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Fog at the Beach

Living by the shore is not all sun and fun.  No sirree, especially this past month.  May has been a month of fog, fog, fog.  In case you are unfamiliar with fog, that means it has been damp, damp, damp.  It seems that when it hasn't been raining it has been foggy.  In spite of the general unpleasantness of fog, if the temperature is warm enough I'm still inclined to hit the beach for a walk.  A little dampness never hurt anyone, I always say, and the extra moisture is like a spa treatment.  ; ) So, what is it like on the beach in the fog?  Compare the picture below to the picture in the Just One Donna header at the top of this page.   Dreary, huh?  So why do I go to the beach on days like this?  Well, there is something about the sound of the ocean that soothes my soul.  Take a listen... The fog actually seems to intensify the sound of the ocean waves.  Walking the beach, listening to the waves is a calming experience.  I highly recommend it. There's always som

Red Potato Salad

All of a sudden I got the urge for potato salad today.  I was standing at the deli counter of my grocery store ordering sandwich meat when the potato salad called out to me.  It must be because Memorial Day is this weekend, but whatever the reason I dashed to the produce department to get some red potatoes and dill, two essential ingredients for my favorite potato salad.  A craving for potato salad can not be denied.  There are three things I really love about this potato salad. Red Potatoes   I love the texture of the red potatoes.  Some will tell you that a good potato salad can only be made with russet potatoes.  I disagree. Fresh Dill    Oh, there's just something special about the taste of fresh dill in potato salad. Sugar   The addition of a little bit of sugar nicely offsets the vinegar.  This potato salad in not sweet, but the hint sugar adds balance. Let's make some... Donna's Red Potato Salad Printer Friendly Recipe My Red Potato Salad Ingredients

Six Words from the Northeast

Ice Cream Cone with Jimmies Sometimes I forget that folks from all over the United States, and the world even, are reading Just One Donna . In  Monday's post I talked about having an icecream cone with jimmies .  One of my readers pointed out the fact that the term "jimmies" is regional.   She had to look it up to be sure it was the term for what she knew as "sprinkles".  Oops!  That made me think about what other words and terms I might use that specific to the Northeast region where I live.  Here are some of the words I thought of: Sneakers - The word we use for atheletic shoes used for running, walking, tennis. Sneakers Soda -Our generic term for sweetened carbonated beverages, called pop elsewhere. Soda Cellar -The basement area of our homes, often accessed from the outside of the house through a bulkhead . The Bulkhead Entrance to the Cellar Grinder -A sandwich made on a long, crusty bun, consisting of layers of cheese, sandwic

Oh Sunny Days!

The sun was shining when I woke up.  It was the first day of sun in what seems like weeks and weeks.  The beach was calling me.  When was my last walk on the beach?  It was so long ago I can't remember. Finally sunshine The beach calls, water glistens A great place to be Oh, yeah, baby! Here are some other posts about the beach you might enjoy: Happy Easter Cabin Fever Antidote-A Walk On the Beach Baby It's Cold Outside Sea Glass

Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies Do you love oatmeal cookies?  Somehow it seems when I eat an oatmeal cookie that I am having a more healthy treat.  Delusional, I know, but if you love a good oatmeal cookie you will enjoy these.  The tartness of the dried cranberries offsets the sweetness of a traditional oatmeal cookie.  Add the crunchy goodness of toasted walnuts and you have a winner of a cookie. Let's make them, shall we? Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Spread one cup of shelled walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 minutes.  Remove from th

Spring in New England

How's the weather in your neck of the woods these days?  The weather in my neighborhood has been very soggy lately. The rain started last weekend and is expected to continue through this weekend.  The dreariness doesn't do much for my optimistic spirit I must say.  There isn't much one can do though, other than roll with it. We have been getting occasional breaks between the torrential downpours.  In between the rain drops I have gone outside as much as possible to appreciate what Mother Nature has brought this spring. My favorite weeping cherry tree... ...is pretty for about one week each spring.  It has already started to drop its petals and is making a mess on my deck. A bountiful crop of spinach in my little garden has found its way to the dinner table... ...and the lettuce is ready to harvest as well. So much rain can be very hard on a garden, but so far the rest of my little garden is starting to take off as well... The rhododendrons are be

Strawberry Banana Muffins

I had some strawberries left over from a delicious spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese that I made the other day.  When I went to the grocery store the strawberries were on sale, buy one package get one package free.  As a result, I had more strawberries than I needed for the salad recipe.  As strawberry season fast approaches I know many of you will find yourself in the same situation.  Not to worry.  This Strawberry Banana Muffin recipe will help you to use your fresh strawberries in a delicious way. Strawberry Banana Muffins   Makes 12 muffins 1/2 cup canola oil 3/4 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup) 1 cup fresh strawberries (cut into bite sized pieces) 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt Turbinado sugar for topping, optional Directions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F an