Friday, February 28, 2014

Delaware Chews Salmonanny

NO NO NO...Not Salmonella...
For some with age comes high Cholesterol.  Doc prescribed giant fish oil pills, and some other stuff  that you need a prescription for.   I decided to just eat the Omega 3's in its natural form in a piece of Salmon.  Once a week is my goal.  I like the Sockeye best but need to flavor it up some.  By now you should know I like it easy and I have found nothing as easy and tasty as this so far.
I picked up the Char Crust at the local market and have used it several times and there is plenty left for more.
This is so simple.  Preheat your oven to 350.  Cover your broiler pan with aluminum foil. Portion out your salmon per person with the skin still on and down. Just sprinkle the herb mix on top.  Bake for 15-20 minutes for medium rare to well done.  I like it at about 18 minutes.
Seems to me that Asparagus goes so well with this and the timing is easy and perfect.  So I almost always make this combination. 
I place the asparagus in a sautĂ© pan with a little water, pat of butter, and a sprinkle of Crazy Jane's.  I bring the water to a simmer, and by the time the fish is finished 
with a toss or two the asparagus has a nice tasty glaze.  If you need more food  put a potato in the microwave when you have 8 minutes left on your timer.
If you delicately move your spatula between the meat of the fish and the skin, the skin will stick to the aluminum and honestly you can just lift the skinned fish.  Later I just remove the aluminum and don't even have to wash the broiler pan.
Sadly on this evening all our plates where in the dishwasher so all you get of the finished product is on a paper plate.  OY
No worries...It tastes just as good on China as it does on China paper plates.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Delaware News

Admittedly I have been a little lame with my camera since bringing home MaraBella.
However there is some interesting news.
Way back in October of 2011 I took a hike on the NYC Highline and posted a series of images from that day.  Recently it has been receiving a lot of hits on the blog which I am a little suspicious about and cannot quite figure out.  As of this post it has received 261 hits...more than any of my posts by a long shot.  The next highest is 120 on Nudity and Feathers...go figure...a post from the Hamilton Sculpture Gardens, and then 77 on the Ace CafĂ© post from London, England.
Here is my favorite image from the Highline post...curious if it will receive similar hits.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Delaware Views Anew

On Sunday Funday I showed you the little gazebo in the Washington Crossing Park.  Here it is again after some artistic post processing.

It is just fun to do.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Delaware Considers Common Cents or No Sense at all

Years ago I raised a Shepherd for Seeing Eye in Morrisville.
They suggested feeding Purina One, easily purchased at my local market.
I continued provided that food for my Casper, the little Westie who lived 18 years.  Casper did not make it to 18 without some issues which included allergies.
Yesterday I got some fancy, expensive food at the hardware store. Pure Vita Bison Entree
That appealed to me.
Is it common sense to think that the better the food, the better the health of the dog, and the fewer vet visits and bills.  I'm not sure. But that is my story and for now I'm sticking to it.
She likes it!
I'm pretty sure she would like Purina One too.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Delaware Views Hues of Red

Nature gave us a big tease this weekend:
blue skies, sunny and warm.
Took a nice long hike in the Washington Crossing State Park.
Had to go to the Jersey side since the loop on the PA side wasn't even plowed.
Not much red going on there so in the process of cleaning up the archives I found some.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Funday

Beautiful blue sky day with temps reaching into the 50s. 
The River is mostly clear and flowing freely. 
  Let the melt down begin.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Delaware Chews Baked Macananny at Home

Everyone loves a good Mac & Cheese.   Well, at least I DO!
You can make your Mac & Cheese complicated with a variety of cream sauces and/or a variety of cheeses.  I like to make things as easy and tasty as possible.  I grew up with VELVEETA Mac & Cheese and to this day after trying recipe after recipe found in magazines and books, I always go back to this easy recipe created in my own home with  memories of what my mother made for  school lunches. 
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 10 oz Velveeta cubed small
  • 2 scallions chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • Italian Season Bread Crumbs
Preheat oven to 375 ...I usually do this about the time the water starts to boil.
Cook Macaroni according to box directions.
While elbows are cooking, in a large bowl, mix together cheese, scallions, and egg.
Add cooked macaroni and mix well.
Add milk and mix well
Pour the Mac and Cheesy mix into a casserole dish...I use glass.
Sprinkle top with bread crumbs.  4-6 servings depending on making it a meal or side.
Bake for 35 - 40 minutes.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Delaware News or Lack of Hues

Good news is I registered my own domain name with GoDaddy.  More good news:  I found a host with BlueHost and uploaded WordPress.  Bad News is, it is not as easy as BlogSpot to set up.
I signed on for a webinar but it never appeared.  So for now I'm going with LACK of hues.
This is a foggy morning in fall on my beloved Delaware River, which we will be watching closely as the melt down may cause a rise in the water levels.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Delaware Views Anew

The Tulips Wilted
It took me a long time to get over my Photo Shop phobia.
Now I love playing with color in CS3.  I like the Wave filter.  Filter, Distort, Wave.
Then a little slip and slide on the scales.
I can hardly believe I can instruct as such.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Who Am I to Issue Common Cents

It could not possibly have been Common Cents at work when I adopted this adorable rescue, MaraBella.  No, I lost all sense.
New Toy

Monday, February 17, 2014

Delaware Views Hues of Red

They are calling it the Winter that just keeps on giving SNOW!
This was from a few days ago and shows some of the ice blocks that jammed up.
You can see the water flowing in the distance.  Today you cannot see any water flowing.
More snow on the way.  Then a warm up is expected.
As you might imagine, I am a little concerned regarding a big meltdown.
Oh right, Hues of didn't think I forgot did you?
Memories of Spring

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Funday: Her name is MaraBella

I've been watching PetFinder for a while now and LULU'S Rescue in particular.
Today we found it impossible to resist bringing this little girl home.  She made herself quite comfy on my couch.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Delaware Chews on Foodie Friday

I really enjoy my regular visits to the Washington Crossing Inn.  It is close to home and most lovely when the weather is fine and we can enjoy the outside bar.  This winter has been a killer with lots and lots of snow and one power outage so far making it just as nice to go down the street and hang out for a bit at the inside bar.  To celebrate a birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON, we had dinner there this past week.   For $15.00 hubby and I shared a filet sandwich, one of my favorites on the Tavern Menu.   Birthday Boy ordered a 10oz steak for $44.00 (4.40 an oz). Pennington Market sells Angus Filets for $29 per pound (1.81 an oz).   Now granted it doesn't come with the ambiance, but truth is I could not eat that much meat. 
Proved no problem for the Birthday Boy.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Delaware News

Perhaps you have noticed I have been playing around with the look and feel of the blog.  I wanted to have some RED, but not too much.  I cant help but wonder if I put in TOO much.  Since the rest of my news is boring...ITS SNOWING AGAIN.  Yesterday there was still a nice flow on the Jersey side....still too dark to see if it is moving this morning.

I thought I would share a nice black and white portrait.  Took this one yesterday of one of my neighbors.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Delaware Views Anew

Snow, snow and more snow.  Get your boots, gloves and HATS, ready. 
Made a few changes to the blog.  Been playing with it now for a few days.
Hope you like it!..Is the RED too much?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Delaware Issues Common Cents

When you know a storm is coming take action. 
Around here we all have generators and those in the know pull them out, check them out, and have them ready. 
You cant move a fence.
But you can move a car.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Delaware Views Hues of Red

When the Verizon guys arrived to remove the big tree that fell across River Road I had some fun with the stuff on the truck. 
Stack of  Traffic Cones

Various chains needed for the job

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday Funday

It has been a crazy week here.  We lost electricity on Wednesday due to snow and ice, which caused trees to fall, and humans to forget their sanity.  Oh the damage both can do.  The ice did provide some nice visuals and even though it has been very, very cold here the sun has shined for a few days in a row.  Cant wait until the power comes back on and we can silence the generators.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Foodie Friday Delaware Chews at Home

Winter time is a good time to have some basic ingredients available for making lasagna.
The sheets of lasagna that you can now bake without cooking shorten the process of preparing this classic meal on the front end -you don't have to boil the noodles- and on the back end, since you have one less pot to clean.  Bagged and shredded mixed Italian cheeses also saves time.
I had almost everything on hand except for Ricotta which I had to run out for.  I actually had some, but opened it to find out, I had it too long and it had already gone bad in the fridge.
I also had on hand 1 quart of Tomato Sauce in the freezer which I set out to defrost a day before preparing this meal.  Barillo pasta has been a staple in my house since seeing it on the restaurant shelves in Italy.  This lasagna will fill a 9x13 pan 4 across with 4 levels of noodles.


1 box no cook lasagna

1 quart tomato sauce

15 oz tub ricotta cheese
1 bag mixed Italian Cheeses mozzarella, provolone, parmesan
2 hand mound of fresh spinach stemmed and roughly chopped
1 roasted pepper (I pull it from a jar)
4-6 sundried tomatoes (also pulled from a jar with oil)

Simply grab a few handfuls of the shredded cheese and mix it up with the Ricotta in a large bowl.  Add spinach and mix.  Chop the peppers and tomatoes, add to cheese mix finishing with herbs.

Layer 1 cup  sauce, 4 sheets noodle 1/3 cheese 3 times (make sure edges of noodles are moistened with sauce)
On your last layer of noodles spread the remaining sauce and sprinkle with shredded cheese from bag.
Cover and bake 45 minutes, uncover and bake till cheese on top is melted.

Now what makes this a delicious LasagNan is the very fact that I put in vegies I like, in this case the RED ones.  Not only the home made sauce in the freezer, but the selection of peppers sweet and hot, and the sundried tomatoes. Substitute some of your own favorite ingredients and vary the cheeses to individualize the lasagnas you make too....but don't call them LASAGNAN.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Delaware Views and News: Dot Com?

This should be the last of the Howell Farm images.  The top one is not my shoot...although those are my boots.  Aaron took this one with his cell and I just spruced it up a bit.
I'm thinking that continued post processing practice could be considered an investment in my business.  The horses looked like a good subject to try to work.
Having a little trouble pulling the trigger on my own website.  Go Daddy for a domain name?  Wordpress, Zenpholio, PhotoShelter?  OY!

I finally got the domain name from Godaddy....didn't realize I could get it free from now I have to decide where to host the
Both come highly recommended with a lean to Bluehost......
This latest storm knocked down a giant tree on river road and took our power.
We are generating our own.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Delaware Views Anew

Back at the Howell Living Farm.
This image was transformed using both Windows Live to crop horizontal from a vertical image and Photoshop CS3 to add paint effects and text.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Delaware Issues Commen Cents: Look for the Freebies

Once again I return to the Howell Living History Farm, and why not? It was FREE!
Although I have seen the buckets hanging off local Maple Trees, I have never seen someone drill and tap a Maple tree releasing the sap, and actually hang a bucket.  The woman who guided our group was dressed in period clothes and knew her syrup.  It was a very nice experience and was close to home.  Look for the freebies in your area, especially the ones that keep you outside for a few hours.
You can see my whole review on Trip Advisor.

I must confess.  We are Maple Syrup addicts in this house and go through it fast enough for me to have located an excellent supplier at a reasonable cost including shipping from Maine.  But I guess that would be a subject for Foodie Friday. Just in case you want to compare prices Hilltop Boilers 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Delaware Hues of Red

Red is everywhere.  The Howell Living History Farm was particularly willing to offer a good supply.  The big red barn made a good subject and this ole tractor was just waiting to be noticed.

Notice it, I did, and then I worked it till I took the last one which I think is my favorite. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Funday Howell Living History Farm

Last time I visited the Howell Farm was to get lost in the Corn Maize and that was years ago.
Went yesterday to watch Maple Tree Tapping and it was pretty neat.  Beautiful piece of property there.  Could not help but think what it must have been like to live off the land.  Tapping trees for syrup, housing bees for honey, sheering sheep for wool, and getting around on a horse drawn sleigh.