Friday, September 30, 2011

Solitude



At the end of a quiet day sometimes one finds oneself in a very quiet public park surrounded only by trees, water and small insects...ok there are lots of deers around that lake. It was spooky, I was alone so despite being beautiful I couldn't help but want to desperately run back home. The colors were incredible!

A bit more of the lake during the sunset!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The last days of Summer!!  We like to take chairs and sit right by the garden sometimes. These are lazy days and the temperature is wonderful. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. Os ultimos dias do Verao. Sao dias mais lentos e a temperatura e maravilhosa! Setamos bem perto da horta pra gozar do solzinho da tarde.

 Marcos took his book along. Marcos trouxe seu livro pra ler.
 The late afternoon sun shines in the last tomatoes in the garden. O sol da tardinha brilha nos ultimos tomates da minha horta.
 The last of the Swiss Chard. O resto que ha do Swiss chard na minha horta comemos muito desses esse ano.
The sun was going away little by little and clouds formed a veil - in - the - wind look to it. As nuvem parecem um veu no ceu!

Mixed - Berry Cornmeal cobbler

8 servings - Prep 15 min

1 pint blueberries (about 2 cups)
1 pint raspberries (about 2 1/4 cups)
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced in half
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temp
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk

1- Heat oven to 350 degrees
2- Berries: Toss together, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sugar and cornstarch in large bowl until well mixed.
3-Spoon berry mixture into ungreased 8 x 8 x2 inch square baking pan or similar size.
4-Topping;In same large bowl beat together sugar and butter on  medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, beat in egg and vanilla until well blended.
5. Mix together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
6-Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture. On low speed beat just until combined. Beat in the milk, then the ramaining flour mixture. Drop the dough by large spoonfuls over the berry mixture in the baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr and 20 min or until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbly. Serve warm - Enjoy!!
Weddings are lovely! We just had another wedding in our town. A couple from our chuch got married and my husband officiated the wedding. This couple of young handsome and adorable people were such stars in the wedding. They have civic center here in town and lots of accomodations so if you want to do your wedding in our town here it's and idea! Havia outro casamemto na cidade e meu esposo foi o pastor pra esse casamento. Tudo estava muito lindo e bem preparado. Esse casalzinho ai eram as estrelas desse casamento, roubou a atencao da noiva e do noivo. Lindos!
A noiva e o Noivo.
The decorations were all done by the brides family and friends. It all looked so pretty. The light at center of ceiling was added by a friend of the bride. I just post so you can see a bit of what goes on in a small town. Here it goes in Portuguese:  As decoracoes foram todas feitas pela familia da noiva. Essas fotos sao pra voce ver as coisas que se passam por aqui em uma cidade pequena.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The morning is much better with a nice cup of tea. I used to be a coffee drinker and I still enjoy a nice cup of coffee of course but not as much as did in earlier years of my life. After living in Africa for 3 years I acquired the taste for tea in the AM. We lived in Zimbabwe where the some of the biggest tea plantations are located. This tea in the photo is from France and they get this tea from India. Tastes great with a bit of milk. I always have with milk. Ear Grey is something of once in awhile only.
Have a great weekend!






Thursday, September 8, 2011

Northern Hills? Why this name?

If you wonder why the name Northern Hills I can tell you it was one hard task to find a name for this blog. Every name I wanted was already taken so I thought since I live not too far from the Black Hills and that is in the North of this country so Northern Hills sounded fine. I did a search and low and behold that name wasn't taken....Halleluahhhh!! We just passed by the Black Hills a few days ago so I took this photo from the car. Yes it is a bad photo since it was taken from a moving car but it gives you an idea what the Black Hills looks like for those who has not seen it yet.
I have lots of things to do this week one of them is re-state my nursing licence. Search for prices and such and in general plan our daughter's wedding. The temps has been great here, the tomatoes are terrible this year, last year was the blight and this year there is no blight and no tomatoes either!
I prepare to gather the herbs I have in the garden and dry them soon! How are your days coming along in this end of Summer?

Thursday, September 1, 2011


    Friendly stuff at Coffee Haus!

                                           walking back home with coffee in hand!!

Coffee Haus!



This morning I went to get a coffee. I missed Starbucks that in the rural area isn't available. However they have a great coffee House here in this town which I am very much appreciative. I asked for my favorite that is white chocolate mocha, decaf, skin, no whip and she did a good job. The Coffee Haus is just a few minutes walk from our place. I walked back home with my coffee in hand and happy to start the day. I had one of my bran muffins with my coffee. I am a tea drinker in most days however it's fun to have coffee once or twice a week. How do you start you day?