Monday, May 24, 2010

Lemon Dimples Cookies for a Smile on Your Face !!


Lemon Dimples Recipe 

I LOVE these sweet little lemony cookies!! They taste rather reminiscent of  the wonderful Lemon Meringue pie that my Mom taught me to bake years ago! And they are from Woman's Day Magazine. My Mom  and I used to read it together as I was learning to cook and bake.  And they are a cinch to make! I have posted a few pictures from my kitchen.  Enjoy!!  
By Woman's Day Kitchen from Woman's Day
March 3, 2009 .



1 1⁄2 sticks (3⁄4 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for dusting

1⁄4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp grated lemon zest

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 scant cup prepared lemon curd


PREPARATION

1. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla. On low speed, beat in baking powder, then flour, until incorporated. Cover; chill dough 1 hour. Place lemon curd into a small ziptop food-storage bag; seal bag. 

2. Heat oven to 350°F. You’ll need baking sheets lined with nonstick foil, liners or parchment. Shape scant tablespoonsful of dough into balls; place 2 in. apart on prepared sheets. With index finger, make a deep indentation in center of each. Snip a tiny corner of ziptop bag and pipe lemon curd into dough indentations to fill completely (about 1 tsp per cookie).

3. Bake 15 minutes or until cookie edges just begin to lightly brown. Cool completely on baking sheet on wire rack. Dust cookie edges with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Visiting My Wetland Neighbors

Now that warmer weather is here...I have started in on my daily walking routine. And there is always someting to see in our neighborhood, since we are nestled in the wetlands. They are lovely untouched natural areas that still serve as home to our wildlife neighbors.   

 


Our area is filled with lakes and ponds, everywhere you look. And on this particular walk I ran into a few 'neighbors ' who frequent our natural areas.  

This little gator guy, was so beautiful!
We had a little stare down.... but luckily, he must have been in a pretty mellow mood, hanging out in the pond, sunning himself.

Then I came across this little showboat..... dancing around one of the pond shores like she owns the place. A gorgeous multicolor Heron. She danced......

And danced! ...... Check out the rockett kick!! Broadway, here she comes!
Then she strutted herself up the bank......


Then a Rond de Jambe back to the water.....

and ended with a curtsy!


Then at another pond....

Another timid little gator......
Who came up for a closer look.....


And then went on his way..... Always something great to see in my neighborhood....
I'm so glad that walking season is back!! A great way to stay in shape and to stay  in touch with my wetlands friends..... :)  I hope that you are all enjoying the wildlife in your area.....

Monday, May 10, 2010

WildEarth

http://www.hornbyeagles.com/webcam.htm   .... The Eagles of Hornby Island are so darling! The Eagle cam shows Mama Eagle in her nest.....with one little 'fuzzy head' and one egg to be hatched.

Check out this link on http://www.wildearth.tv/     And there are many other webcam links to wildlife to check out at their website! Enjoy the beauty of nature.... :)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!


Happy Mother's Day!! I hope you have a truly lovely day with the people in your life who bring meaning to your Mother's Day...... Our children are the fruit of our love for life and each other, though they go on to grow in a garden of their own......  

The Prophet

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, and yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward, not tarries with yesterday.

- Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Our Beautiful Gulf / Learning What Lurks Beneath the Surface


I try not to get political on my blog. Although, I can say quite candidly, that I am a self professed political junkie. I follow the issues very closely and educate myself on the days' matters at hand. I'm neither Democrat nor Republican. Rather, I fancy myself an Independent thinking person. I care about what is going on in the world around me and I make it a point to stay aware of all of the issues that impact me. I do have very strong opinions, and I recognize and respect that others may have their own opinion as well.  

The big issue foremost in my mind these days is the tragedy unfolding in our beautiful Gulf of Mexico. So many questions, and so few answers unfortunately. Like how a company operates a rig and has only one mechanism in place to deal with safety compromise?  No plan B or C at the ready to avert tragedy? No measures in place to institute fast action to minimize the damage? They weren't held accountable to our country in terms of safety mechanisms before being allowed to drill? Why is a cap placed on the amount of monies payable by those at fault? Who foots the bill for the environmental and economic impact, once the cap is met?  It boggles my mind. ....Sorry, the shut off valve jammed, but don't worry, we'll have something else in place in about 90 days. I liken it to me, as a medical person, telling a patient with a gushing hemorrhage- Sorry the bandage didn't work for you..... but don't worry, we'll have other bandages shipped in soon. FAIL.
Or we'll go ahead and do surgery on you, but let's not worry if the surgeon knows what he is doing or has adequate malpractice insurance. Again-FAIL.
Or, we didn't think your loved one would cardiac arrest, so we didn't see the need to have a crash cart or rescue drugs on hand. FAIL.
My heart is really heavy at the thought of what is happening in that gulf and what will be happening for decades to come.

Meanwhile, consider the impact to our wildlife, our gorgeous birds, sea turtles, fish, shell fish, mammals...vegetation...   

The health and beauty of our water and the wildlife that call the gulf home, are being  imperiled.  Is there a need for energy sources? Hell yes. But this latest occurence, for me, totally underscores the need for us to develop other, less environmentally invasive means of energy. Time to put our time and money into research and development of safer, cleaner means of energy.  Time for less rhetoric and more action. Will that time come? It amazes me that there are those, in the face of a tragedy like this, who are still  interested in not dealing with the issues. That's a whole other matter...... One that I would LOVE to get in to..... but not here...... I'll only close with this.... If you gain nothing else from my blog.... Take the time to educate yourself about what is going on around you, about who is voting for what on your behalf and make yourself heard. Hold your elected officials accountable to what you believe to be right. Your opinion is important and it should count. 

 For more info. on the environmental impacts: Here is link to a file by US Fish and Wildlife Service....

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