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There was so much color, festivity and livelihood at the Lions Square in Heraklion on the Island of Crete, Greece.  I loved watching the two boys play in the street as though there were no one else around to see them. They sparred and danced around the square for over 15 minutes. I’m sure big brother was letting the younger excel at the game as it continued on and on.  Take a look off to the left, sitting on the edge of the Lions Fountain is a young street entertainer playing the accordion while another on looker further up is a woman carrying the large bundle of colorful balloons for sale.  Inexpensive and colorful entertainment was in abundance.

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I Love New York

 

 

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Street Life:  NYC Rap Dance
Street Life: NYC Rap Dance

While in New York City…  I [LOVE] New York City.   I had the luck to come across four young street dancers who entertained the crowd for quite some time.  The young lady to the left and the tall Michael Jackson type in the center were the highlights of the group with their sharp stepping and quick feet.  I don’t think the little lady in red ever lost the big infectious smile on her face.  I found myself clapping and smiling just a broadly.

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One of my favorite things to do with Ms. T is to help her make her famous homemade noodles.  When she visited this spring we went up to the cabin and carted all the ingredients we needed to make Chicken and Homemade Noodles.  It’s  one of my most desired comfort foods and I also have it with leftover turkey during the holidays.  The recipe is from Ms. T’s family; Grandma Olga who was of German heritage. It is fun to think that this recipe has been passed on through multiple generations and I’m now sharing it with you.   I usually cheat when it comes to the noodles and buy fresh packaged linguini noodles and toss them in flour.  But, Ms. T showed me again how to make them and I have the evidence to prove it.

Ingredients:

2    Cups All-Purpose Flour
2   Teaspoons Salt
3    Egg Yolks
1    Whole Egg
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Water

Directions: Assemble all your ingredients and tools that you will need before beginning.  Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix together.  Form a pocket hole in the flour to place the next few ingredients.  You may notice that many of the kitchen items are antiques such as the large mixing bowl.  I love antiques and have quite a few in use at the cabin including the mixing bowl, green glass measure cups and large green glass measure for water.

Place the eggs in the center of the pocket.  First place in the whole egg.  Then separate 3 eggs from yolks reserving the whites.  As you separate the yolk, place it in the pocket along with the first whole egg.

Next, add water a little at a time until the dough become firm and you are able to handle the dough.  Knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes.  Press your hands into a dough ball and flatten it.  Fold the flattened dough back into itself and press flat again, repeat for 10 minutes.   Whew…  you have to be able to get you hands into the work.  After kneading for 10 minutes, form a dough ball and cover with a light towel.  Let rest for 10 minutes.  You can now rest for a few minutes, too.

Cut the dough into four pieces and form individual balls.  Take one ball at a time, leaving the remaining balls covered with a towel or plastic wrap in the bowl.  Add a little flour to the top of the first ball and begin rolling the dough flat.  Turn over, add more flour if necessary and press with rolling-pin to continue flattening.  Repeat until you reach the desire thinness. The dough should be relatively thin.

We used a pasty cutter with multiple blades to cut the dough.  Take your time and take it slow when cutting.  You need to press fairly hard down on the cutter to make clean cuts.  You can also roll the thin dough up like a tube and then cut the roll  into individual slices with a knife if you prefer.  The difference is that you will not achieve uniform pieces of noodles when using the second method.  Place each individual noodle on a cookie rack and allow to dry for 2 hours.

All the while we were preparing the noodles, we started to cook a whole chicken.  Place cut up chicken in large stock pot.  Add water to cover.  Season with salt, onion powder (except for Mr. B.) and allow to simmer for several hours until tender and fully cooked.  After cooked, remove chicken from pot and refrigerate until cool to touch.  Retain broth to cook noodles later.  After chicken is cooled, remove skin and bone.  Cut into small bite size pieces. Add noodles to boiling chicken broth and cook until tender.  Add chicken.  Make it the ultimate indulgence.   Serve along with a simple green salad as you won’t need much more.

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Sprinkle with a little pepper and choice of spice blend for color.
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Simple Green Salad with chopped fresh tomatoes and snap peas.

I once saw a vivid piece of photo art that captured the Venice canals in all their color and history.  Since then I wanted to visit there myself and look for the same spot.  I didn’t find where the picture was taken but that didn’t stop me from shutter bugging over 100 images in Venice alone.  Even though the days were cloudy the colors still shown through.

Reflections on Venice Canal
Reflections on Venice Canal

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This picture was taken a few years back when we joined my good Canadian friend on her sailboat sailing on Lake Ontario. We spent several days on the lake visiting different destinations such as Niagara on the Lake and other ports. The lake is  similar to sailing on the coastal sea close to land since Lake Ontario is the 14th largest lake in the world, 193 miles in length, 53 miles breadth and the water surface is 7340 square miles. I think this particular picture was taken at the Toronto Islands along the shore line nearby the Yacht Club.

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Sails Down on Lake Ontario

Reflections along the boat docks on Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho are a stunning array as the shades of blue colorize the water.  This picture was taken with my first digital camera, a Minolta DiMage, and though I like it would not be suitable for a larger print format due to the limitations of the camera.

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Boat Dock at Coeur d’Alene Idaho