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Light in the sky - Photo by Madison Woods

Light in the sky – Photo by Madison Woods

It was a quiet night for Jenny. The kids were sleeping. Her husband had gone out with friends. She sipped on tea as she read. Suddenly, she heard a strange sound and saw a light flashing in her backyard.

Heading outside, the sound stopped, and the only light was the moon behind the clouds. Still looking up, she saw that the moon had moved its position quickly. “That’s not normal,” she thought.

Three hours later, she found herself standing in the backyard. Police, family and friends were in the yard. They had been looking for her. She was missing time.

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This is my story written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Thank you for hosting Rochelle, and also to Madison Woods for the photo that inspired this story.

Thank you dear reader for stopping by today. Have a terrific Thursday and be well… ^..^

Bee with Me!


Our crepe myrtle trees are in full bloom. The flowers on the pink tree are more abundant than on the magenta tree. In the mornings as we sit outside enjoying a cup of coffee, we hear the hum of the bees. It sounds just like we are sitting inside a hive. Bees are a hard subject to shoot photos of because they are very swift, but I did manage to get a number of photos that I want to share with you today.

Here is a honeybee…

Honeybee on Crepe Myrtle

Honeybee on Crepe Myrtle

If you look closely at this photo you will see that the honeybee is a hairy insect.

Hairy bee

Hairy bee

This little gal is on top of it!

She's on top of it!

She’s on top of it!

I got lucky on this next shot. I captured a pair!

A pair of honeybees

A pair of honeybees

This next shot shows the bee harvesting. You can see pollen on her right hind leg.

Harvesting

Harvesting

My favorite shot is this last one. The wings of the bee move so rapidly. Check out what the wing looks like captured in motion.

Wings in motion

Wings in motion

That’s it for today Thanks for dropping by! Have an amazing day and bee well. `ö´


Welcome back to my kitchen for Tasty Tuesday! Today I will be featuring pork ribs. I was actually going to make these ribs Chinese style, but discovered I did not have the hoisin sauce to do so.

So, I took a gander at One Man’s Meat,, an award winning food blog written by Conor Bofin. I have tried numerous recipes from his site and my husband and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I suggest you check out his site! I had to make a change on the peppers used in this recipe because I did not have the same ones that Conor used.

Ingredients
Side of baby back pork ribs
4 whole dried pasilla ancho chiles
2 whole dried guajillo chiles, Conor used New Mexico chiles
3/4 cup of local honey
1 1/2 tsp of fennel seed, Conor’s recipe calls for 1-2 tsp

Ingredients

Ingredients

My preparation is a bit different. First, get a soup kettle of water on the stove and set to boil. Trim the ribs to individual ribs. As the water gets hot in the pot, take out a little over one cup of the hot water. Put this in a bowl along with the dried chiles.

When the water boils, add the ribs and cook for 15 minutes. At this point, I heated up a small saute pan, and added the fennel seeds.

Fennel seed before

Fennel seed before

I kept moving the fennel around in the pan. When you see the color change from green to a lovely shade of brown they are done.

Fennel seed after

Fennel seed after

Remove them from the heat and add them to your mortar. Using the pestle, crush them to a fine powder.

Get out your blender and add the crushed fennel. The chiles should be soft enough now that you can pop the stems off, and then gently tearing down the side of the chile, open up the chile and remove the seeds. Add the chile pieces to your blender, and also add the water that you soaked the chiles in. Add your honey and blend to make a smooth paste. I forgot to take a blender photo!

The ribs should be done. Remove them from the hot water and place them in a glass dish for marinating.

Ribs after boiling

Ribs after boiling

Pour the paste over the ribs. I stirred this up with my hands to make sure that they are evenly coated.

Ribs rubbed with marinade

Ribs rubbed with marinade

Then I tossed them into the refrigerator for a few hours, turning them occasionally.

Conor prepares these ribs on a gas grill, lowest heat, for about 20 minutes.

With the near 100 degree temperatures we have been having here, I decided to do the remainder of the cooking by slow roasting the ribs. I did this in a 175 degree oven for about 2 hours. Line a baking pan with foil. Add about one inch of water to the pan. Lay a rack over the pan and lay the ribs on the rack.

Ribs racked and ready

Ribs racked and ready

The leftover marinade, I tucked away in the refrigerator and before the ribs were just about ready, I heated up the sauce to a boil, let it thicken, and then served this as a sauce for dipping of the delicious ribs.

Cooking up the marinade

Cooking up the marinade

And, here are the ribs right out of the oven. Don’t they look amazing?

Ribs are done!

Ribs are done!

The ribs are tender, juicy, and the flavor is subtle and slightly smoky. The sauce is a lovely compliment.

A huge thanks to Conor for letting me feature his recipe. Conor, I dare you to try my Chinese Char Siu Ribs. Your rib recipe reminded me of these ribs.

Well, thanks for dropping in to join me in the kitchen. Stay tuned for another recipe coming your way next Tuesday. Be well… ^..^


Today, the start of a work week, is the day that I devote to hosting the Mondays Finish the Story challenge. In the challenge, I ask that you write a story using between 100-150 words and that you use the opening line and the photo prompt to create your story. The opening line of the challenge is in bold and italics. Here is my story.

Nightshade - © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

Nightshade – © 2015, Barbara W. Beacham

“The team employed the use of Nightshade to get the information they wanted from their captive.” He was the last of the Knights Templar. They wanted him to reveal the location of the Arc of the Covenant.

Many believed that the Arc is located inside the money pit on Oak Island. The team was unsuccessful at finding it there.

They held the prisoner’s nose closed and put the cup to his lips. He had no choice but to open his mouth if he wanted to breathe. Some of the liquid dripped into his mouth. After a half hour, they could see the drug was taking effect.

His pupils dilated, his speech a bit slurred. They began questioning the knight who responded with one word. “Frog!”

The team looked puzzled. What did a frog have to do with the arc? They poked at the knight and asked again for the location of the arc on Oak Island.

“Wrong,” said the knight, “Frog Island.”

New excavations began immediately.

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you enjoyed my story today! You too can join in on the Mondays Finish the Story challenge by clicking HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. Be well… ^..^


Egyptian Trinket Box - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Egyptian Trinket Box – Photo by Alastair Forbes

Vivian saw the Egyptian trinket box at her favorite new age store. The box spoke to her. She just had to buy it. When she got it home, she set it in amongst her other new age items. She placed it so the moon and the stars faced out into the room.

Before going to bed that night, she placed her hands around the pyramid shaped box, closed her eyes, took a couple of deep breaths and said a prayer. When she was done, she crawled into bed, and drifted off to sleep.

The room was dark and the only sound was her slow and steady breathing. Suddenly, the box began to vibrate. It shifted a bit, and the two sections began to separate. A light began to emanate between the three pieces. As the glow got brighter, the room became illuminated. The color of the light began to shift.

Vivian woke up surprised by the light in the room. Finding that the source was her new trinket box, she got out of bed and walked over to it. She bent over to look at it closely. Musical notes floated out of it and she found herself being swept away.

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Thank you Alastair Forbes for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction, and for the photo that inspired this story. Nice one Al!

Thank you dear reader for stopping by today. Have a spectacular Sunday, and be well… ^..^

Summer Hummers


I realized that I have not featured our sweet little hummingbirds for a while. We usually have the annas and the rufous. We have not seen the rufous since early summer. We do have plenty of the annas. Here are some shots of these summer hummers in our yard.

They are quick to come and go.

Coming and going

Coming and going

Did you know that aside from nectar, the hummingbirds favorite thing to eat are ants? We stopped washing off the ants from the feeders.

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Hummers and ants at the bird feeder

Here is a lucky shot of an incoming hummer.

Incoming!

Incoming!

They get used to us being around, and even zoom at us to let us know that the feeder is getting low. My husband caught this shot of them sitting on my hand.

On my fingers

On my fingers

Here is a photo of a rufous from earlier

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

A fat Rufous Hummingbird

We plant flowers in our garden every year that will provide these foothill critters with nectar. We have so many in the garden this year that we have not had to fill the feeder but twice.

Well, there you have it, my summer hummers. Have a great weekend and be well… ^..^


Krista over at WordPress has chosen the topic “inspiration” for this week’s photo challenge. She says, “What is your inspiration? What moves you? What is it that never fails to motivate you, to get you going, or make you happy? It could be the bench in a quiet section of the park where you go to center yourself. Maybe it’s a favorite piece of music or book passage that boosts your enthusiasm. Or, maybe it’s the face of the love of your life, a treasured memento, or the unconditional love you see in the eyes of your pet.” I get inspired by a number of things. Here is what inspires me.

After a rain, I am inspired to take my camera outside to take close up photos that capture the drops of water on the spring blossoms.

All wet!

All wet!

I am also inspired to look for the abundance of mushrooms that pop up after a spring rain.

Mushrooms in moss

Mushrooms in moss

I like finding places that offer serenity and a place to relax.

The chair seen a second way

The chair seen a second way

Because of the beauty that I find in places, I am inspired to explore. Here are some shots of places that I have seen on these explorations.

Hiking through some rough terrain, I discover this lovely view of a beach.

The calm of the sea

The calm of the sea

Walking the trail gets me to a good viewing area enabling me to capture this shot of Half Dome in Yosemite.

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Half Dome and Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

Hiking a trail in Volcanoes National Park on the big island of Hawaii, the shrubbery opens up and I am delighted by the view.

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

Pit Crater of Kilauea Iki

What inspires you? To see what inspires others, click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by today and be well… ^..^