Monday, December 7, 2009

Thanksgiving trip to Colorado, cont.

Snow capped moutains as we were leaving Cortez.
We stopped to take some pictures (hideously bad hair day) and met a nice lady who told us she was "Tina without Ike." She was funny. She was waiting for her family and friends who were on a guided snowmobile tour which explained the tracks in the snow behind us.

Tina (w/o Ike) took a pic of my husband and myself. I don't think I'll ever forget her name.We stopped at Wolf Creek Pass ski area (10,857 feet elevation) to watch them ski. We heard turkeys gobbling but we didn't see them.It was a beautiful day to ski, clear blue skies, crisp air, not too cold. Check out the parking lot! I don't know how they can get out of there, they were packed in.There were a few of these snow sheds or avalanche sheds, designed to keep the snow off the road as it slides down the mountain otherwise the road would be impassable during the winter.
The weather was just beautiful, skies so blue, air cool and crisp, gorgeous mountains. We saw herds of Elk, deer, and antelope so pretty.Another 7 or 8 hour day and we were at Colorado Springs and it was dark so no pics.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sleeveless jacket DIY


This sleeveless jacket is perfect to wear here in Arizona where we really don't get to wear much of the wool/wintery kind of clothes that I love. Here's my version of "...love Maegan's" sleeveless jacket. She does some of the most amazing DIY's and I love her style. She also does an excellent job showing the step by step that I thought I'd just show you the finished product.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hmmm, I'll just wait for you here in the rickshaw.



There's always entertainment at the truck stop and we were not let down today. This woman was reading something while waiting in the "rickshaw." Isn't that thing for kids anyway? Walmart's entertainment has nothing over the truck stop.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Marcy's fun birthday bash!


Last night we went to Downunder Wines for a friend's 40th birthday party. We had a great time, the owners partied along with us, a really fun night.How about a little Crocodile Potstickers and dipping sauce? Most everyone said they were delicious. I didn't try since I am a vegetarian.One of the owners brought out a tasting of kangaroo for my husband which he said was absolutely delicious, like the most delectable steak you could have.Some chicken skewers. I loved the edamame and peanuty sauce.Birthday girl and her husband karoke! The wine was delish of course.A pic of my wine with the turquoise bracelet I got with a Mother's Day gift card from my daughter.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Pantry clean-up!

My daughter, Risa came to visit and she took one look at my pantry and said she would get to that before she left. I forgot to take a pic before but it was a wreck. In less than 2 hours she had it whipped into shape. She's much better at getting rid of things than me since I tend to be a packrat. She did an excellent job. She has it orgainzed from top to bottom by snacks, bake goods, canned good, coffees, teas, etc. She has also put me on a tea buying freeze since I have so many teas (more than anything else in the pantry!). It's such a pleasure to look for something now and hopefully, I can keep it as neat as it is today. I love it!

She also cleared my counters of clutter. She's the greatest! A million thanks, baby.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Toasted Granola


I have been making this very easy recipe for granola for a very long time. Some granola recipes use butter but this one is butter/oil free.

Toasted Granola

1 small container (18 oz.) of old fashioned oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup raisins

Everything goes into a baking dish, mix thoroughly, and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees, stirring after 15 minutes. Allow to cool before placing in storage container. Serve with milk.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My New Terrific Blog Look!

My sweet daughter made me a new header and background for my blog which more closely represents it's title. She used our family's tartan which really personalizes it. I just love it! It has all the elements I love. She is quite talented with computers and just amazes me with all the things she can do. I am rather computer challenged so I would not know where to start with something like this. Thank you, Risa, you know I love it!

Two Lone Roses



My roses are coming back! Here in the Phoenix area it's been in the 70's lately so my roses are coming out. I love the color and the smell. Roses do very well here and seem to love the heat even in the hot, hot summer.

Yummy Hot Sweet Onion Dip


Today the Cardinals are in the playoffs so I decide to make a warm dip to snack on during the game. I found this recipe at one of my favorite blogs closetcooking.blogspot.com he has beautiful photos of some really fantastic recipes. I served it with corn tortilla chips and some Melba toasts. It was very tasty, especially if you like onions and super easy to make as well.