Birthday Celebration #3

In CategoryFamily, Food

bd grillers

Because of the snowstorm last weekend, we postponed our son’s birthday dinner celebration until tonight.  It’s a tradition for him to choose bd’s Mongolian Grill.  The wait time for dinner was about two hours, but it was worth it.   This place is alot of fun.  You choose your “raw” foods, create your own sauce, and the grillers ham it up and grill it before your eyes.  These guys were good sports in posing for my photo.  I hope my son enjoyed this celebration.

Too much food!

Since we had quite a bit of time to occupy, we took a long walk on the 16th Street Mall.  Although we hopped on the mall shuttle bus for a few blocks, this mode of travel looked much more desirable.  Yee Haw!

prettiest mode of travel


Protective Mama

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Protective Mama

Several days ago … before our 3 day snow storm, we went for a walk in the country.  This is one of my favorite places to visit in February because the cows are calving at this time, and I love calves!  This is a true sign of the upcoming spring.  We had to walk between many sets of mamas and their newborn calves (not such a great idea), to continue logging in the mileage.  This cow made it clear that we were to stay away from her cute little baby, who was no more than a day old.

Only baby cows can get me to walk on a cow paddy riddled trail (see “things I’m not so fond of ” in the “About”  section).  I wish I could give a baby cow a nice big hug … but that isn’t about to happen anytime soon.  Did you not notice that mama?

Soon- to- be Mama

Winter Walk

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Winter Bridge

It’s hard to get up early on a Saturday morning and know you should be exercising,  while all you’re thinking about is brewing a pot of aromatic coffee and baking some cranberry scones to go along with it.

I never regret going on a walk, once I’m actually doing it.  Today was so peaceful and white.  We only saw two other people,  which made it seem that we were all alone in this beauty.

Now I’m back home and need to face some chores, bookkeeping, and other yucky business (insurance claim dispute), and then … I’ll get to make the cranberry scones I’ve been dreaming about since Christmas.


Happy Birthday!

In CategoryFamily

Wishing my son the most amazing birthday ever!

May this next year be filled with joy, laughter and goodness.

I love you very much honey! <3

Chocolate Chocolate Cake

What’s for Dinner?

In CategoryFood

Apple Topped Chops

We’re always in search of something delicious and “restaurant” worthy for dinner.  I tried this recipe from Taste of Home Low Fat Country Cooking, and was extremely pleased with its yummy factor.   The fragrant smell enveloped my home.  Comfort food all the way, with a lo cal twist.

This photo was taken of the picture in the cookbook,  so due credit is given.  Anybody who knows me is fully aware that cooking is not my forte!

Here’s the recipe:

6 loin pork chops (3/4 in thick)                                   1 cup apple juice

1 med. onion thinly sliced                                           1 Tbs. brown sugar

1/2 cup raisins ( I omitted this)                                    1/2 tsp. dried basil

3 med. apples, cut into 1/2 in. slices                           1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

In a large skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, brown pork chops over medium heat.  Place in an ungreased 3 qt. baking dish.  Place onion rings over the chops.  Sprinkle with 2/3 of the raisins.  Arrange the apple slices on top and sprinkle with remaining raisins.  Combine apple juice, brown sugar, basil, nutmeg and cloves; pour over all.  Cover and bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer or until meat is tender.  Yield: 6 servings

I didn’t cook mine the entire extra 30 minutes.  Instead, I used my meat thermometer to check if they were done.

Bon Appetit!