Monday, 14 April 2014

Why did the ducks cross the road??????

To do this............




On my walk on Saturday, I caught a glimpse of these two darlings waddle across the road.  When I got up near where they had crossed, this is what I saw-------Beauties, aren't they?!
Have a great week everyone.
Cheers
:)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Spaghetti Squash-----Yummy!!!!

My friend from work, Amanda, is always coming in and telling me about the great things she cooked---especially after the weekend.  I love her recipes and try quite a few.  I was totally intrigued when she told me her spaghetti squash story.  I had never heard of it, but it's amazing!!!!!!!  Click here to see how to cook your own spaghetti squash, and you can use any pasta sauce you like.

First, wash the squash, cut it in half, then scoop out the pulp and seeds........



Next, rub a little olive oil on the inside and outside, season with a little sea salt and pepper.and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, cut side down, like so.................

Bake the squash at 375 for about 30 minutes, until when poked it feels spongey.  In the meantime, prepare sauce.  I did a regular spaghetti meat sauce for this first try......


When squash feels tender to the touch, remove from oven and lightly rake a fork over the inside, and Voila-- it just falls away like cooked spaghetti noodles..............


It was so amazing---it tasted delicious!!!  You can serve it the traditional way......


Or, you can use the scraped out squash shell, place some shredded squash and spaghetti sauce back in it for individual/single servings...........

 Hubby loved this, and the squash doesn't seem to make you feel bloated, like pasta----
definitely a recipe to try when we have a crowd.  
Wouldn't  it be awesome to use a large squash and put the shredded squash back into the shell, 
and place it on a large platter for everyone to serve themselves!!!!!!


 Please let me know if you try this...or maybe you have a favorite spaghetti squash recipe 
of your own to share.....I'd love to hear from you!!

Thanks Amanda.

Cheers
:)


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Eagle Banding at Merasheen Island

I've just started the monumental task of organizing and cataloging all of the photos that hubby has taken over the years in his work.  He is about to retire and I really want to organize all of the fabulous pictures that he has taken.  As you'll see, it's a job worth doing....I think so anyway.

The first group of pictures I'll share are from an eagle banding trip to Merasheen Island in July of 2006.  Merasheen Island is located in Placentia Bay, on the southeast coast of Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.  On this trip, my husband and his cohorts actually went up on cliffs at the edge of the ocean and climbed out into eagle nests, to put a tracking band on one of the the legs of the baby eagles (known as eaglets).  Surprisingly, the mother eagle is very non-aggressive and didn't bother them at all while they completed this work.  To see where Merasheen Island is located on the island of Newfoundland, click here.  To actually learn a little about Merasheen Island, click here.


For this particular expedition, the group stayed in a wildlife camp on Merasheen Island.  The provincial government actually have many of these patrol/research camps all over the island.  This is a shot of the spectacular sunrise right form the wharf......


I wouldn't mind getting before daylight if I could look at this view.....


Merasheen was resettled many years ago, but many people come back each summer to fish and some have beautiful homes and cottages on the island.  There are lots of old stages and sheds all along the coastline, that are still used by the people who come each summer, like this.......


Here's a shot of mama eagle coming back to the nest...


This little guys just got banded, as you can see......

Notice the band on the left leg.


In the afternoon, after the days' work is complete, it sight-seeing time.  Here is an old abandoned stage near the water's edge........


Here, the boys pulled up and visited with some people who come back here to live each summer, to trap lobsters.......

  
This friendly little guy was really happy to see visitors.........






This is the view from the wharf at camp that they stayed in.......what a place to sit and relax after a day's work........wait for sunset, then crawl into a warm cozy sleeping bag.....


Cheers
:)




Monday, 7 April 2014

Caribou at "MileTen" on Mint Brook Resource Road, near North Pond.

Every year a small herd of caribou grazes in the area of Burnt Pond.  We had been planning a trek up over 'da road to see them for the last couple of months, but the timing just never seemed right.  On Sunday morning, it was very gray and snowing and didn't look like it was going to happen, but the snow stopped and it brightened up a little, so we decided to give it a shot.  With the milder weather, the road is really muddy in places, so we went in Dave Stead's old truck.  Dave & Sharon picked us up and we stopped in for the other Dave (& Linda) and we were off!!


We took photos from the road, and it was still pretty gray up there, but you could easily see the animals......




One of these was still pretty lazy and didn't even bother to get up for a photo......



It is likely that there were many more down over the bank, that we couldn't see...


Awesome afternoon.  we usually do this much earlier in the winter on snowmobile.  I am so happy we went up though---it was well worth it!

Of course, as always with us, we just can't get together without having a little lunch.  Dave G had some crab legs cooked up, so with a little persuasion we went in to their place.....he didn't have to twist our arms too hard!!!



Cheers
:)


Sunday, 6 April 2014

"Peanut Butter Cup' Cake

I was visiting Brown-Eyed Baker, one of my favorite blogs, last week and came across this recipe.  I fell in love the moment I saw the first picture and knew I had to try it !!!!  Click here for recipe.

It was surprisingly easy..................





 After I baked the chocolate cake, I whipped up the peanut butter frosting....


......sliced the cooled cake into three layers..........


.............then started to slowly put it together.........


When I had the three layers assembled and frosted, I  made the chocolate ganache.........yummmmmm........


......the smells are what satisfies me the most while I bake.........


........divine............................


This cake was the most "fun" thing I've baked in a long time--and I loved the look of it too........


......What do you think????

Cheers!!!!
:)