Saturday, June 29, 2013

Inner Excavation

I am taking an afternoon to start in with Inner Excavation again. I want to do the tasks. So sitting at a local coffee shop and reading and writing.

Taking notes, using little flags to remember important passages.
Writing poetry....I begin. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. Having a poetry night under the moon light sky with my love
2. Waking my love up at 3am to look at the Super Moon
3. Getting time at my art table even if it was to get the pain in my body out on paper
4. Having a beautiful library to spend time in relaxing and reading
5. Breakfast for dinner

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Street Art

I posted a photo of Denver street art for Week 23 of my 52 Week Photo Project.  Here is a collage of several of pieces of the street art.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Library Remodel

Our library moved in the spring to another location to do a remodel of the existing building.  They re-opened this week and it turned out really nice. (The library I go to is Mesa County Central Library.)

The top 2 photos are pieces of art by artists we know, but all of the art throughout the building is really good.  There is a piece behind the check out counter that I really love, but couldn't get a good photo of it because there were so many people there with the grand reopening. This first photo is of a piece called Green Jelly Beans by Mary Mansfield and the second piece is I think Dream of Trees by Diana Woods.

The third photo is just of the lights - I really liked them, but really hard to capture them on photo. They are much prettier in person.  The last photo is of the patio.  The screens to let light on to the patio are made to look like book shelves.

I wasn't able to get many photos as it was just so crowded.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

52 Week Photo Project: Week 25

Mayhem ... in every sense of the word ....

Usually I'm pretty good at handling the stress and strain of things coming and going.  But every once in a while it just gets to be too much. That's how it's been for the last several weeks. We haven't had a lot of downtime since the last part of February. But we do trying to take advantage of what available downtime we have.

For instance, we have been going to the drive-in with really good frequency mainly because it allows us to have some down time without getting phone calls, e-mails and other interruptions. It's a good break and being able to spend quality time with Darby enjoying a picnic-type dinner while watching good movies underneath the stars iis really well worth it.

We need to get back into the habit of doing our poetry dates again as they were good releases for us. Now that some rather large projects are behind us I hope that we can pick up our dates again.

So if you have been wondering where we have run off to, we haven't gone far they've just been incredibly busy.

We hope everyone has had a safe, fun, wonderful summer so far.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. simple pleasures like tea and toast for breakfast
2. ice cold water on a hot summer day
3. the cool house on a hot summer day
4. date night at the drive in again - Superman and Ironman 3
5. beautiful sunsets

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. fish with lemon pepper and garlic
2. roasted green beans
3. art journaling
4. incredible bread a friend gave us
5. pretty flowers

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Easy Gravy for Biscuits & Gravy

biscuits - out of a can, Bisquick, or your favorite recipe
1 pound ground breakfast sausage
1/4 cup flour
2 1/2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste 

Bake biscuits 

Brown sausage in large skillet over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.

Sprinkle flour over the top of the sausage.  Gradually add milk; cook until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

* Make it easy - do Grand's biscuits out of the can. Quick and easy.
* Do not drain the grease from the sausage that is where ALL the flavor and of course fat is at so don't get rid of it.
* I added just milk - not whole or 2%, because I have used both whole and 2% and of course whole tastes better, but 2% still works and tastes good too. I have never used skim or 1%. 

* If it is too thick, then add more milk.  If it is too thin, add more flour.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

52 Week Photo Project: Week 23

There is this one ally that we pass often in Denver that is filled with street art and every time we pass it I say to Michael that I would love to take some photos of it.  This past week, we arrived early for an appointment so took a few minutes to take some photos. This was one of my favorites in the ally.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Gratitude Friday

sunset tonight
I am thankful for...
1.  soft kitty cats
2. lunch with friends
3. safe trip to Denver and home again
4. ice cream on a hot summer night
5. beautiful sunset to end date night

Monday, June 03, 2013

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Brownies Gone Wrong

Yesterday I had a huge craving for brownies.  I decided I was going t make them, but I was out of cocoa so had to wait.  Today I was able to make them after a trip to the grocery store.  I was rejoicing that I was going to curb that brownie craving once and for all. Well, if you look closely at the picture you might see a problem.  See instead of using vanilla extract in the brownies, I used maple extract.  Which of course made them not really taste like brownies.  They were fine, just not what I was craving. And yes I did contemplate making a whole new pan, but we suffered through the maple brownies. I have a feeling I will be craving brownies for a while.