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…

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…

Noshing in Nashville 

I know I wrote about some of my experiences eating in Nashville, but this one is a bit more elaborate and detailed about the food.  Honestly, I didn’t mean to write two, but I’m writing a wrong here and just going to leave both redundant posts:) The Patterson House is an exclusive gem located just…

A Mountain Wedding: Sweets & Spirits

Day two in Aspen wedding celebrations Specific location:  Hotel Jerome Garden Terrace The mini Lemon Tarts were amazing as well as the Apple Fritter Donut Holes. The open bar complete with coffee and accoutrements     Steve Tyrell–from Father of the Bride wedding–sang tonight for an extra special surprise from the father of THIS bride.     The…

The Leadville Experience

   City on a Hill Coffee Roastery and Cafe Bakery was a great coffee shop.  I can’t officially say I loved their coffee, because I opted for the delicious hot chocolate made with silky smooth steamed milk and whipped cream.  Paul can verify that they make a mean Cafe au lait.    We could spend…

Butter Beans and Chocolate Malt Lunch

Butter Beans (Lima) Soak the bag (1lb.) of beans 6-8 hours, then rinse and drain Add about 6 cups of water and beans to a large pot 1 T butter salt (easy with salt since bouillon contains a lot) and pepper 1 T chives 1-2 T dried onions 4 chicken bouillon cubes 1 t oil…

Life (and work) on the lake…

Just got to say how thoroughly I’m enjoying the view from the “cubicle” this week on the ginormous Flathead Lake. Although the dynamic weather over the water (abrupt windstorms, followed by eerie calms, and then lightning shows) and curious wildlife is a bit more distracting than I’d like. Can’t have it all I guess… -Cyrus…

Rainbow over the lake dinner

We went to the nearest city of Polson, Montana (cute little lake-side town) to look for kayaks to rent for the week. After we found them, loaded up and made a quick stop by the grocery store for a few essential items we saw the most beautiful rainbow on our 20 minute drive home…until we…

Notte italiana

Tonight we had chicken parmigiana; farfalline pasta with a tomato, onion, garlic, basil, mushroom sauce; rocket basil salad; and brownies for dinner