Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette in Lower Saxony, Germany

My daughter, at feeding time, approximately 5:30 p.m. each day….

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Beautiful Hamburg on a Little Bit of Sleep

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My first experience at jet lag in Hamburg, I hit the ground running with my daughter to see the city …. and try to stay awake all day …. And indeed, I managed to stay awake to our evening destination, … Continue reading

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Throw the Order Down the Stairs

Just about every work day, I clock out for lunch and walk down the street to a little cafe known for its excellent coffee but also has salads  and sandwiches, right down on the courthouse square.  It’s a well-known coffee house and it’s run by young people, probably college students from the nearby university.  I’ve been in there often enough now, that they know my order and say it before I can open my mouth.  I love that, it’s personal.  They have free wifi and study tables upstairs for students to do homework or prepare for exams.  And they even have sofas and easy chairs!


Photo credit: Brad Montgomery / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Photo credit: Brad Montgomery / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

I had gone there for several weeks since our office moved downtown before I was told by a friend, “Did you see her throw the order down the stairs?”  I did not see that!  lol  I was definitely going to check this out next time I went for the Thursday 2-for-1 lunch!  And sure enough, the girl takes our order, we pay for it, and she wads it up, walks over to a big open stairway heading down, and yells what ever our order was and throws it down the stairs.  I’m not sure but there may be a container down there that she is aiming for.  It’s dark on the way down!  The chef downstairs then picks it up and prepares it.  Talk about quick service!

I hope I can get served promptly once the university students come back to town in a few weeks!


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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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