Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fire In The Sky

About 7:30-ish this morning as I started to walk down our hallway, there was an orange glow coming in through our dining room window.  I went to look out and immediately went to get my camera so I could take pictures of the fire in the sky.  It was disappearing so fast I hardly had time to get photos but what I did capture was amazing.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Swedish Apple Pie

My husband loves apple pie and for me, ahem, well I just never make it.  Making the crust is not my thing.  When I first got married, I really didn't know how to cook and my husband and I got invited to the home of some people in the ward (who have since become very good friends).  I thought I would bring an apple pie....I mean really...how hard could it be to make an apple pie...make a dough, roll it out, slap it in a pie tin, fill it up with apples then cover it with another slab of dough....bake, DONE!  When it came time to eat dessert and the pie was cut, I was slightly embarrassed.  Who knew the apples would totally shrink down and the crust would stand proudly in a dome shape.  Their small son exclaimed.."hey mom, this pie's hollow"!  Moving on....................
I came across a recipe this week for Swedish Apple Pie.  It looked simple enough so I gave it a try.  It was fantastic, really.  In my husbands words..."It's a KEEPER"!  I have not been able to find where I got the recipe from (update: I found the recipe...highlighted above in red) but I copied it down and made a few changes due to not having the ingredients on hand and just making it the way I thought would be easier.  Quite a change from 36.5 years ago when I thought I had to follow a recipe exactly.  Following are photos of my Swedish Apple Pie, and the recipe I used.
 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Shoveling/Scooping Snow....Stop Snowing, Please.

Last Monday (1-9-17) morning we woke up to this....a foggy, dreary, cold day with 4" of new snow.  Oh we so need the snow to replenish our water supply, but oh I am getting tired of shoveling it.
 
 
By 8am, the fog cleared off and the sun came out so I went to work scooping/shoveling snow.  After two hours, I had cleared the walkways, in front of the garage and part of the driveway and the area where we get the mail so it would be better for the mail carrier to get to our mailbox.
 
 
 All during the day when I hear the rumble of snow coming off the roof, I go outside and dig it out of the walkways.  If I don't dig it out right away, it packs down and makes it nearly impossible to clear it out.  You can see in the last picture with the black cat where I had been working on clearing the kitty trail of snow that had just came off the roof.......I still had a ways to go.  I had everything clear when my husband got home from work and decided to clear the roof on the back side of the house over the doorway as it had not come down on its own.  When he was done clearing off that section, he cleared the pathway...........Yeah!  I was tired of scooping/shoveling snow.  I'd been scooping and shoveling for a few days as you can see by how deep the snow is on both sides of the areas I had cleared.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Elk Visitors

On December 31st, we had a couple of elk visitors in our field.  We also seen them one other time but have not seen them in over a week.  It's fun to look out our window at just the right time to see these magnificent animals.  They are much larger than the deer that often frequent our property.  Just for a comparison, here are pictures of both.  The deer are also much closer to our home (just over the fence)...while the elk are much farther away (at the bottom of the field).
 
It would be quite exciting if the elk came next to the house like the deer.  But for now, I guess it's OK to just get a little excited.