Sunday, February 18, 2018

Snow on the Water

Earlier this week we had had a spell of warm weather.

The ice on the river was breaking up on the Susquehanna River in Binghamton, New York.

Today, we woke up to about an inch of snow on the ground.  It's a wonderful opportunity to see who has visited overnight.

It will get above freezing today, so most of this should melt. But, in addition to snow on the river, there is snow on the evergreen.
Snow on the rhodie.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sustainable Saturday-Macarons Microgreens and Mushrooms

The farmers market in Binghamton, New York, February 17.

Macarons.  I am not a skilled baker and I would never attempt these.  These are the best ones I've ever had and someone is in for a treat tomorrow (if I remember to bring them!)

Here's a cake the same bakery baked.

Of course, a farmers market has to have produce.

We have a local mushroom grower, and his mushrooms are fantastic.

Microgreens, grown at a local business incubator in downtown Binghamton, New York.

Because of various situations, we've not been to the farmers market since New Years Eve (when we discovered they were closed).  We missed them.

Does your area have a winter market (assuming it is winter where you live?)

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Sky'sValentine #SkywatchFriday

February, for all its bad weather, can also give us a gift - the gift of a breathtaking sunrise and sunset.

Imagine taking an early morning walk, and seeing this.

Or this.

And, at the end of the day, seeing this.
And this.

This was nature's way of saying "Happy Valentine's Day" a day early, on February 13.

If you like these pictures, why not visit Yogi and other bloggers who watch the sky at #SkywatchFriday?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day February 2018

Today marks the beginning of the 12th year of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  Congratulations, Carol!

Today, let me show you what is blooming in my house in upstate New York, zone 5b.  Outside, the ground is covered with snow.  I only have a handful of blooming plants to show you.

Geraniums (from plants my son got me for Mother's Day two years ago now).
More geraniums.


And, finally, reblooming poinsettias from last year.  I have three such plants - this is one of them.  I'm not sure this counts, given that those large red bracts are not flowers, but they look nice.

My Thanksgiving cactus have been blooming since - well, Thanksgiving, but right now they are taking a little break.

And one of my moth orchids is putting up a flower spike.  I didn't take a picture - the poor plant is so past needing to be repotted, and yet it blooms.

Spring, please come soon.  Let all the snow melt and the early spring flowers start to bloom soon.

Thank you again to Carol at May Dream Gardens for keeping up this monthly meme, held every 15th of the month.

Is anything blooming in your house or yard? 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Caregiver's Valentine

Valentine's Day is a "manufactured" holiday, but it can still have meaning.

Allow me to present a virtual bouquet of flowers to all those I know who are caregivers for others - young children, seniors, those with serious illness.

You may have no time to celebrate. Or, you are spending this "day of love", not in a restaurant, but in a hospital room, or a hospice setting, or in the apartment of your senior family member.

You are the unsung.  You deal, not only with caregiving, but the comments (sometimes well meaning, sometimes not) of others.

May you find happiness today - and a few minutes of time alone.  Or a moment to read a book or take a shower.

Happy Valentine's Day to you.

You deserve it.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Easy Valentine's Day Light Mousse

Love is in the air, everywhere (especially in retail establishments).  Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.

Love is big business.  But today I want to feature a simple recipe - it doesn't matter if you have a partner, a friend, a spouse, or a child, that you want to show some love to.  This is a simple dessert and not too heavy.  It would make a nice parent and older child project, too, if you use something other than the bourbon or rum.

Valentine's Day Easy and Light Mousse. (Sorry, metric folks, I did not convert).

Note, this does have eggs in it.

Take three eggs - we use free range eggs from the local farmer's market - and separate them.  Reserve the yolks for another use.  Put the whites in a clean bowl.

Mix a scant 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup bourbon or rum. Heat gently until the sugar is dissolved.  Let cool.

In the meantime, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in microwave.  They will still look whole, but they are melted.  Stir them.  Then, combine with the liquid well.  If desired add 1 tbsp of "Just Great Stuff" (powered peanut butter).

Beat your three egg whites, with 1/8 tsp cream of tarter, until stiff peaks form.

Then, gently fold in the chocolate mixture.

Divide into two (or four) dessert glasses, chill until nice and firm (perhaps two-three hours), and serve.

Yes, I know.  I am using raw egg whites!  Well, if this bothers you (one reason why I am using farm fresh eggs from a small farmholder), you can use  pasteurized egg whites  But it won't turn out as good, in my opinion.

Do you have a favorite dessert for Valentines Day?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Songs of Love - #MusicMovesMe

Today, on the blog hop Music Moves Me, we are asked to blog about "our favorite love songs", just in time for Valentine's Day.

Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat is an instrumental cover of a French hit from 1967.  This rose to #1 on the American charts in 1968 and stayed there for five weeks, a fond memory of my teenaged years.

Mauriat, I was saddened to find, passed away in 2006.

Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers - this song is timeless and I fell in love with it the very first moment I heard it.  In researching the song, I found that this was actually a cover of a 1955 song that is considered one of the most recorded of the 20th century.

From 1967, Never My Love by the Association.  Speaking of love, there are so many songs by the Association that I love.  I almost inserted their song Cherish, although it is a song of lost love and a lover obsessing about his lost opportunity.  Still, I love the song.

Guess what.  I'm going to do it.  Cherish, by the Association, 1966.  I had this album, and there's a bit of trivia about this song I want to share with you.

Back in the 1960's, there was an "unofficial" rule that songs on the radio should not exceed three minutes.  This song clocked in about 3:25, so they decided to do a little edit.  At the end, you'll hear "and I do/cherish you" twice.  On the single, they removed one of the "and I do/cherish you" but the song still ran over three minutes. So, they lied about the length, labeling the record as exactly three minutes.

And finally, a song that, on the surface is an apology to a lover song, but this song has become a joke between my spouse and I because of a lyric he has misheard for years, and he still thinks his version is right.  (Ah, those mondegreens).

 So, presenting Chicago's "Hard to Say I'm Sorry".

And now, a little about Music Moves Me (aka "4M").

The Head 4M'er is XmasDolly.  Her co-4Mers are:  Callie of JAmerican Spice, and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥   And last but certainly not least, Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.

Will you join us today with some music of love?