My Four Hens is hosting a weekly photo challenge and in an effort to stretch my photography ability I joined. This is week 16 and the theme is "glisten, sparkle and shine". I picked up this lovely cut glass prism in Camden Maine a few years ago. Capturing light is what photograpgy is all about
April 18, 2013
March 8, 2013
Typical New England, freezing one day then warm and sunny the next. The variety is interesting albeit inconvenient at times. Today, Friday I need to get to work and finish payroll among other things but Mother Nature had another idea and the snow plow has yet to visit my roads as usual !
Two days have produced about 6" after we finally melted the 34" we got from blizzard Nemo. Rude - enough already but wait a minute tomorrow is supposed to get up near 50 degrees with sun ( good I have a birthday party to attend for fabulous 7 yo twins I can to claim as mine). I have to admit the wet sticky snow creates a glorious clean canvas! Surreal
So today will be a struggle in a few ways but I can enjoy the wonderland created and dream of the sun's warmth heading our way and the flowers that will follow eventually, I hope (fingers crosses)
Good words always. Happy Friday everyone.
February 22, 2013
February 14, 2013
FREE of blizzard Nemo we made our way out to St Thomas albeit 2 days late for our planned vacation with friends.
Amazing how quickly we acclimate to 80 degree sun and breeze, palm trees and rum :-). All that snow is far far away - for a few days anyway.
February 10, 2013
Third day and still no snow plows near us. Neighbors getting restless. We have finally cleared our drive way and our neighbors. Food is getting sparse (we had planed to be in the Caribbean by now so frig cleaned out). So what's a person to do?
Form a chain gang of sorts. 7 neighbors banned together with snow blowers to get it done. It took all afternoon and a lot of determination and gas but we won !!!
Yeahhhhh we're Free!!
February 9, 2013
It's been a long 36 hours since the first flakes started with the blizzard of 2913 named NEMO .
The predictions were dire but we've heard it before. Still the gas tanks were filled the errands done and groceries purchased.
By 6 pm there was 5 or 6 inches of snow on the ground but only a light snowfall. Nothing threatening .
Morning started just before 4 am as power failed. The blizzard had materialized and dropped its thick white blanket on us, lovely, serene and Cold!
This is the view out the back door along our 6 foot fence around the pool. No chance opening this door .
The snow had frozen rain mixed in making for a very heavy, sticky base- notice the snow stuck to my beloved whirligig
Let the fun begin!! Heavy wet snow higher than our good sized snowblower is not fun. Actually need chains for the machine to get traction, it took all day for hubby to get the rover cleaned up and the driveway clear enough to actually get out - IF a plow ever hits our street that is.
We are in that orange swath on the coastline. Officially we got 33". Wow epic for sure.
January 30, 2013
Another adventure in gluten free baking. This time I tried pizza ala King Arthur pizza mix.
I added eggs, oil and water to the mix of flours and yeast. Beat it as directed, spread it on parchment , let it rise 30 minutes then par baked for 12 minutes (400 degrees).
Then I added sauce, pepperoni (for DH) bk olives (for me) and fresh mozzarella. Back into the oven for another 9 minutes (400 degrees)
Not bad but I think I can do better from one of my recipe books. I'll keep you posted.
January 22, 2013
In January the vultures come. Why I do not know unless some one is feeding them? They are no bother but somehow eerie.
They have a favorite tree just up the hill.
Often a few spread their wings to dry in the morning and create quite a spectacle. Ominous as I pass underneath !
Turkey vultures are almost as large an eagles I believe.
Why this leads me to yeast rolls I have no idea- except that in January I want to Bake! Cookies, pies , cakes and especially Breads!
Recently, Pinterest (a new addiction) pictured 30 minute yeasted dinner rolls. Intrigued I had to give them a go ... And...Success.
They lack the full flavor of slow rise but very satisfying for a quick side.
1C plus 2T warm water
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 C sugar or honey
2T yeast (yes 2 Tablespoons)
Mix together let sit 10 minutes
1 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
Blend well then add flour gradually and mix in stand mixer 5 min or by hand 10-12 minutes
Shape into 12 rolls and place side by side in pan - ok I got carried away and made 15 rolls. Math was never my strong suite.
Bake 10-12 minutes till golden brown, remove from oven and brush with butter. Viola -hot fragrant rolls just begging for butter or jam and my house is nice and warm too :-)
January 17, 2013
Wednesday I had to leave the house very early (pre-dawn) and drive thru unplowed roads. I got my wish :) It was magically beautiful although a bit slippery out alone on the white trails.
January 14, 2013
Rainy days and Mondays in January!! Certainly gets me down! It's way too warm and gray now as the snow has melted away. I need a pick me up.
So I turn to my sorely neglected blog. I will attempt to breathe new life and resuscitate My Fiddlestix with what else but the tid bits of my life. Some words some photographs some recipes and perhaps an occasional sketch too and anything else interesting to me.
I hope this will be fun, inspirational, spiritual, thoughtful, fun or maybe yummy? Plus I'm learning photography, traveling, baking/eating gluten free, working on redecorating our home as well as recovering from a horrid 2012. AND hope fully learning blogger tricks from my iPad :)
Stick with me- chat with me and have alittle fun.