ANIMALS!!!

I am super excited about the fact we live so close to a really unique attraction to NY.  It is called Animal Adventures. It has animals from all over the world and they are available to be pet and fed and you stroll around the park. They are always improving and exhibiting new animals.

We have seen and touched animals that we would have never had the opportunity to do anywhere else in the world. What a fantastic resource. I am super thankful to the owner/founder Jordan Patch. He is an animals super hero.

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McCaws

McCaws

Alpacas

Alpacas

White Toed Lynx - Canadian

White Toed Lynx – Canadian

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Female Hyena

Female Hyena

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White MCcaw

White MCcaw

Alpaca

Alpaca

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Camel Kisses

Camel Kisses

Marty the Camel

Marty the Camel

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African

African

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A little Tongue from Olie

A little Tongue from Olie

Capabera

Capabera

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog

Scottland bovine

Scottland bovine

Jacob Sheep

Jacob Sheep

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New addition to my Fiber Collection

June 2015

This new addition is a living breathing fiber making beast.

🙂  Welcome my sweetie, Satin angora rabbit, FLUFFERNUTTER!  She lives in the barn and comes in frequently to be groomed. She has just recently been cut down, so her next fiber harvest will be a in a few months and will hopefully have a little better stability than the new baby fluff from her first cut.

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Bundy Museum Visit

The Bundy Museum is a local museum that is filled with all sorts of historical artifacts from various collections.  Most importantly it contains the beginning of IBM.   In this museum you see the very beginnings of the industrial era come to  life and the connection to our modern day world.  I was thoroughly impressed that this connection existed in such a nobody area like Binghamton.  I have found that this nobody city has such a huge history in so many avenues, it is truly astounding!  I really feel, that to know your future and your current world, you must examine the past.  Here is where so much history begins.  I don’t mean just at the Bundy Museum, but all over this county.  It holds many hidden historical foundations.  I dare you to explore this area on  your own and find some new pieces of history for yourself.

For obvious economic reasons, the museum is locked up and lights out until you are escorted into the building by a tour guide.   The office to find such a tour guide is in the building next to the museum.  An eclectic sort of folk work here.  I really liked them.  We were brought through the history of the house and all it contents by a really nice guy whom is moving on to greater things soon, so we are fortunate to have been able to have engaged him as our guide for this afternoon.  It was  a privilege.  So, our history covered living as the Bundy family would have lived during the Victorian age as well as seeing exhibits from outside collections, such as a rather large Oriental collection that took up quite a portion of the second floor quarters.  The third floor consisted of an artist gallery of a local photographer and the acoustics room that was richly painted and built perfectly to reflect true sound from the midpoint of the room back upon yourself for self examination of your musical talent.  It was beautiful.  The basement held treasures from Africa.  And some fine works by the Picasso collection that was heavily influenced at that time by African art entering Europe. The main level held Mr. Bundy’s time pieces and a collection of other period time pieces and time period pieces to show living conditions during the Victorian era.  The wood work throughout the house was really outstanding and it’s most fascinating feature.  I wish I had taken pictures of the lovely cauffered wood paneled ceilings.  All just lovely!! and ORIGINAL!!  As was all the wood working through out the house.  Stunning!  Myself and the boys really enjoyed our tour there and B. may provide some volunteer work, if allowed.   B. will begin taking a creative writing course that will be occurring at the Bundy Museum beginning this week.  I am sure the many pieces will give the children so much inspiration for their stories.

Attack of the Blood Suckers!!!

Today we joined up with the Chens once again for a fun field trip to Ithaca’s Childrens Science Center.  This is the last week of an exhibit all about ticks and mesquitos and other blood sucking insects.  We enjoyed a lovely lunch upon arrival and then ran off some of those calories in the playground.  Once a little energy was burnt off from the long car ride, we entered into the exhibits and had lots of fun exploring everything.

We had a ton of fun!  There was lots of fun stuff to get our hands on.  The perfect location for highly distractable boys!  I hope the next exhibit is just as fun.  I am totally getting my monies worth for this Boonshoft Membership!!

Ross Park Zoo, Binghamton, NY

Yesterday, we went to the Local Zoo, Ross Park Zoo, after we picked up B. from Shakespeare rehearsal.  It was over 90 degrees out and the path is mostly shaded, but mostly up hill(really steep hill).  We has water and how camera, so off we went to explore the zoo.  They are building many new structures for the animals and some new animals.  I was very happy to see all the construction.  This Zoo has been a special needs case for a while.  I am thrilled to think that they are recieving funds to really update and care for it properly.

We were fortunate that we only ran into a few other visitors while touring the grounds, so it was quiet and peaceful.  The animals were all very cooperative with my camera.  I didn’t even try to enter the greenhouse/bird house.  It was just too hot.  I couldn’t even imagine how muggy it would have been in there.

After our hour long hike and animal viewing I realized I had given myself Heat Stroke and flew home to rest and chug water as much as possible.  It was a hard evening.  But totally worth it.

Mochi!!

This korean dessert called mochi is one of my favorite desserts. It is a rice cake filled with bean paste. Of course, now a days, mochi is coated and mixed with all sorts of flavorings to change it up and allow creativity to this traditional dessert. When I had gone to ChinaTown in NYC I was fortunate enough to be there during the Chinese new year and Mochi/Diafuku was really prevalent. I grab all sorts and gobbled many down. It was not completely satisfying to me though, as I knew this treat was easy to make, but I just didn’t have the recipe and ingredients to make some myself. Luckily there is the internet! On youtube I found hundreds of forms of Mochi making videos and grabbed the simplest recipe for them and prepared my list of ingredients. The recipe I used can be found my going to this link on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI7hclGpdDg After watching several times to ensure I wasn’t missing anything I hopped in my car and headed to a recommended oriental grocery in town. Thanks Leigh!! I was very excited and was greatly helped by the folks working in the grocer to find the red bean paste and the sweet rice flour I needed.
I have been putting off making them for a week or so, since I was really busy as of late with my hands and I knew this wasn’t going to be my prettiest first try.
Well, here are some pics of the results and they are delicious. I think next time I might just cut up my mochi for dipping in the Red Bean paste rather than try to fill them. That was a pain. I think I will try sesame seed paste next time as well for filling/dip, since I absolutely love sesame mochi.

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Also, here is the really super simple recipe:

1 cup Sweet Rice Flour

1/2 tsp salt

3 1/2 T sugar

1 cup Water

3/4 cup Red Bean Paste

cornstarch

Mix rice flour, sugar, salt together.  Add water stirring slowly until throughly mixed with no lumps.  Cover bowl with Plastic wrap.  Place in Microwave for three to four mintues until mixture is cooked into a spongy texture.  Stir for at least three minutes, will be stiff and sticky.  Place dough on well cornstarch floured surface and shape into two inch thick, 15 inch long snake.  Cut into even pieces.  Pinch into disks and place a spoonful of red bean paste in the center and pinch closed.  Do the same for each peice of dough.  Lightly coat exterior with cornstarch.  EAT!!!  Do not refrigerate.(They get very stiff, but still taste good)  These really are best to be eaten the day of making with many friends.  Enjoy!!