Live, Laugh, Love, Lisa











{October 3, 2016}   My heart dog…Copper John

I’ve heard that there are certain dogs that come along in your life that are your heart dogs.  Well, Copper John is mine.  He’s seven years old and almost left us in July because of a football size abscess in his gut we didn’t know about. He’s healed and I swear he’s grateful.  He stays glued to my side, except when he’s running full out on our walks/hikes/runs.  He does 10 miles for my 3.  I love this boy.

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{June 13, 2016}   Mmm, bacon

The advantages of having a husband who has summers off…. He’s “makin’ bacon”. This batch is made with a maple and bourbon espresso cure. Betting it will be his best yet!

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{June 9, 2016}   Untouched

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A beautiful Colorado sunset



{June 4, 2016}   Bacon Peanut Brittle

He’s in heaven, and I have to admit it’s damn tasty!

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1st empty nest Saturday evening. My beverage is all that and more: a spin on  a Manhattan… Orange & Blueberry Infused Bourbon with a splash of Chocolate Bitters. Sitting outside on the deck on a beautiful June evening.

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Bought the tickets for the New Brewfest in Prospect when the predicted forecast was warm and sunny. Frickin’ cold but it’s still all good.

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A sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil.  A sprinkle of sea salt. Done. The best salad ever.

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{May 9, 2016}   Soon to be am Eagle Scout

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As I sew on the last three merit badges I think back to the day when my now eighteen year old was just a kindergartener, starting out in Cub Scouts. It seems like yesterday.

Since then he’s made so many Scouting memories, from accumulating frost points for camping in below freezing temps in northern Colorado, to Pinewood Derby races in Georgia, to planting seedling trees in Nebraska, to swimming in the Flathead Lake in Montana, elk hunting and bird hunting in several states, and scuba diving in the Florida Keys. All of these experiences helped shape him into the man he is today.

He’ll never forget the “10 essentials”, or the CPR training, or gun safety training, or the “strikeless award”  he and Sean received because they couldn’t start a campfire.

He’s learned how to fundraise through popcorn sales, wreath sales at Christmastime, and concession stand sales.

Over the span of 13 years he’s learned to volunteer and to give back, whether it be through training younger Scouts, or by presenting the colors at a community event, or helping out at a town fair.

He met his two best friends in Scouts, one in Georgia and one in Colorado. Although the friends now reside in other states I have no doubt they’ll remain friends for life.

There is a special bond between Scouts, no matter the age. I recall a Georgia neighbor in his 80’s giving Collin his Scouting book from when he was a child. I can still see him turning the yellowed and worn pages.

I look forward to the Eagle ceremony, realizing only 2% of Scouts reach this level. He will be in good company with former Presidents and company CEO’s. I’m not sure of what his path will be, but I am confident that he has the skills and experience necessary to be successful, thanks in part to the Boy Scouts of America.

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Statistics show only 2% of Scouts go on to complete their Eagle Scout



{April 4, 2016}   Deck Time

After a loooong Monday it is time to relax on the deck. The weather is just perfect. I’ll need a jacket after the sun goes down.

Great catching up with Bob today. It’s been years but feels like yesterday. Love those kind of friend connections.

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You know the saying sly as a fox? Well the fox I spotted on my drive home from work isn’t too sly or smart. He was standing in the middle of the road as I drove up.  I pulled over and he ran off to a side dirt road, so I snapped a picture of him. Pretty little guy.

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{April 3, 2016}   2nd Batch of Beer

Today we are bottling our second batch of beer. We’ve decided to name this one Indian River Summer Orange Weitbier, after where we grew up, which was on the east coast of Florida near Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. Can’t wait to make the labels for this one!

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Just bottled beer. Ready in two weeks.

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Checking the alcohol content



{March 23, 2016}   Irish Themed Dinner Party

We love to cook.  We love to entertain.  A great way to do both is to have a dinner party and break bread together with dear friends.

We decided to have an Irish themed dinner party the day after St.  Patrick’s Day. We came up with an amazing menu with each course complimenting the other.  The invitation….

Please join us for an Irish inspired meal at our home.  Feel free to arrive anytime after 5pm for cocktail o’hour.  Dinner to follow.  

Pre Dinner Cocktails & Starter

Tipsy Leprechaun with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Colorado’s Tincup Whiskey, Creme de Menthe

Marinated Apricots served over Honeyed Whiskey Cheese

Dinner Menu

Potato Leek Soup

Smoke-Roasted Glazed Corned Beef with Whole Grain Mustard and a Horseradish Cream Sauce paired with Wiggle Butt Apricot Ale

Smashed Potatoes

Pickled Cabbage Slaw

Brown Butter Soda Bread with Irish Farm Butter

Dessert

Irish Coffee

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cookies & Cream Parfait

Now the pictures…

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Decided to get outdoors today because it is gorgeous! After a trip to the dog park we hit Echo Brewing in Erie, Colorado, and sat outside in the sun. We sampled New Holland Dragon’s Milk and my personal favorite, Dry Dock Apricot Blonde. Both were fantastic.

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{March 20, 2016}   Locally Sourced Honey

Love, love, love buying local honey. This came from a self serve stand in Berthoud, Colorado, called Daisy Lane Honey. This is the first time I’ve purchased the decorative bottle. It’s so pretty I can leave it out.

**Buying local honey helps with allergies.**

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{March 17, 2016}   Potato Leek Soup

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Working on the Irish inspired dinner party. The leeks look such a beautiful green!



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It’s so beautiful. This time we’re making an Orange Blossom Weitbier with orange rind and Coriander. We’re adding a tincture made from orange rind that’s been soaked in vodka.

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Alaskan Reindeer, Elk Jalapeño Cheddar, Louisiana Red Hots dogs to name a few.

We’re having Pheasant Cordon Bleu and a Beef Dog with Grilled Onions and Cream Cheese, asking with homemade chips.

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{January 8, 2016}   No “snow day” today

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Plenty of white stuff dumped last night in Colorado, but not enough to make it a Snow Day. Okay by me since I get to work from home.  😉



15 Reasons You Should Never, Ever Visit Denver – http://huff.to/1PL5sC3



{January 1, 2016}   Cheers to 2016

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Moscato Mimosas, yum!



{December 3, 2015}   First holiday party of the season

It’s beginning to look like Christmas. First holiday party of the season. Sunflower Bank’s First Ladies Holiday Party at the beautiful Dickens Tavern on Main Street in Longmont, Colorado. Love this time of year.

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{October 16, 2015}   Vanilla Apple Vodka Cocktail

It’s a keeper! The black specks are from the vanilla bean.

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Vanilla, Apple and Vodka Cocktail
12 oz (1.5 cups) apple juice
6 oz vodka
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
vanilla sugar, for rim
1 cup ice, plus more to serve over
Mix apple juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.



{October 10, 2015}   The most beautiful campsite ever!

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Near Long Draw Reservoir….up Poudre Canyon, Colorado, near Cameron Pass.  Simply gorgeous! I woke up to Elkview going. Spotted three bulls getting a drink from the reservoir.



Friends invited us over to watch The Princess Bride on their new blow up screen in the backyard. Really cool way to watch a movie! Complete with popcorn and candy. Fun times.

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Two pieces of my art were selected for the Firestone Art & Music Show.  I’m excited and scared. My “Coyote Howling at the Moon” was selected for the marketing flyer.

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Our first visit to the newly opened Wibby Brewing Company. Located by the old Tyson’s plant.

The Wibtoberfest is on the left, and Moondoor Dunkel is on the right.

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Buster Brown, the brewery mascot



{September 4, 2015}   Monte Vista, Colorado

Amazing!

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Decided to check out the view and caught a gorgeous sunset at Flagstaff Mountain…

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{July 30, 2015}   My Vizsla & Sunflowers

Out early this morning with Copper John

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{July 22, 2015}   Summer sunset in Colorado

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{June 13, 2015}   Rep Your Water

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Avery Brewing’s “Beerstream” at Rep(resent) Our Water. A fundraiser that will benefit the Boulder Creek.



I made up a batch of homemade Huckleberry Ice Cream for a Memorial Day weekend BBQ. Oh my gosh, it’s so good. I used huckleberry jam from Kalispell, Montana, that I purchased from Costco. We were excited to see a familiar brand while shopping with the masses. After Googling, “How to make homemade ice cream using jam”, I found a great and easy recipe. It probably took five minutes to mix and dump. It was a big success at the party. Fortunately I saved a pint for home. It’s even better a day later. Yummy!

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Great, little distillery by the Red Rooster. It started with a dream and a vision, by Fred and Susan. Five years later Black Canyon Distillery has a whole suite of homemade spirits.  Their repertoire includes Whiskey, Winter Whiskey with hints of cinnamon and maple syrup, Mayhem Creek Pepper Vodka with 4 different kinds of hot peppers, the Rica, which is a whiskey margaritas, and vodka made worth corn.  We were able to have tastes of each and everything was really excellent.
     I learned that to save money, Fred makes his own stills. I’m guessing he is a former engineer turned spirits-maker.
     In addition to the distillery they’re is a permanent bbq food truck outside, Devil Dogs BBQ. Everything served had a Marines theme. There’s the Chesty (Puller) Spicy BBQ Sauce, 10 November (Marines bday), Lejeune (North Carolina style sauce). The dry ribs were some of the best I’ve ever had.  Cameron tried the pulled pork sandwich, that was huge, and real good with its tender meat and crispy bits. The homemade slaw and baked beans were also really good. So glad we stopped by. We’ll be back for Bluegrass Sunday, that they have once a month.

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A Lemonade-Skey and a Mo Sweet Tow.

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Pulled pork & beans

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Pork Ribs (4) worth coleslaw



{May 16, 2015}   Colorado Columbine

From the yard of my friend, Tina.  I must grow Columbine next year.

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I was thankful to see my lavender, and garden in general, didn’t have any damage from yesterday’s hail storm.

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My new favorite rooftop…

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My new favorite rooftop…

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{May 10, 2015}   May in Colorado

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This is why they say don’t start your gardens in Colorado until after Mother’s Day.  Rain, flooding, snow…..all in the course of hours. Hope my newly planted tomatoes, lettuce and lavender make it. They are safely covered up with lamps underneath.



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One of the few overcast days that we get here in Colorado. It’s still a beautiful day for golfing.



{May 4, 2015}   Lovely Lilacs

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A wonderful scent that isn’t easily duplicated.



{March 20, 2015}   Purple Mountain Majesties

For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

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Looking West towards the Rocky Mountains this morning around 7am from Milavek Lake in Frederick, Colorado



{March 19, 2015}   Homemade Big Soft Pretzels

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These pretzels aye so good, and so easy. Probably 30 minutes all in.

I never, ever want to be allergic to gluten. I went to a Chamber luncheon today, and the Colorado Wheat Industry were the featured speakers.  They dais 1% of the population has a gluten allergy. Interesting. Boulder, and Colorado in general, is known as the gluten-free capital of the US. You can’t toss a stick without hitting a gluten-free sign.

Anyway, the pretzels are great. The recipe can be found at allrecipes.com under Large Soft Pretzels Quick. Thumbs up.



{March 19, 2015}   Nice bench

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{March 13, 2015}   New Dog Treat Recipe

I just finished a major event yesterday, so to decompress I chose to try out a new recipe for dog treats. This one calls for only 2 ingredients: baby food whole wheat flour. I used Mixed Vegetables & Beef Dinner baby food and combined it with flour. Next, I rolled it out and used a couple cute cookie cutters to get different sizes and shapes. I baked them until they looked done, and wallah, they’re finished! I’m going to keep them in the fridge because the last batch I made I stuck on top of the refrigerator and they got moldy.

3-6oz jars baby food
2 cups whole wheat flour  (plus more as needed

Combine. Add more flour as needed. Divide up dough,  taking a handful and shaping it into a ball.  Place on a lightly floured surface. Next, roll out the dough with a rolling pin, then use your cookie cutters to cut the dough. Place on cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes. Store in the refrigerator.

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After an unsuccessful afternoon of Bald Eagle watching at Fossil Creek Sanctuary we headed to Black Bottle Brewery for some beer cheese soup and beer.  I had the Carlos American Brown Ale, which was delicious. Cameron tried the stout /cider beer, that I liked better than my beer.  The soup was perfect on a cold winter night…well, on a cold March 1st.

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{March 1, 2015}   Down the rabbit hole….

Copper John disappearing into a rabbit hole. Fortunately, the rabbit was deeper in the hole. In Fort Collins, Colorado.

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After an unsuccessful afternoon of Bald Eagle watching at Fossil Creek Sanctuary we headed to Black Bottle Brewery for some beer cheese soup and beer.  I had the Carlos American Brown Ale, which was delicious. Cameron tried the stout /cider beer, that I liked better than my beer.  The soup was perfect on a cold winter night…well, on a cold March 1st.

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{February 21, 2015}   Snowflake on snowflakes

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The Front Range of Colorado doesn’t get the amount of snow that I thought it would.  Moving here from Georgia I had visions in my head of lots and lots of snow.  Longtime residents of the area say that it used to snow more. I wish it would.  The snow we get is great because it is here one day, then gone the next.  The roads are very rarely icy and dangerous. However, I find myself wishing it snowed more and lasted longer.

Well, today is the exception.  The forecasts are predicting 1 to 2 feet. I can’t wait. The mountain ski resorts need the snow, and I want the snow.

Right now the wind is blowing something fierce, and it is snowing heavily.  We have a “Taste of the South” dinner party in a neighboring subdivision tonight.  It’s ironic that it’s on the snowiest in five years.



{February 15, 2015}   Valentine’s Day Dog Biscuits

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Even the pups need some Valentine’s Day lovin’.  I made this batch with parsley and bacon grease. 



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