Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vacation, Melting Cars.

Honestly, there is so much to be done before going on vacation, I Vacation Carsometimes wonder if it’s worth it. You then spend 2 weeks at the beach and when you come back, there is lots to be done once again. Even though the cottage has a washer and dryer, we always end up with washing to be done when we get back and that’s just the start of it. Well no, I guess unpacking the car is the first chore. Then if we bring back shrimp, we have to get the packets sufficiently defrosted to transfer to the freezer. The cooler sits in the bath and we usually spend time on and off chipping at ice for a few hours. I’m exhausted just thinking about coming home LOL.

Walkie TalkieA story I just heard on the news, there is a new skyscraper building in the financial district (The City) of London, England, which, because of the curvature of its design is causing intense heat in certain parking spots which is melting cars. It acts just like a magnifying glass by reflecting intense heat onto the road.Walkie
A man claimed his Jaguar was damaged and since then several more people have come forward to report problems. A you can see from this picture, in the sun it is absolutely blazing. It is known as the Walkie Talkie building, I have no idea why. The article also has a picture of the melted car.

I am not sure how much blogging I will be doing over the next few days. So if I’m not around, see ya later. We actually leave on Friday but I will be a tad busy today.

Just reading the ingredients I liked the sound of this. Won’t be trying it til I come home again of course.

Chicken Tagine
Source: dLife 

A traditional, hearty Moroccan dish of chicken, olives, and spices.

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients Chicken Tagine
2 each  boneless skinless chicken breasts  
2 each  chicken legs, raw 
1/4 tsp  salt
1/4 tsp  black pepper
1 tsp  olive oil
1 cup  fresh chopped onion
2 each  medium garlic cloves
3/4 cup  low sodium chicken broth
6 oz  canned green olives
1 tsp  ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp  ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp  fresh lemon peel  
1/4 cup  fresh lemon juice  
1 tbsp  fresh cilantro
1 tbsp  chopped parsley

  1. Season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper.
  2. In large pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high.
  3. Place chicken in pot, cook 3 minutes per side or until chicken is browned.
  4. Remove chicken from pot, set aside.
  5. Combine onion, garlic in pot. Sauté 30 seconds, stirring continually.
  6. Return chicken to pot, add broth, olives, cinnamon, ginger.
  7. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat to low, simmer 45 minutes.
  8. Turn chicken, continue cooking uncovered 15 minutes.
  9. Remove chicken from pot using slotted spoon, place on serving platter.
  10. Using same pot, combine lemon rind, lemon juice, cilantro, and parsley. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  11. Serve sauce over chicken or on side.
Hope you all have a great day and stay well until I blog again.


  1. Have a wonderful trip! Worry about the laundry when you get back! At least you don't have a snake waiting in your basement! :)

    Melting cars, I've wondered about those mirrored buildings and sun reflection, it only makes sense, wonder why the builder didn't think of that?

    1. No, thank goodness. Have you seen any more than the skin?

      I wonder what they are going to do about it?

    2. So far just the skin, but this is the second snake in or around the house, the first on the closed in porch, this one in the basement. A basement the mice get into easily. The house has so many entry points there's no way to block them off - the house was built over 100 years ago. Some concrete, some stone, and lots of wood - a partial stone basement, wood under the kitchen, with a crawl space and a concrete slab. I'll never feel comfortable again, going into that basement, the pipes running across the ceiling are barely six feet off the ground. Which means the snake if he gets up there (and it is where part of his skin was found) is just too, too close!

    3. I think I would be very nervous too. Do you know what kind of snake, I hope its a harmless one at least.

    4. We're thinking harmless black snake. But the word harmless means nothing if the sight of them makes your heart pump. Irrational, I know!

  2. Melted his car? Guess they need to block off certain areas. I wonder if it's enough to fry some eggs?
    I always need a vacation after my vacation. Hope you have a good time!

    1. I would think so Alex, if it's hot enough to melt metal.

      LOL. I will certainly do my best.

  3. I hope you have the greatest time ever, Jo. Greet the sea and the knight in my behalf. Drive safe and bring back a lot of pictures!

    1. Your wishes are my commands Father Dragon. I will greet the knight but I will try to beat him at bowling.

    2. If you win, you can consider yourself the next winner of the Toss the Dwarf Championship. Don't think dwarves are available where you go, sooo... bowling will have to do. ;)

    3. In that case I will try even harder.

  4. Ah vacation. Worth every effort to get there and back. Enjoy.

    I can't believe the building is melting cars! That's crazy. If you look at your picture on the left, it's shaped liked a walkie-talkie. Don't you think?

    1. OK, you do the packing and travelling for me LOL

      I guess it is that shape. It certainly works like a magnifying glass.