Thursday, July 31, 2008
Economy is just bad, huh? Breaking through a fence to break into a house to take a camera. Luckily, the alarm went off and they left without taking anything else.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I have tried, unsuccessfully, to have a garden at least every other summer for the last 8 years. Finally this year, I threw in the towel and didn’t even bother planting one tomato plant.
I found a good local CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) and signed up for a share. Every Saturday, we pick up our share of organic vegetables, fruit and herbs. Here’s the bounty for this week:I love the CSA—we get ours from Huckleberry Hill farm in Alabama. It's best (for me) to cook up something right away on Saturday, so that we have leftovers to eat all week. With the okra and the field peas, a gumbo with a tomato base sounded good.
*best to simmer the field peas on their own for a good 20 minutes
In true gumbo tradition, I added file' powder after it was cooked, right before serving. File' powder is made from Sassafras and is used as a thickening agent. According to Joy of Cooking (1975 Version) File' powder is a carcinogen. Does anyone know if this is true?
In other exciting news—guess who got his motorcycle learner’s permit?
Friday, July 25, 2008
Cloudy days do not deter hard core pool people. Not even when it started pouring about 10 minutes later. We stuck it out!
Jeremy's favorite Barbecue Sauce:
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I grabbed a slurpy at the local QT and headed out for my daily walk.
My current job is surrounded by large, busy 6-8 lane roads, so I tend to cross one of these and escape to the cemetery. Its huge, and although I prefer gravestones to plastic flowers, they're growing on me as well. And this particular cemetery backs up to the air force base--which means some quite incredible planes are generally flying very, very low overhead.
(you liked the arrow, didn't you?)
There's also a row of very suburban houses that back up to the cemetery as well. I always think this is odd.
I'll bring my camera instead of just the phone next time.
Meanwhile, a much more productive Tavo is creating THIS:
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here it is:
Taken from the menu (which is quite humorous--worth a read!)
CORONARY BYPASS BURGER
Our big sirloin patty topped with a fried egg, three
slices of American cheese, four slices of bacon, and
a big fat side of mayo.
DOUBLE BYPASS BURGER
The ingredients listed above, but with two grilled
cheese sandwiches replacing the buns.
Amazing! Next challenge: The Luther Vandross Burger in Decatur, Georgia.
On the ferry--a yucky, cloudy day.
This place was beautiful, despite the weather.
Off season rates and visiting during the week lowered the cost by two thirds--it was an amazing deal. We decided to stay all week, and finally unpack!
View from our room
We stayed at Pousada Manga Rosa It was beautiful, looked like a crazy tree house. Ilha Bela is full of Pousadas, which are nice little bed and breakfasts, generally without very many rooms. If you decide to visit, we highly recommend it!
Very good breakfast!
Tavo is a fan of the ham and cheese wheels
He loves to be photographed while eating
They put out papaya for the birds
And there were books upstairs--we found books in 6 different languages there!
Sitting in the "tree house" with cafezinho and a book
View from the upstairs of the Pousada
Lets walk around the island
I want to live here.
Neat architecture and accents
There is supposedly a waterfall up this path, but due to the stench of doo doo, the sign that says no trespassing, and the GIGANTIC OX! Lini was too nervous to venture up the mountain.
Dune buggies everywhere
mmm, beer time
and we're off to our next destination