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Thursday, August 29, 2019

apple dumplings~

after a very hot week, this morning we had a cool mountain breeze signaling the hint of fall in the air, and that means apples are ripe and reading for picking!
 
 
I could easily fill several wheelbarrows full of fresh sweet, tart, beautiful apples!
 
 
mary had a beautiful post about peach dumplings and mentioned it was perfect for apples too,
 
 
then I noticed pioneer womans apple recipe on pinterest...
 
 
what was I waiting for!
 
 
super simple, fast and easy...
 
 
and delish!
 
 
apple dumplings
 
preheat oven to 350
place in a greased 8x8 pan
bake for 40-45'
 
2 apples cut into 8 pieces
2 cans of crescent rolls
 
roll apples from the thick end and pinch sides closed and place in pan
 
melt
2/3 cup brown sugar
one cube of butter
cinnamon
and stir until thickens
 
remove from heat and add
vanilla 
 
smoother the apples with sauce then pour
1/2 can of ginger ale over pan and bake

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

puff pastry salmon with pesto

 
 
puff pastry salmon with pesto
 
preheat oven to 400
 
4 pieces of puff pastry
4 salmon filets
1/4 c sliced almonds
1/4 c pesto
2 tomatoes sliced
 
place puff pastry and salmon, making sure they do not touch, on silpat. sprinkle each salmon with a tablespoon of almonds and season with s&p.
 
bake for 10-15'
 
place puff pastry on plate
top with
 
T of pesto
2 slices of tomatoes
salmon
 
so simple and swimmingly delicious...
 

Monday, August 26, 2019

in the garden today~

its hot this week, back up to 100 degrees, perfect time to stroll with the dogs, snap some pics, pick some fruit and call it an early garden day...
 
 
the honeycrisps are the size of baseballs
 
 
started planting a red garden on the side of the casita. genie, my giraffe was very busy this year, she hosted bird nests in her head and a wasp nest in her back...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have hundreds of dragonflies, decided to move the bench under an oak so I could enjoy it from afar as I watched them flit about the rose garden...
 
 
 
 
 
the trees are filled with olives
 
 
my neighbors goats admiring the cooling view ...
 
 
I have never seen so many vultures in my life, called a committee, I counted 55 overhead, it was like a 747 flying over and blocking the sun. the group stayed a few weeks, its dropped back to a couple dozen this week. we live in fire country, this doesn't make me happy to see them sunning on the power poles, their wing span is almost 6', easy to hit both wires and spark a fire. at one point three were sharing this pole, I was out there barking and making screeching calls to scare them off, two left, this one laughed at me... being on the top of a steep hill they fly the thermals all day long, they swoop down to just feet above my backyard then soar all day long.
 
 
with the heat I lave learned to really appreciate the shade this avenue of silk trees offer, smothered in summer flowers it a haven for hummingbirds, the woodpeckers have a lovely nest at eye level as an extra bonus. I can hear the babies chattering 100 hundred feet away.
 
 
my property is surrounded with this irrigation ditch, just the sound and sight of water is cooling on a hot day...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
although it looks dry and dusty, its a riot of color in spring, I planted almost 1000 iris this summer, doubling what I had this spring.
 
 
 
you can spy some on the constant vultures in flight on the right