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One Word Sunday…matching

Cellpic Sunday 7.3.22

One Word Sunday: multiple

Cellpic Sunday 6.26.22

One Word Sunday: whole/hole

Cellpic Sunday 6.19.22

One Word Sunday: sea/see and Cellpic Sunday 5.8.22

And a happy Mother’s Day to all who are celebrating, whether biological moms or moms of the heart! You are loved and a great blessing.

One Word Sunday: diverse/diversity

Cellpic Sunday 5.1.22

Today’s walk is only a few steps but I hope Jo will consider it as appropriate for the challenge. After all, how can anything this beautiful not count??

Although we have a torch cactus in our backyard, it’s a callow youth compared to the one below in my dad’s yard, a cactus at least three times bigger than ours. Yesterday it looked like this, with 3 or 4 flowers and a lot of buds.

Today when I went over, the flowers from yesterday were already wilted but the buds from yesterday were simply over-the-top magnificently in bloom!!

A closer look at these showy flowers gives you a glimpse of the interiors and a feel for the abundance of this many flowers about 8″ or so in diameter. I really have to keep myself from using exclamation points after every sentence because they’re really that dazzling.

I can never resist shots of the inner flower, unworldly in appearance. While our cacti has much smaller flowers as befits its younger, smaller size, I noticed that ours attract a number of bees, which I didn’t notice at Dad’s. Maybe that’s because we don’t spray our weeds and we also have lots of bushes with flowers on them. Last year our cactus bloomed about three times. I hope it works that way this year as well. But for now, enjoy these because tomorrow they’ll be gone or at least wilted.

These beauties evidently enjoy being ocean-side, as we saw them here along Manhattan Beach and also in Baja California where our daughter got married. Happy Friday!

FOTD 3.25.22

Marsha at Always Write has a Wednesday-Tuesday challenge going on, this week’s sense being taste. Quotes and food are a great combination and there are thousands of quotes about food to be easily found on the internet. I like this one to start:

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

I love fresh fruit, especially berries. I like them on my homemade granola, directly in my mouth, and in the case of blueberries, in my blueberry crisp, the latter a dessert often requested by family. Eating them in any form makes me berry merry. 🙂 (Or, if you’re in Britain, perhaps it makes you Mary Berry!)

This granola recipe comes from my uncle Jerry, well-known as a watercolor artist. That second link will take you to images of his work. But I think this granola recipe is just as much a work of art.

Jerry’s Granola

7-8 cups oats (not quick oats

1 cup each of these raw nuts: sunflower seeds, chopped cashews, chopped pecans, and chopped almonds (I recently used raw slivered almonds and loved the results.)

1 cup honey

1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Melt butter and honey together and pour over oats and nuts.  Mix well.

Spread in a sheet pan with sides.

Stir every 10 minutes until mix is browned a bit.

If you want to add raisins or other dried fruit, add once you’ve put the mix in a large bowl (or bowls) to cool.  Otherwise they’ll get too done.

Enjoy!  Oats are quite good for you as are nuts, so enjoy with the milk or yogurt of your choice or as is for snacking.

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
― Ruth Reichl

Our younger daughter spent some time in Japan years ago and quite some time learning Japanese. Okonomiyaki is a fantastic food taste from Japan, sort of a Japanese omelet or maybe more like a frittata. This one from Chicago’s famous Girl and the Goat was fabulous! You can read my post about it as well as find a link to a recipe here.

It’s really difficult to know where else to go with a food/taste topic as I’ve had so much great food and made some myself. Not that I create recipes but I’ve managed to find a few good ones over the years. I learned how to make homemade ravioli and my signature dish, my husband’s term for the meal you use to “seal the deal”, is probably spaghetti carbonara. In the mid-seventies between my junior and senior years in college, I spent almost an entire year in Europe. While in Brindisi, Italy on our way to Greece, the woman I was traveling with and I met two Italian men. I think they might have been expecting more from the encounter than they got, but I got spaghetti carbonara for dinner and my life was never the same. 🙂 (The highlighted link will give you more of the story but also the recipe.)

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz

I have to agree, although my choice is dark chocolate. One of the things I love about France and Europe in general is that desserts are just sweet enough to add to the taste but not overwhelm the way they often are in the U.S. Whipped cream is cream that’s whipped, not cream whipped with lots of sugar. Pastries in France are amazing (and of course the bread is too.) Or you can sit somewhere like this (we did)…

© janet m. webb

…and enjoy a regional salad like this (different location, though.)

© janet m. webb

For some reason, I’m now thinking about heating up the quiche I made last night and seeing what sort of salad a/o veggies I have to go with it. We have some lovely Portuguese red open and dark chocolate for dessert. Cheers and one final quote:

“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.”
― Joss Whedon

As I pointed out in an earlier post, there’s a lot more to the Desert Botanical Garden that the Chihuly installation, stunning as it is. Let’s walk a bit looking at what the desert has to offer. You did notice that it’s the Desert Botanical Garden, not the Chihuly Botanical Garden. I thought you did.

Cacti aren’t just thorns. Many of them have beautiful flowers in season as well. But you might want to avoid trying to pick them or do so with the utmost care. Of course here you shouldn’t pick at all!

Before you ask, no, I don’t know what this is. But if you do, feel free to let us all know. (Yes, I’m too lazy/too busy to try to look it up online.)

Humans aren’t the only ones enjoy the Garden, although this butterfly appears to be attempting to pass as a flower.

Another Seussian sighting? I’m pretty sure this might be Thing 1…or maybe Thing 2. Who can tell them apart??

We ❤ the Desert Botanical Garden and it must be “Mutual, I’m sure.” (Hint: “White Christmas.)

That’s our walk for today. Thanks for coming along to see just a tiny, tiny bit of what the desert has to offer. Sorry I don’t have any dessert for you, but I did have desert–so close! 🙂

Odds and ends

Posted: February 28, 2022 in squares

How odd! The month seems to have flown by, something this dragonfly apparently couldn’t manage. Of course February does have 2-3 less days than the other months, but still…

Unless you look closely (thanks to my photo), you might feel as I did that this empty seed pod is just floating in the air.

Here’s another sculpture from Tonoho Chul using a number of repurposed items.

You can tap maple trees but who knew you could tap cacti? 🙂 I’m sorry to see the odd challenge end but it must go the way of all good things, I guess. Thanks for another enjoyable month, Becky, even if we did get short-changed by a few days. 🙂

SquareOdds 2.28.22