Monthly Archives: July 2015

Petit Déjeuner International

We had a mid-week treat this morning. Italian polenta, French mushrooms, Mexican scallions, Swiss cheese, American roasted red peppers and strawberries – and duck eggs.

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Little Dippers

   A little snack evolved from some of the soft cheese spreads and my homemade buttermilk.  These are jalapeño and bacon Cheddar.   We like a dip that is not quite so thick as a spread.  At this thickness, they … Continue reading

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Round Pizza

In the “duh” department . . . If one intends a round shape, it is easier to start with round, as opposed to square. When my dough comes out of the bread machine, it is quite easy to shape, but … Continue reading

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Reaching For The Sky

   This is the most amazing plant.  For months it stands like an enormous stalk of asparagus, and then these beautiful flowers burst forth.  When the flowers are finished, the whole plant dies. 

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Japanese Bird Bath

Since I never see any birds in this birdbath, I presume there is no water in it. Nevertheless, it is a lovely ornament on its own.

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Sentry Plant

  Not to be confused with a Century Plant, which is entirely different.  I love these blue urns, with their lovely plants and flowers, that are scattered all over the La Encantada Shopping Center in Tucson.  This lovely arrangement monitors the … Continue reading

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Hardtop Convertible

The ultimate oxymoron. Remember when that style of car was all the rage in the fifties and sixties? Why did this pop into my mind when I saw the photo I had just taken of the object of this blog … Continue reading

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The Sonoita Inn Et Arc En Ciel

We took the long way home from Tucson yesterday. When the afternoon monsoon clouds built up and the rain started to fall, we turned the corner and were face to face with this stunning scene. Rainbows are hard to capture, … Continue reading

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Fading Flowers

We were lucky enough to catch these cactus flowers on three subsequent days as they went through their life cycle. Above is as buds. And below is in full flower. And this is as they are closing up shop. There … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Girl and the Chinaberry Tree

Melia azedarach We’ll call her Mel, for short! ;-> But, watch out! She’s well armed for butterfly pursuits. What are all those little yellow balls on the ground? Those are the Chinaberries – from the Chinaberry Tree that you see … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

New post at ANIMALS SPOTTED. Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I probably tried to bake cornbread in my cast iron skillet. I have had the skillet for at least fifty years and used the heck out … Continue reading

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PBS Pizza

Why is this pizza associated with Public Television? Because we ate it last night in front of the television set while watching our usual Sunday night marathon of PBS shows. There is still half of it left for a delicious … Continue reading

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Turkey Cacciatore

This looks like a really simple dinner, and it was. BUT the flavors were oh, so lovely together. The turkey was from a turkey breast that I baked when we were expecting some company, and there was some leftover. I … Continue reading

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A Sensational Sunset

I did absolutely nothing to these pictures.  They are straight out of the iPhone camera.  This same sunset was enjoyed all over southeast Arizona last night.  It was incredibly stunning!             

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Strings

   There are two kinds of pasta – strings and shapes.   This lunch started with strings, but any shape would be just as good.  Some of the ingredients were already prepared; some were from scratch.   Method:  I put … Continue reading

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