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Ooey gooey goodness.



After letting the sweet dough rise, roll it out.


Then spread it with cinnamon sugar, roll it up tightly ,and slice it into eighths.


There's a layer of gooey stuff which will be carmelized when baking is done, and a few raisins and nuts.


Put the rolls on top of the goo and let them rise til they're filling the pan.


Once they're done baking, let them cool for about 10 minutes and invert them onto a platter.


The carmelized goo on the bottom is now the top...


And it tastes amazing. Simply amazing,


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A strange sight.

The other day my husband and I were watching the birds feeding outside of our window when a snake who was apparently hanging out in our gutter grabbed a tufted titmouse. In the first photo, taken from inside the house, you can barely make out the snake. In the second photo, you can see no sign of the snake, but he was clearly holding on to his prey. Shortly thereafter, the bird was pulled into the gutter to serve as the snake's dinner.

Definitely one of the strangest sights we've seen!





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Mmmmmmm!


These babies make the whole house smell delicious as they're baking, and they're positively delicious. I can't share the aroma or the flavor, but I'll gladly share the recipe!

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
3/4 C butter, softened
1 C sugar for cookie dough, and some more to roll the cookies in
1/4 C molasses
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves (ground)
2 C flour
1/2 tsp ginger

1.    In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in molasses and egg.
2.    Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture.
3.    Chill for 1 hour or until firm.
4.    Shape into 1" balls, roll them around in granulated sugar, and place on greased baking sheets.
5.    Per the recipe you should press them flat prior to baking, but I just set the dough balls on the cookie sheet and let them spread out on their own. They wound up pretty uniform in size (although it took a bit longer than 8-10 minutes to bake them in preheated 375 degree oven.
6.    Bake them til lightly browned, then cool on wire racks.



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Pine tree versus windshield



 My car was parked in the driveway when a neighbor's pine tree attacked it. A few days later, I was fascinated watching the tree surgeons cut away dead limbs from the otherwise healthy tree. At one point, he was nearly 70 feet in the air!







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Save a Gato


 Old San Juan Puerto Rico was plagued with feral cats, but rather than mass euthanization of the cats, a charitable organization was founded to trap, neuter, and release the cats. Now, when strolling along the streets of the old city, you will find cats who have received appropriate medical care and been neutered to curb the population. Folks put food and water along the path, and it's delightful to walk through his historic area.

Interested in learning more or in making a donation? Check Save A Gato. In the meanwhile, take a stroll through Old San Juan and see some of these kitties.







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The photography of Hugh L. Mangum


I recently saw a collection of photographs taken by an itinerant photographer named Hugh Mangum. He traveled along the eastern seaboard in the late 1800's and early 1900's. A series of the images he took would be developed on a large glass plate. He photographed a wide variety of people, both black and white, old and young, and occasionally he would photograph family pets.Upon his death, plates were stacked and stored in a barn. Many years later they were re-discovered and given to the manuscript department at Duke University. They are now preserved as part of a digital collection.

Because these plates were stacked atop each other and stored in an often hot and humid Durham, North Carolina barn, many of the images bled into each other, creating some interesting double exposure images. To learn more about Hugh Mangum, click here and here.










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I'm impressed.


Thanks to everyone who clued me in on how to block those aggravating spammers. I just emptied my spam box of more than 500 of the things, but since I followed your advice, there hasn't been a single one!






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Classical art


Does anyone know how to block anonymous comments on Blogger? I'm being swamped by irritating (and often idiotic) anonymous comments and wind up wasting time marking them individually as spam. Please help!









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