Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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CRYSTAL BALL
GAZING

My close friend, Teresa,
looking for answers
and the future

In her personal crystal ball.

I hope the future
is bright!

Monday, July 30, 2018

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REMEMBERING 9/11

Little did I know . . .

when I took my 2 daughters
to the Big Apple,
to Ellis Island,
where our ancestors arrived,
years ago.

It would be a memorable scene,
when the World Trade Centers
were still standing.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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SUMMER WILDFLOWERS

Did you ever notice
how wildflowers know best
where to grow, and where not.

They know exactly how to grow.
And who thrives where.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

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NOT TILL I STARTED PICKING
MY CHERRY TOMATOES

Did I realize I may have planted
too many cherry tomato plants.

No matter.

They make great summer garden gifts.

And here's a great cherry tomato salad recipe:

Halve 2 cups of ripe cherry tomatoes.
Add 1/4 cup olive oil
And 2-3 tbsp cider vinegar
3 sprigs fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar

Toss and refrigerate 2 hours.

(You won't believe how refreshing
this summer salad is.)

Friday, July 27, 2018

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PERFECT SUMMER LUNCH

Vine ripe tomatoes
and tangy sweet basil.

Can there be a better
summer combination?

(Have you ever noticed
beautiful foods are
always healthy?)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

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MYSTERY FOOTPRINT

Claw print,
on the sandy shore line.
Leaving the cold waters
of the upper Meramec.

Not sure whose it is.

Could be mink, beaver,
river otter, raccoon,
black bear (they've been
sighted here).  

Any ID help would be
appreciated.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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MONSTER HYDRANGEAS

It's hard to find a larger,
more robust flower bloom
than the hardy hydrangea
sprouting in the neighborhood.

These bushes love our
hot summer days,
and are big enough to
hide your car.

Fat buds can reach up to
a pound or more.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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THROUGH CHILDREN'S EYES

Ask junior art students
at summer class COCA St. Louis
(Center of Creative Arts)
    how they see their friends . . .

Art cuts through our differences.
Don't you agree?

Monday, July 23, 2018

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BERRIES FOR SALE

Driving on the backroads.
Rural homes, mostly farmland.
Overcast, lazy summer day.

Blackberry sign in a front yard.
Almost "folk art."
(Of course I stopped.)

You can't get berries this good
in town, at the store.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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ROMANCE IN THE GARDEN

Harvested from the garden,
these two parsnips seemed
attracted to one another.
Longing to mate.

   Makes you wonder
what happens in the garden,
after hours.

Mmmmmm.

😏

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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WHAT'S HE THINKING?

Does he think we're all
STUPID?
or just naive.

(And where does he find those
long red neck ties?)


Credit:  DaveGranlund.com

Friday, July 20, 2018

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PLUM PERFECT

Now that local plums
are available,
here's an easy recipe idea
for fresh plum cake.

Prepare batter for your
favorite vanilla cake mix.
Spread evenly in the bottom
of a greased spring cake pan.

Slice 2 or 3 ripe plums,
and place on top of the batter.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Place in 350˚ oven,
and bake for 60 minutes.

Let cool, and serve while
still warm.  With a scoop of
vanilla ice cream.

So yummy.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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ORCHID PERFECTION

Come see my
Father's Day gift.

What a beauty.

(Thanks, Annabelle.
I love it.)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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BREAKFAST
AT BAR LOUIE

Two eggs over easy,
bacon and Tater Tots.

Bill Triola
performing weekend mornings.

Fresh brewed Kaldi's coffee
next door.

Sitting at the bar.
Hot breakfast with live music.

What a treat.

(And no, I wasn't drinking!)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TERESA

Happy Birthday, Teresa.

You are so special.
We love surprising your
"very early" coffee celebration
with everyone who loves you.

Monday, July 16, 2018

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FILIPINO
GOURMET DINNER

Yana Gilbuena,
Filipino chef and author
stopped by St. Louis
for a Rogue Underground
communal pop-up dinner
this past weekend
for an authentic "kamayan"
communal dining experience.

Served on a table of banana leaves,
with no plates or utensils,
Chef Yana prepared
authentic butterflied trout
on fresh banana leaves,
baked with ginger, garlic,
scallion and lime leaf,
lightly bathed with calamansi
and soy sauce.

(See saloseries.com to learn
more about this amazing
traveling chef.)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

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BARBECUED PEACHES

Now that peaches are in season,
here's a recipe you'll love.

Halve some fresh ripe peaches.
Remove the pit,
and grill them on a hot fire.

Season with cinnamon and sugar,
cut into small pieces.

Serve on top of vanilla ice cream.

Oh my!
Guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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PEACH PERFECT

Local peaches are ripe
and ready.

Know what a "sink eater"
peach is?

(So sweet and juicy,
you better eat it over the sink!)

The peach festival takes place today,
starting at 8:00am
at Kirkwood Farmers Market.

Stop by, for a free taste.
And vote for your favorite.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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KAPOW!

There's no missing
some blooms.

Mother Nature shows
the power of display advertising.
Making sure pollination occurs.

Wow.

(Sunglasses recommended.)

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 SECRET FLAVORS
INSIDE THE APRICOT

Inside each apricot pit
lies an inner flavor
worth finding.

The noyaux,
or apricot kernel,
is a soft almond-like
center under the pit shell.
(With an overnight freezing,
a light strike with a hammer
releases the noyaux.)

The secret to sublime aromatics
in apricot jam is revealed
by wrapping these delicate pieces
in cheesecloth bags,
and cooking with the sliced fruit
on a medium-low flame.

An extraordinary aroma
awaits you.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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FOLLOW THE SUN

"Keep your face
to the sunshine,
and you cannot
see the shadows.
It's what
  the sunflowers do."

                         -- Helen Keller

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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THE SECRET TO
AROMATIC APRICOT JAM

I've heard stories about the
aromatic secrets of apricot pits,
but thanks to the recipe and
featured article in the July 1 issue
of New York Times Magazine,
the secret is out.

I started with a bowl of Blenheim apricots,
washed, seeded and quartered.
Leave the skins on.
Add sugar, about 2 cups,
and a pinch of sea salt.

Set aside, refrigerated, to macerate.
Spread the pits on a plate, and
stick in the freezer overnight.

The next morning, bring the
mixture to room temperature,
while you place pits on a clean towel,
and hammer to gently crack open
each pit to reveal and remove
the soft kernels -- the noyaux.
As soon as the kernel is crushed,
an amazing aroma is released.

Wrap the kernels in a cheesecloth bag,
and add to the cut fruit.

Bring to medium high heat,
and stir with a wooden spoon
for about 15 minutes,
until the syrup thickens and the
bubbles grown large.

Let cool,
Transfer to sterilized jelly jars.
You won't believe how delicious.

P.S.   Apricot season is 2-weeks long.
         Keep an eye out for Blenheims.

Monday, July 9, 2018

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WHAT GROWS
AROUND THE SPRING

Life is abundant around
the source of a spring,
with its cold clean flowing waters.

Yesterday's visit showed a
wide variety of grasses, reeds
and edible plants,
including but not limited to

Horsetails
Pickerel Weed
Watercress
Cattails
Rock Ferns
Wild Blackberries
Primrose
and
PawPaws

So many delicious reasons
for deer to come down,
and stand in these cold waters
while eating lunch.
(Especially on hot summer days.)