My New Year's resolution continues to be to blog 3 times a week because I mostly enjoy it and it's fun for us to look back and see what was actually happening in our lives.
Apparently for the last 4 months nothing much has been happening....
I checked to see what pictures have been taken since returning from my trip to see my brother (he got the house!).
I guess it pretty much summarizes life lately!
Sweet trike/bike at my Grandma's new place!
First snow/traffic jam of the season.
First class done and in the books!
Colorado forgot for a couple of days that it wasn't actually Minnesota. Thankfully, warmer weather is rumored to be on it's way.
We had flashbacks to college last weekend when mess took over our house as Cale finished his final. I decided to spend the weekend making Christmas cookies. Chaos ensued. Cale has been frantically cleaning the house to get ready for vacation ever since. I've been helping. Sort of.
Finally, for my most favorite news of alllll year is that my Grandma moved to Colorado! After thinking it was going to be until at least next year before she moved; she sold her house and was out here in less than a month. It is going to be so great to have her less than an hour away from us!
We also have new nieces and nephews being born every day (okay, we'll have 2 new one's by Christmas)... we are so blessed!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I used to have access to the computer any time of day that I wanted it. Now there are people in this house that actually need it for important things. And then I just forget to ever get on it. Add that to being gone a lot in October and I don't blog.
I actually miss the days when I was blogging on an almost daily basis.
Anyways, my tour of the east coast has ended. The first stop was Boston, which I have exactly zero pictures from. I will blame it on being a work trip so all daylight hours were spent indoors at a conference and the nights were spent at various unknown (to me) Boston locales that consisted of shouting an address at a random taxi driver. I think I saw the ocean exactly twice, my flight in and my flight out.
Next up... Philadelphia. My first time to the central-ish east coast. My brother just got re-stationed there from Louisiana. I am a terrible sister and never made it out to Louisiana to visit so I 'helped' house shop with him in Philadelphia.
I mostly just made sure that every house he toured had an extra bedroom and working bathroom. You know, for future visits.
Oh, and Face Timing with everyone back home whenever we toured a potential winner. Important duties.
We had awesome weather the entire visit so any free time that wasn't filled with house showings was spent walking the city of Philadelphia.
Loved it. I've heard so many negative reviews of the city but I felt 100% safe everywhere we walked. Or maybe we just picked only the best places to walk but it was a great time!
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There was like 10 different plaques that all said this same thing.... Suspicious.
The month of October is turning out to be crazy busy for us. For a homebody like myself it is quite exhausting.
But lots of fun.
And it's making the time between now and the holidays fly by.
I needed to update my Grandma on our life but then I realized that I mostly only have food pictures.
Ah well, I guess it describes one of the main focuses (foci? or is that even a word? no time to look it up) of my life. :)
I leave at the crack of dawn for a work trip and then shortly after returning home, I'm flying back out to the east coast to visit my brother/find a place for him to live/play tourist.
Yes, Cale and I are still very happily married. It's called uneven vacation days so I'm trying to use a couple.
Apple family anyone? Love my parents!
roasted root veggies and sausage. I love fall!
... and pumpkin cinnamon rolls!
reserved seats, free popcorn and soda, and menus. best date night find!
You know all of those beautiful one-pot meals that are showing up everywhere. Well, I won't promise you anything beautiful but this was really easy and delicious.
P.S. I don't think beautiful food pictures are anywhere in my future [unless the sis visits] because A) I don't have a fancy camera, B) I'm not that artsy, and C) I think you have to make food while it's still light outside.
Our 9 o'clock meal times are not conducive to eating in any sort of natural light.
Since it's 7 o'clock around these parts and dinner hasn't even crossed my mind this post will be quick.
But easy and delicious. Promise! This is making it into the monthly meal round-up.
DirectionsAdd the ground beef and onion to skillet over medium high heat. Cook and break up the ground beef until no pink remains. Add the jar of pasta sauce, crushed tomatoes, cottage cheese, and noodles to the skillet. Using the empty pasta jar, fill the entire thing with water (approximately 3 cups) and add to the skillet mixture. Cook, uncovered for 20-30 minutes until the noodles are cooked. 5 minutes before serving, top with mozzarella cheese and let melt. Enjoy!If you find the sauce is too thick, cover and add a little bit more water. If the you're worried about there being too much water or the noodles getting to mushy, cook the noodles separately, omit the water from the recipe, and add the noodles after all other ingredients are warmed and combined.
- 1/2 box of your favorite pasta or lasagna noodles broken up
- 1 jar of pasta sauce (22 or 24 oz)
- 1 14 oz jar of crushed tomatoes
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 16 oz container of cottage cheese (or ricotta)
- 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese
We left on Monday for our annual fall drive up to the mountains.
And didn't check the weather...
Our fall drive was cut short. Cale was in shorts and a t-shirt and I was wearing flip-flops.
Our streak of being the most unprepared trip takers ever continues.
The weather in our area has been fabulously fall-like. It made it the perfect night to make some chunky corn chowder. Especially since we still had the goods from the Farmer's Market.
The blend of bacon and onions and vegetables cooking together hit the spot and ushered in the fall season at our house.
I just happened to make this dairy free because I forgot to add milk at the end like the recipe like one would expect in a chowder recipe but honestly liked it so much that I won't add it next time either.
I also made our's with limited broth and heavy on the vegetables but if you like it more soup consistency just add a bit more broth (& milk) to the pot. Finally, if you like a thicker 'soupier' consistency add a third of the soup to the blender before serving. This will create the thick base that you may associate with traditional chowders. Seriously. It is hard to mess up a soup recipe.
And that probably made no sense.Anyways.Chunky Corn ChowderIngredients
DirectionsCook the bacon in a fry pan until mostly done. Drain off all but 1 tbsp of the bacon grease. Add the celery and onion and cook over medium heat until soft. In a large stock pot, add the butter and all ingredients except the broth and the bacon. (I took the bacon slices out of the frying pan, scraped the onions and celery out of the fry pan and into the soup pot, then cooked the bacon in the fry pan for just a bit longer until it was crisp.) Cook this mixture for about 10-15 minutes over medium high heat. Crumble the crisp bacon and add to the soup pot along with the broth. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Cook until potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Serve hot with shredded cheese. I cooked most of this low and slow which allowed all of the flavors to really blend together. And it made our house smell delightful but this can be done much more quickly by increasing the cooking temperature. I've tried to find a happy medium of time and temperature in the above recipe.
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stocks, diced
- 1 1/2 medium onions, diced
- 8 small red potatoes, diced
- 1 can of creamed corn
- 1 1/2 cups of fresh of the cob corn (or frozen or canned)
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 8 oz. bacon
- 2 tbsp butter
I realize this post is 2 days late but we tried really hard to live up the last day of summer. Mainly because it was our first Saturday off of the summer and we scheduled a nice three day weekend for ourselves.
We squeezed in a bike ride to Saturday morning coffee and the Farmer's Market, grilled some lunch, ate on our new front patio, dined Downtown for dinner, and caught some fireworks on our way back home.
P.S. We still can't figure out why there were fireworks but we went with it.
Hope your weekend was just as great. Happy Fall!
The rain has finally stopped in Colorado. We are not close to any rushing water but all of the ground is definitely saturated and we are so grateful that drier weather is on the way. We found out that our sidewalks make perfect outlets for rushing water and we properly sloped our new patio away from the house.
And that our phones do an excellent job of alerting us to severe weather.
Lots of rain...
Lots of hail...
Lots of warnings...
Our prayers are with all of our neighbors around that are suffering far worse damage. We are hopeful that all of this rain will fill our reservoirs and reduce the risk of fires.
In other news, the heat wave has obviously been broken. Searing heat to pouring rain. Fall is here.
Our summer projects are done!
The patio pictures are below. I wish I had a good before picture but just imagine wood chips... Everywhere.
Now we just need to agree on some patio furniture. Colorado has such great weather 90% of the year... Temperate weather, no bugs, and no humidity. Perfect for front porch sitting. :)
You're welcome anytime!
I don't exactly know why but summer is the only season that I actually make a list of things that I/we want to get accomplished before fall starts. I'm not exactly sure what my cut-off for summer is but I think it's before the NFL season starts.
Let's be honest. The day football starts is the day Cale stops being useful for anything other than folding clothes, vacuuming, or anything other than what can get done from the living room sofa or during commercial breaks.
Good thing A) we don't have kids and B) he's 10 times more helpful than a normal person during the rest of the year.
This past Monday we crossed off my final summer bucket list item... hiking Mt. Bierstadt. Colorado has 50-something mountains that are above 14,000 ft and they're collectively referred to as 14'ers. Lots of people try to hike lots of them. I promised myself I would hike 1 of them.
In my life.
So I naturally picked the easiest one I could find and one that was in driving distance from Denver so I could sleep in my own bed the night before. 14'ers are tricky because you're going up a mountain (duh!) and breathing gets a little bit tricky somewhere at some high altitude.
It was beautiful. I did it. And only fell twice. On the way down. Hard.
Some people have nice things like hiking boots. I have nice things like old running shoes.
Which I found out later have no tread left. Nice Megan.
At least we brought food and water on this trip. It's the small things people.
Lake from the bottom
See that small blue dot.. Lake from the top. Finished!
Our front patio area is slowly turning from a dirt pile into something a little more organized. We spent all of last weekend from sun-up until way after the sun went down working our tails off to put in our new patio. Tomorrow night we're headed up to my parents to use some of my dad's tools (and free dinner!) to make the final cuts and put in the last pieces.
And then the project will be complete. Hallelujah!
Our biggest accomplishment.. remaining on [good] speaking terms for the entire project. Joking. But really.
Here's a preview of mid-project.
Anyways, we really wanted to get out of town for one last weekend before summer ended and we found ourselves at the base of Snowmass. Our weekend was absolutely lovely.
We spent Sunday hiking, napping, swimming and eating which fulfilled both of our wish lists of 'Things to Do While Leaving Town'.
We stopped by Aspen last year on our fall drive and hope to hike in this exact same spot when all the aspens are changing color. We kept telling people we were hiking Maroon Bells. Turns out Maroon Bells are the 14'ers (mountains that rise above 14,000 ft in elevation) that surround the lake and that multiple people die on from falling rock.
We are not that hardcore.
We hiked around the lake... 5000 feet below the peaks of the mountains. Nowhere near death.
Oops. Our mistake.
No other news in our house other than the fact that we lost the remote for our T.V. and therefore it hasn't been turned on for the last week and half. Heaven forbid we get up from the couch to turn it on....