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Rememberance of Summer

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I’ve been fooling around with HDR post-processing again.  Please excuse me if the results are too rough for your eyes  – but in this photo (taken last summer on Anna Maria Island), the blue in this scene makes me realize why I love the color blue so much.  Hopefully I’ll improve my skills here.  Let me know if you like it or hate it -(I can take it – you wouldn’t believe the crap I take on a daily basis at work).

Anna Maria RevisitedAnna Maria revisited


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December 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Those Guys — Straight No Chaser

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December 25, 2009 at 11:31 am

Images of Christmas

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A walk around Winter Park and Mt. Dora Florida this afternoon and evening.  Hope you like them.  Merry Christmas to you All!

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December 22, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Egg Nog and the Tom and Jerry

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With the two feet of snow in the Washington D.C. area and southern Connecticut getting hit with somewhat of a blizzard today, I thought some yuletide history of one of my favorite holiday drinks – the Tom and Jerry.

The history of eggnog is debated, and likely a combination of all the stories. This milk and egg drink is typically served during the holiday season, and has become associated with Christmas tradition. However, eggnog was historically known as a winter beverage, and often served with alcohol.

The first theory on eggnog’s history places the drink in a small carved wooden mug called a “noggin,” used for serving alcohol. Drinks made with egg would then be combined with “nog,” eventually becoming “eggnog.”

Another theory speculates that eggnog was derived from posset, a Medieval European drink made with hot milk, eggs, and ale or wine. Posset was used for a cold remedy and to help people with illnesses sleep more soundly (thus the possible origin of warm milk before bed).

A colonial term for rum was “egg and grog,” which could have easily be shortened to “eggnog” over the years. Since milk and eggs were scarce to all but the aristocracy in Europe, there’s a chance that eggnog didn’t gain its full popularity until it hit the United States, where dairy farms were more plentiful and milk was accessible to a greater portion of the populace. In addition, rum was more popular in the United States due to heavy taxation on European wines, so eggnog as we know it was developed, more or less, right here in the colonies.

During the 1820’s an authour named Pierce Egan created a version of eggnog named “Tom and Jerry.” The recipe called for brandy to be added to the basic recipe of eggs, milk, spices, and rum. The result was very popular, and eggnog was well on its way to being a social drink.

The cups are unique – and festive looking.

Tom and Jerry

1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Brandy
1 Egg
1 tsp. Sugar
6 oz. Hot water milk, or coffee

Seperate egg in two bowls. Add Rum & Brandy to the yolk and beat together until frothy. In th other bowl beat the egg white until it peaks then add sugar and bet until stiff. Fold into the liqour mixture. Pour into a coffee mug and top with the water, milk or coffee.  It will absolutely warm your toes.

Poinsettias – Winter Park

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Here in Central Florida, poinsettias are out on all of the street corners.  They’ll last just until the first freeze comes our way.  Some can be salvaged and they grow into tall full shrubs.  This is Park Avenue in Winter Park.

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December 18, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Holiday Event at the Fountain Pen Hospital- NYC

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December 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Cool FJ

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This is one of the coolest FJs that I’ve seen around.  Parked off of Park Avenue in Winter Park on Friday.  Nice touches I thought.

Good lookin FJ

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December 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

The light of the party

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Our friends Alan and Karla hosted a lovely Christmas party Saturday evening – elegant and lots of light on a nice cool evening in Florida.

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December 6, 2009 at 7:54 pm


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Read a few blog posts on sweaters today, and thought I’d show off my two treasured numbers.  The blue Shaggy Dog I bought in New Haven (the source) – and the Pringle golf sweater my daughter brought back from Scotland as a gift.  Both are beautiful, BUT – here in Florida they can turn on the heat just touching them!  We need a very cold day here in Central Florida to wear these beauties.  After our six month sauna – I’m ready!

Shaggy Dog and Pringle

The Dog

Pringle Golf

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December 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm