The Maunsell Sea Forts were constructed In the Thames estuary in early WWII to protect the Southeastern coast of England from Luftwaffe raids. They were named after their designer, Guy Maunsell. The technology was later used in the construction of offshore oil rigs. The forts were armored anti-aircraft gun platforms anchored to the sea bed. The forts were decommissioned in 1957, and in the mid 60’s, became home to a series of pirate radio stations until those were outlawed by England in 1967. One of the sites, Rough’s Tower, has been occupied since 1964 and is know as the “Principality of Sealand” which claims independent nation rights as it is located in international waters, although this is unrecognized.
Congrats to my sister-in-law turned dress designer Lisa Balconi and her partner Cherie Henn for getting an appearance on the NBC Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford on August 2nd! That’s Lisa on the right in the little black dress, her latest creation. Those aren’t available yet but will be soon. Also in the picture from the left are Cherie’s daughter/model Lauren, Lisa’s partner Cherie and Kathie Lee all looking gorgeous in Lisa’s dresses. And hey, that’s Regis Philbin next to Lisa modeling the shorties! Congratulations ladies! Hope you’re ready for the wild ride you may be on now!
I also helped Lisa out a little with the art for her logo.
Here’s a link to their website:
Don Trump, Jr. last night before his speech while he was viewing the commotion as Alaska protested the way their votes had been counted and demanded a recount.
“So this is how the sausage is made.”
Here’s another wheat free and gluten free recipe that’s pretty darn good! Not low carb though!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper
- in a large mixing bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking soda and salt
- Stir in chocolate chips
- Form dough into golfball shaped balls and place 2" apart on prepared baking sheet
- Bake 18 to 20 minutes until cookies are puffed and lightly browned
- Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes
- Transfer to wire rack to cool
- This is an easy recipe. Our oven runs hot so had to reduce baking time to avoid burning.
I put together a restroom sign last week for a western themed golf outing my bride is helping to organize.
With all the craziness going on in the world right now, there is scant media coverage of some of the really great and beautiful news events happening right now. One of those is NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. The Juno spacecraft is scheduled to reach Jupiter this July 4th at 8:35 p.m. PDT (earth received time). It is currently travelling at 60,000 miles per hr. relative to earth (June 25th), and was launched on August 5, 2011. The total mission miles travelled will be 2,106 million miles, and it will enter Jupiter’s orbit at 130,000 miles per hr. The mission’s goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. The spacecraft has a suite of instruments that will “investigate the existence of a solid planetary core, map Jupiter’s intense magnetic field, measure the amount of water and ammonia in the deep atmosphere and observe the planet’s auroras.” This mission is expected to take the highest resolution photographs of Jupiter in history.
Here is a link to NASA’s Juno Mission web pages for more information.
Nature Walker Tina Dorschel had a shocker in March on the boardwalk at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples. Check this video!
This Winter, after reading Dr. William Davis’ book “Wheat Belly” I have decided to attempt a wheat free lifestyle! Some tried and proven wheat free recipes can be found below.
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 large eggs
- 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 TBS plain yogurt
- Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Place liners in 8 cups of a standard muffin pan. In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups almond flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- In a small bowl, combine 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil , 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, then stir wet mixture into dry ingredients. (It’s OK if there are lumps in the batter.) Use a rubber spatula to fold 1 cup blueberries into the batter
- Spoon batter into muffin pan, filling each cup to just below the top. Bake 5 minutes, then decrease heat to 350 dgrees and continue to cook until tops of muffins are lightly golden and dry to the touch, 15 - 20 minutes more. Transfer muffins to a rack to cool.
- Try ripe bananas and chopped pecans or cranberries and walnuts instead of the blueberries.
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup of plain yogurt
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 TBS honey
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- butter for frying
- Preheat skillet over low heat and preheat your oven to 250F. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat eggs until frothy. Mix in milk, yogurt, vanilla, honey, salt and cinnamon. Then add in coconut flour and baking soda, and blend together until you have a smooth consistency.
- Grease pan with butter. Ladle approx. ¼ cup of batter into pan for each pancake. This batter will be slightly thicker than your usual pancake batter. So you will have to spread out slightly with the measuring cup or back of a spoon. The pancakes should be 2-3 inches in diameter and fairly thick.
- Cook for a few minutes on each side, until the tops dry out slightly and the bottoms start to brown. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Add butter to the pan before each new batch.
- Once the pancakes are finished cooking, place them on a cookie sheet in the oven to keep warm while you cook other batches. Makes approx. 10-12 pancakes, depending on the size of your eggs.
- Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-to 2-inch pieces
- About ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 ounces)
- Choice of meat toppings: ½ pound sausage, sliced pepperoni, ground beef, turkey, or pork
- 12 ounces pizza sauce or 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
- Choice of vegetable toppings
- Black pepper
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook the cauliflower until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain the cauliflower and transfer to a large bowl. Mash until the consistency of mashed potatoes with minimal “chunks.” Add ¼ cup of the oil, the eggs, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and mix well.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a pizza pan or large rimmed baking sheet with about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Pour the cauliflower mixture onto the pizza pan and press the “dough” into a flat, pizzalike shape no more than ½ inch thick, mounding it up higher at the edges. Bake for 20 minutes.
- If using ground meat, cook in a skillet until browned and cooked through.
- Remove the pizza “crust” from the oven (leave the oven on) and spread it with pizza sauce or tomato paste, the remaining 2 cups mozzarella, vegetable and meat toppings, basil, oregano, and pepper. Drizzle with the remaining ½ cup olive oil and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
- Bake until the mozzarella melts, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Cut the pizza into wedges and use a spatula to transfer to plates.
- The next time I make this I will cook the "crust" until it starts to brown. This is not quite wheat pizza, but a very good substitute!