Sunday, November 25, 2012

Chocolate Laughter

Gotta love it when people come to your house and one of them bakes stuff.

This is a hot fudge pudding cake, served over ice cream. Then she texted us the photo of the recipe. DH's beef barley soup will be a repeated dish too.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful we've all made it this far.

And for getting the pie crust to this point, too. That's my Grandma's rolling pin and glass pie pan with a scalloped edge and handles. I haven't been making the crust for all those pumpkin pies I've made. Today will tell which direction I take in the future.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”    Marcel Proust

Link to more sunflowers.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November Garden Surprises

Blooming broccoli in the garden yesterday.  If it had been warmer than 40 degrees, we would have seen bees, too.  At this link, you can see the bees with full broccoli pollen baskets:
There was a little broccoli for the lettuce and chard dinner salad, also.

I was surprised to find evidence of a recent poppy blossom.  Our weather changes from dry and warm to cold, then warm and damp, and back to cold seems to have caused some garden confusion.   All of the poppy's siblings bloomed back in May and June; photo below is from May.

On the sweet pea plant, we found sprouting seeds in the seed pods.  I have never successfully sprouted sweet peas.  I placed these in the soil, but I doubt they'll make it until spring.

I found sunflower seeds sprouted in this bird feeder.  Some recent day must have been just right.  The birds and squirrels don't leave seeds there long.  

The biggest surprise - it's only November and we have the old tomatoes, peas, beans, and squash plants clean up for the winter. 
Compare to this link to the September garden, to see the difference:

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Plan B - Pancakes

Another thing cleared out of the kitchen. This has always been a little persnickety and sitting in the cupboard for years didn't improve its mood.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Tanzania - Lions II

On our way out of Tarangire National Park, our guide heard from others that the lions where visiting the airfield.   There is a small building being built and the reflective glass is still intriguing to the wildlife.  Our guide said the builders should replace the glass or the animals will break it.  

Link to Lions Part I:

If the lions are anything like my cat, Maria, their curiosity will not wear off anytime soon.

It gave us a chance to watch them wandering around the building (watching themselves).

Even with all of this excitment, a nap is still in order.  Lions have little to fear.  They know their daytime priorities.

The guide who had set out this picnic for his new arrivals was a little more worried.  He decided to move the picnic elsewhere.  This building is the existing building at the airfield...the old restrooms.

Here is the link to all Tanzania posts, so far:

Monday, November 05, 2012


Some of the pumpkins from this year's garden.   One has already become pumpkin butter.

Link to pumpkin butter recipe, plus other pumpkin cooking posts:

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Blooming November

The bees and I were happy to find borage and lavender blooming today.