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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Marzipan Candy

Good morning,

Last week I asked My Honey what he wanted for Easter and he'd like Marzipan.  Growing up in Norway, Marzipan Candy was a special treat for both Easter and Christmas.

I looked up a recipe on line, got the ingredients, and tried my hand at it.
Marzipan is easy enough to make with almonds, corn syrup, and powdered sugar.  After all the ingredients are kneaded together, the "dough" is rolled in plastic wrap and chilled in the refrigerator before being rolled out and cut with a cookie cutter.
I'm not sure if the little heart cookie cutter I used was my Mom's or one from my collection, but it was perfect to make little Marzipan hearts. 

According to my resident Viking, they tasted perfect!  :)

Lois

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Three Fish and a Worm

Good morning,

We had a heavy, steady Spring rain recently, so our gold fish pond not only was filled with more water, but earth worms came in with it.
Although there were plenty of worms washed into the pond, three of our fish tried to eat the same one. 
I saw this action while walking around with only my phone camera.
I knew if I went inside to get another camera, I would miss the action.  The fish were taking turns swallowing most of the worm, then another fish would pull the worm back out and try to eat it from the other end.

 Needless to say, the fish won, the worm lost.

Yummy brunch for the fish!

Lois

Friday, April 21, 2017

Herb Garden Coming Soon

Good morning,

My Honey is planning a wood herb garden planter.  We are pot shopping!

Stay tuned!

Lois

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Welcome Robins!

Good morning,

Robins are a wonderful sign of Spring! 
What we love about them is how friendly they are.  We can be out working in the garden and they'll move in close and stay there.
We love Spring!

Lois

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Am I supposed to fetch these?

Good morning,

Wendy is enjoying the new pile of wood in the back yard.  She can't "fetch" them...
...but she can chew on them.  They must not taste very good because the chewing didn't last very long. 

I guess we better get busy splitting them!

;),
Lois

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Whose car?

Good morning,

Whose car could this possibly be?  Hmmmm....

Have any ideas?

Lois

OK, the answer is this is our daughter, Catherine's, car.  She's the trainer of all of our canine athletes.  I just love that MACH (Master Agility Champion) Penny magnet.  ;)   -L

Monday, April 17, 2017

Even the Weeds are Welcome

Good morning,

Even the bright yellow dandelions are so welcome in the Spring, especially after spending so many years at sea where we missed the Spring flowers at home every other year due to our schedule.

And, after a cold, gray winter, Spring is so welcome in all her glory.
Do you have violets growing in your yard?  Some people think of them as weeds, but you can also buy them to use as ground cover.  When I was young we made strings of these to wear as necklaces.  They are also edible and can be used to decorate cakes and other foods.
The two red tulips growing along the fence behind Wendy are not weeds.  At one time, nearly 40 years ago, I planted a row of these along the entire fence.  There were probably four dozen of them.  I love the fact that these two beautiful tulips survived all these years.

Happy Spring!

Lois