My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye
Photo taken at a local shop

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cranberry Tuesday On the 6th Day

... before Christmas I give to each of you...
Cranberry Bliss is a Holiday favorite from Starbucks.  You can buy them from mid November-December.

While we are all very very hungry...I'd like to share a most delicious recipe I discovered
in the TV Guide...of all places, where I also learned a new word:  Baconfidence
Bacon Cranberry Scones with citrus Basil Butter

 Ingredients:


I had the ingredients for the Butter but I did not make it.  WHY?
Let me just say these scones are delicious w/o butter.
Like any good chef....I tasted one!!
WOW...the bacon and cranberry balance each other with sweet and salty
and the Parmesan sprinkle on top...YUMMMY
I didn't use parchment paper...just a cookie sheet with a bit of PAM sprayed on it.





Selfie of Chef and Scones


They are uniquely shaped according to the Chef's discrepancy...LOL
Next Batch I will work on getting them cut more into triangle shape.







Monday, December 17, 2018

Awww Monday & Sparks and On The 7th

Today I am pawticipating in

I hear you all saying Awww!!!
Kat is loving his life and learning so much!!


Sparks
are all about spreading cheer and positive vibes via quotes.

 Christmas SPARKS every Monday thru December


On the 7th day.... before Christmas I give to each of you...


I thank you all who have sent me cards.  I have them posted 
you can see them by clicking on the Christmas Card tab on my menu bar.

If you are collecting ecards or snail mail cards,
please feel free to copy this it is my Greeting to you all




Sunday, December 16, 2018

On the 8th Day

before Christmas I give to each of you.

I thank you all who have sent me cards.  I have them posted 
you can see them by clicking on the Christmas Card tab on my menu bar.

If you are collecting ecards or snail mail cards,
please feel free to copy this it is my Greeting to you all


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Saturday stroll and 9th Day

.... before Christmas I give to each of you...


As I mentioned yesterday, we took a road trip looking for a little Nature for Friday photos which I posted yesterday.  

Today I'd like to share some inside photos at the Yates Mill Welcome Center.
We were greeted by this delightful sculptured Heron balancing on a rock with tinsel bling


This whimsically decorated tree which covered about every theme 
you could imagine including nature.
Fish ornaments and birds


This section of a tree explaining the 

the info on either side was too small for a good picture
In part it tells visitors the tree rings were counted many times.  It was between 170-192 years
old when cut down due to the danger of it falling on visitors to Mordecai Historic Park.



 I chuckled at the red tail hawk wearing a red Santa hat.
 I was quite surprised to learn we have Kingfishers (one wearing a Santa hat) in Raleigh
Every species on display is found in Wake County
Red nosed deer with antlers decorated in tinsel
 Carved duck decoys and this beautiful painting of many of the species of plants,
flowers, birds, butterflies and reptiles we have.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Nature Friday and 10th Day Before...

Recently 
WE took a road trip ~12 miles from home~ on Monday December 3.
(5 miles from hustling bustling Downtown Raleigh)
My dear husband is always on the look out for interesting locations to visit 
for my blog!!  Madi was my inspiration...now Dear Hubby is my Driver and Inspiration

Yates Mill is quite historic and  as you can see from the plaques below.


Click HERE to read about it









Now for those who are lovers of water falls and lakes...
wordless water photos





Just a few days after we took the above pictures when it was 69 degrees
Mother Nature left her calling card: 9" of snow

Taken 7 am on December 9th

Taken at noon on December 13


 10th Day before Christmas I give to each of you.....



Click here for 11 Snowmen