Friday, May 13, 2011

Random Friday

 

Bee Garden

It’s cold here this morning with the temps only in the high 30’s.  I have been wearing my winter coat when Dad and I go for our morning walk. 

Anyone who has been reading this blog for any time knows that I love wildlife, well except for my raccoons and I am mad at them for using some of my hay for a bathroom.  I think most of them have moved on but here are their tunnels.  I wouldn’t advise sticking your hand in these holes.  :o)

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They got rather mischievous this winter and had fun in the shavings too.  They opened many of the bales and probably lined their dens with them.  We think they are all out except two that come around looking for a handout.  They can open the barn doors so I am going to have some locks put on.  We really enjoyed them and watching the babies grow but when they get destructive it’s time to move on.

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I’ve been watching some woodpecker activity on our walks.  We have tons of them here, even in the winter months.  Haven’t caught them going in or coming out yet but will keep trying.

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The grass in the pasture is getting really nice and green in anticipation of the boys coming home this weekend.

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Here is a shot of the lovely roses that the Hubs got me for our anniversary, yellow is my favorite.  Where did 40 years go????

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Every so often I get a ‘hankering’ for some homemade custard and Betty Crocker has the best recipe.  It’s smooth and creamy and no fail.

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Baked Custard

6 eggs slightly beaten

2/3 cup sugar

Dash of salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

5 cups of milk, scalded

Nutmeg

Heat oven 350*

Blend eggs, sugar, salt and vanilla

Gradually stir in the milk

Pour into 10-12 custard cups depending on the size you use. Mine are quite large so I usually get 8-10

Sprinkle with nutmeg

Place cups in a deep baking pan and pour very hot water into the pan within 1/2 inch of the tops of the cups

Bake about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean

Remove cups from water and serve warm or chilled.  I like chilled the best! YUM!  These are the BEST!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

2 comments:

Needled Mom said...

Happy belated anniversary!! You two are a great example for all married couples. Forty years is a wonderful accomplishment.

I can imagine that those unwelcome visitors cannot be gone too soon for your liking. Grrrr. They can certainly be pesky.

The green grass in the pasture looks so lush. I can't wait to see the boys there too.

E and I went back to see The Jersey Boys again this week. We just love the music. I hope that you and R will be able to see it sometime without worrying about the little ones. We both thought of your emotions when we heard the initial exchange - typical Jersey street slang! ;~((

I hope things warm up a bit for you. We are having some chilly temps right now too. Rain forecast for tomorrow. Boo! xox

PEA said...

We're getting plenty of sunshine these days but like you, the temps have gotten much cooler and you need a jacket to go out. The winds make it worse too! It's supposed to start warming up by tomorrow so let's hope they're right for a change:-) I know what's going to happen, though, it will warm up and we'll get rain! lol

Raccoons are like squirrels, cute and fun to watch but they can be so destructive! Just last night I was at the sink to get a glass of water when the shed light came on (it's a sensor light) and there was a raccoon eating the peanuts I had left for the chipmunk. It was a big one, had a huge butt! lol We get the odd ones that come around but they don't stay long, thank goodness. After dinner I scared off a fox from my backyard, looks to be the same one that hangs around often. Told him I had nothing for him so to go take a hike!! lol Next door they have young grandkids over almost every day and they play out back so I just don't want that fox to become too "friendly".

Isn't it unbelievable the holes that woodpeckers can make?! I spotted one the other day and he couldn't seem to make up his mind which tree he wanted to work at. lol

Happy 40th Anniversary to you and your hubby, you are both so blessed to have each other. It will be 36 years for me in June but as you know, there's no "wedded bliss"! lol Love the gorgeous yellow roses you received!

Custard is something I've never tried making so I'll write down your recipe and give it a try. Wish we lived near each other, we'd be over at each others house every day to sample delicious baking! hehe Love you to bits xoxoxoxo