Prairie Moon Summer

July in Indiana has been flower-filled.  Currently I’m enjoying watching my Prairie Moon lilies bloom.  They never disappoint me…

Prairie Moon Lily

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Jammin’ It Up On The 4th of July Weekend!

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When are black raspberries ready to pick?  By the 4th of July! I once again, donned my long pants and long sleeved shirt and headed down the hill.  It took over 2 hours to pick just over 2 1/2 quarts.  … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

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About That Raspberry Pie …

I finally pulled my ingredients together and made a wild black raspberry pie.  It didn’t disappoint me :-)

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As far as pie making goes, I grew up in my grandparents’ house, trained early in pie making, so I don’t really use a recipe, it’s all in my head ….  I was a little lazy in cutting the lattice strips, they look a little whopperjawed.

Pie Crust

  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick salted butter
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 5 to 7 tablespoons cold water

Add the salt to the flour and mix.  Mix the butter into the flour with your fingers until well mixed together.  Add the water (yesterday was rather warm and humid here, so I only used 5 T’s) and stir quickly together with a fork or your fingers.  Knead the dough together only for just a second or two to make sure the ingredients are well incorporated.  Roll out and line a pie pan and you’re good to go!

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For the raspberries, pile them up in the newly made crust, sprinkle on about 2 tablespoons flour, 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (depends on how sweet you prefer it), and dot the top of this with about a tablespoon of butter, cut up in little pieces.  Top this with either a lattice prepared from leftover dough, or top it off with a complete layer of dough.  Cut out shapes work well too.

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Bake at 350 degrees F until lightly browned.  I don’t like my pies to get too brown, so I really watch it as it’s baking.  If I see it’s browning quickly, I’ll cover it with foil to slow it down.

Next step – serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and enjoy!

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The Daily Prompt – Binding Judgment – What We Think We Hear In Text

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Photo credit: salodiensis / / CC BY-NC

Does it ever make sense to judge a book by its cover — literally or metaphorically? Tell us about a time you did, and whether that was a good decision or not.

In this age of the internet, we spend so much time interacting with people around the world in text whether it be on a phone, an email, or social media such as Facebook.  There is quite often no physical meeting of persons to gauge the depth and intent of our words, so we make assumptions or judgments about these persons based only on what they have typed and I am guilty of the same.

It especially gets tricky when we are trying to translate intent from one language to the other.  The person texting may think he is expressing sympathy towards his/her friend and the friend may perceive it as judgment or worse, ridicule, when that was never the intent.

So imagine my surprise, when I tried to relay sympathy to a friend in another country who had fallen upon misfortune and it was taken as being too inquisitive or ridicule.  It was not my intent at all.   I was taken as being judgmental and I felt I was also being judged unfairly.  It was a tangled mess to try to make the other person understand my intent and we have not spoken since, unfortunately.

We make judgments about people whom we have never physically met and never walked with them in their everyday life.  How can we possibly really know someone on such superficial levels?

The lesson to be learned here, I suppose, is to not make rash judgments and perhaps to sit back and gauge the conversation until one understands the situation before jumping in and offering another viewpoint.

Or better yet, keep one’s mouth shut.



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Weekly Photo Challenge – Between

I am indeed late on this challenge, but thought of it several mornings this week as I was walking in to work.  I pass by a large cathedral-like church building downtown, it’s very old and hugging the building is a perennial garden consisting of hostas and hydrangeas mostly.  One morning as I was hobbling into work (you see, I tripped and fell last Sunday and broke a toe, hence the need to hobble), I spied a big beautiful pink/white/green hydrangea bloom.  And next to it, hiding between the leaves was another.  Because it was mostly hidden from view, it was difficult to see exactly how big it was, but I suspect it was as big as it’s companion.  Several days later, I hobbled into work with my camera and captured it.  Good thing too, because as I walked out to go home later that day, the big bloom had wilted in the heat.


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Nature’s Hidden Jewels – Black Raspberries

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I’ve been out for several hours picking black raspberries.  It’s a buggy weedy sticky adventure, but oh it yields such delights.  I need to make a run to the market for pie ingredients…. I started out with one bowl full, … Continue reading

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