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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Travels: Devil's Punch Bowl

Another picture from our trip to the Coast!  This time we were on our way back home and, at about 3 PM were all just limp from lack of food...having just done the cheese-tasting and ice cream around 10 AM. Elder J knew of a place called Mo's Seafood.  We stopped at one and were going to have a 45-minute wait.  Wrong! He thought he knew of another one so we went to it.

This Mo's was right beside the Devil's Punch Bowl.


This must be really really impressive when the tide is in.  Apparently the water comes up and over.

The Mo's, as far as situation, was a disappointment.  There were five tables that seat 8 small people, plus a shelf in front of the window that seats 4.  That shelf is what we got.  The food was good, though!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Craft Failure: Flower Drying in the Microwave

Lots of buzz out there about drying flowers in the microwave by putting them in a book then closing with elastic bands.  I thought I would try it.  After all, greeting cards with dried flowers on them are very very cool.

Well, this was a real failure.  The white petunia melded with the paper.  The colored petunias  were barely better but impossible to remove from the paper.  The black-eyed Susan was just a mess.

So, I will not be doing that again.  Seriously, once was enough on this project.  There are too many other projects out there....

Fortunately no one objected to me taking a few flowers from the backs of plants where they were unnoticeable.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Trials: French Braid?

One of the problems with "like"-ing blogs and Facebook pages and other things online is that, after you have decided to UNsubscribe, for some reason 'they' don't forget you.  Recently I started receiving emails again from a cute girl who does lots of braids, and braid tutorials on YouTube.  She said that July is Braid Challenge Month or some such thing.  Like a (less-than-smart-person)...I went to the page that first day and tried to do it.

This was my result:


As you can see, it was not very successful. It did, however, keep the hair out of my face and did not annoy my neck.  I was in the bathroom trying to take a selfie when a kind young woman came in and asked if she could help me!  People are really so kind!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Munchie Monday: Surprise Food Success--Quick and Easy

We had one smallish head of broccoli in the refrigerator.  Plus some heavy cream, eggs, pie crust, and some homemade French onion dip.  Being on a lazy streak
, I decided just to put them all together and bake them.



SO...this is what I did.

In a large bowl, mix 4 eggs, 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream, less than one cup homemade French onion dip (1 pint sour cream mixed with one packet Lipton's French Onion Soup Mix), and 1-plus cup of minced broccoli (Dear One likes broccoli quiche as long as he cannot really distinguish the broccoli from the rest of the ingredients...).

Place in a pie-crust-lined deep pie dish.  Pour mixture carefully into the dish.  Sprinkle over the top a little more than one cup shredded cheese.  In this case it was Tillamook extra sharp cheddar (3/4 cup) and Tillamook smoked medium cheese (about 1/4 cup).

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes.  In our oven this was not quite cooked so I turned off the heat and let the quiche sit there for another half hour  without removing from the oven then removed from the oven.  Very well cooked.



Dear One really liked it.  I had a tiny piece and liked it, too.  I call it a roaring success!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Food Friday: "Baked" Beans

We are having a Departing Dinner again soon.  As part of the menu we are having baked beans. I had found a recipe I really liked using the Instant Pot.  Dear One really liked them, too.  Today, however, when he had a second serving of them as leftovers, he asked about them.  Which made me wonder.  When I quizzed him about his question, he said they were "a little stronger" than he expected them to be.  That made me think I might want to re-think the Instant Pot baked beans.

Our mission nurse had told me she had a recipe her mother made that she would be happy to share with me.  This is the recipe:


In case you cannot read it:

1 pound hamburger, browned and drained
1 large can pork and beans (or 5 small cans?)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons mustard
3/4 cups brown sugar

Combine in a crockpot.  Can double recipe to increase but still use 1 pound of hamburger.

I have not made this yet, but think that I will.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Toy: Personal Fan!

Last August when we arrived here the temperatures were going up.  It was over 100 degrees F. several days.  In many places that would be fine, but in our apartment we only had screen windows and a box fan.  Sleep was pretty hard to come by.

Fortunately, a departing sister missionary gave us her air conditioner come November, which we have in the living room.  It does okay but is not wildly successful, from a person who really likes refrigeration!  Dear One is more of a "let the hot times roll" sort of person.  "Nice and comfy," is what he says when we walk into the apartment at the end of the day and are hit by a blast of hot air.

Well,  I may have mentioned that we got a fan for my desk at the office...a 6-inch one which I have rolling all the time!  So nice.  There is an air conditioner at the office, also, but, until President came in one day for Staff Meeting and asked if we didn't have air conditioning, and upon hearing that we did, he found the thermostat and dropped it ten degrees!  So. Much. Better!!  With that little fan on my desk, I am pretty happy at the office.

The other day Dear One and Elder W were going out to do a few jobs away from the office.  I mentioned, again, the possibility of getting a fan for the bedside table (on my side of the bed!) and he nodded his head.

It turns out it did not fly at that particular time BUT later that afternoon he told me they were to be had at Target and I should just order one.  I tried but, not knowing geography very well, had it to be picked up at a Target way farther away than Dear One was willing to drive, especially since he had already checked it out and found a Target pretty close to us for a pick up.

This is what we got:


It works ever so well!  I love having it blowing on my face.  Come to find out, Dear One is not so fond of it.  Already, after just a few hours,  he retrained the flow of air.  When he got up at around 3:00 AM!  Since I had already had six good hours of sleep, I was not ripped off by the change of situation.  Actually, I got up and went out to the living room where the box fan was blowing lovely cool air into the room.

This fan (which you see in the living room) beside our bed, is so great.  As you can see,  it does not take much to make me happy! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Wonders: Bald Eagles

More of our trip on The Fourth!  This was so appropriate.  We were at the Yaquina Lighthouse, almost to the lighthouse when a man came up behind us and said there were two bald eagles in a branchless tree.

You better believe I picked up speed so I could see them, and perhaps even photograph them.  When I got around the corner, all I saw was a wonderful small grove of some sort of green leafy trees.  Then, to my delight, a little further on, with the side of the lighthouse to my back, there they were!


So fabulous to see them.  I have seen a few in Vermont and New Hampshire but this was my first sight of them in a tree,  friends sitting beside each other.  So nice!