Even though spring is late here, I sure love watching the plants and flowers come alive. Most of today’s pictures were taken in my yard, but I had to sneak next door to get a couple of pictures of the daffodils there. (Sorry I disturbed your girls Jamie).
So, today, I have the daffodils from next door, my plum tree buds and flowers, my tulips and elephant ear flowers, plus 2 that I didn’t even notice until I looked at the tulip/elephant ear picture – the first forget-me-not and some kind of a bell – maybe a bluebell.
Chester has an appointment at the vet for his annual exam and possibly his shots. Last year he didn’t have any shots. We just did the titer test and his antibodies were fine. I hope we can do the same this year. I think the cost is almost the same or more – but I hate to add anything to what he is taking now in the way of meds that might disturb his system.
I’ve got yard work to do and groceries to get so Africam is just going to have to wait until later today. Have a great day!
Chester and I found a pair of Wood Ducks while on our walk along the Red River today and they were fairly cooperative for a picture shoot. It is a beautiful sunny day, but a bit chilly.
It is nice to have a bit of wildlife right here in Winnipeg.
Time for a bit of Africam and then its off to work I go. Have a great day!
The sun is shining today!! Everything looks so much better with the sunshine. After a long weekend of rain, it looks and feels wonderful this morning. Chester and I headed out for our walk as usual to enjoy the start of our day.
Today we have tulips, Lily of the Valley, Elephant Ear and a beautiful male Mallard Duck (or should I say handsome). Of course, we also have the big tree across the Red River and the little tree on this side of the Red River to show the water level, which hasn’t appeared to change in some time now.
The trees across the river are sure starting to look nice and green now, but the little tree on my side is dead and provides some birds a nice place to perch to sing their songs.
Unfortunately I cut off the duck’s reflection.
Time to check out what is happening at Africam today. We had lions at the waterhole at Tembe just as I was heading off to bed last night, but I see that they came back again after I left. You never know what might happen to wander into our view.
Yes, you see it right – this non-baker is doing another food blog! I fell into the chocolate mug cage recipes awhile ago and have been experimenting on my own. I mean – who actually makes it exactly the same as the recipe anyway?
I’ll give you what I found and I’ll also tell you approximately what I use. I say approximately because I can’t find my measuring spoons so I’m not exactly sure how much of anything I use.
The ingredients on the recipe that I liked the most:
4 tbs each of flour and sugar
2 tbs cocoa
3 tbs each of milk, oil and chocolate chips (optional)
small splash of good vanilla
What I use approximately are:
4 – 5 tbs each of flour and sweetened hot chocolate mix
3 – 4 tbs each of milk and chocolate chips and blueberry sauce or applesauce
1 tsp oil
small splash vanilla
My reasoning for the changes are:
A whole egg for such a small cake seems unnecessary, but put it in if you like. Maybe get extra small ones.
That is a lot of oil, so first I substituted most of it for apple sauce, but then one day I found blueberry sauce and I preferred that.
Mix the dry ingredients together. You can mix them right in the mug (it should be a large mug), or you can mix them in a bowl. I like to mix it in a bowl since I sometimes found little dry bits in the bottom of the mug that had not been mixed in.
Pour in the milk, oil and blueberry sauce (or applesauce) and mix well.
Add the vanilla and chocolate chips (if using) and mix again.
Pour into the mug and cook on high for 3 minutes.
Depending on the size of the mug (I use a very large one), the cake may rise over the top of the mug, but will settle down again.
You can eat it right out of the mug or take it out to put on a plate. There is enough for 2. Enjoy.
As I said, I use a very large mug – it is large enough to put a large can of soup in. If you have a normal size mug, please use the smaller amounts.
I haven’t seen any critters around for a couple of days. It has been cool and raining, so I wouldn’t have been able to take pictures of them anyway.
Luckily I can tune into Africam for my critter viewing. The first egg should be hatching soon at the Black Eagle Cam, we are watching the baby hippo grow on Idube and we never know what will show up at Nkorho, Elephant Plains or Tembe. Hope to see you there.
It is another gloomy and drizzly day here so pictures are without sun – but this is spring and we do need the rain. As always, I would like to request that it rains all night – a nice steady rain – and then the sun comes out in the mornings. I think that would be best.
My first tulip is now open and more are coming soon. Chester and I watched a pair of Mallard Ducks on the Red River for our walk yesterday, so I have a couple of pictures of them to go along with the tulip.
I had hoped to get some yard work done this weekend, but it is a little damp to get much done. I did fill one large garbage bag yesterday but there is still much to do. I will have to get grass seed to fill in the spots where the grass didn’t make it through the winter. Maybe I’ll just hang out at Africam.
I took most of today’s pictures around the house. It was cloudy and drizzled off and on all day yesterday and it is looking like today might be about the same. Of course – it is the May long weekend.
We’ve got a couple of bunnies or maybe 3. I got one on his own earlier and then 2 together later one. We also have one beautiful Wood Duck from our walk along the Red River in the morning.
It was Chester’s day at the spa yesterday. He had his nails done and he had a b.a.t.h! He doesn’t like either, but the nails are done on a regular basis and he always gets a treat when we’re finished, so he has learned over the years to lie still and he will get his treat faster than if he squirms. The bath is hated, but I can tie him into his tub and it doesn’t take too long. It actually takes as long or longer to set up the tub and take it down again – so I get a good workout. I didn’t get any pictures of his day at the home spa, since I need both my hands to accomplish the events.
Notice how he is eating my grass instead of those lovely weeds.
I have a few chores to do around the house and yard today if it doesn’t rain too much. After that I am sure you will find me on Africam.
The bunnies seem to be everywhere we look these days and the babies haven’t started appearing yet. I expect there will be plenty of the really cute little ones around soon. Chester can see them almost all the time out of any window in the house and is pacing and whining to get out and attempt to get one. I just hope they stay out of the back yard.
I didn’t take any pictures by the Red River yesterday. Nothing has changed and no critters were in view there.
It is drizzling rain and a little cool today, but Chester and I are heading out on our walk to see what we can see. After that I have chores and errands to do and then some quality time in front of the cams at Africam. Have a great day.
Today is my daughter’s birthday. Happy Birthday Angela! Hope you have a wonderful day.
Those Black-headed Gulls (or whatever they are) are still hanging around the Red River and actually they are the only gulls I saw on yesterday’s walk with Chester. The other bird is a little sparrow of some kind. If I didn’t have to head for work every day I would be able to sit and examine all the types of sparrows and try to figure out what kind it is. Actually, I think he is a Clay-colored Sparrow. I’m pretty sure I did find out what he was last year. Of course we also have pictures of the big and little trees along the river to show the water levels.
Just about Chester walking time – then a bit of Africam watching. See you there.
What a surprise! My first flower this year wasn’t a tulip. The Elephant Ear shot to the front of the pack, by putting up the first flower this year. I hadn’t even noticed the buds on it, since I haven’t had much luck getting flowers from it before. I think the bigger Elephant Eat had a flower last year, but I always see them in the neighbourhood with flowers and until last year neither of mine had ever had one. This year it is the smaller one.
We also have a Mallard duck, the traditional big tree/little tree and a lost life preserver.
We’ve been having some beautiful warm days for the last few days, but the wind is digging up all the leftover sand from the roads and sidewalks and turning it into dust storms. Right now it is calm, but I see they are predicting the winds to pick up again this afternoon.
After Chester and I head out for our morning walk, I will be checking in on Africam to see what has been happening. See you there.
A section of a road that is not too far from here is cracking with part of the road dropping down several inches. It has been like this for at least a couple of weeks now and has been barricaded off. Next to that is a path that goes along the Red River and then the river itself. I have seen crews out there a couple of times – mostly standing around and I assume trying to figure out what to do about it. I took a few pictures of the area yesterday when Chester and I took our walk.
The Manitoba Marathon runs along here and I wonder if they will have a detour next month.
I also have a picture of a bird that flew into my window last night. I don’t know what it is, but he was alert and watching me take his picture. A few minutes later he was gone.
The picture of the little bird isn’t great, since it was starting to get dark, but I’m glad he was ok after his crash landing.
Time to head out for today’s walk with Chester and find out what we will see. Then I have some time to watch the cams at Africam.