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Black sheep Friday, Steampunk tea, Maisy walk


Friday was the last day of school break, come Monday it’s back to work. I cleaned out the cabinets and look what I found! I’m using these!

Tonight was the MCA teen sponsored Black Sheep Friday, EZ oven bake off or cupcake decorating. Grace was all over the cupcake part. I put my trifecta of foods I can’t have right now, sigh.

We walked around the museum to see the new stuff, she saw it last time, but I hadn’t seen the new art.

Today was also the day that Corissa moved away, the girls are sad.

Saturday was lazy, we (sans Bethany) all decided to drive to the Erie library to take Grace to the Steampunk tea. It was cute, she had fun, we read, it was a nice drive.

Sunday we went to church, walked Maisy at Clement park and James and I went to Fika for coffee and so I could draw and ho could work (well, all he worked on was driving plans to see Joel in October.)

The week – NIA, school, Bethany’s b-day, ice skating, stock show field trip, newbie chat, youth groups, TDO -alcohol ink painting, River Watch yearly testing, teen nite at DMNS, hike, working at church in the little’s room.

Dinners – BBQ pork, b-day dinner (moved to Thurs since Bethany works every other night), chorizo stuffed sweet potatoes, pork chops with fried cabbage, chicken soup, sausage and barley soup, chicken tacos, red beans/okra/sausage casserole.

Sausage Barley Soup

1 pound Italian sausage 
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
1 large carrot, sliced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.
In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.
Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

Chicken tacos

4-5 chicken thighs
minced garlic to taste
1Tbsp lime juice
taco seasoning packet

Cook chicken on stove or in crockpot until falling apart. warm flour or corn tortillas and top with chicken and your choice of toppings. We like – black beans, salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, avocado, shredded cheese.


Wednesday, Thursday


We took the guys to Sherpa House for lunch, Nick met us there.

Hannah had a heaping helping of food, but it’s because she was excited to go back (they had a fire and were closed down for a bit.) I was more sensible.

We went up to Buffalo Bill’s grave and museum. The guys went through the museum so fast that we didn’t meet them in there. It was very windy, but I managed to get a few mountain pics.

I was tired and flu-like when we got back home and my throat hurt. I felt better the next day, but Hannah was coughing and had a sore throat, so she stayed home while I took Brooke, Gwen, Michael and Grace to the MCA for a teen art event.

I used my time to hand out the rest of the homeless bags we made plus some cookies and candy canes near the Capitol.

We may have stopped at LM’s on the way home….

We took the guys and Bethany to the mall to check it out. The Mills mall was closed after the flooding from the hail storm and recently opened. They aren’t finished with the flooring and don’t have every store open yet, it looks very stark with cement floors and white walls and ceilings, but it’s coming along. The guys stayed up late since it was their last night here.

DMNS co-op and Union station walking tour


Advent day 7 – So, the story with this song is that when I was a kid my church had a ‘pick the hymns’ night once a month or once a quarter. You would raise your hand and then everyone would have to sing the song you picked. I looked through that hymnal for the song that was the loudest (the kids would start screaming ‘DWELLING IN BEULAH LAND!’), but more importantly to me then was that Beulah sounds like Bueller and that was my nickname (because my maiden name is Buell.). This group doesn’t sing the song as loud as we did, but it’s a nice version. The lyrics mean so much more now, storms of life, I am safe, a fountain that will never run dry. It’s a good song.

Micah 5: 2-4 But you, Bethlehem, David’s country,
the runt of the litter—
From you will come the leader
who will shepherd-rule Israel.
He’ll be no upstart, no pretender.
His family tree is ancient and distinguished.
Meanwhile, Israel will be in foster homes
until the birth pangs are over and the child is born,
And the scattered brothers come back
home to the family of Israel.
He will stand tall in his shepherd-rule by God’s strength,
centered in the majesty of God-Revealed.
And the people will have a good and safe home,
for the whole world will hold him in respect—
Peacemaker of the world!

Whew, long day! We started at the Nature and Science museum and our group toured through the Dinosaur exhibit and the Amazing machines exhibit.

We liked the amazing machines better, there was more to read.

Like reading about this cool fish that can extend it’s jaw to get food in-between rocks, or seeing a fly that is so tiny that it has to clap with’s wings to fly through the air.

Some of us went to see the IMAX movie Dream Big.

It was all about engineering, building things like bridges or skyscrapers and it had a lot of women engineers in it, like I get it, you want girls to know they could do these things, but there’s no need to use just women. Once the movie was over we left, grabbed lunch and went to Union station (parking at Whole Foods garage, first 2 hours free with validation from WF.) Our walking tour was through History Colorado, we’ve done the Five points tour and it was good (and we will do it again, so much has changed down there!) Today was about the Union station area, starting with Union station, the wings were built in 1880 (just 10 years after the train came through Denver), the middle section was built in 1914 and has been going through changes since 2011. See?




The Atrium building, a former warehouse, now office space with the old beams and pulleys exposed.

Ice House building.

In order for the Ice House to become lofts, they had to have windows put in. But, they wanted to keep the old ghost writing on the wall and make the windows part of the sign, they did a great job!

Old Union Pacific RR building, now Chophouse.

Back through Union station to the train boarding area, then down through the bus boarding area and back out the other side.

That was fun! Grace made Devil’s food peppermint crunch cookies for youth group, they are so good.



I went to NIA and we did the ‘Grateful’ routine. I had forgotten how much movement there is in that routine, plus Julia added 2 more songs, so….I should have had breakfast before class. I was running out of energy, but I made it through, then went to Panera since I didn’t have anywhere to be. I got home, the girls were still asleep, we tried to watch TV, but Netflix was acting up, so I worked on some stuff and they were playing in their rooms. James got off work early and sat at home for a bit reading before heading out to work on a different project. I made 15 bean soup for dinner and I told the girls that since there were 5 of us, we’d each get 3 beans for dinner – they didn’t think it was funny. We counted and there were no where near 15 different beans in that soup, the most we found was 7. Bethany has to work a double tomorrow, so she declined the DMNS movie nite. We dropped Hannah and Grace off to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (and eat popcorn and candy.) There were a lot of teens there, but no one they knew. James and I went to GR for drinks and jazz and found out they no longer have Stephen for jazz on Sundays and Mondays. We were shocked, he’s been there for 7 years, that’s a long time. We are regulars and the hostess came over and chatted about the change, they even comped our drinks, but it’s just not the same without the band there. We didn’t just go there for drinks, we went there for jazz. We left there and went to check out Bellwether cafe, it was very sparse, but they had a good manhattan and Kentucky mule (they have coffee too.) It was almost time to pick up the girls, so we went over and sat in the car reading books until they got out. They said it was a cool movie, I agree.

Harry Potter and Night at the Museums


We went to the library to watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and eat cereal. It was Hannah’s first time watching the movie, she didn’t really like it – Muggle. We lazed away the afternoon then it was time for N@M, but first – food! We tried a new place –

No reservations, and it was a small place, but we only waited 15 min. We had the best deviled eggs and the second best brussel sprouts. Their tacos were like Mas Kaos, but they had so many more choices. They had good drinks too, but it was very loud, so not a date night kind of place. We weren’t far from the Botanic gardens, so we made that our first stop. They had a Day of the Dead event that had been going on all day, but I just wanted to see the gardens at night. It was James’ first time there, so maybe we should have gone during the light hours so he could see more of it, but he said he was fine with the bit he saw.

Then we went over to the Forney museum.

Baskerville and the Springs


B&W day 2 –

We went to the student matinee of Baskerville – it was so good. It was funny, witty, and 3 of the 5 actors played 40 characters. This made the play even better, in my opinion. The actors were really just phenomenal. After the play we went through the Fine arts museum to look around.

Buck Walsky At the Beach 

Jerome Lujan San Istanislas Kostaka

Jimmy Trujillo Calavario

Niccolo di Pietro Gerini Madonna and Child

Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik Ragnarök

Then we headed to Fargo’s for lunch, then to the Pioneer museum to look around.

That was a good day. Back at home the girls watched a movie while I drew a doodle.

Dinner –

And jazz –



Was kind of lazy. We slept in, I made a grocery list, we went shopping at a different King Soopers, the girls watched TV with their friend, Bethany drove them to Chick-Fil-A for lunch, they walked back, I got to read, I took Grace and Gwen to the MCA teen nite and they had a lot of fun making potions, bracelets, telling stories and looking at art.

Gorgeous Fall weather this week for what we’re up to: Church and Fall fest, Worship dance (observation day), Baskerville a Sherlock Holmes mystery at the CSFAC, Kindness Krewe (knitting hats for NICU babies), hike in Waterton canyon, youth groups, Bible study, HS skate, concert at our church (going away concert for our worship leader), NIA, school, LM’s pumpkin fest/contest, Reformation hymn-fest and Oktoberfest.

Dinners next 2 weeks – Sun (TNO – I get Whole Foods, they get Mod Pizza), tacos, pork roast and plantains, chicken and hominy soup, baked ziti, shepherd’s pie, mushroom beef roast, garlic chicken, fried fish and okra, spaghetti, sausage and barley soup, shake and bake pork chops, citrus baked fish.

Sausage Barley Soup

1 pound Italian sausage
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
1 large carrot, sliced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.

In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.

Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.


Sweet and Savory Fried Plantains

1 large yellow plantain, peeled
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon reduced-fat margarine (such as Smart Balance®) 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1/3 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 pinch ground cinnamon, or more to taste (optional)

Cut plantain into three sections. Quarter each section so you have twelve pieces. Season plantain pieces with garlic powder.
Heat oil and margarine together in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook plantains in hot oil until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side; season with black pepper and continue to cook until slightly darker in color, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat and drizzle agave syrup over the plantain pieces. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the plantains.


Shepherd’s Pie VI

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
5 carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ketchup
3/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, finely chopped onion and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.)

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook until clear. Add ground beef and cook until well browned. Pour off excess fat, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add ketchup and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Spread the ground beef in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Next, spread a layer of mashed carrots. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.


Spicy Chicken and Hominy Mexican Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
1 (32 ounce) can enchilada sauce
2 (16 ounce) cans hominy
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pinch cayenne pepper
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken, onion, chipotle peppers, garlic, and garlic salt; cook and stir until lightly browned, 5 to 8 minutes.

Stir enchilada sauce, hominy, tomatoes, black beans, and water into the pot. Season with chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring to a gentle boil. Cover and simmer until flavors combine, about 40 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.


Citrus Baked Fish

cooking spray
4 (3 ounce) fillets salmon fillets
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons melted butter
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking dish lightly with cooking spray.

Place salmon fillets in the baking dish.

Mix lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, butter, parsley, paprika, salt, and pepper together until well blended. Drizzle over salmon in the baking dish.

Bake salmon in the preheated oven until easily flaked with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).