Betsy takes Btown.

In mid-November, we got another visitor.  My MIL, Betsy.

I know what y’all are thinking, most people fill with dread at the thought of spending a weekend with their mother-in-laws.  I promise I’m shooting straight with you, I like mine.  She’s a Kindle-toting liberal, with a penchant for heavy cream, Target and cashmere.  Seriously, what’s not to like?!

When she first arrived, we made nice for a while…then we got down to business.  Burger business.

Hub’s burger:

Betsy’s burger:

And mine, alllll mine:

It was insanity.

Afterward, we waddled around downtown getting our shop on, and finding ourselves in the middle of a CU Buffaloes Football parade!  Also, Hub’s friendly way always seems attracts a few new friends:

Meet Bagel:

And Cloud:

It just so happened to be Betsy’s birthday the week prior, so I had whipped up a homemade chocolate cake in her honor.

She kindly told me it looked amazing, but we both knew I had done some chocolate cake skin grafting (when the bugger wouldn’t come out of the bundt pan properly) and bandaged it with loads of ganache.  We tried to muster up a taste, but we were so stuffed from dinner that it was a shameful attempt according to my chocolate admiring standards.

The next morning, still full from the day before, Hubs made us a huge breakfast.  Then, we piled into the car, headed for a little mountain town called Nederland.  Since we had been boasting of Colorado’s beautiful weather, of course Nederland tried to crush our souls with 100 mph winds (no, for real!) and bitter snow.

Don’t fret though, we warmed up with some cajun cooking and a nap by the fire.

(Ok, ok.  I admit, only I napped.)

The next day, we set out to hike Chautauqua’s Enchanted Mesa Trail (we’re nothing if not predictable)

and Betsy turned out to be quite the strong hiker!

She couldn’t help but snatch up a few mementos as a reminder of the rockin’ good time she was having in Boulder.

Don’t worry, after the hike, we did a lot more eating (nomnomnom), crafting (I’ll share soon!), shopping and napping.

(Ok, ok.  Only I napped!)

The last day of her trip, we slathered on some eye wrinkle cream and slinked over to campus, hoping to blend in with the young educated folk.  We spent the morning chatting, touring, drinking coffee, and taking pictures.

And just like that, her trip was over.  We gave her a kiss

and she sailed off in her ride (which was a bus to the Denver airport).  I mourned her absence by eating the leftover chocolate cake with my morning coffee for three straight days.  Love you, MIL, come back soon!

FlashBLack Friday

Picture day, 4th grade.

I had recently discovered the wonders of hair gel and firmly decided my outfit needed a little bling to spice it up.  You can imagine MamaP’s surprise when she got these pictures back (she worked the early shift and therefore couldn’t see us off in the mornings).

“Is that Bubba’s (our family dog) chain collar around your neck?”

“Why, yes, yes it is.”

Happy Friday!  Don’t wear anything I would!

Get In My Belly: Booger Buns

They are actually sticky buns but the booger comes into play later.  I stole this recipe from here.  This blog has so many wonderful treats to try, your head just may explode.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small tubes refrigerator buttermilk biscuits OR 1 tube Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits (or maybe the generic kind, *cough* *cough)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 C. syrup
  • 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

*I modified the recipe by adding extra of all of the above.  What could it hurt?

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and spray bundt pan with non stick spray.  See?  So far this is not hard.
  2. Combine melted butta (isn’t that fun to say?) and syrup in a bowl.  Set aside so you don’t drag your sleeve through it accidentally.
  3. In another bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Pour half the syrup mixture into the bottom of the bundt pan.  Dump half of the brown sugar mixture on top of it.
  5. Crack open those pre-made biscuits (which scares the pee out of me *every single time*) and lay each one in an overlapping ring on top of all of the goo you just poured in.
  6. Dump the other half of the syrup mixture and brown sugar mixture on top.  No lie, it’s that easy.
  7. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes (or until you can’t stand waiting any longer).
  8. Pull it out and let cool for a minute (or until you can’t stand it any longer).
  9. Serve to adoring fans after you set aside half of them for yourself while they were using the bathroom.

*Tip.  They are best served right out of the oven, but we microwaved the leftovers the next morning and they still hit the spot.  Pair with coffee.

*Most important tip.  DO NOT use the ‘light’ syrup.  I did.  Don’t get me wrong, they still tasted fabulous but the consistency of the carmel was… Well, it was like boogers.  Anyhoo, I suspect the light syrup was the culprit but have no proof whatsoever.  Aren’t I helpful?

Honestly though, there is no better way to show love than some hot booger buns and you can quote me on that.

Bros, Buns, Boulder and Blossom

A few weeks ago, my brother-in-laws (Gabriel and Tony) swung through for a short trip to see our new town.  Of course, we got pounded with our second snow storm of the year the minute we told them to “dress in layers; it’s gorgeous during the day but can get chilly in the evening.”

Good thing they paid no mind to us and brought their jackets and gloves like good Minnesotans.

We took them out to Chautauqua to go on a hike because it’s just too beautiful not to take all of our visitors to see this place.

The fresh snow, piled heavily on the surprised trees (many had not yet lost their leaves), quickly began to melt and big clumps would drop off like cannonballs.  It’s was pretty and magical and

cold.  But, we kept on keeping on because we weren’t going to let a little cold (and wet socks) keep us from getting to the Royal Arch.

Here’s proof that we made it to the “Royal Arch” and didn’t EVEN CONSIDER turning back early, even after an hour of clambering and slipping our way up the ascent, even though our tootsies were that icky wet-cold (you know the kind) and didn’t EVEN WAVER with the thought that an incredible lunch awaited us if we just turned back early…

We are hard core!

After a lunch of delicious Ruebens, we ducked into the adorable shops on Pearl (and Hubs flirted shamelessly with a new lady friend named Blossom):

A close up because her puffer vest was too cute to handle.

We caught up on what we’ve been missing over coffee:

We chummed around until it was time to eat again (I love it when that happens), and we decided to eat at the best pasta place on earth: Pasta Jays.

For many hours afterward, we were reminded of the best pasta place on earth because our tiny apartment reeked like we’d put in a Garlic Glade.

We cracked open the next morning with some sticky buns (teehee), a recipe I plundered from Pinterest and of course promise to blog about as if it were my own creation.  We then said our goodbyes after breakfast and they were on their way, off to visit more family.

We miss them already.

Flashback Friday

Last week, I went for a run past our neighborhood dog park (in shorts and a tshirt, I love you Colorado).  Folks and their furbabies were happily enjoying the sunshine.

It made me think of Minnesota and Ike.  I miss him (and his parents).

Happy Friday to all the fine creatures in this world, especially the super slobbery ones.

**Update:  Anyone else slightly horrified by my shadow?  Oh my. God.

Coffee Talk Tour

Since Hubs and I work from home now, sometimes we need encouragement to get out of the house.  In an effort to change up our daily scenery, we decided it might be on the right side of fun to take a self paced Coffee Talk Tour of our town and report back to you.  I know.  I bet you aren’t ready for this jelly.

Coffee House: Red Rock (visited Oct 27th)

Boulder was drenched in heavy snow, so it was a chilly but winter-wonderland-y walk over.  I got the “Boulder Green Dreams Tea” (in an adorable cup and saucer) to warm up with.

Note to self:  need haircut.  It’s been going on seven months…

The sweet sips: The decor was fresh and modern, the bathrooms were roomy and clean, my tea *totally* hit the spot and you’ll never believe this…

They had a super secret candy drawer (which I found instantly)!!

The bitter grounds: My only complaint is an older gentleman sat down next to us, sipping his coffee gingerly, scanning the paper dutifully…and clearing his throat incessantly.  It was gross.  Thankfully, after a while, he finally headed out and a new guy took his place…who also cleared his throat too much.  Seriously??

Besides that, this cafe is closest to our house and I can’t wait to pop in again!

Candace’s Crafty Corner: A Thankful tree

This is my corner of the world to make things and post them on the Internet.  Whether they are ugly or not.  You’re welcome.

Being that Halloween days scooted over for November, I decided to re-purpose my “scary” stick into a Thankful Tree.  Basically what I am saying is, I used the same decorations for two holidays because I’m afflicted with a case of the lazies.  I made the Hubs play along because after I made him this killer butternut squash soup, how could he deny me a little crafty time?

I stole this idea from the delicious depths of Pinterest (see here) and convinced Hubs that I thought of it all by my lonesome.  I simply cut out circles of craft paper (that I’ve been hoarding for years)

and together we wrote things we were thankful for one night in front of a warm fire.

Then, I adorned my scary stick with our blessings.

It didn’t cost me a thing, except gratefulness for my life.  I’m so very blessed and I know it.

My dearest bloggy buds, what are you thankful for?

Flashback Friday

We have a special visitor en route to us right this very moment…my MIL is coming to town!  I’m so looking forward to her visit because she has good taste (literally, I’m talking deserts, people).

Being it’s Flashback Friday, I dug up this oldie but goodie from Hub’s college graduation in 2003 (along with some buried ex-girlfriend pics, ruh-roh).

It’s also my little sister-in-law’s birthday today – 11.11.2011!  Happy birthday, Becky!  This fancy day calls for cake, I declare!

Happy Friday!