A couple of weeks ago, we took a drive out to the canyons. Just about an hour away is Carrizo Canyon and Cottonwood Canyon. It's amazing how much the land changes in just a short drive from our home on the prairie.
We took our nephew along for the ride.
Wranglers taking in the natural beauty.
There were actually two roadrunners...the other one was too quick for me!
There are numerous Indian writings in our canyons. Look closer at this rock...
As you all know, I am NOT a food blogger, but once in awhile, I come up with something worth sharing.
I am trying to cut out some, not all, carbs. I made a regular quiche last weekend because my dear best friend was here visiting and I thought it would be all....you know...fancy and stuff. It was delicious, but I forgot to put in the fresh spinach I bought specifically for it. See, that's how I cook.
Anyhooo, I decided to make another one, without a crust. Besides, remember I had bought that fresh spinach, and it was staring me in the face every time I opened the refrigerator. Also, my dear friend, had been telling me how she and her husband had cut out carbs and were feeling great! Not to mention, looking fab! We aren't as dedicated as they are, but hey, we are cutting back.
The wonderful thing about quiche, is you can pretty much just throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand. This one is full of mushrooms, onions, green pepper, Swiss cheese, bacon, and yes, fresh spinach.
This was so good, I didn't even miss the crust.
Another thing I love about quiche, is it reheats really well. Which is a good thing, because this baby
is all mine. My husband won't touch it with a ten foot pole, because it has mushrooms in it.
Not to worry, I am making a husband friendly version next.
Here's my version:
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1 cup of fresh baby spinach (more or less...whatever floats your boat)
1 cup half & half
Salt and pepper to taste
6 slices pre-cooked bacon, torn into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Saute mushrooms, onions, and green pepper in butter. Set aside to cool.
Whisk eggs and half & half in large mixing bowl.
Stir in mushrooms, onions, green peppers and Swiss cheese.
Add bacon pieces and spinach.
Pour into a greased 9 inch pie pan. (I used Pam)
Bake 45 minutes, and insert knife to check. If knife comes out clean...ta-da... it's done. If not, bake an additional 15 minutes. I usually check it several times, because "TOO DONE" is not good!
And remember, you can put in whatever ingredients you like!
Howdy friends....I'm back! Back from where, you ask?? Nowhere big, just my real life!
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving...we sure did. Both of our kids were home, which is a major big deal around here! We loved having them here, along with the rest of my family. My in-laws didn't make the trip from Oklahoma this year, because they are flying to NEW YORK CITY! They have many excursions planned, including being front and center for the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center...lucky ducks!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
Hurry Papa, I'm HUNGRY!
There's a story here....
We were all waiting patiently for my brother to arrive with the ham. Instead he walked in with this. This...FISH. We tried our best to act excited...but...well...we wanted HAM! On closer observation, we realized this was a "mounted" fish, and my butt-head brother had pulled a fast one on us. We all laughed 'till the tears ran, and yes, he then carried in a beautiful ham.
After we stuffed ourselves, it was play time...my niece and grandbaby.
My daughter and nephew.
Our boy and his girlfriend.
And what do we do on Thanksgiving when the weather is unseasonably warm?
Yes. We trap shoot.
Then....we rest. Gosh, it was awesome having our kids here. Missing them terribly already!
A few weeks ago, my husband and I went to a wedding near Denver. It was lovely, and our hotel stay was wonderful....but....it just wasn't long enough. So, as usual, I started scheming to "milk one more night" out of our trip.
Estes Park is only about an hour or so from where we were, and I had been ranting and raving about going up there to see the elk. Not only is Estes Park a quaint mountain town, the elk love to hang out there during their mating season in September and October. It was more magnificent than I could have imagined!
This is the king of the herd.
And he is very, VERY, territorial over his females.
The bugling was an amazing sound. I'm still kicking myself in the hiney for not getting video, so you could hear it, too.
If you get the chance, remember...Estes Park, September and October. You won't regret it....I promise!