With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 9/19/10 - 9/26/10

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Orange Anise Bread

Sliced warm from the oven, toasted with butter and jam or made into sandwiches, bread is an important part of our daily experience.  Here is an interesting combination of ingredients...
Orange and anise with a little fresh ground nutmeg.
I expected these strong flavors to be dominate and was a little disappointed the anise was hard to discern.  One and a half teaspoons seemed like it would give a fuller flavor.
The bread has nice orange under tones and a light citrus scent.
I thought about substituting orange juice for the water in the recipe but was concerned about mixing OJ with the milk.
The texture is pure joy ~ very soft and light.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday ~ End of Summer Activity

Our grandson, Jared, was walking Raider around the house and came running in to tell me about all of the monarch butterflies on my 'pink flowers'.  He was right!  I had never seen so many at one time.  They were flitting all over the yard at each grouping of Sedum.
I grabbed my camera, but Monarchs flutter away when you try to get near.  Actually, they were all fluttering about and barely lighted on a blossom for more than a moment.
I counted 10-15 butterflies frantically fluttering from Sedum to Butterfly Bush.  And that was just at one area.  They were beautiful and we were very excited to see them!
Returning to the house I noticed my pots of Dahlia looking a little happier than they had been.  I couldn't resist the soft pink ones.
Just a few bare stems remains of my parsley.  But I don't mine sharing with these very hungry caterpillars.  I can anticipate an abundance of butterflies next year.
(Previous post on these Eastern Black Swallowtails)
Joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Mosaic Monday ~ Sunflowers...

from my sweetheart ♥
Joining Mary@Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

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