Dash cookies!

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Since the wine tasting is off for today (thanks loads txdot! Not!) I’m going to make dash cookies!

I left the cookies in the car for almost three hours…

and they slowly melted and

A couple merged together at which point I leveled out the pan.

And by the end I had some yummy cookies and a great smelling car.

Next time I won’t use a pan with an air gap.  The bottoms were a bit gooey.  We still any another couple of months of Summer here in TX so I’ll have another chance to try this.

Toasted Quinoa

Quinoa.  Susan introduced me to it this past year (as a birthday present if I remember correctly) and after cooking it the first time I knew I had to make it a diet staple.

The basic recipes I’d found were good enough but on a recent trip to Fredericksburg, TX we found the best recipe yet.

Where? The Navajo Grill.

Everything we had for dinner was good. Very good.  The Quinoa though was wonderful.

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Texas Snow 2012 animation

Give it a moment to download and then watch the snow fall…

Time lapse of the snow coming down, Christmas 2012
Time lapse of the snow coming down, Christmas 2012

 

 

Dancing Aug 19, 2012

I don’t yet know if I’ll be joining in the dancing or if I’ll be spectating and calling but come out to Trinity Hall on Sunday for some good tunes and dancing.

3rd Sunday Ceili at Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Trinity Hall Session Players
Date: Sunday, 19th
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
214-887-3600
Cost: Free!  (Please do support the pub.)
Music by: Trinity Hall Session Players
Calling/walkthroughs by: Susan and Michael Harrison
Dances: What dances would you like?  Ceili, two-hand, Set, just let us know what you enjoy dancing!  Shout out in email, Facebook or Twitter about dances you’d like to do!

D/FW Irish Ceili Dancers on Facebook
If you haven’t yet seen it check out the group on Facebook.  It’s another avenue to find out about upcoming events and connect with local dancers.

Twitter channel for Irish dancing in D/FW
If you’d like to get dance related updates on your phone or twitter client, there’s a new channel for the D/FW area where you can find out about dancing opportunities.
Check out @dfwirishdance in your twitter client to keep up with dance events.  You can also comment and share events where people can get up and dance!

Dance notes, full and crib
A continually growing list of notes on Irish, Scottish, ceili, set, two-hand and Contra dances is available on DanceMinder.  The interface allows a full view with all notes as well as a Crib view that presents a shortened view suitable for calling or referring to when you’re on the dance floor.
If you’d like to help contribute let us know.  We’ve also added several tutorials to the new DanceMinder blog which will help you to see what DanceMinder offers.

Window clouds

Sometimes the view outside is just simply gorgeous.

Cloud painting

Lovely clouds that if anyone painted them, everyone else would think the artist was smoking something.

Need some clouds?

April 2012 dancing in Dallas

SCMA Celtic Céilí
Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Lesson: 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Céilí: 8:00pm to 10:00pm — live music!
Location: Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas,TX 75219
For recorded driving directions, call (214) 520-7788
Click for map links and season schedule.
Cost: $10 regular admission,  $8 for SCMA members,  $5 for students.

Only two more céilís at the Sammons Center until the summer break, so you won’t want to miss this Easter weekend dance!

Michael & Susan (your humble callers) first encountered set dancing on an Easter Sunday in Kilfenora, Co. Clare. If we could bottle the energy in that jam-packed and shaking barn full of music & spinning dancers, we wouldn’t need to win a big lottery. Bring your happiest, friendliest smile and let’s create our own room full of energy!

If there are other dances you’d like to do, let us know.  If you aren’t sure what you’d like, take a stroll through the two-hand, céilí and set dances on DanceMinder for some ideas.

If you’re planning on coming out for either the lesson or céilí, please do let us know so that we can better tailor the program.

Trinity Hall Dallas – Céilí with the Trinity Hall Session Players
Date: Sunday, February 19th
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: Trinity Hall Irish Pub at Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75206
214-887-3600
Cost: Free!  (Please do support the pub.)
Music by: Trinity Hall Session Players
Dances: What dances would you like?  Céilí, two-hand, Set, just let us know what you enjoy dancing!  Shout out in email, Facebook or Twitter about dances you’d like to do!

D/FW Irish Ceili Dancers on Facebook
If you haven’t yet seen it check out the group on Facebook.  It’s another avenue to find out about upcoming events and connect with local dancers.

Twitter channel for Irish dancing in D/FW
If you’d like to get dance related updates on your phone or twitter client, there’s a new channel for the D/FW area where you can find out about dancing opportunities.
Check out @dfwirishdance in your twitter client to keep up with dance events.  You can also comment and share events where people can get up and dance!

Dance notes, full and crib
A continually growing list of notes on Irish, Scottish, céilí, set, two-hand and Contra dances is available on DanceMinder.  The interface allows a full view with all notes as well as a Crib view that presents a shortened view suitable for calling or referring to when you’re on the dance floor.
If you’d like to help contribute let us know.

Interesting Things: Geocache

My first geocache find. It was a challenge to locate it and was in a good safe hiding place.




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Interesting Things: Pet me?

I love you. Will you rub my tummy?




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Interesting Things: Snow shadows

*sigh* More weather we’re not getting this year.




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