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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It Was Oscar Time!

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01Mar2014_4a_Captains-Shack_Brisket_Oscars_People_Hostess-Michelle-3Thanks to Michelle (pictured here) and Lyle for opening their home and supplying the BINGO “cards” and Ballot Sheets for tonight’s festivities. I think there were close to 30 people there and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. There was plenty of wine and “other” liquids for everyone to enjoy. Here are some photos of the evening – the people and the food. Both were fantastic!! Enjoy these photos and Left-Click to see them enlarged. Cheers! Let’s start with an appetizer, then a main dish and finally a dessert.

Robin is assembling her Lox Canapes. (Lox, Tomato, Caper, Red Onion all on an Artichoke Leaf.)  Another  "Yummer".

Robin is assembling her Lox Canapes. (Lox, Tomato, Caper, Red Onion all on an Artichoke Leaf.) “Yummer”.

Here the dish is assembled.

Here the dish is assembled.

Robin and I made this Texas Style Smoked Brisket and I took home two pieces. Someone liked it! That's good! That's why we do it.

Robin and I made this Texas Style Smoked Brisket and I took home two pieces. Someone liked it! That’s good! That’s why we do it.

In the Crock-Pot to keep it warm.

In the Crock-Pot to keep it warm.

Brisket Sandwich on an Acme Bake Shop Bun. Add a little onion and tomato and some BBQ sauce, and you've got a "Yummer"!

Brisket Sandwich on an Acme Bake Shop Bun. Add a little onion and tomato and some BBQ sauce, and you’ve got a “Yummer”!

I don't recall who made these Strawberry Cheesecakes, but they were awesome! Thank-You.

I don’t recall who made these Strawberry Cheesecakes, but they were awesome! Thank-You.

And here is what happens after a meal. I have heard it called "Fallen Stomach". One usually gets it after a Thanksgiving dinner. Drowsey.

And here is what happens after a meal. I have heard it called “Fallen Stomach”. One usually gets it after a Thanksgiving dinner. Drowsey.

Here are some of the crowd enjoying the treats and the Oscars.

Here are some of the crowd enjoying the treats and the Oscars.

Peggy and Jan in another world watching the Oscars.

Peggy and Jan in another world watching the Oscars.

It really was a great evening. Good friends! Good food! Good wine, and such a variety! And great Hosts! Thank You everyone for participating. Cheers and until next year ………… Bis wir uns wieder treffen! (Until we meet again.)

2014 Florida Trip – Wildlife

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15-29Jan2014_4g_Florida-Natural_Flowers-PalmSprings-2This should be the last posting on this blog for our 2014 Florida sojourn. A really exciting and interesting time. If you noticed, there are no food photos here. I put them on the Boise Foodie blog at 2014 Florida Trip – One Must Eat. There will also be some wine and wine cellar photos on the Treasure Valley Food and Wine Blog.

Our wildlife adventures lead us to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. This is really a wonderful place to take a leisurely ride through the refuge, stopping wherever you wish. Well, mostly. Merrit-Island-LogoThere was one individual who was in a hurry and did not like us stopping. We were looking at alligators. Robin and I did see a Wild Boar as we were heading to West Palm Springs along the road. It was a large animal and I don’t remember them being that large in Aspen Hill, Tennessee back in the early 1960′s. Enjoy these photos of he Florida wildlife that we saw. You can Left-Click any of them to see them enlarged. When you see the photo, you might also see this statement above the picture: Original size at 4288 × 2848. Click on that number and you will see the original size. Cheers!

Sandhill Crane. West Palm Springs, FL

Sandhill Crane. West Palm Springs, FL

Butterfly. Lakeland, FL.

Butterfly. Lakeland, FL.

White Pelicans. From what we were told, these pelicans have a migration path from Nova Scotia to this location at Titusville, FL.

White Pelicans. From what we were told, these pelicans have a migration path from Nova Scotia to this location at Titusville, FL.

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

Brown Pelicans in flight.

Brown Pelicans in flight.

White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans and Terns

White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans and Terns

Terns. So why do these Terns and other birds, sit facing the wind? I really don't think the answer, as I was told, "... so they don't blow away." Instead,

Terns. So why do these Terns and gulls and numerous other birds, sit facing the wind? I really don’t think the answer, as I was told, is “… so they don’t blow away.” Instead, “Birds sit … facing the direction they were flying when they landed and the direction they will need to go when they take off again, that is, into the wind.” [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/birds-of-a-feather-face-the-weather/article1376382/] In other words, they try to land into the wind and take-off into the wind. This makes a whole lot more sense.

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Oyster Beds

Oyster Beds

Willet

Willet

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Alligators

Alligators

Another 'gator!

Another ‘gator!

He's smiling. Does he want to talk? I don't know who figured this out, but I'm not going to try it out. The rumor is that if you can out run an alligator in 15 feet, you will be safe. Alligators are not long distance runners. Any volunteers? How about the inpatient dude in the red car who was in a hurry.

He’s smiling. Does he want to talk? I don’t know who figured this out, but I’m not going to try it. The rumor is that if you can out run an alligator in 15 feet, you will be safe. Alligators are not long distance runners. Any volunteers? How about the inpatient dude in the red car who was in a hurry.

So there you have a large portion of our two weeks in Florida. The other posts are generally below and we do hope you will look at them and click the Rating button above each post. Its just nice to keep track of what folks think of these articles. So, until the next sojourn wherever it make take us …. Happy Trails to you, until we meet again!

All good things eventually come to an end. But the great memories remain. We took only memories - and some photos - and left only footsteps on this sojourn. Tip your glass - Here's to the next one! HUGE hugs to all of you and as Bob Hope would say, "Thanks for the memories ...."

All good things eventually come to an end. But the great memories remain. We took only memories – and some photos – and left only footsteps on this sojourn. Tip your glass – Here’s to the next one! HUGE hugs to all of you and as Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the memories ….”

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