May 18th

I hope all had a wonderful Sunday, and Father’s Day.

We enjoyed a quiet day at home. I was in the 90’s and everyone was glad to be able to relax inside.

Temperatures today are suppose to drop by 2o degrees and this afternoon the windows are suppose to roll in. I hate that.  So I will make the best of the day and week that I can.

I will be working this week to get ready for my book signing at the Book Plaza on June 30th in Burley, Idaho from 10:00- 5:00  so this week I will spend ordering in a few extra books and making sure the word is out.

I will be working on a press release.

Then around working on being prepared I will will decide which book I will work on next.

It’s a continuous on going process. I am now trying to figure out illustrations and playing around with the idea of a children’s book.

National Days:

18 Go Fishing Day

The origin of Go Fishing day hasn’t been found however, in many areas the week before or after Father’s Day is a time when many places open up fishing areas for free fishing and assist in teaching beginners how to fish. This encourages the beginning of a wonderful summer sport. There is no better way to relax and bond at the same time than for a father and child to go fishing together.

the Best Times for Fishing  are:

One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides. Inland, the times for high tides correspond with the times when the Moon is due south. Low tides are halfway between high tides.

During the “morning rise” (after sunup for a spell) and the “evening rise” (just before sundown and the hour or so after).

When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. The smart fisherman will find just the right bait.)

When there is a hatch of flies—caddis flies or mayflies, commonly. (The fisherman will have to match his fly with the hatching flies or go fishless.)

When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east.

When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind.

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. ~Herbert Hoover

Fun Facts About Fish:

– Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.

– Fish were the first animals to evolve backbones.

– Fish move by creating a wave motion that moves the length of its body.

– Fish have a specialized sense organ called the lateral line which works much like radar and helps them navigate in dark or murky water.

– Fish are divided into three basic groups which include cartilaginous fishes, bony fishes, and lobe-finned fishes.

– Cartilaginous fish include the sea’s largest and most skilled marine predators.

– There are over 25,000 identified species of fish on the earth.

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~Washington Irving

Happy National Go Fishing Day! Where are your favorite places to fish? Let’s us know in the comments section below!

June 18, 2012 is

International Picnic Day

It’s International Picnic Day! Today we celebrate one of the greatest ways to enjoy the summer season—an outdoor picnic with friends, family, games and activities, and delicious food.During the Victorian era, picnics were very important social occasions. They offered the rare opportunity for young men and women to spend time together in the great outdoors. They were also quite elaborate. A picnic for twenty people might feature cold salmon, lamb, veal, chicken, ham, pigeon pie, sandwiches, fruit, a selection of cheeses, and a variety of baked goods! The modern-day picnic is much less complicated. In fact, the phrase “it’s a picnic” means “it’s easy.”

To celebrate International Picnic Day, invite your friends and family to a summer picnic. Find a suitable location at a local park or field, and sit back and enjoy an al fresco meal in the company of your loved ones. Happy International Picnic Day!

 

 

National Cherry Tart Day

Chocolate Cherry Tart: National Cherry Tart Day

Fresh Cherries are everywhere, so National Cherry Tart day couldn’t have come at a better time! Let me begin by saying that one of the most useful kitchen gadgets is the cherry pitter, especially for doing anything with fresh cherries in a large batch. I’ve had a cherry pitter for over 30 years. Maybe it’s time for an upgrade, but I tend to keep things forever. I originally got my cherry pitter for pitting small plums for jam. The house I lived in at the time was surrounded by plum trees. Canning mania!

But back to the cherries. Since today is National Cherry Tart day, I’m posting a recipe for Chocolate Cherry Tart that was “blended and adapted” from recipes from Beverly Mills of Desperationdinners.com and  Dianasaurdishes.com. Beverly’s tart uses a ‘plain’ tart dough, but I can never have enough Chocolate! Diana has a wonderful chocolate tart recipe that’s pretty fool-proof. Have a look at Dianasaurdishes’ Raspberry Chocolate Tart Recipe. No time to make the tart shell? Feel free to substitute a prepared pie crust that’s not chocolate. I like Trader Joe’s frozen pie crusts.

CHOCOLATE CHERRY TART

Chocolate Pie Crust:
 
4 oz sweet butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 tbsp unsweetened DARK cocoa powder

1. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the bowl and beat another minute so there are no lumps. Add egg yolk, beat well, and scrape downsides again.
2. Add flour and cocoa powder, beat on lowest speed until dough has just come together (but still has small to medium clumps) and looks moist with a dark uniform color. Scrape down bowl and use the spatula to incorporate anything that isn’t mixed in.
3. Put chocolate crust in an 11- to 12-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Use the heel of your hand to  press dough and spread along the bottom of the pan and up the sides ( if you’re having trouble, refrigerate  dough 15 minutes before pressing)
4. Cut off any dough above the top of the tart pan. Save dough for repairs. Place dough filled pan in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pan on cookie sheet and bake in lower third of oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and use leftover dough to repair any cracks. Bake another 8 minutes.
6. Remove tart pan to cooling rack and use rounded side of a spoon to press the center down and make more room for filling. Let cool completely (you can do this in refrigerator for faster results).

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling!

Filling:

12 ounce 65-75% dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 1/2 pounds fresh sweet cherries, rinsed and dried (any cherries will work)
3 tablespoons Bonne Mamam Cherry preserves (or strawberry jelly)

1. Put chocolate and cream in a doubleboiler or a metal bowl on top of another bowl with simmering water. Melt together, stirring, until smooth. Set aside

2. Remove cherry stems, remove pits with cherry pitter. Set aside.
3. When crust is cool, pour chocolate into the crust and smooth evenly with the back of a spoon. Place cherries into the chocolate in concentric circles, stem side up, pressing into chocolate a bit to hold in place.
4. Put jelly in a small measuring cup and microwave on High until spreadable, about 15 seconds.
5. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the tops of the cherries with jelly just to glaze.
6. Place the tart in refrigerator, uncovered, to cool until chocolate is set, about 25 to 30 minutes.
7. To serve, remove sides of the tart pan. (Love this trick for removing the tart from the outside ring of the pan: Place the bottom of the pan over a small bowl that’s smaller than the tart pan. The pan ring will fall away if sides have shrunk enough, or you can jiggle gently and pull down on the pan ring to remove.)
8. Slice into wedges, and serve cold.

For more info go to : http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/06/chocolate-cherry-tart-national-cherry.html

Whenever my mother made pies she always used any extra left -over dough for tarts. We’d come home from school and have a wonderful after school snack. We would fill them with strawberry jam or whatever we happened to have on hand.

Tarts can easily be packed and taken on your picnic for the day. This is the best time of year for fresh berries, and delicious food.

So go fishing, have a picnic, splurge on that food you want for the day, and make tarts to fill with your favorite berries.

Whatever you do enjoy the day.

So until next time 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Wow–even they bible agrees I should have had that brownie today, sigh and now it’s too late to eat. It must be the 18th somewhere in the world tomorrow!! I enjoyed all your fun facts.

    Micki

  2. Micki we have to occasionally reward ourselves. Sometimes what the body wants us to have we actually need. Chocolate especially dark chocolate is actually healthy and helps burn fat and has an affect on the brain chemistry so we can function better. Next time you want that brownie have one. Remember everything in moderation. I am glad you enjoyed the fun facts

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