We had a great birthday party for three since three of our favorite people have birthdays within an eleven day period. Daughter Catherine, Daughter-in-Law Cyrstal, and Son Don shared the day of celebration.
After a fabulous meal prepared mainly by Catherine and contributed to by Aunt Carol and Cyrstal, it was time for cake and presents.
This candid shot is such fun because of Carol's face seeing Don and Crystal sharing an impromptu birthday kiss. ;)
Is this fun or what!
The appropriate song was sung. ;)
The three main characters blew out the candles, we had cake and ice cream, then...
...it was time for presents.
Again, there were plenty of helpers.
We had such a fun day! I hope all the participants enjoy seeing these images, too. :)
Family is wonderful, isn't it. We sure love you all!
My Honey and I were downtown and found our city's centerpiece,the Tyler Davidson Fountain getting a bath.
The fountain is drained each Fall and reopened in the Spring in time for the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Game.
It is fun to see the workers standing among the figures at the base of the fountain.
The fountain has been in at least four different locations within a half city block since I was a child. It was originally in the center of Fifth Street, but was moved into a block of its own many years later.
When operational, these lights provide a spectacular view of the fountain.
Yes, this post is about fileting anchovies. If fileting tiny fish bothers you, you may not want to read on. If you want to watch this work of art by a Norwegian-born American who knows all about these things, then, by all means, follow me through this series of pictures.
Start with a jar of whole anchovies. These were purchased at Jungle Jim's an International Market near Cincinnati.
To get size into perspective this little fish will be fileted on a dessert plate. I will do my best to repeat the instructions My Honey uttered as he went through this process and I snapped my camera trying to get it all to share here with you. ;)
First, remove the tail...
...slice open the belly...
...remove what you find inside...
...remove the head by cutting behind the gill...
...move the head to the side of the plate.
More of what is inside will follow on its own...
...slice open the body...
...using tines of fork, loosen the spine near head, then remove spine and ribs by...
...gently lifting while guiding through tines.
Open fish and remove any remaining bones. If you've pulled the spine out correctly, there shouldn't be any/many more bones.
This is a bowl of fileted anchovies ready to be made into a yummy snack.