Dream On

Moar Gabe!

DSC_5508(1600x1200)Gabe has the benefit of plenty of hand-me-down doggie toys.  He was afire last evening, burning lots of puppy energy.  Hard to get a good cell phone picture when he’s bouncing around, I captured this with a DSLR and a bounced  remote flash slaved to the camera.

Peach Cream Cheese Braided Danish

20160721_132116(1600x1200)These things look like they are hard to make but they are really easy.  Easy if you use ready made puff pastry sheets, that is.  I had fun with Google’s image search, using “puff + pastry + peaches’ as search terms I found a picture that looked like what I was aiming for and followed the link to the page it appeared on.  There’s a nice video how-to and the ingredient list at the link.20160721_120235(1600x1200)The recipe used canned peaches but we had fresh to use.  Mrs J peeled and sliced the fresh peaches we bought yesterday and we cooked them in 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of Splemda.  They were ripe enough that they just got a brief simmer.  We cooled them before proceeding.20160721_120445(1600x1200)I wish I had taken this photo after the “braids” were cut, the recipe video goes into that.20160721_112618(1600x1200)Here is one ready for the egg wash and sugar sprinkles.20160721_112850(1600x1200)It’s ready for the oven!  We have a convection oven that tends to cut down on the listed cooking times, we left these in a 400 oven for 10 minutes, then turned them around for another 10.  We cooked the two pieces separately, one stayed in a minute too long.20160721_134737(1600x1200)Delicious!


Critter Cam – Turkeys

St. James Ballroom

Yay! Peaches Are In!

20160720_143814(1600x1200)We’re not wall to wall orchards like we were when I was a lad, but there are still several around.  These were grown by relative newcomers, they were not here when I was growing up but they’ve been around for at least 30 years.

Gadget Post – Bread Slicing Guide

20160720_132818(1600x1200)We’ve been using the bread machine practically non stop lately, baking loaves for BLT sammiches – because fresh baked bread is just the best.  I’ve had my eye on this slicing aid for a while now and finally coughed up the $30 bucks they wanted for it.  It works well enough, and folds away for storage in its own included bag.  I hang it on a hook.  The back plate slides in to hold it together, just butt the loaf against it and start slicing.  It fits either end so you have a choice of 1/2″ or 3/8″ slices.20160720_121420(1600x1200)

Sammich Pr0n

20160719_144302(1600x1200)Finally getting some of those big slicer tomatoes ripe in the garden.20160719_150023(1600x1200)

20160719_150553[1](1600x1200)I think these are the “Supersteak” variety, but they might well be “Beefsteaks”.  We have both, plus some “Cherokee Purples”, and some Romas, plus a stray cherry tomato of an uncertain variety.

It’s a dreadful day, heat and humidity off the charts, and a little pop-up shower that just added steam, like a bucket of water on the hot rocks in a sauna.

Bitsy Meets Gabe

DSC_5506 (1600x1200)Little Bit came over and watched Gabe sleep from a perch on Mrs J’s legs.  She was fine all the while he was napping but as soon as he woke and tried to touch noses she bailed.DSC_5507(1600x1200)



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