Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday Tourist

Windsor Castle



Gardens

Garden pool & fountain

Monday, August 30, 2010

Campfires

It is almost Fall - which means more campfires!
Here is a way to add a little more interest to your campfires - add a Hippie Pipe! It makes lots of greens, blues & purples come out in the flames. Just make sure you don't roast marshmellows, hotdogs or any other food over the flames as long as the hippie pipe is in the fire! I also would not advise to not breathe in alot of the smoke/fumes.



Hippie Pipe - it is basically just a piece of copper pipe about 10 to 12 inches in length* and  1/2 to 3/4 inches in diameter. Drill 5 or six holes in the pipe so it looks like a flute. Add a piece of old garden hose just a little smaller than the pipe. Older hoses work better than newer plastic ones. (* - it can actually be any length you want, that is just the size we use.) Put the pipe into the fire - carefully! It works best near the bottom in the middle. Enjoy the colors! The next day after the ashes are cooled, pick out the pipe, clean out and save for the next use. Just put in a new piece of hose next time you want to use it.

Here is a video, but the colors don't show up as well. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday Tourist

Eiffel Tower Paris, France
Close up of detail



Looking up from underneath

Monday, August 23, 2010

PEACHES!

Lake Erie Red Haven Peaches from Bergman's Orchards to be exact! The BEST peaches in the world - in my humble opinion! Plus I love their signature "Take a Peach to the Beach" signs, t-shirts & tote bags. When you eat one of their peaches you better make sure you have at least three napkins! One to put on the front like a bib, another ready to wipe your chin & a third just to be safe! I have made one batch of freezer jam so far. Thinking about a peach pie, and maybe "Georgia Peach Bread" or possibly a Paula Deen recipe Peach Tea Cupcakes! Dang, we should have bought more peaches! I also wanted to try dehydrating some.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Different Perspective

Marblehead Lighthouse
I have taken photos of this lighthouse for over 15 years, so I have at least one from pretty much every angle including inside and from the top. Even a few taken from out on the ice in the winter. But I don't think I have ever went to the base and looked straight up, so I shot this while we were there this past weekend. Of course I had to wait until people quit looking over the rail at me! : )

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

Went to see this movie last evening. I highly recommend it!! But you better have kleenex, there were numerous times would have liked to have some. Both sad and happy tears. I even talked my husband into seeing it - although he never did say if he liked it or not......just commented on the scenery - which was great by the way! I had this strange craving for Italian food afterwards though.....lol We have actually been to Italy, but it was a hurried day trip to Venice from Austria as we were with a tour. We would love to go back some day.
While there were probably more women in the theater, there were quite a few men - all with women of course, didn't see any alone. I was going to read the book before I saw the movie, but didn't get the chance. So my next online stop is - where else - Amazon! : )  Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia to order the book!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Glass/Bottle cutting revisited

I found the following on Amazon & they work ALOT better than the manual glass/bottle cutter I was using (even after I modified it).

Just watch for overheating, I keep a small container of water close by to sprinkle on the glass.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fish.....Who knew?!



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Who knew having fish in our pond would be so entertaining! I have never been all that interested in fish. But since we put in a pond and my husband started stocking it, I have decided they can actually be fun! In the beginning, before the pond was stocked, we would see herons stalking the banks looking for anything to eat. I have always like watching and photographing herons. But when they started coming around the pond, he wanted to chase them off. I disagreed, but figured he would do what he wanted anyway, I just wouldn't chase them off when I saw them. Then came the fish! First we stocked white amurs or grass carp, then later came the minnows and hybrid blue gill. They were cool to watch, but didn't really see them much after we released them. Then we started feeding them! I swear fish have personalities, too!
So now when we see a heron land we all take off to chase them away! Bekah especially, but stay out of her way if she is in the Gator or Hang on if you are with her! Let them go eat from someone else's pond! Those fish are fun and entertaining, but they are also expensive! So now we kind of like them, they are almost like pets. Everyone wants to go feed the fish when it is time - even the dog likes to watch them! (from a distance though!) I have another video, but apparently it is too long for blogger, so I will see about editing it and posting it later.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday Tourist

Rothenburg, Germany

Outside the wall of Rothenburg, Germany

The Night Watchman of Rothenburg

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Peaches!

I thought I would try the "World's Greatest Crumble" recipe using peaches.....
I made this using Raspberries back in June when we had the 16 pounds of raspberries - it was Amazing!. Thank you to Susie for sharing the recipe!
I thought I posted it before but when I checked I did not find it. So anyway here it is using peaches.

Here’s the recipe for the World’s Greatest Crumble:


• 1 3/4 cup of flour

• 1 1/2 cups of sugar

• 1 teaspoon sea salts

• 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes.

• 1 cup rolled oats

1. Preheat at 375 degrees F.

2. Mix flour, sugar and slat with a fork.

3. Using a fork, or pastry cutter, cut butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse bread crumbs.


4. Add oats, stirring them into the mixture.













Filling
• 4 pints of berries  peaches

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 1/4 cup of flour

• In separate bowl, combine fruit sugar and flour.


• Spread filling into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.


• Sprinkle flour/butter/oat mixture over fruit.


• Bake until fruit is bubbly and topping is golden brown — about one hour.