Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

It has been over seven years since my last visit to Yellowstone National Park, and I hope to return again some day to this fascinating place.  The diversity of geologic features, wildlife, and beauty is amazing; and each trip only begins to scratch the surface of what the Park has to offer.  Yellowstone National Park was one of our favorite family road trips taken with our boys as they grew up (which I recounted here).

The pools and hot springs are some of Yellowstone’s most colorful features … and many have seemingly unfathomable depths that turn greens and blues to black as the opening in the earth swallows all the color and light.

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Depth” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Sorry, I Burned the Pine Nuts

In digging through my draft posts, the ones that never quite saw the light of the blogosphere, I came across this one … sharing an easy pasta recipe with sautéed spinach on the side.  I have mentioned before that my husband is the primary cook in this house; not that I don’t know how or am not willing, but for him it is a hobby and an art, and I willingly enjoy the products of his creativity.  Often when I cook, it is because my husband and boys are gone for the evening or weekend, and I go looking for something quick to put together, so I can pour a glass of wine and hunker down with a good chick flick!

Rigatoni with broccoli and brie ingredients

On one of these occasions when I found myself on the cooking rather than eating side of the food equation, and felt my blog had been sparse on the food posts, I tried to keep the mayhem (and cat hair) in the kitchen at a minimum as I cooked, with an occasional photo along the way.

Feline kitchen help

Four ingredients: whole wheat pasta, broccoli, brie and pine nuts.  Really can’t get much simpler than that.

Whole wheat rigatoni

Broccoli steamer

My old Pampered Chef microwave steamer pot is ideal for quickly steaming veggies.

The challenge is to not eat the brie while chopping it into cubes as the pasta boils!

Brie cubes for pasta

Actually, the real challenge is not getting distracted while the pine nuts are toasting in the skillet.  As usual, I multi-tasked one too many things, and soon the smell of burnt pine nuts was filling the house …. but it was not a loss, and I took one for the team, filling a bowl with a healthy portion.

Pasta with burnt pine nuts ..... aka Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli

And for an additional dose of green leafy vegetables, and another of my favorite quick and easy sides, I couldn’t screw up the Barefoot Contessa’s Garlic Sautéed Spinach (my kind of recipe — advertised prep time: 6 minutes, cook time: 4 minutes!).

Garlic cloves for sauteed spinach

A good olive oil, generous portion of garlic cloves, and fresh spinach leaves mix together for a wonderful wilted dish. It stands alone or would be tasty mixed in with pasta for another pasta with greens option.

For the Garlic Sautéed Spinach recipe, click here.

Garlic Sauteed Spinach

For the Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Brie recipe, click here.

Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Brie

Ciao! ~ Kat

Eagle Hunting Mallard

Kat at travelgardeneat:

If you aren’t following my friend Bryan’s blog — “Outside Duluth” — you may want to add it to your list. His latest post has a spectacular series of photos, showing a hawk hunting a mallard on Lake Superior. Check it out and enjoy another perspective on outdoor life up north! ~ Kat

Originally posted on Outside Duluth:

A couple of months ago, I saw a mature bald eagle hunt and finally catch a mallard in the water. It was pretty cool to see, and I didn’t figure I’d get to see anything like that again soon. I was mistaken.

During this year’s Brrrrdathon (supporting the Friends of Sax Zim Bog), I had the chance to see – almost – that entire scene played out again.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Spanish moss hanging overhead, lush foliage creeping into the nooks and crannies of a wooden bridge, water so still that each peaceful detail is mirrored with precision … Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation has many spots of serenity.

Red Bridge at Magnolia Plantation

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Serenity” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Starkly shadowed and backlit at sunset, a bare tree in winter can be a beautiful thing.

New Year's Eve on Brighton Beach ~ Lake Superior

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.  ”Shadowed” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.