Owl in Massachusetts Guest Blog

During the Pandemic, I’ve been fortunate to receive photos from family and friends who live in different locations. They contribute to the blog and add interest. This is a collaborative effort by neighbors in Massachusetts.

I received a photo of an owl sitting on a snow covered wall from my longtime friend Linda Dempster.

Photo by Linda Dempster

Later Linda sent me another photo of the owl who’d flown up in a tree. She’d received it from her neighbor. I asked her to ask the neighbor if they’d consent to the owl in the tree photo being posted on the blog. So thank you Linda and neighbor Anne Laibe Bertalino for the interesting owl photos and being the guest bloggers today.

Perfectly framed by the branches.
Photo by Anne Laibe Bertalino.
Look at those owl eyes! Wonderful capture, Anne.

In 2012 my most popular post was from guest blogger Shuey in Florida with his barred owl photo.

S. Dallas Ave Thoughtful Neighbors’ Signage Warns of BIG Pothole

You can avoid it by seeing this eye catching sign. South Dallas Avenue Thoughtful Neighbors Warn of BIG Pothole. You could ruin a tire. Pittsburgh is noted for its potholes. You can’t always see them until you’re on top of one. Or your tire is dipping into it, jarring your ride, ruining your alignment!

A “New” Table from the Neighbors

Thanks to P and J we now have a “new” table for the front porch. Thank you for the upgrade from our little plastic circle.

Steve took this photo on my phone of our Spaghetti Arugula and tricolor corn supper.

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A Perfect Dessert

You know how I like dessert. It’s a double guest blog  today.

Necessity! I purposefully left my cell phone home so I could be present in the moment during a special luncheon Wednesday afternoon.

Steve and I were invited next door for a delicious lunch to welcome our new neighbors to the neighborhood.

Dessert was this stunning and  mouthwatering Lemon Tart from the French bakery on Butler Street in Lawrenceville  La Gourmandine

 

The first photo by Madison who said  “The simple things in life are the sweetest.”

 

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img_2377and then when my slice of the delectable tart on the beautiful blue and white china plate was set in front of me, I definitely needed another photo.  (Thank you Joaquin)

No way to adequately describe the simultaneous sweet and tart combination as it glides over your tongue.  Perfection!

 

Spaghetti Arugula

Thanks to my neighbor for giving me the arugula.

Spaghetti Arugula.

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Steve brought home the olives and fresh pasta. A recipe from the excellent chef Anna Flevola formerly of La Cucina Flegrea. Garlic, olive oil, a bit of red onion, pine nuts, walnuts, raisins, red pepper flakes and a ladle of pasta water -topped with the rocket/arugula and freshly grated Parmesan.

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Ready to serve

This should be photo four but having WP posting issue w photos tonight

Homegrown Chives Garnish Pierogies Supper

While the men loaded up the chairs, Suzanne gave me a tour of her garden and shared some chives. She said you can eat the blossom! 
After we pulled away from our friends’ house,(where we’d gone to borrow folding chairs) Steve and I needed something to eat. 

We drove down the hill to the Bryant Street Market, and found homemade Pierogies in a ziploc bag in their freezer.

I sautéed plenty of sliced Vidalia onions in butter, too.  

Added the snipped fresh chives garnish which complemented the potato and cheese filled pierogies. 

“Above the Fold” on Valentine’s Day

Long time friends and neighbors, the Skrinjars were featured in the newspaper today.

Our children went to school together years ago.

This morning they brought the copy of the newspaper to my house  so when I got home from shooting a lovely Valentine’s Day wedding, their story was on the front page of the LIVING section, above the fold!

Long Time Spouse Article

I took the accompanying photograph of them when they invited Steve and me to a Pirates Game last September.

Today on Valentine’s Day is an article by Rex Rutoski titledMarried to My Best Friend (Valentine’s pals: Longtime spouses weigh in on matters of the heart)    

Read more: http://triblive.com/lifestyles/morelifestyles/7660207-74/says-married-friend#ixzz3Rmnomdg4

Congratulations to Dick and Barbara!  xxoo Ruth

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You can read the Sweets to the Suite post about the Dessert Cart with the fancy desserts at the game.

I Focused on the Beets PLUS a Guest Photo of My Brother’s Garlic

Our neighbor got his weekly delivery of  Community Supported Agriculture of Southwestern Pennsylvania and since his wife’s away so tonight he brought up all of this bounty from local farms.

I’ve been photographing lots of ingredients lately so this one keeps with the theme.

Roasted beets on the list of things to do

and I see myself trying the method of microwaving the spaghetti squash the way I’ve seen Erika do it in her kitchen.

Splits open so easily.

Not sure about that enormous zucchini.  The peppers are just beautiful as are those yellow tomatoes. Mmmmm.  Inspirational.

Community Supported Agriculture

Garlic roaster

And the guest photograph by Roberta, who made Garlic Mashed Potatoes with the leftover roasted garlic.

(organic garlic grown by my brother David in Okanogan WA)

Little Green Apples

It’s an iPhone photo story and the bowl of peelings didn’t come out.   This was last Thursday.

Recipe for a summer afternoon.

Generous neighbors with an apple tree laden with fruit- a couple of boxes waiting  to be filled. (We filled one.)

A friend to help pick, peel, core and slice.

The crust was butter, flour and salt, a few tablespoons of ice water- mixed up in the food processor, rolled out.

Four open face pie/tarts and one quart of applesauce that looks almost green to me.

We took one of the pies down to the owners of the apple tree and were they ever surprised.   I brought one out to Ohio for the family. Along with the applesauce.

Small apples, tart and sweet, firm flesh and delicious.  A sprinkle of lemon, dots of butter and light on the cinnamon.   A bit raggedy looking but tasty.