Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
My friends back in North Carolina are still sweltering in 90 degree weather.
This evening, the kids and I headed down to the park, and saw this.
Do you recognize that stuff on the water?
Yep, it's ice.
Lots of it.
We were spending some time enjoying the ice, when we suddenly heard the sounds of ice breaking a few yards away. We looked, and there was a beaver coming out of its dam, breaking through the ice.
It's a good thing we got our winter gear yesterday, and winterized our van earlier today. Now we are ready.
For more of this.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I'm looking forward to that.
This week, with highs in the 30's, and the chance of the first snow of the year, it is time to go through the clothes, pack away the summer clothes, and assess the clothing for winter. Forget Autumn. It is my favorite season, but only lasts about a week up here.
We all need boots. So we will begin the search for good boots for everyone. We also need good gloves. We already have coats and hats.
Something else I'm going to need to get, is a snow shovel. Didn't really need one of those in North Carolina!
And of course one of the most important things to get to prepare for winter, we absolutely can't go with out. To do so would be detrimental.
This family is very shy, and they don't much care for having their pictures taken, but if I am sneaky, I can snap a few.
Here is the mother and child.
The little one saw me and swam off into their home, but Mom kept on munching.
This beaver was busy, busy, pulling branches and continually working at the dam.
In another part of town, not far from here, is a place called Creamer's Field. This farm is a migratory bird sanctuary, and is simply amazing this time of year (last month especially) with the THOUSANDS of birds traveling south for the soon-coming winter.
There are many species of birds coming through, but you really see lots of Canadian Geese and Sandhill Cranes. It is so cool seeing the many V's of birds flying overhead. Sandhill Cranes in particular are very vocal birds, and you can't miss their passing.
Just a few of our neighbors. These are the best kind.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This is the time of year I start cooking lots of apple recipes like an Apple Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze.
And pumpkin recipes, like Pumpkin Bread and Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies.
How about a Pumpkin Cheesecake?
Be on the lookout for that soon!
What are your favorites to fix this time of year?
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I made these with the last of my North Carolina Wild Blackberries. I went through these photos and was I ever sad that for the first time in years, I have no blackberries just waiting for me in the freezer.
I'm going to have to go to the store and actually BUY blackberries! The horror!
In any case, I am finally getting around to posting this pictorial.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
In a small bowl, place 1 cup of frozen blackberries. Sprinkle them with 1 TB of flour, and set them back in the freezer, so you don't have mush.
Now, in a mixing bowl you need 2 cups and 2 TB flour, 1 Tb baking powder, 3 Tb sugar and 1/8 tsp salt.
Stir it all together.
Now you are going to take 6 TB of cold butter, and slice it up, and drop it into the bowl.
With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until there are no pieces of butter left larger than a pea. Here I was using the old-fashioned method of criss-crossing knives because my pastry blender had broke, and I couldn't find a new one in a store, ANYWHERE! (I have one now....bought it when we were on the road)
Next, you are going to measure out 1 cup of half & half.
And you are going to add to it, 1 Tb of vanilla.
Stir it in. Mmmm...that smells heavenly.
Pour the creamy mixture into the mixing bowl, and stir everything together until just mixed.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
Now you are going to pull the blackberries out of the freezer, and gently work them into the dough.
Pat the dough into a square shape, about 3/4 inch thick.
Using a knife, cut the square in half twice, making 4 smaller squares.
And cut each square in half diagonally.
Place the scones onto a baking stone/sheet.
Now you are going to take another half of a tablespoon of cold butter, and cut it into 8 little pieces.
Put a litte piece of butter on each scone.
Put them in the oven, and bake for 15-17 minutes or until the are a lovely golden color.
Take the scones and place them on a cooling rack that is over some foil, wax or parchment paper. You'll see why in a minute.
Now these scones are wunderbar!...but this is what puts them over the top.
You need 1 cup of powdered/confectioner's sugar.
and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice...
Using a whisk, combine the two until they are smooth.
Now, try not to swoon. Take a spoon, and drizzle the tangy loveliness all over the scones.
Now they are complete.
Printable Version: Blackberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, I have always been a fairly independent person. Being an army wife, we have to be pretty self-sufficient. If a faucet starts dripping, I don't panic. I get out the home-repair book, and fix it. If a landlord turns psycho and wants to take advantage...I walk my happy hiney to JAG and fix that too! Military wives can't be whiney and weak and fall apart just because our husbands have to do their jobs. It is up to hold down the fort until they return.
2. What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Any place with my family out in nature and away from it all. I love the simplicity of it.
3. If you could have any fast-food restaurant in the food court on base/post what would you pick?
Umm...I am really not a fan of fast food. I honestly can't think of anything.
4. Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We didn't. We were on a weekend pass from Advanced Individual Training, and we went right back to school the next day.
5. If you could have any job in the world regardless of money, degree or experience, which job would you have and why?
Right now, I have the job I want. I'm a a SAHM - homeschooling our children. But some day, when this chapter is done, I could imagine being a Biologist, or an Artist, or even a Baker. I'm varied in my passions :-)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Now we have.
"Why?" You may ask.
Because tonight, on the first day of Autumn, we have finally seen this phenomenon.
The Aurora Borealis
It was simply amazing. I ran upstairs and woke up all the kiddos, and they threw on jackets and ran outside into the 34 degree (feels like 27) air, and enjoyed the view.
NOW we have arrived in Alaska!
Note the pink liquid. Originally it was blue...water boiled with red cabbage in it. Then it was poured into the bottle that contained white vinegar. It instantly turned pink. Add a balloon filled with baking soda.
It's starting to bubble.
Lots of bubbles!
And again....a color change.
Taa Daa! Chemical Reaction demonstrated.
And if you thought this looked familiar.... You would be right!