Fetching Bath, England

Bath, England- We were only here two nights, but we made the best of it starting with an elegant tea time in Bath at a spot called the Pump Room with live classical music, quite the experience.  This is the spot where the Romans once had their public baths for soaking and socializing (one still remains…

Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookie kind of weekend

Cookie of the Year anyone? Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies Although this first batch was delicious, it wasn’t the prettiest outcome.  Baking at high altitude can be a b*%$#, especially with a new cookie recipe, so I started to experiment. I increased the oven temperature to 365 and decreased the time, checking them around 10 minutes….

High Altitude Oatmeal Scotchies and Homemade Eggnog

Oatmeal Scotchies with Coconut at High Altitude 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened 1 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 1 & 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 2.5 cups of quick oats 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1 bag of…

Sheep, Stones, Rainbows, Guinness, and Green

Endless green hills and pastures, Guinness galore, people with passion and personalities, sprinkles of sheep and tiny farms, stone walls and thatched roofs, historic castles, rainbows and shamrocks, are a few things that come to mind when thinking back to me short time in Ireland.The marvelous Cliffs of MoherAn Irish pub in a tiny town…

The Cotswolds

We flew in early this morning on a red eye flight straight from Denver and got a rental car in a blur to drive to Oxford, England.  We stopped at Cafe CoCo there to have our first [of many] basic English breakfast: grilled tomato, baked beans, eggs, potatoes, mushrooms, and toast (opting out of the…

Pumpkin season for one more month…

The traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin roll couldn’t wait. I had the urge to make the pumpkin roll early this year, but this time I wasn’t sure it would turn out right. My normal recipe had to be modified to adjust for 7,400 ft of elevation for successful high altitude baking results. I am learning that baking…

Gluten AND Sugar Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I have always enjoyed zucchini bread but never thought to make my own until I worked at the farmers’ market the past two weeks and had so much zucchini I had to think of some different ways to prepare it. I also have been trying to eat less sugar and gluten, so I came up…

Working from Home= more time for life’s little luxuries

One of the best things about working from home is not having to rush around to make time for the 40+ minute commute, so I get to make coffee and breaky instead!  I made some delicious banana blueberry muffins with strawberry butter–inspired by my home state’s The Pioneer Woman in one of her magazines–and a lovely…

Sawtooth National Forest in Sun Valley

I couldn’t let it go unsaid how much I appreciated the area of Sun Valley.  The little towns of Ketchum, Sun Valley, Stanley, and Salmon make up a beautiful area.  I stumbled upon the well known Sawtooth Brewery and a symphony concert that evening at the colorful Sun Valley Inn and Lodge.  I could have…

On the Road Again…

With my mind full of anticipation and wonder, I could hardly sleep on this particular Wednesday night.  I laid awake knowing I have so many things to pack in my car to leave for this very impromptu adventure in the morning.  I had to prepare for a wedding celebration 8 hours away and a week…

Penny

If you love the Bichon Frise breed, then this is a post for you.  If you follow my blog, you may recall in my past I have fostered the most wonderful Bichons.  It has been over a year since I have had a foster dog, so I was way over due when I found this…