Sunday, July 31, 2011

Stubble and Stuff

This was the highlight of my week--getting Brian home--stubble and all. I didn't even mind (too much) kissing those prickly things when he walked in the door.
He and three other leaders had just spent a week in the Uintas with eleven 14 and 15 year-old boys, and I missed him!

These captures from Brian's iPhone show how absolutely gorgeous it was. They camped at Island Lake.

(Travis is 6th from the right and Brian is behind the "camera".)
They hiked, played games, jumped off the cliff into the lake, caught fish with their bare hands, weathered thunderstorms, and had a GREAT time. Brian is convinced he needs to take me there next month--just the two of us. He has it all figured out.

As for me, I'm just glad the man is home--stubble and all.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011


My heart has been heavy with sadness this week. I need it to be light.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Hors d'oeuvre Party

Last week the newlyweds (how long can I call them that?) packed up their belongings and drove 1900 miles to Atlanta where David will start graduate school in the Fall. Before they left Rachel insisted on throwing us an Hors d'oeuvre party.
This gal loves to cook. She has made her own birthday cake every year since she was 12--not because I refused, but for the pure joy of it. The more complex the recipe, the better, in her eyes.

For three days Rachel toiled in my kitchen--heating up the house and producing mounds of dishes. The results were extraordinarily delicious.

Served warm:
(Leek and Ricotta Tart)
(Pigs in Blankets)
(Bacon and Onion Tartlets)
Small bites:
(Cheddar Cornmeal Icebox Crackers)
(Gruyere Thyme Icebox Crackers)
(Crudites with Canelli Bean & Roasted Red Pepper Dip and Homemade Ranch Dip)
(Parmesan Puff Pastry Straws)
Crunch and munch:
For dessert:
(Chocolate Dipped Strawberries)
(Glazed Lemon Cakes)
(Chocolate Pretzels)
(We also had fruit kabobs with cheesecake cream dip, but for some reason I didn't get a picture of those.)

Abby made the signage, menu, and place tags. She had carefully painted clothespins to resemble each invited guest. 
We had an abundance of food that lasted for days.

It was fantastic!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


The baby woodpeckers have left their nest. We miss them.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Beach Combing

One of my favorite mornings of our vacation was when Kellie, Travis, Abby, and I walked along the beach. Our destination was Kahuku Point. We started out in a light rain so the only camera I brought along was my iphone tucked safely into a plastic bag. It was low tide and the tide pools were teeming with life.
Abby found a crab.
Sea urchins were plentiful. A live one is on the left and a lifeless one is on the right.
We had never seen a sea cucumber before, but they were everywhere.
When we rounded a corner, a terrible stench greeted us. It only took a few seconds for us to discover this shark. Kellie and Travis poked at it a bit. They were disappointed it had no teeth.
We took our time reaching the Point and gathered treasures along the way.
(sea urchin shells)
(sea glass)
A Perfect Morning