Feather Your Nest: Grey Crowned Crane

The crowned crane is the most primitive of the living Gruidae. Primitive species of crowned cranes date back in the fossil record to the Eocene period. Archaeologists discovered that at least eleven species of crowned cranes once existed in Europe and North America. Because crowned cranes are not cold hardy, it is believed they died out in these areas as the earth cooled, and only survived in warmer Africa.

via International Crane Foundation: Grey Crowned Cranes

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Kitchen Gadget of the Month: Williams Sonoma Wine Chilling Wands

This month I thought that this set of wine chilling wands from Williams Sonoma would be a great kitchen gadget to feature. Lets face it, it’s still extremely warm in Austin and will be for a while, so a cold glass of white wine is always refreshing. Sold as a set of two, you can store the wands in the freezer and then pull them out when needed so they are ready to go. Continue reading

Feather Your Nest: Green Woodpecker

The green woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain. It has a heavy-looking body, short tail and a strong, long bill. It is green on its upperparts with a paler belly, bright yellow rump and red on the top of its head. The black ‘moustache’ has a red centre in males. They have an undulating flight and a loud, laughing call.

via The RSPB: Green woodpecker

This woodpecker is an amazing creation. The intricacy of the pattern and color placement is incredible, with the way its charcoal and white flight feathers mimic a stripe accent band against a muted lime green body, polished off with a touch of reddish-orange on its head like a cap. Continue reading

Chorizo and Shrimp Chilaquiles

Does anyone else enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes? I love when I have a new recipe to try, and I enjoy it even more when it turns out great! This recipe for Chorizo and Shrimp Chilaquiles is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Once again, Southern Living inspired me to take one of their recipes and give it a Texas twist.   It is easy to throw together, and taking the time to fry the corn tortillas is definitely worth the extra effort.

If you give this recipe a try, I would love to hear your thoughts! Comment below and let us know what other types of recipes you would like to read about on the blog.

Printable Recipe Card: Chorizo and shrimp chilaquiles

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