YOUR GIFT ….. HAHAHA
A Cat Named Frank – Poem by Marilyn Lott
He is a beautiful kitty cat
Frank is his name
And around the barnyard
He has risen to fame
Not only does he have
A coat so warm and soft
He’s quite the little mouser
Even up in the tall hayloft
He has a certain way
About him, it’s a fact
His personality, my friend
Changes how you react
You fall in love so quickly
When Frank comes into the room
For he takes a lot of time
Out of his busy day to groom
He keeps your heart on a string
And this you can take to the bank
When you become a victim of
A charming cat named Frank!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERBODY!!!!
“Please, be kind to yourself. I wish you the best in life, prosperity, happiness, love, and health.” Sincerely, Dr. Martha
“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.”
“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”
” I feel like a person living on the brink of a volcano crater. ” —Agnes Smedley
“Remind me that the most fertile lands were built by the fires of volcanoes.” — Andrea Gibson
“Obviously people want social calm, but if you do not let clever and ingenious people to participate, obviously there must be some dormant volcano that will erupt, sooner or later. “—Lech Walesa
Volcano Eyjafjallajokull eruption in Iceland, 2010 Photo 1
“I was, like, a kooky kid, so people thought I was loud, but I really wasn’t. I was kind of loud in outbursts. I was like a silent volcano. When I did have something to share, it was very over-the-top. But I’ve learned to balance that.” –— Grace Potter
Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
“Love, my territory of kisses and volcanoes.”
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
Argentina has great food and their steak is delicious. A steak a week is an easy pull in Argentina. Argentine cattle are grass-fed (in contrast to more common grain-fed beef typical in the U.S.). As a result, Argentine beef is not only a better taste experience but also an easier digestive experience. To boot, Argentine steaks are charcoal grilled on a parrilla (i.e. a giant grill, also the word used to denote grill restaurants).
So I let me share with you with yummy steak grilled and spiced to perfection for your palate to enjoy and savor!
- 1 (2 1/2 pound) flank steak, trimmed
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 pound fresh spinach, washed and drained, stems trimmed
- 4 small thin carrots
- 4 large hard boiled eggs, peeled and quartered lengthwise
- 1 cup large pitted green Spanish olives, halved lengthwise
- 1 large onion, sliced into rings
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 (750 ml) bottle dry red wine (recommended: Argentine Malbec)
- 1 head garlic, halved
- 1 large onion, halved
- 1 handful fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 handful fresh oregano sprigs
- 2 bay leave
Butterfly the steak by slicing lengthwise and opening it up like a book. Pound the meat gently with a mallet to flatten and even out the thickness; rub all sides with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper.
With the steak lying lengthwise, scatter the spinach leaves evenly over the surface of the meat, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Arrange the carrots in long rows across the steak, about 2 inches apart. Put the egg strips and olives between the carrot rows. Scatter the onion rings and cheese over the filling, sprinkle with salt and red pepper flakes. Carefully roll the meat up over the filling, from bottom to top, into a long thick cylinder (jellyroll-style.) Tie with butcher’s twine to hold it together, as you would a roast.
Coat a large Dutch oven or pan with olive oil and put over moderate heat. Lay the stuffed steak in the hot oil and sear until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour in the wine and enough water to come up almost to the top of the meat. Toss in the head of garlic, onion, and herbs to flavor the broth. Cover, and slowly simmer on medium-low heat until the meat is fork-tender, about 1 1/2 hours, turning the meat over once halfway through cooking. Taste the broth before serving and adjust spices, if necessary.
Transfer the matambre to a cutting board and let rest for 15 minutes. Remove the kitchen strings and cut crosswise into 1-inch slices ¿ the colors of the filling will look absolutely gorgeous spiraled in the steak. Spoon some of the sauce over the meat and serve. Matambre is good hot, room temperature, or cold.
“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen
CROSSING THE SWISS ALPS
“You can drive out nature with a pitchfork but she keeps on coming back” —Horace (65-8BC)
IGUAZU FALLS BRAZIL
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” —Albert Einstein
DARJEELING TEA FIELDS INDIA
CAÑO CRISTALES RIVER COLOMBIA
ABOUT the last image of Colombia: the Caño Cristales river features no fish at all, probably because it is so filled with coral and aquatic plants.