Dec 8, 2014

Mable

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We met Mable, this gorgeous Collie at the Laurel Snow area. 

She just came running up to us like we were her long lost friends!

She was certainly not hungry and her coat was freshly groomed.

I asked her if she lived near by. She wouldn’t say but her tags confirmed that.

 

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I figured she sneaks out after her mom goes to work and she probably hurried back to be sitting on the porch when mom gets back.  Mable refused to agree or disagree with any of that.

 

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To the right of the trail is the old coal mine entrance

 

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The sign was right, the bridge was “out”.

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The bold souls skootched across the fallen tree.

 

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The timid souls (I was one of them) Skootched across this log.  Mable waded across. My camera was packed up just in case…

 

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We didn’t go all the way to either falls. But there were some little falls here and there.

 

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And rocks, lots of those.

 

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When we got back to the parking lot Mable’s mom came to pick her up.

Mable’s mom said she has made so many friends through Mable. She told us Mable does this about once a week she is now 10 years old and rather lame so for the next 3 or so days she just sits on the couch. She got Mable as a rescue dog and Mable she hoped Mable would slow down and not go these long hikes but old age hasn’t seemed to stop her.

 

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If Mable could talk she’d brag about her hard working, optimistic, positive, cancer surviving mom and the good life Mable and her mom have, the leather couch that is oh so comfortable after a crazy 5 mile hike just to walk down another glorious trail by some random hiker’s side, the good dog food that the neighbor dog loves too, and just being Mable’s favorite person in the whole world!

 

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If you are lucky, you too may get to meet Mable somewhere out in the Laurel Snow area on a trail. If you do, just call her mom, the phone number is on Mable’s tags.

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Dec 1, 2014

Quinoa salad with mango

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My new favorite version of quinoa salad!

Super easy too.

 

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All you need is cooked quinoa,

 

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chopped avocado,

 

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yeah and a bowl. Ok, where was I?

 

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Some diced tomatoes with green chilies,

 

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juice of a fresh lemon,

 

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chopped mangos,

 

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some of the Red Gold petite diced tomatoes in garlic and olive oil that Red Gold sent me. They are a nice size of can when you’re making a small batch. These are really tasty!

 

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Mix it all together and season with salt to taste.  Put in a bit of the tomatoes in garlic and olive oil juice taste it, see what you think then add a little more if it’s still seems a little dry.

 

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Serve and enjoy.

 

 

Quinoa Salad with mango

ingredients

 

  • 2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 1/4 cup Red Gold petite diced tomatoes with green chilies drained
  • 1/2 cup Red Gold petite diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil and some of it’s juice to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup chopped mangos.
  • pinch of salt

 

Mix together and serve.

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Nov 25, 2014

Schar Gluten Free pizza crust

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Always trying different gluten free pizza crusts.

 

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This one was made by Schar.

 

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I opened the box and found that it’s sort of a thick crust.

 

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Now, what to put on top to test this crust?

 

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How about garlic.

 

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And sweet potatoes. We have plenty of those.

 

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I think that’s a great idea. But what else?

 

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Alright, I’ve found a few things for pizza topping.

 

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Start with a layer of cottage cheese,

 

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Then sweet potatoes, parsley,

 

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garlic,

 

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Red Gold diced tomatoes with green chilies but not too many of them if you’re a wimp like me. 

 

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Some sausage slices,

 

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red onion slices,

 

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broccoli,

 

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a bit more cottage cheese,

 

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and top with shredded cheese.

Bake at 450 until topping is cooked and cheese is melted, 15 minutes or more.

 

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Let cool.

 

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Here is a pull back shot of my set up. North facing window light on my right, and a home made reflector to bounce light back onto the pizza from the other side.

 

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Up close you can see the light on the left coming from the reflector.

 

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Anyway, that’s how I did it. And now I think I’ll stop to eat some pizza.

 

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Oh this is good!

 

P.S. the orange stuff is the left over sweet potato slices baked as sweet potato chips in the oven while the pizza was baking.

 

Broccoli Sweet Potato Pizza

ingredients

  • sweet potato sliced extra thin
  • cottage cheese drained
  • diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • sausage sliced
  • garlic sliced
  • parsley minced
  • broccoli florets
  • red onion sliced

Pre heat the oven to 450.

arrange cottage cheese, sweet potato slices, parsley, garlic, diced tomatoes, sausage slices, red onions, broccoli florets, and cheese onto crust. Bake until topping is cooked and cheese is melted, 15 minutes or more.

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