Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A food post

This is a dish I made ages ago but never shared. 

I grabbed it off Pinterest but I forgot to look who pinned it.  When I tried to follow the link to the recipe site it didn't go anywhere, so I don't have any identification.  It had no instruction, other than one line below the ingredients list.


Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki

1 lb. chicken, sliced, cubed or however you like it
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup teriyaki or soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 minced garlic cloves

Add everything to the Crockpot and cooked on low for 8 hours.


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I made our dish a couple of months ago but after trying it the first time, felt it needed something. When I made it again I added three ribs of sliced celery, 4 sliced green onions and a small packet of dried Shitaki mushrooms.  I doubled the ingredients as I thought this would be a good meal to freeze any leftovers.  Gregg also wanted more liquid for the rice and I added extra chicken broth.



Monday, October 28, 2013

NATURE NOTES

A while ago when we were walking around the Norfolk Botanical Garden, we came across this unusual plant.  


If you ever find yourself in Norfolk (the one in Virginia, USA) and love gardens, we can both highly recommend this Garden.  We have been to many over the years, all wonderful places, and Norfolk is right up there as one of our favorites.  Their home page is here.  


As we got closer we noticed that the center of the plant looked like a huge pine cone and the closer still, we saw its tenant.


Steve over at Out On The Prairie - link here - identified this plant as a Cyad in the comment section, and said it is one of the oldest plants on the planet.  He also identified the insect as a Japanese Beetle.  Thanks Steve!



I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes which you will find here.  Thank you for hosting this lovely meme Michelle.  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Slow-Cooker Coconut and Green Curry Pork


It's been quite a while since I followed any recipes, but as we slowly settle back into a routine after all our traveling, and with the colder weather arriving, it is time to get the Crockpot out and cook some good old fashioned comfort food. 

We both enjoy Thai food and with that in mind I searched through some saved recipes and came across this one. I found the original at a blog called 'theKitchn' which you can find here. We went out for a while and came home to the most wonderful aroma.

Slow-Cooker Coconut and Green Curry Pork

One 2 - 3 lb. pork butt or pork shoulder
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lbs. small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into sixths
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 4 oz. can Thai green curry paste (Maesri is suggested in original recipe, which can be found at almost every Asian supermarket)
1 15 oz. can coconut milk
Chopped cilantro or chives for serving (optional)
Toasted unsweetened coconut for serving (optional)

Heat the broiler.  Cut pork into four pieces and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Place on a large baking sheet and broil, turning once, for 15 to 20 minutes or until well-browned.

Spread the cut potatoes in the insert of your crockpot.  Sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper.

While the pork is browning in the oven, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it is hot add the curry paste and fry for about three to five minutes, or until the paste smells aromatic and has begun to absorb the oil.  Whisk in the coconut milk and cook for another few minutes, or until the coconut milk begins to bubble.

Take the browned pork out of the oven and drain away any liquid fat.  Arrange the pork in the crockpot with the potatoes, and pour the hot green curry and coconut milk mixture over the top.

Cook for 6 to 8 hours on LOW.  At the end of the cooking time shred the pork with two forks.  It should be very easy to do.  (The sauce will be thin).

Taste and season if necessary with salt or soy sauce.  Serve with brown rice and small bowls of chopped cilantro or chives, and toasted unsweetened coconut. 

Now, what did we think of this recipe?  It was delicious!   

I did alter a couple of things, only because when I went up to our local supermarket, they didn't carry the green curry paste and only had the red.  I didn't feel like making a trek to another store to see if they had it but we were more than happy with the result.  I suggested to Gregg next time I make it, that we will go to an Asian market and find the suggested green curry paste, but he liked it the way it was and doesn't want me to change a thing. Personally I'd still like to try it with the green curry paste just to compare.

The last time I cooked potatoes in my crockpot, at the end of the eight hours even on high, the potatoes were still a bit hard.  With that in mind I par-boiled my potatoes for ten minutes, and they were a perfect consistency by the finishing time.  Just like microwaves, probably crockpot temperatures differ slightly also, though I am no expert.

Also, the only can of coconut milk I found measured a little under the 15 ozs., but it didn't seem to make a difference as there was still plenty of liquid.

I also did not use any unsweetened grated coconut.

I served slices of Mango on the side.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

TODAY'S FLOWERS #270



The link to Today's Flowers on the home page opens at 12.15 a.m. every Saturday, Eastern Time (US).  The old link will close the previous Thursday at 11.30 P.M.

To see beautiful blooms from around the world you can click here.


I have been home for over a week now and hoped to get back into the swing of things.  However, I have had a busy week and am having to take it slowly with Today's Flowers.  Consequently it will be another week before I resume my list of the previous week's participants.  I thank you for your continued patience and understanding.   Hopefully by next week I will have been able to get back to normal.


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These are photos I took while we were at Big Meadows along Skyline Drive a few weeks ago.  Beautiful wildflowers everywhere!
















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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.




TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise


If anyone would like to be a guest and share photos on our home page, details can be found at the top of Today's Flowers web site, which you will find here.


                     
As time allows I will be linking up with the following blogs.

Tina's Weekend Flowers which you can find here,

   

Mona's Floral Love here,

   Floral Love

and also Laura's I Heart Macro here.

Shine the Divine

Friday, October 25, 2013

CAMERA CRITTERS

A change of pace today, photos from our recent trip to Germany, but with a slight twist. I found a new app on my iPad that turns photographs into cartoons.  I will share the unaltered photos at a later date.

First of all, a very special little dog and precious member of the family.  We got to see him several times over our visit.



I found these two lovely carved wooden owls outside one of the many places we visited.


The following photos were taken in one of the local towns.  A very artistically painted cow standing in front of a shop......



a lady walking across the street with her dog....


and more dogs with their humans, a meeting place for the canine kind.



Thank you Misty for hosting one of my favorite memes, and please click here to visit other interesting critters from all over the world.

Camera Critters

Thursday, October 24, 2013

SKYWATCH FRIDAY

These are from a local favorite spot at Meadowlark Gardens.


There Is Another Sky
by Emily Dickinson

There is another sky,
Ever serene and fair,
And there is another sunshine,
Though it be darkness there;
Never mind faded forests, Austin,
Never mind silent fields -
Here is a little forest
Whose leaf is ever green;
Here is a brighter garden,
Where not a frost has been;
In its unfading flowers
I hear the bright bee hum:
Prithee, my brother,
Into my garden come!



My thanks to the SkyWatch Team for hosting this wonderful meme.
YogiSandy and Sylvia are our hosts at SkyWatch Friday.

Please click here to visit other sky watchers.


Happy SkyWatch Friday!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NATURE NOTES

My niece and her new husband, are the caretakers of three mountain sheep.  I have seen photos of them before and posted about them a while back.  



The area they live in is part of the Black Forest, and their new home is on a very steep hillside.  The previous owners of the house already had the resident sheep but asked if they would like to keep three.  They all win, they get their grass 'mowed' and the sheep have become much treasured pets.




My niece is very adept at coaxing them down the hill for us to get a closer look.  They have a couple of apple trees up there too.  Apples were a big help!




A few were tossed into the mix and then....




a little head-butting started.




The sound of those horns making contact reminded me of a National Geographic nature show.



Gregg took all of the close-ups.


Aren't those horns amazing?



The sheep have very sweet faces don't you think?  They are a father and two sons.



I took a video of them also.



I am linking with Michelle's Nature Notes this week.  Thank you for hosting Michelle, I enjoy this lovely meme very much.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I'm back!

We are now back home.  After all the celebrations around our niece's wedding and family members were heading for the airport to go home, Gregg and I found ourselves with time on our hands.  We drove into one of the towns about 20 miles away and while there, walked up a side street where we came across this cute little frog outside one of the shops.


This is the first of several posts from Germany.











"Like a frog, the aphorist waits for something to fly by that he can catch with his tongue."

~Mason Cooley~

Saturday, October 19, 2013

TODAY'S FLOWERS #269


The link to Today's Flowers on the home page opens at 12.15 a.m. every Saturday, Eastern Time (US).  The old link will close the previous Thursday at 11.30 P.M.

To see beautiful blooms from around the world you can click here.




Over the last two months we have been busy with personal vacations, family and friends.  It came in four chapters.  Chapter One, Gregg and I went away for five weeks on a road trip across the United States.  I still have photos to share from that trip.  Chapter Two, we had friends visiting from England.  Chapter Three my father-in-law's annual shipmate's reunion took place, the last one.  They have been having them for 40 years and it was one last hurrah to say goodbye to people we have all grown to love as family.  They came from every corner of the U.S.  And Chapter Four, a two week trip to Germany where we celebrated our niece's wedding.  She made a beautiful bride!  So, I have lots of photos to share that will probably take me through the winter.  Between Gregg and me we took a zillion photos.

I have been posting my Today's Flower's on our home page ahead of time, and also on my blog, visiting blogging friends when I can.  If I have missed you please forgive me as while I was away I had to put my laptop to sleep.  Even though we bought the conversion plugs for Germany, they still didn't fit into the receptacle.  I am going to let my telephone company know about that one as that's where we bought them from.

From here on I will be putting together the usual list of last week's participants.  Thank you for your patience and continued support of Today's Flowers.  I think you are all wonderful for sharing your many beautiful flowers from around the world.  It is a real pleasure to be a part of this meme.

Wishing you all a wonderful Autumn.

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My photos are again from the Norfolk Botanical Garden.







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Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli, Jr.




TF teamPupo - Sandy Carlson - Denise


If anyone would like to be a guest and share photos on our home page, details can be found at the top of Today's Flowers web site, which you will find here.


                     
As time allows I will be linking up with the following blogs.

Tina's Weekend Flowers which you can find here,

   

Mona's Floral Love here,

   Floral Love

and also Laura's I Heart Macro here.

Shine the Divine