Catching Dinner: Our Day of Fishing

Staying at a ski resort in the summer offers some great amenities. . . but sometimes you just want to go out to nature and, you know, catch your own dinner. We ventured out to Lake Irvin, about 20 minutes from Crested Butte to cast our luck. . .and at times try our patience. To be honest, we don't do much fishing as a family. We have all of the gear but when there are five impatient little fisher people and five poles to get put together with hooks and bait, and five lines to cast out. … [Read more...]

Crested Butte: Summer in the Mountains

Every other summer my side of the family gets together for about five days--usually in one of the mountain towns of Colorado. This year we headed to Crested Butte. The area, in the East River Valley, was once the summer residence of the Ute Indians. Later it became a silver and coal mining town and now it is a popular ski area in the winter and a biking mecca in the summer. The base lodge area, where we are staying, offers something for everyone.  My brother, Chad, and his two older sons took … [Read more...]

Make your Summer Salad Sing with this Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

What brings an ordinary salad to that other level that makes people scraping out the bowl and asking for more? At the family reunion/baby shower that I wrote about here I made a large salad to accompany the fajitas. The sweet mom-to-be, Amie, specifically asked that I make a salad for the party. Unfortunately it was the last thing I put together and to be honest I just opened a box of mixed greens and added some purple cabbage and slice red peppers for color. Then I found this recipe on … [Read more...]


Okay, so I'm just going to publicly admit this right now and get on with our summer: We aren't reading.  There I said it and I'll say it again, only louder. WE AREN'T READING. I mean, I'm reading. I just finished the 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner Goldfinch, and I bought  Not Becoming My Mother at a thrift store. (WAIT MOM. KEEP READING. I'm reading this because I've read ALL of Ruth Reichl's memoirs. She was the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times and the the … [Read more...]

Fun and Games on the Fourth. . .not just for the kids!

I'll be honest, sometimes I'm just not that good with letting loose and having crazy child-like fun. So, I really appreciate people who know how to have a good time.  My sister-in-law, Cindy, is one of those people and once again for our July 4 get together, she had games organized (with prizes!) for all of the kids. First there was the sling shot into the hula-hoop-in-the-pool game. Uncle Jerry was the goal tender--and he "helped" the younger players make it into the hoop. The … [Read more...]