Guacamole

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Tomorrow is my babies birthday.  That baby will be 10!!!!  I can’t believe it.  Ok, enough of that…..

I am serving a lunch for our family and a few friends to celebrate.  We will be having deli sandwiches, Dorita Salad (I will post that recipe another day), watermelon, guacamole and lime chips, and chicken wing dip with pita chips.

I am not fond of avocados plain.  I like them in the pudding form I make (recipe here).  That is a fabulous recipe for your avocado fans!!  Recently I have acquired a taste for guacamole.  This is one of those items that you should never purchase from a chain.  It’s so easy to make your own and so delicious!!

Here is the recipe I have used to make a basic easy guacamole:

4 avocados, halved, seeded and scooped out

1 lime juice and pulp

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 medium onion chopped very fine

1 small or 3/4 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro (more or less to your taste)

1 clove garlic minced

Scoop all the pulp out of the avocado, juice and pulp the lime and pour onto avocado mixing until it’s all coated.  Add the remaining ingredients and mash with a potato masher.  Store overnight in the fridge or at least 2 hours.  Bring to room temperature to serve.

**I like to make it a day ahead so all of the flavors can marry together.

(on the side I serve chopped up tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, or chopped grapes for people to add if they like).

Serve with tortilla chips. 

It’s good for you and delicious at the same time!! 

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Hibiscus

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I planted a hibiscus plant in the corner of my garden.  When all the vegetables are starting to fizzle out, this beauty opens her huge blooms and shares a wonderful touch of red to the garden area.

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I think what makes it even more special as it was given to us by the man of the house’s mother.  She has beautiful gardens which should be featured in a magazine.  However, she is getting older and gardening is harder and harder for her.  This plant reminds me of her beautiful gardens and I know she loves to look at it when visiting our home. 

It’s a touch of “Grandma Ruth” in the garden!!

 

The Erie Canal

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My nephew who is in the Army and stationed 4 hours from us came home for the long weekend.  Today we took him and his girlfriend for a cruise down the Erie Canal.  Click on the Erie Canal and you can read all about how important this canal was in our history!!

We headed out in beautiful sunshine

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We passed under the Niagara Falls bridge

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We came by the Island Street Boatyard Lighthouse (click to read about it)

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We came upon the old train bridge built around 1892

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We had all our ducks in a row at this point

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We passed by the old Wardell’s Boatyard, Bait shop and Gasoline pump

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We continued on under a train bridge still in use today

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We stopped for a quick lunch at the Dockside Grill

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And back into the boat with the skies clouding up

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And we zoomed off to beat the storm home

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But the storm was not to be..it clouded over…sprinkled 100 drops of rain.. and the sun snuck back out

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And the rest of the ride home was beautiful!!

Camp Out Visitors

This camp area is about 600 yards from our house.  Tonight while sitting back relaxing and getting the spot ready for a weekend camp out, we had some visitors of all kinds.

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Gram and the man of the house waiting to light the fire and having a serious chat about building a cabin.

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Gram watching the fire and the ice skating pond and warming shanty

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Next came the horses to relax with their family

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This is the view the horses see

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Shortly after the fire was lit, Chance and 2 neighbor boys wandered over to check it out

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Across the pond another neighbor and friends headed out on our trails for an evening trail ride

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This was followed by Chance and his friend passing through again with our dog who runs with them while they ride

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The fire was going strong enough to lure the tween and her friend and Chance back for some marshmallows and snacks

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The kids are nestled in and it’s adult time to relax and enjoy some drinks on a candle lit table

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This is what it’s all about :-)

 

Smoothies

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Smoothies are a great way to sneak certain vegetables, vitamins and minerals into your diet as well as your children.  I made one the other day for us with Kale, Strawberries, Orange Juice, honey and ice cubes.  The kids had no idea what was in it and they drank it right down. 

Here is how I made it:

5 Strawberries washed and dehulled

6 chopped small kale leaves

1 Tablespoon honey

1/4 cup orange juice

5 ice cubes

Put all in the blender and blend until smooth.  Great flavor and I snuck in those extra greens!!