Rural.

Barn and Silo with name

This barn and silo are located not far from my partners current building project. I’ve never really explored much of Berthoud, but the more time I spend driving through it, the more I like its mix of rural farming community and upscale homes. Its a unique mix that I’m sure has it’s ups and downs for the residents, but I think it’s interesting.

Taken in Berthoud, CO

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Summer Sweets

   

I still remeber the first time I made strawberry shortcake by myself. It was in Hawaii, for my manimal. A way to say, I love you and I’m sorry I can’t cook delicious food yet but I can make this and someday in the future I’ll be a great cook for you. 

  

That event lead to an entire week of strawberry and heavy cream purchases, and biscuit making. By the end of the week….we could have kept it going. Let’s be honest with ourselves, strawberry shortcake solves hunger issues, dessert issues, emotional issues, heat issues, romance issues, bad day issues…it solves a lot of things really. 

 

Today I’m sharing the joyful experience of strawberry shortcake making with my cupkeiki, and secretly hoping it will help solve the overwhelming anxiety I have over my microbiology lab and the fear of correctly making agar plates and colonies I can identify. 

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Fathers Day

  
 I wanted to do a special project this year with my cupkeiki for Father’s Day.  

My thought was to do a photo with both of us but quickly decided against it. Instead, I grabbed the body crayons my cupkeiki loves so much and wrote on the bottoms of her feet. I think it turned out pretty well, and the manimal loved it! My cupkeiki couldn’t wait for Sunday, she had to give it him as soon as she saw him this afternoon!

  
We have more planned to do, but this took priority today.

If you’re looking for a unique idea for Father’s Day, or a birthday, give it a try. Guys like the mushy stuff too! 

Peanut butter Chocolate Hunk Cookies

Today my cupkeiki and I were out walking and she said “mama let’s make cookies today.” I asked her what kind, she said “peanut butter sounds good!” Indeed it did. We don’t eat a lot of peanut butter so it was a surprising request. 

  
I decided to try a no flour approach. I’ve had some flour less cookies before but never made any. They turned out nice, super soft and chewy. I added chocolate hunks from a brick of 70% cocoa. Literally, I just rough chopped the brick and gave myself about 1/4C. hunks. Not too much chocolate, but enough to know it’s there. This recipe is really easy to put together, so much so that my cupkeiki put most of it together, I handled the filling of measuring spoons and cups and the oven part of course!

  
Ingredients: 

1C. Creamy peanut butter (I use Skippy brand, as natural butters are too oily and don’t hold up in the oven.)

2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 C. Packed brown sugar

1/4 C. Unrefined sugar

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 large egg

1/4 C. Dark chocolate, rough chopped. 

Directions: 

In a medium sized bowl add all ingredients except chocolate, and mix with an electric mixer (opt.) or a spoon until smooth. Add chocolate, stirring in with a spoon. On a greased cookie sheet drop cookies (ours were small cookies and we made about 20). Refrigerate for about an hour, you want the dough to be chilled. Preheat oven to 350F, bake chilled cookies for about 8-10 min. Don’t over bake or they won’t be soft. 

Enjoy with a nice cold glass of milk or a cup of warm tea.