Trees…Oh Interesting Trees…Seen While Geocaching

Geocaching and hiking are my obsessions. While my husband, Vic, navigates us in and around the trails, his eyes are firmly placed on his GPS device. My eyes are looking at nature and all the beautiful things that surround me. The rustle of the leaves under my feet, the annoying mosquitoes, the spider webs that ultimately end up in my face in hair as I walk  through them, and trees and rocks. I always have my camera with me. My favorite nature item to photograph are rocks, erratics and trees. All kinds of unusual trees with holes in them (probably some animal living in them), trees with shelves and moss. Below are some of my photos from my hiking expeditions.  I hope you enjoy them.

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It’s 6 degrees out–Let’s Go Geocaching!

DSCF1128 Thomas Road Mill Bridge, the only covered bridge in a major US city–Philadelphia

DSCF1099Some impressive trees!

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DSCF1106Beautiful winter scenery!

DSCF1108On January 6th, one of the coldest days of the year, my husband and I decided that we weren’t going to let the cold stop us and we went geocaching.  This is one of the photos from that adventure.  In five days, we found over 50 caches!

Comfort Food for a Cold, Snowy Day

It’s snowing again. Here in the Northeast we are used to it. We go about our day, send our kids to school and hurry off to work. The snow brush is near us in the car and we have learned to take it in stride, after all, it is winter!

Today, I would like to share a recipe that is over 40 years old. I remember my sister making this as a teenager. I am four years younger than her, at the time, I probably was a pre-teen and not a lover of anything tuna-related. However, when she made the following recipe, I LOVED it! I still make this recipe a few times a month. My younger son, LOVES it. It is quick, nutritious, and so comforting. Enjoy!

Tuna and Rice Casserole

1 can of tuna, any size or variety–but use tuna in water-not oil
1 cup of cooked rice
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 cup of crushed Special K cereal, or Corn Flakes, or Rice Krispies–any crunchy cereal will suffice
1/2 cup graded cheddar cheese, or a hard cheese you enjoy eating

Combine the tuna, cooked rice, onion, lemon juice, salt, egg, and half of the cheese and crushed cereal in a bowl. Add the milk and give a quick stir to coat. Put it all in a well-buttered pie plate. Top with the remaining crushed cereal and then a generous amount of grated cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Eat immediately when taken out of oven. Experiment with different cheeses and cereals. This recipe can also be converted to gluten-free.

The casserole can be enjoyed by two adults as a main meal, or four adults as a side dish.

My first post!

DSCF0057 This is the first geocache ever found by us–LVDJ. I am the L–Linda, and J is in the picture–Jake. V–Victor is taking the picture and D–Dan is

probably at home (he is the college student–moving and grooving). Once this “cache” was found, full of “swag” -Stuff We All Get–I was hooked.

This was taken June 24, 2012. Since then my husband Victor and I, and occasionally Jake, and less often Dan, have found 575 caches. Let me start from the beginning. A cache is a container of any size that is hidden outside. It is not buried, but hidden.  It can be as small as your pinky  fingernail or the largest I have seen which is three feet by two feet. They can be magnetic, as in being hidden on metal sign posts, or under rocks, in tree stumps, hanging in the air, virtually anywhere. Oh, and they can be virtual too as well as Earth caches. You find these by using a GPS device either on your phone or a hand-held device. You obtain coordinates from the official geocaching site, http://www.geocaching.com

My third joy, after my family and geocaching has become cooking. I love to eat. I do. Pizza is my favorite, but as I have gotten older (over 40–younger than 80), and I decided I wanted to cook and bake more interesting meals.  I have this impressive collection of cookbooks that I decided to open and use instead of just looking at them. Just like many people, I am also loving all shows having to do with food.

From time to time, I will blog about our geocaching adventures, and recipes that I have tried, and perhaps, came out pretty good.

Linda