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This week Cherie Rowlands at WordPress chose the topic “Descent” for this week’s photo challenge! I like this topic! Let’s see what I have for you today, shall we?

The sun sets…

The sun descends in the sky

The sun descends in the sky

A plane making its descent…

Landing

Landing

A photo from a recent post of the Margerie Glacier. Here it is with a chunk of the glacier descending towards the water in the bay.

Calving

Calving

Check out the descending arms of the Bryn Mawr Glacier located in the College Fjords of Alaska! Click on the photo once to see the details of this amazing glacier!

Bryn Mawr Glacier

Bryn Mawr Glacier

I am behind this fellow as we make our descent into a narrow opening in the Moaning Cavern…

The first staircase down

The first staircase down

Please take the time to check out some of the other entries into this photo challenge! Have one heck of a good weekend! Happy Halloween! :twisted:


Conor Bofin of One Man’s Meat inspired me once again! This time with an enticing recipe for pork chops with plums in his post The Cure for Meat Anxiety – Pork Chops and Plums! Now plums are pretty well out of season here, so I substituted the plums for pluots, which are a hybrid combo of plums and apricots! Yum! Ready to head into the kitchen?

Conor’s Ingredients
2 big pork chops – bone in, I used pork loin chops about 1″ thick
5 – 6 plums, or pluots
2 cm of ginger – almost an inch here in the U.S.
1 tsp dark brown sugar
Lots of salt and pepper
Red wine
Olive Oil

The beginnings of a great meal!

The beginnings of a great meal!

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then get the pluots ready. Slice them in half following, as Conor put it, “the bum-like crease as a guide.” Remove the pit. Chop up the ginger, the skin removed. Place the pluots on a cookie sheet covered with foil, and evenly add the ginger and brown sugar to each pluot half.

Pluots with ginger and brown sugar

Pluots with ginger and brown sugar

Place this in the preheated oven. I found that these took about 40 minutes to cook to a soft “sludgy” texture.

Conor serves this dish with garlic mashed potatoes. I used Yukons, and I got this ready to go!

Soon to be garlic mashers

Soon to be garlic mashers

The next thing is to get to work on those chops! Slice them along the fat edge to cut through the membrane beneath the fat. I then seasoned these with a healthy dose of fresh ground salt and pepper, then rub with a bit of oil (something I forgot to do, but it worked out just fine). Heat about a TBS of olive oil in a oven proof skillet. Start your mashers now. When the skillet gets hot, add the pork chops and cook for 5 minutes. Leave the chops alone as they cook! After 5 minutes, turn and cook another 5 minutes.

The pluots should be done by now. I removed them from the oven, and then add to the oven your skillet of pork chops. These will sit in the oven for 10 minutes. While these are in the oven, mash those pluots with a fork, skins included, which adds flavor!

The cooked pluots

The cooked pluots

Get your mashers done too!

Garlic mashers

Garlic mashers

After cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the pork chops. Take the pork out of the skillet and set aside to rest. Place the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Add a good dose of red wine to de-glaze the pan,

Deglazing the pan with wine

Deglazing the pan with wine

scraping up the browned bits! Cook this down to a thick gravy.

Plate up the pork, potatoes and pluots!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

This was a fabulous meal! Make sure you have a perfect bite: A little bit of each together! Thank you again, Conor for the recipe!

Have a lovely Friday and thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^


The Table - Photo by Melanie Greenwood

The Table – Photo by Melanie Greenwood


To memorialize that meeting, Stephanie photographed the table and chairs where they had met.

She and her sister had just concluded a meeting with Agent K from the Men in Black. They were to be the first women recruits. This was history in the making!

Heading to the building that housed operations, they made their way to the newest locker room, built just for them. Her sister was Agent V, and she Agent Z.

Changing clothes, they set out to their first assignment. A drunken Narkilian was in a bar, and every Agent knows that Narkilians cannot handle their alcohol!

Art on Wednesday!


I truly enjoy the creativity of others and I enjoy art, so for today, I thought, why not share some of the art that I have enjoyed? I am not sure who the artists are on most of these. Even so, I did want to share these photos of art with you that I took! Are you ready to take a look at some cool artwork?

Here is just one of the panels of painted glass that I enjoyed when I was in Denali!

Painted on glass

Painted on glass

If you have not visited Lisa over at Zeebra Designs and Destinations, then I ask that you take a moment to check out her amazing artwork! This piece, not yet done, reminds me of her work!

Reminds me of Lisa's work over at Zeebra Designs

Reminds me of Lisa’s work over at Zeebra Designs

Here are two pieces made from tile. The salmon is by artist Terry Pyles and is entitled “Yeltatzie Salmon.” The second done by another artist is a leaf design!

Yeltatzie Salmon by artist Terry Pyles

Yeltatzie Salmon by artist Terry Pyles

Ginko leaf in tile

Ginko leaf in tile

The next three pieces are metalwork. They are each so different.

Bronze work

Bronze work

Caribou in metal

Caribou in metal

Metal work

Metal work

This last one is by a native Alaskan.

Native art

Native art

I hope that you enjoyed all this art! I certainly did!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

Part of the 30% Club


A while back I had the opportunity to visit the great State of Alaska. Going inland, I wanted to see that famous mountain which is the highest peak in North America at a height of 20,320 feet, or 6.194 meters. The mountain: Mount McKinley! Most folks that visit Alaska with the hopes of seeing this mountain do not. Only 30% of people who visit the various areas with hopes of see this mountain do! And, I got to see this beauty! So, for today, I wanted to share with you various views of this amazingly huge mountain!

Early in the morning, Mount McKinley made an appearance!

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Then the clouds move in but I still can catch a glimpse!

Hiding behind the clouds

Hiding behind the clouds

With cloudy skies above, one break in the clouds really shows off the beauty of this mountain!

Sun shines on the mountain

Sun shines on the mountain

Here is a photo capturing the mountain a bit closer!

A bit of a close up

A bit of a close up

I had the opportunity to see the mountain while standing along the shore of the Susitna River.

River view

River view

The sun sets, and as it does I capture this dramatic shot!

At sunset

At sunset

Traveling behind the mountain, I snap a photo of Mount McKinley from the backside!

The backside of the mountain

The backside of the mountain

I felt very privileged to see this amazing wonder of the world! I hope that you enjoyed these photos of this North American beauty!

Have a great Tuesday, and thank you for dropping by today! Be well! ^..^


2014-10-27 - BW Beacham

Little did we know that Grandpa was a collector. For years, he lived in that old, rundown house on 15 acres. I have fond memories of swimming in the old pond, picking blackberries at a patch near the house, and climbing the huge oak trees to the fort he built for us. What we never expected, after he passed away, was to find what we did!

He had so few knickknacks around the house. Behind the house, there was another outbuilding. We had to hire a team to clear the brush so that we could take down the old structure, getting the property ready for sale. That was when we found the cars. There were so many!

Most of the cars were Fords. There was a sign on the building indicating “Ford Parking Only.” This was odd to us. Why? Because not only did he a collect cars but we always thought Grandpa loved Chevys!
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Mondays Finish the Story

You too can join in on this writing challenge! A photo is provided and the opening sentence of a story that you get to finish using 100-150 words! Join in on this Mondays Finish the Story challenge! To get to this week’s challenge click HERE!

I hope that you liked my bit of flash fiction! Thank you for taking the time to stop by today for a bit! Have a great Monday and be well! ^..^


The Haunting - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Haunting – Photo by Alastair Forbes


I moved into my 1890’s Victorian house nine months ago and began restoration. Shortly after I started the work, strange things started happening.

The first thing I experienced was hearing the sound footsteps on the second floor. When I looked around, I realized no one was there. Then one day in the living room, I discovered that one of the wing chairs mysteriously moved next to the fireplace. I could smell cigar smoke. I do not smoke cigars, nor did I move the chair.

One night, sitting in the patio room playing my guitar, I felt my arms grabbed from behind. As I could see all doors in the room, I realized that I had not seen anyone come in. Looking behind me, I saw one of the houseplants swaying for no apparent reason. Talk about being creeped out!

With the restoration done, by now it was early fall, I decided to have a dinner party. One of the dishes I was going to make was a fresh pumpkin cauliflower soup. As I walked into the kitchen to start cooking, there was the pumpkin, carved and glowing. I had not carved the pumpkin.

It turned towards me smiling and winked.
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction, and for the inspiring photo to go along with this challenge!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by to visit today! May you have one heck of an amazing Sunday! Be well! ^..^