Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, I thought today should be all about nature. I was planning on going out today to take some photos to post, but it was raining slightly. So, I just had to dig through some photos that I already have.

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Some pretty little yellow flowers, that I have no idea what they’re called.

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Simple, yet lovely wild olive flowers.

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Little creatures, hard at work. I can’t quite tell what kind of insect they were carting away.

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A pretty purple-pink flower. These beauties grow abundantly in my area.

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It’s incredible that these little lovelies are cactus flower, but now that I think of it, all the cactus flowers that I’ve ever seen are extremely beautiful. That just goes to show you that there is beauty even among the thorns.

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I love it when the sky looks this way. Partially cloudy is my prefered weather.

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“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

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A honey bee gathering pollen. There is just something about honey bees that I really enjoy.

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A wee little bird. I don’t know what kind it is.

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If you look closely you can see a mockingbird in there. I love the green in this specific area!

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The same mockingbird, just a better view of it. Being that the mockingbird is my State Bird, I have a certain love for them.

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And last, but certainly not least, one of the beautiful sunsets I have witnessed!

It’s fascinating how many different creatures one could see if one only took the time to look.

I often think about what it would be like if I lived in a city, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I wouldn’t be able to deal with it.

I need to live in a place that has trees, fields of grass, flowers, birds, even insects! With fresh air, minus the occasional smell of a skunk, but even that lets me know that I’m living near wildlife. Somewhere where I can look up and have a clear view of the sky.

I feel that I am truly blessed to live in the midst of nature.

So if you live somewhere surrounded by nature, go out and take it all in. And if you don’t live near nature, visit your local botanical garden or even a park. Just go out and enjoy it!

Happy Earth Day!!

 

Passover Recipes

So we are about in the middle of Passover week, and I get a sugar craving! Well, this year I didn’t buy any Matzo Cake Meal. So something made with egg whites it would have to be!

I was going to make a Strawberry-Meringue Tort, but then I found this recipe for Chocolate Chip Meringues in my copy of 1,000 Jewish Recipes.

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They are actually quite good, despite their unappealing appearance. They are very sweet, so one is enough to satisfy any sugar cravings, but I usually eat two cause that’s how I roll! haha These should last me till the end of Passover, but I just might still make that Strawberry-Meringue Torte. We shall see….

This year, like last year, I’m making my own unleavened bread. Matzo has never really been my thing, and making my own is lots cheaper!

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Unleavened Bread

Approx. Prep & Baking Time 20 minutes

3/4 c. flour

1/2 c. wheat flour

1 tsp. Kosher salt

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 c. water

Pre-heat oven to 500*.

In a medium-sized bowl combine flours and salt, stir. Heat water to around 110*. Combine oil with water. Add to flour mixture. Stir. Knead dough until it forms into a ball. Divide dough in half. Let dough rest for a few minutes. Roll dough into a 6 inch disk or a 8 by 5 inch oval, which you prefer. Place on a lightly floured baking sheet. Do this with both dough halves. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Serve warm. Enjoy!

So these are the recipes I’ve made for Passover this year.

I hope all those who are celebrating Passover are having a Joyous and Blessed week!

Peace and Blessings……