Friday, April 29, 2011

Sunsets

The sun was setting one night and it just called to me and said, "Take my picture". Seeing how beautiful it was, how could I resist.
 So I stood there in the chill of the evening waiting for the sun to go down, snapping pictures one after the other. Even went down into a ditch to get the right angle for it. But it was so-ooo worth it.
 Getting eaten alive by the mosquitoes did not deter me from getting the photos. Well, at least not for a little while. This was an awesome sunset and so glad I got it on camera.
Till next time........

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cute Potatoe's Visit.........

This is Cute Potatoe. She is the creation of an artist "across the pond" and has been traveling the world since about July 2010. She stopped on her travels to spend some time with my daughter. While she was here , we had to show her around the area. We walked for what seemed like miles, but CP was up to it. CP must be in great shape because my legs were tired. She just kept saying, "Let's see some more!", and so ....... we kept walking.

 
 
By the end of the day, she was ready to say "Night, Night" and go to sleep. It was so nice to meet CP and be a part of her journey around the world. Boy, to be able to travel around the world for a year or so ....... wouldn't that be great! Maybe I could hide in her suitcase, suppose? Here is her own website if you want to follow her adventures.
http://cutepotatoe.blogspot.com/

I'm so glad she stopped by for a visit.
Bon Voyage, CP, I sure will miss you.
Till next time........

Friday, April 22, 2011

Westview Bed & Breakfast

This is Westview Bed and Breakfast. My Sunset Suite was to the front left of the building and facing the west. So the gorgeous sunsets can be seen every evening. At least they can if the sun is shining. Once in a while, you might hit a cloudy day. But then, Mother Nature does not always cooperate with vacationing folks, no matter how careful they plan their visit.


The little table and chair setting is just off the edge of the  driveway and so inviting. I can just see myself sitting there with a glass of wine and enjoying a sunset and the beautiful country setting. I might even enjoy an outdoor lunch there. You just never know.

Then as you walk down the driveway to the right, there is a lovely little tree blooming profusely. What could be more spring like than that.

This B&B is out in the country and yet only 8-9 minutes from Lincoln, NE. where the city is alive with activity in the Haymarket District and surrounding area. The Haymarket District has restaurants, art galleries, museums, a park, candy stores, bar & grills, etc. It offers so much to people with varied tastes.

 This is one of the gorgeous sunsets that can be seen from the sitting porch of the suite. What a wonderful sight and the perfect way to end a relaxing vacation.
Till next time.......

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Granny's Welcome

Some things just say "Welcome". This little Granny with her apron on, is in Blake's Soda Fountain in Louisville, NE. As you walk in, she stands guard over the fudge counter and no wonder; as it is the best fudge anywhere! It is homemade and so yummy and creamy. Don't let that smile fool you. Although she will welcome you to the store, she is vigilant about guarding the fudge. If it were my fudge, I'd guard it, too! Don't forget to buy some while you visit.
Till next time.......

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fudge - YUM!

This is Blake's Soda Fountain/Floral in a town nearby. This amazing little business makes THE best fudge I have ever eaten. It is your chocolate fudge and is so creamy and rich. You cannot go into this establishment without buying a little bit of this chocolate goodness to take home with you.

This little room here is where this wonderful confection is made. That silver vat at the back of the photo is the magical pot it is made in. This fudge has to set for 24 hours before you can cut it, unless you want to eat it with a spoon. It will taste good that way, too. But I like to wait till it is set, no matter how hard it is to wait. I want to eat it at it's very best texture.
Till next time.......

Friday, April 8, 2011

Daffodils......

You know spring has arrived for sure when the daffodils start to bloom. I saw my first one this evening after supper. One lonely little daffodil, but it was blooming for all to see. Spring is here!
Till next time.......

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Angles vs Shadows....

Some photos just beg to be taken. I love the way the shadows play with the boards and produce such great angles. Which ones are shadows and which ones are the boards? Well, that's anyone's guess. But I love the effect.
Till next time.......

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Entwined And Then Some

This was the first tree I ever so with branches so entwined. You can barely see daylight through them.
If you look closely, you will see the tiny buds just starting to form.
Till next time........

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Highlighting the Color

Here is something that I really like doing. I take a photo and change it to black and white and then bring back the color to just a certain area. It makes such a striking photo and is perfect for a greeting card. Besides that, it is just FUN to do!
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Indulgence....

Indulgence....that even sounds sinful, doesn't it? But once in a while, we have to indulge in those decadent desserts. So this weekend, I made French Vanilla ice cream. If that wasn't bad enough, I then decided I needed a dessert to go with it. I mean, who can eat ice cream all by itself, certainly not me! So I whipped up a black cherry crumble to go with it. Now you might think that is overdoing it just a tad.
So when I went to eat this decadent dessert, I got out a very small dessert dish that held one serving spoonful of crumble. Then I got out my cookie scoop which only holds about an ounce of ice cream.  Knowing I could not stop with one scoop, I dished up a second one. But keep in mind, that was only two ounces of ice cream. Yes, I want a pat on the back for that.  And although I enjoyed a wonderful dessert, I did watch the portion size, for which I am very proud of myself. What is your favorite indulgence?
Till next time.......

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Texture Interest

I enjoy taking photos different textures where ever I find them. These two photos I found are so fascinating; as they are the same variety of rock and yet the texture is so totally different.

This first photo is very rough and full of little holes or "nooks and krannies" as we used to say.

 

This rock, on the other hand, has striations and smooth spots along it with multiple colors. Both of these rocks provide a lot of food for thought and things to ponder over.
Till next time.......

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Signs of Spring......

When you start seeing robins all over, spring can't be far behind. this little robin decided to stay for quite a while at the feeder. He didn't seem to mind that I was watching him.
The gardens are coming alive now and Mother Nature is ready for the growing season. It is so fun and exciting to see new plant life start in the early spring.
The forsythia is just now sending forth the flower buds. Before long they will be showing off their lovely and colorful yellow blooms. I can't wait to see all the beauty of spring. Yes, spring has arrived and I could not be happier. I guess that's why we have winter, so we have a renewed appreciation for spring.
Till next time.....

Friday, April 1, 2011

Corn Fritters

About every two or three years, I get hungry for fritters. It can be corn fritters or apple fritters. It really doesn't matter which one. So yesterday, I made some corn fritters. I forgot how many the recipe made and I ended up with 36 fritters. So from now on, I will only make half of the recipe. They are so-ooo good! Sometimes, you just have to have something fried. 
Here is the recipe cut in half

Corn Fritters
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 Tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup of sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/8 cup butter, melted
1 can whole kernel corn, drained (or about  1 1/2 cups of frozen, thawed or fresh corn)
Powdered sugar for dusting fritters.
Sift flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Combine eggs, milk and melted butter. Fold in dry ingredients; add corn last. Drop by tablespoons into hot vegetable or canola oil and deep fry about 3-5 minutes till golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar the amount you are going to eat or serve with syrup. Put the rest in a freezer bag and put in the freezer for another time. Serve fritters warm.  The fritters after they are thawed; can be re-heated in a preheated 400° oven wrapped in foil. Time varies with each oven but approximately 5 - 8  minutes should do it. They don't have to be real hot to be good.
Till next time.......