Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Butterflies in Winter

I think nature is confused.




Look closely at this shot and you will see this butterfly is unrolling his proboscis in anticipation of landing on a flower.  I thought it was cool.

Here is a close up.


You just have to love nature.  Right?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Tale of Two Days

Saturday was a chilly day.   After prepping a new block for my Dear Jane . . .

Peanuts: not just a snack food.
The can made the perfect sized circle for my block.
4" exactly, except where it's dented.
Basted and ready for some applique action.
 . . . I bundled up and hit the screened in porch with my fuzzy socks (thanks again, Amanda),


and my supplies which of course include the remote.  


As I cuddled with Rudy,


stitching and watching the Sci Fi channel (I know, I know, kinda weird but I love it), Breck was out chopping wood and burning debris from the storm earlier in the week.  

The smile says he's loving it.
My view of the fire from the porch.  Smells wonderful.
We were living the dream right out the 1800's with no sewing machine, central heat, or chainsaws.

Here is how the block turned out.

After needle turning the circle I cut the top piece.
Basted.
Done save the trimming.
Sunday the weather changed and was perfect for some yard work.  Started out in sweats, but soon needed to change into something not so hot.  I even opened the windows for a little fresh air.  

Our Vitex tree was in need of pruning and with the warm winter we are having I was worried about waiting too long and cutting off the new buds that formed.  This is the tree that is covered with butterflies Spring through Fall.  While we were at it, the saw grass needed to be cut back as well.  Here is a quick little time lapse of the job.


After that I got out the camera and took some shots of the flower beds.  The lighting was so good I could not resist the opportunity.






Hardly seems like winter.  Even my Bottle Brush is confused.


The lighting was so good today.  I really enjoyed taking these photos.  Do you have a favorite?  Let me know.  I love to get comments.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Our Friday Luncheon Recipes

This week our class decided to make good old fashioned comfort finger foods for our Friday luncheon.  Yum.  How could it be wrong?  Answer: it can't.

We had wonderful little quiches made by a substitute on our hall who really wanted to participate.  Unfortunately I did not get the recipe from her, but I will try next time I see her because they were great.  Here they are on the left next to the Lasagna Cupcakes on the right.


Now let me tell you, I have really been into finger foods lately.  Since before Christmas, actually.  So easy to make and serve.  These little gems made by Marah will be added to my list of go-to recipes for parties or football watching.


How cute are they?  Rhetorical, you don't need to answer.  Click here for the recipe for Lasagna Cupcakes.

Next on the Hit Parade of goodies were BBQ meatballs.  So easy.  I cheated and bought pre-made meatballs from the grocery store, dumped a jar of Jack Daniels sauce on top and cranked up the crock pot to heat them up: high for the first hour, then low for three.  Simple.


Next on the list were the smoked sausage links that I cooked in apple jelly (no typo, apple jelly) and a touch of mustard.  There are no amounts, I just dumped and squirted and put that in the crock pot as well.  This was taken early on before the sausage soaked up the flavors and began to cook.  Again one hour on high and 3 on low.


We also had homemade Mac and Cheese.  Allie made this in a crock pot as well.  So gooey good.  Sorry, I only took one photo when all the ingredients were first put into the pot.  Trust me.  Gooey good.


The one other item we had was a healthy dessert.  Amanda made homemade No-Bake Energy Bites.  She is not a cocoa chocolate fan so she substituted white chocolate in the recipe, but otherwise stuck to the plan.  This recipe is so forgiving.  You can add additional ingredients like dried cherries or cranberries, nuts, or the kitchen sink.  So versatile.


It was all fantastic and I am already excited about our next opportunity to cook for the gang.

Friday, January 27, 2012

52 Week Challenge: Week 4

Can you guess what our inspiration word was this week in the Click Workshop photo challenge?

Bike
Sky
Letters
Milk
Jeans
Directions
Disabled
Recycle
These, by the way, were all taken at my wonderful place of employment . . . on my lunch break.  Also, the sky really was that blue.  Low humidity helps it look so blue.

Which do you think I should submit?

I am working on the recipes from today lunch.  Everything was awesome and I will have that ready to go tomorrow.
 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Updates

Just to do a little house keeping, I have uploaded some new pictures of My Inhibitors, added 2 quilts to Quilts I Made that I recently took pictures of, 3 pillow pictures to Pillow Obsession, and completed 2 new Dear Jane blocks for My Dear Jane Experience.

Since I don't have a regular place to put pictures of my Grandoggie, here will do.


My son took this with his iPhone.  Love it.

Tomorrow is our Friday luncheon at work and it is our turn to serve.  I'll have pictures and details tomorrow.

Lastly, have you ever gone to the bottom of my blog page and seen the part where I list all the countries that I have been viewed in?  The number is growing.  At last count it is 54.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I Love a Good Storm

When a storm blew through our area this morning I could not hold myself back from grabbing my camera to take a few shots.  We have been in a drought so long that these opportunities have been few and far between.  Though there was damage around town and in areas near by, I did not need to venture out to get my pictures, choosing to focus on the beauty of the rain not the destruction.



Believe it or not, I really like the grainy effect the cement has on the photo.


But I was especially partial to the reflection of the trees on my driveway.



Ripples in puddles; need to work on that.  I can't seem to get the setting right to catch the drops in perfect focus when the sky is dark and light is lacking.



Love the dark branches on the grey sky.  It almost looks like a black and white picture.


Once the wind died down the birds returned to the feeder.  I can't resist snapping a shot of a cardinal.  There is also a goldfinch in the picture if you look just above and to the right of the cardinal.


The rain is gone for now.  Next time maybe we can have it during the day followed by a rainbow.  How wonderful that would be to photograph.