Mark your calendars my friend. Bacon’s Show and Tell for January is scheduled for Friday, February 26th, 2016.
This month – the job is on you my fellow anipals. Here is your mission. Go and look on your humans camera roll on their phone, their photo albums, their high school albums for that matter, their senior pictures, prom pictures – any picture you can find of your human. The more embarrassing the better – snorts with piggy laughter. Meet back here in February and let’s have a blast of a time laughing at our humans for a change!
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Welcome my friends with our Journey to Israel series. If you have missed the previous two editions please see them at Part I and Part II. This is a wonderful trip that my Aunt took around the Christmas holidays. She was willing to share her adventure with everyone here in blogville. Today she will focus on some sights that she was able to check out. Here you go – hope you enjoy 🙂
Isn’t this just beautiful!?
You think of Israel and it really doesn’t come to mind the beauty of palm trees. I thought of flat lands, mountain areas, a lot of churches and history. But we so much more there. The weather was perfect for our adventures. It almost felt like spring/fall – coolness in the air and not hot at all. We visited at a perfect time because in the summer months temperatures can exceed 109 degrees – way to hot for adventures.
This beautiful picture of palm trees was taken near Masada which is in the southern district of Israel.
On this date, we went through the Masada National Park. There was a small fee to access and explore the park – which I highly recommend you visit. There are actually two paths that you can take for your explorations –
- The Snake Trail leaves from the eastern (Dead Sea) side at the Masada Museum and gains 980 feet in elevation. It is thought that hiking this path is considered part of the “Masada experience”.
- The Roman Ramp trail is also very steep, but has less elevation gain, and is accessed from the western side of the mountain by car.
Here is another picture to the left of some of the paths at Masada. Can you see the beauty – the mountains, the sky and all of the old rocks?
It’s not an easy path to walk and plan on taking lots of breaks to enjoy the scenery. And just to let you know – the path that we walked was equivalent to walking 91 flights of stairs – so says the Apple Health App. Can you believe that?!
Also – have fresh batteries in your camera. You don’t want to miss anything and you definitely want to be able to look at these awesome pictures after your return home from your adventure.
I leave you this week with another picture from the Snake Trail path and of course a food pic – no blog would be complete without some type of food porn. I hope you enjoyed today. Join me next week for another edition of Journey to Israel.
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Today my friends at WhattheDucks is celebrating Blogger Action Day in Celebration of Year of the Bean! This is what their blog said on 1/27/2016:
“To join in, all you have to do is post something about beans, legumes or pulses on your own blog that day . Share a recipe, upload a photo, write an ode to a chickpea! Beans are good & blogging is good fun. Hope to hear from as many bloggers as possible. Even if some folks don’t know beans about beans, maybe you do! Happy Year of the Bean, peeps!”
With that being said and being from the South – you just know that my mom is going to celebrate The Black-Eyed Pea. Black-eyed peas are a staple here in the south. On the first day of the new year, you have to serve them and collard greens for dinner. It’s a tradition. It’s thought by doing so, it brings prosperity to the new year. And between you and me, mom makes sure they are on the table… you know just in case.
Now dad is not a huge fan of the black-eyed pea. Therefore mom has to ‘doctor’ them up and give them such a flavor that dad eats an entire dish and then says that was wonderful without knowing what he ate… snorts – sounds like my mom huh? Well, I’m going to head out because mom says that I don’t need to know how these are cooked. She has a glint in her eye and I’m thinking it involves pig. So here you go my friends – mom’s recipe.
Now, I wasn’t able to make these before today – I know – I know. There’s been so much going on here at the Hotel Thompson that it’s been unreal. But I wanted to share with you my recipe for these wonderful understated beans. Now this picture to the right is off of the internet under a google search of images. Doesn’t it look amazing?! They really are – if you’ve never tried them, you *must* at least once. Now, I’ve asked Bacon to leave the blog because it does involve P.O.R.K. products which we don’t use here unless Bacon is out for the day. Here’s the recipe to my Spicy Black-Eyed Peas:
UPDATE: Lori brought it to my attention a very important step that my fast fingers left out – LOL. The day before you make this recipe, you want to soak your package of black-eyed peas. Shaking my head – how could I leave this step out? What I do is the night before, before I go to bed I take a pot and fill it with water and add some salt. I pour the package of black-eyed beans in the water – enough to cover – and then put the lid on the pan. I leave this pan on the counter over night while we sleep. The next day, I will drain them dry for cooking them at brunch/lunch. The beans absorb the water softening them for cooking this recipe.t
Take 4 slices of any type of bacon that you like. We prefer the thick cut or pancetta – which ever you have on hand. I find it easier to go ahead and cut the bacon into small pieces and fry up in your iron skillet – we all have one here in the south 🙂 Once the bacon is done, scoop it out of your skillet and put on a napkin to drain the excess fat. Put this aside for later.
Take one 16 ounce package of dried black-eyed peas that you have washed and add them to iron skillet that still has your bacon drippings. Add fresh or a 12 ounce can of diced chilies and stir the two together. Add fresh or a 12 ounce can of diced tomatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Add 3 cups of water and combine everything together. Cover the skillet and cook for approximately 1 hour. Now some people also add a diced onion to the party – we don’t here because Jim doesn’t care for them. It’s a personal preference what you put in your beans. While they are cooking, I will usually make some cracklin’ cornbread.
When the beans are done, scoop them out into a bowl and top them with some of your crumbled bacon. Enjoy.
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