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Friday, December 30, 2016

A feast for New Year's Eve


 Will Lobster Thermidor do?


Recipe follows.





They arrived from Maine
(with instructions)





It is cold outside 




But my kitchen is warm and the cooktop is busy.




Two large Main Lobsters.  More than enough for two.  




Wishing you a New Year of Health and Happiness. 

Gina 

Recipe

Drop  lobster into boiling, salted  water
add a few lemon slices. Cook for 5 minutes 
reduce to simmer and cook for another 15 minutes
Remove lobster meat.

In frying pan stir 2tsp of flour into 2 tsp butter
add lobster meat. 
add 1/4 cup of heavy cream and 1/4 cup of stock
Simmer for 10 minutes.  Season to taste. 
Remove Lobster from Pan, set aside.

Bread topping
In pan add 1 Tb of dry Sherry or Stock and 3 Tb of butter
and 1 and 1/2 cups  of shredded white bread. 
Cook until all butter is absorbed. 

Fill Lobster shells with lobster mixture,
 top with bread mixture and 
brown under broiler. 

Note: Save Lobster tail shells in Freezer for next Lobster Thermidor dinner.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas



I wish for you health and happiness.


May the beauty of Christmas fill your heart today and always. 

A grateful Thank You to you for your visits.

Gina 
  

Friday, December 23, 2016

Almost Christmas




It's me, Pasha.



May your Heart glow with the magic of Christmas.

Gina 

Monday, December 19, 2016

I'm celebrating, it snowed.



Now it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I'm sharing a few of my favorites. 



























  













































































































I'm celebrating.  Are You?

Gina



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Have you ever wanted to be an Artist?



Yes?  Then here is how.


I know that some of you, dear Readers, have set aside a few clear glass balls. 




If not, then get yourself to the Craft Store.  
This is the only time of year that they are available.





While there, pick up a few acrylic paints, 
don't forget white. 
Simple instructions here:

http://ginaceramics.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-of-kind.html






They make great Christmas presents. 




Also pretty in a glass jar.





Practice on wooden hearts. 
(from the craft store)

They come in handy when wrapping presents




Hand painted glass ornaments are so pretty on a Christmas tree. 
They harmonize beautifully with your older and cherished 
 decorations. 

Have fun painting. Invite a few friends and have a party, 

Gina


Friday, December 9, 2016

Waiting in anticipation.




 Will they open before Christmas? 


My Delft crocus pots are standing by, 
now holding roses.





Roses only lasted a week





In the meantime I planted crocus bulbs. 
They are beginning to show in my greenhouse. 

(I know a couple of nasturtium seeds found their way amongst the crocus).





When crocuses begin to bloom I will transplant them. 




I wonder which group will bloom first.  
It's a test.  This group is trying to grow inside where it is warm.  

They are  supposed to be grown in the dark and at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  

We will see.




This type of container is perfect for table decorations.  

They are compact and small, yet hold a lot of pretty cut flowers. 

(Don't you just hate tall arrangements on the dinner table?
Who wants to play peek-a-boo with other guests).


Have a wonderful weekend and please make it snow at my house.

Gina


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Getting ready for Christmas.



Christmas is just around the corner

Are you getting ready?







Are you like me?






You bring out the old and make them look new. 

Happy planning, 

Gina 


Monday, November 28, 2016

Come along with me



and visit my backyard.

We began our Journey from Spring City, our home in Central Utah,
heading south. 





Our first stop, 2 hours down the street.  Capitol Reef National Park.






Nearby is the historic town of Fruita (1883-1941)
The residents of Fruita planted many fruit and nut trees. 
Over 3,000 fruit trees are still producing heirloom fruits. 

The public is welcome to pick during the fruit harvest from June through September. 


  



Our next stop is Goblin Valley State Park, central Utah.





Can you see the little Goblins?






 Heading south after staying overnight in Hanksville. 
Try not to stay there.  
The wind was howling and ripped at our roof.  
The noise made it impossible to sleep.  

Our little Lucy hid under the bed covers.  




Heading south toward Monument Valley.  
We are leaving the "Valley of the Gods" for another time.
I hear it's beautiful. 

Just before the Valley of the Gods you will have the adventure of a lifetime.

You will be introduced to the most treacherous road you have ever been on.  But Oh how breathtaking.  Once begun you can not turn around.  

It's the dreaded "Moki Dugway 3 miles gravel switchbacks"





If you have survived Moki (there is an alternate route) you have an easy drive to Monument Valley. 

You might recall that 12 western movies (5 movies with John Wayne alone) were shot in Monument Valley.The last movie was shot in 2008.
  






Straddling the Utah/Arizona border you will find the amazingly beautiful Monument Valley and the 
home of the proud Navajo Indian Nation. 





We stayed at the historic Goulding's Lodge.

From here you can take many tours all guided by Native Americans.  






3rd morning, heading back home.





 We stopped in at the Bluff Fort Museum in Bluff, Utah. 






The sign reads "Wagons donated from Germany",
 would like to know the rest of the story.  





Cabin of the Blacksmith. 

I'm not so sure about that.  
I think that it would have gone up in flames on the very first day.  





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Still going north we headed for Moab and the La Quinta. 
A dog friendly hotel where you will meet the nicest people. 


Moab has changed.  
Here are some adventures you can participate in: River rafting, Hummer safaris, Mountain Biking, Sunset Tours, hiking Tours, Zipline and Ropes, Flights, Horseback, Jetboat, Jeep Rentals AND

Tango Lessons. 



This morning we are heading home.  200 miles to go, 
 the first 160 miles with no services.  Better gas up.


Happy Trails to you.  

Gina