My son started school this week and last week we ticked off one more summer bucket list item: make pasta from scratch. Turns out it is harder and more time consuming to make pasta than we imagined. So here are pictures of what a real person’s kitchen looks like while making pasta. (As opposed to say a food blogger who would have glorious photos with nary a stray pile of flour.)
Pasta dough rolled out and waiting to be cut. Notice how it is nowhere near a rectangular shape? Apparently I can only roll out round.
The big picture.
I found a tip on-line that said you can turn all those uneven edge bits into pasta for soup. Done!
Stacks of drying pasta in my momentarily Italian kitchen!
My son ate the bowtie pasta for dinner and we froze the rest. I have a feeling this will be my one and only pasta bucket list item.
I am very thankful we went to Yosemite last year. Who knows what the future holds for such a beautiful park in such a fire endangered area. Here are some photos from last year. I tried to include snow and water to help cool things off. Seems it is overly hot in many places. We are running a good 5 to 10 degrees above average these days which is keeping me rather grumpy. I try and swim most evenings after the shade has creeped over the pool and the air temperature is around 104° and the water temperature 92°. I feel like I should just take a bar of soap with me and have a bath after my swim 🙂 . At least the water feels good on my “frozen shoulder”.
I took a bit of a sabbatical from the blog in July but that doesn’t mean I didn’t take any photos. So without further ado…
4th of July, fireworks on base and red, white and blue glow sticks a big hit.
Camping in the White Mountains, wonderfully cool among the aspens.
This is pretty much what the sky looked like the whole week we were there: patches of blue surrounded by white clouds, dark clouds and rain falling somewhere. The rain wasn’t continuous but it was fairly plentiful. Sadly campfires weren’t allowed which seemed rather silly with all the rain.
An easy summer fun project: graham cracker houses with waffle cone trees. The key is to make the powdered sugar icing (ie glue) super thick.
Since I took over 300 photos in Toronto I figure I am set for the summer photo posts. I took only my little Olympus Stylus SH-50 Camera, I knew I wasn’t going to feel like lugging around my DSLR everywhere. I missed having my “real camera” a few times but for the most part my Olympus takes pretty good pictures. I mostly use the auto setting or some of the scene settings. Super macro is good for flowers. I did have some issues with the auto focus but shutting the camera off and back on fixed the problem.
Since Ripley’s Aquarium was my my favorite and where I took the most cool photos I have decided to start there.
We decided to take advantage of one of the last double digit temperature days and visit the Sonoran Desert Museum. This place has a very diverse range of exhibits and a nice mix of indoor and outdoor displays. There was a decent amount of shade over the outdoor walking areas, critical under the desert sun.
It was siesta time and lots of the animals were sleeping in shady nooks and crannies. Here is a bobcat snoozing away.
These three Bighorn Sheep were awake.
There is a hummingbird aviary.
Even an aquarium! Here are some garden eels, kinda creepy.
In honor of Memorial Day today’s theme is “red, white and blue”. Just a gentle reminder, Memorial Day is to honor those service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending the freedom we enjoy today.