|Wild flower Missouri, Spring Beauty|
Spring is really here. Now we are having warm days and cool nights. I am anxiously waiting to plant my tomatoes. Just need the nights to be a little warmer!
This month I went to the USA. So most of my post will be photos from my visit.
I started in Nebraska to visit my in-laws. Chardon is in the west part of Nebraska called the pan handle and is just below the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota. The famous Lakota Indian Crazy Horse lived some of his life in the area.
I flew into Rapid City SD and then drove south to Chadron.
My father in-law took me out on the dirt roads for some photos. The first day was grey and the second day the sky was a beautiful blue. Another day we played some golf, unfortunately I did not record this moment. But you should have seen the amazing drives that we had that morning...WOW!
One of the first days I took a walk in Chadron State Park, just south of Chardon. It is in the pine ridge area, and is hilly and covered with ponderosa pines. A really beautiful spot to spend some time. A little hard to take photos in the middle of the tall pines, but I took one at the top of the road just to show I was there!!
The pan handle of Nebraska is mostly grassland prairie. But here there is also a section called the Pine Ridge that is covered in Ponderosa pines.
PHOTOS from the cloudy day (and although the sky was dark at times, there was no rain).
|Not many trees here|
|Way in the back upper left, pondarosa pines|
|one lonely tree|
|Closed one room school and Flag butte on the left|
|An area with these rock formations|
|Pine ridge in the background...ridge covered in pondarosa pines|
|Closer view of the pines|
|and more pines...I found the sky was so pretty I kept taking photos|
|Tractor on the left side horizon.|
|House and BIG sky country|
|The sky was very blue...a road off to ?|
My niece was there too for a visit. We had a wonderful family Easter dinner at a gorgeous table.
|Easter Sunday The table was all decorated when I|
|Ava market day on the city square|
|Birdhouses for sale at the market|
|Redbud tree and Dogwood tree|
|A little color along the road|
|Dogwood flower ( about 3 inches in diameter?)|
|Deer come around near sunset|
|grey squirrel found a walnut to eat|
I found the wine OK, liked the sweet wine the most.
|Just a small photo to show we were there|
|walk down the road|
|sun was coming through -what light through the leaves|
|Little green cabin by the river|
|a wet road after the rain|
|above the river|
|River through the redbud tree blossoms|
|Red flower is called "Fire Pink"|
|Wild jonquil or Daffodil|
|Red barn on the way to Ava|
|The old barn|
|A little playing with sienna color and vignette effects|
|A root cellar door in the side of the hill|
|Panoramic of road to the left and the hill and the barn|
I took a walk as the sun was setting. Wanted to capture the golden light.
|Evening sun on the barn|
|My sister's house (river to the right)|
|And the sunset on the trees across the road (note carport|
of the house on the right)
|The hill side as the sun sets|
|Sun was setting..this is the house deck. I did push the|
color just a little, but most of it was the actual color.
It was a pretty sunset. Since I had to be quick
to capture any color...the photo includes the deck, BBQ and wires!
|This is the back yard without wires and deck. The apple tree|
blooming and the riverbank just beyond the apple tree
|Steve's photo of Connie et me|
(sister on left) as we entered
That is about all for this month.
Recipe of the Month
- 16 oz of pasta (penne is a good choice)
- 4 oz cream cheese ( or ricotta)
- 1/2 sour cream
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- Red bell pepper sliced
- 1 large garlic clove chopped fine
- 2 tsp butter
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 lb asparagus...washed, ends broken off, and cut into 2
inch pieces (leave tips intact) and pre-cooked
- 1 tomato chopped
- 1/2 cup parmensan cheese (grated)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Boil water for the pasta and
cook as instructed on the package. Reserve about 1 cup of water when you
drain the pasta
- Add the oil and butter into a large pan. When hot, turn the heat down and add the onion and stir until onions are transparent.
- Add the cream cheese and sour cream and stir well
- Add the red pepper and the garlic and remove the pan from the heat ( peppers should slightly cook, but still have some crunch, so just let them rest on top of the warm sauce)
- When pasta is done, move sauce back to low heat
- Add all of the remaining vegetables into the sauce
- Add cheese and stir ( this is just to rewarm a little- low heat only)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the pasta and stir well. If it needs a little of the pasta water, add a little at a time until the dish is creamy
- Remove from heat and serve immediately