It is spring time. What a beautiful weekend it has been here in NC. Temps in the 70's and no humidity. Wonderful. It is also strawberry time. Every year we try to get out to pick the red ripe strawberries from one of many berry farms in our area. Mostly we eat them fresh from the field or sugar them for a nice evening treat. Today I was in the mood to chocolate dip some of those luscious beauties. Very easy to do....I gathered my ingredients...there are only two. All you need are berries and chocolate chips.
We use the Semi-Sweet Toll House Chips. I just place the chips in a 2 cup microwaveable container. Fill it about 3/4 full. Zap them in the microwave on high for a minute. Stir. Repeat in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until smooth. Then dip your berries in holding them by the stem. I usually give them a twist in the chocolate and then place them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Place in the fridge until firm and you have a tasty expensive looking treat. Couldn't be easier.
(10/10 on my recipe scale. Yum:-)
Get out and pick some strawberries. They don't last long. If you want an easy and refreshing treat dip them in chocolate.
I bought the Nikon Coolpix P510 because it is described as a "bridge camera". To me that means I can do a bit more manually then with my old point and shoot. I decided it was high time to get started in my attempt to understand more about digital photography. I went to a beginners class on Saturday to begin my adventure with my focus being on Aperture and Shutter Speed. I will start with Aperture. I find the f# confusing because in my mind they are backwards but I will have to get over it:-)
First off what is the definition of aperture? Here is what Destination Scuba has to say about it...
It is indicated by f stop numbers f1.4, f2, f2.8, f5.6 and so on.
Just to confuse us – the larger the aperture the smaller the f stop number f22 is a very small aperture, f5.6 is big.
This is the control of how much light reaches the image sensor in the camera and has a direct relation to shutter speed.Generally the larger the aperture the fa…
It was my final day of my mini-vacation. I had climbed the stairs to the top of Chimney Rock, I had pontooned beautiful Lake Lure, and I had stayed at the lovely Esmeralda Inn. Anytime I take a trip I do my best to visit a local winery, and I had been remiss in my tradition on this trip. I could just go home, but that would be crazy if there were a local winery to explore. Well as luck would have it not far off my journey there was a winery. I consulted Google and plotted my course to Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville NC.
First I wanted to know where the name came from. Here is a quote from their website... "Mountain lore has it that back in the day farmers would burn their fields to clear the land on Burntshirt Mountain for planting. They tossed their shirts in the fire for good luck and the fields yielded a bountiful crop!"
I did not have a lot of time to tour or visit due to my pending long drive back home, but I did manage the wine tasting and also enjoyed a gl…
While traveling with the Road Scholars in NY I had the opportunity to see several wonderful wineries. Among them was Dr. Frank's Winery. (Quotes from their website will be in italics) "Dr. Konstantin Frank ignited the “Vinifera Revolution” a movement that forever changed the course of wine growing in the Finger Lakes and the United States." First off, what is Vinifera? I consulted Google and found this definition...a common European grape (Vitis vinifera) that is the chief source of Old World wine and table grape varieties "In 1962, merely a decade after arriving in America, Dr. Frank founded Vinifera Wine Cellars. The winery quickly earned a reputation for spectacular Rieslings and its original planting of vines formed the backbone of New York’s world-class wines and champagnes."
The drive that day was lovely. Blue skies and grape vines. Nothing could make it better then a good glass of wine. And believe me, I did indulge in a good glass of wine and was not d…