Organ Pipe cactus national monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National monument is in Arizona. At the bottom of Arizona, near the Mexico border.  There are lots of giant cactus. The one with lots of columnar cactus is the second largest in the U.S. (next to the Saguaro) growing as tall as 23 feet. Instead of having a central stem, however, a cluster of 5 to 20 slender branches grow from a point at ground level and curve gracefully upward.  The long ago settlers said the dead cactus looked like organ pipes, so they called them that. Saguaro cactus also grow here. They are tall cactus that took like they have arms.

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I made a print of this cactus picture and hung it on the wall. We stayed in the campground and it was nice. They even paved where you park.

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When we first got there, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk to take pictures. I tripped over a big rock and fell down. I scraped my hand and knee pretty good.  When I fell I landed on some rocks. It took a month for the cuts on my knee to heal. I got up and hobbled down the road to take pictures.  I am just lucky I did not fall into cactus thorns.

One cactus there, you never want to touch is this one.

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This one will shoot needles into you skin like fish hooks and they are very hard to pull out. My husband once showed me one and said “Never touch this.” He put his hand close to it and it shot the needles into his hand. He had to pull them out and they took chunks of skin with it. He said it hurt really bad. It is called a jumping cholla cactus. They can shoot needles up to 3 feet away.

When you drive to the park and exit, border patrol stops everyone to check for illegal aliens. We asked the border patrol, “When Florida stops you they give you orange juice, what do we get in Arizona?” They said “Harassment by us.” That was a good answer.

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Me skipping along the beach, listening to the ocean.

The Daily prompt is This is your song.

Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Turn that line into the title of your post.

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My favorite song is Douce Dame Jolie. It is just music. The most wonderful music that puts you in a happy mood. It starts with bird sounds and it has flutes and make you want to skip down a beach with a basket of flowers, grabbing them and smelling them and soaking up the sun. Digging your toes into the sand and listening to the sound of the ocean and waves washing over your feet. I listen to this song and I am transported to the beach.  This picture is when I was at the beach in Texas last month. I live to go to the ocean and hear it and walk it.

 

Listen and see if you like it. I have it on my mp3 player and often listen to it.

Colorful grip for hooks.

I ordered some looming bands. They are like tiny rubber bands and they come in wonderful colors. I got them at Amazon. I also ordered the loom at Amazon. I found a video on how to make a grip for your hook, or a crochet hook or even a pencil. I made the grip for my loom hook. It is much for comfortable with the grip on it.  I like it so much I wanted to show you and share the link to see how to make it video. It is very easy to do.

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Here is the video on how to make this.

Teriyaki on a stick.

I saw a video on YouTube about teriyaki on a stick. It took me a few days to get the ingredients. One ingredient is Bull Head BBQ sauce. I called an Asian market store and asked them if they had it. “Oh yes we have two sizes, big size and small size.” I drive to the store and go inside and ask where it is. The lady said “You are the one that called about it.” She took me to it. The small size can is pretty big. The big size was really big, probably a gallon size. I got the smaller can. It was  $10.99. It is from Taiwan.

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It is not like our Barbecue sauce at all. First of all ours is in bottles. This is packed in oil and the stuff is thick like a paste. You have to dig down in the goo and stir it and stir it to mix it up with the oil. It is kind of hard to stir.

So I made the sauce recipe and cut up the chicken and smooshed it around in the sauce I made and put a lid on the bowl and let it sit overnight.

I used chicken thighs.

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I will list the ingredients at the bottom.  You soak bamboo skewers in water for an hour so they do not burn in the oven. Put the chicken on the stick and cover a rack with foil and put on a pan. Lay the chicken on a stick on the pan.

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Cook in the oven 350 degree F. Cook 15 to 20 minutes then turn it over and cook the same time again. I did 17 the first time and 18 after the flip.

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I made some rice and ate it with the rice. It does taste good.

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Here is the recipe.

Chicken thighs   2 pounds

Sugar: 1/4 cup or 4 tbsp.                Pineapple juice: 2 tbsp.

2 tsp White wine or sherry wine  (I used white wine).

1/2 tsp curry powder              1/4 tsp garlic powder       2 tsp soy sauce

1/6 tsp Chinese five spice powder               1/8 tsp salt

1/8 tsp white pepper                 2 tsp oyster sauce           2 tsp hoisin sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

2 1/2 tsp of the Bull head BBQ sauce.

The video says you can fry it for 1 minute after you cook it in the oven but I didn’t. I did not want it fried too.  Watch the video if you want to see the guy make it.

 

Slow cooker chicken

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I just cooked the  best meal and I wanted to write down how I made it. Each bite I took made me go yummmm.  I got a Hamilton Beach slow cooker at Walmart. It is the 5 quart one. It was $18. I am sure if you have a better slow cooker it will work great, but this one cooked the chicken perfect.

You take chicken breasts, trimmed of all fat. Mine were big and I used two. Next time I will use 3 but these were big pieces and I cut them in half to make 4 pieces. This was enough for 3 people. My husband just told me to cook 6 chicken breasts next time. I said we need to buy a bigger slow cooker then.

I put the chicken in the bottom the pot.  Then I peeled about 8 small potatoes and cut them in half. I got the potatoes at the 99 cent store and they were Yukon gold potatoes. I should have put more of them in too because they were so good.  Put them in the pot on one side of the chicken.

Cut up some carrots and put them in the pot on the other side of the chicken. I used 6 carrots. My son loves carrots so next time I will probably put about 9 of them in there.

Then take 1/4 cup of olive oil.

I used the juice of one orange, put it in the olive oil.

1 teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning. (That is was the bottle says.)

1 teaspoon onion powder

I used some garlic salt, probably 1 tsp. Or use fresh garlic. I didn’t have any.

Mix that all together and then pour it over everything in the pot, the chicken, potatoes and carrots.

Put the lid on and turn on high and cook for 4 hours. That is it.  Then eat it. The chicken tastes so tender and good.  I can’t wait to make it again, but with more chicken, potatoes and carrots. They taste so good, you will want more.   DSC_0007 (2)Do not open the pot after you close it, until it is done.

 

Chunky knit with a flower

We went to Quartzsite, AZ while driving back from Texas. First we went to Organ Pipe National Monument in AZ and stayed the night. The cactus are beautiful there. Then we went to Quartzsite. It is not much, but in the winter people from all over take their RV’s and stay months in the desert. They have a gem show in January and set of booths all over and sell everything. We stayed one night so I could walk around and look at all the stuff. I got a string of beads made from Pink quartz for $1. I also got some necklaces for $1 each. I got a neat kokopelli.

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When I came home I knitted a hat. I made it with a cream color chunky yarn and a dark gray color. I then made a loom flower and sewed it on the hat. I sewed on the pink quartz beads I bought at Quartzsite. I love my new hat.

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Next time I will show you the pictures from Organ Pipe National Park.