Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring Storms

What a day yesterday!!! There was a time when we would get the occasional tornado warnings, but we never really feared because we are located in a valley that is surrounded by mountains. Last year everyone's worst nightmare came true when tornadoes ripped through our little town and the surrounding Chattanooga area.

Here we are again this year...tornado alley. We spent all day yesterday listening to the radio and weather reports and hanging out in the basement as our very warm 75 degree day was the pre-cursor to wild spring weather, tornadoes included. Today it is 20 degrees cooler outside, the sun is shining, and people in the Chattanooga area are assessing the damage from the tornadoes. Fortunately we were not affected personally, but I have a few friends who were. No injuries to my friends, thankfully.


Spring has sprung!
 We are spending more and more of our time outside, playing and cleaning up the yard.


 The children are digging up their shorts and counting the days until summer is here so they can dig out swim suits.

 My peach trees are blooming and I have noticed the bees are out more and more, collecting nectar and pollen.

 Even the bull dogs are soaking up the warmth and sun and seem to enjoy laying around and hanging out with the kids.
Who am I kidding? American Bull Dogs are a wonderful breed for kids. I put them right up there with Boxers, another family friendly dog.

 The warm weather has not only begged the bees to come work the plum trees in the orchard.....
 But it has also encouraged me to pull out my macro lens and start taking pictures of them.
It will soon be time to put honey supers on the hives and start making needed splits.

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Sliders are a hit for dinner around here. I discovered an easy way to make them and thought I would share.

Take your meat, ground beef or turkey, and roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on it, and chopped onions if you wish. Bake it at 350 for about 12-15 minutes, until cooked. Soak up and grease with paper towels and then cut the sheet of meat into squares to fit your rolls or buns. It was an easy meal for this large family and would work well for a party too.

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What are your plans this weekend?



Go out and make the day special!!!!!




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