Saturday, November 30, 2013

Delaware Views a Snow Bunting

This lovely little white bird landed in my back yard with the Juncos.  First time I ever saw one.
I worked it with my 100-300 and the 35-100 and  still felt the need to crop and paint it.
Kathy you are the first person I thought of when this bird alighted in my back yard.
Need to make a CORRECTION as per my good friend and excellent Birder Kathy.
It is not a Snow Bunting after all, it is a leucistic Dark Eyed Junco, which means a genetic mutation is preventing normal color pigmentation on the feathers. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Delaware Chews at the Rosa Mexicano, NYC

We were on our way to the Public Library of the Arts to view the Al Hirschfeld exhibit and were in the mood for Mexican. What a Nice surprise to find Rosa Mexicano.

We were seated immediately at the requested booth and the service was excellent through out our visit. Although we were tempted by the specialty Guacamole, we passed knowing that the Quesadillas I was about to order would come with some. YUMMY. I went with the Steak in my Quesadillas and was very satisfied with my choice.
Hubby went with Pelona Steak Sandwich served with sweet potato fries and didn't leave a morsel.

The place was so neat with the divers on the wet stair wall that I felt compelled to walk around and look upstairs.

This is definitely a place to recommend and return to.

Meanwhile if you are in the city and have an hour to spare you might want to go up to Lincoln Center and visit the exhibit at the library.  You will get a bonus view of a photo exhibit of early Beatles images.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Have a Latke Fun on Thanksgivakkah

It hasn't happened since 1899 and of course that was before my time, so it seemed really weird to have Hanukkah without Latkes.  I have to do it.  Whipping up some Latke Nanakah for a crowd.

Anyone interested in the recipe please comment and Ill put it up on Foodie Friday.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Rarity

I hardly ever post twice in one day but this is just such a coincidence
A visit to the eye doctor today suggested I had dry eye and I was given these samples
to lubricate my eyes.
Of course when I got home I Googled dry eye, then selected the American Optometric Association link.  It gave a clear and concise description of cause, diagnoses and treatment.  It was this last line that brought me back here today
Im going to get a glass now.

Delaware Views WATER and Considers Common Cents

Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface,  and is vital for all known forms of life.
The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%.

Water is in the food you eat.

As per the Mayo Clinic, if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colorless or light yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate.

Here in Washington Crossing we have well water so it is basically free.
Bottled water....or water in plastic containers can be purchased fairly inexpensively...a quick Google search finds you can pick up a case of Nestle Pure Life Purified water at Office Depot for $4.99
or for 10.97 Gorilla Office Supplies will sell you a case of Nestle Poland Spring Water for $10.97

I'm not up to the extensive research that would be required to tell you how much ENERGY and OIL goes into making the plastic containers that ultimately end up recycled or in the garbage or floating down the river due to some inconsiderate.......

Nor will I bore you with  the facts about the amount of money being made by this industry. Surely you know by know that there really is nothing too special, besides convenience, inside those plastic bottles you are buying.

What I will tell you is that it only takes a little Common Cents to know that by purchasing one or two stainless steel water containers, again a simple and quick search on Google reveals that you can purchase a 40 oz stainless steel water jug for $11.40 from the First Aid Store, and getting your water from a safe tap, is good for your wallet, good for the environment, and good for your health.

Drink water when you are thirsty.  It only takes Common Cents.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Delaware Views Red

Cold out there and the wind was kicking this first year little oak around.   I closed down to f18 and zoomed to the end of my range. I clicked 1/15 with the ISO at 400. Too lazy to drag out tripod. Enhanced color for Monday Red.
Feeling like Winter already and it is still a month away. 

Tis the Season

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Delaware River is Mighty Low

If the Delaware River was as low as it is right now, all those many years ago George Washington and his soldiers would have had one heck of a time crossing and probably would have had to bear the frigid cold without Wellies.  That water is low and talk about town is that the boats will not go across Christmas Day.
Time will tell but we would surely need a bit of rain.  Luckily, if they really want to march they can take advantage of this century and walk across the bridge. 
At the park Dan and his crew from Seasons Garden Center, were outfitting the tree with a new set of lights for the Annual Kiwanis Club of Yardley lighting.

The Boat Barn was open and had on display a small copy of the famous painting of the
 inviting me in so you can see.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Foodie Vault Brewery Yardley Pa

This place was hopping on a Saturday afternoon.  There was a large busload of folks making their first stop on a Brew Pub crawl seated outside, the bar seats were occupied and there were a few folks wandering around the bar area. 

We were shown to a table in an empty room which did not stay empty long. 
Accompanied by my nephew, we started off by sharing an antipasta board (that's how it was spelled on their menu) which had several different Italian meats, roasted red pepper, marinated artichoke, a house made mozzarella, a hard cheese from a local farm and some wood fired pita to pile it all up on. Drizzled with balsamic it was delicious. It was plated up as a feast for the eyes with some of the meat rolled up like a rose blossom.

Even though I was satisfied with that, when nephew ordered the Wood Fired Flat Bread Italian Sausage, I could not control my temptation to try the Hummus. It was a delightful selection announced by the waitress of Curry, Black Bean and traditional Hummus with sliced fresh red peppers and shaved carrot curls. This was also served with Wood Fired Pita. My first nibble of the Curry required that I eat it all immediately.  When finished I was finally able to control my self. I asked for a box and wrapped the rest up along with a few slices of the Italian Sausage on Flat Bread that even my strapping nephew could not finish. 

Wood fired stove

OH the BEER. Well I'm on a diet so I didn't even try any but Nephew must have enjoyed his because he ordered another.

The owners were friendly and accommodating. Our waitress Ava was very attentive. Parking in rear and also across the street makes it an easy access joint to come for lunch and next time I'm definitely going to try the sampler of beer that I kept seeing the waitress walk by with.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A New Toy A New Day

I didn't get it yet but this is the new lens I want.
Love my Olympia.  I think she could use another attachment.
I took a little blog break.  Only two people noticed.  Somehow I'm still getting hits and still being encouraged so I'm going to get organized and give it another whirl.  If I cant get 50 followers or at least 50 hits a day, I cant see the purpose. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Peak in Gold and a Little Lavender Too

The folks on the TV News wanted us to know that this weekend will be peak for Fall colors...I don't know why they think they have to tell us that when we can just look outside and see.
The Lavender is blooming for a second time this season and the Delaware shimmers in gold.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Delaware Chews at Home: Breakfast of Champions

I feel so seduced by the food industry even why I try not to be.  With its ever insatiable lust for my business it advertises organics, and naturals and probiotics and all kinds of things that are supposed to be good for me in bright colorful packaging drawing my attention to things like Quaker Granola and Swiss Muesli. 
 I thought I might like to try them with Vanilla yogurt instead of milk.
 When I  got home and compared serving size, calories, total fat and cholesterol, I  found I might as well stick to my Cheerios or Rice Krispies a banana and milk.


Swiss and Quaker suggest 1/2 cup at 220 and 200 calories respectively.   That's packing a lot of calories into 1/2 cup. Add a cup of yogurt and that's another  190 calories.   400 calories.
Kelloggs and General Mills serve 1 1/4 cup at 130 calories and 1 cup at 110 respectively. twice as much cereal at half the calories.  1 cup of 2% milk increases calorie count by  130. 
Even better I can make myself 1/2 cup of Quaker Oats,  1/2 cup fresh blueberries, 1 tablespoons of maple syrup and a few shakes of cinnamon for a real breakfast of champions, at about 250 healthy fiber and vitamin packed calories.