Monday, September 30, 2019

wild weather weekend in the garden

fall arrived with a bang and boom this weekend, like I have never seen in my lifetime! I look out over a vast valley, with tornado warnings and fierce hail downpours, I had a scenic view from quasi afar for hours and hours. I have never seen such huge thunderbolts strike the ground, not the thin spiders that dance in the sky, but the HUGE bolts that only zeus and supper heroes thrust. I wont lie, I was terrified if those bolts were heading our way, since we sit on a mountain top, but thankfully we skirted a direct hit. I have never heard thunder rumble for so long either, full minutes, like a wild animal growling just out our door unabated...

between down pours we worked in the rose garden laying our paver pathways. at our age, this will be a very long process, just one of the largest stones weighs 48 pounds, exhausting to old muscles! (what muscles, I have none, this all falls on my husband!) the salesman warned us how big and heavy they were, I think he was trying to be kind to us, perhaps we should have heeded!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

balsamic salmon

balsamic salmon
1/4 c balsamic
1/4 olive oil
1 T Dijon
2 T honey
3 T fresh thyme
marinate salmon in baggie for 30'
bake at 375 for 10-15', depending on thickness
I think an extra bit of balsamic glaze after baking would be a good thing~

Friday, September 27, 2019

salmon dill kabobs

salmon dill kabobs
salmon cut in 1" cubes
olive oil
toasted sesame oil
sesame seeds
thread on skewers with lemon slices
bake at 400 for 8'
flip over and bake for 4'
lemon juice
diced red onion
fresh dill
drizzle over salmon
enjoy as an appetizer
or a light meal

Thursday, September 26, 2019

a happy birthday and anniversary

it was a gorgeous day at the lake...
I grew up at Tahoe, we were married at Tahoe, obviously the lake holds 1000s of memories for me, but I was eager to visit the newly opened bike and walking path.
it truly is an engineering marvel, allowing bikes and people to stroll along and over the waters edge for a couple of miles. my youth was spent on these hidden rocks and beaches, now this whole stretch has been opened to the public. I used to bike out here, it was so dangerous 50 years ago, i think its still dangerous with all the pedestrians sharing the path, but at least you won't get hit by a car!
the attention to details are superb...
lots of benches and turn outs to enjoy the prettiest lake in the country
this hidden beach was my youth, a naked beach in its day due to being so inaccessible, its now a family friendly beach with easy walking access. our high school principal used to sit up on the road with the sheriff and a bull horn calling all incline high school students return to school immediately. they never came down, and we never went up! he used to do the same thing at incline ski resort, he would stand at the chairlift and round us all up in winter... when you live in such a gorgeous area the temptations to play were just to great~
the path was filled with dogs, kids, families, seniors, tourists and locals, this nearly brought me tears, placed in front of a long bridge...
the bike path had so many great touches, from places to rest your bike while you wandered down the rocks to the water
to the cutest fix it station i have ever seen...
from air to every kind of tool your bike may need
it was a glorious birthday for my husband, plus our 25th wedding anniversary, although we have officially been living together for 35 years
i found this picture of us, just a week after we got engaged, we sure have come a long way, thank you for such a beautiful life together~

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

ginger peach pie~

I am not a peach eater, I cannot touch the fuzz, its like nails on a chalkboard, it gives me the willies and chills. I found these gorgeous white nectarines at the store, it wasn't until I got home that I noticed the box said white peaches... white peaches, where is the fuzz? not as sweet as nectarines, they still were darn tasty! and most important of all, I was able to touch them! for the first time in my life I could make a peach pie...


your favorite crust
about a dozen peaches sliced
4 T fresh ginger
brown sugar
lemon juice
1/4 c cornstarch
1/2 t cinnamon
bake at 375 for 80'