Monday, November 30, 2015

A link to an old recipe

 this is a link to a previous recipe for my broccoli and cheese soup.  I made it before we went away for a few days.  I had put what was left in the freezer in individual soup bowls, and thawed out two on our return so that we could have something nourishing and fast on the table for lunch. The alphabet/number cutters I talk about in my other post were found at Michael's craft store but I also found some here on Amazon.com.



I hope those of you who were celebrating had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and everyone else that your week was also a very happy one.  Ours was spent with Gregg's family down south, and we also saw friends known since I got off the boat so to speak, and Gregg a lot longer.  There were family members who flew up from Florida and others who could not be with us but were greatly missed.  Unfortunately work and distance can be obstacles but they were very much in our thoughts and I know it won't be too long before we get to see them.   



We had little ones in the family who were a whole lot of fun.  Our great-niece and nephew, four years and 8 months respectively.  We enjoyed them beyond words, both happy little souls.  One who excudes an ora of bubbly happiness that is always catching, and the youngest, soaking up everything around him like a sponge with big, beautiful wide eyed wonder. They are an absolute joy.



Before all the festivities we met a lady who brought her three grandchildren to visit, two boys and a girl.  Incredibly polite and well mannered, who at such a young age shook our hands and introduced themselves.  Gregg asked the little girl where did she think I came from, could she tell by listening to my accent.  (Yes folks, I still sound very English even after all these years, though family and friends in the UK can tell there is a difference to the way I used to sound.)  She thought a little and said with a big smile, "Brooklyn".  We laughed and I told her she had made my day.



It was a smaller number this year but as always is the case, everyone brought a dish of food and we could still have fed an army.  The buffet table was full and then some, with leftovers to take home.  



Gregg and I left on Saturday and instead of taking the freeway we took the pretty route, through the Virginia countryside.  It takes longer but is well worth the extra time, even though my homing pigeon instincts had kicked in. They always do, no matter how short or how long our time away.  As soon as I know we are heading home, I find myself checking how many more miles we have to go.  Maybe it is an age thing. Nope, Gregg says it is a Denise thing.  So be it!

All but one of my photos were taken at a favorite sandwich shop where Gregg and I stopped to pick up lunch for the family the day before Thanksgiving.  We try to pop in every time we are in the vicinity.  I liked the prints on the wall.  There are reflections on the glass though but I couldn't do anything about that.  

The statue you may recognize as the Iwo Jima Memorial, though this is a duplicate and a smaller version near the Marine base in Quantico.  We pass by when we take this particular route home. 

Have a great week everyone.  Ours will be a quieter one.

Friday, November 27, 2015

SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND CAMERA CRITTERS


Here are a few dogs we saw on our vacation in the summer.









I am sharing with Eileen and Misty.  Thanks for hosting ladies.
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TODAY'S FLOWERS #374 - November 27th, 2015

Today's Flowers will open on Friday at 12.00 a.m. and will close the following Thursday at 11.30 p.m.


I hope all old friends will be continuing with us, and I would also like to invite new friends to join and share their favorite flower photos.  We also welcome everyone to just visit and enjoy.  


Today's photos were taken last June when we were visiting Dartmoor, South Devon, England.










As mentioned at the beginning of this post, the link will open every Friday at 12.00 a.m. (East Coast time USA), and close Thursday evening at 11.30 p.m.  Everyone is invited to add their photos until it closes in preparation for the new link.

If for some reason it does not open on time and I am not able to fix the problem straight away, please leave your link in the comment section.  But only if there is no link available.  

If you have trouble adding your photo even when it is open, you can send me your entry, along with your blog address and with 'Today's Flowers' in the subject line, to the e-mail address below.

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This e-mail can also be used if you want to get in touch with me with any advice or concerns.  Thank you very much.

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Luiz Santilli Jr. created Today's Flowers.  
Thank you Luiz. 
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Finally, my thanks to all friends for your support of this meme.

I am also linking to Hetty's meme, Tuinverhalen which you can find here.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

GOOD FENCES AND SKYWATCH FRIDAY

I would like to wish those of you who are celebrating, 
A Very Happy Thanksgiving. 


These are from our trip into Washington DC when the leaves were still on the trees.

















I am linking with Good Fences and SkyWatch Friday with my thanks to our hosts for these fun memes.  

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

THOMAS JEFFERSON MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON DC









































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I treated myself to a movie.


I have been fighting a cold and the other day I didn't feel like doing much, other than fix myself a cup of hot water mixed with lemon juice and honey, a little grated ginger.  My go to comfort drink at such times. So, curled up on the sofa with a blanket snuggly wrapped around me, I turned the TV on and searched for a movie.  I found a good one.

I watched Mr. Holmes with Ian McKellan.  It isn't like your usual Sherlock Holmes movie.  I love nothing more than to watch the old black and white movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.  Subsequent actors who have played the role since have caught my attention.

This movie was very different and very enjoyable, poignant at times.  Mr. McKellan's acting is always brilliant, as in this role of the aging 93 year old Sherlock Holmes.  Every character he plays is someone you believe in.  You identify with him and you want him to find happiness, especially in this role. He always seem to find the humanity in the characters he portrays.    

The actress who plays the housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, is American actress Laura Linney.  Her English accent was excellent and you also believed that she was Mrs. Munro, Holmes' often perplexed and overwrought housekeeper and mother of Roger, who was a darling little actor.

This young boy who played her son, Milo Parker, for someone so young his acting skills seem fine honed, very natural.  His interaction with Holmes and his mother was superb.  There was no affectation whatsover.  You believed he was the intelligent little boy who followed Holmes around, soaking up everything he said like a sponge.

The Director, Bill Condon, did a wonderful job as there was nothing in this movie that gave me pause.  It held my interest from beginning to end.  I also loved its setting, an old stone house in the English countryside.

One particular scene between the little boy and his mother I found poignant, and I thought I would use as a quote today.  I am not sure if I have it word for word, maybe yes, maybe no, but this is what I took from it. The words spoken between mother and child.

“I shouldn’t have said what I said” said the boy.
“Lesson there then, shouldn’t say everything
we think” the mother said.

Wonderful words and a life-lesson moment between mother and child.  A lesson for all of us I think. Be honest if we must but with kindness not with spite, and know when words should be left unsaid.

Definitely a movie I could see again and I don't say that often.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Food Post - Tilapia with Roasted Vegetable Pasta


Wanting to put more fish into our meals I found this on Pumpkin 'n Spice hosted by Gayle.  Click here for her recipe.

Tilapia with Roasted Vegetable Pasta - 2 servings

This meal can be put together quickly.  Gayle can prep it and put it on the table in 25 minutes.  It took me longer because it is the first time I have made this meal.  I went slowly as I didn't want to make any mistakes.


1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 red onion, cut into chunks
1 medium sweet potato, cut into chunks
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces rigatoni, uncooked
3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1 pack (2 servings) Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Tilapia with Garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil  (you can read all about it here)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking pan with cooking spray.

Spread vegetables onto pan and season with rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over vegetables and toss to coat.

Roast for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables begin to brown.

Remove from oven, drain vegetables and reserve juice.
Set aside.

While vegetables are cooking, boil the water for the pasta.

Cook pasta according to packaged directions. Drain and add to a large bowl.

When vegetables are done, preheat oven to and cook tilapia according to packaged directions.

Add vegetables, reserved juices, and balsamic vinegar to pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and lightly toss.

Top pasta with tilapia and serve immediately.

Enjoy!



What did we think of this meal?  Excellent, very tasty.  



I made a few changes as I didn't use the Tilapia but went with a filet of haddock, which was more than enough for the two of us.  I popped it in a 400 degree oven, after drizzling with a little olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and a sprinkle of paprika.  After 15 minutes it was cooked perfectly.  I put the broiler on for a couple of minutes to brown it a little.

I didn't know about the Tilapia product used in this recipe, but wouldn't mind trying it next time. Tilapia is a fish I am familiar with, it is very mild but I have never bought it like this, in a box with different flavorings.  On doing a location search on their website, their product can be found at the following supermarkets nearby: Giant, Harris Teeter and Wegmans.  

To suit everyone's taste I also added a regular potato as well as the sweet potato, and also cauliflower along with the broccoli.  In fact, I'm sure you can add any of your favorites.

The veggies took longer to cook for me, even in a 500 deg. oven. As mentioned previously, oven temperatures do vary and I think ours runs on the cooler side.  I ended up cooking for 40 minutes to get to the degree of tenderness that we wanted (tastes differ), but you might want to check during the cooking process and see what you think.  

By the time it was all on the table for dinner, the fish was cooked perfectly and so were the veggies.  I really liked the addition of balsamic vinegar mixed in with the veggies, and even drizzled a little on the haddock when it was on my dinner plate.

The fish is gone but there were veggie-pasta left-overs for tomorrow, which will make a very nice lunch.  

(The next day I opened up a can of diced tomatoes and mixed those in just on a whim. They were a great addition.)

Thank you Gayle at Pumpkin 'n Spice for another delicious meal in my make-again folder.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

MOSAIC MONDAY


I am linking with Mosaic Monday when it becomes available. Thank you for hosting this lovely meme Judith.  You can visit other participants here.  The Mosaic Monday logo is on my side-bar.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I can relate to this....

And now I know I am not the only one who likes to take photos of their meals.  Probably the reason this tickled my funny bone.



DUCKS AND GEESE IN DAWLISH


We were in Dawlish in Devonshire.  One of the fun times we had was looking at all the ducks and geese on the river that leads down to the ocean.   Here are a few of them.


The Mallards there seemed to have pretty blue heads, not the green ones I am used to seeing here.










I had seen Muscovy Geese before but not Muscovy Ducks.





I am not sure what kind this one is in the following photos.






Added note 11-21-15: Our friend Anni at I'd Rather B Birdin'
thought this might be a Blue Goose.  As she suggested I looked them up and the ones I found certainly looked like this one.  Thank you Anni for id'ing my mystery bird.  Love it when more knowledgeable blogging friends help me out.






This is their playground.



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Friday, November 20, 2015

TODAY'S FLOWERS #373 - November 20th, 2015


Today's Flowers will open on Friday at 12.00 a.m. and will close the following Thursday at 11.30 p.m.


  I hope all old friends will be joining us here, and I would also like to invite new friends to share their favorite flower photos.  We also welcome everyone to just visit and enjoy.  




Today's photos of a fountain surrounded by impatiens were taken at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church at the beginning of last month.

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As mentioned at the beginning of this post, the link will open every Friday at 12.00 a.m. (East Coast time USA), and close Thursday evening at 11.00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to add their photos until it closes in preparation for the new link.

If for some reason it does not open on time and I am not able to fix the problem straight away, please leave your link in the comment section.  But only if there is no link available.  

If you have trouble adding your photo even when it is open, you can send me your entry, along with your blog address and with 'Today's Flowers' in the subject line, to the e-mail address below.

luvinwildlife@gmail.com

This e-mail can also be used if you want to get in touch with me with any advice or concerns.  Thank you very much.

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Luiz Santilli Jr. created Today's Flowers.  
Thank you Luiz. 

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We try not to bog you down with too many rules, but could you please provide a link to Today's Flowers if you decide you would like to join in?  Obviously everyone is welcome even if you don't as it is fun just to look.  Also, no business advertising please, this meme is for people who have a love for sharing their own favorite flower photographs.  You are very welcome to copy the button below for your related Today's Flowers' blog post.


Finally, my thanks to all friends for your support of this meme.

I am also linking to Hetty's meme, Tuinverhalen 
(Garden Stories), which you can find here.

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ALL DAY SATURDAY THE LINKY TOOL WASN'T WORKING, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE BACK TO NORMAL TODAY (SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22).  SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE BUT IT WAS BEYOND MY CONTROL.