The Villages Florida Area Real Estate: Are You Blue?

Are You Blue?

Are You Blue?

Who can be "blue" when Blue Jays decide to invade your yard and feeder?  For some reason Blue Jays just don't like to stay still long enough to be photographed (well, at least by me!).  But yesterday I was able to capture a few half way decent shots (most were somewhat blurred due to their inability to stay still for more than one second).  For those of you who might be a little blue, hopefully these will bring a smile . . .

Move Rock!  Your are in my way.

 

Is this my Good Side?

 

Or Is it this side?

 

Or is this my best side?

 

 Mary-kay Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, e-PRO, IMSD, SRES, SRS

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, SRES 

The Villages FL Area Real Estate

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsMary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield • December 03 2011 08:09PM

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Hi Chris,

Great photos...thanks for sharing.  I get blue jays in my back yard all the time...but they don't stay long enough for me to take a pic.

Posted by Lori Gardiner, GRI, SRS, ABR, e-PRO (RE/MAX River's Edge) almost 6 years ago

It's great to see some Blue Jays....b/c it'd be a blue Christmas without them!!!!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Regional Vice-President (Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage) almost 6 years ago

Fantastic photos Chris.  Best of luck to you.

Posted by Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES, Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate (Long Realty West Valley) almost 6 years ago

Hi Lori - I really never stopped long enough to take a picture of a blue jay before because it takes time.  But someone recently commented on another bird post that she loves blue jays, so this one is for her. 

Hi Larry - Ha Ha Ha (or should I say Ho Ho Ho?).   : )

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) almost 6 years ago

Thanks Jerry - Best of luck to you as well!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) almost 6 years ago

Hi Chris,

 Blue Jays are one of my favorites but haven't seen one in a long time. Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind (Keller Williams Realty) almost 6 years ago

Hi there Jerry, we have not seen one in a long time also. Glad they stood still long enough for the pictures, they are a beautiful color!

Jacque & Larry

Posted by Larry & Jacque Ficek, Realtors - Wasilla Alaska (Alaska Dream Makers) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kristin, Glad you enjoyed these pictures.  It was my first attempt at blue jay chasing!

Hi Larry and Jacque - I think our blue jays find it cold enough here.  Alaska would be asking too much of them!  : )

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) almost 6 years ago

Great looking birds.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) almost 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photographs.

One of the pictures in my post this morning shows an onion pie.  This is the recipe.

Onion Pie Recipe From Dolores Kelley

TO MAKE AN ONION PIE

From The 18th Century Recipe Converted For the 21st Century Cook

 

The apples and onions sweeten the potatoes and eggs, and the butter and seasoning tie everything together. A ten-inch springform pie pan works best for this pie with a top crust.

 

4 -5 small Yukon gold potatoes

2 large Gala Apples

2 medium sweet onions

8 large eggs   (You can make it with 4 eggs as well)

3 Tbsp. Kosher salt

1 Tbsp. freshly cracked pepper

½ to 1 tsp. ground nutmeg

½ to 1 tsp. mace

4 oz. butter

Frozen puff pastry or homemade pie crust.   

1.    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2.    Boil and slice the eggs.

3.    Pare and slice the potatoes, apples and onions. Slice everything ¼ inch thick. Place the apples and potatoes in a bowl of water to prevent oxidation.

4.    Roll out the bottom crust and set it into the pie pan.

5.     Mix the salt, pepper, nutmeg and mace together in a single bowl. 

6.    Drain and dry the apples and potatoes with paper towels

7.     Begin the layers from the bottom up with potatoes, then eggs, then apples and then onions. Sprinkle each layer with a little of the seasoning and little bits of butter (You will have a goodly amount of spice mix left over. Store in a jar for later use.)

8.    Put a top crust on the pie and crimp the edges. Cut 4 or 5 slashes on the top crust to allow steam to vent out.  (You can decorate the top with leaves make from crust or other forms).

9.    Bake for 40—55 minutes or until the crust is a nice golden brown.

From Colonial Williamsburg – “History is served“

When you visit Colonial Williamsburg, the kitchen at the Palace is a favorite stop for cooking demonstrations.  This is one of the pies that you might see on your visit.

Dolores tested this recipe and it is excellent.  The above photograph shows the pie that was baked by Dolores.  Looks good and tastes even better. 

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 6 years ago

Chris, I had never seen a blue jay around here before, and had one on my hot tub, but before I could grab the camera, it was GONE.....what a pretty bird they are!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 6 years ago

Thanks Joshua!

Hey Roy - That sounds absolutely wonderful.  Maybe after the holidays we can check it out!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) almost 6 years ago

Hi Joan - It was your comment on one of my past bird posts that made me take these pictures at all.  Glad you were able to stop by!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) almost 6 years ago

Hi Chris, Thank you!  I have been blue....put my kitty down on Friday.  So thank you!

Jays do not frequent my yard very much so I am happy to see you have visit from them.  They do make short visits. 

Take care,

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 6 years ago

PS thank you Roy for the great recipe!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Hi Gloria - sorry to hear about your loss.  Pets can be so dear to us.  For many years lately our pets have been our wildlife.  BTW, I can't wait to try Roy's recipe.  : )

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) almost 6 years ago

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Thanks Chris.

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) almost 6 years ago

Hi Gloria - THANKS!!

Posted by Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield, Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL (REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages) almost 6 years ago

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