Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Warning: The following Bento's are still rough around the edges!
Bento is the art of a lunch box. In Japan many women pack intricate lunches for their loved ones, but here at River-Rose, there have been days my kids are lucky to get a PB & J in a sandwich bag!Recently, I ordered Bento Boxes for them and at first was afraid that it would take too much time and that I would be up late at night re-creating the Mona Lisa from bits of Bologna. So I made a secret promise to myself to not be a Bento perfectionist (which is a promise easy to keep)!
My kids love all things sea food, and unfortunately it seems the more expensive it is, the more they love it. At the store, rather than pleading for candy, they beg for prawns and crab. The solution? Inexpensive, imitation crab meat. I bought a package for about $3, and have made Sushi, Noodles and Krabby Patties with it for their lunches.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
When I picked up a nice bag of Oranges the other day, I thought it ought to last for a while. Little did I realize that with two boys in the house, the Oranges would barely last a couple days. I learned my lesson and cut them into slices, freezing a half an Orange per bag. While doing homework, the boys love eating their bag of frozen Oranges. I love the fact their snack is all natural and it takes a bit longer to eat, so they last longer!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
A little rub of Olive Oil and on the grill these homegrown Tomatoes go. About 2 minutes on each side. Don't worry about a fancy serving plate, place everything on a wooden cutting board along with lightly grilled Flour Tortillas!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
It is also important for our children to be reminded of the words of Mr. Beamer, passenger of United Airline's Flight 93, “Let’s Roll!”. Spoken a few precious seconds prior to a fated moment, frozen in time. A moment that defines the human spirit to preservere and the same moment that little old me, lucky enough to be sitting on the arm of my couch, crying and squeezing my child tight in my arms said, “Yes, it’s okay for you to still go to school”, knowing full well that within 20 minutes he would be out of my sight.
You can't miss Grand Junction Western Wear for two reasons. The first reason is that sitting atop their building is a giant yellow cowboy boot, the second, is the level of superior quality of their hats and boots. The owner, Jerry Derby, has been hand-making hats for 40 years. Back when he was 13 and in the rodeo, he found his calling when as a favor he fixed the mangled hats of his rodeo buddies. Since then, his skill has elevated it to an art form. Each hat has a distinct personality, just as each person who will wear them. Jerry gets that. Although some of them look too beautiful to touch, Sally, Jerry's assistant will encourage you to try one on! If you walk into the store and Sally is working, then it's your lucky day. Her personality and knowlege shines as well as her pride in the product. She makes shopping a pleasure and if you have the time, ask her if she will play you a video of the step-by-step process in hat making, starring Jerry, of course!
They have quite the selection of boots and it's easy to envision your feet tucked into several pairs...
While trying them on, there are a few things to keep in mind, such as the heel height. Cowboy boots come in an array of heel heights from flat to stilleto. Originally, traditional western boots came in a higher heel because the cowboy used his heel as a tool- for stir-ups or digging their heels into the dirt when controlling an onry horse or donkey. If your not dealing with stir-ups, horses or donkeys, then keep in mind what type of weather you will want to wear your boot. Some boots have slippery soles that can make walking in rain or snow quite the experience!
The shank is the part of the boot that goes up the leg and varies in height as well. Traditional boots usually covered the calf to protect the cowboy from snakes and harsh weather, but the Packer and Stockman styles run a bit lower. It's a good idea to visualize what you will be wearing your boots with and how they will wear with your style of jeans.
Finally, is the toe style. A pointed toe has always been traditional in Western Boots, although ropers and worker style boots are more rounded. Either way, try them on with the type of sock that you will wear with them, look for comfort, and don't forget that it takes a while to break in a good boot, but once you do, their like an old friend! If you grab a pair, don't forget to get a good protectant cream or wax to extend the life of your boot, but make sure whatever you get does not affect the color when applied.
Can you tell which one is mine? I can't wait to stomp around in my new pair and will never forget where they came from!
Grand Junction Western Wear will be moving in November to a huge, new facility and will then be called Rocky Mountain Hats and Boots! The concrete is being poured as we speak. Their new location will be off of Highway 50. They will also start an online mail-order service and will be shipping their fantastic hats all around the world! Good Luck, guys and happy hat making!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- Grate Squash and a Potato- mix with Egg & Bread Crumb- Fry into yummy patties!
- Cut into thick slices and steam until soft. Blend and freeze mixture. Pull out and add to your favorite cake recipes for extra moist cake!
- Use the frozen mixture to thicken a Winter soup!
- Grill with Sea Salt and Olive Oil, then add to fresh greens with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar!
- Give some to friends and neighbors!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
3033 8th Avenue
Evans, CO 80620
While staying in Greeley, Colorado, locals highly recommended a buffet-style restaurant called Western Sizzlin. I enjoy buffets although sometimes quantity gets confused with quality. Not at this particular restaurant. Proof that the American dream is still alive, owner Bob Boswell, originally started off 25 years ago as an employee of Western Sizzlin back in Arkansas and moved to Colorado with wife, Beth, in 1988 for the purpose of opening a new franchise. In 2000, Bob and Beth became sole owners. Talk about working your way up!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
If you've found yourself here then you believe in fate. That wrong turn, flat tire or business trip all led you to try out Randy's Pub -n- Grill and you wouldn't have it any other way. What a cool place!
Voted Favorite Lunch and Favorite Burger, Weld County 2006, and going strong. Originally Randy open it up as a truck wash but realizing his gift for photography as well as knowing what people like to eat, he followed his calling. The employees are friendly and the interior seeks to educate. There are so many awesome pictures on the wall, depicting rodeo life, cowboys, yesteryear as well as current musicians such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Reba and LeeAnn Rhymes. It doesn't take long, whether perusing the photos- or sinking your teeth into his food, to realize Randy's got a gift...
These beauts are cooked to sticky fingered perfection! So good that I mentally thanked my lucky stars this place is NOT right down my street, otherwise; I would be there every other day! Ten "Honey Barbecue Wings" with Blue Cheese and Celery, $8.69. Get two orders for the weekend!
The burgers are delicious and the one in the above picture is a mouthwatering Green Chile Bacon Burger. 1/3 lb. burger cooked medium and topped with Melted Cheddar, home style Bacon, Lettuce, Onion, Tomato, and an Ortega Chile served with fries and reasonably priced at $7.19. The menu is fun to read and is a whopping five pages long! They boast gorgeous ice cream and shakes made to order, but who can save room when they are serving up the adventurous "Brian Gary Burger"? Boasting- "Big-n-Beefy Nuts" (which is actually Rocky Mountain Oysters) or perhaps the "nutty" part they are referring to is also the smearing of Peanut Butter and 3 deep-fried Mozzarella cheese sticks sitting on top of a Bacon Double Cheeseburger, paired with some yummy fries for $9.69. Brian Gary (a local CO radio personality), sure must be proud to be honored with such a burger, although Randy 'ought to be proud for the food that comes off of his grill!
Friday, September 4, 2009
1 Regular Sized Package of Spaghetti
2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Bunch Green Onion
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1/2 Stick Butter or 2 Tablespoons Margarine
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Flour
2 1/2 Cups Water
A Sprinkle of Salt
A Dash of Pepper
Set your stove to high heat and bring 8 cups of water to a boil and season it with a few good dashes of Salt. Add Pasta and stir. Cut Chicken into 1 inch chunks. Clean and cut Green Bell Pepper and Green Onion into large chunks and drizzle with Olive Oil. Season with Salt and Pepper. Allow to boil, stirring occasionally for about 11 minutes. Strain and rinse gently with cold water. Set aside. Keep your empty pot on the burner and lower heat to medium-high.
Place Chicken and Green Bell Peppers into your hot pot and stir. While stirring, allow to cook for 6-8 minutes.
Add Lemon Juice and Butter. When the Butter has melted and starts to bubble sprinkle Flour over the mixture and stir. When the mixture starts to look gummy, add water and keep stirring until mixture becomes creamy. Turn heat down to low and add a bit more Salt and Pepper to taste.
Add Pasta into Lemon Chicken Sauce and toss well. Serve family style on a pretty platter with another drizzle of Olive Oil!
Comfort food can mean many things to many people. For some, when the season begins to change and the mornings and evenings starts to cool, a bowl of chili is a comfort. When a child is close to starting their first day of school a Hot Fudge Sundae may seem like a comfort. I recently developed a strong need for comfort food as having visited my dentist three times in the last week. Not that my dentist isn’t a nice guy, on the contrary, he’s very considerate; although with some of the procedures I have had to endure lately, I only wish I’d listened to my mother more and not be so rough on my teeth. Nevertheless, after these appointments, I found myself extremely hungry -yet confused as to what to eat as my mouth was inflicted with a combination of being numb and tender. Stomach growling, something had to be done so I drove to a local restaurant and walked in with cheeks so puffy that I’m sure I resembled Marlon Brando in the God Father. That aside, I had a nice bowl of creamy Potato Soup with a sprinkling of Cheddar Cheese on top. The first spoonful of that soup was like receiving a warm hug on my insides. It was so good that, it almost made my dental appointment seem like an enjoyable experience and with a couple appointments still ahead of me, it seems like having that soup will become a tradition. Now that’s comfort food!
JB’s Family Restaurants
136 East 5th North Street
Take Out: 678-0803
Although JB’s Family Restarants is a chain that claims 50 restaraunts in six states, you would never know it from our local franchise’s warm customer service. It feels like a downhome place. If it’s the weekday and your in a rush for breakfast this is the place to go to enjoy a variety of dishes in record time as they have a good breakfast buffet that includes country style potatoes, bisquits, corned beef hash, eggs, pancakes, truly delicious bacon, fruit, muffins and more for $5.69, while the weekend breakfast brunch goes for $7.99. If your hankering for something healthy and fast, their Salad bar is the way to go. Fresh salad and many choices of crisp veggies, pasta salads, cottage cheese, fruit and your choice of two hearty soups goes for $6.49, while you can add the salad bar to any entrée for only $1.99. Speaking of entrée’s there is such a variety from a 16 oz. Porterhouse Steak served with your choice of fries, rice pilaf or baked potato along with tender vegetables as well as a garden salad or soup for $13.49, to the Parmesan Shrimp Penne which comes with your choice of soup or garden salad and a nice wedge of garlic Parmesan toast at $9.99. JB’s also offers many sandwiches and burgers as well as tasty appetizers like the Spinach Artichoke Dip for $5.49 and desserts like their Banana Split for $2.99. Everyone in your family can find something they like and if you look up their to go menu within the most recent Project Mutual Mini-Cassia Phone Directory, you can get 10% off your next takeout order.
Club Sandwich from JB'S
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
During our Summer road trip we were lucky enough to find this delicious Buffalo Jerky. The maker is Southern Lady-Miss JR. This jerky stands above all that we have tried. It is sliced and dried very thin- almost transparent, giving it a wonderfully chewy texture. The Hawaiian flavor is kissed with Pineapple and Hickory, yet the Buffalo flavor truly comes through. After trying it, we always kept our eye out for this product and when we found it we bought two bags and treated it like gold.
After checking out their website, I was pleased to find out that they have Smoked Alaskan Salmon and Halibut, as well as Smoked Cheeses. Sounds like the perfect set up for the holidays to come!
Southern Lady Miss JR, LLC
Missoula, MT 59804