Sunday Stills~History

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2010 by TheEggGatherer

This weeks challenge was history, over 60 years old – well, I could have taken a photo of  “me”, but thought I’d spare you the shock.

I’ve been planning on posting this and several others of this old house in our community – I’m sure it’s 60+ because I can not remember anyone living in it during my 60+ years living around here.  Enjoy!

To see other “history” photos check out:  http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/

Have a great Sunday!!

Advertisements

Sunday Stills-Go Low, Look High

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2010 by TheEggGatherer

An ant’s eye view of the sky from under the purple coneflower.

The view from the ground at Douglas Pond through the morning mist.

See more Low/High photos at:  http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/

More of the misty morning shots on my flickr page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharonkmh/

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads!

Catchin’ Up & Beautiful Blooms

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2010 by TheEggGatherer

I know, it’s been awhile – sorry.  There are times when I’m just not in a talkative mood.  My brain doesn’t work, I really think it’s water-logged as is the soil in our garden, or what there is of it.  The tomatoes are lovin’ the hot sun and water and they’re growin’ to beat the band, but the beans are another story.  I don’t know if it was the rain or just that they weren’t planted in the right ‘sign’.  My Dad and the Pressman really didn’t believe in “planting in the sign” until they had to replant a whole bunch of beans onetime for my Grandma.  She tried to tell them that it wasn’t the right “time” to plant beans and their comment was #$%^%  !@$^&  ^%^&  *???? – I dare not translate that.   With a bag of beans in one hand and a bucket of fertilizer in the other they replanted “in the right sign” – and there were beans!  

 My Gardener – you didn’t know I had one, did you?  He’s 40ish, nice lookin’ and has lived on the 23rd floor of a highrise in The Windy City for several years.  He didn’t know what he was missing until he returned to the country and started pulling weeds, tilling the garden, planting veggies and raking the grass the very first week he was back here.  He decided that wasn’t the most intelligent thing to do, especially without gloves – he had to go to work with very large blisters on both hands – live and learn.  He’s toughened up in the past year.  He planted several hills of pole beans – it musta’ been the “right sign”, they ALL came up.  The next step is to get the poles cut.  We’ve got a small grove of saplings back in the field, but with all the rain we’ve had the spring is running good back there and we’ve not been able to get the tractor and bush hog that far to mow the weeds.  I have a feeling, that will be the Pressman’s job, cause the Gardener  is just like his Mom – he hates snakes and I have a feeling that there are a few of those creepy-crawlers back there.  It will also be tick heaven with butt high weeds all around. 

Actually, I didn’t plan on telling you all that – I wanted to show some my flowers that are blooming right now.  

My hydrangeas haven’t done well the past two years, but this year has been perfect.  Lots of water and sunshine and they are happy, these girls have gone wild!The daylilies are beginning to bloom.  A couple of mine have found new homes in the garden.  The were in the flower beds by the kitchen and didn’t like it there, so we moved them to the edge of the garden and they have more than doubled since their move late last summer.  This Electric and I think it lives up to it’s name.  See what you think.Margrit Rose is the other daylily that was moved and she hasn’t shown her blooms yet, but I’ll post when she does.  She’s beautiful!  I’ll bet some of you guessed why I had to have her – for those of you that don’t know, my Mom’s name is Margaret.  When I saw Margrit Rose she just reminded of my Mom~littleish, kind of quiet and beautiful in pink.   

This is Granite City Towhead.  GCT was planted late in the summer last year has done well.  Love the tall scapes and big petals.

Here’s GCT ‘up close and personal’.  Love the colors.

This is Chattahoochee Rose, one of the first ones that I bought in 2005 at Sugar Creek Daylilies in Indiana.  I keep waiting for Alan Jackson to start singing “Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee”……guess who is singing right now on the radio…it’s him, but he’s singing my all-time favorite “Remember When”.  Come to think of it, I can’t think of any of his songs that’s not a fave on mine.  I’m off subject, I know, but it’s hard to think straight when I hear him sing…I’ll be back soon….

ok, I’m back to reality.  

This is the Fairy Rose.  It’s almost finished blooming for the first time, but has hundreds of buds getting ready to put on another fairytale show in a couple of weeks.  It just goes nonstop all summer.

We’ve had so much rain lately and we keep finding bird nest that have blown or washed out of the trees in the yard.  We found this one over the weekend.  One egg survived and the other didn’t. 

The last photo that I have to show is more or less and advertisement.  The “Gardener” has started a line of soy candles and he and I took some photos for him to use in his brochure.  I thought Ishould add one of them here because it has flowers in it too.  Namely, the girls that have gone wild in front of the house.  Beechstreet Candleworks is the name and you can see more about them on Facebook.

I have many more photos on Flickr.  Just click on the ‘more pictures’ at the side of the blog and you should be able to check them out.  Hope you enjoy. 

Until the next time – I’m going to the chicken coop next door.  They have new babies and they are soooo photogenic.

If something has tickled your feathers, leave me a note below.

Sharon ~TheEggGather

Sunday Stills~Landscapes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by TheEggGatherer

My Sunday Stills this week is dedicated to the  people of Adams County, Ohio.  On Friday they suffered a flash flood that has devastated the area.  We drive the back roads of this county quite often and love to spend time enjoying the beautiful hills and scenery.  Many of the roads that we drove on Saturday had been under water just hours before.  The photos were all taken on Saturday evening. 

After taking in some of the more relaxing sites we then headed for what we have always called “Beech Flats”.  As you can see the roads were getting pretty bad.  In some places there were gulleys washed out as deep as 10 to 12 inches. 

A little farther down the road we ran into this:For us this was the end of the road.  It had wash out.

I just want to say this, we love this part of the country.  It’s where my Dad was born and raised and we have many roots there.  My heart and prayers go out to the people of Adams County during this time.  Within a matter of a couple of hours the lives of the majority of the people in this county had been changed.  Adams County is one of the most economically deprived counties in the state of Ohio.  Where the economy leaves off the determination and guts kick in.  I can say for a fact that the people of Adams County are some of the most determined people of any state in the USA.  I know, I was raised by one of them.  The pictures above show some of the least affected areas.  As we drove route 41 there was a home washed off its foundation with 3 people in it and Brushcreek had over-flowed its banks onto and across route 41 into the homes of the other side of the highway. The family in the home was rescued and are alright.  Late Saturday evening there were many roads that were still closed due to high water and several bridges and roads washed out.  The people of the area were out working and beginning to try to put their lives back into order.  We saw many hugs and handshakes being given to neighbors and friends, people working and pulling together to begin the next phase of their lives in a county that they love to live in.  God bless the people of Adams County. 

To see more landscapes go to: http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/

sunday morning breakfast~OR~What Not To Feed Your Husband the Day Before Going to the Cardiologist

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 by TheEggGatherer

Let me first say this – I AM NOT A FOOD PHOTOGRAPHER or nor do I consider myself a photographer.  I just take pictures that I think I like, and then I go back and delete about 95% of them.  With that said, please use your imagination when viewing this post.

I love cooking blogs, Food Network TV and anything else that pertains to food or cooking.  I’m always finding ‘good’ recipes on my favorite sites here on the puter and I save them to my ‘recipe folder’.  Well, if I live to be 399 and 3/4 years old I will never cook all these recipes – maybe that’s because I really don’t cook all that much these days.  BUT, ever so often I run across something that looks sooooo good that I just have to break down and go to the kitchen.  We all love French toast here in this household.  My Marine makes very good French toast, my other One could too, but heck, he’s home now and why not eat Mom’s French toast.  The Pressman….he’d just go pour himself a big bowl of raisin-bran flakes instead of turning on the stove and making a mess of all those dishes. 

Saturday night I began preparing this luscious sounding Baked French Toast.  Sliced the French bread, beat the eggs, added the milk and half & half, added the vanilla and some cinnamon – more cinnamon because it’s good for you.  Everything else in this recipe is good, but the cinnamon makes it healthy.   I poured this beautiful yellow mixture over the bread and slid it into the frig to sit overnight. 

Isn’t that pretty?  There’s only one way to get a custard mixture that is this yellow and pretty – you have to have eggs fresh from your adopted ladies next door OR if you don’t have a coop full of chickens as neighbors you need to find you a ‘chicken farmer/farmerette’ and become close friends with him/her and beg, borrow or steal-no don’t do that, they don’t serve good eggs in jail-barter, that’s a better way, you some good fresh-from-the-coop eggs.  Ain’t nothin’ like ’em!

Now, it’s Sunday morning and time for coffee – gotta have the coffee.  While it’s brewing I’ll continue with the recipe and make the good stuff that goes on top.  Now, if your faint of heart from all those eggs and half & half then you’d better grab your heart medication or leave the room.  What I’m going to describe to you and show you in the next couple of photos is liable to put you into some kind of fit.  The pacemaker or defib may start beeping or whatever it does when you have a spell.  Are ya ready?  We are going to mix butter, sugar and corn syrup in a pan and bring it to a boil.  Just like this…..then we’re going to pour it over the bread and egg custard.  You’ll be tempted to stick your finger in this and taste it.  Don’t, it’s hot, it burns, it burns your tongue too.  Don’t ask how I know this!

This is what it looks like just before going into the oven….. and this is what it looks like when it comes out…..Just a reminder….don’t stick your finger in it, don’t try wiping the drips off the side of the dish or pinching a piece of that crusty goodness off the top – it’ HOT!  If you can, let it set for about 20 minutes or so and then call everyone to he table, pray fast and dig in.  You can have syrup if you like, but it’s pretty sweet as it is….maybe a little extra butter on top, mmmmmmm.  

Here it is plated and ready to eat….Oh, I’m sorry, the camera was out of reach and….well, I just couldn’t help myself. 

I’ll make this again, but may wait until next year to do it and probably cut it in half.  It makes gobs of gooey goodness.  You could use two 9x13s and divvy the custard and topping mixture between the two pans.  It would be great for a crowd or if you’re really hungry, go for it!

Here’s the recipe – I shorten my recipes.  Don’t like all that writing or typing, hope you can understand it.

BAKED FRENCH TOAST – or DON’T TELL DR. B YOU’VE HAD THIS THE DAY BEFORE YOUR CHECK-UP

1 loaf Fr. bread sliced in about 1 inch thick pieces – arrange it in a 9×13 baking pan

Beat together: 8 eggs,  1 1/2 cup milk, 2 cups half & half, 2 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 tsp cinnamon – then I sprinkled another 1/4-1/2 tsp on top.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In saucepan over medium/med.high heat:  3/4 cups butter(no margarine yuck), 1 1/3 cups brown sugar and 3 T. light corn syrup.  Heat until sugar is melted and it begins to bubble real good.  Pour over bread and egg custard mixture.  Keep your fingers out of this, but ya really don’t have to scrap the pan real clean – go pour another cup of coffee and enjoy.  Oh, wait, before lickin’ the pan out and washing it down with your coffee, slid that pan of rich ooooey, gooooey goodness into an oven heated to 350 and turn the timer to 35 – 40 minutes, depending on your oven.  Now, you can have the pan and if you can waddle back into the kitchen serve this to your family for breakfast or brunch and they’ll love ya for ever and ever.  With all that butter and cream it may not be too long, but what the heck, give it a try.

Hope you enjoy this recipe.  I’m goin’ next door and squeeze my adopted ladies to see if I can get some more eggs.  I’m headin’ for the coop.

Bye and have a great day.

Sharon ~ TheEggGather

Macro Monday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 17, 2010 by TheEggGatherer

Lichen or trouble.  My Rose of Sharon tree has a lot of  lichen on it and some of the branches are looking bad.  It may have to go!

Sunday Stills – Flowers/Wildflowers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by TheEggGatherer

Welcome to Sunday Stills-Flowers/Wildflowers.  Also this one is dedicated to my Mom – it’s her birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

I was excited when I read this weeks SS was flowers – my favorite subject.  Get ready, this may be a long post.  I’ll try to control myself, so here goes.

Last weekend we drove to Lexington, KY, to visit with my brother’s new trailer sales that recently opened (custom horsetrailers, stock and etc.).   While there my sis-in-law, Mom and friend Amy took a jaunt to the estate of Henry Clay.  Ashland Estate is a beautiful brick home with several acres of lawn, brick-walled formal gardens and a peony garden.  Inside the formal gardens we found this georgeous rose.  There were no name stakes, so I have no idea it’s name – I just called it “beautiful”.

Here’s a sneak peek of the peony garden and that’s my Mom.  I entitled this photo-‘Mom, praying to peony gods’.  I’m saving the rest of the peonies for a later post, so you’ll have to check back later.

My lilacs this year – the bush was loaded.  This has been a great year for flowers.

Charisma – my Mother’s day rose from my older son.

This was taken at the lavender farm near us, Meadowbrook Farms, at their Lavender Day last year.  That’s my sis-in-law, Lori there in the background and lots of honey bees enjoying that wonderful lavender nectar.

The next two photos are of a couple of my favorite daylilies – in an hour my favorites may be something else.  I’ve never met a daylily that I didn’t like love.  The first one is South Seas Moldovan,  just home from McMurray’s Daylilies and waiting to start growing in it’s new home.  Primal Scream is the second.  It was daylily of the year in 2007.  My husband calls it my “investment”.  This pic was taken last summer and this year it has triples in size.  Can’t wait to see the blooms this summer.

This was just one of those pics that you snap without thinking and ends up being one of your faves.

Sunday Gloves daylily macro shot.

Last but not least – a weed that grows everywhere around here.  It is thick in my blackberry patch and grows from a little bulb that looks like a small onion.  It’s cute so I thought I’d add it the collection.

Hope everyone has a great day.   Check out more Sunday Stills-Flowers/Wildflowers as:  http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/

See y’all later.