach mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring often. Add orange mixture. Bring to a boil; cook, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until candy thermometer registers 221, stirring often. Remove from heat; stir in almond extract. Skim off foam with a metal spoon. Quickly pour hot mixture into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space; wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands. Process jars in boiling-water bath 10 minutes. Yield: 6 half-pints.

(If you don't have peaches available, this can be made with mangoes also.)

On My Desk...July 30

Wow....July is fading fast.

Postcards to be sent off tomorrow as soon as I glaze them. This swap used cardboard boxes...who knew I'd find pizza on the back of a Kashi box!

And I've started a postcard bulletin board until I get my wall painted with magnetic paint.

Click the ON MY DESK button Kirsty made to see other players' desks. Look to your right --->

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Jersey Boy Breakfast

Jersey Boy Breakfast
Originally uploaded by redazadi

Just to prove there was food in New Jersey. It wouldn't be me if there was no picture of food, and actually this is the only one I took. I'm falling down on the job...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

This is favorite painting

I stood in a rather short line to see the Vermeer exhibit when it came to Washington DC in 1995/6. I was one of the first group allowed in that day and I walked from room to room with few people around. When I saw this one, it took my breath away, and I was able to sit on a bench opposite the painting for about a half hour. By then more groups had been allowed in and it was time to move on.

In that time, I fell in love with The Geographer.

Although his gaze is directed toward the window, he is not distracted by something he sees outside. His facial expression and his posture indicate that he has just arrived at some important insight following a phase of concentrated contemplation. Staedel Museum Frankfurt.

When I met the man who is now my husband, after knowing him indirectly for quite a few years, I recognized my geographer. Past life? or just plain love...I'm not sure, but I'm happy.

What's your favorite painting? and does it have a story?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Hello New Joisey

I am off today to the fine state of New Jersey for a JinShinJyutsu class this weekend. NJ gets a bad rap but there are lovely places there and it does deserve its reputation as the Garden State, market garden I'd say. A lot of our produce has come from NJ over the years. I have a few things to wrap up here including making two peach cobblers with peaches from NJ. ;-)

Peach cobblers

Have a great weekend! is there a trip for you this weekend? or is it one of those home catch up weekends?

Flashback Friday 3. 08 07 25

Talk of proms and balls and dances round the blogworld reminded me that I had scanned this one for our upcoming high school reunion. I was a young lass of 15 at that time, the one NOT wearing her glasses. Those straps were added to the dress to make it respectable for a Catholic school girl. Times change, don't they?!?!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Not just...salmon again

I have come to have the feeling of ..oh salmon again...just because dh goes to Alaska a lot of years so we usually have half a freezer full of salmon and halibut. I can't get wild about halibut tho I believe with its large chunks it could be a good substitute for crab. However since we are in crab territory, crab tends to be cheaper.

But salmon. I have come to love these salmon cakes because they can be varied so many ways. Fishburgers sounds so very bland but it might be the word to use if you are cooking for the male of the species, or the short people.

Skinning the salmon is not as hard as you might think. A sharp knife run along the edge of the skin...and it cuts off very easily.

In these photos I made the recipe as stated originally. I then decided that I wanted all the flavorings IN the food processor before I put the salmon in to chop.

Just a panfry tho I have also done them on a heavily greased griddle.

Marilyn's Fresh Salmon Cakes

2 cloves garlic; minced
2 tablespoons minced onion
2 dashes Tabasco (or 1 teaspoon Old Bay)
1 egg yolk (or egg white)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley (see notes)
2 tablespoons real mayonnaise (I use greek yoghurt)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (less if table salt)
fresh ground pepper to taste
2/3 cup coarse white bread crumbs ( I use brown or white crumbs)
1 pound fresh salmon
1/2 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs)(I often skip this step.)
2 or 3 tablespoons olive oil

In a small bowl, combine garlic, onion, Tabasco, egg, parsley, mayonnaise, salt and pepper; set aside. (I usually just pulse the garlic and onion IN a food processor, add the herbs, dry or fresh, and pulse again, and then the egg, salt and pepper.)

Remove skin and bones from salmon and cut into small cubes (about 1/2-inch). (I add the salmon to the mix in the food processor and pulse a few times to get a flavored mince.) Place mixture in a medium bowl and gently stir in bread crumbs. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before shaping into 4 patties. ( I find I can shape w/o refrigeration.)

Carefully coat the outside of each patty with Panko crumbs. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot and add salmon cakes. Fry the cakes until brown, about 4 minutes on each side turning only once. Serve with lemon wedges or your favorite tarter sauce.


Asian...add cilantro for parsley, fresh ginger to taste, and two blurps of SiRacha sauce

Today I made these with dried dill instead of parsley. I think you can add a bit of whatever seasoning you like and consider salmon the new chicken in terms of adaptability to flavors.

Let me know what you think, and how you fixed your salmon cakes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

On My Desk...July 23

On my desk was actually last night as I wasn't sure what the a.m. was going to bring, other than a dark overcast day. Not much difference in light.

Paperwork. I needed to get some old divorce documents to fax to the government now that my ex-h has retired and pensions are in place. In many ways it's so much easier now with fax and voicemail. I look at the one letter I received back in 1992 and it actually was written with a typewriter.

But now all that paperwork can be put away and I will have a CLEAN desk to work on those ATC cards. They are certainly a challenge to me with that small size but I have an idea that amuses me (at least) and if I can get it from my head to paper, I will be quite pleased with myself. Now I just want to get the computer table cleared off, the rest of the scanning for Dick done and I'll feel quite happy.

So to see more desks, go to the On My Desk button on the right of this page and click away to see some more Wednesday players. Have fun!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Vintage Today

kitchen drudge ;-)

This is, of course, a modern photo of me modified over at Wanokoto. Try it! (do click the English button unless you do want the Japanese - ez in either language)

footnote - So glad you commented BirdBath! It was her lovely site where I spotted this technique, but then forgot who was my inspiration. I need to keep writing things down...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Winter Brides

The whole story is over at Once Wed where you may also find 'gently' worn wedding gowns. And check out that little knit cushion for holding the wedding rings. (Knitter ALERT!!) This was truly a winter wonderland, and reminiscent of my own mother's wedding suit.

All photographs are by Calla Evans in Toronto. Don't you wish your wedding pictures had this kind of uniqueness? Or maybe they do... Share them with me if you like.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

This is ...what makes me happy

So many things could go here...obviously family, spouse, children, grandchildren, and all the people who are in my 'family by choice.' And then there's stuff like my Mac, the brick driveway, the smell of peaches ripening in the house etc etc

But right now, what would make me happy is the same thing that had lightened my eyes and my heart before.

A phone call from my son saying....Hi Mom. I'm home.

And then I will know, once again, that he is back with his wife and children, and no longer doing his job ....out there, 'in harm's way'.

Lots more happiness links can be found on over at Angela's blog. Thanks go to One Little Acorn's Jacinta for this week's theme.

footnote: I am expecting that call to come somewhere in mid-late August. Trying not to count the days.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wordle Away

Friday Memories

The On My Desk players...

All the This Is...players

This could be another serious waste of time creative endeavor. Wordle

Flashback Friday 2.

Dick's Aunt founded an animal shelter out in Leesburg, Virginia back in the 1940s. I'm not sure if this is the actual location of the farm, or at another family member's home. By the age of the woman, I can tell that is not the Aunt but more likely the grandmother. The Aunt is now in her 90s and still active in the shelter work!

The original shelter has moved across to West Virginia and it also has a branch in New York state for cat rescue.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Not your usual spaghetti

I saw this one

over at Wonting and the whole video is a hoot. I don't know a lot anything about animation, but this one certainly tickled me. Hope you get a smile too!

Well done, PES!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

On my Desk...July 16

An early morning shot, just after 06:30, to do some work before it gets hot. Working on some swap postcards and last night two "Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip" cards printed with the wrong orientation...grrr. With an a.m. brain and a quiet house, I am going to redo some those'shallah. I have an idea of how to tweak the 'mistakes' to use them up too.

The journal silently waits.

So for your patient reading, here is the recipe that will be on the back of the postcard. It really is simple, and oh so yummy.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
3 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1 C. Texas Pete wing sauce (or other wing sauce/HOT Sauce)
3/4 C. blue cheese salad dressing

Mix all together, pour in baking dish, and heat at 350 until bubbly (20 to 30 minutes).

Friends of mine made this. They used low fat blue cheese and reduced fat cream cheese. It freaking ROCKED! (quote from original poster on GardenWeb)

There are more desks with creativity or the chaos that comes with creativity over at Kirsty's list. Go have a peep!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Coming to YOUR town??

I saw the article on Matt in the weekend paper and I wonder why this wasn't suggested as a career choice back when "I" was in school??

No Personality Surprise

I have tested ESTJ for about the past 30 years. I think I am kind of set for life tho I see I am becoming a little more introverted, which is the result of living with one of THOSE people for almost a decade.

My personality type:

Serious and quiet, interested in security and peaceful living. Extremely thorough, responsible and dependable. Well-developed powers of concentration. Usually interested in supporting and promoting traditions and establishments. Well-organized and hard working, they work steadily towards identified goals. They can usually accomplish any task once they have set their mind to it.

Careers that could fit me includes:

Business executives, administrators and managers, accountants, police, detectives, judges, lawyers, medical doctors, dentists, computer programmers, systems analysts, computer specialists, auditors, electricians, math teachers, mechanical engineers, steelworkers, technicians, (militia members).

How much you like to be around people (introversion/extroversion)
How much you like to be around people (introversion/extroversion)
How you process information (sensing/intuitive)
How you process information (sensing/intuitive)
How you make decisions (thinking/feeling)
How you make decisions (thinking/feeling)
How you structure your life (judging/perceiving)
How you structure your life (judging/perceiving)

I realized too late in life that I should have been an attorney; now I'm not interested in spending that much money nor in the studying!
Personality Test

Sunday, July 13, 2008

This is ... what scrambles my brain when I try to understand it

I know it's a big, bad program.
I know I may be out of its league.
And #&#%% it, it's the first software program that has stumped, or rather overwhelmed me.

Mostly I have had no one to teach me, nor have the classes I attended been quite what I thought they would be. I finally got Photoshop Elements by buying the inexpensive Bamboo tablet. I took a PE class....but can you believe it was a lecture class with no computers provided? That was fun stupid imho. Just think of listening to a droning voice for 3, yes, 3, hours talk about Photoshop.

So now I find a get library books, or tutorials on the Web, try to walk myself thru it, and have moderate sucess. But even better, I now have found someone who knows the whole CS and I am going to ask him to come over and walk me thru a couple of things. I don't want to teach myself the longest way to do stuff if I don't have to. He gets a good dinner, and I get hands on advice. I now have hope. I may go blind in the process, but I have hope.

This meme comes from FlightlessBoyds and she even had 2 options. And ThreeButtons has a list of the players so you can check out more brain scrambling things. Prepare your brain!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Australian Bananas or....

FIRST...put down that coffee or tea mug now. (You have been warned.) From the land down under...

Good morning Australia

Thanks go to Joanna Goddard for this laugh.

Wicked Sol

Thank god she can cook....well... and bake like there's no tomorrow and then there's her photography skills, and her writing skills. Let's just say the woman is talented and I haven't EVEN met her...yet. (Sol, you have been warned! There's a payback ahead.) Click that title of this post and you can find her. She does stuff like this.

(All about those Dirt Bombs)

She tagged me, which is kind of nice cause we 'knew' each other from our days in the Cooking Forum, but I haven't had time to spend all day there since I no longer have a paid job. (Yes, that is how my job was...wonderful in some ways being chained to a desk waiting for work to happen about 9 months of the year.) But anyhow it's good to see (Mary)Sol out here in the vast temptations of blogland. However, I did this one before back in April but I've never been shy about talking, especially about the center of he universe...Me. You do want to know more I'm sure. Don't you????

So the rules -

1. Link to the person who tagged you. (see title and click away)
2. Post the rules on the blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

1.My favorite flower is the lily of the valley. (My mother brought me some in England wrapped in a damp washcloth. Oh those were the wild and crazy pre-security days.)

2. I am an excellent shot with an uzi.

3.I have spoken 6 languages in my life incl two with non-Roman alphabets, and yet my husband can still misunderstand me.

4. I believe a home without books is a home with people who cannot be trusted.

5. I have posed naked. (see above)

6. My wildest and most long lasting dream is to live in a house on the ocean.

And I will tag these potential victims players.

Hoola Tallulah

Knit Witch

Smiles and Sunshine

Sues News

The Gahan Girls

Pretty Little Fings

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Maureen's Mixtape

I enjoyed Kitty Kaboodle's mixtape so much I decided to make one.


On My Desk...July 9

Not overjoyed with these postcards today as it appears that I brushed the ModgePodge on too thickly. I'm not sure if I'll redo them or not. I also want to get some heavier cardstock so that I don't have to double layer them. You 'do' and you learn, don't you?!?

The recipe template came from Smilebox and I wasn't overjoyed at the clarity of the printing. Anyone have a good recipe template to share? This is a SwapBot postcard exchange, Recipes starting with A. If I decide to continue in the alphabet series, I know I want a better template to work with. (btw, I don't like pastels so this is sooo unlike me. )

Look! I finally FOUND my iron!! I put it on the desk so it will be really visible for a while. Now go check out some other desks at Kirsty's.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Clever those Dutch!

I saw this and thought how lovely! But those are not just flowers, they are flat flowers on a transparent vinyl (?) so the image is on both sides. Flowers too expensive? Get long lasting ones. Need spring in winter? pull these out and stick 'em on the window by the sink or even on your car window.

Check out more at Dutch by Design

0809 - This comment from the baking genius Marysol got me giggling.

Well, I'm glad they don't make these in a chocolate cake design, or I'd probably go right through the window.

We can relate, can't we...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Collage Workshop

Collage Workshop Photo 9
Originally uploaded by R. Plowman

Wouldn't you love to do this?? Randel Plowman has a website, A Collage a Day, and a studio to die for ...well live for! (I'm trying to avoid that DIE phrase.) When you look at his site, you'll note his technique of one 4"x4" collage a day. That seems very doable, rather like the Julia Cameron concepts of just do 3 morning pages, and the rest will start to fall into place.

I also like the idea of doing a 5 min collage with a group -your materials are out and a guided theme/or method it looks like.

I'm going to have to check out this class for next year. I see a road trip ahead!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Maryland Summer - Sunday Supper

With a dinner like this, a slow end to a good Sunday,

Crabcake Dinner

and weather cool enough to eat outside without 'enduring' ...well that is summer in Maryland at its best. And yes, there will be watermelon later.

This is... favorite childhood memory. This week's theme comes from Danielle at TeacupsonTreetops. Thanks for a sweet one.

I truly don't think I have almost any toy, possession etc still around from my childhood so I have to go with a memory.

My Lithuanian grandfather used to take me mushroom hunting in the woods across the street from the house where we lived in Pennsylvania. My grandparents lived in the other half of the duplex next door. I was under three when this happened and I'm sure my Nana was glad to have me out from under her feet since my grandparents were raising me while my mother worked and my father was a soldier during WWII. (My mother worked in Philadelphia and only saw me on the weekends when she came home.)

I can remember the light thru the trees and the smell and sound of walking on decaying leaves and twigs. PopPop knew the mushrooms well and I wish that talent had been passed down to me. Alas, he died when I was 3 yrs old and that is also the first time my heart was broken. There is a certain autumnal light that can surprise me with this memory on occasion.

I still love mushrooms in any shape or form! Want to see what others treasure? Check Angela's list at Three Buttons.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Now what did that mean???

Have you ever wondered what your dream meant and wanted a neutral interpretation? Well you can find out at Dream Interpreter.

Dreaming of his Babu

Have fun!

Some people have asked about the postcard/journal swaps, and they come from Swap-Bot where you can find enough swaps to keep you busy till the cows come home. The journal was my 'biggest' project but in the end I found it tiresome. Check out the pics on Flickr with swap-bot as a tag to see what others have swapped.

The layout for the postcards came from a WebChallenge at the wonderful Designer Digitals . I certainly don't get to even a fraction of the challenges, but I find them good ways to have a base to test out some Photoshop Elements techniques without having to come up with an idea of my own. I need skills training and practice at this point. DD comes up with the idea and I work on my ability to manipulate the digital graphic. btw, I don't scrapbook but find that the inspiration can be used in other ways.

Happy Weekend and for those in the US, Happy Independence Day to us!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

On My Desk...July 2

Woo hoo....the best thing on my desk right now is a connection to the net. It took over half a day for the man to get us all rewired, hooked up, connected, whatever...but we are back on line, wireless, and with cable again.

So here I am writing on line again, with a load of rubbish left from cleaning, and cleaning and cleaning stuff while I had no connection. I must say I got a lot out, but there's still a bunch to file away. It's always hard for me to determine where some things that have never had a place in this room. (I'm still unearthing things from pre-renovation.)

But this was on my desk last week, and awaits the names for an 080808 postcard swap. I enjoyed using a free download template from Creative Memories on line. I'm never quite sure of what I'm doing but I'm having fun! The journal swap will go to the postoffice as soon as I watch a MI-5 episode that has to go back to the library today.

You can Check out more desks at Kirsty's blog.

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