Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We Are

Is it wrong to want to be dancing the back-to-school dance?  All day long?

I've picked up most school supplies - need a tub/tote thing for the fourth grader.  The high schooler has his basic supplies and a new backpack.  It remains to be seen if his teachers will require anything specific.  

I've ordered a couple new pieces of the fourth grader's uniform.  I'll order more items when the weather turns cooler.  The high schooler has several new pairs of shorts.  Like his younger brother, cool weather shopping will wait a few months.  The college girl takes care of her own supplies and books, and clothes for that matter.  And the 18 y.o. is working for now.

  • We do seem to spend a lot of time in the meat sections of grocery stores.
  • Breakfast of champions for a girlie and her friend.
  • She waited a long time to finally be rid of the dinosaur
  • When your Uncle, who also loves a good climb, comes out to visit. . .
  • . . .you plan another fourteener - this time Mt. Bierstadt
  • A throw-back arcade.  Legit from the 80's.  The only difference, you play a flat fee and play all you want.  Same cramped hand.
  • A little back-to-school party for the 8 y.o. 
  • What's a gathering of kids, in the summer, without water balloons?
  • Up at 5 am (which isn't a big deal to these guys, all their jobs require early rising) to head to Kansas City and a Cold Play concert
  • Keep the humidity, but I'll take the greenery
  • When one of your Kroo can't go and it's not the same, so you bring him along anyway
  • Concert time
  • Cold Play - Kansas City, KS
Happy Wednesday,


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

We Are

School starts next Friday (seriously??? Starting school on a FRIDAY???) for my high school Junior.  The following Monday for my fourth grader and college Junior.  My recent high school graduate is taking a semester off to contemplate a couple different paths, and working while doing so.

Outside of a couple weekend jaunts hubby and various combinations of children took, my two oldest were the ones rocking their summer vacations by getting out, going up and "immersing" themselves in all that Colorado outdoors offer.

  • The 18 y.o. works at Sock (yes, that's all they sell.) He seems to enjoy picking a very eclectic selection of music during his shifts.
  • Apparently pens (and gloves) have far more value when you work in the healthcare industry
  • Neighborhood Watching is way more enjoyable when done from the comforts of your bed
  • The 18 y.o. and friends took a trip up to Vail, for hiking, biking and river drifting. . . 
  •  . . . and some very questionable food choices
  • The 18 y.o. attempted to summit Mt. Elbert, one of Colorado's fourteeners, but only made it to about 13,000 feet before weather intervened and they turned back.
  • My 8 y.o. is obsessed with Mustangs - the car - and while on one of our weekend treks to the southern portion of the state, we came across this street.  He was so excited.
  • This is the face you get when you're leaving for the day. . .
  • . . .and this follow-up when you're still gone an hour later.
  • When you're surrounded
  • The 18 y.o. and his girlfriend do a Color Glow Run
  • His first fourteener. . .
  • and his second.  Both on the same day.
  • My daughter, and her Kroo, ready for adventure . . .
  • . . . and the white water of Clear Creek (no so much a creek.)
  • She's in the middle on the right. . .how come the dudes are looking at the camera, but the girls, not so much?
  • Sometimes the best views are found taking the back roads.
  • Thoughts on gym workouts
  • When your and your sister's jobs have something in common - even though you deal in socks and she deals in memory care patients.  #whoknew
  • When you just weren't meant to take that bike ride
  • I specifically asked him not to slide on the turf during his game. . .last week's was worse, hence the request
  • Beauty. . .it's not for the faint of heart.
Happy Wednesday,


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Food For Thought

Several weeks ago I started a long needed project - sorting through my binder of printed Pinterest recipes.  Binder is a loose term meaning a two inch, 3-ring binder that had been blown out to over six inches by my shoving anything into it that I've printed and cooked from Pinterest.  Some needed to be made into recipe cards, because I use the recipes frequently.  Some needed to be moved to my "I Cooked That" board and then posted here.  Some needed to be deleted and thrown away.  The long list that follows was the initial tip of the iceberg.

So if you need some ideas for your coming week's menu . . .

I really suck when it comes to side dishes. I'm just not imaginative, but I'm trying to work on it.  That's where these Cheesy Ranch Potatoes come in.  First it's potatoes and cheese.  YUM.  Second, it's super easy.  And they were super delicious.  I use this homemade dry Ranch seasoning.

I've made these Buttermilk Drop Biscuits in the past.  My usual go-to are these Butter Dip Biscuits (which have been made into a recipe card.)  But when a light, fluffy, stand-alone biscuit is what you want, these will fit the bill.  These are also great as a shortcake base.

I made these Angel Food Cake Trifles with Cheesecake Topping and Blueberry Sauce for a gathering of some sort.  The "what for" escapes me at the moment, but they were great!  This would work as a large Triffle, as well as individuals.  The number you get will depend on the number of layers and how big your cups are.  I got servings for 10 and each serving was plenty.

We made this Grilled Stuffed Braciole for the same special gather that I made the above desserts.  I made, or set up, the beef and filling, while hubby did the cooking honors.  It was really good - moist and well seasoned and the filling was delicious.  However, next time I'll use shredded cheese - the middle slices didn't melt as well, and probably use less of, and spread thinner, the remaining stuffing, to make it easier to slice.  The hardest thing was filleting the steak and trying to roll the whole thing up - hence the changes I'll make.

Rice is kind of a "duh" side dish, but sometimes it's just right.  So is this Coconut Rice Take 2.  It's just right.

It's summer, so anything I can do to not turn on the oven or stove and I'm happy to try it out.  Such is the way we came to have this Crock Pot Cherry Delight for dessert.  Cherries, yummy cake-iness.  No oven.  It was all good.

This Oreo Cheesecake Brownie Trifle was also made for a gathering.  Another one I don't remember; we've hosted quite a few this summer.  It was really good.  Creamy and cool and Oreo-y.  The brownie base alone is worth it.  If memory serves, there was nothing left over.

I've made this Crispy Potato Pancake for a number of sides.  It's great for breakfast.  It's great with tomato soup.  It's great as a side to steak, with a dollop of sour cream.

To tell you how long I've had this Chocolate, Cranberry & Oat Bars sitting around, I'd have to tell you that I make them during the school year for on-the-go breakfasts.  So we'll just cut to the chase and say they are great for on-the-go mornings.  Chewy, chocolatey with that bit of cranberry (I've also used dried cherries, but you could substitute any dried fruit) and filling because of the oats.

I love Pretzel Buns - there's just something about the soft, dense dough.  So when I found out how easy they were - well, there are a few steps, but they are all easy - I had to try them at home.  These Pretzle Hot Dog Buns I won't do on a hot summer afternoon, but cool mornings and definitely in the fall and winter they're made all the time.  They are great as is or toasted.  Shape them to fit sandwiches or sausages.

These Vanilla Cherry Chocolate Cookies are a quick, delicious and easy dessert - even if the kitchen is already hot.

Hubby made a run to the liquor store for this Cherry Chiller drink.  My husband loved it.  Me . . . eh.  I didn't like the earthy flavor of the Reposado tequila, though the rest of the drink was bright.  I'd try it with a different tequila next time.

Happy Saturday (aka Menu Planning)


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

We Are

It's time to get back at it.  It's been too long.  In the interim, we've graduated another child.  We've made a few day trips up into the mountains.  We planted some garden goodies.  We had a garage sale where I finally let go all the baby clothes the kids ever had - newborn to around 24 months.  It wasn't as hard as I thought, though it's been 20 years since some of it was last worn, 8 at the least.  

The "what to do about PhotoBucket" and their recent policy change which has wiped any links from them to this blog, remains a "what to do."  They are my repository for a ton of images.  I also continue to upload product to the re-worked website.  It is taking far longer than I expected because, while I have my images, it's tracking them down that's the trick.  I may remember the line and maker of papers, but remember the year and month they were in a kit is just asking to my of my brain, LOL.

The three older kids are working - my daughter is at an assisted living facility as a caregiver.  She has her good days and her bad days, but she's enjoying her residents and, frankly, I think she has a gift for it. 

Son #1 is working at a sock shop down in Olde Town.  Yep, socks.  All those crazy graphic socks so in vogue at the moment - he has a drawer full, and has since long before the job.  It's his thing.

Son #2 is still working at the concession stand of the local rec center, picking up more hours.

Son #3 is working on his math facts skills and reading.  He seems to be enjoying his job the least, as in hates it.

  • "Janitors have lots of keys, like me"
  • SOC Contingent to Steubenville of the Rockies 2017
  • Red Rocks to see The Fray with a friend for the friend's birthday
  • When you're at the Junior High Lock-In Over-Nighter, things get a little punchy around hour six
  • First voyage out for the summer - unfortunately this is the only photo from the trip and there were nine people there!
  • Getting out of bed on the weekends be like. . .
  • I went looking for some 4th of July items and rounded a corner to find this.  This plus fall items.  They only get a "pass" because it's a craft store, otherwise I'd have dropped my 4th items and run screaming from the store.
  • On your feet most of the day, and it's hot, nighttime cool downs are a must.
  • 4th of July dip in the pool - it was all boys in there.  Whoever said girls were loud, clearly didn't have a group of boys to compare it to.
  • Scenes from the 4th.  Even though my crew split up after dinner, we somehow managed to all be at the same fireworks show.
Happy Wednesday,