Saturday, August 22, 2015

nectarine crumbles

Nectarine Crumbles
Serves: 6

{photo from weight watchers dot com}

6 large nectarines {ripe but firm}
6 Tbsp sugar {divided}
3 Tbsp plus 2 tsp all-purpose flour {divided}
3 Tbsp uncooked rolled oats
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch table salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cut nectarines into ½ inch chucks; place in a bowl and gently toss with 3 tablespoons sugar and 3 teaspoons flour. Divide nectarine mixture among six small ramekins.

In a mini-food processor, pulse 3 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons oats, cinnamon and salt for 2-3 seconds. Add butter. Pulse until just crumbly for 4-6 seconds.
Sprinkle crumb mixture on ramekins.

Place filled ramekins on a foil-lined baking pan. Bake until tops are golden and fruit is bubbly, 30-35 minutes.

Top with whipped cream {optional}
Peaches could be substituted for nectarines but I'm not a fan of their fuzzy skin.

{adapted from a recipe in Weight Watcher's Magazine}

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

british columbia

If you have never been to British Columbia
you should go . . . 

View photos from our trip here

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

a little secret

America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015
Meet the winner of Coastal Living's annual search for the best 
coastal places to call home - for a weekend or a lifetime. 

#2 Venice, Florida 

"Venice is a town with a big heart, It has 14 miles of gorgeous beaches. 

On shore, the pleasures of Venice are equally beautiful. 

The lushly landscaped avenues of the historic district were 
designed in the 1920s as an homage to the town’s Italian namesake."

shh let's keep it a secret

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

pocket wallet tutorial

Summer Hill Pocket Wallet
{this will make 4 pocket wallets  3” x 4.5”}

20” of fabric of color A
20” of fabric of color B
medium fusible interfacing       
4 medium size buttons
iron on velcro 

This is a sneak preview for
friends on my Christmas List  . . .

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

erie barge canal

A different view of the Erie Barge Canal this morning

two of the seventeen lift bridges on the canal are in Brockport

"low bridge everybody down"

you can anchor for the night at our visitor's center

you can rent this boat for a trip
"from Albany to Buffalo"

sometimes this is how fast I walk on the tow path in the morning

Monday, July 13, 2015

things that matter

Last year I borrowed the book 
“Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer. 
Although it was a great book it was a slow read 
and I had to return it before I was finished.

This week I was able to borrow the audio version and it has been a 
delight to hear these words of reflection in Charles’ own voice. 
I love this book.

If you listen to audio books while
working out, mowing lawn, walking, driving, sewing, porch sitting . . . 
I highly recommend it.
{see directions to access audio books at the end of the post *}

Dana Perino {co-host of "The Five"}: “Over the years, Charles has written not only on politics and foreign policy, but on the big questions of life and death, the wonders of space, the joy of chess, his love of baseball and the importance of manners.  It was his column about his brother's death that I remember weeping over many years ago, and that's the column that leads the book. As Charles chose the essays, he decided on a title that fits the collection perfectly, "Things That Matter."    

From Wikipedia:  During Krauthammer's first year of medical school, he was paralyzed in a diving-board accident and was hospitalized for 14 months. He has been confined to a wheelchair since the accident. He continued his medical studies at Harvard, however, and graduated with his class, earning his M.D. in 1975.

The freak accident that changed Charles Krauthammer's life
Charles Krauthammer determined to lead a life that matters

 *To borrow library books just downlowd OverDrive 
on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone, 
Windows 8, Kindle Fire HD, and NOOK® HD/HD+

To see the steps in action, watch the OverDrive overview video for libraries.

Monday, July 6, 2015

pasta ring salad

Pasta Rings Salad
Salad dressing makes the difference here 
don't substitute mayonnaise
Serves 16

1 lb box small Pasta Rings
2 cups salad dressing  (not mayonnaise)
2 cups chopped vegetables
      any combination of:
           red pepper
           orange pepper
           yellow pepper
           shredded carrots
           cucumber (seedless)
1 tsp seasoned salt (or to taste)
1 tsp celery salt (or to taste)
2 Tbls dill pickle juice
1 tsp sugar

McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning to sprinkle on top

Cook pasta for 7-9 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water.
Mix salad dressing, spices, pickle juice and sugar. Stir in pasta and vegetables.
Transfer to a serving bowl sprinkling Salad Supreme between a few layers and on top.
Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Serves 16

This is one of our go-to picnic dishes and when I went to look up
the recipe on this blog I found I had not posted it.  
Can't imagine how that happened.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

j. adam giese

Our young friend J Adam Giese filmed a project last year with Nick Watts. 

We followed Adam on facebook as he traveled the world with Nick 
and now the series will air 
Tuesday Nights at 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel. 

Looking forward to seeing it.
Some sneak previews

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

stylin in 1957

I know that Father's Day has past but 
I just came across this photo and couldn't resist posting it.
 How about those rolled up jeans and argyle socks?

stylin in 1957

Sunday, June 21, 2015

four shakers

Happy Father's Day to the dad of these four Shakers.
{circa 1995 Hancock shaker Village}