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Hannah’s English Muffins

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Hannah decided to try making English muffins, and the outcome was scrumptious! Give it a try:)

3 2/3 cups flour

1 Tbls yeast

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 cup warm water

2/3 cup plain yogurt

cornmeal for sprinkling

oil

Whisk all dry ingredients together.  Add the water and yogurt and mix into a soft dough that is smooth.  Let it rest for 5 min. Spread some cornmeal onto cookie sheets and roll the dough to 3/4″ thickness. Cut circles using a glass, you should be able to get 12-16 muffins out of it. Place them on the cookie sheets, sliding them around in the cornmeal. Cover with a damp towel and let them rise for an hour.  Heat a flat griddle then brush with oil.  Add the muffins and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 6 min on each side until firm and golden brown. Enjoy them with fresh whipped butter and honey.  Yum!!

Microfiber towels

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One of the big adjustments to living on a boat,  is making better use of small spaces. Working as a scuba instructor at Jacks Diving Locker in Hawaii,  one year our boss gave us microfiber towels as Christmas gifts, and I LOVE them!  They take up no space at all, dry really quickly, and work as well as any other towel. In my photo you can see the difference, and both towels are about the same size (35″x62″). The company my boss ordered them from is ‘Outgo’, I’m going to shop around and see where I can get the best deal and stock up on them.

Update on Waldo

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IMG_6016I’ve had several people ask me to give them an update on Waldo,  the baby pigeon we rescued from a seagull and crow a week ago.  He is doing beautifully.  I took this photo of him this morning, after I’d fed and bathed him.  He was drying his wings in the morning sunlight.  I feed him “Exact” baby bird formula about 4 or 5 times a day.  Once prepared it has the consistency of ketchup.  I cut the end of a syringe off, placed a piece of surgical glove with a slit in it over the opening, and he sticks his beak through the slit ( imitating his mothers mouth), and eats to his hearts content.  When he hears my voice he calls for me, and loves to snuggle up against my neck.  I love the little guy so much.

Strawberry Bread

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I’d never made Strawberry Bread before, in fact I’d never heard of it.  This afternoon I was visiting my sweet friend, Kasia, and she told me that her mother used to make Strawberry Bread, and since I love making breads, I thought I’d give it a try.  It was delicious, moist and so easy to make.  Give it a try…

Heat the oven to 350 and have a greased bread pan ready.

Toss together:  2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp cinnamon

In a separate bowl, mix 1 egg, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries

Add the wet mixture to the dry, and pour into the pan.  Bake at 350 for 55 min.  (Check it since ovens vary on cooking time). Once removed from the oven, pour a basic glaze over it. (1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 2 Tbls milk )

Enjoy!

LA Air Show

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Yesterday Danny, the creatures and I went to the LA Air show.  The kids and I had never been to one before, and were thoroughly mesmerized!  We saw a Stearman, that later flew a second time with a wing walker, a P38, P40, P51 and a Yak flying in formation (the P51 was my favorite), a Harrier Jet that could hover for what seemed forever and group of Navy Seals parachuting with the American flag.

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We also saw this beauty.  The only B29 that is still flying.  It was not as loud as the other jets and seemed so graceful yet powerful up there.

If you’ve never been to an Air show, add it to your bucket list, it’s guaranteed to give you goose bumps and make you feel proud of the many geniuses that brought these impressive machines into existence.

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We’re moving to Panama!

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In one of my previous posts, I  mentioned that we are not going to be able to keep Tanda Malaika here in Channel Islands Harbor or Ventura Harbor, because there are no live aboard slips available for a yacht our size. So, we have decided to move to where she is. Red Frog Beach Marina in Panama!

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This place we will call home, is a tropical rainforest filled with white faced monkeys, sloths, toucans and iguanas.  In the water you’ll see manatees, dolphins, a plethora of reef fish, and crocodiles etc.  It’s paradise!!

Red Frog Beach was discovered by Columbus in 1502, and is located on Isla Bastimentos, an island which is part of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago. The entire archipelago covers an area of about 97 sq miles and population is 13000. The full service marina is well maintained and provides a free 10 minute water taxi ride to Bocas town on Isla Colon, where the grocery store is, 4 days a week.  A fruit and veggie boat comes by the marina every Saturday.  The creatures will attend the International school that is there, and if the older ones wanted to make a few extra bucks, they could find employment working the zip lines and rainforest canopy tours.  We will have hundreds of islands to explore, tree houses to build, fishing to do and Spanish to learn.

I do have to let you in on a little secret (if you promise not to tell a soul). For those of you that know me already, you’ll know that I am not afraid of anything.  I’m an adrenalin junkie dare devil, but….I am SO afraid of frogs and especially toads!!! I would rather head butt a tiger shark and insult it’s mother, than come across a frog, and I happen to be moving to – of all places, Red FROG Beach!! My plan is to take a flame thrower with me, which I will keep aimed and ready 24/7, and may the best man win!

“Starfish Sanctuary”

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Emma came running into the house exclaiming, “I’ve built a sanctuary, come and see it,” and then bolted out the back door.  I made my way across the back deck and down the ramp to the dock in the back yard, to find her by the kayak she’d been exploring for hours in.  She had collected several starfish and showed me their ‘sanctuary.’  They varied in color from reds to orange, tan and brown, and she was in love with her new found friends.  She placed them on her legs and enjoyed the ticklish feeling of their movement, then gently put them back into the water.  After a while she set them all free, back in the ocean.

Just another magical day in the life of a 12 year old explorer.