Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
After our little vacay, we drove to the Navajo Nation of Kayenta for John to get down to biznass. It wasn't quite as blissful as the Grand Canyon (picture scary stray dogs, a sleepless seven month old, and a serious strain of food poisoning) but it was still an adventure and the above scenery made it all worth it.
Here is John in his work clothes. I love a man in uniform.
We gave James baths everyday to wear him out at the hotel. As long as this boy is fed, changed, and entertained he is one happy baby.
The background looks fake but this is the real deal folks.
We kinda drove this road loads since the reservation wasn't really rockin.
This is the new hotel located right in the park.. Every room has a balcony with an incredible view.. hence the name, The View. I could get used to waking up to this scenery every morning. We didn't stay here but James and I pretended we did and hung out in the lobby a good hour enjoying the chic decor.
I am kind of falling for the dessert. It is so majestic and it radiates energy that makes me want to run around and shout... and sometimes I do.
Spring time is definitely the time to head down here. The weather was perfect and the wild flowers and green grass juxtaposed against red rock rocked my socks!
Did anyone watch Modern Family last week when they went to Hawaii? The mom says, "when you have kids it's not a vacation, it's a business trip"...That cracked me up! Being on the road with a little tyke doesn't allow for much R&R.
I am loving having a travel buddy to read historical markers and go museum hopping with and John's pretty elated that he doesn't have to anymore.
Nice to meet ya, Monument Valley. You're scenery was SUBLIME!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
pleased to be out of my parka and into the sunshine.
The garden was a little oasis in the desert. Completely unexpected from a cheap motel in the sagebrush.
I knew that we would be eating some tasty fry bread when we walked in the motel restaurant and it was packed with Native Americans.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
-It makes a ton, so freeze some for later.
-I would only use one onion next time.
-Don't tell your man the name..skinny isn't the best adjective when your feeding a hungry hubby:)
1 (2 lb., 3 oz.) can of Italian plum tomatoes
4 cans of water (use tomato can, fill with water)
4 chicken bouillon cubes
2 large onions
1 large green pepper
1 large red pepper
1 bag fresh carrots
1 bunch celery
1 med. green cabbage
Blend tomatoes and 4 cans of water. Add 4 bouillon cubes. Shred or chop all vegetables, except cabbage. Add to broth. Cook 2 hours, then add shredded cabbage and cook 1 more hour, slowly. Add salt and pepper to taste. To make soup more of a "meal" you may add cooked brown rice
Here is another recipe my friend just posted and I made over the weekend. (Thanks Linds, it was delish!) I could live on pancakes...wait, I sorta did my Sophomore year of college:) Yum, chocolate chip pancakes while watching reruns of Friends...good times.
Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-low heat.
In a bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix applesauce, sour cream, egg, and vanilla. Stir applesauce mixture and milk into the flour mixture until evenly moist and thick.
Scoop about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto the prepared griddle, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides.
I added 1/2 tsp salt and about 1 TBL agave. Don't mistake the unbelievable moisture of these pancakes for being under-cooked! They are sooo good!! (And very healthy) -Lindsey