Monday, October 20, 2014

Colorado - Winter Park

Our second day in Colorado, we went to Winter Park so my husband could mountain bike. This was their last day of the bike season before prepping the slopes for winter. I'm so glad he was able to ride. It would have been disappointing for him to visit CO and not bike or snowboard. 

 While he was biking, my son and I rode the lift up the mountain to do the Alpine Slide. You can see it in the above picture, It was kind of scary, but very fun.

The Aspens were all turning yellow. They looked like fire on the mountain, they were so vibrant!

We took advantage of the activities they had at the resort and then drove to a neighboring town to this little antique shop.
Luckily, my son loves thrift and antique shops, so he was just as content as I was.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Colorado - St. Mary's Glacier Lake

We went to Colorado to visit family that moved there about a year ago. This was my first time as well as my son's. My husband has driven through the state, but never had the chance to site see.  Our first hike was at St. Mary's Glacier Lake. The lake is fed by a melting glacier - you can see the snow in the picture below. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. 

I just love this picture of us. I could never dream up such a beautiful backdrop!

Monday, October 13, 2014

An Excerpt: Elsie Venner by O.W. Holmes - 1861

On our recent trip to Colorado, I took this lovely, old book that was given to me from a friend.

I thought these lines were just perfect.

The garden was Abel's poem. Its half dozen beds were so many cantos. Nature crowded them for him with imagery such as no Laureate could copy in the cold mosaic of language.

The rhythm of alternating dawn and sunset, the strophe and anti-strophe still perceptible through all the sudden shifts of our dithyrambic seasons and echoed in corresponding floral harmonies, made melody in the soul of Abel, a plain serving-man.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Weekend!

It's Friday and there is so much going on around here lately.  I am hoping to be able to get a few things accomplished this weekend, including scheduling a few posts.

Have a wonderful weekend ~

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Freshen the Coop

Some of our herbs were in flower or just in need of a good trim.  Rather than sending the extra herbs to the compost pile, I like to put them into the chicken coop.

Not only does this provide a pleasant smell as they dry and a midnight snack for bored chickens, it also has microbial properties to keep the coop clean and free of mites.

Once the herbs are dry and mixed in to the shavings and droppings, the coop is cleaned out and then all refuse is composted. The herbs serve triple duty before becoming soil again.

Friday, September 26, 2014


It's been a while since I posted a dinner picture.  What do we have here? Orzo and wild rice with foraged mushrooms and asparagus. Hard boiled quail eggs and fresh garden tomatoes and cucumber with pineapple sage.

A simple dinner, full of flavor and goodness.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Saving Summer and Reflections

The end of summer is the time that I tend to reflect on all I didn't do during the growing season or all the things I should have done differently. I didn't can anything. I didn't make freezer jam. I feel like I fell short.

This was also our first year in many that we weren't part of a CSA.  The farm we were using stopped their program. My plan was to go to the farmers market and stock up with the money we would have spent on the subscription. The truth is, that didn't happen. There is just no substitute for having fresh veggies delivered to your door.  We will definitely be searching for a new farm for next year.

I did purchase a basic notebook to keep gardening notes in, tracking what I planted and where - what worked and what didn't. Hopefully this will help me remember from season to season. 

In the meantime, I am saving a bit of summer by:

Baking and pureeing butternut squash and pumpkins for freezing. These are future pies.

Freezing herbs

Saving seeds
drying mint for tea
Our squash did really well. We planted way too many habaneros and not enough sweet peppers. Our carrots took twice as long to become mature, but they are so good. We harvested a few potatoes, The bok choy did great, amazing actually. We grew one eggplant and two tomatoes.  All of the brussel sprouts were eaten along with the broccoli and cauliflower - enjoyed by bugs and deer. With a bit of trial and error I may eventually have a somewhat productive and balanced garden. I am already looking forward to amending the soil and planning for next year,