Maleficent

I nearly had a coronary when I learned Disney was making my favorite villan ‘real’. Maleficent was insanely spooky and beautifully terrifying to me as a child. Never-the-less Sleeping Beauty has been my absolute favorite of the animated Disney movies partly because of her.  Jake watched the trailer a couple dozen times for me. So when we went to see it in the theater I was beyond stoked!

In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land.

(synopsis from here)

The story unfolded beautifully with supreme special effects and a stunning performance by Angelina Jolie. If you haven’t seen it we’d highly recommend you do!

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Brass Teapot

Netflix strikes again. Several weeks ago we finally watched a movie in our queue. Do you do that too? drop a movie in your queue and never really watch those which you sat aside. Needlessly spending hours surfing through different categories only to return to the queue or settle on a favorite TV show?  Um…we do!  So it’s always a big event when we Rate and “Remove From Queue” (at least I make it a big event).

We’ve had The Brass Teapot in our ‘to be watched’ files for a while now. The other night we finally decided to give it a go. I was so happy we did; I liked it, Jake however thought the acting was a little ‘amateur’. We both agreed the script was fairly honest and funny. This is a quirky take on “be careful what you wish for”. Some parts made me look at Mr. Awesomesauce and say “Yup!”.

 John and Alice live in small-town America – married, very much in love, and broke.  But an accident leads them to a roadside antique shop where Alice is spontaneously drawn to a mysterious brass teapot.  It isn’t long before they realize that this is no ordinary teapot and that perhaps they have found the answer to all of their financial woes.  John and Alice must decide how far they will go to fulfill their dreams of wealth.

(synopsis from here)

 

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LUCY

If you haven’t noticed this week we’re recapping movies we’ve watched since the last time we gave you a review. It just so happens that last weekend we were gifted with a pair of movie tickets and used them to see Lucy.

An action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

(found here)

We loved it. The movie was a wonderful blend of action and intellect. It was a good movie to see it on the big-screen with the mega surround sound.

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Nature Calls

Once again we found ourselves surfing Netflix and this time Jake picked Nature Calls.

Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk’s son’s sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.

(from here.)

The familiar faces: Johnny Knoxville, Patton Oswalt, and Maura Tierney (oh you know her; the amazing nurse from E.R.). It wasn’t really a movie we’d suggest running out to rent or buy. However, if you’re looking for something to forget your day or week that makes you laugh, go ahead add it to your queue!

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Tammy

Every so often our fates are crossed with free movie tickets. Even more rare they’re tickets for a screening of a movie. I absolutely love when this happens.  It’s only happened to me three times but man I love it! Something about seeing a movie before 95% of the population does is thrilling. On July 1st we received tickets to the screening of Tammy.

Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day.  She’s totaled her car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, find her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house.

It’s time to take her boom box and book it.  The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels.  The worse new is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option – with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls.  Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind.  But on the road, with Pearl riding shotgun, it may be just what Tammy needs.

(synopsis from here)

To be honest I had no idea about this movie, we’d not seen trailers or even heard of it until we had the free passes. We laughed pretty hard during a  few parts. Overall I remember saying “Those are NOT Susan Sarandon’s cankles. No. WAY.” and we walked away feeling a little…sad.

Have you seen Tammy, what was your take?

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Fireworks & Homemade Ice Cream

This 4th of July we were able to hang out with family and cross Fireworks & Homemade Ice Cream off of our Summer List. It was awesome.072714A_7

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As we were at the checkout I look behind me and see Mark Ruffalo!

072714A_6On the walk back home we crossed a very dead snake

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(thanks to my brother for those great photos!)

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By special request mom made us some homemade ice cream

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By the time it was done churning we were all so excited to eat our share I didn’t have time to take any after photos!

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Silver Dollar Lake Trail

Back on 6.14 we tried hiking up to Silver Dollar Lake. Because the folks we were hiking with planned on meeting up at the trailhead around 7a we left home at 5…that’s FIVE AM. F.i.v.e. in the morning. We drove through/past Georgetown (an adorable mountain town). It was a beautiful drive up Guanella pass (my first scenic byway) to the trail head.

Remembering breakfast isn’t my forte and Panera can’t possibly be counted on for a quick bagel sandwich I thought…’why not leave Mr. Awesomesauce, the breakfast man in charge of breakfast?’ Best idea I’ve had. We whipped up some of his delicious Breakfasta Burritos (more on those later) friday night, wrapped them in foil and stashed them in the fridge until we woke up. The first thing I did after rolling out of bed was turn the oven to 350 and place those bad boys in. By the time we were ready to walk out the door they were perfectly reheated and delicious on the drive up.

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On to hiking. The first lake you come across on this trail is Naylor Lake, which is privately owned so eyes only and from a distance. But, man oh man was it pretty.

 

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then onto Silver Dollar Lake. First we must cross a glacier. Talk about risky business!! I’m the only one who almost fell and I did that twice! 100_0050

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100_0047after we made it across the glacier and trekked up a bit further there were more of these glaciers. No thanks! I did not want to break any of my body parts way up here! so Jake & I tried taking an alternate route, up the long way around the snow fields. All was well for a while.

then we spotted a cougar. Baaaaaaaack down the trail we went. not staying or moving further there! no way, no how.

DSC_245620We met up with our hiking buddies and took a nice long break soaking up the sun, views and the outdoors (which is really starting to become addictive I might add). Sadly no one made it to Silver Dollar Lake however i’m sure we’ll be making another trip up later this summer to try again.

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On the way back home we took Guanella pass up to Mount Bierstadt one of the 14ers (on the right) and Sawtooth. Great views, just astonishing.

DSC_247933Let me show you a ‘real’ shot of these places…here’s the parking lot at Bergen around noon thirty. I always think it’s interesting people show you what the mountains look like but no one really shows the ‘reality’ of visiting some of these places. 072714A_1Further down Guanella Pass before B we stumbled across Coney Island. Apparently the best hotdogs in the entire state. Jake tried one and was wowed.

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Overall:

Miles hiked: 3.7
Altitude gained: 1,287ft
*Post holes: >10
Wildlife spotted: Marmot, Cougar, Cute gerbil/rat like beasties & grey squirrels
 
*’Post holing’ is when your legs sink into the snow as you try to walk across

 

 

 

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Camping

072714A_45We went camping!  It was my first time camping as the ‘responsible adult’. I’ve been camping as a kid and it was awesome, my responsibilities never exceeded packing my favorite book, occasionally baiting a hook and … … that’s it.

Being the ‘responsible adult’ was a little worrisome. Did we pack enough food and water? How do we find a place to camp? What happens if we encounter a BEAR?! (no so much a worry in KS) Where do we put the food & trash away to avoid raccoons and other mischievous rodents?

072714A_19Let me say I was over thinking it. Waaay over thinking it. It’s not that hard or complicated. I’d say the most difficult thing about my first grown-up camping trip was finding a spot that made everyone happy. Jake & I didn’t want to be surrounded by people and we wanted a great view. More google searching that necessary led me to Rampart Range Road. Rumored to be beautiful with plenty of trails and they allow ‘dispersed camping’.

I had no idea what ‘Dispersed Camping’ was so I called the Forest Ranger Station. (WOW! Those folks are amazingly friendly, helpful and seriously funny!) Dispersed camping is where you drive down the road and just pull off wherever you’d like to set up camp. Free. AWESOME! I was imagining just pulling off the road and being like “Here’s my flag, I’m declaring this as mine for the weekend!”072714A_4

Not so much. There are specific places the parks department has set aside, flattened, cleared and numbered off. The concept is still the same: Pull off the road, steak a section as yours and camp but it’s more convenient with less bushwhacking.

The downside to this experience is we live in Colorado. Where everyone wants to camp for free on the weekends. Out of 39 dispersed spots there was only 1 left when Jake & I hit the road. It was quickly snatched up by the Jeep in front of us; we were car #3 in a line of 5 on Friday afternoon at 3. So instead of the freebee sites we pulled into the Devil’s Head Campground.

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072714A_20WOWZERS! Great views, a picnic table, grill and a fire pit were all provided. As well as water, a bear proof trash bin and a port-a-john. All for just $16 a night. Not bad! PLUS when you claim a site no one else can come up and camp in your claimed spot; not the case with Dispersed Camping, if you pick a site and someone else wants to park their tent 10 feet away they will.

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We grabbed our permit, picked a spot for our tent and got busy setting up.

072714A_25The tent went up without a hitch. We bought a bundle of firewood at the grocery store before we left town in the event we couldn’t find any. With that we started a fire (by we I mean Jake and our friend, not me) and got the bratwursts and hotdogs going. YUM!

072714A_26The only hardship, after finding a campsite, was sleeping on Friday night. I brought our air mattress and since we’re one sleeping bag short of a pair I pulled a ‘glamping’ stunt and dressed it like a regular bed, sheets, quilt and used the sleeping bag as a comforter. In Kansas this would’ve been well warm enough on a day that hit 90+, not the case in Colorado where the humidity is null and the heat leaves when the sun sets. It was COLD! The air was so frigid in our mattress it felt like we were sleeping on an ice block.

072714A_27Saturday night I put 3 beach towels across the top of that ice block of a bed and the difference was astonishing. We slept much better – that could also be because we didn’t hit the sack til after midnight.

072714A_13Saturday morning we warmed up some of Jake’s delicious breakfast burritos (made at home & wrapped in foil, zipped in a bag, left on ice in the cooler) and used the french press for coffee. I wasn’t about to go 2 days without it!

072714A_16After lounging in the sun for a few hours and gathering more wood we had sandwiches. More  lounging and fire making, we cooked up Chicken Kabobs and foil potatoes. We were stuffed!

Of course there is always room for s’mores!

072714A_29Sunday morning we had bagels & cream cheese, took down the tent and headed home.

072714A_10This wasn’t really an adventurous camping experience, it was more of an informational gathering ‘can we do this?’ and ‘what gear do we need’ kind of trip. In all actuality for me it was a ‘be surrounded by nature and relax’ weekend. Which was much needed and so refreshing.

072714A_18We’ll be doing this again. hopefully soon. Definitely with a little more adventure.

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Onsies

Jake & I made some onsies for our little nephew.

Using the same fabric stenciling technique as I did on the “Crafty Bag” we made these:

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Jake’s is a little hard to read in the photo but it’s a Daft Punk song title “Up all night” in a little glow-in-the-dark robot helmet. He’s so clever.

Mine’s from the song Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. I saw this on-line somewhere and that song was stuck in my head for days.

In case you haven’t heard these songs:

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Calzones

I saw this on Pinterest and thought…that HAS to happen in my kitchen.

It did. And it was good.

We used Bisquick to make some pizza dough (warm water and Bisquick), pizza sauce & Cheese.

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IMG_0006We ate the whole thing up. Then made it again with turkey pepperoni the next week.

Highly recommended!

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