Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
above: I carved a few slices of ham, and some fresh sharp cheddar cheese...
VOILA! My hot, ham and cheddar cheese sandwich was ready! The cheese was oozing from the sides of the sandwich, the bread was all toasty and crisp! I found the jar of kosher dill pickle spears and called it lunch. It turned out to be a perfect lunch for a winters day. I guess a bowl of tomato soup might have made it even better, but it was plenty of food and I was satisfied. The best part was that I didn't waste any of the ham. And now I thought I'd close with a joke I received yesterday from my friend Pete:
Shortly after, the old woman says again, 'Bartender, I want another Scotch with two drops of water.'
Monday, December 29, 2008
We arrived at Palm Springs Lanes ready for our Bowling Bonanza. I bowl about once per year, so my only expectations were that I would have a few laughs with friends. I figured I'd be lucky to break "100" at all. The scary bowling alley attendant assigned us our lanes and set us up for a few hours of play. Palm Springs Lanes had been renovated since the last time I was there. The lanes have what looks like "laser lights" moving down each lane. It actually was pretty cool.
above: soon enough we were in full swing, in heavy competition.
above: My game name was "Ricky Ticky Taffy"-my first game I had three strikes and scored 109! I was thrilled.
above: The second game I was off and only bowled a 79, needless to say I didn't take a photo of those scores! But the competition heated up, and soon my game was "en fuego"...
above: Game three I had two strikes, but picked up a few spares, and hit 137.
above: I wonder if my score was good enough to make coverage in "Bowling News"?
Sunday, December 28, 2008
above: "Hour Glass Skinny" by Katie Flindall
above: "Vitruvian Man with Clock" by Da Vinci.
above: "The Hour Glass" by Bruno
above: "A Matter of Time" by Tilly Strauss
above: "Hour Glass Rock", by George Mendoza
Saturday, December 27, 2008
#3 Buffalo Mozzarella- seems like an odd choice among flavored and hard cheeses but I love it! It is a soft, slice able curd cheese that originally comes from Italy. Some readers may recall I saw fresh mozzarella being made before my eyes while in Sicily this past fall. I was amazed and enthralled by it that day. Traditional mozzarella is made from water buffalo milk, which is high in fat. This cheese is not aged like most cheeses and is actually best when eaten just after it has been made. I love to eat it with fresh ripe tomatoes and basil, a touch of olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.
#6 Havarti: a well known, semi-soft Danish cheese made from cow's milk aged for three months. Havarti is aged without a rind and has a smooth buttery, slightly acidic flavor, with a white cream to yellow color depending on how it is made. It is known for having "eyes", small and irregular openings throughout. The "holes" are not as large as Swiss cheese, these are much smaller and not as hard in texture.
#7 Lancashire: a creamy, textured cheese with a mild flavor, aged for two to three months. It's light, creamy flavor makes it perfect for breakfast, sandwiches or even with tea. It can be slightly crumbly and has a mild acidic flavor, aged for just two to three months. It is an "easy" cheese to enjoy, not offensive to anyone. It is a safe choice when having guests who may not be cheese fans. I guess I would compare it to things like Monterey Jack cheese, although that is a little more soft and creamy.
Friday, December 26, 2008
above: Christmas Eve was a cozy night- we spent it with friends and enjoyed the glow of the fire by the tree.
above: It was also the birthday of a friend- here is the cake served in his honor, isn't it fantastic? Bee, since you love cake too, this is for you! Christmas turned out to be a wonderful holiday this year. We are truly blessed in so many ways. I hope your holiday was enjoyable too.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
To watch the Christmas Extravaganza video click above.
I hope you enjoyed the big Christmas Extravaganza video! We had a lot of fun filming it. Next time I won't bob and weave around so much. It caused a lot of blurriness. After we finished filming the video, Sheldon borrowed Owen's "Santa hat" and posed for this photo, isn't he cute? We're going to listen to Christmas Carols tonight by the fireplace and relax with some hot chocolate. What are your plans? Whatever you do, we wish you all a Happy Christmas!
-The Palm Springs Savant, Owen & Sheldon
If you had trouble viewing the video above within blogger, try this version on You Tube:
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here's a video taken from my back yard:
And now a few spectacular photos-click on them to biggify:
Sunday, December 21, 2008
above: "Pond", in pencil and ink
above: "Flowers", watercolors and ink
above: "South Paw Days" in color pencil
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