Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Now that’s what I call a deal. . .
I bought one of those rotisserie chickens for dinner. . .it was a delicious meal, but there was a lot left over. . .so, I took the rest off the bone. . .saved the bones and skin in the freezer for making stock later. . .
then using Iron Chef Michael Symon’s recipe for pizza dough
3/4 cup AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup water – maybe a little more
Olive Oil for pan
Proof the yeast in the water. . .I add a smidge of sugar to help the process
Add wet ingredients to dry – mix until incorporated – knead for a few minutes – then allow to rise – shape dough and add toppings – cook in 425* preheated oven about 20 minutes or so. . .
(I decreased measurements to make one crust)
To the top of this dough I added bechamel sauce (cream sauce or alfredo sauce will be fine). . .
did I mention I made the bechamel sauce using bacon fat? Yum!. . .
a sprinkle of dried thyme or whatever seasonings you might like
whatever sliced veggies you like or have available. . .this is tomatoes, bell pepper, green onion, and red pepper flakes.
Another delicious meal. . .but I still had quite a bit of chicken left. . .so I shredded it and made Chicken Salad for lunch tomorrow. . .
How cool is that. . .
How many ways can you use one $6 chicken? Please share. . .
Friday, August 17, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
We offered all the grands a trip to Colorado to visit. . .
but, due to work schedules, sports schedules, and camp schedules,
(it’s crazy how busy these kiddos are,)
only one, our oldest grandaughter, Breaunna,
was able to take us up on the offer. . .so we picked her up at the airport on Saturday.
This was her first solo flight. . .and even with four delays she did beautifully. . .so proud!
Since getting out in a tourist area on the weekends is not usually a great idea. . .
we took it easy on Sunday. . .and started Breaunna’s sightseeing adventures on Monday. . .
First, a picnic lunch at a beautiful sculpture park in Loveland,
Benson Sculpture Park is an amazing place. . .
we only saw a small fraction of the sculptures.
Art Castings of Colorado is located in Loveland,
so sculpting is a huge part of the local economy,
which is obvious everywhere in the city.
Being an artist, I loved it all. . .and so did Bree!
She asked me to teach her to paint. . .ha ha. . .no small task mind you. . .
but we spent lots of time “painting” when she was little and I had a workshop.
I would hang a long roll of paper out on the fence. . .
pull an old t shirt on over her clothes. . .and she would go to town.
She got really good at the Donna Dewberry style painting. . .
I’ll be getting all those tapes back out,
so she and I can practice while we are in Texas.
My favorite. . .
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Ah. . .Friday. . .one of our less successful days of playing tourist while Curtis and Brenda were visiting. . .
Cripple Creek Colorado. . .
We brought our boys here in 1988. . .and loved it so much,
I just had to go back and see it again. . .or so I thought.
After driving about an hour or so from Colorado Springs to the original
this was the view of town with the Rockies in the background. . .beautiful, isn’t it?
and a pretty historical area. . .what you can’t see in this picture
is that every other storefront is now a casino. . .
so, if you are into gambling. . .you would probably enjoy a day in Cripple Creek. . .
We enjoyed the architecture and the setting of the town. . .
but it was so different than what we remembered. . .
we didn’t stay very long.
This is the Baptist Church, located about a block off Main St. . .
established in 1898. . .beautiful building.
The Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine still does tours. . .
This is one of the things we had done with the boys
all those years ago. . .so didn’t really feel the need to do it again. . .
but if you are interested in how things work. . .you would really like it. . .
and if you are 10 years old. . .like our boys were at the time. . .
you would, of course, love it. . .
If you are close to Cripple Creek, you should go and see it. . .
If you’ve been to Cripple Creek, we would love to hear your
thoughts about it. . .so leave us a comment. . .
Have a great day. . .and happy travels. . .
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Full Time RV Travel–Manitou Springs Colorado - Chapel at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and Focus on the Family
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
ugggghhhhhh. . .I’m BORED! Now there’s a statement you won’t hear very often coming from me. . .life’s just too short, and too precious not to make the most of every moment. . .however. . .we are in a bit of a holding pattern here. . .so we wait!
Thankfully, we had company this past week which added a little excitement to the mix. . .
My awesome oldest brother (who’s still younger than me) talked my Dad into going on a road trip with him. I’m still not sure how he accomplished that amazing feat. . .but once he got Dad in that truck. . .there was NO backing out. . .
Dad was all aquiver by the time they made it to Colorado. . .he had seen so many amazing things! Since Louis’ mission was to deliver an air conditioning unit to an oil rig in North Dakota. . .they stopped by St Louis and saw the Arch. . .Dad kept asking when they were going to get to the “golden arches”. . .ummmm. . .wrong one Dad. . .LOL!
Since they were stopping by Mt Rushmore. . .I talked Louis (by phone) into driving the Needles Highway. . .Dad loved it. . .there’s nothing like that moment in time as you’re coming through that tunnel. . .and the entire panorama of Mt Rushmore is there in all it’s glory. . .breath taking!
After finishing business in North Dakota, they made a quick. . .and I mean a one day quick drive by pass through Yellowstone. . .with a stop to see Old Faithful in action. No matter how many times you see it happen on a video. . .there’s nothing like the real life experience. . .hearing the sounds. . .smelling the sulphur. . .feeling the spray. . .
Knowing they only had one full day with us here. . .we wanted to cram in as much as possible. . .so of course we needed them to see our original reason for being here. . .Estes Park! So a quick drive up to East Portal Campground to view our old stomping grounds where we volunteered for ten weeks. . .and to show my brother “the fix.” He’s the smartest man I know about stuff like that. . .yep. . .we were right. . .can’t run 10 gauge wire 200 feet and expect to still have 30 amps. Okay. . .now a “professional” has validated our decision. . .good to know!
A quick drive out the Peak to Peak Scenic byway to Lily Lake. . .
and a group pose with Long’s Peak in the background. . .
See the camera in Dad’s hand. . .he ‘bout wore it out. . .
Louis downloaded that memory card at least ten times. . .
digital cameras are the most awesome invention ever!!
On to Rocky Mountain National Park. . .Dad was worn out. . .
but he had a really, really great time. . .
and a perfect ending to the day. . .
a huge herd of elk on Bear Lake Road!
Thanks Bub for creating wonderful memories. . .you’re the best!
This Monday, Dave’s oldest brother Curtis and our beautiful
sister by law, Brenda, will be here. . .so next week should be hopping. . .yaaaa!