Monday, August 9, 2010
When I poured out these chunky mushrooms into the skillet this "huge chunk" plopped out! I'm sure it's the stem of the mushroom but it's gross. It was all I could do to take a picture of it (so I can show the company too). After I took the picture I immediately threw it away!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
This is the waiting area outside of The Bubble Room Restaurant on Captiva Island, FL (USA). Inside the restaurant is not any less colorful than the outside! The bubble lights we had on our Christmas tree growing up as kids are all over this restaurant as well as thousands of antique items throughout the restaurant. If you ever get a chance to go Sanibel/Captiva Island make this a must have stop on your list! BTW, they have a signature dessert, Orange Cake, that is to die for. It's enough to feed 4 people (after a meal) and I overheard a woman say she traveled over 100 miles just to eat that cake!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Last Father's Day we were over at our daughter's and she wanted to take us kayaking...a first for us. I was tandem with my daughter and she had to do most of the paddling because I was busy with my camera. I love how this old, cut-up tree reflects in the smooth as glass water we were kayaking in.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I like to make a pot of soup on the weekends and freeze in individualized containers. I am a secretarial substitute in the local school district and when I am called to work (sometimes at the last minute) I can grab a 'bowl' of soup and some fruit and I am ready to walk out the door. This recipe is quick and easy. Easy to make it vegetarian by omitting the ham and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
Navy Bean Soup
yield 7-8 servings
10 minutes prep
+ 20 minutes cook
= 30 minute meal
2 15-oz cans navy (white) beans, drained and rinsed
3 14-oz cans chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cups ham, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup instant potato flakes (I used Honest Earth Yukon Golds Chunky Mashed Potatoes
that are packaged into pouches and I used one pouch)
In a 4-quart pot, combine chicken borth, water, beans, ham, onion, carrots, and pepper. Cover, simmer on medium heat for approximately 15 minutes until the carrots are tender, stirring occasionally. Gradually add potato flakes while stirring constantly. Take soup off of heat and let stand 5 minutes. Stir the soup gently and serve hot.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Happy 100th blogaversary to Camera Critters!!
have to share this wonderful story I read in the latest Birder's World magazine.
Alaska story: Chickadee revives fallen mate
Dear Birder's World: The following is an account of an unusual and inspiring event I witnessed at my home when I lived in Alaska.
On March 29, 2008, I heard a thud against our picture window. I knew right away it was a bird. On some instances, I've taken birds in by the heater where they can revive. But on this day, I went to the window and just stared out. There on a patch of snow lay a chickadee on its side looking dead. One by one, three or four chickadees came to peck at the bird's beak and then its side. Suddenly, the chickadee rolled onto its back with its fee straight up in the air. I was sure it was dead. Then, one lone chickadee flew down and pecked at its beak, then pecked and paused at its side.
The pecking chickadee flew up in the air and hovered over the 'dead' chickadee, slowly lowering itself until its talons were linked to those of the chickadee on the ground. It lifted the 'dead' chickadee about one foot in the air, and it came to life. They unlocked talons and flew over to a mossy stump. The healer bird pecked at the other's beak and nestled against its side. They both flew off together.
Jackson, New Hampshire
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Found this while shopping in St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, Florida. Pretty expensive at $450 but it is hand carved and hand painted and was about 18" in diameter. If only I could afford to buy beautiful pieces such as this.
To see more Color Carnival visit Martha here http://colorcarnivalmeme.blogspot.com/
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
While traveling (? can't remember where) we ran into a Wal-Mart I think, and found this really cool McDonalds. So, of course, I had to run out to the car to get my camera just so I could get another CC shot!
Color Carnival is hosted by the fun and fabulous Martha .... click on the link below and and see more CC photos.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Barb at Bella Vista is celebrating her 1st year anniversary and is offering a beautiful rooster soup tureen with four matching bowls. Click on the link below to enter for your chance to win.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
This is Max and he lives at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne Beach, Florida. Daughter Leslie's boyfriend is one of the animal keepers in the Africa Expedition there and we got an up close and personal visit with Max. We got to clean him with a scrub brush which removes the dried on dirt that he gets from rolling in the wet mud. It's like giving him a massage and he loves it. In the top right portion of the collage Leslie is masaging the inside of his upper leg and believe it or not that part of his skin is quite soft compared to the rest of his thick, tough skin. Click on collage to enlarge and see details.