Boba!

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              Making Hibiscus boba!

You know what I love treating my cupkeiki and I to? Boba. But it usually requires a trip out, which isn’t always convinenent. We brought with us on our move, 4 years ago, tapioca pearls and have never used them until yesterday and then today – and probably tomorrow…

A tea house here in FoCo offers boba in any tea, which I kind of love, because I prefer a good cup of tea over an unpredictable and giant sugary drink any day. Yesterday, at the tea house, we tried a lychee black tea with boba and a matcha latte with boba. Both equally delicious. Today I made, at home, Yerba Mate latte for myself and a sweetened hibiscus for my cupkeiki (using my own dried hibiscus flowers steeped and then agave added for sweetener).

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            Yerba Mate with tapioca=
            Milk Tea deliciousness!!!

The tapioca has to be cooked ahead of time. This process takes roughly 30 min on the stove top over medium high heat, with plenty of water (roughly 1/4C. of tapioca and 3 cups water plus extra if needed). If you have cooked tapioca leftover, it’s best to use it within the day. Store it in a container covered with water and a little sugar to keep them seperated. Tapioca pearls come in different colors, mine were clear once cooked some are a darker caramel color.

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Coyote Ridge Natural Area

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Yesterday, my cupkeiki asked if we should go on an adventure. She suggested the Poudre River bike path, mostly because she already knows it, or downtown. I thought about it for a while and decided that, somewhere new might be fun. I have been wanting to go to, Coyote Ridge Natural Area for some time, it appeals to me as a prairie and mountainous hiking area. We loaded up the bike (her little balance bike) and off we went. We were pleasantly surprised by the fact that there were not a lot of people there (three cheers for weekday adventures), but enough people to make it not feel too isolated.

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We really liked the informational boards along the way, especially the castings of critters that exist (lifelike rattlesnake anyone) or existed (prehistoric ocean dwelling fish) in the area. We made it to the first switchback and at that point my cupkeiki was done. Mountain biking, for the first time, uses up a lot of energy-especially when your bike has no pedals, gears or brakes! She did so good that a few of the cyclists we passed gave her compliments on her effort, which was pretty cool!

On the trip down the hill, my cupkeiki wanted to experience first hand, a little downhill action. After a tumble on the rocky path she was shaky so I helped her out a little, and got in some cardio myself, by running along side her and doing the mom thing – holding jacket hood firmly in hand while encouraging her to stay in control and confident about her choices- what can I say, I completely understand the desire to go fast, while also realizing the consequences of totally wiping out!!

We really had a great time out there, and I’m looking forward to going back and straight to the top!

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A couple of thoughts if you are going to go with little ones:
1. It is rattlesnake country and there are lots of signs warning about it. Take the time to talk about snake safety, it’s just good practice.
2. The path is gravel, rocky and can be pretty muddy, so choose your day based on weather conditions.
3 Bring lots of water. It’s so open that the elements can really have an impact.
4. It’s also habitat for other animals, beyond snakes and Prarie dogs…deer, coyotes, bob cats, lions. My father, when I was a child, discussed once what to do if in a situation with an aggressive animal and I’ve never forgotten it. The informational boards also have that information. I think it’s good to keep your distance and know what to do. Lately, I see pictures on social media sites where people think getting closer (or getting their kids closer) for that “epic selfie” is a good idea and it isnt. Having a healthy respect for the animals and environment is smarter than seeing just how far the boundaries can be pushed.

Straw Painting

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We discovered the joy of straw painting this morning!! Using some slightly watered down kids craft paint, paper, and a straw, I placed blogs of paint, and lines of paint on the paper and my cupkeiki went crazy blowing it across the paper, making big puffs to “spray” it, and streaking it with the straw end. She probably spent close to an hour creating, and I would add colors as needed/desired. I want to try this on thicker paper and add doodles to the borders of the colors.

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Rose Petal Sugar Scrub

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This is a sugar scrub recipe, using Kukui Oil, Rose Petals, Vanilla extract and Sugar. Everything is placed in a food processor and pulsed until the petals are in tiny bits. Store in a glass jar (or whatever you have) and use within a few weeks.

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Recipe makes about 2 cups, and the oil can be changed to coconut, avocado, olive or whatever skin oil you like best.
1 & 3/4 C. Sugar
8-10 Rose Petals
1tsp. Vanilla extract
1/4 C. Kukui Oil
-place everything in food processor and pulse until rose petals are in tiny bits. If the scrub seems to dry, add a little more oil, a teaspoon at a time. Its a good way to use those Valentines Day Roses in a different way! Enjoy!

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