Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Mud pie in the sky

This is a mud pie you can actually eat, minus the worms and other nasty surprises you find in soil. Unless you're one of those fat-a phoebes or a little sugar sends you in a tizzy. You only live once people. Remember that. 
Anyways its based on a traditional mud pie called Mississippi mud pie.
You can get the traditional recipe here. Its great for parties but a bit much for small families but well worth it if you still decide to make it. 
So I made my own mini version with slight differences. Here's how I made my own version in case you're curious.

You need half a softened or room temperature cream cheese.
One shortbread cookie ready made pie crust. Like the Keebler elf brand pie crusts.
Two packets of Ready whip cream or other brand.
Vanilla extract which will go in to the Ready whip
One package of chocolate pudding.
Nuttella or some other brand of choco-hazelnut spread.
Some walnut meat about ¼ chopped if desired
Some walnut meat for decoration if desired.
Some chocolate syrup or powder or what ever else chocolate you can use for decoration on top if desired.

Prepare one whipped cream packet to the instructions. Whip the product till it has peeks.
Place half of the whip cream in with the half cream cheese and whip until blended.
Place in pie.
Prepare the chocolate pudding. Place the dry mix in to a bowl with a generous tablespoon full of that hazelnut spread. Add some milk. But instead of using the traditional two cups of milk, use only 1 and ½ cup milk. Its going in to a pie after all.
Place the pudding in to the fridge and in the mean time prepare the other whipped topping to the instructions. At this point you can mix that one with the other whipped topping you made earlier. Again till peaks form. Place aside till you are ready for it.
Take those chopped nuts and first sprinkle on top of the cream cheese/ whipped topping mixture. Normally the nuts go in to the pie crust but since this is obviously a pre-made crust, you make a compromise.
On top of that add the chocolate pudding mixture.
On top of that add the whipped topping.
Decorate if desired with walnuts and some kind of chocolate.
Here I used chocolate syrup stripes but traditionally people just sprinkle a bit of powdered chocolate on top normally used for making hot chocolate.
Place the pie in the fridge so it as time to set or wait and serve it after supper.

I made another just a few weeks ago. 

Yum! :D

Friday, July 04, 2014


Its pretty amazing how such a scrawny little tree in a pot can produce such a giant fruit. In this case a fig. I would trim the poor little neglected tree if I could but its my dads plant and well you know? He still see me as a small child. Sigh.... And yet when I was a little kid growing up playing outside on a lonely hot summers day by my self and looking for something to do, he let me play with things like blow torches and an ax on occasion. Go fig. Makes your head shake sometimes.
As for the fig tree, I wonder if, although scrawny, small and in a pot, my doves might have contributed in some way during the winter in the garage? They were in and out of the pots and you know doves they always like to leave a little gift where ever they go. Who knows......

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tastes garlicky

A few weeks ago I took these nice and tasty pics of of this particular weed.
Weeds? How can weeds be tasty? Well certain kinds can be eaten as wild greens or used as flavorings. In this case both. Its called a Garlic mustard and yes its in the mustard family. Its a nice wild green which I would rather call them that has this nice distinctive garlicky smell and taste in its leaves and flowers when crushed. You can eat the leaves and flowers raw in a salad, use as a cooked green side dish and or flavour your food in-place of garlic. This European wild green is also invasive so if you find them, don't just beat them, eat them. 

I really like the look of these photos. They really turned out well.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Cooing from the gang

Finally got a nice pic of one of my doves flying in the garage. OK its not perfect but maybe next time I'll get an actual face showing. “They're kind of shy any how” Its kind of hard using an ancient digital camera for the task, for a movement that quick. Oh well maybe next year.

The pics were taken before they went out to stay in their summer incloser so it was right around the time where the doves started to molt their feathers. They were looking rather ratty. 

 My youngest male all grown up.

I caught one flying. Look at the pic below. 

  A secret space for male members only.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The little thieves.

I caught these little thieves as usual stealing from the birds and sometimes from me.
Every time I take care of my birds needs I always leave a little something for the wild birds too. But these little squirrels seem to think I'm also doing it for them. I've even tried to place the birds share of seeds in to a bunch of little piles all over the back yard cobble stone. Thinking that it'll give the birds a chance to eat at one spot while the greedy furry fella or felon as I like to refer to him, pigs out on another spot. But that didn't last long since he invited his friends to the seedy feast. Time for a new strategy. Its no wonder scientists use his rodent brother, the rat in their experiments.

As from stealing from me, they're out of luck this time. Its time to put our poor peach tree out of its misery. Even the little not so old tree bit the bucket. Guess winter was a bit much even for those two. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Just in time magnolia blossoms

And we went backwards with spring, in terms of weather but I guess every once in awhile a year has these disappointing below normal temps. Oh yes you have noticed there are some on time perfectly appropriate pics for the season. For once I'm not showing leftovers. ;)

I shot some nice white magnolia blossoms before the wind totally knocked them over for another season, for reference of course. I already have a bunch of lovely shots of tree fulls of them I made a few years ago. Despite the fact I shot those on a cloudy day, the pics still really look impressive.
Sometimes taking pics on a sunny days is overrated any how. 

Sorry for showing my hands but it was a windy day after all.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The thing under the bed.

There's a Meetso under the bed.
I took this pic in the last few weeks of winter. But lucky for you no more looking at snow this year.
It was getting to the point where we had storm after storm and poor Meetso couldn't go out at night and have some fun. But then I wasn't going out much either other then to help clean out the snow. It was just too cold for walks any how so Meetso and I were starting to get a bit of cabin fever.
Meetso was acting in a crazy kitty playful mood one night. So he went about playing with his pompoms toy mice and dragging him self under the bed. It was a picture perfect moment to get these really cute shots.
Well as you know when you take pictures of kitties, like humans that get red eyes in shots I get the shiny green kitty eyes in Meetso. Got rid of those and flipped the pics over so you can see his cuteness.

Flipped over and fixed.