Friday, May 18, 2012

Hens and Chicks Blossoms......

This is a cluster of flowers on a Hens and Chicks plant. I never knew them to bloom before. But as I promised, once they opened, I would share the blossom with all of you. They start out with this long protrusion from the center of the plant. Eventually you see a cluster of buds form. Finally, the blossoms open. Not much to look at but definitely, different! 
Here they are in all their pink and rose glory. Okay, so they aren't the prettiest bloom you have ever seen. But I did say I would share, so here it is. Personally, I find them a bit ugly on the plant and I am pretty sure if any more start to form, will cut them off.
They just really don't add anything to my patio garden.
Till next time.....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day....

Happy Mother's Day, to all the Mom's everywhere!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Not Too Late for Mother's Day......

If you haven't remembered Mom yet, there is always the last minute dash to the candy store for a card and box of Russell Stover Assorted Creams. These are soft centered candies and good to the very last one. Some stores even have several different Russell Stover candies on sale for half price. Now that's a real bargain.
 No longer do you have to take a bite to see what the center is. The candy companies have finally wised up and now give you a chart inside the lid to tell you what each center is. Wow, how many years did it take for the candy companies to wise up!
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Hens and Chicks Leaves

The leaves of the hens and chicks are so interesting. Each leaf seems to be a different color and are a bit furry. I didn't remember them being furry like this but perhaps the other species of them aren't.
I also didn't know they bloomed. But I have buds on my plants and as soon as they open, I will share them with you.
Till next time......

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The 5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is an exciting murder mystery. A class action suit against the hospital, begins the story because people, who were essentially healthy, have died mysteriously. It’s a serious race against time to find the killer or killers. People are dying just before they are to be released to go home. The hospital administration wants to keep this all under wraps, at all cost, to preserve the hospital’s reputation.
It would seem that the killer(s) is among the hospital staff. One by one, they are cleared, or so it seems. This book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering who is going to be killed next and who is doing the killing. It becomes very personal when a friend's Mother is one of the victims. There are four horsemen of the Apocolypse; Death, Famine, War, and Pestilence now; there seems to be a 5th Horseman. Finally when the killer(s) is caught’ you will find the 5th Horseman. At the end of the book is a twist, you won't be expecting. Enjoy the book, I sure did. It was on the New York best seller list for several weeks.
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Zero Day by David Baldacci

In this book John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s CID unit. He is sent to a remote area in West Virginia to solve the murders of an entire family. Two adults and two children have been murdered for no apparent reason. He must work with the Sergeant of the local police force, who happens to be a woman. While investigating those murders, a policeman is found hung in their basement, two neighbors are killed, and before it is over five more people are murdered.There is deception and intrigue at ever turn. Why are these people being murdered and who is doing the killing? Perhaps it the people with the methamphetamine lab in their home, the coal mining mogul or maybe it is the biker group who might be dealing drugs. As with all of David Balducci’s books, he throws many twists and turns in his story and the end is the biggest surprise of all. No, I can't tell you the ending. For that you will have to read the book. After all, I can't give away all the secrets of the book. By the time you finish the book, you will know why it is titled Zero Day.
Till next time……

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Majestic Buffalo.....

I have always been intrigued by buffaloes since I was a little child. I first saw them at Pioneer Park in Lincoln, NE. They were really scraggly looking animals. But in some weird way, they were also majestic.  Imagine my awe and wonder when I was able to get this close to this magnificent beast.
This was in the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park, Ashland, NE. I was so in awe of this animal. I just sat there and enjoyed the view. (Yes, my heart was beating a little faster) I was hoping nothing would spook the herd. There were about a dozen or more of them in the herd. There I was in the middle of them. Wow, what an experience!
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Frozen Yeast Dough/Rolls

I have mentioned this frozen yeast dough before in my blog and it is a fabulous product. Either Rhodes or the Generic brand works well. I made Ree Drummond's Buttery Rosemary Rolls and they were excellent. But the first thought that came to mind; was how good they would be with a garlic cheese coating. So I mixed up some butter, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese and parsley. Then rolled the dough balls in this mixture and put them in a buttered pan to rise. Yum! You can bake them as a pull-a-part loaf, in a pan for dinner rolls or in a cupcake tin for individual rolls. They were every bit as good as I thought they would be.

Think of the possibilities, cinnamon and sugar, butter and sage, or butter and Italian Seasoning, etc. If you haven't tried this product, run to the store and get a bag of the dough balls. It is truly "a bag of fun". The best part is you can make one or as many as you like. What  could be better for a spaghetti dinner than a loaf of buttery Italian seasoned rolls?
Till next time......