Thursday, October 30, 2014

Foggy Morning

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
Psalm 91:1-2
I realized after I left to take the kids to school that I should have taken the camera. So after I returned home I retraced some of my 'steps' and took a few photos. I may have to take up nature photography, I kinda like it! 
The mystery and beauty of fog is irresistible to me. Love it!
♥Be Blessed♥

Monday, October 27, 2014

Power Breakfast

I figured Monday morning is a great time to start out with a breakfast of all the good stuff. When I say ALL that IS what I mean. Well, IMO, that is. :)
Onions and, mushrooms, and garlic sautéed in Avocado and Coconut oils till tender. Add a handful of each Organic baby Kale and Spinach. Continue to saute until wilted. Place on a plate and keep warm.
4 oz. Wild Caught Salmon,
cooked and crumbled in the same oils as the veggies
1 sm. egg, scrambled
Asparagus Spears
When finished place on the bed of sautéed veggies.
 Garnish with:
Avocado Slices
Kind of a step up from my breakfast yesterday...
...wouldn't you say? haha
Although that cake is nothing to sneeze at!! It's rich and moist in all of it's chocolate-y goodness!!
(recipe coming soon)
And yes I was tempted to brew some coffee to wash down All of the above, good and evil, but nope I didn't. You really! should be proud of me! :)
Have a lovely Monday!!
♥Be Blessed!♥

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger

Because sometimes nothing else will do but the old time favorites.
Today is one of those fabulously beautiful Fall days and I was working outside in the yard and 'hungry as a bear' when I came inside. Serena was baking cookies (the men are hunting) and had not had lunch yet either. I had two grass fed burgers in the fridge left over from last nights supper that needed cooking so I decided to make this a treat lunch for us. She preferred hers as a plain bacon cheeseburger on an English Muffin with BBQ sauce and mine had fried onions and mushrooms, bacon and Swiss cheese and Avocado (in place of mayo, YUM!) shredded lettuce and ketchup and mustard on an English Muffin.
Say it with me, du-licious!
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Changes Ahead...

"Home Sweet Home"

"Pikes Peak"
The view from those front windows thrills me every time! Never in my wildest imaginings did I ever think I would live IN the Rockies! But I'm convinced some places are just too small for some people. I guess for now we are meant to live where it's big, wide open, with actual fresh, clean air and room to breathe and experience roaming room like never before. 

Something I was used to seeing growing up but I've missed seeing for the 9 years since living here at this place. Not complaining. Just saying. Some things are hard to get used to.

Behind the house

And the views from the very top of the 'hill' above the house!

One of the things that thrills me the most about this move is that the men of the house are super, super thrilled about living somewhere they have always dreamed of living. Truly, I have not seen them this excited about anything. Ever. That alone, to me, makes the huge changes that will be necessary absolutely worth it! And my daughter is a lot like me and just loves the outdoors and being in it and looks forward to spending time with her pony where she has lots of room to ride. And as long as we can be where our men are, we feel happy and content. :)

~ Yes, life will be different.
~ No, we're not crazy!
~ Yes, we might miss some conveniences like 3 grocery store within 5 minutes in 3 different directions. And a host of other things we take for granted.
~ Yes, I know, planting flowers, or anything for that matter, will be very different if not downright difficult at close to 9000 ft. above sea level!! But then, Eden isn't so much a place to live as it is an attitude of the heart. And this rugged, beautiful land is an Eden of it's own.
~ Was it a difficult decision? Not really, when God speaks to you, He makes your paths straight if you have the guts to say yes. He's always Faithful!
~ Was it a sudden decision? No, it took us 10 years! to have enough guts to say that Yes!
~ Do we feel a lot of support? Yes and No. Some people don't get it. That's okay, God approves, and that's what matters. Then there are others who totally do get it and are super excited with us. That's refreshing! :)
~ Are we excited? Absolutely!
And the kids were all in from the very beginning, no bribery, arm twisting, or seduction of any kind was used to get their yes. That was a Blessing!

Plans are to move after school ends in the Spring. But secretly we all pray our house here sells before that so we can pack up and go! :)

Thanks for stopping in. I hope your day is Blessed!



Monday, October 6, 2014

Caramel Cheesecake

So I had an open can of dulce de leche in the fridge and thought maybe before I/we eat it all with apples (not that that would be so bad but...) I could maybe concoct a rich creamy cheesecake with it? Ahh, Yum!!
I was originally going to name it after one of my favorite turtle candies (Coblentz Chocolate where are you when I need you?!) and really deck it out but decided it's rich and decadent enough without adding MORE caramel and MORE chocolate. And the truth is, it would work with pecans as well and maybe even as a caramel apple cheesecake? Who knows? I decided to leave it plain and make the decision of which piece by piece as I/we go along.
And just for the record, I have no plans of feeding this whole thing to me or my family so if you are local and need a dessert, or simply want a taste :) Please do not hesitate to give me a shout out and say you want it. I merely wanted the pleasure of creating and a tiny taste and that's all over with now so , yeah, do stop in!!
I did add cashews to the crust but roasted pecans or even roasted peanuts would be perfect as well, so, there ya have it, I couldn't decide. I could tell you that indecision is unusual for me because I pretty much see things in black and white and know what it is that I want or don't want but this is not one of those important things where it's really useful to know for sure, so... not gonna insist on either/or. Ha!
Preheat oven to 300°.
Place a small bowl (ovenproof) of water on the bottom rack. Makes the top of the cheesecake glossy :)
1¾ cups crushed chocolate cookie crumbs
¾ cup almond flour
2/3 cup roasted, salted cashews
Pulse to chop in a food processor (love my Ninja!) then when it's super fine and the cashews are evenly chopped add 7 Tablespoons cold butter, and mix well. Press into a prepared 10 inch Spring form pan. (By prepared I mean, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper with the pan apart. Place the outer rim over the bottom and close the clasp. Cut the excess paper off with a scissors and spray the bottom (paper) and sides lightly with non stick spray and wipe excess with a paper towel if necessary). Press the crumbs on the bottom and evenly up the sides about 1 inch. Set aside.
6 (8 oz. each) cream cheese, room temp.
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
6 eggs, room temp.
Dulce de leche, to swirl
In a mixer bowl combine the cream cheese, sugars, vanilla, and salt. Beat on high several minutes until creamy and fluffy. Scrape down sides as needed.
In a separate bowl beat the eggs. Pour into mixer and mix until incorporated. Don't over mix! You know, cracks in the cheesecake and all that if you do.
Pour half of batter into prepared crust. Drop small dollops of caramel randomly over the batter. Use a wooden skewer to create a swirly effect. Use quick motions and don't stick the skewer too far down into the batter for best results. Pour the rest of the batter over top and repeat with the caramel. Place Spring form pan on a baking sheet and place in the oven.
Bake for 1 hour or till sides look puffed and dry. Turn the oven heat off and prop the door open with a wooden spoon handle for another hour. This also helps prevent cracks from forming by allowing the cheesecake to cool down slowly.
Allow to cool on the counter and then refrigerate over night, lightly covered with a tea towel (to absorb condensation) before removing from pan and serving.
Garnish as desired.
Blessings to you!