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Wednesday, March 19th 2008

6:09 PM

Happy Easter !!!

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter weekend!  

March was in like a lion. Out like a lamb ? 



Finished reading 'Cat on the Scent' last night.  Mrs. Murphy (tiger cat), Pewter (gray cat) and Tucker (corgi) see a single engine plane land during the fog next to a barn,  a civil war reenactment and more adventures while Harry's pets and other animals watch, listen and help solve mysteries in Crozet, Virginia.   Cute story. 


8   What is creme brule?

The elegant dessert creme brulee has a thick pudding base of cream and eggs topped by a delicate layer of caramelized sugar. In French, "creme brulee" means "burnt cream," which refers to the process by which sprinkled sugar gets heated to a temperature that caramelizes it to a delicious brown. The traditional method of cooking this type of custard has evolved many flavored variations, but the simplest is often the best.

A basic recipe for creme brulee involves few fancy steps or specialized equipment. Boil cream in a saucepan over medium heat, then whisk in egg yolks. Over reduced heat, stir until thickened, such that it can coat the sides of the pan. Some people bake the mixture in a water bath, which protects the ingredients from uneven or harsh heat. Pour the batter into a set of ceramic ramekins until the middles are still loose but the border is firm. Chill them in the refrigerator for several days. When ready to serve, sprinkle them with a uniform layer of granulated white cane sugar. Quickly expose the tops to a hot flame, either a chef's torch or an oven broiler, so the sugar darkens to a rich brown but doesn't get charred.

Creme brulee combines minimalist flavors in a partly chilled yet partly heated dessert. Of course, there are many established variations on the flavor of cream and sugar that add spices, nuts, liqueurs, or toppings. For instance, some chefs mix in cinnamon, vanilla extract, coconut, pumpkin, melted chocolate, or concentrated espresso to make seasonal varieties. Others use rich, heavy liqueurs like creme de cassis, bourbon, or creme de menthe for a spicy flair. If decorative ramekins aren't fancy enough, you can add a sprig of mint, fresh berries, shaved chocolate, dried coconut, chopped hazelnuts, or an edible flower such as a nasturtium to entice guests to fully appreciate their first spoonful of decadent creme brulee.

172 Süddeutsche Zeitung     (German: “South German  Newspaper”), also called Sz,   daily newspaper published in Munich, considered one of the three most influential papers in Germany.   Süddeutsche Zeitung was the first paper to be licensed in Bavaria (1945) by the Allied occupation authorities following the end of World War II.       www.sueddeutsche.de


Rita Mae Brown - Mrs Murphy series( with Sneaky Pie Brown)
1. Wish You Were Here (1990)
2. Rest In Pieces (1992)
3. Murder at Monticello (1994)
     aka Or, Old Sins
4. Pay Dirt, or Adventures at Ash Lawn (1995)
5. Murder, She Meowed (1996)
6. Murder on the Prowl (1998)
7. Cat on the Scent (1999)     ***
8. Pawing Through the Past (2000)
9. Claws and Effect (2001)
10. Catch As Cat Can (2002)
11. Tail of the Tip-Off (2003)
Three Mrs. Murphy Mysteries: Wish You Were Here / Rest in Pieces / Murder at Monticello (omnibus) (2003)
12. Whisker of Evil (2004)
13. Cat's Eyewitness (2005)
Three More Mrs. Murphy Mysteries in One Volume: Pay Dirt / Murder, She Meowed / Murder on the Prowl (omnibus) (2005)
14. Sour Puss (2006)
15. Puss 'n Cahoots (2007)
16. The Purrfect Murder (2008)

You Are a Snapdragon
 "Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."

What Flower
Are You?

This Garden is Illegal    thisgardenisillegal.com/flower-quiz

and  Steven's Web Journal

15 Comment(s).

Posted by Weigh to Go!:

Hi Connie. Sorry for the late reply - got your tag, and congrats on the WW thing! I wouldn't worry too much about the points; you'll be okay once you get into the rhythm of things.

Have a great day and a great rest of the week, and thanks again for the tag.

Wednesday, March 26th 2008 @ 11:04 AM

Posted by Sevina Imogen Snape:

Easter co-incided with Purim this year instead of Passover b/c this is a jewish leap year, we have 13 months instead of 12 every 3 or 4 years.
Wednesday, March 26th 2008 @ 10:33 AM

Posted by Kay:

Thanks for the Easter greetings. I hope you had a lovely day as well. I like the picture of the eggs!
Tuesday, March 25th 2008 @ 6:47 PM

Posted by Claire Andrews:

I am learning Argentine tango. Many years ago, I did learn some "ballroom" tango - I'm not sure if that's American or International - but I don't see much resemblance between it and Argentine. Argentine tango is the most intense dance I have ever learned (hence my feelings for my teacher, I suppose) - it is the only dance where I have wanted to cry with frustration at not getting it right!

I have learned to do ochos - I haven't got much further forward yet though. I find the dance requires so much concentration to learn that I don't remember the music used in class at all other than the only occasion on which my teacher played a song I already knew. The only music I am familiar with is music by Gotan Project.

Salsa is a little bit of this, a little bit of that. What it most strongly reminds me of is the Cha Cha Cha, with the backwards and forwards action on the basic move, except it's a quick quick slow, rather than step step quick quick quick. There are also some elements of Mambo as well.

I'm sorry to hear of your losses vis a vis the internet. I did not intend to stay away so long myself - I have just got out of the habit a bit (all right, a lot)
Tuesday, March 25th 2008 @ 5:21 AM

Posted by Bob:

Happy Easter to you and yours, Connie. I hope it's a blessed one. Now if we could just get rid of the snow, it would really feel like spring and easter. Maybe by July?
Sunday, March 23rd 2008 @ 1:24 PM

Posted by Claire Andrews:

Hi Connie

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter.

Thanks for dropping by - I have finally posted a new entry but I am short on inspiration. One thing I am doing at the moment is Tango lessons!
Saturday, March 22nd 2008 @ 9:41 PM

Posted by Jennifer Macaire:

HI Connie!
I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend!
I am going to look up that series of books in our library - they sound like fun. I love cosy mysteries with cats and dogs!
Hugs -
Saturday, March 22nd 2008 @ 4:58 AM

Posted by Birgitta:

Happy Easter Connie!
Ps: I have a new blog and I write there almost every day, but it is in Swedish...

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Saturday, March 22nd 2008 @ 4:01 AM

Posted by Kerri:

If you like mysteries featuring animals you should check out the Jacques & Cleo mystery series. http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?action=Search&Ntk=multiple.series&Nso=1&Ns=product.published_date&Ntt=Jacques%20%26%20Cleo
I know that looks long but copy and paste it and it will take you to where you can read about the series. I enjoyed them, but then Gilbert Morris is a very talented author.
Saturday, March 22nd 2008 @ 12:19 AM

Posted by The Canuck:

Hi Connie - thanks for dropping by. I've heard the weather out your way is pretty nasty, lately; friends of mine live out there, and they've been having all kinds of problems. Hope you have a nice Easter, and thanks again for the visit.

Friday, March 21st 2008 @ 11:58 PM

Posted by moni:

HAPPY EASTER CONNIE! I sure hope you have a great weekend. I also hope it stops snowing!!
Friday, March 21st 2008 @ 10:45 PM

Posted by Dee:

Wishing you a very Happy Easter weekend!
Friday, March 21st 2008 @ 5:54 PM

Posted by Rayne:

I absolutely, without a doubt, totally and completely love the Sneaky Pie books. They are fantastic. Unfortunately my library only has a few of them.
Thursday, March 20th 2008 @ 9:49 AM

Posted by <`(((>< Niina:

Just buzzing by to wish you:

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Thursday, March 20th 2008 @ 5:34 AM

Posted by moni:

It is warming up Connie and tomorrow is the first day of Spring, something to celebrate. Your Kitty books look like fun.
Wednesday, March 19th 2008 @ 6:48 PM

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