December 22, 2015 – Cookies and Spaghetti Sauce

It is Andy’s 79-4/12 birthday.  I was going to make him a pan of brownies for a cake, but I didn’t have the baking chocolate.  I changed to Pecan Praline Cookies.

Pecan Praline Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • sifted confectioners’ sugar, optional

Cream butter and brown sugar; stir in vanilla.  Gradually work in flour.  Mixture may be crumbly.  Add chopped pecans and work into dough.  Pinch off dough and roll in hands to form balls about 1 inch in diameter.  I use a teaspoon (not a measuring spoon) to scoop it up and keep the balls uniform.

Bake pecan cookies at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes, until firm and browned on bottoms.

Roll pecan cookies in confectioners’ sugar while still warm, but give them a few minutes to cool down a bit so they wont’ fall apart when handled.
Makes about 4 dozen pecan praline cookies.

Here they are laid out on my rolling cart that give me a little extra counter space in the motorhome.  As you can see behind them, the table is our den with our computers back to back.  We eat outside.

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Pecan Praline Cookies

A few of the four dozen are missing in this picture. We bagged up most of the cookies to hand out to the neighbors.

As soon as I got the some space cleared, I started making a big pot of spaghetti sauce, Andy’s favorite meal. We took a walk to the waterfront while the sauce was simmering. This Little Blue Heron was standing on a rope on that floating barrier at the entrance to our canal.

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Little Blue Heron
b03 Bougainvilla
Bougainvillea

Around sunset, we walked back to the water again so I could take some pictures of the lighthouse with Christmas lights on it.  On the way, I got a pretty nice moon picture. It would be better if I had a tripod, bit I was happy enough.

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Moon

I probably took a hundred pictures of the lighthouse.  It was too early in some and the lights didn’t show up.  Then, after it got darker, the pictures were not in sharp focus.

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Lighthouse Dressed for Christmas

So I didn’t get too much done on Big Creek.  I finished fixing the mistakes Andy found and that was it. But, it is probably good for me to take some time away from it. I am ready for a Christmas vacation.

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November 19, 2015 – Sombrero Beach

I spent four hours working on THE BOOK in the morning and then we went to Sombrero Beach for lunch and a walk.  We invited a man and woman to sit at our picnic table with us and ended up having a great visit. Joe and Tina Moore from Savannah, Georgia are here for a two-week family Thanksgiving vacation and had just arrived today by boat. They have rented a house and the rest of the extended family will be arriving over the coming week.

Sombrero Beach is a city park used by tourists and locals alike. For some reason, I did’t take many pictures and the ones I did take were not all that good. We’ll be back there often enough to get more before the season is over.

This is a Little Blue Heron, but was very red.  I spent a lot of time Googling images comparing it to the Reddish Egret, but couldn’t decide.  So, I decided the default is Little Blue Heron.

b Little Blue Heron

The tide was high for our walk again today.  I must have seen this before, but today noticed that a sea grape is growing out of the base of this palm tree.

b Sea Grape Growing on Base of Palm Tree

I worked four more hours on THE BOOK after our walk.