Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
On Valentine's Day this year we drove out to see our grandson and give him some Valentine's Day presents. It had been snowing so on the way back home we drove through Castlewood Park to see the river. As luck would have it, we found a mama deer with her two babies. They were FRAMED by the tree branches.
I tried to get a close-up of them,
FRAMED by the trees. The babies were so cute!
The Meramec River is also FRAMED by the trees on both sides.
At Christmastime, China Cat was FRAMED
in the front living room window.
Willow was FRAMED in the living room window
near the 4th of July/Independence Day Holiday.
Almost every day that my grandson is at my house we walk over to the park to see the ducks. He is only 16 months old but he can do a very good duck call! When it gets really hot out the ducks all go under the bridge. It was 92 degrees with high humidity and you can see the ducks FRAMED between the bridge and the reflection of the bridge in the water!
As always, you can find more of Tnchick's Photohunters here!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
When I first started my blog, I found Fat Eric - The Gorgeous Ginger and Luxor - A White Cat. Fat Eric was a big and floofy ginger and white cat who started the Gorgeous Gingers. I have a gorgeous ginger named China Cat Sunflower so we became members right away. Luxor was the most elegant and most beautifully photographed white cat that I have ever seen. Sadly, they are both off to the Rainbow Bridge but they will be in our hearts forever.
He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face.
His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best.
And knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave you wings to fly.
We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again.
You live on through your children, you’re always by our side.
For part of us went with you on the day God called you home.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I want to wish my dad a Very Happy Birthday!
Weekend Cat Blogging #267 has a Special Food Edition this weekend
Saturday, June 19, 2010
The SIX beers are, from left to right:
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
I always think of champagne when I think about BUBBLES.
But this is a glass of beer that is full of BUBBLES...
Here is One Big BUBBLE...
Willow isn't sure she likes that big BUBBLE
right up next to her...
Look at the BUBBLES all over the rug...
Willow knows how to sneak up on a BUBBLE...
And here is where the bubbles came from...
Kookamunga Catnip Bubbles!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Saturday, June 05, 2010
that we went to a few years ago.
You can see it is full of SPARKLES!
I took this picture at Laguna Beach in California.
Monday, May 31, 2010
enjoying their dinner al fresco!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
is the common name
50 and 150 species
of the genus Tulipa
in the lily family, Liliaceae.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
One morning my cats were meowing at the sliding glass door which leads out to the screened-in porch. This isn't unusual - even when it's cold they generally go out and "patrol the perimeter" before coming back to the door to come in. December 30th was cold and it had snowed the night before. Both cats went out and didn't come right back to be let in the house. I called them and Willow came in but China Cat was behind the hot tub where I couldn't see her. Finally, I went out to get her to come in but that's when I saw what had fascinated her. A large hawk was about 15 feet out on the lawn eating something for breakfast! I ran to get my camera and went back out in the porch. I rarely can get pictures taken through a screen however I was able to get some pretty good pictures of Mr. Hawk! I took the pictures at 8:00 AM and I figured that Mr. Hawk wouldn't stay around for too long. I was really surprised to see him still sitting there at noon! I guessed that he ate so much for breakfast and he felt safe sitting in the fenced yard, that he fell asleep sitting there - kind of like when we eat to much turkey on Thanksgiving! We weren't sure what he ate but when my husband went out to look he found some feathers on the ground.
Anyway, I picked Mr. Hawk for the SPOTTED Theme because you can see that he has white SPOTS all over his chest! I googled Hawk images but I can't figure out what kind of hawk he is - or if he really is a he or a she!
As always, you can find more of Tnchick's Photohunters here!
And here photohunt
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Yesterday afternoon we called to see how the recipe turned out and my mother-in-law said it was very good. My husband decided that since we had the stout beer he would make the stroganoff for dinner. The store didn't have any sirloin steak so he substituted some good quality stew beef and it turned out very good. The sauce is wonderful on the egg noodles but next time we will make it with sirloin steak strips as the stew beef was a bit on the tough side. He also roasted brussels sprouts with garlic for a side dish. We have them a lot as they are delicious when they are roasted - crisp on the outside and soft in the inside, plus we love garlic!
Adapted from recipe in the Let’s Eat Section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2010-01-13
The flavor of stout adds depth to beef stroganoff
½ pound egg noodles
About 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound sirloin steak, cut into strips 2 inches long and ¼ inch thick
Ground black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
1 pound white button or baby bella mushrooms, sliced
¾ cup (½ bottle) stout beer (Guinness)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook noodles until they are al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, set a large skillet over medium-high heat and film the bottom with canola oil. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper to taste. Sear the meat in batches, making sure not to crowd the pan. Transfer browned meat to a plate.
3. Lower the heat to medium and add another teaspoon of oil to the pan, if necessary. Cook onions with a pinch of salt until they become translucent and start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until they have release all of their juices and turned golden brown, about 5 minutes. Return the heat to medium-high to evaporate the juices.
4. Pour in the beer, scraping the bottom of the pan to release the browned bits. Return the meat to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and let the stroganoff simmer until the sauce is slightly reduced and the meat is cooked through.
5. Stir in mustard and sour cream. Taste to adjust seasonings. Serve over egg noodles.
Per serving: 630 calories; 27g fat; 10g saturated fat; 155mg cholesterol; 42g protein; 52g carbohydrate; 6g sugar; 2g fiber; 260mg sodium; 80mg calcium.