Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday......nearly.

We donated a 50 kg bag of rice to a family in Cambodia.
(And we're putting together some treats and toys for the local animal shelter.)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Bird of the Year....

It narrowly beat  the White Ibis.--second place.
(Thought to have got the sympathy vote as they are annoying scavengers. )

It out-polled the Kookaburra in third place.

Coming in first as Bird of the Year.......

The Magpie.
 We think our three must have heard the news.
Alfalfa (has a small feather that stands up on the back of his head)

Hoppy--he is beginning to use his left foot.  If you look carefully,
there is a bump on his left leg.

Feathers--the back of his neck is white with a black/grey patch.
They give us imperious looks.

(Hoppy is retaking his place as boss now that his leg is healing.  Alfalfa is stepping aside
and Feathers has always been last.  The black-grey neck feathers may indicate he is younger.)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Who knew?

...........that barking at cats
 At 5 a.m. could be construed as Naughty!

We certainly didn't...

Friday, December 1, 2017


That means the River with all our friends.
We've looked forward to it all week.

Look what happened.

We've been inside all day.  UNFAIR!
Maybe tomorrow....

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tasty Tuesday


Do you see chicken, duck and garden vegetables?
Lost in Transformation.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Shopping Around the World...

We're crashing the shopping around the world segment.

But it's a potato.  Who doesn't have a favourite potato recipe?

Ours is a knock-off of a knock-off of Zuppe Toscana.
Now, the REAL recipe calls for bacon, cream and kale.
Having grown up in Virginia, the word kale
brings  back images of a black-green glob of sludge--ugh--
on the school lunch plate.  So kale is definitely OUT,
and so are bacon and cream.

Basically, it has Italian sausages....which flavours the highly spiced are recommended.
celery stick
olive oil
chicken stock...or vegetable if that's what SHE grabs
Bok choi, or chinese cabbage, or regular cabbage
in place of the K ingredient.
 Chop the onion, celery and stems of bok choi. 
Saute in olive oil until sausage browned.
 Chop potatoes into bite-size pieces, add, and cover with stock
or water (in our case) with the right amount of stock powder.
You can add some pepper at this point, but be careful of salt if using stock powder or cubes.
Simmer until potatoes are cooked.

Chop up the K substitute, place in bowl. 
The hot soup will wilt it.
Add some milk (or cream), salt and pepper to taste
and enjoy.
Now, the cost is difficult as most of the ingredients we
have in the cupboard and use very minute amounts.
Sausages  $1 each (used three)
Potatoes $1 for two
Onion $.75
Celery $.10
Bok choi $1.25
Stock powder $.10
Makes about 3 bowls AUD$6.20
Canadian $6.01
As the saying goes 'You are what you eat.'
so that makes HER, fast, easy and cheap!