We hope our Web site entertains you, makes you smile and takes you away
even if it's only for a short time!
Yes, that is a legitimate holiday! So today's your day to be a dork and be totally legitimate! Do it up right, you have to go back under cover tomorrow. ;)
July 15, 2014
Happy Be A Dork Day!
Today I've made a video that shows the progression of the garden this year. I think it came out quite nicely. It is only a little over a minute long so it shouldn't take too long to download. If it does, my apologies. :)
I am also attaching a couple of comics from the last few days. Plus, I want to ask your opinion. If you have one, just drop me a line by clicking on Snoopy on the mailibox to the right. Our local humane society is having an all dog artwork auction and I am thinking of submitting a pencil drawing I did of Maggie the year before she passed away. If I blew this up and framed it, do you think it is bidworthy? (It's the last picture below.)
UPDATE: It has come to our attention that the video is a bit too slow downloading so we are instead going to post just the photos of the garden. Maybe this way it will be easier to see the changes, too. :)
August 7, 2014
Sidney Crosby's birthday
Happy birthday, Sid the Kid! May you have a wonderful 27th! Only one more year 'til you reach full male maturity!
Considering how much overtime Mr. Snoopynut has worked this summer, we have managed to enjoy the summer so far. We even got a short camping trip in and it was as fun as ever. We brought the kayak and took it out onto the creek in Piseco where we'd seen the bear a couple of years ago. No bears this time, unfortunately! However, we did get to see a gorgeous multi-point buck but he was a surprise as we rounded a bend in the creek so I didn't have time to take a picture!
That trip was not without its problems, though. (Did I just hear a collective, "Oh NOOOO..."?) It wasn't that bad. Ok, maybe it was that bad. On this particular trek, we have to portage over three beaver dams. This was the first time we had to do that with the kayak and with it being 21' long, the Mr. thought we ought to try and go around the end of the dam rather than over it like we did with our 14' canoe. Bad decision. Once we got to the other side and were set to put the kayak in the water, the Snoopynut took a step and like being sucked into quicksand, sunk into the mud almost up to her waist! That was the first time in almost 32 years Mr. S had heard quite that long a string of expletives from the Snoopynut! Lol. Yeah, it was bad. It was real bad. I was in major panic mode at first, grabbing onto the kayak handle and nearly tearing it off the kayak. I did manage to pull myself out but ooo, what an icky feeling. Thankfully, I had brought along my swimsuit so I took my shorts and undies off, (it is a very remote area, needless to say!) rinsed myself off and put my swimsuit bottoms on. I think we'd have had to turn around had I not brought those!
The weather was fabulous save for one stormy rainy day. We actually enjoy one of those every so often when we can hole up in the camper and play cards and drink coffee, watching the storm! We also got some tubing in on the river and one of the days we took the kayak out on Sacandaga Lake which is a huge lake nearby. It was kind of windy but we actually did pretty well.
We also got to try our hand at using a percolator! We have an autodrip coffeemaker which we can use in the camper but obviously it runs on electricity and since this is a DEC campround, (primitive camping), we need the generator when we want to do things like that. Not a problem except that we are almost always up before generator hours which are 9am-11am. So we went to a nearby camp store and bought a percolator. It was pretty cool because it reminded me of when my parents used one when we were kids. Our only problem aside from the first boilover (Lol) was that we only had autodrip coffee so some of the grounds came through. They usually settled into the last cup, so as long as we avoided that, we were ok. Lol.
Good trip but as usual, much too short! Can't wait 'til we can go again next year!
August 8, 2014
Happy Worldwide Art Day!
Happy International Cat Day!
The first salutation is dedicated to my art loving friend, Mike! :) The second to our kitties, of course. >'.'<
So guess what the Snoopynut forgot yesterday? It is blueberry season here in NY state and the blueberries around the corner are ripe so I made my first pie of the season and forgot to share it with you! I'm also adding some miscellaneous garden pictures. The first is a tiny tree frog, maybe half an inch long. The second is a pretty butterfly. Both were keeping me company while I cut some daisies to put in a vase.
Have a nice summer day, everyone!
August 21, 2014
Happy Anniversary to the Snoopynuts!
Yes, it is the Snoopynuts' 32nd this year! To say time flies would be an understatement! We all know the feeling, am I right? :) This is also our 7th anniversary of becoming vegetarian/vegan. Thank you, Patrick! Patrick is the guy who helped us make the choice to finally do something we had talked about for years. And thank YOU, sweetie, for saying "We should just do it!" that day in 2007! (Which was also our 25th anniversary, in case you weren't paying attention!)
As a special gift to you for our anniversary, I thought I would share three of our favorite vegetarian recipes that are very simple to make and oh, so tasty!
BLACK BEAN SOUP
The first is something I've even seen on a regular menu at restaurants. This soup is made with Rotel Tomatoes with Zesty Green Chiles but be sure not to get the mild ones as the regular ones give it a nice zip! Serve with apple sauce to cool you down, (ok, so it's not THAT hot), and a roll and you have an unbelievably filling yet low calorie (and super nutritious) meal! And did I mention tasty? Your taste buds will thank you! (You can thank me later. ;) )
By the way, Mirapoix is just a mixture of chopped onions, celery and carrots. They sell it premade but it is cheaper and very easy to make yourself.
What? That's the way it's spelled, isn't it? ;) We actually started making our burritos at home after having the ones at Chipotle since it's quite a trek for us to go to Chipotle! These come out fantastic and if you make a large batch of rice and freeze it in 1 cup containers, it's a quick and easy meal. And again, very nutritious! This makes four good sized breets!
CHICKPEA RAGOUT (Pronounced rag-OO)
This recipe is if you are ready to be adventurous and try something new! It is a dish from Morocco and is not only really filling but nutritious AND very tasty. This is not a spicy dish like the black bean soup but you will love the combination of flavors in it and I guarantee it will become one of your favorite meals. Oh, and it doesn't take very long to make! I get my couscous at the grocery store in the rice aisle. For those who have never had it, it is a small grain like rice only smaller and it is really good. Makes four very filling meals.
These recipes should be printable from the photos. If not, drop me a line and I will email them to you! :)
August 25, 2014
Happy Banana Split Day!
I've got another great recipe for you today! Why all the recipes lately? Well, the outage has officially begun and I thought what better way to pass the time than trying out some new recipes? Today's recipe will be home made graham crackers! Why would anyone make home made graham crackers when you can get them at the store, you ask? Well, mainly because you know all the ingredients in these, no preservatives or strange chemical names of any kind. Not to mention it is a cruelty-free recipe! Yup, they are vegan and you won't believe how awesome tasting they are! Don't be afraid of the length of the instructions, they are really very easy to make!
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour ¼ cup oil
1/3 cup sugar 2 tbs. molasses
½ tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup milk (to make them strictly vegan
Scant ½ tsp. salt you can use soy or almond milk)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the middle
and pour in oil, molasses and vanilla. Give the liquid a quick whisk with a fork and continue
mixing until well combined and crumbly.
3. Drizzle in milk and combine. Knead the dough a few times with your hands until it holds
together; add an extra tbs. of milk if needed. You should be able to form a pliable ball of
4. Sprinkle flour onto pastry cloth; place the dough on the cloth and shape into a rectangle.
Flatten it a bit with your palms and sprinkle with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough
into a rectangle that is about
10" x 14". The dough should be about 1/8" inch thick. The edges will probably look
crumbly, which is ok.
5. Cut off the edges so you have an even 12" x 8" rectangle. Cut the dough into 8 crackers
using a sharp paring knife. Cut in quarters and then widthwise on either side of center
6. Use a very thin flexible spatula to transfer crackers to baking sheet. It helps if you spray the
spatula with cooking spray.
7. Gather up the scraps and form into a ball, roll it into 4" x 8" rectangle or whatever size you
can manage; cut the edges and make more crackers.
8. Score each cookie with a fork. You don't need to cut all the way through.
9. Bake 12-14 minutes. Less time if you are using them for ice cream sandwiches. More for a
crispy graham. Cool completely on baking sheet.
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August 26, 2014
Happy National Dog Day!
(Click on Bradley's picture to see him in his party hat!)
Today's O&Q tickled my funny bone...
Today is also Byrne Dairy's Travelin' Tuesday -- FREE coffee! *WOOT!*