Red Stripe Sunset

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There’s a barn nearby that I’ve affectionately called Red Stripe over the years after the Jamaican beer of the same name. It could be the dead of winter but driving by and catching sight of the metal roof’s single painted red line out of the corner of my eye brings me back to island time, calypso music and an icy Jamaican brew. The sunset was exceptionally fierce the other evening so I thought I’d try to capture the warmth and wrap it around me like a thick blanket. Is it me or does the sun sink at hyper speed during the cold months?

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This week’s WordPress photo challenge is Lost in the Details. I decided to follow the advice of guest blogger, Christopher Martin and place the camera at a low angle. I used Camera+ and the Lone Star effect to give the scene the feel of the prairie in the picture below.  I loved everything about it but the freezing temps I had to endure wandering around in only a sweater. Jamaica here I come…

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One of my favorite writers on WordPress, Valerie Davies, often closes her post with instructions for a favorite recipe. I like the homey transition from story to a personal moment, and thought I’d try it here. I’ve linked her name to a favorite post, “Books and Real People,” which I think you will enjoy.

Try adding 12 oz of Red Stripe beer to the number one googled beer bread recipe in the world.  No kidding.  But make sure you sift the flour, I heard this is key to a delicious and hearty bread. Gently mix 3 cups of sifted flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt (omit bp and salt if using self-rising flour) 1/4 cup of sugar, with a 12 oz can of Red Stripe or other beer. Pour into a greased loaf pan, drizzle 1/4 cup of melted butter over mixture and bake 1 hour in an oven heated to 375 degrees. Remove from pan and cool for at least 15 minutes. You can dress up this bread by adding your choice of cheese or herbs to the mix. Delish when eaten with hot soup.

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