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.)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

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ESCAPE TO THE RIVER

Hot muggy weather clears out.
Cool nights, dry days.

Time to head out
for a quiet weekend at the cabin.

Always the best therapy.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

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THE BEST BLUEBERRIES

It's time.
This weekend.
For the best blueberries
ever!

I am blessed to know Ronnie.

Who drives up each Saturday,
from his totally organic farm
somewhere in southen Missouri.

Grower, exceptionelle!

100% organic.
No sprays,  All natural.

His fame is spreading.

He arrives early Saturdays,
with the most amazing veggies.
But especially, blueberries.

The line starts forming at 7:30am.

(Thank you, Ronnie.
Thanks for teaching me the difference.)

Friday, July 6, 2018

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UNANIMOUS VOTE
SAVES SUGAR CREEK

The citizens of Kirkwood
filled City Hall last night
and presented overwhelming
presentations to the City Council,
preventing a petitioned rezoning effort
which would have allowed
development and destruction
of this pristine part of the city.

And the Council members
unanimously voted to deny
the rezoning request.

Trees and wildlife won an
important battle.
Yay, Kirkwood.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

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LOVE THE FIREWORKS

But not completely sure
what we're celebrating
anymore.

Thinking we all need
to get more involved
in our local government.

And exactly who is
representing our best interests.



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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HELP CELEBRATE
FREEDOM

On this Independence Day
help share all those
less fortunate than us
who struggle to find
an open border and
a welcoming new home.

Happy Fourth of July!



Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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JUST IN TIME

Watermelon.
God's gift to summer.

Thump one today.
Cut it open.
Share.

So refreshing.

Monday, July 2, 2018

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THIS WAS ME
30 YEARS AGO

I tried looking for the driver.
No luck.

(Will the owner of this
blue Chevy Nova
please run for Congress?)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

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IT'S TOMATO TIME

Tomato season has begun.

Suddenly, markets are full
of local, homegrown ripe tomatoes.

So much more flavor
than supermarket fare.

Heritage and heirloom, ripe and ready.
You can taste the difference.

Lucky us.