Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Cow that is Utterly Excited in Wisconsin

Utterly Excited

A Mosquito As The Wisconsin State Bird

Wisconsin State Bird
The Mosquito
(Aedes Vexans)

Hoo Wants Some Coffee? Owl Do!

Hoo wants some coffee?

Photo by casfotoarda

Maryland Fried - Chicken

Maryland Fried Chicken

1 - 3 pound frying chicken cut into serving pieces
1 cup milk or buttermilk
1 cup flour 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Wash chicken pieces and soak in milk or buttermilk for 30 minutes.  Drain but do not dry.  Sprinkle salt liberally on both sides.  Place the flour, pepper and 1 teaspoon salt into a medium size brown paper bag.  Add chicken.  Close top of bag and shake so all pieces are coated evenly and well.  Remove chicken pieces and shake to remove excess flour.  Put on rack and Carefully place chicken pieces in skillet side by side, fleshy side down.  Cook rapidly a few minutes, making sure pieces have a firm but very light brown crust on the bottom.  Turn each piece as it reaches  this stage until all are turned.  Continue cooking one minute over high heat.  Reduce head to low and cover skillet.  Cook 20 to 30 minutes until cooked through.

Remove cover and turn heat up again to highest level.  Turn each piece as the bottom becomes golden, but not too brown, and quite crisp.  The top surface of the chicken pieces will have a soft, soggy appearance but a few minutes of hight heat crisping will restore the pieces to golden crispness.  Remove pieces to drain on paper towels.  Serve with chicken cream gravy.

--- Maryland's chicken industry is concentrated in rural sections of the lower Eastern Shore, where one grower can raise thousands of birds in a single barn like "house".  The business is Maryland's largest agricultural endeavor, contributing almost $1 billion to the state's economy.

This is postmarked in 2016. 

A Blue Hen Chicken from Kelly Glazner

Happy National Postcard Week!
May 3-9, 2015

Art by Kelly Glazner, NPCW 2015

The Delaware state bird, the Blue Hen Chicken, is a domestic bird.  During the Revolutionary War the men took with them game chickens noted for their fighting ability.  When not fighting the enemy the soldiers amused themselves by pitting their Blue Hen Chickens in cockfights.  The fame of these cockfights spread throughout the army and when in battle the Delaware men fought so valiantly that they were compared to the fighting cocks.  It was adopted as the official state bird in 1939.

This unused postcard is # 48 in a limited edition of 80

A Ring Necked Pheasant from Kelly Glazner

National Postcard Week
May 3-9, 2015

Art by Kelly Glazner, NPCW 2015

The Ring Necked Pheasant was introduced to South Dakota and is originally from China.  South Dakota usually has the largest population of Ring Necked Pheasants in the United States and pheasant hunting is very popular there.  It was adopted as the state bird in 1943.

This unused postcard is # 60 in a limited edition of 80. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Retriever Puppies on a Coaster Postcard

A heart filled with love
Always has love to give.

These retriever puppies are on a plastic postcard.  When you peel the address label off the back it becomes a drink coaster!

This postcard was made by Russ Berrie and Company in 1984. 

A Wahoo Fish


It's National Postcard Week
May 3-9, 2015

Original 54" X 24 "
Acrylic on Masonite panel
by Denise Daly,
Rotonda West, Florida

This postcard is number 73 in a limited edition of 100.

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Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) is a scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. With the taste is similar to mackerel, there is some demand for the wahoo as a premium-priced commercial food fish.

Three Kids on a Horse

National Postcard Week
May 3-9, 2015

Summertime Fun
Laurie, Chris, Kim on their horse Pinky

This postcard is number 44 in a limited edition of 100 and is from Chris Carney. 

A Thank You Postcard with Cats

This postcard of cats holding up the words ' Thank You ' is from 2015. 

Flit the Hummingbird from Pocahontas

Disney's Pocahontas
with Flit the Hummingbird

Kolekcja (collection) Hit
5 / 01

This is an advertising postcard from Poland.

Disney's Boundin', The Dancing Sheep

Film image
Pixar Animation Studios
From: The Art of Pixar

I am a huge fan of the Pixar short films, but this one is one of my favorites.

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Boundin' is a 2003 Pixar computer-animated short film, which was shown in theaters before the feature-length film The Incredibles. The short is a musically narrated story about a dancing sheep, who loses his confidence after being sheared. The film was written, directed, narrated and featured the musical composition and performance of Pixar animator Bud Luckey.

Sailfish Art

Sailfish, 2013. Happy Menocal.
From Animal Box: 100 postcards by 10 Artists.

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Happy Menocal is a New York-based artist, born in 1979.