Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fort Collins Food Scene and Home Cooking

We moved to Fort Collins about three weeks ago and have been exploring the food scene here. I've been told Fort Collins has more restaurants per capita than any where in the United States. I can believe it. We've seen just about every ethnic kind of restaurant you could ever want. There are the standard chain restaurants, like Perkins, Village Inn, The Egg and I, and so on. They all have good food at reasonable prices. Then there   are the more upscale places like Beau Jo's Pizza, Choice City Butcher and Deli, Bluebird Cafe, and La Creperie. 
Here are some pictures of some of the meals we've had since we got here:

This was the best burger I have ever had. It is actually a buffalo burger with cheese and bacon ground into the meat and topped with Balsamic grilled onions and what tasted like Thousand Island Dressing. The cup of French Onion soup was a side and was very tasty, too. We got this at Choice City Butcher and Deli.

Fried Pickles at Texas Roadhouse

Best Grilled Corn at Loveland Loves Barbecue
Oops forgot to take the picture until it was gone!
Funnel Cake at Loveland Loves Barbecue

I'm afraid we have been seduced by all the food choices here in Fort Collins, so today I decided to cook at home. We are finally getting settled in our new home and I think I've finally found all my kitchen gadgets. I made a Chicken and Leek Pot Pie from a recipe I found in Cooking Light Magazine. It was real comfort food with no presevatives and everything fresh. Since I haven't been cooking much lately, I think I had lost some of my cooking confidence. Tonight's dinner makes me see that I can have a healthy, homey dinner on the table in no time at all. Here's a picture or two:

Friday, July 13, 2012

Quilt Colorado and Loveland Loves Barbecue

My daughter and I went to Quilt Colorado this morning and saw the most amazing quilts. This first one won Best In Show and for good reason. This was a huge quilt and the quilting on the back was as beautiful as the quilting on the front.

This was the center of the quilt and the whole thing was breathtaking.

I also loved this Celtic Knot quilt. 

We spent about two hours at this quilt show and really enjoyed each quilt. They also had an Alzheimer's wall of quilts that made me think of my grandfather and made me cry. It was very moving. They wouldn't allow pictures of those quilts so I have none to show you, but if you ever hear of it coming to your town, I would recommend you go see it.

After we left the quilt show, we went back to my daughter's house and picked up the grand kids and my darling hubby and went to Loveland Loves Barbecue. We purchased tokens and then walked around to the booths trying samples and finally settled on a barbecued chicken sandwich for hubby, pulled pork sandwich for granddaughter, a rib for the grandson and my daughter and I had the best grilled corn I've ever tasted.
Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before I took my first bite, and then who cared about pictures!
Here's my daughter and her dad enjoying the funnel cake and deep fried snickers bar.

We had a great time and we're looking forward to more fun times with the family.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Hardest Part of Retirement is...

...dealing with health insurance issues. When we decided to move to Colorado, we checked with our health provider, Kaiser, and we were told we would be able to stay with Kaiser if it was offered in Colorado. We have been jumping through hoops ever since.

The Facts: My husband is 65 and I am 60. He had to sign up for Medicare Part A as soon as he turned 65 or pay a penalty. He did that. He was covered under my employer until July 31, 2012 and could not sign up for Medicare Part B until that insurance ran out. We also found out after we moved here that the house we moved to is in the wrong zip code to stay with Kaiser! So now he has to sign up for Part B and also get a supplemental policy to pay for what Medicare won't pay for and once he has a provider, sign up with Medicare Part D for prescription drugs. The awful thing about this is Social Security doesn't know what Medicare is doing, Medicare doesn't know what Social Security is doing, and nobody is giving us straight answers to our questions. I've had to sign up with a health care PPO that is going to cover me for a mere $469.00 a month and it doesn't cover much. Thank you Lord that I'm healthy.

The one good part about this is we are learning our way around Fort Collins pretty fast because you have to go to a different place to do anything. Yesterday we spent 1 1/2 hours at the Department of Revenue to get our drivers licences, then we had to drive across town to the County Court House to get our car registered with the Larimer County Clerks office. Today we were at the Federal Building for Social Security and then a security guard sent us on a wild goose chase, by telling us we had to go to Poudre Valley Hospital to get signed up for Medicare Part D.

I'm taking a deep breath through my nose and blowing it out my mouth. Sighhhhh!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Well we did it. We took the plunge and moved from California to Colorado. Our timing wasn't perfect since Colorado is having one of the worst fire seasons in recent history and our new place in Fort Collins has been inundated with smoke, but we love it here. We've found a good church to go to and great people at the church. We have actually found the people of Colorado to be very nice and helpful.

Some of the people from the church, including our minister, came over early on Saturday and moved all of our belongings out of our moving truck and into our new home in three and a half hours. It was amazing. My daughter and her family were helping, too. After everyone left, my daughter and son-in-law helped us unpack boxes and came back the next day to help set up my sewing room and clean and organize the garage so we can actually park a car in there.

Needless to say, I'm still unpacking boxes and putting things away but we should have everything taken care off in the next couple of weeks. We are trying to get used to the altitude and it's been pretty hot here the last few days. Add to that, our air conditioner went out and we had a pretty miserable night last night. The air conditioner was fixed today so we should get a decent nights sleep.

I'm looking forward in the next week or so to joining the senior center, finding a square dance group, bowling with the grand kids, maybe going to Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a quilt show with my daughter, an amazing race in Denver, and sewing again. Phew! It's going to be an exciting retirement!