Sunday, December 17, 2017

COQUITO ★Puerto Rican Style Caribbean Eggnog










 Carlos, our neighbor gave us a bottle of homemade coquito. This is a family recipe they make every year.

ingredients:

16 oz Coconut milk
8.5 oz coconut cream
12 oz evaporated milk
14 oz condensed sweeten  milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cinnamon sticks
8 oz white Rum ( not flavored)

Directions:

Pour the coconut milk, coconut cream, evaporated milk, condensed sweeten milk, vanilla, rum,  into a blender.  Blend until well combined, add cinnamon sticks to bottle. Carlos gave us a 25.5 ounce bottle. Refrigerate over night.

Merry Christmas!!



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Santa saves woman after fall -



It's nice to see some people actually care in the world instead of just laughing and turning the other cheek... Quite pleased with his action. And kudos to his elf for using the emergency lights while stopping.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hawaiian Day Octopus striking a pose

Photographer of the above  comment:

I have photographed the Hawaiian daytime octopus on multiple occasions and have never seen anything like this. I was lucky enough to intercept this one as it was shooting across the shallows from one patch of reef to another. although it did not ink, after a quick dart to its left, it halted and took flower shape. I can only assume this was in attempts to intimidate me. the interaction only lasted a couple of seconds before it went to blend in with the reef, leaving me amazed.

They communicate via color change and also use it to imitate other creatures to for example look more threatening to a potential predator.

All octopi are beautiful. They're probably the closest things we have to aliens living in our biosphere. They have 3 hearts (2 for their gills and one for the rest of the body), over 200 suction cups in each limb, a ring-shaped main brain, and blue blood. Also, each of their 8 arms have a little bit of brain in them so they can explore independently from each other, and even function if they're separated!
They're also fiercely intelligent, can jet-propel themselves, and change the color and texture of their body to seamlessly integrate into their environment!

Nothing beats seeing an octopus up close, whether in an aquarium or in the wild, and being able to witness their otherworldly movements, appearance, and behaviors!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

BAREFOOT CONTESSA'S BALSAMIC ONIONS









I did a baked onion search and often people like to add a little white or brown sugar if they find the baked onions too pungent.

I did not add any sugar. (Lower calorie and fairly healthy). I think a little sugar can remain an option if desired.

BAREFOOT CONTESSA'S BALSAMIC ONIONS


3 small red onions 
1/4 cup + 2 TB Good Balsamic Vinegar...........(add The Last 2 TB after Baking)
1/4 cup good olive oil 
1 teaspoons kosher salt 
1 /2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut the onions in 1/2 and slice 1/4-inch thick, toss with: 

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

Place on a baking sheet.


Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the onions are tender. 

Remove from oven and toss with 2 more tablespoons balsamic vinegar and cool to room temperature

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nanny State


I had a friend who lived in little Italy in the city. She said her 76 year old neighbor*,  can give a commentary on every house on the street and every vehicle that's never been there before and ones that were parked in front of the home once, 4 months ago. Nothing gets past her.

* she use to make some excellent  Italian cookies!