Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017

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Fresh Blueberry Muffins

For the past two weeks, my mom, Aunt Mary Jane and I were at Newfound Lake. We rented a camp at Belmore Court again. It was lovely. The blueberry bushes on site were bursting with ripe blueberries so we picked enough to make fresh blueberry muffins twice and blueberry pancakes.

My mom made them using a Bisquick recipe. We used the Heart Healthy Bisquick and skim milk. They were delicious – especially the first batch where there was only about 2 hours between picking and eating a blueberry muffin. EXTRA Fresh!

Here is the recipe my mom used:

1 egg
1 cup Bisquick (she added a little bit more)
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup of blueberries (I think she used about a cup)

Beat egg slightly and stir in remaining ingredients. Fold in blueberries into the batter.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups or grease bottom of tin. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Yummy!

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 3, 2017

June 3, 2017

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Johnny Prescott Open House in Concord, NH

This is the very first time that I have gone to the Johnny Prescott Open House. It is held one day only in early June. The Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Company family open up their collection of Concord Coaches and other Abbot-Downing coaches and wagons. On display is the largest collection of Abbot-Downing Vehicles in the World! Such a great part of Concord history! There was a tent and free hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill as well as popcorn, bottled water and soft drinks (also known as tonic in these parts). The event was FREE!

I am so glad that I was able to attend. I brought my mom who also enjoyed the collection, and we met Aunt Mary Jane up there as well. It was the first time for all of us!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017

The Snow Tires Are Off – Spring is Really Here!

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The grass is green, and the birds and bees are out and about. This past Saturday, I even mowed my mom’s lawn! The grass was getting deep in some area. It is important to keep the grass short – ticks love to visit the deep grass! I have already had one of those vile things latched on to me! UGH! Luckily – it had not been on my long, and it was a big tick so I spotted it right away. It was given a live burial at sea (aka FLUSHED it!). They are saying that it is going to be a bad tick year here! Double Ugh!

Eagle Update: The local pair has moved their nest a few trees or so south of their old nest. I have not seen it yet – but I have heard the babies have hatched and all is well.

The chipmunks are out an about too. I love chipmunks. They are beyond cute!

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I am hoping that soon we will be able to have the first fire pit of the season soon! We are in a rainy patch right now.

Enjoy the Spring and May the 4th Be With You!

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | April 12, 2017

April 12, 2017!

It Has Been A Crazy Month So Far!

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Mother Nature played a great April Fool’s Day on us with a giant snowstorm!  We were not laughing!  The snow did not last long at all though.  April 10th was 82 degrees in Concord and April 11th was 87 degrees!  That was WAY TOO HOT!  Some folks even turned on their AC!

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I took Toby for a walk and it was too hot!  As you can see, the snow is gone in the open areas.  My mom’s back yard has a tiny bit of snow left – but it has been melting quickly. Yesterday’s 87 degree broke the record for warmest 4/11.  4/10 needed one degree to tie the record.

What a difference a week and a half makes!  Only in New Hampshire!

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

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Spring is Coming!

February in New Hampshire has been about 6+ degrees warmer than average.  The past couple weeks have been pretty mild.  Maple trees are being tapped all over the state.  There are many Maple Sugar Shacks around the Boscawen-Penacook area.  I love seeing the buckets.  Next month – there will be open houses at local sugar shacks.  I love going Ledge Top that is right up the road from me.  They were boiling this weekend.  I love the scent of maple in the air and the steam coming from the roof.  Yum!  I am hungry now!  Today is Mardi Gras – Lent starts tomorrow.  I am still trying to decide if I am giving up anything – most likely not – but I will be doing a couple things for sure – exercise will be one of them.

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Enjoy!

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | February 5, 2017

February 5, 2017

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Winter in New Hampshire

We are having a “average” New Hampshire winter this year. This is fine with me. There have been snow – but we are in the normal range. Last year, we had hardly any snow and the couple years before that we had heavy snow. So far, I have been pleased. I don’t mind snow at all – especially in reasonable levels.

It is hard to believe that it is already February! Soon, the local eagle pair will be tending their nest and chick(s). I have had many eagle sightings. Check out my Flickr photos stream for photos. I saw an owl at lunch the other day. Of course, I did not have a camera with me, and it was in a spot that would have been hard to get to without being hit by a car. I still hope that I will see one in a place that is conducive to snapping photos.

It is a little cool today – but not bad, and the wind is not blowing. I will be leaving shortly to see what photo ops are out there.

Enjoy your day!

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017

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Happy New Year!

A new fresh year – 2017!  January 1st was a beautiful sunny day with fairly mild temperatures for January.  The above snowman was built December 31st by Diana Nevers and family – but I noticed it lost its head yesterday, due to the warm weather.

The lawns are covered by a blanket of snow – everything is white. Fitting to signify the start of a brand new year. I do not make resolutions – I guess that is my resolution. Like many others – I would like to lose weight and get more exercise – but I am not making a resolution. It is what it is, and I have been struggling with my weight for most of my life.

I went to the movies to see ROGUE ONE – A Star Wars Story with friends and my mom. It was good. I will not say more because I don’t want to give away anything. I had heard some say it was better than any of the original Star Wars (Episode 4, 5, 6). I would not go that far – but it is very good.

After the movies, I stopped by and picked up my sister Jackie to visit over my mom’s for the rest of the afternoon and have supper together. I dropped her off and popped home to grab my camera and saw one of the local eagles again and snapped a few photos.

Today, the Christmas tree comes down. I usually take it down 1/1 – but I was too busy and have today off for the holiday. The rest of the decorations will come down little by little during the week. I have been saying that I am going to vacuum for days and haven’t – so that is one of my next things to do today. It is another glorious day – mild and sunny. I need to squeeze in another Eagle Loop. I have been very lucky with sightings over the past few days. I hope I am as lucky for the official New Hampshire Audubon Winter Eagle Count that I am a volunteer (1/14/17 is the day).

Well, I better get to those chores! Happy New Year, Everyone! May it be filled with much Happiness, Love, and Health!

Debbie 🙂

 

 

Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 26, 2016

December 26, 2016

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Christmas was very nice with family and lots of yummy food. Today, is my birthday, and I had heard the eagle pair were sighted Christmas Day in one of their favorite trees. I spent about an hour this morning doing my “Eagle Loop” and only saw an eagle – high above in the thermals.

I went to Concord to get Jackie and Aunt Mary Jane for my party at my mom’s. I took one more pass at the tree with Aunt Mary Jane and Jackie in the car and lucked out. The male of the local eagle pair was sitting in the tree (Orange A/4). I was able to snap some shots that were pretty good. It have gotten pretty cloudy and dark by mid-afternoon.

It was a treat to see my buddy A/4 . . . a great birthday present!

Debbie 🙂

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 17, 2016

December 17, 2016

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Christmas is Almost Here!

It looks like we will have a white Christmas – unless tomorrow’s rain melts the snow that we have on the ground today.  We have a few inches on the ground and snow is falling now.  Growing up – a green Christmas was rare.  It seems for the last ten years or so – a green Christmas has been standard.  Last year, Christmas Day was in the 60s!  I remember the neighbor’s kids running down the street barefoot.

We have been having arctic weather so the snow today is very fluffy.  I am happy that it is a Saturday – so I don’t have to be in a hurry to go anywhere.  I will be leaving my house late morning to go to my mom’s.  If the snow is very light and fluffy – I may not need the snowblower.  I hate shoveling – but if it is only a few fluffy inches – I can just push it away easily which is easier than maneuvering the heavy snowblower.

I only have a couple quick gifts to pick up and my Christmas shopping is finished!  Last night, I was wrapping presents.

Food has been EVERYWHERE!  I am trying to control my eating.  I am chubby enough.  At our potluck at work this week, a woman in my department brought in her onion pie.  It is so good.  Here is the recipe.

Caroline’s Vidalia Onion Pie
1 cup Ritz crackers, crumbled fine
1/2 stick butter, melted
2 cups Vidalia onions, diced
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 T. butter (for sauteing onions)
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom of pie plate with Crisco nonstick spray (optional). Mix cracker crumbs with 1/2 stick butter and press into bottom of pie plate. Saute onions in 1 T. butter until translucent, not brown. Spoon into pie plate. Beat eags and milk with salt; pour over onions. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Enjoy your Week!  Christmas is in 8 days!

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

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First Measurable Snow of the Year

The Concord area had about 2.2 inches of snow today. I don’t mind snow in reasonable amounts, and 2.2 inches is a reasonable amount. I detest snow removal – so if it comes down in a reasonable amount – I can deal with it.

It certainly is welcome around Christmas. The snow really makes the Christmas lights pop.

Tonight – after work – I put my boots on and packed up my camera and tripod and snapped some different angles of beautiful downtown Penacook. Here are a couple more angles for your enjoyment.  Also, check out the new gazebo!

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