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I have recently added a new spice mix to my ever growing spice cupboard. It is “Chinese 5 Spices.” This mix actually contains 7 ingredients and is a very flavorful blend. It contains cinnamon, star anise, fennel, ginger, cloves, white pepper and licorice root. That’s it! No preservatives! I have used this mix to make spareribs, and now a braised beef dish, and love the results! So, are you ready to head into the kitchen? Let’s go!

Ingredients - missing the ginger root

Ingredients – missing the ginger root

Ingredients
2 TBS peanut oil
3 slices of fresh ginger, trimmed
1 onion, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 1/2 # beef stew meat – cut into cubes the size of you pinky finger from tip to first joint
2 TBS hearty red wined
1 whole star anise
1 1/2″ length of cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spices
3 TBS dark soy sauce
2 cups of beef stock
Several sprigs of cilatro

This dish takes no time to put together and then cooks in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. So, let’s get that oven going! Set if for 350 degrees. Get out your cast iron dutch oven to start the cooking process!

Add the peanut oil to the pot and heat the pot to high. When the oil is hot add in the ginger, onion and garlic.

Sliced onion, minced garlic and slices of fresh ginger

Sliced onion, minced garlic and slices of fresh ginger

Stir until the aromas hit your nose. Then add in the beef and brown.

Brown the beef

Brown the beef

Once the beef is browned, add the rest of the ingredients with the exception of the cilantro. Combine well,

All ingredients added and ready for braising in the oven

All ingredients added and ready for braising in the oven

cover, and place this in the oven. Set your timer for 2 1/2 hours. Let it do its thing…

Half an hour before this is done, prepare some steamed rice and a lovely green vege. When the timer goes off, remove the pot from the oven, and don’t forget to turn the oven off!

Right out of the oven

Right out of the oven

By now your veges and rice should be done as well. Remove the cinnamon stick, the star anise and the sliced ginger before serving. Then plate it up! And, top each serving with sprigs of cilantro!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

The aromas are amazing, making your mouth water as you serve this up! And, it is very flavorful! This can be made ahead and served the following day and the flavors will be even better!

Please do let me know if you try this simple, flavorful dish! To my friend Conor: Do you dare try this one? :)

Thank you for joining me in the kitchen! Enjoy your Monday! Be well!

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One of Many - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One of Many – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Standing at the top of the hill, Al looked out over the ruins. All that was left there were the foundation stones. It was the fourth week of his vacation and he needed photos for his Sunday Photo Fiction Blog.

He had thus far taken more than 1,000 photos and he was looking forward to figuring out which he would use for the flash fiction blog. It was not an easy task choosing a photo. He liked the photos that made folks stop and think about what they would write.

He thought about some of the places he had already seen. There was the Bay of Indigo where he photographed the rusted old boat stuck in the sand on the beach. There was that amazing view from the window of his room at Casamere featuring the old church spires in the distance. He was excited about the shots he took inside the Biot glassworks. And, there was that unusual statue in the center of town at Viogneir.

As he stood on top of the hill, looking over the remains of the ruins at Asterlorn he smiled, and thought, “I wonder who AnElephantCant will kill here.”
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Thank you to Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction!

And thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by and visit!

Be well! ^..^

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This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge subject is “Summer Lovin’.” Krista asks that we “share a photo that says summer lovin’ to you. It might be a favorite pair of sandals you can’t bear to part with, the homemade salsa you made with veggies from your garden, the flowers you planted, or your family frolicking on the beach. If summer is on the way in your hemisphere, show us something hot hot hot: your homemade sriracha sauce, some friends shuckin’ and jivin’ on the dance floor, or even the furnace or boiler that heats your home.” Are you ready for some Summer Lovin’? In the summer time, I just have to be near water!

There is nothing like cold water on a hot day!

Going under!

Going under!

There is nothing like spending time on a black sand beach in Hawai’i!

One view of the black sand beach

One view of the black sand beach

Or sitting on the beach enjoying the sea!

The calm of the sea

The calm of the sea

Or, how about snorkeling in it?

A snorkeler in the ocean

A snorkeler in the ocean

And, at the end of the day, enjoying the warm evening sunsets!

Watching to sun set at the waters edge

Watching to sun set at the waters edge

This is my Summer Lovin’! What is yours?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Be well! ^..^

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Kuàizi - Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

Kuàizi – Photo by Marie Gail Stratford

The three women sat down for a dim sum lunch at the Hong Kong Flower Lounge. They were the only non-Asians in the restaurant.

The server came by to drop off tea and one of the women asked the waiter for kuàizi. Surprised, she ran off and returned with three pairs.

As the carts rolled on by, they picked the dishes that appealed to them. The women all began to eat, each one deftly using their chopsticks.

The women realized that the entire restaurant got quiet. All eyes watched them intently, surprised to see these were not fork people!
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Marie Gail Stratford for the inspiring photo!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop by for a bit of flash!

Be well! ^..^

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My dear friend Amy over at Petals Unfolding just posted a lovely series of macro photos on the bees she found hovering around her lavender. I realized that I forgot about the series of bee photos that I shot recently! We have lovely crepe myrtles in the yard and the trees hum with the activity of the bees every morning. So, I set myself up with the mono-pod and started snapping photos. My challenge was to capture shots while the bees not only moved, but as the wind blew. I took a whole series of photos and these came out the best!

The Honeybee

The Honeybee

Harvesting

Harvesting

Hairy

Hairy

Pollen ball

Pollen ball

One final shot! :)

Looking right at me

Looking right at me

Neat – huh? Be sure to check out Amy’s post too! You can get there by clicking HERE!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for taking the time to drop by!

Beeeeeee well! ^..^

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On our trip out to Stumpy Meadows, along the shore, aside from all the tree stumps which give this lake its name, are boulders. Looking at them, I noticed interesting colors and patterns. Tell me if you agree!

Blue ribbon

Blue ribbon

The doorway

The doorway

Debris

Debris

Contrasts

Contrasts

Loaded with iron ore

Loaded with iron ore

What do you think?

There was a docent at the lake. He was an elderly gentleman with a definite sense of humor! He asked me if I would like to see a fresh water crocodile. “Certainly!” was my answer. Do you see the crocodile?

Fresh water crocodile

Fresh water crocodile

Do you see it too? :)

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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I love looking at the little things that I find around me! We took a trip to Georgetown, located in the Sierra Foothills of CA, and I wanted to share some views of things that I noticed while we were there! I hope that you will enjoy this series of photos and that you make the trip to this quaint town!

There are a lot of old brick buildings in Georgetown, and I found the look of this corner a lovely mixture of lines and texture.

A corner of a wall

A corner of a wall

Walking on the street, there are overhangs on the sidewalks. Looking up this is what one sees.

A rotting roof

A rotting roof

Inside an antique store I found some lovely glass…

Etched crystal

Etched crystal

You know how I find the shapes and faces of animals and people in the world around me? Well, tell me, do you see the bear too?

Do you see the bear in this wall?

Do you see the bear in this wall?

Insulators can be found on every shelf of every antique store in the area. If you want to buy one of these plan on spending about $5 per insulator.

Insulators

Insulators

A gate and fence outside one of the buildings sported dusty webs…

Webs on a gate

Webs on a gate

A door with no stairs! I found this on the side of a building!

A lone door on the side of a building

A lone door on the side of a building

More glass in another shop! I love the curves on this bowl!

Old glassware on a shelf

Old glassware on a shelf

You never know what you will find in a small town like Georgetown! If you venture there, the sandwiches at the local market are really good, and reasonably priced!

Enjoy your Monday and thank you for stopping by!

Be well! ^..^

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Ben Huberman was chosen to pick out this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, and the topic he chose is “Containers.” He says, “From “Don’t judge a book by its cover” to “Don’t look at the jug, but at what it contains” (an old Rabbinic saying), we’re constantly taught that the contents of things are more important than the vessels, wrappers, and boxes that hold them in place. This week, let’s give outer shells their due and focus our lenses on things that contain other things.” So let’s go see what I have to share that fit this challenge!

Let’s celebrate the barrels that hold wine!

Barrels of wine

Barrels of wine

And the tanks too!

The tanks

The tanks

And the case boxes!

The tanks & wine boxes

The tanks & wine boxes

Let’s not forget the bottle!

5 Liter Wine Bottle

5 Liter Wine Bottle

I hope you enjoyed these containers!

Have a lovely Saturday and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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A Wink and a Smile - Photo by Adam Ickes

A Wink and a Smile – Photo by Adam Ickes

It hung on the wall of the accounting office for years, silently watching over the staff. It always gave Celeste the willies. She was glad it was taken down and going to storage along with old records.

Sometimes she thought she had seen the eyes of that darned thing looking at her and sometimes she thought that she saw the mouth smile. Always doing a double take, she realized it was a trick of her mind.

As the boxes dwindled from the corner, she looked over to the goat’s head trophy. It winked and smiled at her. What the devil?

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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Adam Ickes for the inspiring photo!

I hope you enjoyed today’s bit of flash! Thank you for dropping by, and have an amazing day and a wonderful weekend!

Be well!

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Yesterday I discovered when looking at one of the lovely blossoms in my garden something that did not look right. Upon closer examination I discovered a new species of spider that I have not seen here before. This is on the lovely little yellow flowers of a flower that I cannot quite remember the name of due to chemo brain! If it comes to me as I add photos I will let you know the name…So, check out this pretty little spider that is so perfectly camouflaged that it most likely saves its life and provides it with dinner!

I have researched and think that the name of this spider is Misumenoides formosipes. Frightening name but to me it is a beautiful yellow spider on my coreposis! I remembered the name of the flower! Wahoo!

Check this little guy out! Tell me, is it not a beautiful spider?

My first sight of the spider!

My first sight of the spider!

I think this spider is the Misumeoides Formosipes. I am giving this a common name: The Yellow Spider!

Misumenoides formosipe

Misumenoides formosipe

And, here are the other photos I took while this little guy ran away from me!

Does it see me?

Does it see me?

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Hanging on to the backside of a leaf

Is that leg a pincher?

Is that leg a pincher?

What an amazing spider, isn’t it? And, as the heat came up today it disappeared. I am really happy that this new spider showed himself to me and that I can share this with you!

This morning I go off for what is hopefully my last chemo treatment. I have to admit that I am not looking forward to this treatment due to the side effects. I am, however, grateful that I do not have it as bad as others, but it is still uncomfortable. I most likely will not be doing any posts for a couple of days.

One of the things that I should mention is that with the chemo treatments I have been having neuropathy in my hands and now in my big toes. Neuropathy is the loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. At least mine is not as bad as it could be. What I have just written took me about an hour to write this post as I have to keep re-typing.

So, I will be on hiatus for a couple of days due to the chemo. I wish you the best and that you be well! Thank you for sticking with me through all of this, and thank you for visiting with me today!

Again — be well! ^..^

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