Monday, October 3, 2022

October Open Thread




 




A new week beacons.  Ready to get the day started, but first coffee is the only luxury to a parent of two small children.  At least the coffee grinder back up works. Just hammer the beans in a bag.




 



        As we go through walks and drives to see fruity pebbles of fall on trees, their branches growing ever barren, it is a nice change to the hot summer here in the South. Sometimes we get snow, other winters it is just cold with rain.   A great hush settles over the land as the forest animals take note and start their storage.   They know more than we take notice.    


                Adventure is calling at the corn maze

with bluegrass music, gem mining, and tasty eats 

courtesy from the food trucks.


                                          

    



                        








                                
















                          Van Gogh Art GIF by CBBC




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         Check out the local fair that comes by. Seeing everyone have fun, hearing children's laughter  to their sense of wonder brings on a nostalgia when we were kids.  County fair food from funnel cakes, hot dogs, slushies to frozen fried icecream to accompany the fun with our sweethearts and families. Try out one of the many games to win that stuffed unicorn or bear.  They look way too easy is deceiving.



                                Sydney Sweeney Dancing GIF by Halsey




                                       okstatefair ok oklahoma fair okc GIF



       Don't forget to walk through the forest in its change of colors to gaze at the splendor and hear the forest speak to us in its language with the wind.







        Thank you for visiting and passing on the word to follow.  Take a break. We're getting more coffee from the stockroom after this incident below.









Sunday, October 2, 2022

The Wizard of Hades

 A stocky farm hand named Koll was taken on the frozen wastes of the dark realms, spirited to the netherworld. In the seventy-five years he'd been in these haunted caverns, he was still only twenty years old. Likewise, it was impossible to die here, as the entities fed on torment. 

But his plan of escape was nearing fruition. He'd once dabbled in amateur wizardry, having learned a minor spell that drained a victim of life force and any talents it possessed. It was woefully inadequate against the entities who ruled here. But, having nothing to lose, he tried it just to gage the result. 

His target was one of three entities. The Blues wielded cold magic; Yellows were flame elementals. Deeper down were the Grays, who could only whisper temptation to those desperate enough to take them up on it. Were the promises realized? No one knew, as the escapees were not seen again. 

Koll unleashed his spell on the Blue, which earned him such a frosty pasting that he was frozen solid for an hour. But, amazingly, he had made brief contact with her mind, and now knew her name. 

The Yellow who ruled this enclave singled Koll out for special attention after that. He delighted in hoisting Koll by the neck, then lambasting him with a torrent of fire. Koll never cried out, staring at that mask of a face in defiance. It had a weird grillwork for a mouth, and a slit for a nose. Cast aside, Koll waited for the damage to heal as the Yellow went off after other prey. 

He caught sight of the Blue. She was sculpting a massive iceworks at the top of the cavern. A few victims had been added to the mix for artistic accent. The vengeful Yellow invested it all with a sweep of fire, turning it all to dripping mush. Victims fell to the ground and crawled away. It was the opening Koll had waited for--but not today, for the Blue vented her wrath on all within reach. 

Next day, though time had no meaning here, Koll watched the Blue sail atop a low rise, lamenting the ruination of her work. He jumped when a wretch grabbed his arm. Koll searched his face. "You were one of those she froze into the sculpture."

"Never mind that." The older man looked up, pointing out a faint pocket of phosphorescence. "Don't you see? That's the surface world! It's why the Yellow doesn't want us going up there." His face fell. "Anyway, how could you get through ice that thick?" He staggered away, hiding behind a boulder when the Yellow swooped by in the distance. 

Now or never, Koll thought. He approached the Blue and looked up at her. "For what it's worth, your lattice showed keen imagination." The Blue frosted him again, but at least his chilled mouth still worked. "Twila." That was her name. "You did it out of boredom. Imagine what you could do on the surface, where no one could attack your work." He shook off the frost, but sprinted away under a barrage of stinging icicles.

Another "day" passed. When the faint glow appeared overhead, Koll strolled about, practically inviting attack by the Yellow. It was quick in coming. A hot lance through his back dropped Koll to his knees. The Yellow pulled him up by the neck and began sweeping him with flame. 

Suddenly a blue patch appeared on the Yellow's abdomen. Cold magic! Twila had attacked him from behind. With a yowl of rage, the Yellow spun about and took Twila by the neck. The two traded magical attacks. 

Wizard.

The female voice echoed in Koll's mind. Twila!

Here is the power for your spell.

A giddy rush of power infused Koll. He blasted the Yellow with everything he had, draining him so hard his fires went out, and the Yellow became a shriveled brown thing that skittered away. Jubilant victims began punching and kicking it. 

The Grays will come. We must leave.

Koll stared stupidly. "How--"

Yellows can fly.

Of course! He now had, for a short time, the Yellow's power, including that of flight. He soared upward, seeing the Blue winging close behind. Was the ice to thwart their glorious escape? Koll gathered speed, reaching fists forward, and smashed through.

He fell heavily in late evening snow. Orange sunlight made long strips across the blue tundra. A caravan pulled by woolly oxen came around a bend. 

An old woman got down and approached. "Where in Hades did you come from?" She raised her staff against a blue shape that went winging away. 

Koll became famous for his tales of the netherworld. Whether they believed it or not, he couldn't say, but his fortune was made. And to this day, visitors to the region are awed by the amazing ice structures carved artistically into the frozen hills.


Friday, September 30, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 30th September 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 30th September 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome!


Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, it's your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres!

The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman (1961)



The Monkees - Daydream Believer 



Strauss ~ The Blue Danube Waltz



MaCoys - Hang on sloopy



It Rains Everywhere I Go - The Petersens 


The Association - Windy - 1967


Elvis Presley - Return To Sender 



The Animals - House of the Rising Sun (1964) 


PETER, PAUL AND MARY ALIVE "500 Miles"




Kylie Minogue - The Loco-motion 






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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Layered chicken and rice plov

Layered chicken and rice plov

By Faith Kramer, Jewish Unpacked (Formerly known as "From the Grapevine")


                                                             Photo by Faith Kramer

“A plov (sometimes called plof) is a show-stopper rice dish full of subtle flavors and moist chicken. It somewhat resembles Persian, Middle Eastern and Indian pilafs, pilaus and biriyanis.”

This recipe is reprinted, with permission, from 52 Shabbats. Learn more about the cookbook here.


Ingredients

2 cups white basmati rice
1 ¾ tsp salt divided 
¾ tsp black pepper divided 
¼ tsp saffron threads crumbled
3 ½ cups boiling water 
3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tbsp vegetable oil plus more if needed
4 cups thinly sliced onions 
½ pounds carrots cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground tumeric 
½ cup finely chopped fresh dill or cilantro divided 
½ pounds green beans cut into 1-inch pieces 
4 cups chopped fresh spinach or chard 
3 tbsp pomegranate molasses

Instructions

Rinse the rice in several changes of water until the water runs clear. 

Drain.

In a large heatproof bowl, mix together the rice, 1 teaspoon of salt, the saffron, and boiling water. 

Let soak for at least 1 hour. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and black pepper.

In a 6-quart pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. 

Add the onions and sautΓ© until the onions begin to soften, 7 to 10 minutes.

Add the carrots and sautΓ© until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes, adding another drizzle of oil if the pot seems dry.

Stir in the cinnamon, turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and black pepper, and 1/4 cup of dill. 

SautΓ© for 1 minute. Add the chicken, lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes.

Layer the green beans evenly over the chicken and vegetables. Layer the spinach over the green beans. 

Carefully pour the rice mixture with the water into the pot. 

Do not stir or mix in with the other ingredients. Cover and bring to a simmer.

Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 45 minutes. (While the rice is cooking, open the lid as little as possible but check periodically to make sure the pot has not dried out. 

Add water, a little at a time, as needed.)

Turn off the heat and let the pot sit, covered, for 10 minutes. 

Uncover, place a rimmed platter on top of the pot and carefully flip over the pot onto the platter.

The plov should turn out with the vegetables and chicken on top. 

Use a spatula to smooth it back into shape if needed. 

Serve the plov on the platter, garnished with the remaining 1/4 cup of dill and drizzled with pomegranate molasses.


Notes
MAKE AHEAD: Make the plov in a Dutch oven or other ovenproof pot up to 3 days in advance and keep it in the pot (or alternatively, transfer it to a large casserole or baking pan). Cover and refrigerate. To serve, sprinkle the top with a little water. Cover and reheat in a 350°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes (from room temperature), or until it’s warmed through. Invert the pot onto a serving platter and garnish as instructed above.
Enjoy!


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Friday, September 23, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 23rd September 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome




 Easy listening music and chat, Friday 23rd September 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome!

                

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, it's your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres!


Everybody's Talkin' - Nilsson (With lyrics on screen)



Tuba Skinny- Once in a While- Shaye playing Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives from 1927





Roy Orbison - "Blue Bayou" from Black and White Night


Molly Tuttle "Brakeman's Blues - Back Up & Push" Ossipee Valley Music Festival 2022


Tony Rice & Ricky Skaggs: "The Soul of Man Never Dies"

Al Stewart - Year of The Cat (Solid Gold Classic) - 1982


The Box Tops - The Letter (Upbeat 1967)

San Francisco in 1960s - Have You Ever Seen The Rain

The Cotton Pickin Kids “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”


 The Madeleines Trio - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy


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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Salanova Lettuce and Pear Salad

Pascales Kitchen: Salanova Lettuce and Pear Salad

, 2022 



Salanova lettuce and pear salad (credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN)


Ingredients
  • 1 package of Salanova lettuce (2 medium)
  • 4 small pears
  • ½ lemon
  • 6 radishes
  • 4 scallions
  • 2-3 celery leaves
  • ½ bunch of mint
  • ½ bunch of parsley
  • ½ bunch of cilantro
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup sugar-free dried cranberries 
  • 1 lemon, quartered
Directions

Rinse and dry the lettuce, then cut the leaves into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Slice the pear into eighths and cut out the core and seeds. Place them in a separate bowl and drizzle lemon juice on top of them. Chop 3 of the radishes into small pieces and the other 3 into slices, then put them in a third bowl. Add the pears to the bowl with the radishes. Chop the scallions and all the herbs and add them to the radishes. Add the walnuts and cranberries to the radishes and mix well. Pour the radish mixture on top of the lettuce, then add the lemon quarters. 



Serve alongside various salad dressings so that each person can choose the dressing they prefer.


Level of difficulty:Easy,Time:15 minutes,Status: Vegetarian


Enjoy



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Friday, September 16, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 16th September 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 16th September 2022, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome!



Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, it's your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres!

Big Bad John ~ Jimmy Dean (1961)


The Beatles - Get Back (Take 1) | Rooftop Concert


andre rieu mary poppins & dont cry for me argentina


Caroline Jones - Rise 


Que Sera Sera - Tatiana Eva-Marie


Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley - Cover by Lucy Thomas


Sierra Ferrell - Give It Time 



Mean Mary - Blazing


ABBA - SOS 


Blue moon of Kentucky/Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe - Emmylou Harris



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