Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Thursday, April 28, 2022
On the 12th of this month we drove over to the Old Stone Bridge in Manassas. The sun was shining and it was a lovely day. Our son and daughter-in-law inspired us as the day before they sent us photos from their own walk, and took some very nice shots of the bluebells. It reminded me that we hadn't been to see ours and I asked Gregg what he thought of going over that morning. This sign was new, designed specifically with children in mind, sowing those seeds early.Virginia bluebells (botanical name Mertensia virginica) are also called Virginia cowslip, Blue and pink ladies, Chiming bells and Kentucky bluebells. It blooms in the spring and is native to eastern North America. They grow in wooded areas near river and lake banks, or in wetland areas.
These were growing near Bull Run.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
This is an old post when we were near the ocean. I enjoy watching gulls every bit as much as I enjoy watching our own backyard birds at home. These flying acrobats are noisy, and can be aggressive if there is food around. I don't feed them for obvious reasons.All this aside, they are fun to observe, and so entertaining, comical. "When you are alone, bless the solitude; when you are with someone, bless the togetherness! Think of the seagull: It flies alone happily; it flies with another happily too! Solitude is a food; togetherness is a food; man needs both and he must be happy with both."
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Monday, April 25, 2022
MONDAY RECIPE POST - SPINACH SALAD WITH SWEET ROASTED PECANS AND GORGONZOLA WITH SHERRY-SHALLOT VINAIGRETTE
I have been looking for different types of salads to the ones we usually have. We both have very similar tastes with only a few exceptions and lately, have been having a lot of easy fix-it meals that we don't need a recipe for. But today was the day to try something new (to us), and here it is.
Spinach Salad with Sweet Roasted Pecans and Gorgonzola with Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette - serves 4
It goes quickly from prep to table, though we take longer than the time stated, but not by much.
1 package baby spinach
3 to 4 handfuls pecan halves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (we used avocado oil)
Few pinches of salt
Few pinches of sugar
½ cup olive oil (we used avocado oil again)
¼ cup sherry vinegar
2 small shallots, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 small wedge Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (about 2 ounces)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
After washing and preparing the spinach, put in serving bowl. (I always take the stringy part off the leaves, not necessary but my preference.)
Toss pecans with vegetable or avocado oil, sugar and salt. Lay out on baking sheet. Roast until a little more golden and fragrant, about 7 to 8 minutes. They burn easily so check on them before time is up and give them a bit of a stir. Set aside.
Make dressing by combining oil choice, vinegar, shallots and salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk together. If you are making ahead place in sealable container, put in the fridge and shake before putting on the salad. I use an old glass peanut butter jar with a screw top lid just for this purpose, and it has been in the dishwasher many times with everything else.
Toss spinach with dressing, Gorgonzola and pecans.
Serve and enjoy!
As far as salads go, it's right up there and we will be making this again and again. We served them with Jumbo Coconut Shrimp. These were frozen in a box (SeaPak brand) and you may have had them before. They are excellent but just to mix it up, next time we will try fresh and steam the shrimp. This salad lends itself to any favorite protein you may prefer.
We used walnuts but will try pecans next time.
I am not one for a lot of dressing and didn’t toss the whole salad. I added a tablespoon on top of my own bowl, stirred a little and put the shrimp on top and on the side.
There was leftover dressing which I refrigerated, and we still have spinach and Gorgonzola left, so will have that again at our next meal, also toasted pecans.
Saturday, April 23, 2022
you get an interesting photo on the trail cam (in this case, my squirrel cam).This is actually a screen shot from a video. The first few frames were of the squirrel's legs as they disappeared up the pole where I attach my trail cam. It made me laugh out loud.
Thanks for putting up with those legs, and I hope your day brings you a good chuckle.
Friday, April 22, 2022
Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known."
November 9th, 1934 – December 20th, 1996
Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator.
Thursday, April 21, 2022
It was a beautiful day as you can see by the sky.