August 29, 2014

Giveaways are great

Hi all!  Here's my plan: 

Over these next immediate days I'm going to finish up my Cape Cod posts.  This does not mean posting lots 'o' pictures from my vacation.  I find that grating on blogs and... well, you can just look at my "latest moments" over in the sidebar there if you choose to have more visuals (I would choose but hey, I love Cape Cod!).  This does mean that I will share my tried and true TJ styled travelling with children tips, a few pointers on discovering lovely bits you can summer forage on and around Cape Cod, and some great places to haunt next time you are in the Buzzard's Bay/Cape area.
Maybe even tips on...

Gang, this ALSO MEANS that next Wednesday, 9/3, I will be done with all my Cape Cod sonnets of love and ready to officially introduce you to a new and improved version of Any Given Moment. YAY!!!!  Be sure to come back on that day because I will have a free goodie for all of you, and a giveaway too.  Who doesn't love a good giveaway?  Hmmm?   

See you in just hours,

August 20, 2014

practicing photography in Cape Cod

These two pictures, so drastically different, tell you what type of photography fun I'm having out here on vacation.  Whee, it's been fun!!  

The first photo displays that I actually kinda sorta set up a composed picture in a not perfect light situation (fine.  It WAS a perfect light situation, just not one I could easily capture on my camera).  My moxie was put to the test here; we can read all the books, all the manuals, but only when a situation presents itself do we rise -or sink- on the proving ground.  Glad this time I floated and pst... a boat passing as if perfectly timed certainly helped my situation!  

The second picture?  I asked that jovial gent if I could take a picture of him and his colorful statement of a car.  I'm pretty sure asking subjects for permission to photograph has catapulted me into a new catagory for picture taking: aggressive amateur, maybe?! 

We continue to savor these last few beautiful days on the Cape.  If you want a bit more Cape Cod, check out our "Latest Moments" over there in the sidebar.

Sending a sunny, warm sand under your feet hello to all of you,


August 17, 2014

Once Upon A Tart's Berry Scones

A flurry of activity in my house this morning because soon, very soon, we leave for Cape Cod!  The excitement is palpable.  The kitchen is a mess.  

Why?  Because we can't eat ice cream cones and hot dogs on the beach every day for lunch.  Oh no, no.  Ok well, actually I'd be fine with that- it's vacation after all!  But that's not cost effective, so I make a few goodies to take along with us.  I am not above packing the necessary ingredients to make sun tea on our cottage porch either; I sit the jar right next to our drippy bathing suits.  Elegant.

"Chex" mix and my favorite sesame ginger popcorn have been created already, as have some scrumptious berry scones.  When my family and I are whirling dervishes, I tend to bake something tempting to us all that we can just grab and eat whenever; calling it breakfast, lunch, dinner... (no, crockpot saved the day for dinner).  

Yeah, scones have lots of butter in them, but I'm not scared of butter.  I say bring it on.  With the way we are all looting the house like pirates as we fill our suitcases, I'd say we have energy to burn. Here, let me plate one for you...

The recipe is from the cookbook "Once Upon A Tart"; it's one of my no fail cookbooks.  I have yet to find a recipe in it that I did not find scrumptious.  Lots of choices to chose from for scrumptiousness too: tarts (had you guessed that one?), baked goods, salads, soups...

Pinecones and Acorns has the recipe posted
My field notes are: milk kefir replaced the buttermilk, and I used fig preserves instead of raspberry because that's what was on hand.

If you aren't in the mood for edible scumptiousness, would you rather this type?

The ultimate would be to eat a warm berry scone while looking at these photos of my nephew and niece. 

I'm off to the beach,

August 14, 2014

Using Avett Brothers as a distraction

Yuck.  Today I am trying to figure out how to put social media such and such over there in the sidebar.  Do you work with HTML or CSS?  Hope not because it can give one quite a headache.  I'm here to distract myself for a moment.

                             Prince John and Robin Hood  *

 Just for public knowledge, I need to document the fact that The Avett Brothers played in my hometown this month.  It was a bit of a bummer for them to be in my old stomping ground and not see them, but I needed to be grown-up about it.  When the day of the concert arrived, I didn't even sulk (too much).  I blasted their music all day long and remembered how I was on top of the world happy when I saw them in March.

I think I keep harping on and on about this band because I sense they are different.  Case in point: they just played at my hometown's Musicfest. Now that is a high and mighty music festival, but still- The Avett Brothers are peaking.  They could play anywhere LIKE AT RED ROCKS!, yet they still show up ready for action at smaller jam sessions like the Lehigh Valley, too.   I respect that. These musicians are authentic, true to the root.  Listen to just one of their songs and tell me you can't hear it.  Watch how they act on stage and tell me you can't see it.

I gotta dive back in to the world of social media, but you?  You should absolutely check out some Avett Brother music.  Tell then that TJ sent you.

We came for salvation
We came for family
We came for all that's good that's how we'll walk away
We came to break the bad
We came to cheer the sad
We came to leave behind the world a better way.  ~ from "Salvation Song" The Avett Brothers

* there is no rhyme or reason for these pictures except - wait for the reach- that Ace and Bear are brothers too.
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August 06, 2014

summer life

Still under construction around here, but I figured posting some photos from the past few days won't delay me all that much...

I know we are firmly in summer when I can't seem to get enough of chanterelles and blueberries

See what I mean?  Our awesome nieces and nephew arrive and we take them... blueberry picking!

In other news, Ace continues to have a hard-knock summer- complete with bug bites, bumps, and a brand new gravel burn across his face.  One recent afternoon the dogs tried to show him where sleep is best, but Ace chose to sleep under the guest bed- unbeknownst to me.  He keeps me on my toes, that one!

How has your summer been so far?
(ps: want to come pick blueberries?)

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