Tuesday, August 14, 2018

yellow flowers in the garden

I guess I like yellow flowers the best. Earlier this summer I was able to find a garden filled with yellow flowers and it made me very happy.  I think yellow is just a very joyful color.

Monday, August 13, 2018

baby food

I am including this picture of the contents of a bowl of baby food because I think it is rather artistic.  I had the opportunity to take care of a little baby for many weeks this Spring and I was there as she transitioned from milk to solid food.  I always provided a savory and a sweet with every meal.  Sometimes the semi-liquid baby food created an interesting  color palette, such as this one.  Definitely photo worthy, don't you think?  p.s. sorta looks like poop, though.  sorry

Sunday, August 12, 2018

flowers at the fair

I really like taking pictures of flowers.  I took these pictures of some gorgeous floral entries in the horticultural building at the San Diego county fair in June.  Absolutely splendid.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

SD county fair

Who doesn't like a good old fashioned county fair?  No one I know.  So, in June I had the opportunity to attend the San Diego county fair which is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  Lots of fun.  The main reason I was there was to see my granddaughter perform with her dance school group.  She's two.  After that we walked around the midway, took in a few rides and sampled some of the fair food offerings.  It was a very hot day and I got sunburned.  Cranky time.

Friday, August 10, 2018

how to make lefse

The quickest and best way to make lefse is to let somebody else do it.  Just watch.  That's all you have to do and it comes out perfectly every time.  So, get out your turning sticks, some white towels and your measuring scoop and let's get started.

Be sure to get the correct potatoes.  These are the best.  Don't substitute.

These are what they look like whole.  Cut them up and boil them.  Then let them cool off.

When they are cooled down, put the potatoes through the ricer.  Squeeze hard.  Looks like spaghetti.

Stir everything until the potatoes are smooth and creamy.  Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

Later (or the next day) roll out the potato dough on a flour dusted cloth using a lefse rolling pin.  Cook gently (and quickly) on a dry lefse grill.  Use the turners to flip the lefse.  Layer the cooked sheets of lefse individually between the white towels to keep them from drying out.  When you are ready to eat, spread each sheet of lefse with you favorite topping, roll into log shapes and enjoy.  My topping of choice is butter and cinnamon sugar.  They taste especially good after an exhausting day of watching someone else make the delicious lefse.  Skol!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Shepherd of the Valley UMC

While I was staying in the Coachella Valley I attended yet another wonderful church.  The church building has a beautiful stain glass window in the front of the sanctuary and heavy wooden beams supporting the ceiling.  Again, the congregation was very welcoming and the service was meaningful.  This was a very nice place to worship.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Victor Valley Historical Museum

A few weeks ago I stopped by the Victor Valley Historical Museum while I was on my way south.  This is a really nice county museum located in Happy Valley, just outside of Victorville, California.  There is a section of the museum dedicated to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans who lived in this area.  Some of their western attire is on display.

There is a section of the museum dedicated to Maria Kipp.  She was a textile designer and interior designer.  She immigrated to America and worked hard to achieve success in her field.  I like this quote.  I believe it to be true.

Here is another Roy Roger shirt.  I really like the detailing of western wear (all that piping and stitchwork !!).  The museum also had many displays telling of the geological makeup of this valley.  This area is part of the Mojave Desert.The geodes on display were quite beautiful.  If you are ever in the Victorville/Happy Valley area, please stop by this museum.  I think you'll like it.