Weekend

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Sat morning we picked up Grace, dropped her at the play, had affogato at Ground up cafe and came home to chill. Bethany took Gwen and Hannah out for lunch and we had a quiet afternoon. We went to the Castle Rock starlighting, this time we caught the trolley to the event, which was nice.

We didn’t have long to wait before the lighting and fireworks began. I really liked the display this year, it went on forever and the types of fireworks coming out where different than normal.

Grace’s pic.

We ate at Taco Bell and then headed home to watch TV.

Sunday we went to church, then worked in the kids room, we had 12 kids (3-K), it was busy! I took notes and made a poem! True, I had to decipher my handwriting (it’s hard to write in splints) but I think it’s what I wrote.

Ephesians 5 1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Say ‘Yes’ to God more than you say ‘No.’ I will – follow God. We aren’t to be just knock off imitations, we are to mimic God in such a way that people say – that must be what Jesus looks like. It means leaving your comfort zone, loving those that despise you and giving in a sacrificial way. It means doing good without thanks, helping when you are busy, being kind even if it’s taken for granted.

to follow hard
in the path of God
means walking

the ways of love that Jesus walked,

the ways of love that Jesus talked.

it’s love that covers the dirty hand,
feeds the belly of the poor,
cares for the lost
– at any cost.

it’s love for a wounded heart
– it’s a start.

it’s giving time and words and treasure,
to others without measure.

it’s sacrificial giving
– and living

it’s extravagant love,
and it’s hard to follow.
-L

Grace beat me to sunset pics.

This week- NIA, teen movie night at DMNS, hike, skating, Thanksgiving, hike, watching too many episodes of Knight Rider, something on Sat., church.

Dinners this week – spaghetti, butternut squash and chicken posole, 15 bean soup, Thxgiving meal (smoked turkey, wild rice and cherries, coriander sweet potatoes, cornbread and sausage stuffing, pumpkin pie and salted caramel chocolate pecan pie), leftover turkey hash, beef hand pies.

Chicken Butternut Squash Posole

1 pound boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 (15 ounce) cans red beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28 ounce) can hominy
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1/2 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer (can omit)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (optional)

Combine chicken, butternut squash, red beans, hominy, chicken broth, salsa, beer, and Mexican oregano in a slow cooker.
Cook on Low for 7 1/2 hours (or on High for 3 1/2 hours). Stir cream into soup and continue cooking for 30 minutes more.

Coriander Roasted Sweet Potatoes

1 tbsp. coriander seeds
2 1/2 lb. small sweet potatoes (about 5)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 red chile, thinly sliced
1/4 c. crumbled feta
Kosher salt and pepper

Heat oven to 425°F. Using a heavy pan, coarsely crush coriander seeds.
Peel potatoes, halve lengthwise, then cut into 1⁄2-inch-thick pieces. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and toss with oil, coriander, cinnamon, 1⁄2 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Roast, turning once halfway through, until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.
In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle over potatoes and sprinkle with chile and feta.

Salted Caramel Pecan and Chocolate Pie

12 graham crackers
1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips
3 c. Toasted pecans
1 c. granulated sugar
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 c. heavy cream
Coarse sea salt, for serving

In a food processor, pulse graham crackers and coconut to form fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse to combine. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish and press evenly on the bottom and up the sides. Scatter chocolate chips over the crust, then pecans, and refrigerate until firm, at least 20 minutes.
Transfer pie to a large rimmed baking sheet. Heat oven to 350°F.
Place sugar, corn syrup, and1⁄4 cup water in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until bubbles start to form at the edges, about 1 minute; give the pan a swirl. Bring to a simmer, then increase heat to high and boil, swirling the pan occasionally until the mixture is a rich caramel color. Immediately remove from the heat, add butter and salt, and swirl the pan to melt.
Return the pan to medium heat, add cream (it will bubble up), and whisk until smooth, slightly thickened, and a deep amber color, about 1 minute.
Pour caramel over pecans, transfer pie to the oven, and bake until mixture is gently bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired.

Irish Beef Hand Pies

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
1 pound ground beef sirloin
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Coarse salt and ground pepper
All-purpose flour, for rolling
2 piecrusts (9 inches each), homemade or store-bought

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium; add cabbage and potatoes. Cook until beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add beef; cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme, and 1 cup water. Cover, and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly mash mixture with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each crust into a 14-inch square; cut each into 4 equal squares. Place 1/2 cup filling on one half of each square, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the filling. Brush borders with water; fold dough over filling to enclose. Crimp edges with a fork to seal. With a paring knife or scissors, cut 3 small vents in each.
3. Transfer pies to 2 foil-lined rimmed baking sheets; bake until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.

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Sampler sewing, TNO, Creativity and Kindness, HS skate, sleepover

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I found a sweet song to go with a poem, who knew Byron sounded so good?

She Walks in Beauty
By Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

We had a sampler sewing co-op today and I found out that – I suck. I was trying to make an IT crowd quote “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

Yeah, read that outloud. Grace found a new stitch and made flowers, Hannah made something for a friend.

I can’t believe I did that. Anyway we had some time at home, I made a sweet potato hash, we watched some Once Upon A Time, then Hannah and I went to church. I didn’t realize that this was the last class! I only read one chapter, about hurts and judgements, the next chapter was about relationships. I had to leave early from there to get to TNO late. I’ll use some of my break going through the notes and chapter on my own.

Thursday was Creativity Club and Kindness Krewe rolled into one because this month was full. Hannah finished up her painting, Grace did some drawing, people were knitting and others were making cards for kids in the hospital.

We didn’t have very many people, but we made a lot of cards!

Grace made blondies with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, there were good.

Friday – today – last day of school till the 27th. Grace finished up in Geometry and AgriScience, Hannah did math and science and needs to finish the Hobbit over the next week. I realized I don’t need a whiteboard upstairs.

We went to HS skate, but the girls only skated for an hour (their one friend they wanted to be there wasn’t there.) Now they are at a sleep-over birthday party while James and I get to go out (Hah! Looks like you got a raw deal there Jennifer!)

We went to Family Jones distillery (right next to Root Down, not surprising since this is another LM enterprise.) So, this place makes their own spirits (and a bigger distillery with tasting room is in the works for…Loveland  I think) and they are smooth.

The old fashioned was perfect. The food is small plates, salads and meat and cheese plates.

There aren’t too many tables, so you might want to make a reservation. The atmosphere is busy, with soft lights, plants on the walls and a view of the distillery equipment from any spot. There are tables, booths and a lounge area with shorter tables/chairs. The staff is excellent and the drinks and food are very good, and there’s even LM ice cream for dessert.

A lot of stuff Tuesday

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We did school, then went to St. John’s for Music at noon. The quartet of players were making music on the viola de gamba. It’s a 6 or 7 stringed instrument that is a mix of viola, guitar and cello played with a an underhanded bow. All of the music was from the 1500’s, not sure if that means that no one writes music for the viola de gamba anymore or what.

One of the songs – https://www.facebook.com/liese.carberry/videos/2039426873005302/

Saw this across the street.

We ate lunch at SAME and it was so good that I had one of everything. Roasted Pork Green Chili, Creamy Coconut Tomato Soup, Arugula & Butternut Squash Salad, Mushroom, Currant & Quinoa Salad, BBQ Pork & Cheddar Pizza, Eggplant Parmesan Pizza.

Then we went to the Arsenal to waste some time before the library.

A yippy prairie dog.

Finally, time to paint at the library.

Hannah still needs to finish up, but it was good work (and they had cocoa there too.)

Weekend

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We went to Home Depot to make flag cases for Vets for Veteran’s Day. The guy didn’t know what was going on, he thought corporate sent him two cases to make for a DIY, but really it was just that only 2 people signed up to make the flag cases (us.) So we made them and left them there, they will be donated to a Vet.

We chilled at home for a bit, B&W day 6.

We slept, watched TV, made dinner, watched some more TV and finally the very long, but very chill day was over.

Sunday, church, ‘I believe’ was the title of the sermon. Bottom line – faith grows when we say yes to God, even when we don’t understand. I believe, Lord help my unbelief!

James and I went to brunch at Cochino Tacos based on a friends recomendation. It’s a cute redo of an old gas station, nice patio with a view and lights, full bar, interesting tacos and sides.

James’ burrito was a bit cold in the middle, but the drinks, candied bacon and my stuffed tamale were the bomb. B&W day 7.

We had another chill afternoon, shopping, reading and grilling for dinner.

Dinners this week (starting today) – grilling stuff, grilled cheese and tomato soup, chicken marsala, turkey and sweet potato hash, ham/cheese quiche and tomato/mushroom/spinach quiche, (kids are gone Fri nite), shrimp and cheesy pasta.

Chicken Marsala

1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup cooking sherry

In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

 

Our week – school, worship dance, St. John’s music at noon, library paint and sip, sewing co-op, youth groups, Bible study, TNO, Creativity club, Kindness Krewe (making cards for kids in the hospital), HS skate, b-day party, school play, CR star lighting, working at church.

Hike {Big Dry Creek}

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After school and some fortification from Cafe’ 180, we headed to Westminster to hike, but really we were searching for glass eggs.

Westminster started a program to get more people on the trails, well, the eggs must be TOO easy to find. We walked and saw prairie dogs, hawks and coyotes – but, not glass eggs.

B&W day 5.

Later Grace took this cute pic of Hannah.

Grace got dropped for her retreat, Maisy helped me read, then we had dinner at Saltgrass.

Chill day and park day

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Tuesday was a chill day. The girls slept in, did some school, Grace did her unknowns and Hannah played Body bingo. B&W day 2 and a bonus.

I went to the library and stocked up on books.

Joel is out in the field, don’t know what they’re doing here.

After dinner James and I went to Phil’s for jazz and drinks, it was lightly snowing which added to the jazzy ambiance.

Wednesday we did school, picked up some friends and went to park day.

There were 15 or so Moms there, about 7 we knew, the rest were from the HS park day group so I don’t know them yet. It was so nice to have a park full of Moms and kids. B&W day 3.

Bible study was about pressure, pressure to be perfect. The pressure we put on ourselves and others put on us and how to handle it. Some people need more rest than others, but we all need rest. Yesterday was kind of a rest day for us, it recharged me, but getting out to chat with other Moms also recharged me – just in a different way. The book challenged us to guard our hearts, minds and schedules and to put Jesus first, be able to say no, take time to rest and know that we can live our lives without being stressed out all the time.