Monday, September 22, 2014

It was noon time and we were hungry.  We came to the small, quiet town of Villa Grove, CO,
and stopped at the General Store and Café, for our lunch.  Immediately upon pulling into the
stone covered parking lot, we knew we were in for an unique experience.

We sent our two trustworthy scouts into check out the place and let us know if the
recommendations that we had been given, were indeed true.

The fact that a young man was fast asleep, on the bench in front of the store, was the first hint
to us, that we indeed were in for memorable lunch experience.  The fact that this building
has operated as a General Store since the 1800s, made us more curious than ever, as we
anticipated eating our lunch here.

Before entering the side door of the cafe', we explored the flower laden back
porch of the establishment.  Homemade musical instruments lined the porch, all
painted black and white.  One could tell right away, that those who operated this
café, put love and care into tending the cozy porch. 

Upon entering the Cafe', we discovered décor that took us all back, to
another time and era, with the brightly painted walls, and the soft country music
pouring through the place.  Artwork filled the walls, and the aroma of good
food, welcomed us.

We each found ourselves reading this poster on the side wall.  It resonated with our hearts,
and some of us took pictures of it, so that we could remember it's valuable advice.

The owner's wife greeted us warmly, with a type of hospitality that a group
of hungry bikers longed for.  Not only did she extend kind, gracious western
hospitality, but she too, cooked the food that was ordered from the menu.
Even the finest of restaurants could not produce such delicious tasting tomato bisque as this dear
lady did!  Truly, the best of ways to eat hometown cooking, on a Monday afternoon in CO!

When we inquired about the marimba sitting behind our table, she offered to play it for us. 
What a gifted lady! 

In the small, glass front cabinet, the most scrumptious looking coconut cream pie caught our
attention.  For a brief moment, we thought of ignoring it, but then on second thought, we
ordered one slice, and four forks.  The rest is but a pleasant memory.  The pie was amazing!
Another talent of our newly found friend:)

As we pulled out of the parking lot, back on our journey again, I could not help but reflect on
the husband and wife we met, and how their gracious, and welcoming personalities, truly made
a difference in our day.   A general store, operating since the 1800s, now was etched in each of
our minds as a very special memory.  It helped me realize that, on a trip like we were on,
kindness continues to create lasting impressions.  We found this to be true throughout our
entire trip, upon meeting up with the nicest, caring people.

Our next meal stop...........Crested Butte, CO. 

And, once again, our server at the pizza restaurant created another fun memory for the eight of us. 

It is Monday morning.  Another week is on the horizon.  May I remind you, if you happen
to operate a restaurant or café in any town of America...... just remember, no matter how tired
you may feel of your job, or how mundane your duties may seem, there are people
like us, who might walk in the door today. And YOU truly can make a difference for them.
When each of us think back to the food establishments we ate at, we remember the
people we met, who made our visit so memorable.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Needed...two gifts.

Two clear canning jars, from the box in the attic.  Washed and dried thoroughly.  Topped with
green lids, from the box I purchased recently at K Mart.

Used two white gumballs from a bag purchased at Target, in the craft section.

Hot glued each one to the green lids.  I see from the picture, that it was not done neatly:).

Discovered a new snack mix from the hundreds on the Internet.  This one got my husband's votes.
In fact, he is having a bit of trouble walking past the tightly covered plastic container, sitting in
pantry shelf.

"Sweet and Salty Caramel Snack Mix" posted by Kate@OurBestBites, recipe adapted from
Southern Living.  Recipe can be found here...

Three simple steps, and then a while to cool... 

...make one big portion, which can mean extra gifts or many snacking times for those in your
family.  One jar of this went to our daughter as a hostess gift.  A few hours later, she sent me
a picture of the empty jar, with the statement, "I think it is safe to say, "we loved it!"

Another simple gift idea from me.  Your friends will love you! 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

We arrived home last evening.  The words on the card said, "Welcome Home"! 
The flowers and the freshly baked muffins, were an extra special sight, and were placed there
by our daughter and granddaughter.  We had been gone a long time.  In fact, it was the first time
we had been away from home for as many days, and we were happy to be back.

Flowers and muffins were the best way to welcome this girl home:)

We had our motorcycles hauled across the country in this carrier.
We took planes to the beautiful state of Colorado.
There were eight of us.  Four bikes with two passengers each.
My husband had planned the route we would be taking, each day for eight days.  Miles and
miles of country, mountainous, canyon lined, and remote roads, were on our agenda. 

We were blessed with gorgeous weather for the most part.  But, we came equipped to travel
in all kinds of weather.

We rode in the sun filled days...

...when one could see for miles and miles, no matter what direction you looked.

And,  yes, we traveled in cold, rainy weather one morning.  Over the wet, mountainous roads we
went.  I am not going to tell you that this part of the journey was just as much fun as the days ahead.  However, this is where rain suits come in handy.:)  And, yes, they did keep us dry.

We rode through breathtaking sunsets, when the world seemed to stand still and you found yourself
wishing that it would.

We rode together...four bikes with four very good, skilled, and careful riders, and four passengers.

We took lots of breaks.  Time to take pictures, stretch our legs, and drink lots of water.

We loved spending time together, and it seemed like we never ran out of things to
talk about. Two of the couples were on adventures like this before.  For my sister-in-law and I, it was our first time for a trip like this.

Personally, I have been a passenger on the back of a bike for many years of my life, but never
partook in a trip for more than two days at a time.  A week in CO was in the making for quite
a while before we actually did it.  It was a very special time, in every way for the eight of us.

The next week, we spent visiting family in Denver and at the Guest Ranch.

This particular evening, we stood silently, watching as the setting sun, lit up the western sky.  It was impossible to truly capture it's awesomeness.

I will share a few highlights in the next few posts, if you want to stop back.

It seems like a long time since I've been in blog land.  I have catching up to do, but I also have responsibilities and commitments that are demanding my attention right now.

Thank you so much for stopping back, especially after such a long break on my part.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

During the task of cleaning and organizing my refrigerator today,  I pulled out a pack of Pillsbury Crescent rolls.  I had been happy to find this in the grocery store, because it is the "seamless dough sheet" type.  And, since I had the two "little guys" in my care today, they helped me make some "strawberry cream cheese" creations.

I like that they are always up for anything I ask them to help with, in the kitchen.  They ask
questions as we work together.  And, the number one question ....... " can we try one when they
come out of the oven?" 

Personally, I like the seamless dough for my recipes.  It makes it easier than the dough
that is already divided into separate crescents.

Fresh from the oven, "strawberry cream cheese" Danish, drizzled with a bit of icing.

More of the red roses to add the needed color.  Actually, I wished that I would have had a
red strawberry half to place on top of each roll.

My happy, hard working helpers, who would have eaten every one of the Danish, if the
"baking police" would not have been in the kitchen with them:)

Labor Day weekend is almost here.  So quickly it has appeared.  Summer 2014 will soon
be only a memory for all of us.  For some, the summer has held special memories.  For others,
not so.  Some of you are facing huge hurts and difficulties in your lives and the lives of
your families.  On the news front, the world seems to be changing rapidly.   But, there is
still beauty to be found in God's creation.  Beauty that fills one with wonder, and with
thankfulness.  This collage I put together for you, as a gift from me, to direct your focus,
and to lift your spirits today.  You stop by "just a little something for you", you comment,
or you send emails.  Thank you!  I pray that you are blessed by beauty and wonder this

I am taking a blogging break for a few weeks.  I will be back, and look forward to catching
up with all of you.  At that time, I hope to share a few highlights of my time away.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

The old glass pitcher and small juice glasses provide a centerpiece for my kitchen table.  I picked
some flowers from the garden, and was happy with the simple way they dressed up the table.

This past weekend, we celebrated one special little two year old's birthday.  The new barn and
farm animals we gave him were a hit.

Since it rained on our planned picnic, all the children gathered on our daughter and son-in-law's
kitchen floor.  Younger ones eager to share with the older ones, in some cases:)

Since he lives in the city, we brought the farm to him, via the packaged wooden
red barn, and plastic farm animals.

And of course, it came in many pieces! Guess who got to put it all together?
Thank goodness for our son-in-law's expertise in this area.  I love seeing the
anticipation on the faces those waiting.

We do not farm the land personally, but we sure are grateful for those who do.  We will do our
part to promote farming in America.

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I am sharing a few things that I like today.  First of all, the roses I brought in from
the garden. 

Secondly, the sauce I made tonight for dinner.  I mixed equal parts of honey (see last post),
and Dijon mustard.  Stirred together until smooth.
I cut up chicken breasts into pieces and sautéed them in olive oil, until lightly browned.
Then added the above sauce and let them cook on low for 40 minutes, in a covered pan, until tender.

I cooked a pack of this rice in the microwave oven, for 90 seconds.
I placed the rice on the plate, added the chicken breast pieces, and then
poured some extra hot sauce over the chicken and the rice.

 A quick, simple, and delicious dinner.  We both liked the combination of honey and Dijon mustard.

For dessert, I mixed equal parts of the honey and peanut butter together.
I cut up a banana, and then in another little dish, I placed some "coconut, cashew
crunch" from a past post.  This truly is one of my husband's favorite combinations for
a dessert or snack.  He dips banana pieces into honey/peanut butter mixture, then into
cashew crunch.

 This coffee drink on ice is now my husband's favorite coffee drink.  I enjoy it too!

 Now, quite hesitantly, I am going to show you my oven door.  I do have a self cleaning
oven, but for some reason, it never gets the glass door clean.  I have tried various cleaning
products but was never satisfied.  Recently, I visited a blog where the
writer had the same problem as I did.  She found the perfect solution, and now I too,
am a believer in her method.

Jessica, on
says she found the solution when she read the book, "Salt, Lemons, Vinegar, and Baking
Soda" by Shea Zukowski.

I made the paste of baking soda and a bit of water, and placed it all over my door.  I let
it set for just a bit, then scrubbed it with damp paper towels.  Guess what?  It came off.
So easily and so thoroughly.

Here is my newly cleaned glass oven door.  I am so happy!  Now, I won't have to
make sure the oven light is off, when my mother comes for dinner:)

Last, but not least, the beautiful bouquet of white hydrangeas that my
daughter picked for me. 
So, there you have it.  Just a very little something just for you, this


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