Family Visit

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Grandpa, Grandma, Mom and Dad all came to visit yesterday. Today, we piled into the car and drove to Wilmington, Ohio to visit Grandpa’s sister, Kay. She is a family historian and tells wonderful stories. We shared a lovely lunch with her daughter Mary Kay and Gary, then she took us to her apartment she recently moved into. With the move, there were a few family heirlooms found including a feedsack from the Bard Farm (Grandpa’s mothers family) in Lancaster, PA. It’s marked over 100 years old, but the note was probably written more than 75 years ago, I bet. Kay has the deed to her husband’s family farm signed by George Washington hanging on the wall.

it arrived!

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I have been waiting months for my Kickstarter purchase to arrive. And after sitting in customs for a month, it is here! It is a Petzval Lens, made by Lomography.

“The Lomography x Zenit New Petzval Lens is a reinvention of the legendary Petzval Lens first conceived of in Vienna, Austria in 1840. The lens produces images with extreme sharpness, strong color saturation, artful vignetting and absolutely beautiful swirly bokeh backgrounds.”

Opening the box and seeing all the addons and features was so fun! It has a manual focus knob and you set the aperture by putting plates in the slot. Incredible combination of analog and digital. Can’t wait to see how the photos turn out.

bruschetta

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A special appetizer for dinner tonight. Simple, tasty bruschetta. Toast the bread under the broiler, a few minutes on each side. Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub that over the toasted bread. It’s surprising how much flavor you get with simply rubbing the clove on the bread! Spread the toast with goat cheese. Dice tomatoes and mix with salt and pepper. Add this to the toast, then add sliced fresh basil. You’ll love it!

cedar grilled salmon

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We tried salmon on a cedar plank today. It was a fun dinner and easy to make. Soak the planks, at least 2 hours. (We soaked for 24!) Salt the plank. I created a honey mustard wet rub for the salmon. Heat the grill and place the planks on the grill. Place the salmon on top and cook for around 20-25 minutes.