The Indigo Buntings are back to lend another point of color. It contrasts nicely with the crimson red Cardinals.

Sammich, Soup, and Salad – a good combo for a late lunch. I wanted try try out some noodles I picked up at the International Grocery the other day. They were not very good in a long simmer because they wanted to get all mushy. Not a candidate for leftovers.

I call this chicken pot pie but that isn’t really correct. It’s a butter pan biscuit baked apart from the creamy chicken veggie mixture. I noticed that some are calling them butter swim biscuits. A correct and amusing description of the recipe.

The trees and scrub brush in the gully have leafed out pretty well. They lend an aquarium feel to some of these pictures, at least they seem that way to me. That’s a tree remora on the left.

I made meatballs and simmered them for a good while in a tomato sauce. I was aiming for the penne to go with them , got sidetracked into tossing the penne with a garlic butter/parsley sauce, and served them both up like I meant to do it that way all along.

We have plenty of rose-breasted grosbeaks at the moment. The one on the right is an immature male.

“The right to keep a bear in arms shall not be infringed!” An older photo from Mrs J’s volunteer days at a local shelter.*

* not an actual bear