Presidents Day Weekend: when the ski resorts of Colorado are flooded by out-of-staters coming to spend their long weekend cautiously sliding down the snowy slopes. But for us, it was a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification class, wrapped up with a winter hike up to Loch Lomen on Monday.
I’ve moved around a lot in my adult life. Often I realize that at some point, a certain possession I once had has been lost in the shuffle… and I can’t pin point exactly when. But this is not true for the church cookbooks that I grew up with. I have kept a close on eye on these over the years. Continue reading “Pumpkin Bars”
It has recently occurred to me that, though there have been many wanderings here in Colorado, I’ve been very negligent in telling you about them! So, today I’m sharing our experience on the Sourdough Trail in Indian Peaks Wilderness! This was my first snow hike in Colorado! A mountain forest in the winter is nothing short of majestic… the clean bright snow contrasting against the rich pine trees is absolutely stunning. And I love how quiet and serene the forest becomes… it’s so easy to imagine little forest creatures cuddled up together in their burrows… napping the day away beneath the blanket of snow. Continue reading “Hiking the Sourdough Trail in the Snow”
If you’ve been following this blog, you know by now that we have SO much more space than we did in Minneapolis. But SO much more space also means we have SO many more walls. Empty walls. Walls that look boring and barren without anything on them. Walls that could cost a fortune to fill with framed art.
So when I came across a set of framed vintage-looking botanical prints selling online for upwards of $200, I got inspired to create my own.
Today is Freya’s first birthday!
… and while I did restrain myself from going all out and throwing her a birthday party at the dog park, complete with party favors, party hats, and a pupcake, I did make some homemade dog treats to share with her friends.
Ah! Autumn is upon us! And one of my favorite fall traditions is Oktoberfest. Thought I haven’t yet attended the original Oktoberfest in Munich, many cities throughout the US have created their own little mini Oktoberfest celebrations. Beer, polka music, bratwursts, pretzels… what’s not to love?
Today, I had originally planned to post a recipe for pretzel bites and beer cheese dip in honor of Oktoberfest, but when I checked my email and saw a message from the mentorship program I participated in last spring, in addition to the tragic deaths in Las Vegas, I decided that today, it is more important to share my Art Buddies experience.
Last fall, when I was feeling helpless and scared for our nation’s future (fears that have not gone unwarranted, given today’s political environment), I started looking for ways that I could contribute to a better tomorrow. I donated money to causes that were important to me, I worked on mindfulness to ensure I was interacting with those around me in a positive way, and finally, I donated my time to Art Buddies.
Okay, who was responsible for telling me that contact paper is one of the most versatile craft materials ever? Because they totally dropped the ball…
These late September mornings and evenings here in Boulder are refreshingly brisk, and promise all things cozy and comfy are on the horizon. It happens around this time every year… I start craving my favorite comfort foods. And as a midwestern farm girl, my comforts are usually equally high in calories and flavor. If you’re looking for a low-fat, low calorie dinner, this is not it.