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Thursday, February 1, 2018

I think we are going to have a Mini Pigeon

We have had out Baby Pigeon "Pidge" in the house hand feeding it for about 2 weeks. She is doing so good. She has grown and feather out some...
But when Grampy brought Pidge's nest mate in,  the one that is living in the coop with the parents tending to it, and set him down next to her ....I could hardly believe my eyes!
Our Pidge is so stunted in growth. Her Sibling is at least twice her size. 
We will continue to help her survive...she is a Little Fighter 🌻

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hand Feeding our Baby Pigeon Squab

 About 10 days ago Grampy discovered we had a pair of Baby Birds.... Usually at this time of year he breaks eggs that he finds in the nests, but these two he missed...sneaky Little Mama Hen.
 He soon noticed that the Parents we not taking care of one of the Little Squabs... the healthy baby of the two was growing and the the othe was not. He knew the Baby would not survive the cold weather and not being fed, so in the house it came. 
He made it a nest in the Bathroom Basin, added an electric heater to keep the temp at about 85 degrees in the closed off bath room, I am sure glad we have more then one Bathroom, and started to hand feed and water it.
The first night we did not think the Little Squab would make it thru the night..I choose not to even look at it... but the the Baby did make it and Grampy continued to feed and water it by hand.  Now the second night and the Baby is still fighting for life and doing a lot better. It is now anxious, makes squeaky sounds and a bit squirmy when it knows it is going to be fed. It is still not out of danger and no guarantee it will make it...but the chances are much better then when we first brought the Baby in. 

This is Grampy feeding the Squab...that I have named
Pidge 🐤 little Pigeon pellets.

Here Pidge is getting a drink of water from an eyedropper... 

Tummy full and plenty of water to keep hydrated...Pidge is so content in Grampy's gentle hands 👐

My Sis, that has had Pet Tropical Birds for years, told me that Breeders that hand feed Baby Birds that have been taken from the nest right after hatching, put a small stuffed toy in with them. They will cuddle the toy and it comforts them.
This is what I did for Pidge and as you can see she Loves her New Nest Mate 💗

Friday, January 19, 2018

Can You Guess What is Going to Happen ?

When the Stanfill Adult Kids get together you never really know what could happen!

One minute you are just sitting there looking around.
Minding your own Business....

Then all of a sudden it happens....

Out of the blue ...with no notice...

and you are tickled to pieces ...
and then everything goes back to normal!
Jen Loves her Bros......   💋

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Stanfill's at Ploblano Grill......


Because of the cold weather, Christmas came a bit late for the Stanfill's Get Together.  We all met at the Ploblano Grill  on May Ave. and Memorial Road in OKC....a half way point for all of us..

             The Adults sat at a long booth ... 

and the Kiddos  Cousins sat at a smaller booth right next to us. I know these Little Ones felt very grown up not having Parents or Grandparents breathing down their necks...and they acted just like Mini Adults. Moms and  Dads you should be proud   😊                                                                                

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Whole Foods Market

 Please Click on pictures for a better look!
Every so often, on a week-end, Jen & Madison demand I spend the day with them in Oklahoma City. This Sunday, April 27, 2014, we went to the Whole Foods Market, a completely Organic Grocery Store. Some might say "well Big Deal! a grocery store" but it just so happens I have never been there.
 When we first entered the store we were in the Produce Dept. It looked pretty normal until I started looking close. I soon discovered items I do not see in my regular Grocery Store.
 There was White Asparagus. [The main difference  between white and green asparagus is that the Green needs light to gain its color whereas the White needs to be kept out of light to keep it white. ]  I have never eaten the White....but I LOVE the Green.
Then I saw this oddity, Green & Orange colored Cauliflower. [Green cauliflower — a cross between cauliflower and broccoli — is slightly sweeter than white cauliflower when raw and tastes more like broccoli when steamed.  Orange cauliflower has slightly higher levels of beta-carotene. A 1-cup serving of boiled cauliflower, any color, contains a whopping 91.5 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.]
Well these stopped me in my tracks. I actually had to read the sign and then smell them to make sure they were what they said to be. Tomatoes......Heirloom Tomatoes. They were nothing  like I have ever seen on my Backyard Hybrid Tomato Vines! [ A hybrid tomato is created when plant breeders intentionally cross-pollinate two different varieties or species, aiming to produce an offspring (hybrid) containing the best traits of the two parents. Heirloom Tomatoes come from seed that has been handed down for generations in a particular region or area, hand-selected by gardeners for a special trait. Heirloom vegetables are open-pollinated, which means they’re non-hybrid and pollinated by insects or wind without human intervention. How experts define heirlooms can vary, but typically they are at least 50 years old, and often are pre-WWII varieties. ] 
Next we came to the cut Flowers....Very pretty.
Then we hit the Fresh Sea Food. Anyone for some Salmon Jerky. Only 20 Bucks a pound!
They even have Salmon Candy....okay?
Now this looked pretty good. Salmon Burgers. I can just see AJ (Grampy) grilling these up for Lunch.
Or maybe a very-very large slab of Salmon.
Crab Legs? YES.. a Fish with a head and eyes looking at Me? NO!
The Red Meat looked Great...but it looked like meat, so not many pictures. But I had to take a picture of these Beauties...Kabobs!
The Chicken also looked good and fresh....but when you see one naked chicken you have seen them all. But the Asian Marinated Chicken was putting me in the Drool Mode.
The Bulk Foods were endless. Every staple you could think of was there. Lots of Herbs & Spices, Trail Mixes, Candied Fruit, Rices, it just went on & on. They also had aisles of boxed, canned and frozen foods. After going up & down every aisle we finally came upon the Food Bar. 
This was what I had been waiting for! There was salads, hot foods and soups. I opted to get my lunch off of the Bar. The bar was charged by the pound. Jen & Madison went the other direction. I circled the 3 Food Bars about 3 times. I had no idea what some of the stuff....I mean food, was. I must be very honest, nothing looked good! But this was my day to try things I had only read about.
  As I said Madison & Jen went the other way of Healthy Food. Madison had a Roast Beef Sandwich and a piece of baked Egg Plant wrapped around some cheese and covered in a Marinara Sauce. Jen had Pizza and a piece of Carrot Cake. 
I had Grains!!!! and Veggies and a tiny cup of Corn Chowder. Can you find the Lemon Rice, the Polenta, Couscous, Quinoa, Lentils, Tofu, Bulgur Wheat and grilled Egg Plant? I did eat it all. Would I go this route again ? are you kidding me! Madison said to Me as we were leaving "Mimi are you craving some Greasy French Fries?". and she was right I was. From there we did a bit of shopping in the City and about 2 hours latter I was starving! I beg Jennifer to stop and let me get an Ice Cream Cone. She said no she was not contributing to my waist line getting larger, but she did invite AJ (AKA Grampy) over for dinner she was grilling Burgers......TURKEY BURGERS!!!!!!!
Oh by the way I did not purchase any thing from Whole Foods....way to expensive for my taste!
It is time to get those Humming Bird Feeders out ♥

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Candy Cane Wreath

 A Sweet Neighbor Lady brought AJ & ME a Potted Poinsettia. It was a delightful surprise and it looks great on my mantel. I thought, I need to take her a little gift in return, but what? Ask and you shall receive ♥ I saw this on a Face Book Post and knew right away this was the gift for my Neighbor. It was so very easy to make and it was finished in about 1/2 hour.
Click on pictures to enlarge :)

Okay this is what you will need:
20 Candy Canes
Something to put in the middle
Something to put around the edge
I picked a plastic glitter bow and some plastic wrap candy mini ornaments
You will also have to get your Glue Gun out of storage, and I used tiny clear rubber bands for securing the canes (optional)
Now first run a strip of hot glue down the edge of one cane and stick another cane on the glue. Do this 10 times. After the glue cooled I then put the rubber bands on the canes.
Now lay your pair of cans on the table to form a circle. Hot Glue the tips together while still laying on the table.
Then Hot Glue the ends. Not all ends meet and there will be a gap between some. To help secure the middle..... 
cut a circle out of cardboard, I used white card stock paper. Hot Glue it in the middle on the back side.
Now you are almost finished. After the glue has cooled and is set, turn the wreath over and Hot Glue your middle piece on and your trim pieces.

Now tie a ribbon on the top for hanging.....
Ta-daa, a very Sweet Christmas Wreath. I would not hang this on the door. It is Fragile.
Merry Crafting!!!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fresh Apple Cake w/ Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting

I love Fall Food,..... Melons, Pumpkins, Apples, Pears, Squash, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Turnips and so many more fall crops. I love when Fall comes and you have had all the Red Tomatoes you can use and you do not feel bad about picking some Green and frying them. I  also love fall recipes. And nothing says Fall like Fresh Apple Cake. Well I jumped the gun this year and tried an Apple Cake recipe before the First Day of Fall, Sept 22, 2013. It turned out so Yummy.
 This is what you will need, plus 1/4 cup milk not in the picture. One little hint that keeps me from making mistakes when baking: I always read the recipe and set everything I will need out on the counter. Then as I use the ingredients I put them away one by one. No more wondering if you forgot an ingredient....if it is not on the counter it was used.
 Mix with a beater the wet ingredients plus the white sugar and then beat in the dry ingredients. The batter will be very thick. Peel and dice the apples. I used 3 medium Gala time I may try 4 apples. Mix apples in by hand. 
 Spread into a greased & floured 9" x 13" cake pan. I use Baker's Joy, a spray with a mix of oil & flour. Bake!
 You will want to use the tooth pick test to make sure your cake is done. You will also want it to cool for 2 hours before icing.
 For the icing you will melt the butter, brown sugar and milk in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes stirring a few times.
 Now you will pour the boiling icing into a small bowl and put the small bowl of icing in a larger bowl with ice water. Be sure not to let water get into the icing.
 Now you will beat with a mixer until the icing cools down and is thick. To see if it is cold to touch, stick your finger in it!
 Blob it out onto the completely cooled cake and spread. One more tip: if you do not have an Off Set Frosting Spatula...INVEST in one!!!!
 My Family likes cold Cake. This is wonderful cold or room temp. You can of course add nuts to this recipe, bake it in a Bundt Pan or use a different Frosting.
Fresh Apple Cake w/ Brown Sugar Caramel Frosting
Beat in large bowl....
1 1/4 cup oil
             2 cups white sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Add dry ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 or 2 teaspoons Cinnamon (your choice)
batter will be very thick
Add to thick batter by hand, not mixer,
3-4 peeled and diced apples of your choice. Any cooking apple, but not a Delicious, they turn to mushy when cooked.
Put in greased and floured 9x13 pan and bake 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Check with tooth pick at 45 minutes. Let cool for 2 hours.
Recipe for Frosting:
1/2 cup butter...yes BUTTER!
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/4 cup milk...or you can use evaporated milk or even heavy cream.
Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Then transfer to an ice bath and beat with mixer until cool and spreading consistency. Spread on cooled down cake.
We eat ours cold out of the fridge.