Monthly Archives: June 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moments

Here are some Fleeting Moments from the streets of New York City – everything from people and neon signs in Times Square and Union Square to a squirrel on a mission!

Madison Square Garden

Union Square


Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

My nephew’s artwork – a sort of floral carpet which is traditionally done to mark the festival Onam in the South Indian State of Kerala.  And, as with everything festive, a big part of the festival is a vegetarian feast served on banana leaves.  Festivities include a boat race, and he created a boat with flowers and leaves.  Kerala is known for its abundant coconut palms, and I think my nephew did a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the land and its festivities.

You can see other lovely creations here – Create.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Curious Georgie rarely disappoints…..he qualifies for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Close.


Pineapple Black Bean Guacamole

Here in New York the April showers have well lingered on for a while and now in June, it has rained 4 days this week.  But, that hasn’t stopped New Yorkers from getting together for barbecues and cook-outs.  This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at one such barbecue – corn, sausages, burgers, chicken, veggies, and lots of lemonade, beer, and appetizers….the list goes on.  Luckily, it didn’t rain and everyone had a blast. 

I made some pineapple black bean guacamole and homemade crackers and took it along – a huge success!  Friends wanted the recipe….hmmm, I told them the recipe was on the Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) website.  And by the way, I was selected as a BHG Recipe Insider a few months ago.  All it means is that BHG often sends me recipes to try out and write reviews and provide feedback – it so happened this guacamole was one such recipe. I give it a 5-star rating *****  I do not try out all recipes – only the easy and quick ones have been tried out so far. I have bookmarked some fabulous layer cakes which are truly special and fit for a grand occasion.  And, not always do I post the recipe because the dish has disappeared and without a single picture to share with the readers.  This picture was taken at the barbecue by a friend, and here I am sharing it with you all.

The BHG recipe was as follows:


  • medium avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
  • 1/4 cup bottled green salsa (salsa verde)
  • tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/2cup finely chopped fresh pineapple or canned crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • fresh jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and minced
  • tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Tortilla chips (optional)


In a large bowl mash avocados. Stir in salsa and sour cream until combined. Stir in pineapple, beans, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt, and cumin. Cover and chill for 2 hours or until ready to serve. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack cheese. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with tortilla chips.

I did make it again but substituted diced fresh mangoes for the pineapple and it was delicious.


Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Recipes, Vegetarian


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship

Two friends lost in their own world….on a quiet summer afternoon.  The picture seems to fit the Weekly Photo challenge: Friendship.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge: Today post this evening and stepped out with my camera to capture some pictures.  I first looked at my little garden for inspiration and sure enough, the first few tomatoes of the season were hidden behind the leaves……

Then, these beautiful pink flowers……

I wanted something more inspiring and went to the front door and when I looked toward the car, I saw a cat looking up at me….a beautiful orange tabby….not sure who it belongs to.  Anyway, I decided to go closer to see if the cat was hurt and hiding. 

Oh no, the cat came right out of hiding and was the most friendly cat I’ve ever met.  I’ll presume this is a she (I don’t know)….she is still sitting there.  I’ll check on her later and if she is still sitting there I’ll give her some of Georgie’s food.