Sunday, October 26, 2014

Iconic Presby Fleur de Lis at St Luke's Episcopal Church Montclair

Fleur De Lis, St Luke's Montclair NJ
The Presby Family of Iris Garden fame were members of St Lukes Episcopal Church in the early 20th Century.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Montclair Township Animal Shelter Pet Spotlight: Bailey

Meet Bailey, a lovely two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix and a true sweetheart.

She is not very large, weighing in at about 50 pounds. Bailey is a pretty mellow lass -- she doesn’t pull the leash when going for walks (which she LOVES) and is very friendly with anyone she meets. Cuddling is her forte; she is really affectionate, showing everyone a doggie smile that warms up your insides.

Bailey knows how to sit and will give you her paw when asked. Bailey loves kids and adults, but would do best in a home with children in their teens and older. She’d prefer a place where she gets all her love from humans, but she does get along with some dogs. A nice house with a fenced-in yard for her to run around and have fun would be great, but she is also happy to live in an apartment or condo, as long as she’s taken for walks or hikes.

Bailey is also pretty much housebroken, her vaccines are up-to-date, she is neutered, and very healthy. She’s also micro-chipped, so if she were ever lost she could be easily found and identified.

If you are interested in adopting Bailey, please come meet her at the at the Montclair Farmers' Market on Saturday, October 25. Or pop by the Montclair Animal Shelter, 77 North Willow Street, during the hours of 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 2-4 p.m. every other day

You can also call the shelter between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and one of the volunteers will provide more information on how to adopt her: 973-744-8600.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Words That Make Me Giggle : Spatchcock


a fowl such as turkey that has been dressed and split open for grilling.

–verb (used with object)
to prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.

(Wild Turkeys roaming the lawn at Lambert Castle Paterson NJ)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Conspirators in Kingsland Park Nutley NJ

Ricardo (Ricky) and Rosalita (Rosie), two members of the herd who found me at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter, conspiring to do something mischievous in Kingsland Park in Nutley.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Disney's Feast : A First Look

Feast is the story of one man's love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog,
 Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New York City : October Afternoon

The Original Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Sometimes sharing the classics is what it's all about on FoodieFriday.

The Original Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time Time: 08 min
Variation: Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 BARS.

 Variation : Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. Substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for raisins; omit cinnamon. 

 HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Porcupine and Tiger in the Tree Of Life at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom

Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale Is Unstoppable

Karl Strauss Brewing Company's newest beer--Mosaic Session Ale--wins a prestigious bronze medal in the Session Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Mosaic Session Ale is taking the beer world by storm! Mosaic has medaled in every competition it’s been entered in, and the beer most recently took home a bronze medal in the Session Beer category at the esteemed 2014 Great American Beer Festival® in Denver.

“We are thrilled that Mosaic is doing so well in competitions,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “It’s always validating when your peers give props to your beer, and to see Mosaic win yet another medal just proves how special this beer is.” The Great American Beer Festival® is the country’s largest and most prestigious beer competition featuring 5,507 competition entries from 1,309 breweries, hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

“This beer is on fire—the batch we made was supposed to last months, and instead it was gone in just a few weeks!” Mosaic Session Ale was first brewed as a small-batch beer at one of the company’s satellite breweries before quickly becoming a fan-favorite. Mosaic is the latest release in the company’s hop-inspired Coastal Reserve Series and showcases the newly developed Mosaic hop, known for its intensely citrusy and vibrant tropical flavor and aroma.

"This beer is San Diego in a glass—hoppy as hell, dry, and easy to drink. And its lower ABV means you can enjoy more than one,” says Segura. After the initial run, production was immediately scaled-up and the company officially launched the beer in May of 2014. Karl Strauss is now making plans to ramp up production in 2015 to satisfy increased demand.

Mosaic Session Ale Medal Wins To Date:
Great American Beer Festival® – Bronze Medal - Session Beer – 2014 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition – Gold Medal - Session Beer – 2014 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition – Bronze Medal - Session Beer – 2014

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the San Diego beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases like Big Barrel IIPA, Wreck Alley Imperial Stout and Mosaic Session Ale. The brewery has won 65 medals over the past four years and its Red Trolley Ale is one of the most award winning beers in the world. The company is currently ranked #41 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries with sole distribution in California. 2014 is on pace to be another exciting year of double-digit sales growth, with the main brewery tasting room and beer garden in Pacific Beach now open.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Postmodern Jukebox: Fred and Ginger Styling of Paula Abdul's Straight Up

Postmodern Juke is the brain-child of Scott Bradlee, a Jazz musician who both loves, and hates, contemporary popular music. In what can only be called genius, he restyles modern songs into the Jazz influenced styles of 20th Century music. Hits from Madonna, Bon Jovi, Lorde, and Lady Gaga have all been given the post modern treatment and the results are an aural masterpiece.

Paula Abdul's break out hit "Straight Up" featured her dance skills (in the MTV video.) Now image taking that hit and giving it the full Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers treatment:

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