Sunday, October 22, 2017


I planted six Seminole pumpkin seeds which I picked up in Live Oak at the seed lending library. Five did nothing but one I planted with the peas came up. We left for NY in May and had no idea if it would live through the summer.

Our neighbors came over to  check the yard. Chi-Ling sent us updates on how all of our plants were doing. The Seminole pumpkins went nuts!

All of the above vines were from one plant!!!

So far I have about 25- 30 pumpkins. I used Seminole in the recipe.

NOTE: Polly came over yesterday and I gave her a jar of the oats. If she likes it I'll make her a jar when she wants a healthy snack.


1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup Almond milk
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp maple extract


Place the oats, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, maple extract, almond milk, maple syrup in a pint sized mason jar.

Cover the jar and shake well or you can stir it.

Place in the refrigerator overnight. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Colt is a 4 year old Weimaraner/Lab mix. Colt's owner has a traumatic brain injury, frequent seizures, and is wheelchair bound or in wrist crutches, depending on the day.
This is definitely a dog who massively expands someone’s access to the world

Here is what Colt does if his owner has a seizure.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017


A few of the boxes ready for the pod. More in extra bedroom plus bedroom set and about 8 pieces of furniture.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mama Dip's Creole Chicken Thighs

When we sell our home in NY Gabe and I would love to buy a RV and travel. I love pinning places to visit and enjoy a good meal. Mama Dips is suppose to have fantastic fried chicken.  She also has a cookbook! 

I've been giving away my cookbook collection. I took out Mama Dip's Family Cookbook from our local library. 


6-8 chicken thighs

1/2 cup vegetable oil or margarine

3/4 cup sliced and quartered onions

1 tablespoon flour

1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 8 ounce tomato sauce

2 teaspoon garlic salt

2 teaspoons cajun seasoning

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon hot sauce


Wash chicken & pat dry.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add chicken browning both sides

Remove thighs from skillet and set aside.

 Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the oil from the skillet.

Add onion to the skillet and cook, stirring for about 4 minutes.

Stir in the flour.

Mix in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic salt, cajun seasoning, thyme and hot sauce.

Add browned chicken to the skillet. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Flower Carpet of Brussels, made with 600,000 fresh flowers.

That is the Grand Place in Brussels. All the buildings have gold leaf highlights that really shine at night with the lighting.They make the flower "carpet" at the end of August every two years. This year's carpet was Japanese themed with koi fish.