Thursday, July 3, 2008

Lizard Stew ... Not

I can't think of much to say about food today except that I'm glad I'm not a lizard. My sweetie and I were in the pool this afternoon, cooling off after pulling about a kazillion weeds and prickly vines. We were minding our own business, not bothering the reptiles sunning themselves on the expertly trimmed azaleas. All of a sudden, a lizard literally zoomed out of the brush skittering across the cool deck. If there was such a thing as lizard Olympics, I'm pretty sure this speed demon would lead the pack. Then we noticed another smaller lizard clinging to the tip top of a water sprinkler pole with all four of his little tiny webbed feet. Clearly, something had spooked the critters.

We had to look close but there it was. A snake. A black snake. A black snake who was silently slithering up on his anticipated lizard dinner. It was like having our own personal animal planet program. We watched as the snake closed in on his prey. I held my breath hoping the lizard wouldn't move; wisely he didn't even take a breath. The snake stopped, looked, waited. We all waited. I'm glad to say that, at least for today, all's well that ends well. In this reptile showdown, the lizard out waited the snake. Whew!

Merry ME

July 3: 7-Layer Magic Cookie Bars

½ cup butter or margarine
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1 (6 oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
1 (6 oz.) butterscotch flavored chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 13x9 baking pan, melt margarine in oven. Sprinkle crumbs over butter; pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crumbs. Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly.

Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Chill if desired. Cut into bars. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

Note: Pouring the milk is a little easier if you warm it up a bit while the oven is preheating.

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Anti Jen said...

Great post - and it definitely fits the theme, I'd say. I love these sort of Discovery Channel moments - but why is it we always root for the prey and not the predator? Every time I rescue an insect from a spider's web I feel like I'm cheating the hard working spider out of a meal. The other day I came across a newly captured fly but left it there. I felt bad, but flies are not as cuddly as moths and bees and mosquito hawks, so it was easier to let nature take its course... Still, clearly I remain a wee bit conflicted.