Tuesday, April 28, 2015

T Stands For Walking the Plank

Hi everyone! Another Tuesday has rolled around, and it is time to post what I've been up to and share with Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover and my T friends. Today actually marks a special day for DH & me--we met and went on our first date today, 25 years ago. We have always "celebrated" both this day and our wedding anniversary later in August.  I woke up to a beautiful poem DH wrote me and he has plans that he is being secretive about for tomorrow. But on to the title of the post....

A few weeks ago, a friend of ours convinced us to try cooking some salmon on a cedar plank.  We had one of those really warm, barbeque grilling-friendly days, so out we went to get the fish, plank, etc.
The cedar planks can be purchased right in our grocery store--they are food grade with no chemicals or other bad stuff touching them.  The first step is to soak the plank in water (or broth or wine if you are more adventurous) for up to 24 hours. This prevents the wood from just catching on fire and allows it to smoke.
 After patting the fish dry and adding some seasoning--we used cedar plank salmon seasoning we bought in our local warehouse store--we placed it on the board that had been coated with some oil. We kept the burners low and had a spray bottle of water handy for flare-ups which we never had to use. Close the cover, no need to turn it over and wait for the flavor to infuse in.
And here it is all done and ready to eat!

Have you every tried cooking on a plank? What did you think?

As I write this, I am drinking my English Breakfast morning tea, and then I am off for a day of shopping and lunch with some friends.  I can't wait to see what is up for tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I'll be around to visit everyone later today or tonight.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

T Stands For Tuesday-Tea Journal

Hi Everyone! I am happy to be joining Elizabeth again this week with another page in my tea journal.
I came across this airplane themed fabric in my stash and though of this banner idea.  Originally, I was going to make the banners
with the sewing machine on pieces of ribbon, but when I planned it out, they were going to be too long. I thought of using one quote and splitting them up,
but I really didn't like that idea either. So I mixed a blue I like for the sky, adding a little glaze to make it more spreadable, made some clouds by
rubbing a glue stick on the page and then patting it with a cotton ball before it dried. In the end, I was pretty happy with the result.
I had a chance to use my net-working skills last week.  No, not the kind for selling my art....the butterfly net kind.  Anyone who has been here with me awhile, knows about our past experiences with bats in the house, which is why we have butterfly nets.

Upon returning from food shopping, DH & I unload the car, carry everything in from the garage and put it all away. As we are standing in the dining room looking at the mail,  we hear a sound over by a big plant in the corner and think a bird is outside flying into the window.  Huh? What? A small bird (think chickadee size) starts flying around...inside! The best we can figure is that we left the living room to garage door open as we were carrying up the groceries and while I was upstairs on the second floor & DH was carrying things down to the basement....it must have flown in.  Of course, it didn't want to just fly into the net, LOL. We were able to keep it contained in the dining room and I opened a window & carefully coaxed it out. 

The next morning, we are greeted by the side of my basil plant (which was on the window sill) knocked down into dish drain.

 I look up and the outside window (they are double glass) over the sink is totally smashed! The bottle of water was what I shared with the basil to try to revive it.

Fortunately, it is the outer window that shattered.
We originally thought a bird (?) must have flown into the window, causing a concussive reaction that broke the window, knocked down the plant and also damaged one of my cacti.  We replaced these windows 20+ years ago with argon gas filled double windows which were supposed to provide added insulation.  My web search tells me that these windows slowly leak and can (on rare occasions) shatter.  Rare? This is the third window that has broken. Good thing we have a few more spares. We will wait until the weather is a little warmer to replace this bottom window.

Thanks for coming by. I really do appreciate your visits and comments.  I am also linking up with AJJ whose theme is favorite quotes and poems. Hopefully, I will be more artistic soon and have some projects to show.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

T stands for This and That

Hi everyone! I've been playing around with my newer sewing machine (I have two) which has a lot of built in fun stitches and thought today would be a perfect day to share my experiment:
This is a quote from "The Wind in the Willows". It is quite tedious since you have to program in each letter individually (by selecting a number) and add underlines for spaces that have to be later trimmed off....no deluxe sewing machine model for me, LOL....but I was beyond thrilled with how it came out, AND how it fits the spine of my altered tea quote book perfectly! Now I have even more incentive to work in this book so I can work on the cover.

The experiment came about because of an idea I have for a quilt that I am making, but I will leave that post for another day! Instead, I will leave you with a few new beaded flower arrangements.
Hot pink tulips in a triple vase

Pastel daisies in an aqua bottle vase
Purple violets in a green bottle vase
 Thanks for stopping by today! I'm linking with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Second Look on the Second

 Since this year marks the 50th anniversary of the film, "The Sound of Music" and since it is one of our favorite family movies to watch together, I felt this post was perfect for Bleubeard and Elizabeth's Second Look on the Second.  It was first posted in 2007, when I was highlighting our European trip to 24 countries. Here is the original post....

The next beautiful journey took us to Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of Mozart. We strolled through the beautiful gardens of Mirabel Palace, built in the 1600s and many spots were pointed out that were used in the filming of "The Sound of Music". I could just picture "Maria" dancing around this fountain and gardens! Of course, when we returned home, we had to watch the movie for the millionth time so we could ooh and ahh and say, "Look, we were standing right there!". Ah tourists!

We visited the Salzburg Cathedral, a Baroque style church that was also where little Mozart was baptized. This was a beautiful Cathedral-the Baroque style evokes a lot of movement which was evident in all the paintings. It also contained 4 huge pipe organs. The dome was hit by a bomb in WWII and was restored in 1959.

Browsing the town of Salzburg you see narrow cobbles streets filled with shops & restaurants. Many of the shops still had original iron signs hung outside that displayed pictures of what kind of service the shop offered. We saw where Mozart was born and a home that his family lived in later on.

Our drive took us next to Vienna where we were to spend the night. The evening's entertainment was a classical concert in the Vienna Palace featuring the music of Mozart, Strauss and Shubert. All three lived, work, and performed in this Palace. The music was, of course, amazing and was supplemented by ballet dancers and opera singers. Even if you don't like classical music, you could not help but be awed by this performance in this location.

Thanks for continuing the journey with me. I hope you enjoyed this look back as much as I did! Wishing everyone who celebrates a Happy Easter or Happy Passover!