Monday, October 26, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Glow

Recently we saw an ad for a Hot Air Balloon Glow in a nearby town. Having never been close to a hot air balloon, we thought we'd check it out. After arriving, we discovered that during a "glow" the hot air balloonists inflate their balloons around dusk but they don't lift off -- they just show off their balloons.

We returned the following morning for the scheduled lift off at sunrise but due to high winds, the lift off was cancelled. Oh well, maybe next year. . .

Monday, October 19, 2015

Favorite Recipes: Stuffed Pepper Soup

Boy, have we been slackers with our "Family and Friends Favorite Recipes" project! No excuses but we'll try to do better in the next few months. The weather is cooling off and it's time to cook!

Our next-door neighbor, Marty, shared her Stuffed Pepper Soup recipe with us  She said it was a hit at last year's Super Bowl party. It was easy to make and is it ever good. Try this recipe . . . it's yummy! Thanks, Marty, for sharing your recipe.

Cook the rice according to package directions and set aside.

Brown the beef and drain.

 Chop the onions and green peppers.

 Add the tomatoes and tomato sauce to the browned ground beef.

Add the onions and green peppers.

 Add the remaining ingredients -- beef flavored base, salt, pepper and brown sugar.

 Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 to 40 minutes or until peppers and onions are tender.

 Add rice and heat thoroughly.

Enjoy this delicious soup!

Stuffed Pepper Soup

2 lbs. ground beef
1 can (28 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups green pepper, chopped in about 1 inch squares
1 cup chopped onions
2 tsp. beef flavored base or 2 bullion cubs
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 cups cooked rice (set aside) (Marty adds 3 cups of rice)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Brown beef and drain. Add remaining ingredients, except rice. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, or until peppers and onions are tender. Add rice. Heat thoroughly and serve.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Left is Right in Ireland - Ennis to Shannon Airport

Spent our last day in Ireland visiting cemeteries in County Clare. This is Truagh cemetery near where Rita's great, great grandfather James Grady lived. Many of the inscriptions on the headstones were unreadable but we took lots of photos.

 Ruins from the Truagh Castle (dated 1873) were across the road from the cemetery, along with a newer house.

We walked up the driveway and took a photo of the old castle.

 These photogenic cows were in the pasture by the castle and across from the cemetery.

Old, iron gate near the cemetery

 We followed the narrow lane that passed the cemetery but ended up having to turn back as the road was flooded.

 Stopped at The Church of Mary Mother of God in Truagh which was built in 1843 and renovated in 1988. James Grady would have gone to church here.

 We tried our darnedest to enter Kilquane cemetery near Parteen, but were turned back by cows in the pasture.

On the way to the cemetery near Doonass, we passed by St. Senan's well.

Kiltenanlea graveyard near Doonass, County Clare

 Even though it was a rainy day, we enjoyed our Irish cemetery search.

 Last dinner in Ennis was at Knox Pub and Storehouse Restaurant.
Chuck had the pan roasted Storehouse meatballs with tagliatelle pasta

 Rita had the fish and chips

Sarah had the Storehouse trio of seafood -- monkfish, prawns and seabass.

We enjoyed our stay in Ennis!

Goodbye, Ireland

Thanks for the memories and parting rainbow.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Left is Right in Ireland - Dingle to Ennis

As we were leaving Tower View B&B, the white husky showed off some herding skills.

On the recommendation of a nice lady in the leather shop in Dingle, we headed toward Loop Head lighthouse, passing by Tralee Bay near Camp, County Kerry

 We took the ferry at Talbert, County Kerry, to cross the River Shannon

 On our way to the lighthouse at Loop Head, we stopped at this cemetery.

 Chuck noticed beautiful flowers blooming on the ruins of the old church walls.

 Arrived at Loop Head and took a tour of the lighthouse. Noticing Chuck's "KC" cap, our guide asked us about the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean from the lighthouse

Cliffs near the lighthouse

We agree. . .we love Ireland!

 Arrived around 6 p.m. at Glenomra B&B in Ennis. We thoroughly enjoyed our three nights at this welcoming B&B.

 Mary at Glenomra B&B recommended we eat supper at the Poet's Corner in the Old Ground Hotel. It was delicious and the service was amazing! Chuck had the Atlantic seafood platter.

 Sarah had the minute steak topped with carmelized red onions served on ciabatta bread with salad and fries.

 Rita had deep fried scampi with house salad and fries.

 For dessert we shared Bailey's cheesecake with toffee sauce. It was wonderful!

 Mary had a great breakfast buffet in addition a hot breakfast selection.

 Sarah had eggs, bacon and granola (sorry, no photo of the eggs and bacon)

 Chuck had the traditional Irish breakfast with black pudding

 Rita had the traditional Irish breakfast without the black pudding.

Drove to the Cliffs of Moher

Even though it was a cloudy, drizzly day, the cliffs were impressive.

 Our goal was to walk all the way to the end on the south side of the cliffs.

We almost made it to the end but the rain turned us back.

Next we drove through the Burren, a 10 square mile limestone plateau, that supports the greatest diversity of plants in Ireland.

Very interesting landscape

We stopped at the Poulnabrone Dolmen, a portal tomb that looks like a stone table.

 We had dinner at Finnegan's in Galway. Good, filling Irish food.

 As an appetizer, we shared smoked Irish salmon with soda bread and salad.

 Both Chuck and Rita had the Shepard's pie and vegetables.

 Sarah had the traditional Irish stew and vegetables.

 We drove back to Ennis and walked to Cruise's for traditional Irish music and sat next to a couple from Wichita!

Coming up next  . . . Ennis to Shannon Airport