Cy’s Drive In, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

Cy’s Drive In. One of three drive ins we like to go to. They apparently have carhop service but we just ordered at the counter and sat outside.

The chocolate shake was made with a soft serve mix, not real ice cream, so there’s points off for that.

The fries were about average. Nothing special but not bad or anything.

The burger seems small in this picture for some reason but it really wasn’t. It had my nemesis, raw onions, but I was able to easily take them off. It was tasty!

This week’s picture of my plants!

We’re going to Dallas next week. We’re driving and because of some recent new health problems with the cats, and the fact that it would cost $300 for the pet sitter to come all the days we’ll be gone, we’re taking the cats with us. I know, insane. But we took them for a trial run for about an hour the other night and they were totally good. Super chill. It’s 8-12 hours in each direction. We’ll be stopping half way in Amarillo both on the way and on the way back so hopefully it will work out. We’re staying at a La Quinta because they allow pets. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I’ve been taking a ceramics class this summer. I took ceramics in college like 20 years ago and liked it even tho I wasn’t very good at it. Still not great at it, but it’s lots of fun. Also it’s only three blocks away which is nice for lazy me. I made this little bowl then we raku fired it. I always wanted to do raku in college but was never advanced enough. They’d go out to the beach in SF and build a big pit and a kiln for firing then when the stuff was done, plunged it into sea water. ANYHOW this class had a funky homemade kiln, not in the dirt but we still submerged them in water. Well, I didn’t cuz I wanted mine to be white and crackly, so I stuck it in a dirt hole after firing. LOL. You can’t use raku stuff for food and it was just a small bowl so I decided to use it as a candle holder which I think is pretty neat afterall. The last class is this week and we’ll be firing some more stuff so I can show it to you in a couple weeks when I get back from Dallas. I know you all just CAN’T WAIT.

The other day I read about a happy hour type thing that they have at the zoo on the Sky Ride and thought it would be fun. You take the Sky Ride to the top of the zoo and then there’s wine tastings and stuff like that. We didn’t make it to that event but went the next evening for the regular Sky Ride. OMG what was I thinking? It was horrible. I HATE heights! I was freaking out pretty much the whole way up (7 minutes) and had to also go down again because there was no other way down.
DM thought it was fun.

Here we are at the top. I was really happy to be off that thing.

DM bought us a $3.50 ice cream bar and a $3.50 root beer.
I saw a cute chipmonk.

The view was pretty nice, I guess. I think you can drive to nice views, tho.

 Seeeeeeeeeeeeee, it’s dangerous!

Then we came home and made dinner. This was SUPPOSED to be baked brie. I guess next time I should use an actual recipe. However, even tho it looks weird, it tasted pretty good! Not creamy like it should be tho.

Then roasted asparagus with lemon, balsamic and parmesean from My French Kitchen which has turned out to be a really good book and I highly recommend it. DM said it was the best appetizer he’s ever had. Hee hee.
Pizza (what else!) with fresh tomatoes, basil, and ricotta. This is before it cooked.
This is after it was cooked. It was yummy. I guess you don’t really need a marble pastry board, marble rolling pin, pizza peel, and pizza stone to make good pizza. You just need a $5 secondhand rolling pin and a $3 Walmart pizza pan. Hrm. Interesting.

OMG there are insane squirrels here. remember the other day I told you that one ate the head right off one of my sunflowers? Well I guess they also go into the upstairs neighbor’s house thru his bathroom window!
They go in his kitchen and steal his food!He caught one of them in the act the other day, scared it, it ran out onto the deck and dropped a granola bar that whizzed just past my head. Sheesh.

I made this Warm Goat Cheese Salad today for lunch. Also from My French Kitchen

It was really good, too!

Home Cookin’, East Coast Deli, Downtown Colorado Springs

Apparently tomato sandwiches are pretty popular in some parts of the country but I’d never heard of them. I read about them on The Kitchn and then I made one and it was pretty good. Could use some lettuce, and maybe some cheese, tho….:)

We made chocolate souffle the other night. Yum.

We were out doing errands the other day and got cranky/starving so we stopped in to this place we’ve passed a million times.

The burgers came with onions on them which you know are so NOT my fave. They were easy to take off and left just an onion essence, hehe.

The burgers were really good, but the buns were a little chewy. The fries were delish tho.

The next day we went for a bike ride and a picnic. Last week we went for a bike ride and sat down by a pond on a blanket but there was no food so technically it wasn’t a PICNIC.

But this time we went to East Coast Deli and got some sandwiches. I had egg salad which was really good! DM got turkey on rye. We sat in the park right downtown.

More plant pics. I don’t have any pics today of the tomatoes that I moved out to the sunny junk yard but they already have flowers! I should have moved them WAY earlier in the season. Doh.

The other night I made homemade fried chicken, and baked sweet potato fries.

Then yesterday confetti corn from The Barefoot Contessa, with slight modifications

For breakfast we had figs with chevre and honey. I bought the figs for something else and didn’t use them so I found this recipe online and it was really good.

Metropolitain (CLOSED), Mountain Shadows, Colorado Springs

Last week we went to Metropolitain (Those girls from the website weren’t there, heh). But the bartender seemed to like DM and gave him a whole mess of whiskey tastings!

Pretty sunflower along a bike ride.

Mountain Shadows Restaurant which was only OK.

The cats helped DM fix my car window.

I made some white bean dip, homemade pita chips and veggies. And caipirinhas of course.

Also heirloom tomato and fresh corn salad which was SO GOOD.

And roasted spiced nuts and olives.

DM’s mom came over and had some with us.

Making pizza. DM tossed the dough! it didn’t really work tho because there wasn’t enough of it. I had made that no knead bread and baked half of it and thought I’d use the rest for pizza dough. It didn’t toss well but it was really good.

Fresh tomato, garlic, basil, mozerella, and parmesean with olive oil.

And carmelized onion, chevre, basil and olive oil. They were both delish.

One morning I decided to make an omlette. I was too chicken to flip it so DM did. That’s chevre inside and basil and tomatoes on top. Really tasty.

DM’s mom went to Puerto Rico and brought back a few bottles of rum. LOL. Seriously.

I don’t know why I took this picture of PJ, but here it is. He drinks water out of two glasses. That’s the only way he’ll drink it. He has chronic renal failure so we pretty much let him drink however he wants to.

I made a bean and tomato soup. But apparently beans don’t cook well here at this altitude (usually I use canned) and it took like two days to cook!

It’s been sort of fall like here so yesterday morning we opened the window when we woke up and sat here and drank tea.

Of course PJ wanted to get out.

Last night I made mai tais and we watched Mad Men. I wanted to make something with some of that rum and that was also retro. I didn’t realize we would have amnesia from them.

But we did. Neither of us remembers the nachos. I made them out of some left over prime rib from The Ritz and the usual tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, green onions, cheese, and peppers. Glad I took pictures!

A horrible squirrel bit the head off one of my sunflowers and scarfed it down! WTF squirrel!

Homemade waffles.

Ok so our deck is kinda cute but there is not nearly enough sun on it to grow tomatoes. I finally faced that fact and moved them out to the junk yard (junk yard chic?!). I don’t think there’s enough time left for them to amount to much but we’ll see.

Some of the stuff on the deck is doing ok.

I love it when plants are friends. Here the morning glory has weaved it’s way over to the sweet pea trellis and then the nastursiums went over and hung on, too.

Herbs. Part of why nothing is very big is because I started it all with seeds (a few things were started with plants) and the season is just not long enough for that here. I think I can bring the herbs inside when it gets cold and maybe they’ll do ok.

Family Vacation Part Four

Breakfast in Ridgway Colorado at Kate’s Place.

Telluride, CO. Really neat. I want to go back soon.

Apple fritter from a bakery in Telluride.

Cool old sign in Cortez, CO

Old hotel in Durango. Durango was very crowded with tourists and not as exciting as I hoped it would be.

We did have a nice dinner at one of their local brew pubs, I think it was called Steamworks.

I had the Steam Engine Lager.

And a steak salad.

While my brother mocked me with his Coors Light.

The nephews and their usual homemade root beer.

Silverton, CO. Very cute. We had coffee and wireless internet in a great little cafe there, that for some reason I took no pictures of. It was a shack/house that was turned into a cafe. I also don’t remember the name. Leave a comment if you know the name of the place. Doh. I am a bad blogger.

Silverton Jail!

Dad and me waiting for mom to get off the phone. The usual.

We made a loop back to Ouray. I liked Ouray but not as much as Telluride.

Lunch! I had tomato soup.

And grilled cheese with pesto sandwich and truffle fries.

Mom had chicken salad.

Continental Divide

Salida. It was raining and late by the time we go there and this little place was the only thing open. They had the best margaritas!

I had a really good shrimp salad. We went there the next day for lunch, too. I had a steak salad but it wasn’t as good as the shrimp one!

Coffee the next day at a cute little coffee house. Name I can’t remember, of course.

The place we went back to to have lunch. It was right on the river and there were kyakers and rafters floating on by while we had lunch.

Family Vacation Part Three

On Saturday we went up to Buena Vista for river rafting. I didn’t take any pics cuz i didn’t want to get my camera wet. it was fun, tho!
Then we drove over to Gunnison- really pretty roads:

Gotta take pics of the cool old signs!

Dinner in Gunnison. I can’t remember the name of the place. I guess I better take notes or at least more pics. My brother had a Coors Light on tap.

I had a Jack and Coke

I love salad bars!

Look at all that cowboy grub:

I had flatiron steak, mashed potatoes and baked beans, it was excellent.

My brother had a bacon cheeseburger which he said was tasty, too.

The Dange couldn’t get the weekend off work so I just pretended he was there.

The next day we drove out to Ridgway, CO where we found a funky resort type place.
They had a great little bar with a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

And yummy drinks! Mom had a strawberry basil margarita or something, Dad and I had regular margaritas.

Then the kids showed up after spending some time in the private hot tub.

Brie cheese quesadillas.

Crab cakes.

Bison sliders.

Pretty rainbow, we had to take turns getting our pictures taken under it.

Later we went to True Grit Cafe

I had another margarita.

And a salad.

Nephew had fettucini alfredo with chicken.

I also had the bison meatloaf. It was all really good! But they were out of a whole bunch of things and had to keep coming back to tell us so. Then they didn’t take American Express.

Then they charged us 25 cents for a to go box. GIVE ME A BREAK. We called the manager over and bitched at her and she gave us a free slice of pie. Whatev. It’s still lame.

After dinner my brother and his GF went up to Ouray to get a drink (no bars in Ridgway)

Then we went in the hot tub!
More later!