Friday, July 25, 2014

Six Words Friday ~ Bump ~

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Eggplant Parmesan

Sharing my six words with 
Please stop by and share Six Words with my dear friend Adrienne.
Many thanks Adrienne for hosting Six Words Friday,
it's both challenging and fun!

Now here's Part to make it!!

I didn't really follow a recipe...

 You must start with fresh ingredients, and your favorite recipe for sauce.
Mine is very simple...

2 cans of San Marzano whole tomatoes
1 sweet onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
1 Large Basil leaf

Saute onion for a few minutes, then add garlic, saute till fragrant
Add tomatoes, crush with a potato masher, but leave a little chunky.
Add tomato paste, basil and salt & pepper.
Cook all day!!

 Set up your breading station like this.
I needed 3 eggs, I used seasoned bread crumbs,
and added some fresh parmesan cheese to the bread crumbs.

 A lined baking sheet, melted butter, about a quarter cup,
in a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes...
they look like this when they come out, healthier then fried
and much easier.
This made up the bottom layer.

 Sauce first, Eggplant, Sauce, Mozzeralla Cheese.

 This casserole dish held 2 layers, which was 2 eggplant.
It worked perfectly.

Sauce, cheese....more cheese, into a 400 degreen oven for 20 minutes.

 Served with garlic bread and fresh vegatable from the garden,
it was really delicious.

I invited mom for dinner and I think she really liked it!!

So what special dishes have you guys been cooking up this summer??
Is your garden producing the main ingredients?? 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Good Fences ~ Edition 18 ~

Today for Good Fences I am sharing some pretty painted fences and walls
from our trip to Laurita Winery

I am super excited to be sharing these pretty wall murals with
for Good Fences.
Stop by and consider joining in the fun, any fence or gate will do!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Knitter for Life!!

Have you ever started a hobby, knowing you were hooked for life??
A few weeks ago, as most of you know, I took a knitting class with
My love for knitting started on that day, at that farm...
right from the very first stitch!!
I knew right then and there that I would be knitting
for the rest of my life. 

 The scarf I started, on my own, after my beginner class is done.

 I love the yarn I picked and this pretty knitted edge.

 This is so soft and so cuddly!!
I finished my scarf before the start of my next class, Knitting in the Round,
which is basically a "Let's Make a Hat Class"...

 So I bought this beautiful yarn...

and I am knitting this.
I'm not exactly sure what it is going to "be",
perhaps, maybe, a cowl.
 Monday night I went back to the farm...for my hat knitting class.
Here's a peak at the start of my hat, a pretty dark gray alpaca yarn.

Knitting in the round, knit two, purl two, it makes a pretty pattern.
I have to complete 5 inches before I go back this coming Monday
for Part II of this class.
Not going to be a problem, I'll keep you guys posted!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Looking for Mister

 A pretty Female House Finch...

 searching for her honey.

 She is not as pretty as he...

  but she does have a lot of cool markings and feather patterns.

 "Hey Babe"...

"I'm right over here"!!
Images taken July 10, 2014 on an extremely sunny day!!


Monday, July 21, 2014


 when you first hear it,
 you are sure there is a cat in your yard,
but it's not a cat...

 It's a Gray Catbird

 They are so friendly...

 so curious...

 so completely relaxed around me...

and so close that I can't get "all of him" in an image
when shooting with my 300 mm lens!!
Always dressed to impress with their black caps on,
this entry is dedicated to my dear friend
she loves them and they don't visit her at the ranch.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

She's "2"!!!

I remember when Addie's mother Dean-na celebrated her second birthday...
thirty plus years ago.
I remember every single special moment of her life,
from that day forward.
I hope to be a part of every special moment in Addie's life,
I love her more then I ever thought possible.
 Adelina Rose 

There was a lot of jumping with best friend Olivia

Sweet Cupcakes
and Cake...

 Addie loves cake!!

 Little Lorelei was dressed in her Mini-Mouse best
but slept through most of the party.

Cousin Anthony had the time of his life...
always smiling, always passing out kisses!!
Happy Birthday Addie, I adore you!!
July 14, 2014