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The aftermath, cutting down and cleaning up!

Part 2 from such a busy backyard.....

The aftermath, cutting down and the cleaning up the fallen tree


The following day the crew arrived early, they had many jobs to complete that day, ours being one.


Standing in the backyard looking over the roof, the top had just been cut and lowered to the ground.


The boom truck had to park in the sloped driveway to reach the tree and once most was down, ladders were used.


Wood sections were strewn across the entire front yard.

Later that evening the wood was all moved to the driveway to make it easier to work on after Christmas.

The day after Christmas, we had a tree clean up party! Fortunately the day was only cold and dry, not cold and wet and for that I am very thankful!

This pile is deeper and bigger than it looks....

We had cutters!


And choppers who split!

And haulers and cleaners.


And we had loaders and drivers to deliver the split wood to the other house. And a chipper to take care of the leftover debris.

Then it was time to remove the stump, or so we thought!

The stump had a hidden surprise in-store, a root growing west, the size of a small tree! In addition we found the water main and cable wires, which made our plan obsolete at this time.

So we did the next best thing!

We trimmed the wood face and the rear roots that were sticking out of the ground, back filled the soil and replanted the succulent ground cover over the top, along with the uprooted Japanese Irises. 

And with that, thankfully the tree saga is over.......

Part 1, can be found here.

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Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Merry Christmas from Our Sunday Cafe, may all your Christmas wishes come true!

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Garden Tuesday, not a "planting" of my choice!

We have been a bit busy with selling one house, moving belongings and house sharing in another house, while we purchase a home at the coast for retirement. And then this happened yesterday, some days are just longer and more hard work than others!

From, such a busy backyard.....

While I love outdoor shots, these could have waited for never. The winter rains have saturated the ground, and the wind lifted the tree, out. It got caught in the limbs of the other trees in the front yard fortunately, as this prevented the tree from taking out the northeast corner of the house!

The emergency crew we called in, came and could only secure the tree by trimming excess branches near the top and then lashing it to three other trees for safe keeping overnight, as the boom and bucket were about 10 feet too short!

These trees are majestic and it's very hard to tell how tall they are, but trust me, they are very tall. They are the original trees of the area, left when the house was built in 1974. During a wind storm the lower branches, once broken off and laying on the ground are often 15-20 feet long!








And yes, that is a for sale sign, we are set to close in 3 weeks............Yesterday was a busy day!

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Packing up the furniture and the pantry, Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream, Capers

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

A week before Christmas and we are packing up books, and belongings. Yes, there are wrapped gifts on a bookshelf, and yes there are plans for a wonderful Christmas day with family. But the packing must go on...........In addition to packing up belongings, we are eating down our food supplies, because why pack it up. It is much easier to eat what we have and shop later for more than to pack it up and have to (say it isn't so!) eat out.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon Sour Cream and Capers
Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon Sour Cream and Capers

Please don't get me wrong, nothing is better than a wonderful planned meal out, but eating out as a way of life is usually fast food. Fast food is not my meal of choice, while it has been a meal of necessity and may be again. For now; in order to not have to pack up our food, we are enjoying some creative and delicious dishes, and this is one of them.

One good enough to share here.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream, Capers and Pickled Onions
by the seat to my pants
serves 2-3

1 T butter
5 eggs
2 T cream or milk
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c smoked salmon chunks
sour cream
capers
pickled onions (we keep these on had all the time, they are the best!)

Scramble eggs and cream together, stir in smoked salmon. Melt butter in skillet, over medium heat, when melted add eggs mixture, season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft set or to your liking.

Serve with a spoon of sour cream and a sprinkling of capers and pickled onions.

Serve with hash browned potatoes and toast if desired.


Enjoy!

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Avocado Slices with Persimmon Vinaigrette

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I threw this together as a make shift salad on our Thanksgiving camping trip, and it was delicious. Proof that a few ingredients will always feed you well. So good in fact, it is now all dressed up on a platter to be presented, right here, to all of you.........

Red wine vinegar was used for the vinaigrette, when we were camping.

The first time around I minced the persimmon, added the oil and vinegar with a touch of sugar and simply filled the hollows of the avocado halves. But I think this is much prettier. Like most simple recipes this is very adaptable and can be made with a choice of ingredients. The first time we enjoyed this; I used red wine vinegar, this version uses a softer balsamic.

Avocado Slices with Persimmon Vinaigrette
Avocado Slices with Persimmon Vinaigrette

Avocado Slices with Persimmon Vinaigrette
by the seat of my pants
serves 2-4

1 or 2 avocado

1 persimmon - peeled if desired (the skin can be tough, I peel)
1 T mild flavored oil (we used avocado)

1 T balsamic vinegar plus 1 t red wine vinegar - for a darker vinaigrette
OR:
1 T red wine vinegar - for a rose colored vinaigrette
1 t sugar or honey

Mince the persimmon and stir together with remaining ingredients. Let marinate a few minutes. When ready to serve, slice avocado arranging on a platter, spoon persimmon vinaigrette over and serve immediately.


Enjoy!


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such a busy backyard
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Moving at Christmas time.....plus a roundup of easy, delicious treats!

Moving is hard. Moving at Christmas, even harder. We will be sharing the Christmas tree at the kid's house, as we have piles of boxes where a tree could be. Not complaining, no, not one bit. Planning for the future does take a few twists and turns one does not expect.

The housing inventory is very low in our chosen retirement community, in light of that, today we will secure a storage locker for our belongings to make room for the coming changes.......

I have been so busy with work, selling one house and trying to purchase another, things have grown stale around the little blog o' mine. For that I do apologize and while I will get around to a bit of baking in the near future, today I thought I would share a round up of delicious foods that while not Christmas in nature, are very much so, in flavor!

The fun part of this information is that nothing here is specifically a Christmas recipe, but like the family and friends you will serve, being together makes for the holiday!


Fudgy Chocolate Cake, a slow cooker recipe. Who can't use a delicious, easy chocolate cake recipe to round out a gathering? See, I thought so! PS, this would be really festive, served with Peppermint Ice Cream.



Raisin Walnut Snack Cake, is a wonderful make ahead cake. We all know the problems associated with too much to do, and too little time to do it in, right? Well this little jewel can be make the day (or a couple) before and is not only delicious, but the flavors are melded into a spicy wonderful taste.


Shoo Fly Cake, any food not served in awhile makes for a nice change. This little cake really fills that bill. It is spicy without being a spice cake, it is rich with molasses and it is crumb topped. It goes especially well with a (warm) fruit compote and small scoop of ice cream.



Festive Winter Banana Bread with Cranberries, Walnuts and Chocolate Chips, not only is the title a mouth full, so is the flavor of this bread. It also makes a lovely addition to a cookie tray, for your guests or a gift.


Blue Cheese Biscuits, because not every taste request is for sweet...............Serve this in a basket on your buffet line, or with a soup or salad starter. You guests will thank you!



Prunes Poached in Red Wine, hey don't walk away, these are delicious! The texture is silky and creamy and wonderful. Served with a scoop of Mascarpone cheese they make a lovely presentation and a delicious dessert.

I plan on making a Persimmon Pudding with some lovely fruit given to us. Look forward to that simple and old fashioned dessert soon.

What Christmas baking/cooking do you have planned so far?

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Our Thanksgiving Camping Trip

Everything is close enough to reality that maybe it is time to share just a bit here.

From such a busy backyard! Change is in the air.....


In our quest to see as much of the out of doors as we can (yet remain as comfortable as we need...) we took a major step and purchased a small motor home. It is the perfect size for just the two of us and small enough that I do believe I will be comfortable (in time) sharing the driving.


Our maiden voyage was a Thanksgiving camping trip to Cape Disappointment, in Washington state. It is one of our favorite places to go and our plan is to move closer for retirement.

Let me introduce you to our home away from home:


It will take us to beautiful places:


 And allow us to continue to eat well and relax!


And, we are in the final days of selling our second house. The buyer's appraisal for financing is Monday! While this has been a very busy and trying time, it has also been a learning experience. It has forced us to narrow down our choices, and make some final decisions. Because until now, it has been nothing but wishes.

I can't wait to share more, as our adventure unfolds!

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Kiwi and Grapefruit, a simple and delicious pleasure

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Last month at work, we held our annual November luncheon for the tenants. This meal is essentially a Thanksgiving meal with Turkey and most of the trimmings, as well as various potluck dishes provided by the tenants. One of my tenants brought the most beautiful arrangement of sliced fruits. Visually the platter was stunning, but unfortunately with so many choices on the table, little of the fruit was eaten.


Due to our conversation difficulties (she speaking Russian while  I do not, and my speaking English while she does very little) I was not able to let her know to take her dish home when she left the luncheon. Not wanting to waste the food, I covered it well and stored it in the refrigerator we use to hold sodas. As things happen the next day my own lunch was a bit small and I remembered the fruit plate in the refrigerator. I decided to help myself to the sliced kiwis, and when I was dishing up, I noticed that under the kiwi slices were slices of grapefruit.

I love a good grapefruit, but I have also never had it with, anything. My first thought was, dang! But you must remember I was actually hungry. I rarely and I do mean rarely go out for lunch. And that day was no exception, besides I had eaten what I had brought and was just needing a bite or two more, not a whole meal. So I decided to suck it up and just eat the kiwi slices.......


And they were delicious!

They had softened in the acid of the grapefruit and taken in just enough of the grapefruit flavor that they were more delicious than anything I could imagine. Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the best. Let me introduce to you, this kiwi and grapefruit combo. While it is not a gorgeous dish in looks, it is in flavor. And that my friends, is the best food to share!

Kiwi and Grapefruit Winter Fruit Bowl
Kiwi and Grapefruit Winter Fruit Bowl

Kiwi and Grapefruit Winter Fruit Bowl
serves 4-6

4 ripe kiwi
1 ruby grapefruit

Peel and slice the kiwi, placing in a shallow bowl.
Cut grapefruit in half, spoon out the sections. You don't have to be careful, you will need to break the grapefruit into smallish pieces.
Scatter the grapefruit pieces over the kiwi slices. Squeeze any juices left in grapefruit rinds over the fruit.
Cover and chill until serving, at least 2 hours.

Enjoy!


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This and that from far and wide, December 2015

Hello, we hope your week is going great on this first day in December. Take a look at what friends and other blogger are cooking up currently or have enjoyed in the past. So much information and recipes from current and older posts on just about every blog, today I am sharing these.....


Photo courtesy of, SAUVER

Herbed Lemon Quinoa, from Sauver. With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, a fresh and good for you recipe is always a good idea! Although my daughter cooks quinoa often, I have not come around to remember to serve it on a regular basis. Not because I don't like it, only because it is a new staple and I have not taken the time to remember how quick it is to prepare.


Photo courtesy of, Happily Unprocessed

I love enchiladas and for that you need a great sauce. Simply THE BEST Enchilada Sauce is what I was looking for in a sauce. Rich with flavor, but not tomato based. 

Photo courtesy of, Noble Pig

Dill. Pickle. Dip. from Noble Pig. ( I don't think we need more words here.....)

Photo courtesy of, Wednesday Chef

Braised Beans with Bacon and Red Wine from the Wednesday Chef. I am intrigued by the addition of the red wine, because let's be honest, the bacon is a given! 

Photo courtesy of, Refashionista

War Cake, from Refashionista. Another recipe comprised of simple ingredients, combined with pride, to be shared with family and loved ones. Add a cup of tea or coffee and some conversation and you automatically get memories in the process!

Previously from Our Sunday Cafe:

November 2015

You may also enjoy these from such a busy backyard:

December 2015

November 2015


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