Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Eventually there will be a slide show on the blog, but even that won't really convey just how special this late afternoon wedding was. I don't think I've ever seen a bride and groom so relaxed and just contented to be together enjoying each moment and every guest. The reception was handled the same way, and was just perfect. I'm still more than a little overwhelmed by the whole experience of watching my son get married. It was an amazing experience. Since I haven't yet processed all the feelings, I'll let some photos speak for me. The first two are professional shots. The rest are mine.
Bride and groom with parents.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
They were, indeed, supposed to arrive yesterday to spend Christmas day at Elisha's parents' home in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's now 10:20 p.m. the night before the wedding, and at last contact they're closing in on arrival--at about five miles per hour--while some kind of military checkpoint has been set up at a bridge near Hoover Dam to check each individual vehicle for some kind of potential threat.
They're exhausted. They're beyond hungry. They're also heading to Elisha's parents' home first, so we're going to bed soon with cell phone in hand. Just in case.
I do believe we'll have a wedding tomorrow. Of course, they still have to buy the wedding license first. The good news is that any couple that still wants to get married after a trip like they've just been through certainly isn't wearing blinders.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Life offers a few perfect days, moments, memories. I had some of those today, and think I may have taken a few perfect photos to commemorate a day in the snow with my brother Pat.
The view from the ski lift is wonderful, but even better is the beauty and quiet up there.
Pat was ready to hit the slopes, but I was on the lift for a round-trip ride back to the bottom with my camera.
He was faster than I was, too. His shout from below not even a quarter of the way down let me get a quick shot of him sailing past my much slower conveyance.
I was so glad my trip was slow, as it gave me time to see the tiny pines among the huge pines and aspens. I know "winter wonderland" is probably just a trite saying to most people, but we live it here in Colorado.
The open areas on the hills are amazing to me. Why are there suddenly no trees? Sometimes you can see herds of deer or elk crossing or, even more often, the hoof prints of those herds in the new snow.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Addressing envelopes to send out our Christmas Cards is my least favorite part of getting ready for Christmas, but hearing the music, eating (and even baking) the cookies, and seeing the decorations is always a treat. (I'll have the cards out this week, with photos, my friends...)
When Christmas comes already yet
Thursday, December 10, 2009
One of our favorite Winter meals is Bison Chili. We always make it for guests because we know that other locales have a more difficult time finding bison to purchase. Although it can be made with ground beef as a substitute, it's not quite as good, and it's definitely not as good for you. I've recently found out that you can always find it at Whole Foods Markets in 38 states, and I'm pretty sure there are other places that sell Ground Bison as well. Here's my recipe.
2 Lbs. Ground Bison
2 15 1/2 oz can Italian Stewed Tomatoes, with juices
1 15 1/2 oz. can Chili Beans
1 15 1/2 oz. can Kidney Beans
1 1.48 oz. pkg. Chili Seasoning Mix
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion (or 1 large onion, chopped)
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
1 Cup Spicy V-8 Juice
Sauté onion and ground bison in heavy skillet over medium high heat, breaking up clumps until browned.
Dump in large crock pot for the easy method or put on the stove where you'll have to watch it.
Add remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly.
On stove: Bring just to boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until thickened to desired consistency, stirring occasionally, at least 40 minutes. Serve when ready.
In crock pot: Cook on low or medium 4 hours or all day, whatever you want, or on high for about two hours. If you don't have a crock pot, may I recommend mine? It's cheap, works great, and the side hinges keep the lid in place, and the lid holds the ladle. Here's one place where you can buy it.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I don't always get to see the new little lives that my friends and their offspring bring into the world. I've tried throughout the years to at least make something before the baby arrives. This year one of my dearest friends, Jeanne (I was going to say oldest, but...) was expecting a new grandchild. We each had three kids, and raised them pretty much side-by-side.
This is one of my favorite patterns. I call it the star blanket, but I've also heard it called a snowflake blanket. I like it because of the way you can put the baby's head on one of the blanket points and fold the kid up inside it for extra snuggly comfort.
The hat is something new I kind of "ball-parked," and I'm not sure how thrilled I am with it. I mailed it, but I'm still deciding if it meets my standards. (Yes, I do have some standards.) You may recognize the doll at the top as my little model, who is nice enough to sit uncomplaining on my shelf until I need to make sure things are big enough for a newborn. She appears in other blog entries wearing some of the things I've made.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I love it here. There's so much variety, so much to see and do, even if you're not overly physical—I'm going to admit that I consider walking my biggest physical endeavor. I'm not doing a slide show this time, but showing big photos of this last week, three outings including my early morning walk today out in the snow with the camera.
I took a few photos from the decks, first the back deck, which is by the front door (above)...
The next morning we were a little more prepared to see that it had snowed again, but I was a little amazed to see that it was still snowing. It snowed all day, in fact, and although our little community has its own road plows, the highways leading up to us didn't get cleared until very late in the day, so we were technically snowed in for part of the morning. (Did I care?) The overnight difference in our patio furniture's coverage was comical, but we won't be using it for months.
I enjoyed watching the snow come down all day. The great thing about living where we do is that through all the big windows we have an incredible view, and it never stops changing.
They sure have grown this year. These are two of those that were born this Spring, believe it or not.
You can hardly see the fire pit, and I think it'll be awhile before we have any s'mores out here with our friends.
I went around and turned on the inside lights so the house would glow in the pre-dawn light. I love the camera I use because it's so good with low-level light. (It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18.) These next photos were all taken just as dawn was breaking this morning, after another night of snow.
John was really pleased with me because when I was done tromping around with my camera I brought in his newspaper. I guess we each have our own priorities.
This is the deck on the other side of the house, and we're not likely to use it until Spring, either.
Nobody uses the swing, but I'm not climbing up there to take it down. Besides, it could be considered "atmosphere." I'm willing to share my atmosphere... It's supposed to keep snowing through tomorrow. I love this. I'm not saying I'd love it so much if I were raising little kids who had to be carted to school, or if were heading to work in it. I'm not dumb. I'm retired. I can sit back and enjoy it.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
- Mix together flour, confections sugar and salt in large bowl.
- Add butter and shortening.
- Using pastry cutter (1st choice) or fingers (in latex gloves in you're me) cut the fats into the dry ingredients until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal.
- Add pecans and toss with forks to mix.
- Add ice water, one Tbsp. at a time, around the edge of the bowl, stirring with a fork until moist clumps form.
- With lightly floured hands, shape dough into one disk, breaking gluten by creasing it with the side of your hand.
- Cover dough with plastic wrap, refrigerating for at least an hour.
- Roll into one 9-inch pie crust