Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Foodie Post - Key Lime Dessert with Raspberry Sauce

Key Lime Dessert with Raspberry Sauce Recipe

This looks like the recipe identical to the dessert that friend Kathy made for our last get-together not so long ago. I invited everyone over for lunch and we went the potluck route where they brought something to share. She is going to give me her recipe but I was curious and thought I would go ahead and take a look as Kathy said she had found it on-line. I typed in basic ingredients and methods, and it wasn’t long before this one popped up. It originated at the Pillsbury site and I am 100 percent certain that this is the one. You can find it here.

The photo is taken of one of the portions she served up. It was worth going off my daily calorie counting routine this one time, it was delicious. Thanks Kathy!

INGREDIENTS

Filling

2 (3-oz.) pkg. lime flavor gelatin

2 cups boiling water

1 cup Key lime juice

2 (14-oz.) cans sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

1 pint (2 cups) whipping cream

Crust

45 graham cracker squares

2 tablespoons Key lime juice

2 tablespoons water

Raspberry Sauce

1 (18-oz.) jar (1 1/2 cups) seedless raspberry jam

2 tablespoons water

Garnish, if desired

Fresh raspberries

Grated lime peel or fresh mint leaves

DIRECTIONS

1. In very large bowl, combine gelatin and boiling water; stir 2 to 3 minutes or until dissolved. Add 1 cup lime juice and the sweetened condensed milk; beat with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Set aside.

2. In medium bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into gelatin mixture just until combined.

3. Grease 13x9-inch pan. Arrange 5 cracker squares down length of greased pan; repeat forming 2 additional rows and using a total of 15 cracker squares to cover bottom of pan. Set aside.

4. In small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lime juice and 2 tablespoons water. Brush juice mixture onto each cracker square in pan just until moistened. Carefully pour 3 1/3 cups filling over cracker crust; spread evenly. Repeat cracker and filling layers 2 times. Gently tap pan on hard surface and push down any crackers that are close to surface. Cover with foil; refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

5. Meanwhile, in medium microwave-safe bowl, mix jam and 2 tablespoons water. Microwave on Medium for about 30 seconds or until jam is melted, stirring twice. Cover; refrigerate until serving time.

6. Cut dessert into squares. Spoon 1 tablespoon raspberry sauce onto each individual dessert plate. Place dessert squares on plates. Garnish with raspberries and lime peel. Store in refrigerator.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

TODAY'S FLOWERS # 149

Clematis Empress
Grows 1 to 2 feet in moist soil
Full sun to partial shade
Summer to Fall

This one looks like a Peony Green Lotus but I am not 100 percent certain as there was no identifying marker nearby - medium height, 28 inches, 4 to 5 inch blooms

Hollyhocks - Althaea sylvestris - Zebrina - to 30 inches, white-purple flowers. Blooms in summer. Butterfly Nectar Plant.

Allium - Allium aflatunense


Daisy Fleabane
Erigeron strigosus
Grows in meadows during the Spring and Fall.


I can't bring the name of this one to mind, though I feel I should know what it is.

Or this one either.
Added note: I've added a few names of the flowers.
TODAY’S FLOWER’S was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli Jr.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A special anniversary

It is our son and daughter-in-law's second wedding anniversary today. It seems only yesterday that we saw them get married.

Lisa and Brad, Happy Anniversary!
We Love You!

Two more photos from our get-together with Diane and Bill

These are two more photos with Diane and Bill from the restaurant in Georgetown. I realized just now that there were still a couple of shots in the camera that Gregg had. Gregg was included in the one below I am happy to say, thanks to a nice gentleman who offered to take our photo.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Our big day yesterday, meeting up with blogging friends Diane and Bill

It was a very happy day for us when we found out that Diane and Bill, our blogging friends from Adventures before Dementia and Bill's Ponderings would be visiting Washington DC. When Diane called me so that we could arrange to meet, Gregg and I were absolutely delighted.

They were everything we expected them to be, a very warm and friendly couple whom we took to straight away, and by the time we left we felt like we were saying goodbye to old friends.

Here they are at a restaurant in Georgetown with a good view of all the activity on the Potomac River.

After lunch we took a quick tour up to The Supreme Court (above) and the Capitol Building (below).
These are the lovely souvenir's they gave us from Australia, a great memento of our time together and we will treasure them, thank you Diane and Bill.

So Dear Friends, happy traveling and we will check in each day to see where you are along your journey. Thanks for such a great time and we won't say goodbye but will say until we meet again.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A thank you for all those postcards you sent.

A few weeks ago I posted a request for postcards for my Step-brother-in-law Ken who was organizing a geography project for children at his library. I thought you would like to see the thank you he posted on Facebook. I would also like to say a big thank from me to everyone who was able to participate. So, THANK YOU for making Ken's project such a great success.

And now from Ken:

"Thanks to all who sent postcards for my library program! It was very successful with 47 kids. We pinned the cards in place on a HUGE wall map. I got cards from 20 US states & 21 countries. A special thanks to my step-sister-in-law Denise. She posted my plea on her blog and her friends responded in droves! In total, I received 350 cards for the event. A good time was had by all thanks to the kindness of all of you!"

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A walk through the woods....

This is the last post from Huntley Meadows, at least until we go next time.

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods."

~a line from Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage~

"Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise."

~George Washington Carver~

Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.

~ Ancient Indian Proverb ~

"The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old."

~Plants and Botany Trivia~

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

~Greek Proverb~

If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in the water.

~Loren Eisley~

"Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own, and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.

~John Muir~

"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
An eternity in an hour."

~William Blake~
"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man."

~Author Unknown~

"Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do."

~Michel de Montaigne ~

French Philosopher and Writer (1533-1592)

"If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys."

~Chief Dan George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, British Columbia, Canada~

"Thank God they cannot cut down the clouds!"

~Henry David Thoreau~

"As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees."

~Valerie Andrews~
A Passion for this Earth

"Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them."

~The Audubon Nature Preschool~

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Huntley Meadows along the Boardwalk

These photos show the boardwalk part of our walk. This is a great place for seeing wildlife. Today we saw birds, frogs, dragonflies, turtles and a brief sighting of a beaver swimming in the water. I watched as he climbed out and disappeared in the undergrowth.

Look how calm, cool and collected Gregg is. It was HOT! As I have mentioned before Gregg was born in Virginia and grew up here, hence he likes it and the hotter the better. I know he would feel equally at home in the tropics.

This is the kind of wildlife you could see here. Every time we visit we spot something different.

If you enlarge the picture below you can just - maybe - make out that beaver's trace as he swims through the water (top left) and the one below it as he exits. The large photo shows a good diagram of the inside of a beaver lodge.

This is a swamp rose.....
and I think this is Water Hemlock but if you disagree please feel free to let me know, I am still in my learning curve.
A black swallowtail butterfly and the plant/flower was identified by Steve as a Buttonbush. Thanks again Steve.
And because I love them so much, more photos of the Red-Winged Blackbird.


This was a very nice young man carrying his camera and a tripod, who stopped and chatted with us for a while. We talked about birds.
Lots of dragonflies around and I don't know enough about them to identify.


The boardwalk.
Below a double-decker overlook with a great view of the wetlands. It's a place to sit for a while with an overhanging tree that gives you a lot of shade.

We are getting closer to the wood trail here.
More photos of frogs, they were all over the place and were very loud. They were fun to listen to. We tried to guess where they might be hiding but it was difficult. I was grateful for the ones in full view.


A young family of ducks doing what ducks love to do, quack, dive, eat....
and all the turtles sunning themselves on logs.
I liked how this one outstretched its back foot.
The last time we came here the wetlands were pretty dry but with all the rain we've had lately, no problems there.
This is one of Gregg's favorite spots....
and this is mine. By the time we have made our way this far along the boardwalk I am feeling the humidity, and glad for the shade of the trees and a bench to sit on for a few minutes. I truly love the wooden boardwalk with all its activity, fun also to watch the little kids with their parents, good to see them being exposed to the outdoors and to nature at such an early age.

Once we left the water behind us we had the woods all to ourselves. Most people turn back and backtrack to the parking lot which is the shortest route, and when you have hot, tired and thirsty kids it is a good way to go. We continue around the loop which takes us through the trees and we didn't pass one person until we finally neared the visitors' center. We loved the solitude and peacefulness around us and it was a great ending to our walk. I'll be posting those pictures in my next post.