Sunday, April 24, 2016

A trip on the light rail

Friday on Earth Day the light rail line from Union Station in downtown Denver to the Denver International Airport opened for travel.  In celebration and orientation all rides were free!!!  Who doesn't love that???  So Kate and I made an adventure of it:  We caught the train at our closest station; rode to the airport; toured the station there and the new fabulous Westin hotel; then rode straight back to Union Station and explored the ice cream shop and the Tattered Cover bookstore.  We had a day of it and lots of fun.

ready to catch the train


arrived at DIA
under on of the peaks



Westin hotel with reflection of terminal peaks
selfie at the hotel
Yes there were crowds!!!



Arrived at Union Station



time for some ice cream

and a good read


On the way home I asked Kate if she thought there would every be a time when we didn't enjoy doing things like this together.  "That would be never"







Sunday, April 17, 2016

Cauliflower "rice"



Cauliflower rice pilaf
mise en place


Ingredients:
Cauliflower head
spring onions
olive oil
herbs: parsley and thyme



cut cauliflower into smaller florets


then into the food processor until the size of rice

In a frypan place about 3 Tbs olive oil
Saute the sliced onions until translucent
Then add the "rice and cook about 5 minutes
Add the herbs- I used parsley and thyme
Oh and I threw in some pine nuts for some extra flavor and crunch

Try a purple cauliflower with extra antioxidant: anthocyanin



or some broccoli Romanesco
now these are pretty vegetables!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Birthday to me!!!!!

birthday goats

from my favorite backyard friends

Friday, January 29, 2016

Simplification



channelled whelk
"How do I remain whole in the midst of distractions of life?  How do I remain balanced, no matter what centrifugal forces tend to pull one off center; how to remain strong, no matter what shocks come in at the periphery and tend to crack the hub of the wheel?  There is no easy answer.  I only have clues, shells from the sea.  The bare beauty of a channelled whelk tell me that one answer is simplification of life.  One learns from the beach how to be simple." Anne Morrow Lindbergh,  "Gift from the Sea"
La Jolla

Sandpipers



follow a trail

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Grace


Laguna Beach at low tide



"But I want first of all...to be at peace with myself.  I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out (these) obligations and activities as well as I can.  I want, in fact...to live 'in grace' as much of the time as possible."
Ann Morrow Lindbergh  from "Gift from the Sea"



Kate, Laguna

sandcastle block from A Day at the Beach

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Islands in a common sea

pelicans on La Jolla bluff

"How wonderful are islands!  Islands in space, like this one I have come to, ringed about by miles of water, linked by no bridges, no cables no telephones....The past and the future are cut off: only the present remains...One lives like a child or a saint in the immediacy of here and now....I feel we are all islands ----in a common sea."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh,  "Gift from the sea"

Sea lions on the beach
girl on Santa Barbara pier

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Gift from the Sea- Happy New Year!!!

gifts from the sea
"One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach---waiting for  a gift from the sea.."
"But it must not be sought for- or heaven forbid! dug for.  No no dredging of the sea bottom here. That would defeat one's purpose.  The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy or too impatient.  To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed but lack of faith.  Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches.  Patience and faith."
Anne Morrow Lindbergh from "Gift from the Sea" written 1955

Carpinteria