Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Laura Buxton received the balloon. Again.

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.”
― Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

In 2001, a ten-year-old named Laura Buxton, released a balloon with her name and address in the hope of finding a pen pal. The balloon traveled 140 miles before coming down and was found by an almost-ten-year old also named Laura Buxton. They share a number of other similarities.

A three hour drive apart, the two Laura Buxtons not only shared the same name, but were nearly the exact same age, were the same height (which was unusual, considering they were both well above average for their age at 4 feet, 7 inches), had brown pigtails and blue eyes, and were in Year 5 in primary school. In a Radiolab interview, the girls recalled the astonishing similarities that arose as they spoke for the first time: they both had three-year-old female Black Labrador dogs, grey rabbits, and guinea pigs with identical markings (orange spots on hind legs). Upon meeting, they unintentionally chose to wear identical outfits -- a pink sweater, and jeans.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Candied JalapeƱos (Cowboy Candy)

My little jalapeno plant wintered in Florida with us. It provided many peppers for us to enjoy. I forget to bring the plant in one night  when we had a hard frost but with much TLC it came back. 

 It did the road trip back to NY and the plant loves it here! 
This was the plant in June, It now has twice the pepper and more flowers!

The recipe is from Tasty Kitchen but many other bloggers have made this yummy recipe.


3 pounds Firm, Fresh Jalapeno Peppers, Washed
2 cups Cider Vinegar
6 cups White Granulated Sugar
½ teaspoons Turmeric
½ teaspoons Celery Seed
3 teaspoons Granulated Garlic
1 teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper


Remove stems from all the jalapenos while wearing gloves. Cut into 1/2 inch rounds. Place in a bowl, set aside.

 Bring cider vinegar, white sugar, turmeric, celery seed, granulated garlic and cayenne pepper to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat and simmer  5 minutes. 

Add pepper slices. Simmer 4 minutes.

 Using a slotted spoon, transfer the peppers to clean, sterile canning jars to within 1/4 inch of the upper rim of the jar.

 Turn heat up under the pot with the syrup and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 6 minutes.

Carefully pour the syrup into the jars containing the jalapenos.

I didn't can these. I wiped the rims  with a clean, damp paper towel, added the lids.

Once the jars cooled, place in refrigerator.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Slowcooker Cranberry/Chili Chicken

A few friends requested a recipe requiring minimal preparation time. This is very easy and delicious.


4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves ( I cut up a whole chicken)
1 16oz can whole cranberry sauce ( used jellied)
2/3 cup chili sauce*
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 envelope dry onion soup mix


Place chicken breasts in crock-pot.

Combine remaining ingredients; add to crock-pot, coating chicken well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

source- TOH recipe board, posted was LindaChicken

when a recipe calls for chili sauce

Thursday, August 18, 2016


I know the  first thing you think hope the kid isn't hurt, he wasn't! The two of them love playing ball.

 New Yank Yorkies new left fielder " A Dog". He pawed the ball out of someone's mitt while playing.

Monday, August 15, 2016


                                             Cooling off