Monday, February 19, 2018

Silver River Knap-In

This is an event like no other! Some of the ongoing demonstrations are Native American Basket Weaving, Seminole Canoe Carving, Prehistoric Shell Tool Making, with Tomahawk throwing, Indian Drumming and Scavenger Hunts!

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In other words…FUN  for the entire family!

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We spent the afternoon looking at the exhibits and neat things for sale. Enjoying the music of a flute and watching demonstrations.

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Oh and did I mention shopping? Our anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks and I think hubby has it covered! I got some vintage Navajo jewelry that I LOVE! (I’ll share pics of my treasures soon…thanks hubby)

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So much to see! Old Florida!

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We had a wonderful afternoon at the Silver Springs State Park and even saw one of the old glass bottomed boats on display.

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There was a cute wooden painting that I made into a blog banner.

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It was in the mid 80s with bright sunshine.

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(a Vendor we bought from….look what the sunshine does to my hair! it turns it SILVER! hahahahaha)

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A perfect day in Florida!

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Did you have a good weekend?

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I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE

and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Seeing Spots!

On hike #10 at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon, FL we saw an elusive Wood Thrush.

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It’s the first one we’ve seen here in Florida.

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We get so excited to see a bird we’ve never seen here before!

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It was down in the brush but it stayed put long enough to get a few pics.

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One more! (and thanks hubby for some of these close ups!)

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Then later we saw a Yellow-Rumped Warbler from the back!

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That was an easy ID!

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Then last night I ‘spotted’ this Northern Flicker high up in a tree.

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I only got two photos before it flew.

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Have you spotted anything unusual this week?

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone has a special week! I’ve got some things to look forward to that I’ll share soon.

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We are having the most beautiful weather with TONS of sunshine.

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So it’s a challenge to get a good photo of this little cabinet that you see when you come in our front door (with the big bright window at the other end of the room). It’s a fun place to decorate though!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE

and Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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Hugs and Kisses

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

American Bittern

We’ve just started seeing the Bittern in the wild this year!

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And on one of our hikes at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon, we saw TWO! I hope they are mates! I would love to see baby Bitterns this Spring!

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We always wonder how many birds we DON’T see!

The Bittern has some of the best camouflage, don’t you think?

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Just to give you an idea of where we are looking…

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the Bittern is in the middle of the photo above!

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Sometimes we spot them when they move. And often other ‘bird watchers’ on the bridge point them out to us.

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Here’s the second one we saw in another location, preening.

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Aren’t those feathers gorgeous !

We have 8 hikes so far this year. Our weather has been gorgeous this week! I know there’s been a winter blast for many of you. How’s your weekend weather?

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Count Your Blessings!

I’ve been counting my blessings this month and looking for ways to ‘follow my heart’. So I loved finding these little notes in the marked down area of one of my favorite stores.

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Of course while you’re being ‘all serious’ and working through challenges, it’s fun to come home to this!

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All of you that have followed me for awhile know Wendy. My little Lloyd Middleton doll that was given to me by a friend years and years ago, when I first started collecting dolls. She has always been my favorite and usually sits on the sofa.

So imagine my surprise when I found her on the floor…

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with her foot in the jaws of a leopard.

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Shocking I know….

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just SHOCKING!

But not to worry!

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No dollies were harmed in the making of this post or in our happy home! lol (I gave her a hug and she’s back on the sofa)

And thanks to Laura from Decor to Adore for a Giveaway Gift she sent me this week!

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It’s always fun to have handmade Christmas pretties!

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Thanks Laura!

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Oh and thanks hubby for making us all SMILE! Red heart

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Did you have a good day?

I’d like to answer that! I’m going to throw in an extra post this week just to ‘brag’! You all know I love living in Florida and we have some pretty incredible days in the middle of the winter!

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I hiked today on the Florida Trails and it was 77 degrees! There were lots of people taking advantage of the nice weather to ride their bikes. I only saw one other hiker but I saw lots of pretty birds.

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This is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker and I stood and watched him for a few minutes. This looks like a good tree to find insects.

So then I came home and had a cup of coffee with my sweetie. (and some cottage cheese with fresh Florida strawberries on top)

And at 3:30 pm, hubby and I walked outside and watched the rocket launch from Cape Canaveral.

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We are not ‘close’ so these photos are from a long distance. I only took ONE photo (above). You’ll have to look closely!

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And hubby took one of  the smoke from the launch.

We stood out on the golf course and squealed and jumped up and down….well at least one of us did! haha

Was this an exciting day? Absolutely!

Did anything out of the ordinary happen to you today?

Monday, February 5, 2018

Garlic Knots…OH MY!!!

I wanted to make some yeast bread but something a little different! So I did a google search and found

 Garlic Knots from Simply Recipes!

And I have to tell you….

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they are amazing!

Mouth watering delicious!

So here’s the recipe for Garlic Knots

If you are making your own dough:

  • 3/4 cup warm water (105°F-115°F)
  • 1 package (2 teaspoons) of active dry yeast (check the expiration date on the package)
  • 1 3/4 cups bread flour (can use all-purpose but bread flour will give you a crisper crust)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

If you are using store-bought pizza dough:

  • 14-ounces pizza dough

Garlic-Butter Coating:

  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Method

If you are making your own dough, follow steps 1-3. If using store-bought pizza dough, let thaw to room temperature and proceed to step 4.

1 Proof the yeast: Sprinkle the yeast on top of the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Stir to combine and let sit for another 5-10 minutes, until it begins to froth a bit.

2 Make the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in the olive oil, then the yeast-water mixture.

Mix this together to form a soft dough and knead for 5-10 minutes. (Can use a KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook for this step.)

3 Let the dough rise: Shape the dough into a ball and lightly coat with olive oil. Put it in a large bowl, top the bowl with plastic wrap and set it at room temperature to rise to double its size. This should take anywhere from 90 minutes to several hours.

4 Quarter the dough and flatten into rectangles: When the dough has doubled in size, cut it into fourths.

Set out a large baking sheet and line it with a silpat or parchment paper.

Working with one piece at a time, flatten into a rough rectangle about 5 inches long 1/2 inch thick.

5 Slice into strips and form knots: Using a sharp knife, slice the dough into strips of about 1 inch wide by 5 inches long.

Cut these strips in half.

Take one piece and work it into a snake, then tie it in a knot. The dough will be sticky along the cut edges, so dust these with flour before you tie the knot.

Set each knot down on the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough. Remember that the dough will rise, so leave some space between each knot.

6 Brush with olive oil and let sit to rise: Once all the knots are tied, paint them with a little olive oil.

Loosely cover them with plastic wrap and let them rise again until doubled in size, anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours or so. Toward the end of this rising period, preheat the oven to 400°.

7 Bake the knots: Uncover the knots and bake in the oven 12-15 minutes, or until nicely browned on top.

8 Make garlic butter parsley glaze: Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small pot and cook the garlic gently in it just long enough to take off that raw garlic edge, about 1-2 minutes over medium-low heat. Add the salt and parsley and stir to combine. Turn off the heat.

9 Brush cooked knots with garlic parsley butter mixture: When the knots are done, take out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Paint with the garlic-butter-parsley mixture and serve. These are best warm, but are good at room temperature, too.

from Simply Recipes ~ https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/garlic_knots/

and now to mention the couple of things I did different. I did NOT let them rise nearly as long as this recommends. And I just sprayed my pans with PAM!

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Rising for the first time was 30 minutes. And then I heated my oven for only about ONE MINUTE and put my knots in for the second rise, took them out, preheated my oven and then baked them.

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I did not use as much parsley and after I dipped the baked rolls into the melted garlic butter, I rolled them in a mixture of Parmesan and Romano grated cheese.

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We had some leftover grilled chicken (I need my protein)

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(this is hubby’s plate….I didn’t have NEARLY quite that much!)

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and I heated this wonderful Potato Soup for LUNCH!

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Now what’s for dinner?

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Maybe I should have a salad! haha! Actually we’re having BBQ Brisket for dinner…but I won’t eat a lot…I promise! Did you make anything special for Super Bowl Sunday?

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