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Day 88 photo- Food

Dried fruit: apricots and apples. This was my morning snack this morning along with some peanuts and hazelnuts.

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Day 87 photo- Food

Grilled Artichoke

Make the sauce:

  • 1.5 cups olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • salt and pepper
  • minced garlic

Cut the artichokes in half. Steam in a pot with an inch of water on the bottom for 15 minutes. They should end up pretty tender, but not quite done.

Take them out of the pot and brush them with the oil mixture.

Place on the BBQ and grill it for about 12 minutes.

Serve with the sauce for dipping.

I don’t cut the fuzzy middle part out before cooking. After they’re cooked it’s really soft so easy to scoop out before eating.


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Day 86 photo- pizza

I’ve been without a theme for photos this week, so feel a bit scattered. I really like having a theme to give me some direction.  I seem to be taking pictures of food a lot lately, so I think I’ll declare Food as my theme again for photos.

Last night made homemade pizza.

I split the recipe in half. I’ve found the full recipe will make 4 pizzas or 2 super giant-sized pizzeria-size pizzas.

  • 4 cups flour + more
  • 2 yeast packs
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix the water, oil, and salt in a small bowl.

Pour the flour in a larger bowl and create a well in the center.

Add yeast to the well, and half the water mixture.

Mix flour until well mixed, then add the rest of the water and continue mixing.

Add more flour as needed until it creates a dough. Knead until smooth.

Let rise 1 hour until doubled in size.

Punch down and separate into 4 balls (because the recipe makes 4 pizzas).

The 1 ball you want to use, let rise again 1 hour until doubled in size.

Roll out and put your toppings on.

Bake pizza at 425 for about 20-25 minutes.


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Day 85 photo

Last night I went to the gym at the Community Center. It’s free on Fridays. I was using the treadmill, looking out the window. They have odd, random stained glass decorations over all the windows. This is the one I stared out during my treadmill workout. I liked the round circles. At first I thought they were just abstract circles, maybe snowflakes, etc. It wasn’t until somewhere in the middle of my workout that I realized it was people.

Looking at the photo of it now, it’s super obvious as people, but up close in an odd treadmill-induced-stare it was obvious to me at all.


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Smith & Bybee Lakes 04.24.12

I haven’t been out to Smith and Bybee Lakes since beginning of March. Honestly I’ve been trying to get out there the whole month of April but this month somehow slipped past me in a whirlwind.  I feel like since it’s been so long I’ve missed a critical transition from Winter to Spring. It would have really been nice to have captured some pictures from about 3-4 weeks ago.

It was 56 degrees out, overcast and gray, no rain. The weather basically has gone back to “normal” after 3 days of 80 degree summerish weather.

All plant life was bountiful with new green growth. Its really starting to fill in. The last several times I went out was so wintery with all trees bare.  The water level was amazingly high. I feel like each time I go out there I’m saying it was higher than the last time. It is true. I now wish I had had the forethought to mark the path down to Smith Lake somehow so I’d have some way to measure the water level.  Today the water level flooded most of the path to Smith Lake.  So just a picture of the flooded path today, no picture of the actual Smith Lake.

The Yellow-rumped Warblers and House Finches were the most plentiful today. The forest was absolutely filled with them. You couldn’t look anywhere without seeing ten in one spot.  I saw one adult bald eagle soar in a circle, but a juvenile sat perched for me so I could get a photo. I also spotted a Towhee up in a tree. I had never seen one perched in a tree before; they are always on the ground.  Some highlights for me today: was three Yellow Warblers- they were so bright and cheery in an otherwise overcast and gray day, and also a Tree Swallow that had trouble catching its lunch so went to the ground to tackle it.

Species list for today:

  • House Finch
  • Tree Swallow
  • Crow
  • Coot
  • Mourning Dove
  • Bewicks Wren
  • Brewers Blackbird
  • Red winged Blackbird
  • Robin
  • Canada Goose
  • Banana slug (is that even what they’re really called? or is that just what kids call them??)
  • Song Sparrows
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Bald Eagle adult
  • Bald Eagle juvenile
  • Yellow Rumped Warbler
  • Red Tailed Hawk
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Wren
  • heard a zillions frogs like mad in the grasses by Bybee Lake
  • Osprey- also have an active nest just on the other side of the bridge to the entrance
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Hairy Woodpecker