Friday, May 27, 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We're back!

The UPS man just dropped off a box for us this evening with our fixed Nikon! We are back in business! Today we finally had a break in the dreary rain and are enjoying a very sunny afternoon. This morning we made a quick pass through the thrift store and Pieter got his first earthmover. This one is officially a Bobcat S250 Skid Steer Loader. He is loving his new wheels and driving it everywhere. The great thing is that it is mostly all metal. The bad thing is that it really hurts when banged on you!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

:: today ::

:: is another overcast and rainy day

:: our camera is in "the shop" at Nikon and hopefully will be home soon

:: we are cheering up the day with the most amazing Coconut Chocolate Pudding

:: and so thankful for our warm, dry home

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dan's Scallops

It has been hard getting into blogging lately. Our Nikon D50 is on the fritz and being sent in to Nikon for fixing. We have another camera, but it just isn't the same thing. I'm making a go with it in the meantime. 

We had these lovely scallops at our friend's house, Dan and Tonia, back in Cambridge. They are so yummy that I got the recipe from Dan. It is fun to make them and trick ourselves into thinking that we might be near the ocean for an evening, not in the center of the nation.

Dan's Scallops
  • Wash the scallops and cut them if they are too big.
  • Bring some vermouth to a boil. Add finely diced shallots and some butter (I sub. green onions).
  • Poach the scallops in the vermouth very briefly -- just a minute– and remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Meanwhile make a roux with about 3 tbsp of butter and flour, add 1/2 cup of milk and the 1/2 to 1 cup of the vermouth to make your sauce. Add some parmesan, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
  • Cool the sauce slightly and add the scallops.
  • Put them in dishes for broiling. Grate gruyere (or another hard cheese like emmental) on top and broil for just a few minutes.

Monday, May 2, 2011


While Grandpa and Grandma visited, we took a trip to the Badlands. We saw lots of animals, but only saw the sign for Rattlesnakes. We probably need a sign like this in the hillside near our house where we like to hike!

{mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus}

{black tailed prairie dog, Cynomys ludovicianus}

Pieter is starting to be very exploratory and loves to check out what you might be seeing. He points and talks about what he sees all the time. Here is the little man in action.
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