Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Weekend 2009

Labor Day weekend - Friday evening we went to Laramie to the farmer's market, and bought fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, watermelon, cukes, and a loaf of fabulous bread! We had dinner at Corona Village, a very good Mexican Restaurant right off the 3rd St exit...yum! We went back up on the mountain and took this pic as the sun was going down:

Saturday morning came with sunny skies and cool breezes. We took several walks with Cinder, who loves it up there because she doesn't have to have a leash on...just her Sit Means Sit obedience collar (if you have a dog, you NEED this system!). Here she is heading off to play!

We spent the day re-organizing - my file drawer was in a terrific mess - we got new files made, and managed to get rid of a LOT of paperwork...yaaay - you know how much paper weighs? A ton! The rest of the day we just vegged - I actually got to read an entire book! I read "Night World" by L.J. Smith. It was really 3 books, but they all tied together...terrific 'vampire' 'witches' book! It was 729 pages long, so that was a lot of reading! I'm so happy that I now have time to occasionally read again! We had a wonderful evening, again with a terrific sunset!

I made a fabulous pot of soup that just screams 'comfort food' to me. My mother made it all the time when I was growing up. Here is the recipe:

Potato/Onion/Beef Soup

Put in stock pot leftover bite sized pieces of beef. You can use pot roast, leftover steak, whatever. I put in whatever juices might be left over too.
Add some beef broth or boullion.

Thinly slice a couple potatoes (Figure 1 and 1/2 per person) add to broth.

Thinly slice a big onion - add to broth.

Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender.

I always serve this with homemade bread and applebutter. YUM!

Sunday morning we had a terrific breakfast. I put together a strawberry stuffed french toast, and we had it with sausage links. Once again, we went for a nice long walk, and I cleaned out another drawer (the dreaded utensil/junk drawer). Once again, I was able to dispose of a few things. We decided we were going to go to Laramie and visit the Territorial Prison. I was there about 13 years ago, and David was never there. The web site is: http://www.wyomingheritage.org/territorialPrison.html I did take some pictures but the web site is better :) We spent about 5 hours there. They DO utilize work kampers there, and have 4 full hookup sites. If you're in the area, check it out!
We went back on the mountain where once again we needed a light jacket outside. We were tired and took a nap, then just puttered around. We had a wonderful dinner of grilled baby back ribs, split a baked sweet potato and had a wonderful salad...once again we watched a terrific sunset, and went to bed with the chickens!

Monday once again we had strawberry french toast and maple sausage patties. I packed us a picnic lunch and off we went to the Village of Centennial, WY. When we got there we realized that it was Monday, and the Art Show/Farmers Market/Craft Show was Sunday!!! So, we walked around a couple shops, and while doing that chatted with one owner who said that in their area there was 75% Beetle Kill. She said the other side of the mountain (Colorado) there was 90 percent, and they were doing controlled burns. I won't get into the politics of the whole thing, but this has gotten way out of hand. Our grandchildren will never get to see a National Forest here in the west, because all the pines are either already infected or will be by spring. Here is a picture - the 'red' trees are dead, and most of the green ones are infected. If they don't do controlled burns, lightning will strike, then OMG, it won't stop until the forests are swallowed up. Sigh...such a shame!

Of course, while we were up close to the top (elevation over 9,000 ft), we noticed that the aspens were already showing golden! This really should not happen for another couple weeks - so my prediction is that we are going to have an early and nasty winter!!! YUCK!

Monday evening we had yet another wonderful meal - grilled cheeseburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes, cukes and avacado's...

That brings us to today, and back to work! We'll be headed to Albany WY next weekend with our Jackalopes camping club!

David my darling - thanks for the memories!

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