Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cilantro storage

I love cilantro....Duane does not particularly care for it. 

To keep it around in the fridge fresh is a pain since it wilts and rots pretty quickly before I can use a whole bunch.

So, I've found the best way to store it is to freeze it.  I chop up the entire bunch and mix it with a little bit of water to hold it together.  A single bunch seems to be just right for an ice tray.

A few hours later - I pop it out of the ice-tray  and put it in a zip lock bag.  Then I can just take one cube and add it to "my portion" of the dish, perfectly fresh!

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Lovely day on Friday!!!  Got a little work done on the Avion!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lot work

We went down to Oriental to do a bit of work on the new lot.

The pilings at the dock need to be moved to make way for the next catamaran.  They're currently only wide enough for a mono-hull boat....

And we met with the contractor about installing the septic system and the driveway.

Here's the "before" shot with the ribbons on the trees he's going to remove. 

It may be a while before he can get the work done since it's been so wet lately....will update as soon as I get the word that he's been able to get to it!

Sunday, January 08, 2017

First snow

its always slightly exciting when the first winter storm is forecast.....we didnt get the 5-7 inches of snow that was forecast, only and inch or so.

We went over to Dick and Lindy's house in the afternoon to watch the movie "Sully" - great movie!!

walking home, the sun finally came out and had the icy trees glistening!

 really cool wild turkey tracks we saw in the roadway - the tracks were not there when we walked over, so we must have just missed the turkeys!

Friday, January 06, 2017

New acquisition

We bought a different lot at Oriental!!   I know, we already have a lot....but that one is not actually "on the water".....this one is!

I didn't want to put pictures here until we were sure that the deal would go thru....but we closed on the property yesterday.

I had seen this property for sale a few years ago, but we thought the price was much too high....but recently the price was lowered to a much more reasonable amount, and we jumped on it!!

It's about 1 and 1/4 acres on Brown Creek, a little north of Oriental. 

To give you some perspective - here's a little map -

It's really lovely...the driveway.

Pretty trees....

But the best thing is the view and the dock!!!

Looking back towards the lot.

 Our dock - all ours!!  Ready for the next boat!

And this is the view of our dock from our neighbors dock.  We happen to know the neighbor - he's friends of Pat and Diane - so it's super cool to have ready-made friends as neighbors!!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Roasted veggies

It's cold and rainy here....and I wanted some "comfort food" I cleaned out my veggie drawer in the refrigerator....

My sweet sis gave me a couple of eggplants when I was her at a few weeks ago....this is the last one - peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces.  Olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

And the remaining root veggies in my bottom refrigerator drawer  - turnips and a "purple" sweet potato from Granny and Cordy, onions and a couple of carrots.  Also drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

(The purple sweet potato is peeled - so you only see the slightly yellow flesh - tastes pretty much like a regular "orange" sweet potato that we're used to)

About a 1/2 hour later - roasted at 425 degrees - very sweet and yummy - no sugar added!!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year

Hope everyone will have a great 2017!!!!

We went to S. Florida for a bit of boat shopping -  see the details here

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone had a pleasant Christmas!!

We had a great weekend - Sharon and Buddy visiting - and the kids over on Christmas, fun!!  I played "Santa's Helper"!

I think everyone had a great time....a highlight was a gift from Sharon to Duane --

The photo is of Duane and Kevin - and Sharon added the knit piggies!

So sweet!!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Beautiful Sunrise!!

I woke up this morning to a strange but beautiful pink glow thru our bedroom blinds.....

Within just a few minutes, the sun was up and the sky was blue/grey....

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

20 Year Anniversary Cardinal Air!

There's a little going on at the Avion....

At this month's Airport Authority meeting, the Town recognized Cardinal Air for our 20 years of service....a very nice gesture!

They brought a cake to the meeting -  that's a Cardinal perched on top of the cake!

They read a very nice "proclamation" from the Mayor thanking us for the 20 years.

And I nabbed the cardinal and now it's decorating the Christmas-ficus tree!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Short Busy Christmas Trip to the Mountains

First stop was at my sis's for a nice "brunch" and visit.  (Oops, got her with her mouth full, haha!)

Then it was on to Morganton to Bridget and Tyler's new house for our annual "dirty Santa" party.  Good fun and food - waaaay too much food!!

Eddie, Brittany, Connor and Lilee - such sweeties!

Lilee opening a gift.  Wow, she has grown!

Connor with his book about hummingbirds.

The kids helping great-aunt Denise with her gift.

And Robert, being his usual silly self...

Mother-daughter snap

Pretty photo of mom and Frank!

And nice one of Keith and Denise!

And the happy newlyweds!

Then it was on to visit Granny and Cordy - they were feeling a bit off with bad colds.....

As usual, I used the opportunity to snag some winter veggies from their garden!

See what I mean?  Busy short weekend!!  On to Flesher's for Grandma Hall's Christmas visit.  She's looking good for 100+!

And then it was a wet drive back home -  the only bit of sunshine made a small rainbow as we headed out of Asheville towards Black Mountain!   Lovely weekend!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Vegan Breakfast Bites

Going to my sis's for breakfast/brunch tomorrow.....I'm taking some vegan breakfast bites to share.  Easy peasy.  Vegan "cheese" and crescent rolls (accidentally vegan).

So cute!!

And made some slightly different ones with a simple jelly filling.

Ready for breakfast!!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Vegan HonEE

My sis posted about making some "vegan honey" - so I had to try it.

Ingredients are simple - Chamomile tea (to add the "pollen" flavor), sugar, apples and water.

Apples cut up, water, camomile tea.   Boil until completely mushy, drain thru cheesecloth.

The resulting liquid - doesn't it look like honey already??    Boil until thickened, about 30 minutes.

This is the result - it really does taste like honey!