Clams and oysters clung against the wood posts of the docks in Charleston, S.C., and I found this small crab making a new home for itself. I only felt slightly bad as I indulged in an plethora of seafood cuisine, including she-crab soup later that day.
I applaud myself every time I see this photo! I was not waiting for a monk to look up at me, I simply took the photo. I would not consider myself an aggressive photographer. I much prefer to be invisible while photographing others. However, this shot could not have turned out better!
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.
The buildings in Europe are all built on top of one another. The structure below has different colored bricks revealing the date and shape it has taken over the years. All architecture in Europe has this mix of old and new melded together. I find the history of Europe intoxicatingly charming. I spent hours just meandering streets, staring at the buildings and imagining what they must have looked like centuries ago. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this beholder finds beauty in bricks.
U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.7 percent, a four-year low as economy created more than 146,000 jobs last month.
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit 465 kilometers off the northeast coast of Japan, causing a small tsunami in a community still remembering the devastation of last year’s earthquak and resulting tsunami that breached the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Now onto something a little less heavy – have a great weekend everyone! Below is my coveted weekend wear item. Everyone needs something comfortable and stylish to wear while cleaning house, running errands or hanging out with friends.
1 bag cranberries, 12 ounces
1 1/2 cup fruity red wine (such as a Merlot)
1 1/4 cups golden brown sugar (packed)
1/3 cup minced crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and cook until liquid is medium-thick syrup and sauce is reduced to 2 2/3 cups, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Transfer sauce to a bow, and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be prepared up to 1 week ahead).
I used the recipe from Pioneer Woman for the Best Lasagna Ever. What did I learn? Lasagna is delicious, but it requires at least 1.5-2 hours of prep time. Every is cooked on the stove before assembling into the beautiful Christmas layers and baked in the oven. I haven’t eaten enough lasagna to be a connoisseur, but it was amazing!
P.S. Lasagna is impossible to cut in perfect squares when it comes hot out of the oven so please pardon the sloppy picture! Also, I found a crock pot lasagna recipe that I’ll have to try next time I’m craving lasagna!