My sister and I successfully made the great trip across the Midwest hitting all of the popular tourist destinations such as the great states of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado... which isn't really Midwest but was part of the trip anyways.
I'm so lucky that my sister is also one of my bestest ever friends.. you know, along with my husband, parents, and brothers.
Who I got to see by the way! She's great and even let me plant her flowers. Already miss that lady. So much.
We got in one final shopping trip this afternoon before my sister takes off for Kansas. Summer will be weird without her!
Predominant plant in our open space? Cacti (us?). Flip flops not allowed.
Sunshine. And green grass! And open windows!
We have no idea why winter seemed soo long for us this year. But it did.
And we've now had a string of spring/summer weather that has done the body and mind well.
And I came home yesterday to the air conditioning on. People, it is not that warm out and not to point fingers but I was not the one who turned it on.
I'm leaving tomorrow morning at crack of dawn to visit my grandma (!) and my sister. Actually, my sister casually mentioned that she was going to have drive all the way back home by herself. I really have been missing my grandma and my sister so it as the perfect excuse for a quick visit.
Then my sister will be home for 4 days (yes, we will be shopping for one of those days) before she goes off to her summer internship.
To study spiders.
Not even joking.
Probably even getting paid with your tax dollars.
So, if I'm cranky all summer long its because my sister is gone. Very sad day.
I almost felt bad that I was leaving my husband alone all weekend but it's quickly filling up with things such as hiking, exploring the mountains, probably some home cooked meal from some home that isn't ours, etc.
We're spoiled with really great friends.
Counting down the days until our next vacation to Moab! And then maybe some kitchen and bathroom remodel?
Kentucky Derby best, sunsets from windows, band practice, and Cale's treat of choice from the grocery store. Gosh, I love him!
In other news, I've had nothing but kitchen failures lately.
Crunch sweet potato fries were my failure of choice this evening.
Sweet potatoes they were.
Crunchy they were not.
This is unfortunately something I can't blame on the altitude.
I hope you all had a great weekend and a fabulous Cinco de Mayo!
And Kentucky Derby!
We went to our first ever Kentucky Derby party and while my hat was fabulous my horse did not win.
And then turned around the next day and ate way too many burritos, queso, and guacamole.
And then made spicy fish tacos with mango salsa the day after.
Seriously, I could eat Mexican food every day of my life.
But then I remember how much I love every other kind of food and realize I would be missing out.
Anyways, after the feasts of the weekend, fish tacos were a delicious way to end our Monday night. Plus you can make this whole meal in 30 minutes or less. I made them super spicy so in the recipe listed below I halved the spicy parts (jalapeño pepper and cayenne pepper) but you could totally leave the cayenne pepper out of the spice mix and use some other fresh crunchy vegetable in place of the jalapeño pepper if you don't like spicy food. Also, because I made these recipes up in my head they are as simple as they can get. :)
1 lb of white fish (I used cod because it was on sale)
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Mix all spices together and sprinkle on both sides of fish. (I then cut the fish up into smaller strips but you could leave it in one piece if you wish.) Use a generous dash of olive oil to coat the bottom of a pan. Heat on medium high. Cook fish for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked through.
1 mango, diced
1/4 cup purple onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, diced
Small handful of cilantro, chopped into small pieces (probably 1/4 cup total)
Juice of 1 lime
Generous sprinkle of salt
Mix all ingredients together. I made this before I started working on the fish so the flavors would have time to meld. This was also excellent the next day on the leftover fish.
Serve together on corn tortillas. Yum!
I first made this last year sometime and I've pulled it out many times since.
They are always a hit and so easy to make even on a time crunch. And they don't need to stay heated.
And they taste like spring.
Our grocery store sells 'Pearl' mozzarella balls and I usually try to buy that size to make these. But really, no matter the size of the cheese, tomatoes, or basil- you can make it work.
If the cheese is really small and you buy cherry sized tomatoes, cut the tomatoes in half and use them as the base of the appetizer. The packages of basil that are available at our grocery store have very large leaves so I rip them down to whatever size. If the cheese is super small, add 2 pieces with the basil sandwhiched between.
The only recommendation I have is to either cut the cheese in half or the tomatoes in half so there is a flat base to work with (I like to place mine upright).
For the finishing touch, drizzle balsamic vinegar over the whole set. If you're super fancy, you can reduce the balsamic vinegar to turn it slightly more syrupy before drizzling. As you can probably guess, I usually don't have time for that step.
Snow. Through the window. I'm totally over going outside to 'enjoy' that.
I'm trying to blog from my iPad because I'm too lazy to run downstairs to grab e computer. Pathetic attempt at being a successful human being on my part.
In other news, Colorado is doing its absolute best to avoid spring. Gosh! Although I'm sure lots of people are experiencing the same thing based on Facebook updates. At least forest fires haven't started yet. We shall continue to be thankful for the snow for that reason alone. Also, because I got absolutely fried on Sunday from a little too much frisbee golf it kind of felt like we escaped to a tropical location and came back to old man winter with a nasty sunburn to prove it.
There is really nothing new going on here (as evident by my lame weather talk). Think I'm going to take the plunge and switch platforms and kiss all my pictures good-bye. Sad day but I'd really like to be able to blog and post pictures from the iPad.
We're planning an escape to the mountains this weekend. We're assuming they're still buried in snow so we'll make plans once we get up there.
We fly by the seat of our car.
Consider yourself caught up and bored. I promise pictures and food tomorrow!!
If the weather cooperates with me, this will be the last soup recipe I'll be posting until next fall. Wish us luck. The weather and me have been cahoots for weeks now.
Cale and I are slightly obsessed with ham. Probably because we only eat it at major holiday events.
Anyways, so this year for Easter, even though we celebrated with family, we bought our own Easter ham. (Did you follow me through all those misplaced commas?)
I think we ate it on a Wednesday night.
That statement was important.
The leftovers that were frozen didn't make it very long and have already been pulled out and demolished. Because we hate to waste food and because I not so secretly love split-pea soup, I always make a batch with ham bone.
99% of you have now stopped reading this because you think split pea soup is disgusting. I can't say that I blame you because the color and texture are somewhere between gross and grosser.
BUT, if I haven't lost you, because you love the salty goodness, the easiest ever split pea soup recipe is below. And I can't even properly claim a source. Because I've made it 6 or 7 times and I just throw ingredients in. You can't go wrong and can probably make a whole crock pot full for under 5 dollars.
winning.Split Pea SoupIngredients
DirectionsThrow all of the above ingredients into the crock pot. You may want to rinse the split peas before tossing in if you're careful like that. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. At the end of the cooking time, or when the split peas are soft, take the ham bone out and shred/ remove all the ham from the bone and toss the meat back into the crock pot. Stir and enjoy! Freeze all remaining soup that no one else will eat.
- 1 carton of chicken stock (4 or 5 cups)
- 2 cups of water
- 1 ham bone (plus more diced ham if you choose)
- 3 carrots, diced
- 2 celery sticks, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, diced (or pressed)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 bag of split peas
Are you kidding me people? We've been officially into spring for how many weeks now? I looked outside last night and there was still daylight after 8.
And we've had significant amounts of snow every week since the end of March. forthelove
By the end of last week, I decided I was tired of leaving half an hour early for work just to sit in 'bad weather' traffic jams. Bah!
Friday night we decided it was time to get out of the house.
Yesterday, we tried to soak up what little sunshine was coming through the clouds.
Tonight and tomorrow... 5+ inches of snow. Soup's on!
Anyways, we were looking around our garage and noticed our abandoned frisbee golf disks. (Please don't be impressed, we only have two. One for him, one for me.) We made a mental note to call up my brother and sister-in-law to plan a frisbee golf date. Then we found out that our sleepy little town has a course of it's own.
Please. The views! Front range here...
And Pike's Peak here! Wow!
Before we bring anyone with us we [I] need much more practice but it was great to be outside. Our grand plan was to go hiking today. Which then we decided hiking was out of the question as all of the ski resorts reopened this weekend because of the excess snow. So we thought we could go snowshoeing. Until the prediction of lots more snow.
Then we decided we could go to Target.
Cale is not dead.
He is just fixing our dishwasher. Why a single slipper is hanging out on the floor without its match may or may not have anything to do with fixing the dishwasher but I know now why my parents had 4 kids.
Two to wash the dishes and two to dry. Kidding. But really. My hands are raw and there are only 2 people that eat at our house on a regular basis.
The motivation it takes for us to be even more motivated to move into a different house is increasing every day...
It also takes very little for us to wonder if apartment living is more our style. Just in case no-maitenance town house living isn't easy enough. Ahem.
I tried to be super helpful by searching 'Broken Dishwasher' and reading to my husband every possible solution. Then showing him pictures of parts to see if anything looked familiar. After reading cause and effect, we decided to order one single part. Our fingers and toes were crossed.
For the rest of the week our kitchen looked a bit like this:
We were almost to the point of giving in and buying a new dishwasher as neither of us are self-proclaimed or proclaimed by others as 'handyman-ish'. And then it started working. Hallelujah!
For the love.
Unfortunately our excuse for eating out is now gone.
While I wouldn't recommend calling us for any house problems or dishwasher problems, I do have two suggestions if you ever find yourself in a similar position.
1) Make sure all cords, wires, and hoses are reconnected in the proper fashion.
2) If you were smart and turned off your water, be even smarter and remember to turn it back on. A fully functioning dishwasher works much better this way. :)
Praying for everyone in Boston!!
I've been trying really hard to change my website editor the last 2 days. However, there are many hurdles that I have to/ haven't yet overcome.
A) I'm computer literate [enough] that I can check my email, check facebook, and type in this box. Nothing more.
B) I've finally figured out enough computer language to upload into the new editor site but it's only exporting this year's posts
C) I know, not much quality information lost but you also must remember that when our hard drive crashed I lost all picures... except for the one's associated with blog posts. Don't really want to delete a year of those. Bummer dude.
D) Tech support is telling me that I can't import anything at all. Which is a lie. Because I already did.
In other news, our life lately has been consumed with house browsing. We're not exactly sure if we want to move but...
I'll leave it at that since no official decision has been made. And our dishwasher broke. That has nothing to do with anything. I just thought you might want to know.
1] Blizzard warning. Today. Until tomorrow. Boo spring! 2] Coffee and pastry date. Perfect Monday morning start! 3] Worst chore ever. Monthly hair cut. 4] Current weather conditions. 63 and sunny. 5] March madness, sweet return to school lunch. My husband was in heaven. 6] Colds abound in our house. Pushing the fluids. 7] Sweet look of spring. 8] Easter 2013