Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy Birthday, Aunt Eileen!

Today is Aunt Eileen's birthday and we wish her a day filled with happiness surrounded by family and friends. She's a special aunt and an amazing lady.

Happy Birthday!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Colorado Video

We decided to try to put together a quick video using the photos we took in Colorado. Even though we purchased the song through Amazon, Youtube puts ads on the video due to the copyright issue. Anyway, if the ad pops up, just "x" out of the ad in the upper right corner. The song "Colorado" by Paper Bird fits perfectly with the photos. Thanks, Sarah . . . "it's your mother's favorite state!"

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What's In Our CSA Box - Weeks 9 through 12

We've been busy with yard work and got behind on the blog! We are going to play catch up before we pick up tomorrow's CSA box, which we understand will have watermelon!

Week 9 CSA box included potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, onions and tomatoes.

Included in Week 10 CSA box were tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, beets, peppers and cabbage.

Week 11 brought us Yukon gold potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet corn (yea!)

Week 12's box included extra tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, cucumbers and green beans (which were delicious by the way!)

Here are some of the dishes we prepared using ingredients from our CSA boxes. . .

 Chuck made zucchini cookies with chocolate chips and raisins. They were better than expected.

 Delicious zucchini bread

  Sides of tomatoes, oven-roasted fingerling potatoes and green beans with our burgers. 
Yummy meal!

 Stuffed zucchini boats were delicious and will be repeated this weekend!

  Crustless zucchini tomato quiche was easy and very tasty!

Turkey, cheese and tomato panini with oven roasted potatoes, onions and beets.

BLT with oven roasted potatoes -- THE BEST

Can't wait for our new box tomorrow!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Colorado in July

Last Friday we drove to Denver to celebrate Chuck's birthday.

That evening we ate at Vine Street Pub and Brewery.

On Saturday we drove to Golden, CO.

We stopped at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum to view the Native American Portraits by Patsy Heacox of Green Valley, AZ. The title of this quilt is "Battle of Greasy Grass" (the Native American name for the Battle of Little Bighorn). Her quilts are amazing.

We also enjoyed the contemporary quilts by Gwen Marston of Beaver Island, MI. 

At the Foothills Art Center in Golden, we saw an exhibit of photographs by Ansel Adams and watched a film on his life.

The exhibit was one of our weekend favorites but no photos were allowed.

Waiting to be seated at Woody's Wood Fired Pizza for . . .

. . .and it was!

After lunch we drove up Lookout Mountain overlooking Golden.

Beautiful views!

We learned that Buffalo Bill Cody was buried at Lookout Mountain.

On our way back to Denver, we spotted a herd of bison.

Back in Denver, we stopped at Low Down Brewery for a cold beverage

On Sunday morning we toured the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. During World War II, it was used as a chemical weapons manufacturing center. Today, with nearly 17,000 acres, it is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States.

A small herd of bison make their home here.

We saw lots of milkweed

Prairie dogs

Part of Lake Mary

Sunday evening we went to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a John Prine and Avett Brothers concert.

John Prine was the opening act.

One of Chuck's all-time favorites.

Beautiful venue for a concert!

One of the Avett Brothers performing with John Prine

Gorgeous sunset

The Avett Brothers put on a great show. Chuck thinks they are like a  bluegrass "Grateful Dead".

Estes Park was our destination on Monday. Beautiful views of Sprague Lake.

We ate at Tavern 1929 at Mary's Lake Lodge.

Sitting on the balcony we had a perfect view.

While eating we watched the afternoon rain roll through.

 We toured the United States Mint on Tuesday morning before leaving.

We learned a lot and really enjoyed the tour.

The vacation must end and we sadly headed home.

We stopped in Salina to grab a sack of burgers at the Cozy Inn. Great burgers but wished we would have grabbed two sacks!

Wonderful birthday weekend. Thanks, Sarah . . . we love you!