Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cooking "Down South"

Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm a big cookbook collector. I could probably cook something different everyday and not run out of recipes for the rest of my life.
I just got a new cookbook called, "Down South" by Donald Link. It's a beautiful  book, the pictures are stunning and I love the author's anecdotes about growing up in the South. The first chapter starts out with cocktails. I'm not much of a drinker but the recipes were interesting. A recipe for Cherry Bounce caught my eye, because I'm a big fan of the Outlander books and that is a drink they had in the eighteenth century.

If you are a big seafood fan, this book is for you. From Watermelon Gazpacho with Crabmeat, to Grilled Scallops with Green Garlic Butter, all the recipes look tantalizing and fairly easy to make.

Donald also has some great recipes for meat including Braised Chicken with Salami and Olives, Lamb Shoulder Stew with Lemons and Olives, Tupelo Honey-Glazed Ham, and Pork Belly and Smoked Sausage Cassoulet.

 In the appetizer section they have a recipe for Parmesan Bacon Gougeres. These are little cheese puff bites that are the perfect appetizer. If you're looking for a new cookbook and you like Southern food I  suggest you get this cookbook.

Donald Link is the chef-owner of Herbsaint, Cochon, Cochan Butcher, Peche, and Calcasieu in New Orleans. He won the James Beard Award for Best Chef South in 2007, and his first book, Real Cajun, won the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook.

I received this book from "Blogging for Books"for this review.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Benson Sculpture Garden

This sculpture is titled "Painting Music"
Blogger is not cooperating with me right now so some of my pictures ended up here instead of below my writing. Oh well, I hope you enjoy the pictures!

I love the concentration on her face.
This one is for Megan!

This week I've been house sitting in Loveland for my daughter and her family. They are on a lovely vacation to Idaho and having a great time. Mike and I have been staying here because they have one golden retriever, 2 cats, and four chickens that need daily care. It's been interesting to say the least.

Yesterday we decided to go to the Benson Sculpture Garden here in Loveland. I think that most of these lovely works of art were cast at foundries here in Loveland. I toured one of the foundries a few months ago and was very impressed at all the work that it takes to make one of these bronze sculptures. The artists are very talented and Benson Sculpture Garden is a beautiful place to walk, take pictures and just contemplate the amazing pieces here.
 Wolf Pack
I love this one!

This reminds me of a sailing ship!

This is called "Breeze" I love the movement of her hair!

This needs no explanation.

Beautiful grandma!

I love the expressions on the faces of the statues.

Some of the beautiful landscape

A whimsical sculpture in the Children's Sculpture Garden    

This fox looked really real to me.

I was really glad that we went to the garden in the morning because we had a ripping good thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Epic Road Trip-Day Twelve

 We left Rapid City behind and took off for Wyoming. Our first stop for the day was at a small pioneer museum in Sundance, Wyoming. It was interesting. They had a lot of old rifles, saddles, photos and furniture from the period. We didn't stay long because our objective for the day was Devil's Tower. It was worth the drive. If you have ever seen the movie, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," you will recognize Devil's Tower right away.

This is a National Monument and is really worth seeing.  After we left the monument, we drove to Casper, Wyoming for our final night on the road. We had a 4 1/2 hour drive the next day to get home from our adventure. We drove most of it straight through except for a stop or two for letterboxes.  All in all, it was a great trip and lots of memories were made. Now we're planning our next adventure!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Epic Road Trip-Day Eleven

We got up early and drove to Deadwood. We planned to be there all day, but discovered it wasn't much of a place for kids. We did enjoy going to Mt. Moriah Cemetery (Boot Hill) where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried. It really is a beautiful old cemetery with a Mason section, a Jewish section and veterans section with civil war, Spanish/American war and World War 1 veterans buried there.

After we left the cemetery, we went to an old gold mine. Mike, Kim and the kids took a tour. I had hurt my knee that morning and decided not to go with them because there were lots of stairs. I waited in the car with a good book.

We went into one of the casinos to have lunch and then let Mike do some gambling while Kim, the kids, and I went to get ice cream and take a quick look at a miniature railroad museum in the basement of the ice cream shop. After that we decided to go back to the hotel so the kids could once again have fun in the pool.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Epic Road Trip-Day 10 1/2

After we finished at Bear Country USA we decided to drive to Mt. Rushmore. This really is an awe inspiring place. It's just beautiful country and when you get your first glimpse of Mt. Rushmore, it's breathtaking.

We really enjoyed this. We stayed for a couple of hours and ate lunch with a great view of Mt. Rushmore.
We got on the road again and went back to Rapid City to explore the School of Mines Museum. I think the kids really enjoyed this.

After we finished at the museum we went back to the hotel, got in our swim suits and went to the pool. It was a good sized pool with a fun water slide for the kids. We also ordered pizza to be delivered to the pool for dinner. They had nice tables with umbrellas (even though it was indoors) to eat our dinner. We stayed down there for a couple of hours and then went back to get ready for bed and more fun tomorrow.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Epic Road Trip-Day Ten

We were staying 3 nights in Rapid City, South Dakota because there is just so much to see and do here. After breakfast, we drove to Bear Country USA. This is a drive through animal park where you need to keep your windows rolled up because the animals are taking a look at you. It was amazing to see them this way. We saw mule deer, reindeer, wolves, mountain goats, big horn sheep, bison, pronghorn, and bears. One of the big horn sheep teenagers headbutted our right side mirror, but luckily didn't break or dent anything. The bears were fantastic. They walked right up to the car but they are so used to the cars they ignore you and go on their way.  We also walked to the baby nursery and saw baby bears, foxes, a badger, skunks and baby pronghorn. Here's a few pictures: 


Big Horn Sheep

Mountain Goat


Let sleeping badgers lie!
Playing baby bears

It was fascinating to watch them play!

Grand kids


Grandpa and Ryan