Wednesday, September 18, 2013
|I captured this images from the Smithsonian National Zoo Panda Cam. This is Mei and her female cub.|
Only 5 zoos in America have panda bears and they're all on loan from China for reproductive purposes. A specialist from China monitors all efforts. It's quite an operation they've got going on. Lun Lun has been interesting to watch and learn about because there are twins. I learned from their informative site, Atlanta does have the better site for information and updates, that pandas really only know how to take care of one baby. In the wild, one will most likely not survive if there are twins. So the Atlanta team switches out the cubs every 4 hours. So while Lun Lun takes care of one, the zookeepers care for the other. Or as they refer to them, Cub A and Cub B. Pandas are not named until their 100th day which is Chinese tradition. Of course, the naming contests are underway! And yes, I did enter to win the trip to Atlanta to be a part of the party. The twins are a month older than Mei's little girl cub. I'm just glad there's a girl this time. San Diego had a boy last year.
|Image captured from Zoo Atlanta's Panda Cam. Their view is smaller and darker. I did lighten this up so it would show better. This is Lun Lun and one of her cubs. They sleep like this a lot. I hope Mei will when little girl is bigger.|
These cubs grow so fast! I check every morning and throughout the day, and then again when I'm home. Told you, I'm obsessed. When I'm feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, I switch over to the cams. I feel so much better. The National Zoo has good camera work. They zoom in and even have sound. Oh my goodness, that's so much fun to listen to. These babies are very vocal. I can smile and laugh at Mei's cub for hours! She's a talker that girl. The Atlanta zookeepers say the twins are too, but I don't know since they don't have sound. Now for Atlanta, their camera is alright. The dens tend to be pretty dark. But I've seen some pretty cute moments. Both cameras are black and white unfortunately.
|I captured this image from the National Zoo Smithsonian's Panda Cam. Mei and her female cub. Thought this was a funny position. These mama bears hold and carry their babies much like we do. Except they will use their mouth.|
Hope you learned a little something and thank you for humoring me while I talk about the babies! Please hop over to the sites and learn more about the species, raising cubs, and what you can do to help their survival. On those sites you'll see official color pictures.
Posted by Finding Charm at 7:59 PM
Thursday, August 15, 2013
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- First, make the pancake batter. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk, oil, and egg until just combined. Make sure not to overmix– Lumps are okay!
- Now make the cinnamon filling. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a ziploc bag. You want this mixture to be very liquidy.
- Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Cut off the corner of your ziploc bag of filling and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip over and cook until just browned (an additional 1-2 minutes).
***** Sarah's Advice and Alterations *****As usual when it comes to a Pinterest recipe, I always have to make some sort of alteration to make it work. I made this recipe exactly as listed, but I struggled with it. The batter was too runny and adding the filling made it worse since it's melted butter. With my slight tweaks, they were easier to make and came out just as tasty and the way I like them.
- Cut the cinnamon filling in half or make a double batch of pancakes. I ended up with a ton of filling leftover. I just saved it for the next weekend and made another batch of pancakes. No harm done.
- Thicken up the batter and not use so much to make the pancake. 3/4 c. is a lot of batter when it's super thin like this recipe. I added less than a quarter cup of extra flour. But make it to the texture you like. I think the third step is the most helpful.
- Don't add the filling rings to the pancake until it starts to bubble. Swirl then flip. I found the pancakes came out much better.
- I made a sugar glaze from powdered sugar and a splash of milk and drizzled over the pancakes. Totally optional.
If you try these, let me know what you think.
Posted by Finding Charm at 8:02 PM
Sunday, June 30, 2013
If you have a Bloglovin account, be sure to use the app that will automatically import Google Reader subscriptions! Simply log in to your account and follow the instructions that pop up on the screen. If you do not get the auto prompt, go to your icon in the upper right hand of the screen, hover your mouse over it until you see this:
Click on the "Import from Google Readers" and follow the steps.
Posted by Finding Charm at 3:05 PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
|Graphic courtesy of 3martinilunches|
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I do know others who grew up around me who do cook that way, but was wondering what others do in other parts of the country. Do you cook differently for summer vs. winter?
Here are some new summer recipes I want to try this year from my Pinterest boards:
|Watermelon Lemonade Margarita|
|Chicken Almond Salad|
|Seven Layer Ice Cream Pie|
Posted by Finding Charm at 12:07 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
How about a yummy Pinterest Meal idea? It's warmed up and I was thinking light summer recipes.
|Flavored Water Ideas|
|Rocky Road Pudding Mousse|
Posted by Finding Charm at 12:52 PM
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Posted by Finding Charm at 4:03 PM