When you're a 40 something single mother of a teen with lots of ambition, you find yourself in all kinds of interesting adventures and situations. Come back to laugh at us any time you feel the need, heaven knows where we'll be doing what next. Here you can expect a few words, a lot of images and hopefully ideas on what you can do for your next adventure.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Comfort food - Refridgerator Muffins

There are certain things from your childhood that immediately brings you back to a specific place and time. One of those things for me is Refridgerator Muffins. My mom never told us how good they were for us, she just made up a batch, kept it in the 'fridge and popped those puppies in the oven for a warm yummy breakfast. The truth is that this recipe contains All Bran and Shredded Wheat so you get a double bang for your buck. I love the fact that I can just turn on the oven, scoop out 6 muffins and toss them in the over for Monkey to have a quick and easy breakfast, just like I used to. ♥

I promise to post a picture of the completed muffins as soon as I whip up a batch. :)

Refridgerator Muffins

4 Shredded Wheat biscuits
2 Cups All Bran
1/2 Cup boiling water

Crumble biscuits into a large bowl, add Bran and boiling water and toss well.

2 Cups sugar
1 Cup shortening (I prefer butter flavored)
4 Eggs

Cream together in a seperate bowl, then add to the cereal mixture.

5 Cups flour
5 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Teaspoons Salt

Sift together and then add to creamed mix alternately with 1 Quart of Buttermilk.

Place mixed batter into the refridgerator and let set overnight. To bake, add to muffin liners or a greased muffin pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes. Discard mixture if not used within seven days.

We like to add stuff to the muffins, such as chocolate or cinnamon chips, blueberries, sliced banana - you get the drift, try some of your own varieties!

Ahh, the original 'Fridge muffin!

I keep the batter in large Ziploc containers

I usually make six at a time, his majesty eats 4, I get the remainder.

I sprinkle the chips on the top of the batter, then push them in with a fork. Then I sprinkle a few on top. :)

Downy's vs. Hairy's

I have many visitors that come to the feeders on the back porch, but the woodpeckers are my favorites. I typically have three regulars - two to the suet and one to my poor trees. The Pileated I've already spoken about, it's time for the smaller hardheaded friends and a monochrome blog.

Mr. & Mrs. Downy make daily visits. The smallest of my friends, they are the least timid. I can always tell when it's them even from a distance as they are barely as tall as the wire suet cage they hang from. He has a red cap, she has none.

Mr & Mrs. Hairy come when they feel the need. When hanging on the suet basket they are easily identifyable as they usually stand a full head and tail larger. My pair nested out back this past summer, I had three very uncoordinated Hairy babies flitting through the backyard on numerous occasions. It was a thrill! Again - the male has a red cap and the female.... none.

I hope this helps you identify which species of woodpecker is visiting your back yard!

Mrs. Downy - missing the red cap

Whatcha looking at there broad?

Mr. Downy, sporting his red dome

Mrs. Hairy - you can see - is much larger than the wire cage. Mr. Hairy is identical except with a red crown.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Fun at our local Indoor Soccer hangout

We seem to spend as much time at our local indoor arena as we do at home sometimes, but at least it's cheap entertainment. My son has soccer there three, sometimes four days a week. We tend to stick around and watch the other leagues play as well - Men's, High School, Co-Ed and just about anyone else while we're there. We love it. Monkey gets to pick up on things that he might not just get from a coach and I get some time away from the house watching a live sport for nothing. Well, my dues are taken from housework and sleep. :)

On this specific occasion, we had the place to ourselves. It was very fun.

Not a soul around, a dirty camera lens and a boy with a ball

Our favorite indoor soccer haunt

Let Monkey show you how to bend it like Beckham

It makes him sleep at night!

During a game - same turf. I ♥ this boy

Friday, January 20, 2012

Visitors in the backyard

Last week's storm brought our first snowfall with staying power, thanks to the help of some freezing rain / rain that lashed out across the area and left a thin crust of ice on top of the snow. The day after it snowed, Monkey noticed that something had walked across the lawn and driveway - we found 5 distinct sets of deer tracks - over varying sizes - where they had wandered in search of food.

That food is an abundant apple tree bordering the lawn of the house on the corner and the field that borders my lawn.

The next morning, after the crust had formed, they came back through in the similiar drove. These pictures are from the day after that, so it looks like an army marched across my lawn.

Right across the driveway

Superhighway across the front lawn!

Digging for supper

Munching down those tender morsels while they can still get them!

Getting in a little sliding time

Looking to see if the deer are still around......

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On thin ice

"Humans aren't very smart you know"

"I mean, they are smart enough to feed us and all....."

"But what would make someone go on ice when it's been so warm and skate near a waterfall?!"

"Nuts I'm tellin' ya"


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

White Winged Scoter

Also at Spring Point, after prying myself away from the Snow Buntings and meandering down the Jetty, I came across a White-Winged Scoter, just hanging out and feeding on whatever was so interesting on bottom. He also didn't seem to care that I was there and again, I was so happy to have another bird that I haven't been able to photograph up close right there and ready to pose for me. Fantastic.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Snow Buntings!

So here I am, day tripping all by myself and having a lovely day. I'm at Spring Point Lighthouse and almost didn't bother to take the walk to see what was around. As I'm walking up to the stairs to the Jetty, I hear a 'twerdling' noise that make my head jerk up. I know that sound. I know that sound! Where are they??? I start looking all around me and then, just to my left - there they were. Six beautiful Snow Buntings, almost close enough to touch. I picked up my camera thinking that I would get one snap and they would take off. No, they didn't. They primped, they preened, they took baths in the snow. They sang, they chased each other and they never did seem to care that I was there.

This rates right up there with some of the coolest things I've ever seen.


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