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Monday, October 26, 2009

How Merlot Can You Go?

Life has been busy lately and I am guessing it’s the same with you. Halloween is just around the corner and I HAVE HALLOWEEN SPRINKLES THAT HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN USED! What’s worse is that these are last year’s sprinkles! I’d better get busy.

The Squash Chronicles have been adventurous this year. I’ve managed to attack two unusual squashes that I’ve never even considered before and they were delish! Too bad the recipes I used were either meh or FAIL due to operator error. I must talk to you about risotto.

Hubs and I racked off a true wine kit Merlot yesterday that we ordered from Cellar Craft. Now, according to many die-hard wine makers, you are not a wine maker unless you make wine with grapes. I’ve only been playing wine maker with my imaginary friends for the past two years, see. Whatev!

This Merlot was amazing! I have to say, this is one of the few rare wines that I’ve made that was yummy even at a young age. We started it ohhh, in September (?) and I had my doubts about it for sure, but it’s a winnah. It’s so good that I might not even give any away!

The Canning and Preserving class is still in the works, but we are having a hard time finding kitchen space to use for classes. You’d be surprised at how many food businesses don’t own a range-top stove and use hot plates. Le sigh.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sunrise Slowdown

Is it me or does it seem like the holidays are barreling in on us like an angry bull smacked on the behind? I just don’t know where all the time goes or how to slow things down. I’m not ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas! Stop the music!

A few weeks ago, a friend and I took some amazing photos of a field of swamp daisies at sunrise. Every morning as I went to work, I would pass 5 or 6 eager photographers poised on the side of the expressway trying to take shots like this:

The daisy bloom only happens once a year in this location, and it didn’t even do so for the past 2 years because the field was flooded. It’s right on the edge of Lake Jessup in Sanford, Florida.

Lake Jessup has the 2nd highest population of gators per shoreline mile next to Lake Okeechobee. I also find it funny that a bunch of genius businessmen wanted to start a water-ski instruction school on this lake a few years ago, but got turned down by the city. I wonder why?!! That would be like chumming for gators!

Anyway, for the past couple of years, I promised myself that I would get my butt up and get a few good shots as the flowers are only there for about a week. Then they're gone.

Here’s to slowing things down…at least for a little while.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

Friends, lovers, Amway salesmen, I have the most amazing news! I'm going to teach a Canning and Preserving class!

Let me repeat...I'm going to teach a Canning and Preserving class!

You don't know how excited I am to be able to do this! This is even more exciting than the one time where I almost had a CHIPPENDALE'S DANCER as a roomate! Back then I thought, "PLEASE GOD, LET ME JUST ONCE LIVE WITH A CHIPPENDALE'S DANCER!"

But I was fresh out of a divorce and knew the dark, horny path I was about to go down was a bad, bad move. So, I asked for my deposit back from the CHIPPENDALE'S DANCER and weeped into the sunset. The end.

Sigh.

Ahem, where was I? Oh, yes, classes will tentatively start on November 14th (a Saturday) for a 4 week, 4 class course. I plan to go next week to see if the classroom facility is legit and there will be more information to come. Be patient, darlings!

Oh, and Heather McPherson, from the Orlando Sentinel is going to write an article about me and the course! Squeeee!

More to come...
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