Monday, November 15, 2010

Adventures Abound

With so many adventures to be had here, most days Jon and I just don't even know where to begin.

We went pecan picking with my parents the other day.

Jon and I shelled 15 pounds of pecans. Super tasty! I made pecan turtles with some of my pecans. The rest were either frozen or bagged up for other people.

After we got pecans, we went shopping for Operation Christmas Child. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this project I suggest checking out the website:

The short version is this- people donate a shoe box full of items- toys, school supplies, hygiene items, etc for a boy or girl. These shoe boxes are given to underprivileged children all over the world. It is a very important ministry in sharing God's love. I was very happy that my parents invited us to help with this project.

Jon and I have been taking many walks around our house and local beaches. We are enjoying exploring the area. On this particular day we saw loads of geese. Jon decided he wanted to be "The Thinker." I love the fountain in the background same picture of him.

We went to St. Simon's Island today just as high tide was ending. We saw lots of birds: pelicans, gulls, sand pipers, and more that we don't know the names of yet.

As the tide went out, a small island the birds were on turned into a peninsula. I of course turned into a little kid and ran into the flock of birds making them scatter. It was a lot of fun for me.

There were many sea creatures to look at after that- horse shoe crabs, several varieties of jelly fish, and a sea cucumber to name a few. Jon and I really enjoyed it.

We love the variety of each visit. No two days are ever quite the same. On our way home I snapped a picture of the surrounding marshes. The sun was starting to set so color is spectacular.

There is a beautiful bridge we occasionally take to get to Jekyll Island. I didn't take these two pictures, but I really wanted to share it with you. The bridge is called the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

So, that is a review of the last few days. The adventure that is our life. God has truly blessed us.

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friend. Cheers!

Carmel Turtles
Makes approximately 40 turtles

1 bag carmels
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups slightly chopped, toasted pecans (You want bigger pieces, but I don't like to use whole halves)
1 bag milk chocolate chips
1/8 bar paraffin wax (optional)

Melt carmels in a medium sized sauce pan. Stir in vanilla. Add pecans. Stir to coat.

Drop pecans onto wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray. (About 1 TBS per mound)

Cool completely.

Melt chocolate and wax together in a double boiler or in the microwave. Dip each turtle, evenly coating the entire candy. Tap off any excess chocolate. Return to wax paper.

Cool completely. May be frozen.

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