Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Big Horns, Big Peaks

    WOW!   Look at these guys!  We were on our way up to to go hiking at Guanella Pass in Colorado and had heard that we might see some Big Horn Sheep but never expected to get this up close and personal. We almost got in a wreck - so close that you could see them breathing.
Big Horn Sheep are really very majestic animals and didn't seem at all concerned about being watched. Obviously the one in the middle is posing for the camera - "my right profile is my best side" - he knew he was going to be on the front page of my next blog!

  So, after the encounter with the Big Horns we did drive up to Guanella Pass at 11,000 ft to see some really Big Peaks. The pass is a stunning area with tundra and tarns ringed by mountains including a few of the "14ers": Mt Evans and Mt Bierstadt. It's a beautiful place to go for a walk if you can catch your breath. We hiked up the Mt Bierstadt trail and had amazing vistas at every turn.


So, if you are driving in Colorado - watch out for the Big Horns and Big Peaks!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Easy as Pie

 Kirk and I do have a "real" home even though we are never there. It is in Parkdale Oregon - famous for it's apples. SO we are always trying to find ways to serve apples at Breakfast and here are two of our faves.....

This first one is Upside Down Apple Pie: always a hit with the guests. Because you are my favorite readers, I will give you the recipe and then you will wonder why I get paid to do this - It is SOOO easy.

First spray a pie plate and melt 2 TBL butter in it
Arrange apple slices and sprinkle with pecans
Pour 3 TBL maple syrup over the apples and
Sprinkle with cinnamon
Pour 2C pancake batter over apples
Bake at 350 for 40 min
Invert to serve and VOILA!

Now one of Kirk's specialties is his Apple Compote but he will not give out the recipe which just means that he doesn't have one and it comes out different every time he makes it. Hey, it's always delicious and that's all that matters!

So after he creates his secret compote, we put it on top of our Apple Baked Oatmeal. And since two of our recent guests: Veronica and Theresa asked for it..... here is that recipe-

Spray a 9/13 pan
4C Oats, 1C Br Sugar, 4t Cinnamon, 4t B Powder, Salt
1C Melted Butter, 2C Cream, 4 Eggs, 4t Vanilla
       and a bunch of Craisins

Bake at 350 for 40 min

Now serve with Apple Compote [or maybe applesauce since I can not give you the compote recipe]!


  OK, Veronica and Theresa - there you have it.

 Now let me know your favorite Apple Recipe so I can try it!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Springtime in the Rockies

Well it's back to work for us - we are innsitting in Golden Colorado again and it is our favorite time of year here - SPRINGTIME!  So lovely!  One of our favorite things to do is go hiking in the Rockies.

There are so many beautiful trails near Golden that it is hard to choose but one of the most popular is Lair O' the Bear . Although it is usually pretty crowded, you can get away if you hike far enough up Bear Creek and into the hills above. The flowers are stunning in the springtime and it is hard to decide which is prettier. Kirk votes for "Indian paintbrush" but I like the old fashioned lilacs you can find around old homesteads. There are old homesteads scattered all through the Rockies and it always tugs at my heartstrings to think of the pioneer women who would try to make their cabin more beautiful with flowers.

Anyhow, after a hike it's nice to come "home" and look who waits for us in our garden.......AWWWWW