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Irish Soda Bread…

When I saw Dr. Meg Sorick’s post this morning about baking Irish Soda Bread and realized I actually had all the ingredients, including buttermilk, I had to try it.  Because it uses baking soda, there’s no rising involved and because my Kitchen Aid mixer sits on my countertop, I didn’t even have to try to lift anything.  In the time it took the oven to heat, I had mixed the dough and shaped it into two smaller rounds, ready to bake.

Why did I have buttermilk?  Because I had watched an episode of Bobby Flay’s Brunch on Food Network that used buttermilk and was going to try a recipe from there.  Did I try one, you ask?  Well, no, I never did…

Anyhow, thirty-five minutes later, we had warm bread for breakfast.  As Meg says, it is delightful with butter and honey.  If I’d had raisins, I probably would have added them, but it was awfully good the way it was.  Believe me, if I can bake this, anybody can.  You only need flour, salt, baking soda, buttermilk (or milk you sour with vinegar or lemon juice) and a little sugar.  You can find the recipe at Meg’s site, along with some great fiction and poetry!

The picture is my own…

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Cardinals, Hawaii Style

My coffee companion on the patio one early morning in Maui, a very brave (read pushy) red-crested cardinal.  As you can see, I feared for my Starbucks!

This species of bird is actually a songbird (Paroaria coronata), part of the family of tanagers and is native to parts of South America and now found in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.   Despite the name, it’s not really related to true cardinals found in North America.  But he’s very cute, isn’t he?

My DDIL took the photo and my info is from Wikipedia.

Lunch with Rashmi…

I had the pleasure of an out of town ladies lunch last week while on vacation in Virginia.  Rashmi from Mind and Life Matters lives in northern Virginia and has a wonderful blog where she shares her stories — and hosts the weekly Limerick Poetry Challenge.  My family had flown into Virginia Beach to visit with my sister and her family.  And Rashmi and I decided the chance to meet in person was too good of an opportunity to waste!

20160709_133203Since I didn’t have a car there, my sis drove me up to Richmond and Rashmi drove down to meet us at Baker’s Crust, a cute little eatery.

It was so good to finally meet and we made sure it was a working lunch by discussing blogging ideas so that we could deduct our mileage!  (Unless, of course, that’s not legal, in which case we wouldn’t dream of it :D)

If you’d be interested in meeting up with other bloggers in person, in the U.S., plans are being made right now for 2017.  You can find information at A Joyful Process .

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Monday Musings and Seahorses…

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Aren’t these gorgeous?  I ordered these from my friend over at Sonofabeach and he and his wife handmade them in colors to match my sunroom.  They are fun and funky, handpainted wood with metal bottle caps that give them a jewel like look.  They do custom orders of just about anything, in any size you want. The pictures don’t do them justice, they are so beautiful!

I’ll be home from vacation tonight 😦  sad to leave, but sort of happy to get home to routines and chores and bill paying — yuk…

Hair Update, Keratin Review…

Gentlemen, I won’t be offended if you just want to skip this post, it’s about my hair and more for the ladies.  But if you’re curious, feel free to read…

I don’t know if anyone remembers me talking about getting a keratin treatment on my hair, but the picture on the left is my highlighted hair that I would wash, blow dry and flat iron to look like that.  If I didn’t, it really would look like a lion’s mane 🙂

Picture on the right is same highlights but a little trim to get two hairdressers to agree on what looked the best after the treatment.  Right now it’s extremely flat and silky but they tell me it will be a little less flat in two weeks.  But after three days when I could wash it I just blew it dry, nothing else!  Keratin should last through about five or six cuts, so six to eight months.

I’m not sure if I really love it yet but it will be nice not to deal with heat and humidity and frizzy hair this summer.  But even with my length hair, process took three and a half hours, a pretty big time commitment, and they said it could take at least an hour longer for shoulder length hair.   Not to mention the cost 🙂