tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-376957772021-04-11T07:24:35.834-04:00Mae's Food BlogMae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.comBlogger3109125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-26563230532830352862021-04-11T06:00:00.121-04:002021-04-11T06:00:00.326-04:00Graffiti Alley, Ann ArborAfter a year of being shut in, I was happy to be walking around the Liberty Street area of our town,and to take a look at Graffiti Alley, where several artists were working on the wall art.This group posed for a portrait. They told me that the painter with the spray can had never been to Ann Arbor before. I didn’t ask where they were from, but they seemed to be having fun. The art is always new!Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-71465381178192378092021-04-10T10:58:00.000-04:002021-04-10T10:58:00.550-04:00In SpringIn Spring you can fly a kite in the park.You can lie on the grass with your laptop.You can ride a bike or take a walk in the neighborhood.You might have to wait for a tennis court.You can come out of hibernation like Kathy’s Bear!The poet wrote “April is the cruelest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain.” I completely Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-66971458351904710832021-04-09T11:16:00.000-04:002021-04-09T11:16:22.056-04:00"Outside the Box" by Marc LevinsonWhen a massive container ship blocked the Suez canal for the week of March 23-29, this year, there was a lot of talk about the blow to global manufacturing because the 200 or so waiting ships carried components from one side of the world that were needed by factories on the other side of the world. I think we are all conscious of the way vital electronics, household gadgets, cars, trucks, and Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-76273433923336917372021-04-08T15:09:00.000-04:002021-04-08T15:10:40.554-04:00What I’m CookingReady-made ravioli, browned mushrooms, tomatoes, and pesto. All from Trader Joe’s.Trader Joe’s Vegan Pesto is very good!An extension of the classic cauliflower cheese.Beyond the usual steamed cauliflower in white sauce, my version included browned onions and bell peppers with the cauliflower. I made a brown sauce (stock, butter, flour, and seasonings) and mixed it with shredded cheddar cheese, Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-48853583852467368562021-04-07T06:00:00.162-04:002021-04-07T06:00:00.264-04:00Hunger in Our Society: What’s happening now?Source:  Food Gatherers’ Website“Scenes of crowded food banks have provided some of the most arresting images of the pandemic and brought hunger issues a rare spotlight. A recent Census Bureau survey found that, over the previous week alone, 8.4 percent of adults said their households ‘sometimes’ lacked enough to eat and 2.3 percent said they ‘often’ did. That translates into 23 million hungry Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-35035853499689250062021-04-05T18:06:00.002-04:002021-04-05T18:06:50.274-04:00Home AgainHere we are back home. We bought some Lithuanian breadat the Russian Gourmet in Fairfax and will be trying it tonight.We miss Alice, who made us a beautiful salad to go with dinnerlast night. We drove from Fairfax to Ann Arbor today. The spring flowers there are considerably more advanced than here.Dinner on our last night in Fairfax: vegetables, scallops, and fish cooked on the grill.Blog post ©Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-67053782200503154792021-04-04T07:32:00.000-04:002021-04-04T07:32:27.202-04:00Meadowlark Botanical GardensWe visited Meadowlark Botanical Gardens where spring flowers and trees are at a stunning peak. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Website.Although the gardens were open and all seemed normal, the empty display greenhouse(like the masked people) reminded us of the pandemic that continues to endanger everyone.Alice agreed to enhance the look of this wireframe sculpture.The sculpture without Alice.Blog Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-43933732968873989942021-04-03T17:49:00.000-04:002021-04-03T17:49:29.340-04:00Great Food Shops in the Fairfax AreaOn our long visit to our family in Fairfax, Virginia, we have enjoyed cooking and having family meals. It's a wonderful thing to stop being isolated! Going to a variety of small and large food shops in the area has been a great pleasure too -- before being vaccinated, we had all food delivered to us, so we were unable to enjoy the process of shopping and making choices. Fairfax County is much Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-11151363618392772422021-04-03T06:00:00.001-04:002021-04-03T06:00:00.467-04:00Happy EasterDecorating Easter Eggs. blog post © 2021 mae sanderMae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com19tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-55180194125663791162021-04-02T06:00:00.006-04:002021-04-03T18:00:37.625-04:00WildlifeA Brutal Fight Between Two Geese We first saw these two geese beside the water honking and struggling, their heads locked together. They struggled into the water... Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-79342788978609374862021-04-01T06:00:00.001-04:002021-04-01T06:00:00.671-04:00Vietnamese Food Any DayNew cookbook: Vietnamese Food Any Day by Andrea Nguyen. Alice and I selected a number of recipes to try while we are visiting here in Faifax. We have made two of them. These recipes do seem fussy: a lot of work. But we have really enjoyed the flavors.First, Alice and I made Roast Chicken Noodle Soup:Ingredients include a Rotisserie chicken cut up with bones saved, fresh and dried mushrooms,baby Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-85645327336107665932021-03-31T06:00:00.133-04:002021-03-31T06:00:01.924-04:00In the Kitchen with Evelyn, Tom, and Alice March has been a great month in our lives. As soon as our vaccinations were effective, we drove from our home (which we have not left in over a year) to visit our family in Fairfax, Virginia. While visiting, I have been cooking jointly with my daughter Evelyn and granddaughter Alice and son-in-law Tom. It’s been a pleasure! I’m starting this post about their Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com20tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-53840175132184711042021-03-30T06:54:00.001-04:002021-03-30T15:03:12.188-04:00This week in VirginiaFairfax, Virginia. We are visiting Evelyn, Tom, and Alice.The photographer of the previous photo: Tom’s Drone.Visiting Miriam at University of Virginia, Charlottesville.Miriam and Len at the Monument to Enslaved Laborers.We drove to Charlottesville on Sunday and Miriam gave us a tour.On campus, we wore masks all the time, as required.Blog post © 2021 mae sander.Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-52391275600318424232021-03-29T08:35:00.003-04:002021-03-29T08:35:28.443-04:00Tea with EvelynEvelyn, a tea lover, blends her own tea from a variety of recipes. She favors single-origin teas.While visiting in Fairfax, Virginia, this week, I’ve tried a few of her blends: quite delicious.At the blog Altered Book Lover, many bloggers share stories about their creative endeavors and about what types of beverages they are drinking. This post is for blogger Elizabeth and the rest of them: © Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com17tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-34471198048282721652021-03-28T20:35:00.000-04:002021-03-28T20:35:33.245-04:00Charlottesville, VIrginiaUniversity of Virginia, Charlottesville: the founder Thomas Jefferson’s statue. Miriam, a second-year student there, gave us a great tour this afternoon.Miriam showed us the beautiful small walled gardens.The Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, created in 2016,  For more information see the website.The history of the enslaved people is memorialized by a series of quotes with information that isknown Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-86324779456640616712021-03-27T20:55:00.000-04:002021-03-27T20:55:04.752-04:00Happy PassoverFairfax, Virginia. March 27, 2021. The first night of Passover, we celebrated the Seder with our family, at our daughter Evelyn’s house. We tend to keep our Seders simple and not as long as some people’s rituals. Our highlights with photos by me and by Alice:“This is the bread of affliction.” Traditional items on the Seder plate: horseradish, green leaves, salt water, egg, and Haroset (apples).WeMae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-16219431965095883102021-03-26T15:06:00.000-04:002021-03-26T15:06:29.495-04:00Occoquan National Wildlife RefugeThis morning at the Occoquan NWR we saw many ospreys flying around and gathering materials for nests.There’s an eagle’s nest in the refuge as well.Birders love the Occoquan refuge. We saw this group from the other side of the marsh.A birdwatching blind near the parking lot. Blog post © 2021 mae sander.Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com16tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-92131387085864616982021-03-25T08:52:00.001-04:002021-03-25T08:52:42.521-04:00TikTok PastaAlice planned for us to make the famous TikTok Feta Pasta for dinner last night. It’s pretty easy and turned out very tasty: the pepper flakes add a really great flavor to the other ingredients. It’s been famous for a while so you might have already tried it. What a treat: cooking and having dinner with other people after a year of isolation!Ingredients: feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, garlic,oliveMae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com21tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-72360344309339213132021-03-24T12:30:00.003-04:002021-03-24T12:30:39.622-04:00The Weather Here Hello from Fairfax, VA. We are happily spending some time visiting our family here, and it's wonderful to see them after more than 400 days! I'm enjoying myself so much that I haven't taken many photos, or thought much about writing blog posts. Also, the weather today is very rainy as shown by all the green cloud cover on the radar map above. Everyone is busy with zoom school and work, and I'm Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-68460180501535612422021-03-22T17:04:00.002-04:002021-03-22T17:04:53.630-04:00Virginia Birds: A Change of Scene!It's so great to be in a different house with different people, and to take a bird walk in a different park, specifically Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, VA!  Photos © 2021 Mae & Len SanderMae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-47241380571254633042021-03-21T22:08:00.005-04:002021-03-22T11:45:56.105-04:00On the road again... On the road, especially on the Ohio and Pennsylvania turnpikes, from Ann Arbor to Fairfax, VA. The rest stops offered food and drink — like Starbucks — but we brought all our own water bottles, snacks, and sandwiches. Inside the buildings everyone is masked. The roads were not crowded, and the trip went very quickly.On the Pennsylvania Turnpike you can still almost tell that the rest stops were Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com22tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-89731436103420776042021-03-21T06:00:00.065-04:002021-03-21T06:00:03.507-04:00Another Look at Australian History Dark Emu is a very dark book. Author Bruce Pascoe clearly lays out the case that pre-contact Australian peoples were highly organized and accomplished in many ways. In order to explain what the many tribes that lived in Australia were capable of, Pascoe must show the reader how utterly and irresponsibly the English colonizers destroyed their cultivated fields, their stone and wood houses, their Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-82535426491022419342021-03-19T06:00:00.025-04:002021-03-19T06:00:11.520-04:00“Waffles and Mochi”Michelle Obama as the anchor! Samin Nosrat explaining about tomatoes and pasta! Jose Andres making gazpacho! How could one episode of this new Netflix show have three such famous people? And how could it be anything but stellar? Well, we watched it, and while I still love the three famous people, and I’m not really negative about the characters Waffles (born in a freezer somewhere with a frozen Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-89190151074658546442021-03-18T06:00:00.004-04:002021-03-18T15:13:59.285-04:00A Year of Feeding Those in NeedThis month marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the coronavirus lockdown; that is, the moment when many jobs were first lost and when food and essential products suddenly became hard to find. This table shows how the need for food in our community -- Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the surrounding area -- has grown in the year of the coronavirus. The yellow line shows food distribution totals Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com15tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-37695777.post-25193826831966445382021-03-17T06:00:00.086-04:002021-03-17T06:00:08.214-04:00Happy Saint Patrick's Day, LeprechaunsWhile I loved the novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman, I'm only finishing out the current season of the TV show out of some kind of masochism, as I actually find it pretty tedious. One pretty good character in the earlier seasons was Mad Sweeney, the Leprechaun, played by Pablo Tell Schreiber. Unfortunately, Schreiber didn't choose to act in the current season so Mad Sweeney had to die. Death due Mae Travelshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/13328946930935633113noreply@blogger.com11