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Snow! Weekend



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.)



We took Jack to Starbucks and got him a puppuccino.

Then we took the girls downtown to Destination venture for free food and activities. We got a 3-D photo, tried some snacks and watched a chef.

Then we went looking for alley art on the mall.

James grilled for dinner and then we went out for drinks. We ended up at Devils head but I should have ended with the coffee drink instead of the peach shot.

Sunday at church we started a new series, the bottom line for today was when you realize there is no condemnation in Christ, you let go of self condemnation and condemnation of others. Basically, when you get grace and understand that the love of Christ covers you, you accept that grace and also give it to others. After church we took Jack to the store, took a nap, watched some TV and had dinner.

Dinners this week – Mango chutney chicken, chicken and apple sausage with sweet potatoes, Saltgrass (b-day dinner), beef stew, chicken apple salad, skate night (pizza), grilling stuff.

Our week – NIA!, some art, Mama and Tony coming in, St. John’s music at noon, b-day dinner (Bethany is 20), Money museum, Fargo’s, Penrose museum, game night, Stock show parade, some school, black out skate night, ice races in Georgetown, church



It was James’ break too, so on Friday we braved the cold and drove to Ft. Collins to check out Littleman’s new ice cream shop up there – Churn. Jack was shivering, eating his ice cream and shivering some more (but not giving up that ice cream!)

Flatirons on the way home.

It was to cold to go walking from store to store, so we took the scenic way home. Saturday we lazed around, same for Sunday. We took Jack to his favorite store to get a cookie, they were all out of iced ones so he got a BBQ mailman instead.

Monday it started snowing, which made everyone happy (and made a shorter line at Dim Sum.) I got a call from my cardiologist while we were eating, upping my meds again, but I did enjoy my meal.

Bethany went to a friends house, we chilled out till it was time for fireworks.

Watching Peter Rabbit.

It was 8 degrees, so we bundled up and put a sweater and coat on Jack. The fireworks were very short this year, about 5 minutes, not sure why they were so short.

We headed home and watched some TV to stay awake till 12 to ring in the New Year with grape and apple champagne.

Tuesday was our first hike of the New Year, at South valley. It was 9 or 10 or something like that – cold. Even with the sun shining it was cold, there was a slight breeze. Jack walked part of the way, then we carried him so his paws could warm up, but he wanted to get down again.


We warmed up with some coffee and doughnuts and I was happy that was our big outing of the day.

I have no big plans for the next few days, just chilling, running errands, checking on things, getting movies from the library, and cleaning up for my Mom’s visit next week. I might have to find something to do this weekend though, too much chilling wears on one.



Advent day 9 –

Bethany and James went out for coffee while Jack and I slept. Grace made pancakes in the dorm while James and I had bagels. The n we packed up Jack to go get the girls.

Bethany took us to her favorite night star watching spot.

Then we went to look around the antique shops on Main st.

Stopped for lunch at Sonic, then we dropped Bethany off and headed home. We stopped in Frisco for the last day of Wassail days (and so Jack could walk around.)

We got home about 7, made dinner, watched some TV and went to bed.

Dinners this week are on the fly – pineapple chicken wraps, pot roast, junk food (Christmas party), roasted chicken and root veggies, pork chops with couscous and salad, TNO @ Whole Foods (girls going out.)

Our week – school, worship dance recital, driving practice, Fox theater show, CU teen cafe, youth Christmas party, DAM teen tour, Cardiologist, HS skate, Bethany home on break, Olde Golden parade, LM Gingerbread houses, TNO, church.

Grand Junction


Advent day 8 –

We got a late start to GJ, the views were nice along the way.

I went to the mall and dinner with the girls while James and Jack stayed at the hotel.

I made Jack a little nest on the other bed with pillows surrounding his blanket, rectified Goodnight Moon twice and he went to sleep. The girls were snacking, watching TV and sleeping in Bethany’s dorm.



Saturday, Advent day 1.

I had a women’s Christmas tea at church, I ate way too many scones, but they were so good.

I got to wear my new hat.

We made a little craft, I’m going to add some stuff to it, the paint was a little thick.

We went to the mall and I found a ‘World’s Goodest Teacher’ hat.

We had a good time walking around. When we got back home we rescued Jack from the crate and took him to Petsmart to get some food. They had free treats, so he got lucky with bacon and cookies in a bag to take home. We bought 2 new balls, we had 3 green spiky ones…but we threw away 2 of them this week due to his chewing the spikes off.

Grace went to her youth group and helped watch kids, I took Hannah to our church to meet the prospective youth pastor. We took some photos after.

Sunday, Advent day 2.

From church –

In a land of deep darkness
a Light shines to see –
Jesus, the Christ 
from whom evil will flee.

Our Wonderful Counselor
a gift from above,
God’s beloved Son
cradled with love.

The leader to guide us
in a world out of control,
oh Wonderful Counselor
a balm for the soul.

Don’t lose your sense of awe
at the heart of it all,
for our Wonderful Counselor
waits for your call.


We went for a drive to Manitou Springs.

Jack had fun going in and out of shops, we shopped around for an hour, then headed to the arcade.

I had to play the indoor Galaga, I hate that one (the fire button gets stuck.) Jack was ready to blast off!

We saw pics of Joel’s troop participating in the obstacle course at camp.

We got back home, shopped and started dinner. We ended the night by watching a long Columbo, I wish the guy had just confessed, it would have saved us an hour.

Our week – school, final kid sitting, final worship dance, Hora around the Menorah at LM’s, Spot the Elf in Lafayette, Jazz at EG, driving for Grace, youth group, TDO in CR,  Constellation family night, Jazz at ACC, Grand Junction visit with Bethany, Frisco Wassail days.

Dinners this week – chicken marsala, Asian tacos, tamale pie, Greek chicken with couscous, Brazilian black bean stew.

Brazilian Black Bean Stew

1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 pound chorizo sausage, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (1 pound) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 small hot green chile pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups water
2 (16 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 mango – peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the chorizo 2 to 3 minutes. Place the onion in the pot, and cook until tender. Stir in garlic, and cook until tender, then mix in the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, tomatoes with juice, chile pepper, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender.
Stir the beans into the pot, and cook uncovered until heated through. Mix in the mango and cilantro, and season with salt.



Bethany headed back to Grand Junction, I think she’s off after the 15th, so it won’t be long before she’s back (and we are going to see her one weekend anyway.) I guess I didn’t really get any pics of her when she was home. She chilled out playing video games, wrote some, took the girls shopping and out eating and played with Jack.

We got some shopping done, I went out with a friend to a coffee shop, then to Zoe’s when the shop closed. We talked for a few hours, then I came home to some grilled pork chops and sausages. We’ve been trying every Mrs. Dash flavor since the cardiac diet went into effect, most of them are really spicy (I guess because there’s no salt in them.) But, we did find a garlic herb and onion herb one that everyone likes and it isn’t spicy. I can have salt, just not the normal amount that gets poured onto everything, so these help. Less salt means that my diuretic works better, 29 pounds lost since 10/20 and most of that is fluid (and that’s also losing the 3 lbs of fluid that I gained in 2 days after the aneurysm surgery.)

My week – school, kid sitting, worship dance, date night (LaPompe at Nocturne), driving practice, youth group, teen string art, middle school Christmas party, Women’s Christmas tea.

Dinners this week (starting today) – grilled pork chops with corn on the cob and squash, quesadillas with fixings and black beans, date night (kids choice), chicken alfredo over couscous with broccoli, keema aloo, lemon rosemary fish with brussel sprouts, chicken gumbo.

Keema Aloo

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 extra-large Spanish onion, chopped
2 tablespoons water (optional)
2 pounds lean ground beef
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
1 serrano chile pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I’m reducing this to 1/2 tsp)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup frozen green peas
1 teaspoon garam masala

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion in the hot oil until soft and beginning to brown, about 12 minutes.

Mix ground beef, garlic, ginger, serrano chile, and cilantro into pan; cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir coriander, salt, cumin, cayenne pepper, and turmeric into the beef; cook and stir until flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and potatoes, cover pot, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Mix green peas into dish and cook until sauce has slightly thickened and flavors have blended, 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle garam masala over the dish, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.