Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fifty Percent Norwegian

I'm drinking from my "Norway" coffee mug today.  I'm 50% Norwegian so I limit myself to half a mug at a time.  :)

D'ya believe it? 

My Grandpa Tom asked that question frequently after he told a story.  He was 100% Norwegian and very entertaining.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Huge Maple Seed Clusters

Can you believe this? 

I've never before seen such large clumps of maple seeds, have you?  I'd be shocked and awed if one of these seed bundles dropped on my head while working in the yard.

I googled "maple seeds" and found out that the seed inside the whirlygig is edible!  I dug a seed out and ate it.  It was a little bitter but according to the website boiling would fix that.  They can also be baked and salted.  Now all I need is a ton of patience to remove all the seeds from their "helicopters."  I think I'll eat peas instead. 

But who knew?   

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My PC Kindle Cloud Reader

I'm reading the new book release, MRS. KENNEDY AND ME, on my laptop.  

I downloaded a free application to my PC; it's called a Kindle Cloud Reader.  It allows me to read Kindle books on my Windows PC using a Google Chrome web browser which I downloaded especially for that purpose.  Although, I will have to pay for the books, I didn't have to purchase a Kindle.    

I must be awfully lazy because I love the fact that I can read no-handed!  With my PC on my lap, I don't have to hold a book or even a Kindle.  When I want to go to the next page, I do have to push the down arrow key, but I think I can manage that!

I normally get my books from the library so I've resisted buying a Kindle or other electronic reader, but I was so anxious to get my hands on the new release, MRS. KENNEDY AND ME, I didn't want to wait for a library copy.  With Kindle Cloud, I didn't have to wait.

Need I say more?  Yes, I do!  I'm in reading heaven.    

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I'm Making Potato Salad. Wanna Help?

Come on into my kitchen.  Don't look while I go through my disorganized mess of recipes.  I know it's here somewhere.  I'm sure it's in this stack.  Come on, come on.  Where did it go?  Phew, here it is!  My favorite recipe for today's project:  Linda's Potato Salad.  

I grocery shopped yesterday so you missed that fun.  Let's gather the ingredients we'll be using.  If you'd be so kind as to set them on the counter, I'll take the pictures.  Of course, everyone knows what potatoes, eggs, onions, and all the rest look like, but humor me.  I get a kick out of picture taking and posting them.


Let's put the eggs and

the potatoes on the stove to boil.

While that's going on in the background, I'll chop up the onion.
Would you put the mayo, mustard, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl?  Thank you.  Let's hustle these ingredients into the refrigerator.

I think we've earned a bit of a break and some wine to go with it.  We have a few minutes longer to wait for the eggs and potatoes to cook. 

Perfect timing.  Our wine glasses are empty.  We can drain the water from both pots and let the potatoes and eggs cool.

Now's a great time for a walk.  Let's go.     

After enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, we're back and the potatoes and eggs have cooled.  I'll cut the potatoes into small pieces (leaving the peeling on) and you can remove the egg shells and slice the eggs.  Don't worry.  When I'm done, I'll help you with the eggs.  Getting the shell off can be a pain.
Here's a small bowl of the finished dish after we added the onion and mayo mixture.

 Voila!  Mission accomplished.  

Shall we?  Since you're company, you get the first bite. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Things of Spring

I love the beautiful color of this proud robin's breast.  He has a handsome profile too, don't you think? 

See those long things hanging on our river birch?

They eventually get tired of hanging around and drop. 

Maple trees work hard to reproduce too.  These beautiful lime green casings hold precious seeds.

Tons of these maple seedlings are growing in our front yard.  After another mowing or two, they should be gone.  I feel bad that I can't allow them to grow and thrive. 

Look at these cute Crimson King maple leaves.

Nature works her wonders in creating life while we go about ours. 

Here's a twig that didn't survive this past winter.  Strong winds sweep the lifeless out to make room for the new growth.

Happy day!  I love it.  Look who joined me at ground level!

P.S.  I love comments of all kinds.  It's SO fun to know who's paid me a visit!  Even a simple HI is nice.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Disappearing Corn Crunch Clusters

Here they are.  Get a good look because they will soon vanish.

If you want some, you'll need 3 and a half cups of these,  

half a cup of butter, real butter,

2/3 cup of this,

1 tablespoon of corn syrup and

1/4 teaspoon of this.

Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly (2 to 3 minutes).  Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup.  Increase heat to medium.  Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil (1 to 2  minutes).  Boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla.  Add cereal and gently stir until well coated. 

Drop mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto wax paper.  Cool completely.

BEWARE!  I sent a batch of these with Lon to work.  He and Jared ate all of them before lunch.