Jul 21, 2014

Looking for colors

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I went out looking for a sunset. I thought the sun was going to peek out from under the moody clouds and light them up with glowing colors.

That did not happen.

But I did find plenty of colors right at my feet!

 

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Sunflowers,

 

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The wild Passion flower just growing at the edges.

 

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A photo bomb from Harry. No he didn’t die, he just got a summer cold and got in  something horribly greasy  that he tried to lick off his coat and completely lost his meow for 3 days and was brought back to life with lamb fat, raw liver bits and a little charcoal on the off chance that whatever the greasy stuff was, was something poisonous.

Then he got the baths… He didn’t like that. Not one bit. But he was nice about it. Just very dejected that I’d treat him that way.

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He’d rather not talk about the two baths.

 

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Gladiolus.

 

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Purple cone flower. And, I was just told by an adorable little girl in a homemade crocheted dress with a tulle skirt “They’re not purple!” I had to agree. So we decided to call them Echinacea.

 

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Cleome

 

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Zinnia.

 

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Petunias.

 

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More Zinnias.

 

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Cosmos

 

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More.

 

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Marigold.

 

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Delphinium.

 

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Double checked for a sunset, nope, not tonight.

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Jul 11, 2014

The story of PancakeNinja

I went camping with some friends, Roger and Puma. We were cooking pancakes from a box mix from probably the dollar store with wild blueberries I’d picked the previous day. And yes, fake syrup. Nothing against Aunt Jamima but she just doesn’t know about real Maple syrup. Maple syrup isn’t part of this story so never mind that for now.
This was on a little camp stove in a little camp pan and a little plastic spatula. Roger cooked some for us. Then Puma offered to cook some so Roger could eat. She carefully checked and rechecked to see if the bottom was cooked enough. I took a turn to let Puma eat.
Instead of turning the pancake over with the spatula, I think I couldn’t remember where the little spatula was I flipped the pancake over in one motion with just the pan. Puma said “Ooo, Pancake Ninja!”
That’s the story of the beginning of PancakeNinja.
Oh, we ate with plastic sporkifes or foonifes or knoroons or whatever camping spoon, fork and knife combos are called. Just knew you wanted to know about that part.

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Zucchini Bundt cake~ Gluten free

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For anyone with zucchinis overflowing from the garden this gluten free zucchini chocolate chip cake is a perfect way to eat more zucchini!

 

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Start by grating some zucchinis.

 

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In a bowl add eggs,

 

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sugar,

 

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a splash of vanilla,

 

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and oil. Then mix.

 

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Add flour, xanthan gum,  cinnamon, ginger,

 

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baking powder and soda.

 

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Then mix thoroughly. It took me a few minutes to get all the lumps out. Maybe it would be different if I actually sifted my flour first …but that ain’t  gonna happen.

 

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Next add grated zucchini,

 

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chocolate chunks or chips,

 

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or big chocolate chips, whatever you have. And mix.

 

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spray the Bundt pan with cooking spray. I’ve tried oiling it by hand but the spray is so much faster and goes on so evenly.

 

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Dust with flour.

 

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Pour batter into pan and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.

 

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No photos of making the glaze, my hands were sticky and I think I just forgot.

 

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brush on the lemon glaze.

 

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Hopefully you will do a better job than I did.

 

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Then you must have a slice to see if it’s any good.

 

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Yum.

 

Zucchini Bundt cake~ Gluten free

ingredients

  • 2½ cups grated zucchini, excess moisture squeezed out
  • 6 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/2 t. xanthan gum
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • ½ t ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract

Lemon Glaze:

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 °F.  Grease a 10-cup Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and dust it thoroughly with flour.
In a bowl  beat the eggs, sugar and oil until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla and beat.  beat in the dry ingredients all  until they are thoroughly combined,  Add the zucchini, and chocolate and mix  until they are completely incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes,  test with a toothpick, if it comes out clean the it’s done and when it has begun to pull away from the sides of the pan. 
The Glaze.

In a bowl, mix together the lemon juice and sugar, then stir in the confectioners’ sugar until the glaze is smooth. 
Using a pastry brush, immediately brush the glaze onto the warm cake.  The glaze will set as the cake cools. Allow the cake to cool completely, then transfer the cake to a stand or serving plate. 

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Jul 7, 2014

Sunrise on Max Patch

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Catching a sunrise up on Max Patch is totally worth getting up for!

Please excuse the wicked sigma lens flare of my “beater lens”.  I don’t think all newer sigma lenses have this kind of crazy flare, I think it’s just that this old lens has been through a lot.

 

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I shot these next 8 photos intending to stitch them together as a panorama but I didn’t get to it, so use your imagination here ok?

 

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There were only two other hearty souls up at the top for the sunrise.

Others may have thought about getting up for the sunrise but ended up just pulling the covers back over their heads and mumbling something about looking at the photos later.

 

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No problem,  I got them for ya!

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