The greater Chicagoland area, much of the midwest for that matter, is experiencing some unusually cold weather this far into spring. There is a very easy solution, we all just have to head to where the warm is.
I think I can see Easter eggs hidden here.
We all have our favorites. Many are based on specific activities but we also love a crossover. Look at the pizza cutter which I’m pretty sure was the foundation for the rotary cutter used in sewing.
Some hobbies or pastimes just scream for gadgets. Fishing, bike riding, running, sewing, stamp collecting the list goes on and on. Most are single purpose items that we don’t know how we lived without them.
I am a tea drinker. I like loose leaf tea and not always tea bags and much of the time I only make one cup so not necessarily using a tea-pot. Well…I have 2 devices to hold my tea leaves so I can brew one cup in my cup.
The latest one I found is this egg timer. Nice just before Easter. I had to test it to see how it changes colors. It goes in the pot with my eggs and water and I cook away. In the past if I was looking for soft-boiled I simply timed the process. I know, there are two schools of thought on this as well. Begin timing when it’s put on the stove or begin when it begins to boil, I’m not going there.
The timer changes color to white as each progressive doneness is achieved. I used extra-large eggs which is what I had. Once the soft was fully changed to the solid white color, I turned off the pot and removed one egg only to find a very runny white. Not my favorite. The second egg which I left in the water while pealing the first also had some runny white. The yolk on both was also beautifully runny, but I can’t eat the runny whites of egg. So they both got cooked a bit more before breakfast.
I am not sure there is a moral to this story. I know that I, along with many of you, will continue to buy the next great gadget that crosses my path. Now if I could only invent that next one and retire with my millions!!!
Tuesday, March 20, is the first day of spring. Here in my little corner of the Midwest the temperature will be in the 40’s. So all in all a nice pleasant day, no rain predicted only sunshine.
I enjoy spring and have learned to look for even the tiny hint that it really is happening. Long before trees are in blossom and flowers poke their little heads up the willow trees show you they are getting ready. The branches turn the prettiest shade of a yellow or spring green. When you see that against all the bare dark branches on other trees you know it’s going to happen.
The florist shops are already carrying lovely displays of the blooms that will be here soon. This year we have very few places with snow still sitting but not always. I do remember the springs when we had snow piled up so high on some corners that it did not melt until April or May.
I can’t wait till it warms up enough to forgo the jackets and gloves and hats. Here’s hoping that any more snow storms this year will be fast and fade quickly. Hope you have a lovely spring day!
It’s the dreaded time change in many places this weekend. Is there a reason we feel the need to mess with Mother Nature on every level? She always wins. I guess we have not figured out, she will do whatever she wants.
I know the history of why we do this and those reasons don’t really exist. I can tell you it messes with lots of people on every level. Now we are eating and sleeping at a different time and expect that our bodies will adjust automatically. My system rebels every time, as if to say “What were you thinking?”
Sadly, I have a collection of watches, mostly I wear them as jewelry rather than functional to tell time, but they will all need changing.
I really had no idea that not everyone eats or likes soup. I have eaten them all my life and I really like soup all year long. Recently I purchased a cook book that had over 100 versions of soup in it as well as some breads you might make to go with your soup. So I connected with my inner Julia Child and decided to try to make a few versions. Actually, I wanted to try them all, but my life got very busy and I have finished 4 so far.
Based on a total vote from 3 people in my family this soup got 5 thumbs up. It is called a spaghetti soup and is a whole new variety for me. I have made it at least four times so far.
This is a very simple soup that you might switch a little to match your tastes or dietary restrictions, but it does come highly recommended.
Since I have not posted in a couple of months, just wanted to share what I have been doing lately.
So which camp do you fall into, soup or no soup? It’s been around for thousands of years and generally is a very healthy thing to eat. When my children were small it was a way to get vegetables into their diet without them knowing it.
Have a great day.
This is the Nancy Merrill challenge, and this week’s theme is Halloween.
I was walking around the house with camera in hand and my great-granddaughter asked what I was looking for. I told her something that represent Halloween for us. She said we could take down all the hundreds of pumpkins and spiders and web like things, that this was the only decoration we needed. It has a cat and a pumpkin and that is enough.
Then she took it off the wall and hung it on the door for me to photograph. What can I say it is the perfect decoration.
We also went to our favorite pumpkin patch to get pumpkin and apple cider donuts, a pumpkin and some memories. Now that is pretty close to perfect.
This is for the Nancy Merrill weekly challenge.
My family has discovered and embraced lake life. From hanging out on the beach in summer to ice fishing in winter it is a very large part of their lives. Getting home from work often means driving past the lake and seeing what it looks like today, checking the radar to see can we get some time in on the boat. From early spring to late fall it is all about the boat.
The lake they live near is a nice size private lake that is over 200 acres large. At the deepest part it is about 40 feet deep. There are a couple of large beaches for residents and quite a few small beaches for private use only. The lake supports about a dozen different types of fish as well as a fair amount of migratory water fowl.
All summer long there are events on the waterfront for boaters and non boaters. Summer camp for children is at the beach and lessons are offered in sailing and boating. All sorts of water craft take advantage of the mostly calm waters from kayaks to paddle boards to canoes and jet ski’s.
I think we are quite lucky that the lake has become an important part of so many lives. It gives family a ready event to get out on the lake and watch 4th of July fireworks or a quiet concert on a weeknight. Not to mention the winter of boat repair and prep that has become the new normal.
This is the Nancy Marrill weekly chalenge for this week.
What a delightful and difficult challenge. Somehow I instantly thought of the cats as subjects for this challenge ( I have no idea why). Then I found the book I was looking for. Next step try hearding cats. Well, I got 2 out of 3 to cooperate, sort of. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did trying to have the lions behave.
On Amelia Island we found a distillery that makes a variety of alcohol, not at all like moonshine, but a small operation that has only been around for a couple of years. So on a bright sunny morning we decided to go in for a tasting. What a great way to start a day of touristy activity.
Never having been in a distillery before, I was pleasantly surprised. Marlin & Barrel make some very unique products that are not widely distributed, yet. Very much like a craft beer they use local Florida product as much as possible. Each bottle I saw had the above saying about finding your Spirit.
The grapefruit cello is made from Florida grown fruit as is the orange cello, at this time no lemon cello, but who knows. This has a wonderful mild taste and the grapefruit cello mixed with a sparkling white wine is perfectly delicious.
With various flavored vodka on shelves everywhere, this is quite interesting. First not a potato vodka but molasses flavored with smoked pepper. In a Bloody Mary this adds a certain amount of heat from the pepper. Lovely.
Other products are their rums and some souvenirs. Very much a hand operation with filling bottles and putting on labels with the batch number on the label! They have plans for more product and only a few places to purchase their product. This is not a place to miss. I consume about 4 drinks a year and I purchased what should be a 3 year supply and can’t wait to go back for more.