Sunday, October 25, 2009

Gone Missing...The Sun

Do you ever feel like we are living in Seattle or Portland with these relentless days of clouds and no sun? I decided to find a picture of one of my favorite sunny places and post it as another day brightener for you to enjoy.
Awhile back I wrote a blog:Why Fairies Do Not Like Rainy Days. One of the readers brought to my attention that just because fairies do not like to get wet doesn't mean they can't enjoy some indoor time being productive. Perhaps they use their skills to mend socks to take to the sock bank or create leg warmers, arm warmers, headbands and other sock accessories. This way any coins they earn from the sock bank can be saved up so they can go to Bureau of Missing Socks. It is here that anyone can buy, trade and sell on the sock exchange. If you go to click on one of the drawers that says: Rare and Strange Socks. Also just for fun click on drawer Dr Coconuts. You can listen to new hit single I Lost My Sock.
I had expected that the trip back to Northwoods would be disappointing in terms of lack of color and leaves on the trees. But the Tamaracks were at their showy best in vibrant golden yellows. Many trees are trying their best to hold on to their colored leaves despite the rain and wind. The road though caked in mud, provided some leaf fossil surprises. I am posting some of my recent snapshots.
For any readers out there who like to write children's books I came across two interesting websites filled with helpful information.
The Purple Crayon website
Write4Kids website
This past weekend I made chili and homemade caramel sauce with apples. The chili recipe can be found on one of my earlier blogs.
Caramel Sauce
Bring to a simmer and boil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
Whisk in and cool
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Stir in
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Bring sugar, water, lemon juice and salt to a simmer in saucepan.
  • When bubbles form, cover and boil 3 minutes. Uncover and boil until mixture turns the color of iced tea, 5-6 minutes
  • Whisk in cream, brown sugar, cinnamon, reduce heat to low simmer 2 minutes
  • Cool to room temperature
  • Serve with apple chunks that are more on the tart side such as Haralson
adapted from Cuisine at Home magazine October 2005

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