Category Archives: outdoors

Snow! Weekend

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Finally.

It was black out skate at Skate city tonight.

The next morning we shoveled a path for Jack and got affogato at Coffee lady.

Jack loves to eat snow.

We got James’ new glasses and Jack was bored.

Heading to Fargo’s.

We left there and went to the Penrose museum, I wanted to see if it would make a good field trip, it was pretty neat and we learned a lot about the Broadmoor and area.

Sunday we went to church and then headed to Georgetown for the ice races.

The ice is 17″ thick, still it’s a little unnerving to be standing on the lake with tons of cars driving around.

The week –¬†back to school, Creativity club, Cafe 180, Educator’s night, driving practice, TNO, NIA, Co-op chat, Teen science cafe, youth group, hiking, RW site testing, zoo, Speakeasy Soiree, church, Bethany leaves for GJ.

Dinners –¬†artichoke chicken, beef stroganoff, pork tacos, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, chutney pork chops and sweet potatoes, Tex-Mex soup, TV dinners (James and I have a date.)

Errands and skating

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Jack and I ran some errands and I took him to Fairmount cemetery. I had never been before, there are a lot of historic Denver names buried there and lots of sculptures and burial art.

We decided to go to regular skate on Friday. Grace tried in-lines and did great, I ate a pickle and it turned my tongue green.

Then it was cheese trivia, cheese sampling and learning about cheese at a library teen event. Jack and I walked around and warmed up by the fire.

Parade, LM’s, chilling

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Advent day 14

Advent day 15

Advent day 16

I got a new head wrap.

Jack got to go to Home Depot.

Saturday we went to the Olde Golden parade, Jack’s first one,

Then we raced over to Littleman’s to make gingerbread houses as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

Sunday Hannah seemed a bit sick, so we stayed home from church. I went grocery shopping and later we went swimming. The girls watched Jack so James and I could go on a date.

Dinners this week – Italian sausage and root veggies bake, Israeli spice chicken and eggplant, chicken sausage/apple/cranberry hand pies, artichoke chicken with couscous, stuffed bell peppers, beef stew, pizza at home (Grace and I want to try goat cheese/kale/sweet potato as toppings.)

Israeli Spice Rub:

1 1/2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Warm pita or flat bread, for passing

Serving suggestions: Serve with tomato relish.

Dressing for relish:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 ripe lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt

Orange and Yellow Tomato Relish:
3 vine ripe or small round red tomatoes
2 orange or yellow tomatoes
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Israeli Spice Rub:
For the spice rub combine the paprika, cumin, oregano, coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, and kosher salt in a bowl. Place in a sealable jar, keep in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
Place chicken in a shallow dish. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil to barely coat the meat. Rub chicken liberally with 4 tablespoons of the spice blend. Let stand 10 minutes.
Grill chicken 6 or 7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

Orange and Yellow Tomato Relish:
Seed and chop the tomatoes and combine with onion and parsley in a shallow bowl. Combine oil, lemon juice, and spices in a small plastic container with a lid. Shake dressing to combine and pour over salad. Season salad with kosher salt and toss to combine well. Let stand 10 minutes and serve.

Our week – school, CT scan, Elf party, doc appointment, youth group, Hotel Eloize at DCPA, water sampling, afternoon tea, friend outing, not sure what we’re doing on Saturday and Sunday.

Lapompe, driving, string art, photo walk, party

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Grace started driving again this week, so we went out every day and drove here and there. On Friday she got on the freeway and made a giant loop back to the house for 54 min of drive time. She’s doing really well, there were a few jerks who drove like jerks (we have a ‘new driver’ magnet on the back of the van – people know she’s new.)

Tuesday James and I had a date night at Nocturne jazz supper club with Lapompe playing. The food was really salty (that’s probably because I haven’t had much salt in stuff lately), but it was good. The music, well it’s gypsy jazz with Lapompe, so it was awesome.

Jack is ready for Christmas photos.

He got to go to the dog park and play with the wolves, we haven’t been in a while, so he was happy.

Being spooky.

Thursday we went to a library program and did string art, Hannah stayed home to Jack sit and we pick up a friend to go with us. I did a heart and Grace did a narwhal.

Jack loves to sleep in a hammock made from a blanket and your legs.

But, at 12 pounds, he’s kind of heavy.

Friday I took Jack with me on a photo/sniff walk. I took pics, he sniffed.

Hannah had a Christmas party at church and made these awesome cookies, they also played games, ate snacks and watched The Grinch.

Fresh air Friday

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All the state parks were free today, but I didn’t feel like walking too far at a park. We had to run by the grocery store, go by the fish store and take Jack into the vet. When we got back we got Brooke and headed downtown to the ice skating rink.

While the kids were skating we took Jack to a pop up dog park – I love this idea! I had heard the Denver was doing this, but this was the first time I’d seen it. Jack played with another pup, then we walked to the Christkindl market.

James and I had schnapp shots (honey and apple and the honey was so smooth and honey tasting) and gluhwein (red wine mulled with spices.) It came in a cute mug and was very good. Even though that was the only thing we bought at the market, I had a good time sipping the wine while browsing.

That was the extent of our fresh air Friday, after watching some MASH episodes James and I went to bed early.

Puppet theater and Cottonwood farm

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My puppet theater co-op was today, it may seem to babyish, but Mrs. Annie can be really funny (even when she’s not trying.) The story was Little Red Riding Hood, sort of. There were a few twists and turns. Our group filled the theater with 39 people, I was glad.

I had switched my farm trip because of snow and that worked out great. Friday was clear, sunny and in the 70’s. Perfect for the trip and for Jack to wear his pumpkin shirt (he’s a “Jack”-O-Lantern…..)

And the girls wore their light up Halloween shirts.

Off to the corn maze.

Our pumpkin haul.

Grace’s carving.

Grace’s DOTD LPS custom.

And Bethany spent the day hiking with a friend.

Jack was licking the curtains.

And we spent Saturday getting ready for our trip.