|I stole this great photo from my Aunt's facebook post. I love these people! In the foreground from L-R: Aunty Cynthia Lewis, Grandpa Tom Lauret. Back L-R: Uncle Everett Adelman, Aunty Edith Adelman, Grandma Leta Lauret|
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
|Here's a strange bug that landed on Steve. Look carefully and you'll see he's eating dinner.|
|An angry pet mudswallow who adopted our home as a nesting ground.|
|Butterfly on wildflowers taken on our hike in the Uintas.|
|Funky-cool tree we drove by in the mountains.|
|More pretty wiildflowers|
|The beaver pond on our hike.|
|Our backyard at sunset|
|Up the street from our home|
|The horses across the street|
|The girls making friends.|
teve is currently on a diet that he created. He's not eating meat, dairy , refined sugar/flours, processed foods, canola/vegetable oil, and. he will occasionally have an egg or some fish, and he's trying to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and legumes and whole grains. so the typical meat and potatoes Father's Day dinner wasn't going to cut it for Steve this year. I asked him what he like me to make and he said salmon and mashed potatoes (without dairy, mind you).
I did my best and we had a yummy meal. I made a packet out of aluminum foil in which I baked the salmon with sliced carrots, chopped baby bok choy, and onions all drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice (freshly squeezed, of course) and seasoned with salt, pepper, and thyme. It turned out delicious, except to Lily who said the salmon tasted like fish smells (hmmm... fancy that) and she doesn't like fish. For the mashed potatoes, I had to get a little creative to make it taste pretty decent without the use of milk, cream, or butter. I thinned the mash with some water, & I used a drizzle of olive oil and lots of salt, pepper, and a few herbs including garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and I may have sprinkled in some others that I can't remember. They turned out to be tasty herby-garlic mashed potatoes. I also cut fresh pineapple cubes with some lime squeezed over the top, as well as an avocado and tomato salad.
I was pleasantly surprised that the cake I made actually tasted good, at least to him, and that's who I was trying to please. The cake was made with whole oat flour and coconut flour, with honey as the sweetener, and coconut oil as the fat. I used orange juice (freshly squeezed) instead of milk, and when it finished baking, I dusted it with a little more dry unsweetened coconut, and Amara decorated it with fresh raspberries. I also made a lovely raspberry-chia-honey sauce to go over it. I thought the cake tasted too much like coconut oil, but Steve said that it was perfect with the raspberries and sauce. Glad he liked it.
It was a good Father's Day. We love you Steve!
Monday, June 15, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Knock knock, who's there? A sunset a sunset who? A sunset at night!
Aloha Oe, Aloha Oe, Until We Meet Again.
|Joe with Jayden on his shoulders, Missy with the sunglasses with her hands on JJ's shoulders so he doesn't run away, Maizie up front pulling her hood off, and Malia smiling at her sweet baby brother|
This family- I love them so. They are now living in Hawaii, on a new adventure, and I'm sure it's paradise. I prefer to say that they are on a nice summer trip or vacation, thus tricking my psyche into thinking I'll see them soon and often.
They made a special trip up to visit us in the Spring, knowing that they would be going far, far away for a long, long time. After I said goodbye to them from my house on that trip, I just couldn't let them go. My insides ached. I hadn't had enough time with them. I had to see them at least once more before they made the big move, so I'm so very glad it worked out and that they made time to venture up the canyon on a somewhat stormy Memorial Day for a goodbye party.