Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Picture Walk with Madeline & Dinner

 Today I have a guest photographer. Miss Madeline my granddaughter took a camera walk with me yesterday. We visited the town of Haddonfield NJ in the early afternoon.

We walked until we thought our feet were going to fall off, stopping for a little lunch and then walking some more. 

Madeline likes and is interested in many of the same things as me and taking pictures is one of them. I handed her my old point and shoot and said take any picture you want.She started taking pictures as soon as we got in the car.

 I showed her how to zoom, and she was most interested in the flash. It wasn't easy convincing her she didn't need it. I did my best not to interfere and succeeded pretty well. Some things like the dinosaur she took pictures of every part and angle.

 Not a single person walking by didn't pause and at the very least smile as she worked at taking her pictures. Her stance while focusing is too cute. It was fun to watch what she was  photoing.  She shares my love for flowers, clouds, and pretty baubles. 

  On the way out of town I saw the cemetery and asked if she would like to walk there. I told her what a cemetery was and she was all for it. We spent an hour in the cemetery looking at stones and quietly walking in the shade enjoying the cool calm breeze. With every picture she would ask and who lives here. I would read the stones for her, every time she would pause a second a look of deep thought on her face and then click the picture was taken.

 She got a real kick out of the strange wording on some the really older stones. As I was taking her home later that evening we past a cemetery and she pointed it out saying we would need to walk there someday. I wasn't able to hold back the smile as I realized she shares my enjoyment of cemeteries.
  Back in the car on the way home she continued to click away including a selfie.

 Stopping at the grocery store for soda and milk the camera came with her, and with out realizing it Madeline had given me my What was dinner photos as well.
  All the pictures you see were taken by Madeline and untouched. No editing what so ever. She took 272 pictures and it was dang difficult not to post them all. The good the bad and the ugly everyone of them a happy memory for me. 
   As we got back in the car after the grocery store Madeline melted my heart and sent it soaring when she said " Didn't we have so much fun today?" That was the last thing she said on the ride home,because before we left the parking lot she was a sleep.
  " What Was Dinner?" I was trying to think of what to make for dinner when Madeline went to the buffet and started pointing out what she would eat.

 Dinner solved and when I loaded her pictures on to the computer it turns out she had my photos for me as well.

 Some times take out can be good.

this is just a test!

old McDonald Madeline style

Monday, August 18, 2014

Busy Weekend & Dessert!

 It is a beautiful Monday morning and like the weekend it is going to be a busy Monday. With luck and a little good planning I will be spending most of the day outside in the sunshine and fresh air playing games with Madeline.
  Saturday was to perfect to ignore and we didn't. After a little yard work and spending some quality time together in the garden, Dzia grabbed a little nap and then we were off to find some fun in the sun. We found that fun in Philadelphia on the Delaware river. Penn's Landing is one of Philadelphia coolest places to visit. It offers a verity of things to do and see. During the summer there are festivals and music concerts, or you can just hang out on a hammock and enjoy the breeze coming off the river. There is so much history just begging to be seen and soaked in.

 There is no shortage of food floating around the pier. You can get anything from a hot dog to a full course meal. This weekend was the India festival. The sights, sounds, and aromas were so exotic so full and rich.

 Everywhere you looked there were racks and tables full of  brightly colored fabrics of all kinds. 

We braved the long LONG lines for a little taste of India in food. Well worth the wait. Not sure what we ate but it was incredible. Later as we walked along the pier Dzia found a food stand he just couldn't pass by.

 When we finally decided it was time to go home we were full and very content.
  Sunday found me back on fest grounds. I took Madeline up to the field to see her dad. While they went off and enjoyed the festival together I stayed in the camp grounds and took pictures.  The day started out gray and rainy. It is always amazing to watch the sky as it moves across the field and yesterday was no different.

 Even more cool camp sites had sprouted up since Thursday. There are so many wonderfully different things to see on the field. Even I Dream of Genie had to come to fest.

 Madeline enjoyed her time with daddy, she played hard all day taking in as much of fest fun as she could. She slept all the way home and asked to go to bed when we got home. She never asks to go to bed.
    " What Was Dinner " Dinner was delicious but the dessert was better. Blueberry I say cobbler and the husband calls it a buckle.

 Whatever you call it won't matter because before you can decide it will be gone. A simple straight forward recipe that is easy to follow and comes out good every time. The first time I made this was up on the field in the annex. I and 3 other people put it together in no time at all. Everyone that had some raved about it so much that I just had to make it again when I got home.

 I don't know who to give credit to for this recipe because I never saw the recipe. I will just say author unknown.

3 cup blueberry
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg beaten 
6 tablespoon butter melted
 Place berries in a 9 by 13 baking dish, drizzle with lemon juice. Mix together flour, sugar, and egg. Mix until crumbly. Cover blueberries with flour mixture and then drizzle with melted butter. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven between 30 and 45 minutes until blueberries thicken and topping is lightly golden brown.

  It is hard to believe such a simple recipe could be so good.
  Cheery Monday everyone! Thank you for stopping by.