Thursday, June 27, 2013

4-Wheeling Up Pass Creek Canyon

My sister and her husband came for a visit and our plans were to go 4-wheeling.  On Friday, June 21st, I thought I’d better start my 4-wheeler to make sure it would run since we were planning on going 4-wheeling on Saturday.  We started up the 4-wheelers and went riding around our property.  My 4-wheeler just didn’t want to run and almost every time I stopped it would die unless I kept pushing the throttle and giving it a little gas.

IMG_5932

I called the repair station in Arco to see if they had time to get my 4-wheeler in to check it out since we would be riding the next day.  They said they were quite busy and didn’t think they could fit me into their schedule but to try adding a couple of additives to the gas tank and see if it would make a difference.  If not, give them a call back and they would see what they could do.  After riding around for quite awhile, my 4-wheeler was still giving me fits so I called them back and they said one of their mechanics was headed within 5 miles of my place and they would stop in and check it out.  When he arrived, he turned on the key, flipped the choke, and walla…………..my wheeler was running great.  HOW EMBARRASSING – when I had started my wheeler earlier that day, I didn’t push the choke all the way back to it’s normal position, causing my wheeler not to run correctly.  Embarrassing, but hey, tomorrow we would be off having fun.

My daughter and her husband came up Friday night to spend the weekend and wanted to go 4-wheeling with us.  It was quite cold and windy so we didn’t head out till almost noon.  We packed a lunch, our face masks to diffuse the dust and dirt and off we went, heading up Pass Creek.  The nice thing about living where we do, we didn’t even need a trailer to haul our 4-wheelers to get to Pass Creek.  We just ride our wheelers in the bar-pit/barrow pit along side the main road.  We stopped off at the first picnic spot we came to and ate lunch.

IMG_5937-001

IMG_5934

IMG_5939

IMG_5940

After eating, we packed up and headed for Bear Creek.  It’s not a long drive but a beautiful one.

IMG_5944

IMG_5951

IMG_5943

IMG_5946

IMG_5949

IMG_20130622_133240

After posing for a few pictures, we headed up to Loristica.  This is a beautiful place, higher up, where they usually have girls camp.  Nice, beautiful place.

IMG_5953

IMG_5955

IMG_3583

IMG_3579

Four and a half hours later, we arrived back at my home.  You bet…if you want to make this girl happy, just give her a 4-wheeler, head in any direction, and start exploring!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Frozen Garden

Got up yesterday, looked out the window and thought….NO!  Not again!  If you look on the lawn, you can see that in the shaded area there is a thick covering of frost on the ground.

IMG_5914

I went around back of our home to my husbands garden spot and my suspicions were immediately confirmed.  Once again, our garden took its toll, frost destroying all my husbands hard work.  FROZEN!  Agh-h-h-h-h…..talk about frustrating.  Just a few nights before he had covered the entire garden with straw hoping to avoid this disaster.  It froze all the broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, corn, and beans.  So far, it looks like the peas, beets, spinach and lettuce might have survived.  My husband grows a huge garden and we’re talking a lot of frozen loss.  Sad.

IMG_5916

IMG_5917

IMG_5918

IMG_5919

IMG_5920

IMG_5922

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Whole Wheat Lemon Brownies

My niece commented on my Doterra Lemon/Lime Bars, asking: Have you tried it with whole wheat flour?  At that point, no, I hadn’t even thought of trying wheat flour in this recipe.  Well, it only took from Thursday to Saturday to empty the pan so today I made the recipe using whole wheat in place of regular flour.  In answer to her question…………yes, they taste just as yummy using whole wheat flour.

IMG_5890

I couldn’t wait for them to cool off and I snitched a piece while they were still hot.  And as usual, it was difficult getting the first piece out, almost destroying the next piece.

IMG_5892

The coloring is different and the texture looks slightly different but the taste is still great.

IMG_5896

IMG_5900

My husband just came in the house so I gave him a piece to try and he said he actually liked the taste of the ones made with wheat better than those made with regular flour.  So, there ya have it!

Friday, June 14, 2013

When Old Friends Meet

Two of my favorite high school buds came up to visit me this past weekend.  It was just like old times………….like time had never passed.  We even sat up till 1am laughing till it hurt.  They arrived Sunday evening and the chatting began……….immediately.  Fun!  Monday, after eating breakfast, I took them on a small tour up to the reservoir, below the dam, around town, and then we headed up the mine hill.  Here are just a few pictures that explain our day:

IMG_5741

IMG_5742

IMG_5743

As we headed up the mine hill, I called my husband first to make sure we were headed the right direction.  I said over the phone to him….ok, so all we do is turn left, left, left – right?  He confirmed that that was the way to go so off we went.  Well, we took the first left and almost immediately I recognized that we were on the wrong road.  The further we went, the rougher the road got and I told my friends that I was really breaking my new baby (2006 Ford Explorer – purchased in November) in on this trip.  One of them stated that that was what baby was for…….he was meant to be an off road vehicle and he was probably really happy.  We continued on until we were able to turn around and I took the next two photos at the turn around spot.

IMG_5747

IMG_5748

After finally getting on the right path…………………..

IMG_5752

IMG_5753

IMG_5760

IMG_5761

At one of the places we stopped at, we saw this little tunnel/cave.  It was a really hot day but I’ll tell you, the air coming out of this little tunnel was very cold.  Off to the left of this little tunnel was an old building so I set my camera on the hood of my vehicle, set the timer, ran into the building and got a picture of the three of us.  And yes, I did look funny running to the window to beat the 10 second timer on the camera.

IMG_5762

IMG_5769MineHill

Continuing on………….

IMG_5775

IMG_5777

IMG_5781

IMG_5790

IMG_5791

IMG_5794

IMG_5796

IMG_5797

IMG_5799

IMG_5804

IMG_5805

That evening, my husband started a fire in his Stove Tec and we all just sat around and talked for quite awhile.  Tuesday, we got up late, had breakfast, then went to the second-hand store here in town and then headed to the cemetery.  One of my friends does quite a bit of genealogy so we actually spent a fair amount of time looking at head stones.  I can honestly say I have never had as much fun at a cemetery as I had that day.  We took pictures of different headstones and this little guy who was sitting along side the lane as we entered the cemetery.

IMG_5806

After our cemetery visit, we headed home for lunch and then we were going to head off to the craters but time was late so we said our good-byes and they headed back to Utah.  What an enjoyable, fun weekend.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Doterra Lemon/Lime Bars

I found a recipe on the internet for Lemon Brownies that I have made numerous time….they are that good.  I did however tweak the recipe just a bit using Doterra Lemon essential oils in the recipe and omitted the zest.  Today I thought I’d try the same recipe I had tweaked but instead of using lemon juice and lemon oils, I replaced it with lime juice and lime oils.  The lime brownies/bars taste equally as good as the lemon brownies but just not quite as tart.  Either way, these little brownies/bars taste fabulous.

IMG_5846

The top is just lightly glazed with a zingy flavor that is just perfect.  Not too over powering, taking away from the lemonlishousness (is that a word?…..or lime flavors of the brownie/bars.  I have a hard time calling something a brownie that isn’t brown.

IMG_5847

IMG_5848

In the following photo, you can see just how moist these brownie/bars are.  We’re talking melt-in-your-moist, moist!

IMG_5852

Ok, ok…………..here it is……………THE RECIPE!

Doterra Lemon/Lime Brownies

3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt (I use sea salt)

1 stick butter, softened (I use salted butter)

2 eggs

1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice

5 drops Doterra lemon or lime essential oils

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a medium sized bowl.

Mix in the softened butter.

In another bowl, whisk the eggs with the lemon or lime juice.

Add to the larger bowl and mix well.

Pour into prepared 8X8 or 9x9 brownie pan.

Bake at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes. (I bake mine for 20 minutes)

You can double the recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan for 25-30 minutes.

As soon as they are done baking, remove from oven, make your glaze and spread on top of warm brownies/bars.

Glaze

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 drops lemon or lime essential oils.

Mix well and spread over warm brownies/bars.