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Today is the day devoted to Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This flash fiction challenge provides you with a photo prompt and asks that you create a short story using somewhere around 200 words. Today’s story is exactly 200 words! I hope that you enjoy it!

One Dark Cloudy Night…

One Dark Cloudy Night - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One Dark Cloudy Night – Photo by Alastair Forbes

It was a dark cloudy night. The bright lights from the roadway, and the red beacon of the radio tower stood as sentinels in the night. Beyond the row of homes, the lights on the department store glowed. Smoke wafted from a single chimney. The night was silent. As he sat on the rooftop eating a gingerbread cookie, he delighted in the scene before him.

He was enjoying the night, and got a good feeling that the rest of the night would go well. It had been good so far. It was not easy getting into some of the homes yet he managed. As the cookie crumbled, he caught the falling bits with his gloved hand. Now he was thirsty!

Getting up slowly, he decided that he needed to get back to it, and looked over towards the row of homes. While it was a short block, a number of folks lived in those homes, which the chimneys indicated. There was one for each residence.

Grabbing his bag, he jumped over to the next house. He smiled at the carrots on the rooftop. The boys will enjoy these he thought as he slid down the chimney to deliver the presents.

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Thank you Al for the inspiring photo, and to you dear reader for taking the time to stop by!  Today we celebrate the first day of winter!  Time moves too fast, doesn’t it?  I wish you happy holidays!  Be well!      ^..^


One of the blogs that I have been following for years now is Conor Bofin’s One Man’s Meat. Conor has an amazing wit, and a similar taste in foods to mine. He recently did a post entitled “The Dreaded Sausage Roll – Another Reason to Hate Christmas.” He made an amazing sausage using pork, fennel and dried apricots, and covered the sausage in puff pastry. This is the dreaded sausage roll.

Inspired by Conor, but being a bit lazy, I decided to try what Conor created but cheated a bit using store bought sausage. I settled on Aidells Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cheese sausage. Mmmm… Then the idea came to me that I should add to the sausage roll a bit of Gruyere to the roll. Mmmm… Ready to head into the kitchen?

3 simple ingredients

3 simple ingredients

Ingredients
2 sausages – sliced into 4 chunks and then sliced in half
2 sheets of puff pastry
3 1/2 oz. Gruyere, sliced width wise and then in half

First, get your baking pan ready, and set the oven to 350 degrees. Line it with foil and using a small bit of butter, grease the foil.

Set out some parchment paper, unfold the puff pastry, and roll it out a bit to smooth out the creases. Then cut into triangles.

Cut the pastry into triangles

Cut the pastry into triangles

Take a piece of cheese and set it on the large end of the triangle.

The Gruyere is placed on the large end of the triangle

The Gruyere is placed on the large end of the triangle

Top with a piece of sausage.

Add the sausage

Add the sausage

Roll from the large end moistening with water to seal.

Rolls are ready for the oven

Rolls are ready for the oven

Bake these for 25-30 minutes. Here they are half way through cooking!

Midway through cooking

Midway through cooking

Ready to get your mouth watering? Here they are right out of the oven!

Right out of the oven!

Right out of the oven!

When you remove these from the baking pan, do not forget the crispy cheese pieces! These are really good too! I served this with a bit of Dijon.

Serve with a bit of dijon

Serve with a bit of dijon

So, there you have it! The not dreaded sausage roll and a great appetizer for the holidays!

What do you think Conor? Did I do good? :)

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by and join me in the kitchen! Have a great weekend! Be well! ^..^


In celebration of the holidays, rather than the traditional colors, Krista over at WordPress, has chosen the subject “Yellow” for this week’s photo challenge! Here are my photos featuring the color yellow!

Daffodil ruffles

Daffodil ruffles

The Skirt of the Daffidol

The Skirt of the Daffidol

Contrasts of rust and yellow

Contrasts of rust and yellow

The curves of a cut lemon

The curves of a cut lemon

Honey bees on hibiscus

Honey bees on hibiscus

The sun rises!

The sun rises!

A sunflower

A sunflower

There you have it! Shades of yellow!

Have a great Friday and weekend too! And, thank you for stopping by to visit! Be well! ^..^


Griff - Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

Griff – Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

“You are not listening,” said Gwen.

“I am! I truly am!” replied Melanie. “What you are telling me doesn’t make sense!”

“What don’t you get? I am breaking up with Griff.”

“Why would you want to break up with Griff? He’s a great guy! You are perfect together! He is sweet, kind, attentive, handsome, intelligent, and he loves you!”

“He might be all that but you just don’t understand Melanie. He snores. He flosses his teeth at the table. He farts and talks about barking spiders.”

“What am I missing?”

“What you don’t get is that he bugs me!”

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Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Doug MacIlroy for the inspiring photo!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

Catching Jellyfish


There is something so very delicate looking about jellyfish. They gather up the water creating a balloon effect and then release moving forward. I wanted to share with you today some of the jellyfish that I saw when I was in Alaska! I saw two different kinds: One was a bright orange with long tentacles, the other was white with very short tentacles.

This one was in the bay at the town of Ketchikan. It was the bright color that drew my eye as I looked down on it!

Glowing jellyfish

Glowing jellyfish

Long tentacles

Long tentacles

It’s a real beauty!

Fanning out

Fanning out

This next one is quite different in not only size, but color.

Full of water

Full of water

This jellyfish was also in the bay at Ketchikan.

Release

Release

This last shot is of the same kind of jellyfish, but this one was shot in Glacier Bay!

Swimming along

Swimming along

Aren’t they neat?

Well, I wish you a wonderful Wednesday! Have one heck of an amazing day, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

Art on a Ship


When we went on a cruise, one of the things that I noticed was that there was artwork everywhere! It was in the hallways, staircases, and in the main gathering areas. I wondered what it would be like to have a cruise line want to use your art. Imagine? For today, I wanted to share the variety of the art that we saw! Ready?

I love this artist’s work that we saw on the outer wall of the art gallery on board.

Landscape at the art gallery

Landscape at the art gallery

At ceiling level, near the elevator, was this bit of metal artwork.

Hanging from the ceiling

Hanging from the ceiling

On the walls in one of the corridors I found these next two pieces which are of ships…

Painting of a cruise ship

Painting of a cruise ship

Ships

Ships

Outside one of the restaurants, this piece was on the wall.

From outside one of the restaurants

From outside one of the restaurants

Art could be found on the floors too! Check out this floor!

Tile work on the floor

Tile work on the floor

Now if I could only get them to feature my photography…. :)

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for dropping by today! Be well! ^..^


I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line….Ready?

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“They say that life is a game of chess…” Gary had counted on winning the next and biggest game he had ever played. Here’s how it went down.

Richard and his wife Sonja meet their new neighbors Gary and Sammy. They became fast friends. One day, after playing a game of softball, Gary suggests to Richard that he sleep with his wife Sammy, which Richard does, while Gary sits in a bar in town.

Hearing sirens the following morning, Richard looks out the window and sees the emergency vehicles stop at Gary and Sammy’s house. Something bad has gone down. They remove Sammy’s body, and the following day Richard is arrested for murder.  She had been bludgeoned to death with a bat. His fingerprints were on the bat by the body, and they had semen.

They took Richard away, and Gary smiled. Wearing gloves and using that bat was one way to get out of a bad marriage.

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I hope that you have enjoyed today’s bit of flash!  You too can take part by clicking HERE!  Thank you for stopping by today, and have a magnificent Monday!