Yummy Nuttin’ of a Sweet Treat Recipe

This really is a nothing kind of recipe, something I would read and flip past. Yeah, sometimes I am a food snob. Really I am! I had this at a friend’s house and she very kindly wrote down for me.  Thank you Minou.

You can use the last of the summer peaches or the very first of the new crop of apples. I used peaches because they are so precious, I want to  see if I can’t just wring every bit of wonderfulness out of them I can before they disappear into that place socks go in the dryer.

So…not as elaborate as my own recipe, but very good and on a busy night, this makes a wonderful end to a thrown together grilled cheese and tomato soup kind of supper. Apple/Peach Dumplings. So easy my SamCat could fix it if he wasn’t so busy being a cat.

Here’s the recipe. Y’all think of me when you serve and folks go…dang! That’s good!  <grin>

Super Easy Apple/Peach Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples or similar size peaches, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
8 canned buttermilk biscuits or I prefer, canned “crescent” rolls
3 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Peel, core and slice the apples/peaches vertically into 8 slices each.. Squeeze the lemon into a bowl of water and add the apple/peach to keep from turning brown. In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup water, 3/4 cup of the sugar, the butter and vanilla. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil over medium heat. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers. For the “crescents”, separate into triangles, put the fruit slice in the center and seal roll around it and place sealed end down.  Wrap a biscuit layer around a slice of apple or peach, stretching the biscuit slightly to overlap, and seal on the bottom. Place the wrapped slices, sealed-side down, in a 9- by 12- by 2-inch casserole dish. Pour the hot sugar mixture over the apple/peaches slices. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the wrapped apples/peaches. Bake until golden brown, 35 minutes. Top wth vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. NOTE: if you can find mace, use in the place of nutmeg. It is the ground hull around the nutmeg and has a wonderful old fashioned, mellow aroma and flavor. I frequently use instead of nutmeg.  And a tiny splash of good bourbon doesn’t hurt any either, added to the sugar water.

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Wild Gold – tanka 短歌

coreopsis – sweet
delicate sister of the
sunflower she fills autumn
ditches with glory

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Kanzensakura’s Koi

kanzensakura:

Beautiful art on this page. I am reblogging this special piece because it was so kindly dedicated to me. I love koi and I love this artwork. So beautiful and serene. I’ve spent many a day lying beside a koi pond, gazing into the depths at them or feeding them bits of lettuce and melon. Koi to me are a beauty, and also a form of meditation with the lovely way they seem to float in the water. Please visit this website and discover wonders of art.

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I dedicate this painting to Kanzensakura who is swimming through life’s trials. I know she loves koi. May this image soothe you dear lady. http://kanzensakura.com/ – D.Moorezart

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Kanzensakura’s Koi – Original Art and Fine Art Prints available on request – Douglas Moorezart, copyright 2014

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Keeping the darkness at bay

“Let your light so shine before [all people], that they may see your good works and glorify God. “—Matthew 5:16

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”.  James Keller

How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“The Sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.” Alexandra Elle

Dark times, these. War everywhere, destruction by weather: drought, tornados, earthquakes – hunger, disease. That is the world view. Locally, the same. I stopped watching the news because I could not bear it anymore. “Bad news on the doorstep, I couldn’t take one more step…” (Don McLean, American Pie). It seems the darkness is taking us over. We often feel overwhelmed by the enormity of need, grief, hate, darkness. We seem to be too few and too weak to drive it back.

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

I have spoken before of your kindness to me. I think that I am not alone in my thoughts of kindness and light. We may not all believe in a Supreme Being, Savior, Prayer…but from what I have felt and known for awhile, we all believe in goodness and positivity. Your positive energy, love, kindness, prayers – given so freely, lifted the darkness of the abyss from my heart and from my mother’s heart.

If only one of us does an act of kindness, rescues someone/animal that is helpless, shares the light in their soul with one other person, then that darkness is driven away. I have almost 600 followers – I think of you all as points of light in this seemingly overwhelming darkness. That is a lot of light!!!

I think of Robin Williams who committed suicide by hanging himself. Man, that is one serious wish to die. Strangling and suffocating slowly is a hell of a horrible way to die. I wonder, with all the laughter he created, how he was unable to fight against the darkness, to ask someone to help him…Like him, many of us, including me, suffer from deep, chronic depression. Along the way, we either asked for help or was given help. We accepted that help. Damaged clay lanterns that we are, those cracks in us allow light out into the darkness. We in turn help others and share that light with others. And those others share the light and on and on and on.

I am convinced darkness will not win. I truly believe our light will hold darkness at bay, that it will light up the lives of others, that it will light up the dark skies of deepest night. Only one little star but how far its light travels and how brightly it shines! That is you my friend, that is you.

This video was sent to my by friend Beni. He encourages me with his faith and strength and his friendship. I do the same for him. I encourage others. He encourages others. Those others….you know the rest of this. You may not have a belief in a God, a Savior, prayers, but I know you all have a belief in goodness and light and kindness. This video, in one fell swoop, takes me back to the time a great love in life ended, the loss of a job, the finding out I had cancer and how my faith and hope was made stronger.  Many small and large acts of kindness drove away the darkness and fear.

I believed in God’s grace during the storm and darkness. You have read my post about that. I share this video with you all. Light up the sky – be the stars in the darkness. Be the guiding light, the giving light, the loving night, the steady light.

Blessings. The video is below the words to the song.

“Light Up The Sky”

When I’m feeling all alone
With so far to go
The signs are no where on this road
Guiding me home
When the night is closing in
Is falling on my skin
Oh God will You come close?

[Chorus]
Light light light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me You are with me
I I I can’t deny
No I can’t deny that You are right here with me
You’ve opened my eyes
So I can see You all around me
Light light light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me
That You are with me

When stars are hiding in the clouds
I don’t feel them shining
When I can’t see You beyond my doubt
The silver lining
When I’ve almost reached the end
Like a flood You’re rushing in
Your love is rushing in

[Chorus]

So I run straight into Your arms
You’re the bright and morning sun
To show Your love there’s nothing You won’t do

[Chorus]

That You are with me
That You are with me

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Catchin’ up is hard to do…

My dear friends, between life and adventures and hard times with my mother and studying for my licensure exam 09/06, I started taking small breaks to walk outside, check on my mom via phone, email/chat with a couple of my most excellent friends, and catch up on posts from folks I follow.

Well, I was able to go back, up to now, six days. Imagine my dismay when I realized all the likes I had put in on posts had all morphed to no status. The “liked” is now just “like”.

I apologize and can’t know what in the world happened. So at this point, I just wanted to post this. I went back six days and read and liked your posts and/or made comments. It won’t show but please know, I did this. I missed you all tremendously and enjoyed catching up. I am not enjoying seeing that “liked” disappeared.

I am going to be back posting and reading sporadically. Until my exam is over and until I get my mom moved from her nursing/rehab facility in Florida to her sister in TN, it will be sporadic.

Thank you all for your patience, kindness, comments, following during this chaotic time. You all are so good to me and I thank you. Again, thank you all for your prayers, kind thoughts, positive vibes, thoughts of light and comfort, kind words. I cannot say enough about this and how it helped/helps my mom and me.

You all are absotively the bestest!!!!!

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Communication

kanzensakura:

A beautiful piece this is. How very much we need to learn from dear Ani and to take the time to trust, know and listen to each other, to learn about each other. Please visit this website – you’ll be glad you did!

Originally posted on Daily Echo:

ani1Quite why Ani thinks I would really like a squashed spider I don’t know. Be that as it may, it is, with great care and delicacy, dropped on my lap. Perhaps she is working on the same principle that makes her alert me to the baby birds blown from the nest early each summer, or maybe she thinks I can fix it the way her other toys are magically restored with needle and thread when the stuffing ‘falls’ out. This one, sadly, is beyond my aid. Yet she keeps her nose glued to the lifeless creature as I take it out into the garden. Some things you just can’t fix.

AniFor all my questions about what moves her to do certain things, we understand each other pretty well, she and I, in spite of an obvious absence of a common language. Her various barks, rumbles and cries, though I can’t…

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Green Tea Smoothie 抹茶スムージー

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photo from Public Domain Images

It is still summer and still hotter than a load of jalapeno peppers and fireworks.  This is an easy peasy smoothie that is so good, cooling, and good for you too.  An excellent breakfast, a lunchtime pickup, or just to sit and sip in the shade while listening to summer winding down.

You can use almond, soy, coconut, or other milk.  Also if you use the other “milks”, using the ones with vanilla added is good as well. I like to play with this recipe. You can use an equivalent amount or mix of avocado and/or pineapple instead of or in addition to the banana. I like some pineapple along banana along with ginger. Make this smoothie your smoothieI like recipes with interchangeable parts to make something unique that tastes like just what I want.
 
You will need a blender, one of those bullet blenders, whatever that is similar in function. Matcha powder can be found in many specialty groceries such as Trader Joe’s or Asian market. It can also be ordered from an online source. You want pure matcha powder. Ceremonial grade is not necessary but be aware of what you are ordering. There are some sweetened or “smoothie” types available. You want the unsweetened, non-additive powder. You can also use the powder for baking or making ice cream. I have posted several recipes: Green Tea Cookies and Green Tea Ice Cream.

Green tea not only is good for you, it tastes good and is a lovely, happy green in color. You cannot grind green tea leaves to make matcha powder as the matcha is made by a different process.

Recipe
1 Banana (or assorted fruit, add a bit of fresh ginger if you use pineapple)
5 ice cubes
¾ to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or cow’s milk, coconut milk, etc)
1 tsp. matcha green tea powder

Put ice cubes and banana/fruit into blender. Add the “milk” of your choice. Add matcha powder. Blend until all ingredients are blended and smooth. Pour and enjoy!

 

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