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Sep 4
nolan lake journey

Life & Love, Photography, Travel
Nolan Lake“The longest journey begins with a single step, not with a turn of the ignition key. That’s the best thing about a walking, the journey itself. It doesn’t much matter whether you get where your going or not. You’ll get there anyway. Every good hike brings you eventually back home. Right were you started.”   →Edward Abbey  

Yes, the journey for us always begins with a single step! While I believe every season is a great one to enjoy Colorado, summertime days are the perfect excuse to hit the trail. The Nolan Lake Trail is almost entirely uphill in order to reach the lake. Leaving from the Town of Fulford the trail is three miles long… did I mention it is uphill!? Oh and don’t forget the fun elevation factor. The trail itself is easy with few obstacles and no big water crossings. Nolan Creek flows adjacent to the trail at various sections, some offering picturesque views of waterfalls. The lake is well worth the hike.  It is nestled within a mountainous basin, seemingly hanging above the valley below. For the Mooseboy’s 9th birthday it was the perfect hike since the trail is an out-and-back, ending at the original trail head in Fulford. The views were splendid and the company was truly memorable! Have you ever hiked to Nolan Lake, we would love to hear about your Journey. Do you have a favorite hike?

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Aug 20
Aug 9
Food Styling + S’mores Please!

Food, Life & Love, Photography
chocolate, marshmallows Did you know that August 10th is National S’mores Day ?—a holiday entirely devoted to honoring and enjoying the fun, delicious and messy fireside snack called S’mores. I’m still not entirely sure who comes up with these days, but I will say that this is one I am more than happy to celebrate! With crispy graham crackers, gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate, what is there not to love about a S’more? It is generally agreed that the first recorded recipe of the S’more was printed in 1927 by the American Girl Scouts, in a book entitled ‘Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts’. Whether you agree or disagree with the Girl Scout story is up to you … Today, I am a believer! Since my Mom just past away, I have been having some really strange “flash backs” of my childhood. All of a sudden no matter what I am doing I start to daydream about the most strangest things about growing up, things I probably never thought of for years, like being a Brownie + a Girl Scout. I remember my Mom being our “troop” leader like it was yesterday. All the fun projects we did, the day of the week I got excited to wear my uniform to school {does anyone out there remember that?!} camping, selling cookies {mostly to relatives + neighbors, I was never much of a salesperson + still not my strong point!} and earning all those badges. My Mom saved EVERYTHING from my life, so of course I have my “sash” with all it’s special badges + troop number. Since I was daydreaming I figured I might as well head up to our “attic” and track that darn sash down. As I held my sash in my hands I could just feel my Mom by my side telling me “our troop will have fun at camp because I have a special surprise for the campfire” …. you guessed it! We had S’mores and from what I can remember we stayed up all night under the stars giggling …. ahh, the simple life. So, I hope you enjoy a campfire and some messy S’mores this weekend with friends + family. I would love to hear if you do! Happy Trails …..

Ingredients Needed:

Graham crackers, broken into squares Hershey’s plain milk chocolate bars, broken into sizes to fit the graham cracker squares Large marshmallows

Equipment Needed:

wood sticks or long metal skewers (for roasting the marshmallows) Bonfire, campfire, fire pit

Directions: Take one (1) large graham cracker and break it in half || Unwrap chocolate bar, try not to eat the entire bar || Break bar into smaller pieces || Cover one of the graham cracker halves with chocolate pieces to fit your graham cracker || Put a marshmallow (or two) on the stick and hold it over the fire until roasted || Toast marshmallows over a campfire, turning the stick until the outside of the marshmallow is golden brown and just starting to get mushy.

**NOTE: Some people like to roast them for a few minutes, then make them catch on fire, blow them out, and then the marshmallows are done to their liking. Your choice on how you like your marshmallows!

 
Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
The true origin of the snack is unknown, as camping recipes were passed from family to family – often over the campfire itself. The very first printed record of the recipe was in 1927 in a girl scout manual “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts”.  Read more HERE.
The Original 1927 Girl Scout Recipe for S’mores Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
The Original 1927 Girl Scout Recipe for S’mores Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
The Original 1927 Girl Scout Recipe for S’mores Some More: 8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows) 16 graham crackers 8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two) 16 marshmallows – See more at: http://dyingforchocolate.blogspot.com/2010/08/national-smores-day-history-smores-pie.html#sthash.uFzcy1WB.dpuf
This food holiday is perfect for summer.

Aug 6
Hummingbirds in the high country!

Life & Love, Photography
Rufous Hummingbird The Colorado high country is a “buzz” with so many hummingbirds now! My favorite little “feisty,” the Rufous outflies all other species, and usually gets its way at our feeders at the expense of slower, less-maneuverable hummers. Did you know that the Rufous has the longest migration route of all US hummingbirds? Rufous Hummingbirds are wide-ranging, and breed farther north than any other hummingbird. Look for them in spring in California, summer in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and fall in the Rocky Mountains as they make their annual circuit of the West. What is your favorite traveling summertime bird?

Jul 21
Calliope Hummingbird Visits Colorado!

Life & Love, Photography
callyso hummingbird copyHummingbirds, my heart just melts each and every time they arrive back in Colorado! So many people may wonder … what bird is that? If you are ever unsure of a bird you see or hear a great resource is  The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, for me they are a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. This special “hummer” is actually the smallest long-distance migrant bird in North America, spending its winters in Mexico! They are truly TEENY, TINY . This male Calliope Hummingbird inhabits mountain areas of the northwestern United States. At the Cabin, we have about a 2-10% chance of ever seeing one… WOW! Our  2 popular species that we see daily are the Broad-tailed Hummingbird and the Rufous Hummingbird … more on those later. Do you have a Hummingbird story or a favorite species that visits your yard in the summer?Hummingbird2