A Great Spring Sojourn

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21April2014_2g_Sun-Valley-Trip_Sawtooth-Mountains_From-GalenaMonday after Easter. Time for a day trip. Highs today in Boise supposed to be in the high 70′s. It was. Robin, Buddy [- our American Eski - and I escaped to a 360 mile round trip journey from Boise to Mountain Home, Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh (which is always interesting), Fairfield, Hailey, Sun Valley, Galena Summit, Stanley, Idaho City and back to Boise. In through the flatlands then on to the mountains. It was a great little trip with no time restrictions. Left-Click any of the photos to see enlarged. The one here is of the Sawtooth Range from Galena Summit. Is that snow? Yup! Enjoy the photos and our trip.

The Sawtooth Mountains from the Fairfield area. We will eventually be on the other side of them. There is a photo below.

The Sawtooth Mountains from the Fairfield area. We will eventually be on the other side of them. There is a photo below.

Sandhill Crane Camas Prairie Wildlife Reserve

Sandhill Crane, Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh

Sandhill Crane, Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh

Sandhill Crane, Camas Prairie Centennial Marsh

Where's Robin?

Where’s Robin?

There she is! A neat and interesting place in Fairfield where the wives can take their husbands and have the establishment "watch them" while the ladies go shopping or whatever. The only cost is the food and coffee that the husbands eat/drink. Interesting concept.

There she is! A neat and interesting place in Fairfield where the wives can take their husbands and have the establishment “watch them” while the ladies go shopping or whatever. The only cost is the food and coffee that the husbands eat/drink. Interesting concept. I was getting worried.

One must always partake in the local cuisine.

One must always partake in the local cuisine.

There she is. The Love of My Life!

There she is. The Love of My Life!

As\ Charlie Pride once said, "It's burgers and fries and .....", oops! No cherry pie at The Wrangler.

As Charlie Pride once said, “It’s burgers and fries and …..”, oops! No cherry pie at The Wrangler. The burger was really good. Well prepared and not cooked to death. That might be our “stopping place” in Fairfield. We recommend it, if you are passing by.

The Lodge at Sun Valley. A beautiful place.

The Lodge at Sun Valley. A beautiful place.

Swans in front of the Lodge.

Swans in front of the Lodge.

Mount Baldy, Sun Valley. Look at the ski runs.

Mount Baldy, Sun Valley. Look at the ski runs and the snow clouds.

Headed towards Galena Summit the Avalanche Alley!

Headed towards Galena Summit and then Avalanche Alley! And yes, we did see the results of a big avalanche. It’s not pretty. We can now visualize what the folks in Oso, Washington are going through.

Buddy and I stop for a romp in the snow. Galena Summit or close to it.

Buddy and I stop for a romp in the snow. Galena Summit or close to it.

The Sawtooth Mountains from Stanley, Idaho.

The Sawtooth Mountains from Stanley, Idaho. Fairfield is on the other side of them, somewhat.

Such a good day trip! I am glad we took it and I am glad Robin was with me.

Beautiful Easter Morning In Boise

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20April2014_1b_Easter-Morning-Flowers-Boise_Pink-Tulip_Water-DropletsBeautiful Tulip with Water Drops in the garden. Full sun. Little wind. 59 degrees F. Awesome. Then time for breakfast. I told Robin that we were going to have Eggs Benedict with Salmon – The eggs are from Meadowlark Farms, a local farmer. And so we did. Used the Easy Blender Holandaise Sauce found in the Boise Foodie Blog Recipe File at Boise Foodie Blog Recipes. And it really is very easy to make and comes out fantastic every time. This sauce, one of the Mother Sauces, is absolutely necessary for Eggs Benedict or anything else that calls for a Hollandaise Sauce. So very much better than that “canned stuff” or “concentrate” that you can buy. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. Cheers!

Eggs Benedict with salmon and Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict with Salmon
and
Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

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Easy Easter Eggs Dyes

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Awesome Easter Eggs this year. Thanks to Janie Burns, Meadowlark Farms, for the brown eggs. Recipe: 1 T White Vinegar, 20-24 drops of Food Color and 1/2 c Water at room temp. Mix and place eggs in the dye. They will dye up quickly. The ones pictured here are about 30 seconds. The colors are really intense and I like them. Enjoy!

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Goodbye Sweet Maggie

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Maggie and StellaInto every life there is a time for laughter and there is a time for tears. There is a time to love and a time to loose. Our dear friend Margaret Gunnell, aka Maggie to her friends, left us. She was a joy and the symbol of laughter from June 19, 1943 through March 28, 2014. For almost 71 years Maggie was a true friend to many, many people – especially us! The photo here is one that she liked and she is with a special friend – Stella. She did love her Stella. A group of about 16 of us got together this afternoon at The Buzz to celebrate and enjoy the memories of Maggie. Thank-You Tommy and Cristi for allowing us to use The Buzz. (Cristi – our condolences to you, too.) Here are some photos of Maggie and The Party. I hope you enjoy them. Cheers, Maggie!

Maggie's companion and friend Cricket, a German Shorthair. Cricket is now being cared for by Marnie and Mac and their dog, Ray. She is adjusting extremely well. Thank-You Marnie and Mac for accepting Cricket into your family.

Maggie’s companion and friend Cricket, a German Shorthair. Cricket is now being cared for by Marnie and Mac and their dog, Ray. She is adjusting extremely well. Thank-You Marnie and Mac for accepting Cricket into your family.

Maggie at Nursing School Graduation.

Maggie at Nursing School Graduation.

Maggie and Trish dancing.

Maggie and Trish dancing.

She really liked this photo. So do I.

She really liked this photo. So do I.

Some of her friends.

Some of her friends.

Marnie, Mac and Robin. Maggie is in the mirror.

Marnie, Mac and Robin. Maggie is in the mirror.

Her smiling face is everywhere. Even in this Crab Dip!

Her smiling face is everywhere. Even in this Crab Dip!

RoTel Bean Dip

RoTel Bean Dip

Bye Maggie. We will all miss you. Hugs.

Bye Maggie. We will all miss you. Hugs.

Thank-You For The Birthday Dinner!

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30Mar2014_1_Chris-Makes-Dinner_Chris-With-Ray-CricketBefore Chris made dinner for Marnie, Mac, Robin and myself, he was seen out in the yard playing ball with Ray, the Golden Retriever and Cricket, a German Short Hair. Both dogs like to play with each other, although Cricket is the oldest at about 12. Two delightful animals. With loving care like this, Cricket will do fine. But now for dinner. I knew Chris had a kitchen talent. He made the main course of Chicken Pasta and it was very good. I am sorry the Maddy and Sophia missed it. But Chris did make plate for Maddy. Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Cheers!

Chicken Pasta with Herbs Fresh Green Salad Fresh Homemade Rolls and a good Italian wine.

Chicken Pasta with Herbs
Fresh Green Salad
Fresh Homemade Rolls

and a good
2005 Barbaresco Red Italian wine

Robin made this Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Dump it all together and bake it. Delicious!

Robin made this

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Dump it all together and bake it. Delicious!

Cricket wants more!

Cricket wants more!

Thank-You everyone for a delightful Birthday dinner. Until next year ……………….

Boise Falcons are Tending The Nest

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As some of you know, Robin and I have a tendency to be a little fanatical about the Boise downtown Peregrine Falcons each spring. This spring is no different. We have a pair of falcons back at the nest. The direct link to any further posts about these falcons, can be found on our blog, Flight of the Peregrine. But for today and from the other blog,

I received permission from the Peregrine Fund today to use some screen shots of the falcon activity downtown. I Thank Them for this permission. Here is what they were doing this morning in the rain. You can clearly see the two adults and 1 egg. It looks like the female in the box.

Here is a direct link to the Boise Falcon Cam. It has a tendency to be a little slow loading, so be patient with it. It should come up. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up!

Photo Credit and Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Fiberpipe Data Centers, and Idaho Fish and Game Department

Photo Credit and Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Fiberpipe Data Centers, and Idaho Fish and Game Department

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Photo Credit and Used By Permission: The Peregrine Fund, Fiberpipe Data Centers, and Idaho Fish and Game Department

Great St Patrick’s Day Party!

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16Mar2014_1g_St-Pattys-Day-Dinner-Felzien_Dinner-Tom-LeanneI know. It was a day early on Sunday. But folks have to work on Monday. Thank-You Leanne and Tom Felzien for opening your home to all of us for this great, yearly gathering and epicurean delight! It was awesome as usual. New friends, Bill and Joan Stirling and Linda and Michael Black, welcome to the party. And as usual the food and liquid refreshment were tremendous. Such variety! Gail did a super job on the corned beef again. Robin and I made Roasted Root Vegetables, a Crab Dip and Homemade Green Marshmallows with a Ganache topping. The cabbage was great again. I do like cooked cabbage. It was a great party! Enjoy these photos and Left-Click any of them to see enlarged. Robin took most of these on her IPhone. Good job!

Let's start by making marshmallow!

Let’s start by making marshmallow!

Into a casserole dish to set-up.

Into a casserole dish to set-up.

One must always clean the beater!

One must always clean the beater!

The finished product with the Ganache topping.

The finished product with the Ganache topping.

Roasting root vegetables.

Roasting root vegetables.

Crab Dip. Robin makes an awesome lox and that is what is on top. Someone asked for the recipe, so here it is -

Crab Dip. Robin makes an awesome lox and that is what is on top. Someone asked for the recipe, so here it is – Crab Dip East Coast Style. This is in PDF format. Thanks to my Sister-In-Law, Marge Young, for this recipe. I just adjusted it slightly.

Bill and Joan Stirling

Bill and Joan Stirling

Bob Parker, Me and Gail Parker

Bob Parker, Me and Gail Parker

Appetizers

Appetizers

A little liquid refreshment!!

A little liquid refreshment!!

The Corned Beef. Thanks Gail for doing this.

The Corned Beef. Thanks Gail for doing this.

The plated dinner.

The plated dinner.

Again, Thank-You everyone for a delightful dinner party! Great food! Great friends! Cheers until next time!

Dinner and a Preview of the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

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15Mar2014_2b_Nite-Out_Riverside_Fran-Nancy-Robin_Add-The-WordsIt was really a great evening last night. Dinner at Sushi Joy in Boise then off to the Riverside for a preview of the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree (October 15 – 19, 2014) with friends Nancy and Fran, pictured here with Robin. The preview show headliner was the Jason Wanner Quartet featuring Vocalist Sherri Colby, Jason Wanner tickling the ivory and joined by “… Reed virtuoso Nate Ketner and the enthusiastic bassist Sam Rocha.” The Cabaret Jazz was fantastic. Easy listening, great rhythms and there was no one “screaming” at you! Enjoy these photos of the evening and Left-Click to see them enlarged.

The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

The Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

Sushi Joy - Egg Drop Soup

Sushi Joy – Egg Drop Soup

Mango Chicken

Mango Chicken

Lobster and Shrimp

Lobster and Shrimp

Heading for the Sapphire Room at the Riverside in Boise.

Heading for the Sapphire Room at the Riverside in Boise.

The Jason Wanner Quartet entertains us and a full house with exceptional Cabaret Jazz. An awesome evening! Thank-You Fran and Nancy for suggesting this. It was great!

The Jason Wanner Quartet entertains us, and a full house, with exceptional Cabaret Jazz. An awesome evening! Thank-You Fran and Nancy for suggesting this. It was great!

Sapphire Room dessert - Tiramiso

Sapphire Room dessert – Tiramisu

Raspberry Genache

Raspberry Ganache

Playing with My Phone Camera

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I took this in my backyard just playing with an app for my Android, “A Better Camera”. I used the HDR function then processed it through my PaintShop Pro X6. I think it looks pretty cool!
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