Sep 30, 2013

Semi-transparent Blue-gray social icons

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I made these Semi transparent blue gray icons for you to try out. I have no idea if semi transparent is a good idea or not. I just tried different background colors now after making them and I think they might be fine on solid colors.
This set includes:
Blogger
Blog connect –for all you Blog connect bloggers who have been asking!
Blog lovin
Email
Etsy
Drop box
Facebook
Flickr
Good reads
Linked in
Map
Meetup
Pinterest
Ravelry
RSS
Tumblr
Twitter
Vimeo
and a blank one to make your own.

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I don’t know how well they’ll work on patterned backgrounds.
Anyway you can  Download here
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Sep 27, 2013

Chapin Orchard

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I made a quick stop at to Chapin Orchard to get my cider fix. There are some things you just can’t get in the south and real fresh pressed apple cider is one of them. 

 

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there in the back cooler was what I came for.

 

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Cider!

 

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There is the one eyed dog who likes to try to get visitors to play with him.

 

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They also have other important stuff like maple syrup.

 

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It’s a great day to visit an apple orchard.

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Sep 25, 2013

Totally gross ~PhotoADay

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I don’t know,I didn’t look inside.

 

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20 in the afternoon

 

20 living large 

 

21 brown

Just wait, we’ll have brown in no time.

 

22 changes

 

23 breathe

 

24 from my childhood

My mother always used to tell us we could go to the garden and dig our own snacks.

24 notes

My niece helping my write down ingredients for pizza.

 

25 get wet

 

26 goodbye summer 

27 bubbles

 

29 puppy dog eyes

This is Rasta.

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Sep 23, 2013

Scalloped Potatoes with Fennel

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These scalloped potatoes are “make you eat seconds when you’re not even hungry” kind of good!

 

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Fennel has a sort of anise-like flavor. Some like it, some don’t.

 

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I like it.

 

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To start, you’ll need some fennel, rosemary, sage and garlic.

 

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Cut off any stalks and fronds from fennel bulbs; discard stalks.

 

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Combine cream,

 

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white pepper

 

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and coarse salt,

 

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in large bowl.

 

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Place garlic slices and rosemary and sage sprigs in bottom of prepared baking dish.

 

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Layer half of fennel slices evenly atop garlic and rosemary in baking dish.

 

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Like that except save some of the green toppy parts of the fennel for garnish after baking. I learned this after the fact.

 

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Peel potatoes and place immediately in large bowl of cold water to prevent discoloration. Slice each

potato into rounds, and let them dry on a clean tea towel, as you continue slicing.

 

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Now add potato slices to bowl with cream mixture,

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turning to coat potatoes.

 

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Arrange half of potato slices evenly over fennel slices in baking dish, reserving cream mixture in bowl.

 

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Repeat layering with remaining fennel slices, then remaining potato slices.

 

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Pour cream mixture from bowl over fennel-potato mixture in baking dish.

 

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Dot with butter cubes.

 

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Cover baking dish with foil, doming foil slightly (do not allow foil to touch potatoes).

Bake scalloped potatoes until almost tender when pierced with knife, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Remove foil and bake uncovered until potatoes are tender and top is deep golden brown, about 20 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes.

 

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If you remembered to reserve some fennel tops for garnish, Sprinkle with reserved fennel fronds and serve.

 

Scalloped Potatoes with Fennel

made from Bon appetit’ recipe

INGREDIENTS

    6 garlic cloves, peeled, thinly sliced
    4 2-inch-long fresh rosemary sprigs
    3 nice sprigs of fresh sage
    2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
    2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
    3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
    2 large fresh fennel bulbs with fronds
    3 1/2 pounds medium-size white and yukon gold potatoes
    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

     

    directions

    Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Place garlic slices and rosemary and sage sprigs in bottom of prepared baking dish. Combine cream, coarse salt, and white pepper in large bowl.
        Cut off any stalks and fronds from fennel bulbs; discard stalks. Finely chop fennel fronds and reserve for garnish after baking. Thinly slice fennel bulbs. Layer half of fennel slices evenly atop garlic and rosemary in baking dish. Peel potatoes and place immediately in large bowl of cold water to prevent discoloration. Slice each potato into rounds,and let them dry on a clean tea towel, as you continue slicing. Now add potato slices to bowl with cream mixture, turning to coat potatoes. Arrange half of potato slices evenly over fennel slices in baking dish, reserving cream mixture in bowl. Repeat layering with remaining fennel slices, then remaining potato slices. Pour cream mixture from bowl over fennel-potato mixture in baking dish. Dot with butter cubes. Cover baking dish with foil, doming foil slightly (do not allow foil to touch potatoes).
        Bake scalloped potatoes until almost tender when pierced with knife, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Remove foil and bake uncovered until potatoes are tender and top is deep golden brown, about 20 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let rest 15 minutes. Sprinkle with reserved fennel fronds and serve.

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