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BIG . . . BIGGER . . . BIGGEST October 12, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Humor.
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The Weekly Photo Challenge is Big.

This is BIG . . .

This is BIGGER . . .

This is BIGGER too . . .

This is BIGGEST . . .

Ever notice how BIG things often emphasize their BIGNESS by stretching their arms WIDE, WIDER, WIDEST . . . except, of course, when they don’t have arms at all?  😉

Aah . . . that’s better!

Thought to Ponder:  Life = a multitude of mundane moments, interspersed with a few glorious moments of revelry.  The secret to happiness . . . find joy in the mundane. Laugh at the absurdities of life.

It’s But An Illusion October 12, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, Music & Dance, Poetry, Word Play.
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Just what the truth is . . . I can’t say anymore.

What is real?
And what is illusion?

Breathe deep
The gathering gloom
Watch lights fade from every room

Cold hearted orb who rules the night
Removes the color from our sight
Red is gray and yellow is white

But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion

~ The Moody Blues

Quote to Ponder:  Just what you want to be you will be in the end.

Related posts:  Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ The illusion of reality

Cranberry Fool October 12, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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When I’m in the right frame of mind, I love to cook.

I tend to strike while the oven is hot without worrying overmuch about whether all necessary ingredients are in residence in sufficient quantities.

Often, they are not.

Wikipedia ~ Cranberry (in Public Domain)

That’s where the fun of cooking comes in . . . the art of making do with what we have where we are.  No shopping required.

Now, I will be the first to admit that you cannot make Apple Crisp without tossing apples into the mix.

But what if you have a few apples fast approaching their useful expiration date AND some cranberries that have out-stayed their welcome ~ might they pair well together?

Yes!  Apple Cranberry Crisp . . . a delicious fall dish.

As I peeled and sliced the apples, I realized I had no lemon juice in the house.  Not a drop.  Undeterred, I reached for the orange marmalade and coated the apples with a few tablespoons of the pectin laced preserves.

The marmalade worked its magic to keep the sliced apple from turning brown before heading into the oven.

While the Apple Cranberry Crisp baked, permeating the villa with delicious aromas, I pondered what to do with the other bag of cranberries that had been loitering about the freezer for far too long.

I decided to search the data banks over at Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide and found just the thing . . . Cranberry Sauce made in the oven!

I had most of the ingredients on hand in the correct quantity:

Cranberries ~ check
Sugar ~ check
Orange juice ~ check
Orange zest ~ check

Brandy ~ nope, not a drop of brandy to be found.
I know, I checked.

Call me a Cranberry Fool if you will . . . I substituted Maple Mist ~ a maple liqueur which is a more potent potable than its next-of-kin, maple syrup.

Best. Cranberry. Sauce. EVER.  Thanks, Greg!

The Apple Cranberry Crisp wasn’t half bad either . . . but it is half eaten:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related recipes:  Cranberry Fool (Taste of Home) * Cranberry Fool (Neo Homesteading) * Christmas Cranberry Fool (One Big Bite) ~ a “fool” is a dessert made by folding pureed fruit (here, cranberry sauce)  into whipped cream.