Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nature stinks sometimes...

We have had a pair of mourning doves around our apartment for several months and have enjoyed watching them "bill and coo" and listen to their calls.

They made a nest on a furnace vent of the townhouse next door and I can see it as I sit at my computer every day.

It's a little more difficult now because the trees have leafed out.

Today I went out to take the trash and when I was walking back I saw a large bird fly into the tree right next to the nest.

Not being much of a birder, it took me a few seconds to realize that it was a hawk, not a crow.

Almost the instant I identified it, it flew with great force into the nest and hit the wall then flew away. I knew what had happened.

My husband and I got the ladder and a mirror to look inside the nest. There were feathers and three eggs. A fourth egg was on the ground under the nest.

I'm sure the hawk got at least one of the doves if not both. There were also lots of feathers on the ground for several feet.

It's kind of sad to us because we really enjoyed those two little birds. Circle of life and all that, I guess.

Monday, April 19, 2010

An Idaho Power recipe...

I made breakfast for supper last night and it was so yummy.  We had Multi-Grain Pecan Pancakes, yogurt, fried apples, sliced bananas, orange juice and.....bacon.  Bad, bad, bad Julie!  What can I say?  I had it in the frig...
Here's the pancake recipe that I clipped from the Idaho Power bill insert.  I've saved a lot of those recipes over the years, but I think this is the only one I've ever actually made.  It calls for 2 cups of buttermilk, but I used yogurt because I needed to use up organic yogurt I got for cheap.  It made enough that we had leftovers, but they are gone today.

Multi-Grain Pecan Pancakes

1       cup whole wheat flour
1/2    cup all-purpose flour ( I used 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour instead)
1/2    cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4    cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1       tsp. baking soda
1/2    tsp. salt
3       Tbsp. oil
2       eggs
2       cups buttermilk ( I used yogurt)
1/4    cup honey
1/4    cup chopped pecans

Stir together the dry ingredients.  Mix the liquid ingredients.  Stir the dry ingredients into the liquid.  Fold in the pecans.  Cook as usual.  I would make them smaller rather than large because they cook up very tender and are difficult to turn if they are bigger than about 1/4 cup size.  It says it makes 16 four-inch pancakes.

Love you, all my dear readers (family) and I hope you are safe and intact...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Some things...

I will miss about Pennsylvania.
1.  My hair stays fluffier due to the humidity.  I need it because as you get older, your hair thins.
2.  Places we want to go are generally not very far away.  We save a lot on gas.
3.  We go to a really nice church.  Big, but nice, and it's only a couple of miles away.
4.  I adore the Mennonite Care and Share Shoppes thrift stores.  There are three stores in the same strip mall, one for furniture/appliances, one for clothing and one for everything else.  My favorite is the last one.
5.  The green everywhere and the birds.  There may be more birds because there aren't any cats loose in our complex.
6.  There's Whole Foods and Ikea.  They aren't real close, but I can go if I want and it isn't a full day's drive.
7.  Jomar.  They have huge messy piles of fabric bolts and it's all very cheap.  Again, not close, but not too bad.
8.  Josh's school.  The teachers and principal are all such dedicated educators and genuinely nice people.  They do an excellent job.
That's all for now.  More later...

One may be Jeff and one may be me...

Friday, April 16, 2010


I found a page that explains how to activate the links. It's just too late tonight to be that thinky... Will try tomorrow.

New template...

But I can't figure out how to make the top right "About", "FAQ" and "Contact" links active. It was free, as many of them are, so I can't expect perfection. It would be nice to figure out how to make them work though. Jeff has taught me to be bold and hack the HTML a tiny bit so I can customize some but not completely at will. Maybe I'll be able to figure it out from the web somehow and I'm going to contact the creator, too.

Monday, April 12, 2010


talked to Lissie in the airport in DUBAI at 12:00am her time on the way to visit Catie in Daejeon... Never thought I'd be typing that sentence...
This was taken at 3:00am (her departure time).

Dubai International Airport

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What we ate Saturday...

at the Puerto Rican restaurant in Q-Mart. It was all delicious. So much for the healthy, organic diet...
Chicken Empanada

Bisteca, Yellow Rice with Pigeon Peas, Pink Beans

Pastelon de Platano Maduro, Yellow Rice with Pigeon Peas, Pink Beans

Pastelon de Platanos Maduros

Pastelon is a Puerto Rican dish. Picture a lasagna, but instead of noodles for the separating layers, you use plantains. It's SO good! There are many variations. Plus, there are a lot of common additions to Pastelon - like capers, olives or raisins, if you desire.
1½ hours | 30 min prep
  1. Heat dash of oil, sofrito, Sazon, onion and garlic on medium heat until well sauteed.
  2. Add ground beef and tomato sauce and stir until well cooked, but not dry.
  3. Drain any grease.
  4. Make sure ground beef is well ground (that it has no chunks).
  5. Add cheese to picadillo (ground beef), if using, it helps to bind the meat together.
  6. Peel and slice plantains lengthwise.
  7. If the plantains are large, you'll probably get about three-four lengths per plantain.
  8. Saute plantain slices in medium-hot oil for a few mintues, flipping halfway through cooking.
  9. Set slices on paper toweled tray or use a brown garbage bag, and allow the oil to be absorbed; and pat dry.
  10. Layer plantains along bottom of greased 9x9 pan.
  11. Pour two eggs, beaten, over bottom layer.
  12. Top with ground beef layer.
  13. Repeat plantain and beef layers, making sure the plantain layer is the top.
  14. Optional cheese layer on top.
  15. Cook in 350ºF oven for about 35 minutes, making sure eggs are cooked and not watery.

Because you asked...

If I was a month, I’d be May
If I was a day of the week, I’d be Friday
If I was a time of day, I’d be after 10:00pm
If I was a planet, I’d be Mercury
If I was a sea animal, I’d be a seal

If I was a direction, I’d be northwest.
If I was a piece of furniture, I'd be a big, soft easy chair
If I was a liquid, I’d be iced tea
If I was a gemstone, I’d be an emerald
If I was a tree, I’d be a gingko

If I was a tool, I’d be a pair of Ginghers
If I was a flower, I’d be a pansy
If I was a kind of weather, I’d be a little breeze, a little sun
If I was a musical instrument, I’d be a piano
If I was a color, I’d be yellow

If I was an emotion, I’d be joy
If I was a fruit, I’d be a clementine
If I was a sound, I’d be a wind chime
If I was an element, I’d be earth
If I was a car, I’d be a truck

If I was a food, I’d be dark chocolate
If I was a place, I’d be Greenleaf
If I was a material, I’d be cotton
If I was a taste, I’d be sweet
If I was a scent, I'd be after the rain

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