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cats at home vintage paintings

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zinnias sunshine

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summer kitten

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my banana tree

backyard banana tree

It’s great that the weather in California is warm enough for the banana plant to thrive.

I was very pleased when I noticed that the banana tree in the backyard was bearing fruits. We did have banana trees in my childhood home in Asia, but I never really bothered to see how the fruit grew.

So this time around, it was very interesting to watch the process. The cone-shaped piece at the bottom of the bunch of bananas is actually a delicacy in Malay cooking. It is know as jantung pisang, literally means the heart of the banana. It is usually cooked in a coconut milk based curry/gravy.

The ripened fruit has a firmer texture and a creamier flavor than the store-bought ones.

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spring flowers purple orange

While walking in the garden center, I came across these plants and thought that they would make good companions.

The one with the bigger, bold flowers is purple sun osteospermum. It is said to attract butterflies and bees. The one with smaller flowers has a lovely name: sea pink. I found out that sea pink thrives in coastal areas where few other plants can grow well. Thus, its name.

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bee hong kong orchid

  • According to scientists, the colors that most attract bees are purple, violet and blue.
  • Another fascinating thing is that bees have hair on their eyes. The hairs’ function is to detect wind direction and speed.

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dianthus

Dianthus is a hardy plant, flowering in all the seasons.

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cat sun spot

Pleased to find a spot of warm sunshine.

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cats comforts of home

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green bean casserole

It’s time again for the green bean casserole to make its star appearance.

This dish was created by Campbell test kitchen manager Dorcas Reilly in 1955, using only  six ingredients: canned or fresh green beans, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, soy sauce, black pepper, milk, and French-fried onions.

The dish has indeed stood the test of time, and it is said that during the holiday season, an estimated 30 million households will continue to enjoy this family favorite.

It is also a favorite in our home. I prefer to stick to the original recipe, without any addition or variation. I’ve made it using both cooked fresh beans or canned beans. And somehow, the one made with canned beans always tastes better.

(Photo credit: kcur.org. )

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