Archive | 九月 2013

Fall colour秋色

Fall colour秋色

I see trees and shrubs starting to change colour, what an art show! 我見秋色漸深了,美的像幅畫!
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Easy and Yummy Chocolate Truffles 簡單好吃的松露巧克力

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Easy and Yummy Chocolate Truffles


72% dark chocolate 250g
heavy cream (1 can) 170ml
butter 2 teaspoons
vanilla extract or alcohol as flavour (optional)

Suggest Coating ingredients:

cocoa powder
powder sugar
shredded coconut
crushed nuts (pistachio, walnuts, peanuts…)
plain or colourful chocolate sprinkles


1. Break dark chocolate into smaller pieces in a large bowl, if they are big pieces. This is for easy and faster melting. Add in butter and optional flavour (vanilla extract or alcohol) in the bowl as well.

2. Heat the heavy cream in a small sauce pan until simmer, stir to prevent burning.

3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate bowl and let it sit to absorb heat for a minuate and then stir until this batter (called a ganache) is smooth. (Microwave this bowl 10 seconds if chocolate did not melt completely.)

4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or lid and refridgerate it for about 2 hours to firm the ganache for easy shaping.

5. Prepare coating ingredients in small bowl(s).

6. Scoop the small amout of ganache in your palm and roll it into a ball. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Gently, drop the ball into the small bowl(s) with coating materials. Coat it well and pick the finished truffle and place it individual small paper cups until all ganache is finished.

Store chocolate truffles in room temperature or refrigerate them. Enjoy!


甘那休/ Ganache材料:(約30顆)
72%黑巧克力 250克
鮮奶油 1/2杯
奶油 1.5大匙


1. 黑巧克力先用刀切碎放大碗內然後放入鮮奶油,奶油和香草精或酒。
2. 將鮮奶油放入小鍋中加熱至邊緣冒泡微沸。






Front yard Goldfinch前院窗外的金翅雀


Outside of my front yard window, there is a female goldfinch feeding on Cosmos seeds.

The Goldfinch is a small North American bird in the finch family. It is migratory song bird. It feeds on seeds.
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秋天的橡樹Autumn Oak

秋天的橡樹Autumn Oak
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So many different pretty oak trees turning colour and producing acorns in autumn. Some autumn foliage will be bright red or red or orange or yellow or not changing colour so it will eventually dry out and become brown.

In some culture, acorns are used as food, eat as nuts for emergency or dried, grind into powder, get the starch with water cook in short time and can make jelly like tofu, with sauce, it is nice and special! I have tried few times.

Some countries their culture believe eating acorns are good for your health–perhaps because of the mighty oak lives strong and long?

秋天橡樹開始葉色轉變結實累累. 橡樹的葉色會轉成鮮紅,或紅,或橘色,或黃色,或不變色然後乾枯後成黃褐色.

有些文化有將橡實當成救荒的乾糧. 橡實可以去殼去皮後磨成粉,它的澱粉可和水煮成布丁一樣的"橡子豆腐",配著清淡沾醬,滋味不錯很特別,我吃過.


Garden flowers in end of Septemter九月底的花

Garden flowers in end of Septemter九月底的花
It is fall, there are less and less flowers still blooming…
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有趣的午後花園Interesting afternoon in my garden

We were having our tea in our backyard in the afternoon, I saw a pair of praying mantis mating, a cicada flying by and making noise, a humming bird enjoy and rest on a humming bird feeder, squirrel was moving her young one by one from old nest to new warm nest back and forth. And I, I enjoyed tea and harvested some garden vegetables!
午後我們在後花園喝下午茶時,看到一對配對了的螳螂,一隻飛過吵鬧不休的知了,翩翩飛舞的鳳蝶,一隻來喝糖水並短暫歇息的蜂鳥,一隻母松鼠叼著小松鼠一趟一趟的來回搬新家. 而我,除了享受花園的下午茶外,我還採收了一些園中種植的蔬菜.

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蜂鳥準備南飛! Fuel up, humming bird!

蜂鳥準備南飛! Fuel up, humming bird!
Have another look this garden where I planting so many plants like bee balm to fuel you up! We enjoy your company as always when you are north with us! 🙂 Safe trip!
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It is a tender perennial summer flowering bulb, very easy to grow in full sun location. It is very easy to grow and to be propagated by seeds, tuber root with crown or stem cuttings from young shoots. 為不耐寒全日照的夏季開花球根花卉. 非常容易栽種和繁殖. 常以種子或分球或分芽扦插來繁殖.

冰淇淋鬱金香’Ice Cream’ Tulips Tulipa ‘Ice Cream’


冰淇淋鬱金香’Ice Cream’ Tulips Tulipa ‘Ice Cream’

Looking forward next spring! 真期待明年春天!
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Cold hardy perennial.  This double flowered variety of tulip bulbs are hard to find in fall. Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun location.   Double white flowers with red and  green in late spring.  Flower looks like vanilla ice cream on top of the strawberry, very cute and unique!  USDA Zones:3-8.  Mature size:1′-1.5′(H) X 3″-9″(W).   Propagate by bulbs, offsets or division.

耐寒強健的多年生植物.  這重瓣品種在秋天賣球根時很難找到.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照處.  春末開重瓣白花,外圍有紅色與綠色像極了草莓上的香草冰淇淋,可愛又獨特!  極其耐寒不甚耐熱..  繁殖以球根,側芽/球或分株的方式來進行.

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