Friday, July 2, 2010

Favorite Photo Friday ~ Skipping

Click on Photo for larger view

Camera: point and shoot Fuji Fine Pix (when fun trumps lugging a big camera around)
Camera chooses all settings:
Exp 1/200
ISO 400
No flash
Edited in Picnik Focal Zoom
Non-posed... remember how much teenagers loved to be posed!
(I did request they turn and run away from me so I could get that shot too, but request was denied)

Visit Valerie @ Favorite Photo Friday to see more creative Favorite Photos!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Show and Tell Friday ~ Swallowtail Lamp

My husband made this lamp when he was a boy.
His aunt Elsie had a big set-up in her basement where she made and painted ceramics. She had just about every mold available at the time and a kiln to fire ceramic and porcelain pieces.
I suppose there weren't many masculine items for him to choose from, but this piece lent itself to his interest in observing and identifying birds.
It sat in our attic for many years and only recently found a place of purpose and display.
There are many tiny paint rubs and nicks that could easily be touched up, but I prefer to enjoy it in it's worn state. Now our grandkids enjoy Pop-Pop's workmanship in one of the bedrooms they use while visiting.
Joining Cindy @t Romantic Home for Show & Tell Friday!


Jamie and her family spent last week in Ocean City, New Jersey with her in-laws.
Erin, AJ and Jared are there this week.
Abbey is staying a few days with them too.
John and I are not beach lovers (or even beach likers, for that matter).
But, our high 90 degree days with high humidity broke with beautiful temps, low humidity and gentle breezes and I knew it would be just perfect at the shore.
I texted John at work late in the afternoon and asked his thoughts on talking the hour and a half drive down the shore when he got home.
He said, "Great idea," so off we went.
Zipping along with the windows rolled down, wind blowing our hair and feeling like kids ourselves was such fun.
We arrived just as the sun was getting low in the sky.
A quick stroll in the sand...

then onto the boardwalk to join the others for a beautiful summer evening.
AJ is such a sweet guy and was more than happy to answer all of my questions about his very cool yellow motor cycle. It was brought to my attention because many folks stopped to comment/look at it as it sat right out front on the sidewalk. He said strangers even took photos of it and that really tickled him!
AJ and Erin
Looking spiffy in our shades
(If Abbey read my blog [which I know she doesn't] she'd roll her eyes and say, "I know you didn't just say 'spiffy."
Of course, theirs are for looks, mine are so I can see.

on the porch
on the way to the boards
"Mom-Mom, wanna see my muscle?"
Just look at the power radiating from it!
Stopping for a bite to eat but being sure to save room for Kohr Bros soft-serve ice-cream cones and some fudge (pistachio for me, please)
enjoying our spontaneity
While the kids browsed the shops, John and I slipped away and walked in the dark to the waters edge. There were just a few folks enjoying the serenity as the waves foamed and rolled in. Walking in the sand with low visibility was a little hard especially trying to avoid tripping over the mounds and holes created by those digging earlier in the day.
and a few shots just for fun

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sour Cream Coffee Cake ~ Barefoot Bloggers Pick

Here is the second June Barefoot Bloggers recipe to be posted by today. It's from
Gwenn of Cooking in Pajamas

She has chosen Sour Cream Coffee Cake

The recipe bakes in a 10-inch tube pan. I wanted to half Ina's recipe so I poured the batter into 4 mini-size bundt pans.
After baking, a maple syrup glaze is drizzled on top to finish another of Ina's delicious cakes.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the streusel:

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.

Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes, until light. Add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Finish stirring with a spatula to be sure the batter is completely mixed.

For the streusel, place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl and pinch together with your fingers until it forms a crumble. Mix in the walnuts, if desired.

Spoon half the batter into the pan and spread it out with a knife. Sprinkle with 3/4 cup streusel. Spoon the rest of the batter in the pan, spread it out, and scatter the remaining streusel on top. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Carefully transfer the cake, streusel side up, onto a serving plate. Whisk the confectioners' sugar and maple syrup together, adding a few drops of water if necessary, to make the glaze runny. Drizzle as much as you like over the cake with a fork or spoon.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

And this green creature is beautiful to Jared.
He and Pop-Pop caught tadpoles this spring and put them into our little pond.
This little guy is the only one to survive.
Over in the meadow,
In the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother toadie
And her little toadie one
"Wink!" said the mother;
"I wink!" said the one,
So they winked and they blinked
In the sand in the sun
I liked this photo of bubbles created by the tiny pond fountain. Notice the little orange at the top/center... they are the goldfish getting bigger and bigger.
Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

also linking to Claudia's Finding Beauty!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Scalloped Tomatoes

Barefoot Blogger, Josie of Pink Parsley Catering

has chosen Scalloped Tomatoes

You wouldn't think something with so few ingredients would have so much flavor!
Great as a summer side dish although I would enjoy it as an entree.

Scalloped Tomatoes
2009, Ina Garten, Show: Barefoot Contessa Episode: Farm Stand Food


  • Good olive oil
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch diced) bread from a French boule, crusts removed
  • 16 plum tomatoes, cut 1/2-inch dice (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12 inch) saute pan over medium heat. Add the bread cubes and stir to coat with the oil. Cook over medium to medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the cubes are evenly browned.

Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. When the bread cubes are done, add the tomato mixture and continue to cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the basil.

Pour the tomato mixture into a shallow (6 to 8 cup) baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with the Parmesan cheese and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is browned and the tomatoes are bubbly. Serve hot or warm.

Joining Foodie Friday @Designs by Gollum

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ Hydrangea Blooms

Can you believe all of these different color blooms came from one bush?
I could have made mosaic after mosaic with such pretty blossoms!
It amazes me that they change color as they grow larger and open into such magnificent bouquets.

Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!
She has purple happening too!



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