Curry dinner on a sprinkly Tuesday night

If you are thinking Cyrus is holding a tennis or badminton racket in his hand AT the dinner table, you are wrong. This is his new “Insecta Electrocuter” ( I’m calling it) toy he’s been fending off food nabbers with tonight. This contraption came out of nowhere and was pleasantly presented at dinner this evening…

Deadwood

We traveled back in time to play some poker, have a nice dinner at Deadwood Social Club, and visit the Old West and James Butler Hickok’s–aka “Wild Bill”–grave site, among other notable folk heroes.  This famous Wild Bill was shot and killed while playing poker (see “dead man’s hand”-they say two 8’s and two Ace’s,…

Oh là là…what a beautiful AND tasty Strawberry Tart!

Strawberry Tart Recipe 1 1/4 c. flour 1/2 c. butter, chopped 1/3 c. sugar, plus 1/4 c. for filling 8 oz. cream cheese 1-2 lbs. strawberries, hulled and halved (or sliced however you prefer) 1/4 cup jelly, warmed to a liquid (I used plum jelly for tartness, but you can use strawberry to match) 2…

Spearfish Fish Hatchery

This is next door to our campground in Spearfish. They are raising Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. This is a really pretty area with lots of great fishing spots along the rushing creek that lines the side of our campsite. Too bad Cyrus nor I have fishing poles…buuut even if we did we agreed that…

Salute to my brother and Cassie!

Here we are at our new spot in charming little Spearfish for the week or so. Tonight we cracked open one of the good bottles to enjoy with our homemade pizza in honor of Brad and Cassie’s announcement today. They’re getting married!! I’m happy to know I’ll be gaining another lovely sister thanks to my…

The Badlands

The Lakota Indian Tribe gave this land its name, “Mako Sica,” meaning “land bad.”  Our first impression of this place was that it was an amazing yet eerie sight with little signs of humankind or animal life for that matter. Our initial idea regarding no breathing life changed moments later when we entered the Badlands…