Thursday, February 28, 2013

Poppyseed Bread...

When I go to markets... I see the poppyseed bread and always want a loaf...
Well I decided to try to make it. So I looked on the internet and found myself a recipe....
Orange zest... yummm... I never use to like it but now love zested oranges (and lemons!)

Recipes often call for instant yeast...but no matter what the recipe calls for I still like the regular yeast that you have to let rise.....just seems to work better for me...
 I love my Bosch... it takes all the 'work' out of making bread!!
Some of the recipes called for canned poppy seed filling...some gave you a recipe to make your own...and you were to grind the poppyseeds...the recipe I found said just to use poppyseeds in the filling recipe...(This was sooo yummy!)

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It turned out yummy.... Better than the ones I have bought at markets...but I think I will try a few more recipes before settling on the one I love!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

This and That......Around Yuma

Lots and lots of fresh grapefruit and orange juice!!
 Oodles of canals to bike...West and East Wetlands to explore...
Colorado River
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My project...

I have been wanting to get rid of this table that was in our trailer when we bought it.. it's one of those things that I haven't gotten around to....so we have been using it for our coffee table.
I mentioned that I needed to replace it to middler when she was here...
and the comment I got was...'get rid of it' you can paint it'.
(On a side note....some may like to paint... I DO NOT like to paint!)

Now.... I never took a picture of this table ...before I started the project...
but here is the table in one of my old pictures from a year and a half ago.

So I was given some ideas.....regarding the table....and
 I primed and I painted it...
Middler drew a design for me and showed me what to do...
Well... I don't have much patience for painting... I just want it done ...so considering that...
Well it turned out.... hmm okay I guess...
 I know longer feel the need to replace  it so I guess it worked...

Thankful Tuesday...

Thankful for hubby my best friend...he celebrates his birthday today..we are not together for his birthday...the first time in our 40 years together...but is not the day that counts...every day we are together is what counts.
Christmas 2012
Thankful that tomorrow hubby get to leave the north
and join me in the south!!
Yuma March 2012
I'm thankful for the freedom of having a winter 'home' in the U.S.A.
Alone Sunday Bike Ride March 2013
 So winter can be spent doing the things we love to do....
Living and playing outside!
Happy Birthday Honey!! 

In daily life we must see that it is not 
happiness that makes us grateful
but gratefulness that makes us happy.
Brother David Steindl-Rast


Monday, February 18, 2013

Swap Meet Finds

Yuma has it's share of markets! The swap meet is a market where you can find all sorts of 'stuff'...new stuff and old stuff.
Well personally I would of never thought of even looking at these signs...let alone buying them.
But when you enjoy making signs... and you can get all this wood...and a framed piece to boot... for $4.00, apparently you buy it...
 The wood was primed...
 Painted
 I had wanted a sign by my hummingbird feeder... and look at this!

 Another corner of my patio decorated...

 It didn't take long for patrons to come... don't know if you can see it...but the wasps came too.
Is there a way to get rid of unwanted guests?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thirteen years...

 The sad part of being south...
is missing birthdays....as well as missing all the kids and grandkids!

Hope you have a wonderful day!!
I'm still not sure your 13:)))
Where does the time go?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Date

Well this was the first Valentine's that I have spent away from hubby in 40 years....
About 1900 miles away from him....

But at times like this Technology is great!!! we had coffee together...for an hour!!!



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Date Farms


 You can't visit Yuma without a drive to California...to enjoy the dates farms...So I took Middler for an afternoon drive.
 Thru this farming countryside..

We visited two date farms...and enjoyed date shakes...
I hate to say this...but we enjoyed the shakes soo much they were gone before I realized I wanted a picture...
And....we couldn't resist the  chocolate covered date filled with pecans! We didn't need supper that night!
 It was a beautiful scenic drive!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lemonade any One?

I had a thought when I knew Middler would be coming south with me.

Hubby and I have a little patio that needs some sprucing up!
Middler has a knack for ideas... I had suggested a sign would be great for the patio...
She came up with an idea...and has been working on it this week on it!

So what do you think?
Middller loves being creative.... check out her blog...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bountiful Baskets

I had heard of Bountiful Baskets, 
but this weekend was the first time I participated in the program. 
 It was all new to me!
You can order your basic 'Basket' or speciality fruits and veggies as well as breads...
I had ordered the basic basket...

 Once home ... I knew I would have fruit and veggies to last me for awhile.
Everything looked so fresh!!
 I'm sure I will enjoy cooking and eating them..
 I can't wait to see what I'll find in my basket the next time I participate.
For more information on Bountiful Baskets click here!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sharing...

I know that I have posted about 'Old Town' Yuma before. My children have always been an important part of my life...and whenever I am away from them I think of sharing the things Hubby and I do with them.

Well since Middler is with me this time..and it is fun to share 'south' living with her!
We biked the canals down to 'Old Town'.

 It was market day on Main Street...
I had to take her to a fun place to eat...Lutes Casino
 Where we shared the most delicious Potato Tacos...
It is mashed potato's deep fried in tacos, covered with cheese and cabbage... you mix it up with some hot sauce....
 And Lutes Special... a hamburger and hot dog combined....
You have to taste it to know how yummy this REALLY is!!!
Middler loves antique stores...so we browsed in the 4 antique shops ...
I never tire of the old buildings in this area...
but is it sad to see how business's are closing in 'Old Town"
The area has wonderful old buildings with such character!