The nightblooming cactus (cereus) blooms once per year for a single night. These beautiful flowers opened up after midnight and smell terrific. I’m looking forward to their return in 365 days. Click on the photo to go to my Google+ page for my photos of this unique cactus.
Lion’s Head. Kennon Road, Philippines on Flickr.
Lion’s Head. Baguio City, Philippines. 40-foot-high, carved from limestone boulder and unveiled in 1972. Photo by Ruel Gaviola.
I’ve had three books on the Now Reading section of my desk since the holidaze kicked in around the second week of December. Tonight I finally jumped back into The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro, a thoroughly entertaining book about life with an Italian soccer team.
My recent conversion to soccer fandom (a miracle in itself) led me to a search at my local library and, after reading the synopsis of Joe McGinniss’s year spent with a non-quite-major-league soccer team, I was hooked. It’s a wonderful account that captures the ups and downs of professional sports in a country that loves its futbol, told by an American who recently became a soccer fanatic.
I’ve got about a hundred pages left and I’ll post more thoughts when I’m finished. Perhaps by then David Beckham will have inked a new deal with my favorite futbol team, the 2011 MLS Cup Champions L.A. Galaxy.
The first day of 2012 is almost over and I’m still smiling about last night’s festivities. It was low key and exactly how I wanted to bring in the new year: with my girlfriend, my brothers, their wives, and close friends. We ate great food, we drank good wine, we karaoked, and we Wii-danced until the wee hours.
Of course, the leftovers were a big hit. I love our get-togethers because it usually means there’s enough food for twice as many people. And it means I’ll be well-fed on the first day of the year.
With the annual holiday feast coming up, I’m trying to figure out what to cook. I’m going through online recipes and I’m browsing through my food photos, but I’m still not sure what I’m making for the family.
I am sure, though, that this picture of pulled pork sliders from a few weeks ago makes my mouth water. I use this easy recipe for the pulled pork, put it on toasted King’s Hawaiian rolls and add French’s French Fried Onions. Simple and tasty.