One of my favorite homemade beverages consists of a cup of milk, a container of yogurt, a banana, an egg, and a fresh or frozen non-citrus fruit. In the picture above, for both yogurt and fruit I used strawberry; but I also like to use blueberry, and peach. I mix it all up in a blender and normally get a yield of one and a half to two glasses of the beverage. I like to make it especially after coming back from either a long bike ride, hike, or walk. It's thoroughly refreshing.
These are two of my nieces playing the piano at my parent's home. Their dad likes to play the piano, too. Many years ago, before they were born and before their dad was married, he had a piano moved to his apartment on a farm wagon. And their father played the piano along the way.
You can see more pictures of our family Christmas gathering in my Photo Album.
These are my three nieces after the Christmas Eve service at my church. Their mother made their dresses. They also had a part in the program for the evening and did very well; they did not have an ounce of stagefright in them.
The above ground roots of this plant gives me the sensation of mystery and foreboding that one might experience in the forests of Middle Earth. Are those roots live and intelligent capable of wrapping around any nearby travelers trespassing upon its grounds? It is a plant that lets my imagination go wild.
This morning I made some delicious cookies using Ma Beck's recipe. The ingredients are a moist cake mix, Cool Whip, and an egg. I chose to use to use Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Strawberry Supreme cake mix. I also rolled them in granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. I recommend them to anyone. Also in my oven, I only baked them for ten minutes; I think the recipe said thirteen minutes.
This afternoon I visited Ott's Greenhouses near Schwenksville, PA. It is a place my parents took my siblings and me as a frequent childhood outing. They have a conservatory that contains a large water fall and tropical and desert plants. The conservatory portion is not pictured here but I took a few photos of other plants they grow including cacti, orchids, decorative red peppers, and kale.
Every year at my church the children put on a Christmas program. This program was held this morning followed by a fellowship time of homemade cookies and punch. It's a time I look forward to every year. Several pictures from the program are below. During the refreshment time, I also had a lot of fun playing with a group of younger children who were trying to take me captive.
After church today, I went to Mom and Dad's home for dinner. We had ham, potatoes, string beans, homemade applesauce, and yummy strawberry pie. After dinner, we played Upwords and Rummykub and with dad alone I played Figmill - a favorite game of his from childhood up. I also got to see and play with Dad's new puppy Sparky. Sparky is sitting on my dad's lap in the picture below.
This afternoon I went for a hike in Stover's State Park, High Rocks State Park, and Tohickon Park in the area along Tohickon Creek. It was a beautiful, partly sunny afternoon with the temperatures in the thirties Fahrenheit. There had been a light snow during the prior night.
This is me along the hilly trail in Tohickon Park.
This a view from the top of the cliffs in High Rocks State Park with Tohickon Creek being down at the bottom.
At several places along the trail, there were turkey buzzards huddled in trees like in this one.
This is a view of Tohickon Creek from Stover's State Park.
This is a portion of one of many stone walls in Tohickon Park.
My main blog: Ramblings generally focuses on telling a story via photography and words. These stories generally center around family, nature, and church although sometimes just about life in general. I also have a blog entitled Fingerprints. I post less frequently in Fingerprints. It serves as a catch all of anything that does not go in my Ramblings blog including memes, quizzes, and reports on books and movies.
The road awaits
The road beckons
Time steps forward
Will we move
In step with time?
Will we step forward
Shaping our time?
Will we take time
To see the present?
Will we explore the past
And understand our heritage?
Will we laugh?
Will we wonder?
Will we touch?
Will we feel?
Time flies on
We have choices
Shall we go fast?
Shall we go slow?
We shall go forward
But we will choose the pace
We may dance with all our heart
Or bathe ourselves in a setting sun