BOOKS AND BIBELOTS


BEDSIDE READING

Fascism, a Warning,  Madeleine Albright
A Restless Wave, John McCain
Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
A Higher Loyalty, James Comey

WRITERS I HAVE DISCOVERED VIA THEIR BLOGS:
The Contract, John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano
Plover Landing, Marie Zhuikov
Dancing with the Sandman, L.T. Garvin
A Cry From the Deep, Diana Stevan
Wish You Were Here, Adventures in Cemetery Travel, Loren Rhoads

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From Wikipedia

From wikipedia

BIBELOTS OF THOUGHTS
About a week after the city of Portland announced Stage I of water restrictions based on the lake levels and where we get our water from, our rain gauge measured almost eleven inches in two days.  We did not get that much rain from Hurricane Harvey!  Perhaps we toasted Chac, the Rain God, one too many times.  My rain barrels and jugs are full but the effects of the rain won’t last long with the summer heat.

Husband ordered a portable solar generator, Goal Zero, and a couple of solar lights.  The generator will power a few things to keep us going  and it is not noisy like a gas generator.  We may have not another hurricane for several years, but we are prepared this time and it will help if we lose power in an electrical storm also.

“Courtesy is contagious.”  That statement (in red letters) was taped inside a cabinet door in our kitchen by my father as I was growing up.  Whether it was meant for his three daughters or my mother, I never knew nor questioned it.  Today it seems that discourtesy has become an epidemic in the United States.  It appears to have its source at the top with a president that began setting the tone as he campaigned.  Winning the highest office in the land did not change that attitude.

Surely we can disagree  strongly, passionately, loudly and truthfully; protest and speak out, yet
display respect and civility!

 

Let us be thankful this Independence Day 2018 for all that we have as Americans.  May we never take for granted the freedoms and rights that we have.

EDIBLE FIRE CRACKERS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY


Photo by Husband

Photo by Husband

I enjoy posts that feature recipes and provide step by step photos of the process.   I never thought I would include a recipe in one of my posts, but just for fun I decided to share this one to celebrate Independence Day.  Last July 4 one of my neighbors brought a sample over in a lovely bag decorated in red, white and blue.   They are great by themselves or with a little cheese.  Warning!  They are addictive if you like it hot!

TEXAS FIRE CRACKERS

3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 (1 oz.) envelope ranch dressing mix

1  1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)

1/2 (16.5 oz.) package multigrain saltine crackers

Put the olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, ranch dressing mix and crushed red pepper in a 1-gallon plastic zip lock bag. Seal and shake and smooth to mix olive oil and dry ingredients.  Place crackers in bag and seal.  Gently turn the bag over to cover the crackers with mix and let sit for about an hour.  Repeat several times until crackers are well-coated.  Allow to sit overnight.  Remove crackers and enjoy.

Have a safe 4th of July celebration!