Monthly Archive for June, 2014

Mountain Goat in a Fancy Hat

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A week ago, we took some out-of-state friends to High Tea in Denver. We went to one of our favorite tea houses, which just happens to be close to one of our other favorite spots. Outside, is a wonderful rock for the mountain goats to climb.

Mountain goats.
Kids.
Toe-may-toe.
Toe-mah-toe.

This week, we went on a covert mission with some other friends and ended up at the same spot.

Funny how that happens…with or without the fancy hats.

Robotics Camp

Claire didn’t have fun at all in her Robotics Camp.
It’s too bad she’s so sad about all this.

*cough*

New Sprayground!

Claire & her friends trying out the new sprayground!

Arvada has opened up a wonderful resource! This is the new sprayground at the Ralston-Central Park! It’s free to the public and a HUGE hit.

Imagine my surprise when a friend who works for 9News contacted me and asked for permission to use the above photo in an article they were doing.

Absolutely!

Needless to say, we had a fantastic time and will definitely be back!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

We went to a party last night, and we were in charge of dessert. In planning what to bring, I stumbled upon a fun and easy dessert idea: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!

Yes, they’re cupcakes baked into ice cream cones and then frosted to look like, well, ice cream cones!

Here’s what I did:

I got a pack of 24 ice cream cones at the grocery store and filled them with cupcake batter.

Various instructions online said to leave an inch or so at the top, but I found that filling them almost to the brim worked just fine. Luckily, all 24 cones fit in a glass baking dish I have.

I baked them at 350 for 23 minutes.

Your baking time may vary. I baked them until the tops sprung back after I pushed on them, and even tested them with a toothpick to see if it would come out clean, and it did.

After they cooled, we frosted and sprinkled them.

…and then transported them to the party before they had time to melt. 😉

They were a BIG hit! I’m definitely keeping this recipe handy. It was a fun & easy twist on a favorite dessert!

Yes, hedgehogs really ARE this cute.

#LHQR (Lord Henry Quillington Rasmussen has his own hashtag.)

Click photo to see more cutie-patootie detail.

Junipers be gone!

Before! (Our day-laborer stood near them for perspective…)

After! Yeah, baby! I should have had Claire stand out there, but I was too exhausted to organize the photo shoot. (Now, we just need to put down some mulch, etc. …after we recuperate from digging out the massive trunks and root systems.)

In the last photo, you’ll see the big rock we found! (It was not in that location.) We also found a flagstone! …and a whiffle ball! …and a golf ball! …and trash from the 1980s.

I’m not going to lie. At one point, we thought the junipers had won. Tenacious doesn’t even come close to describing them.

…but we did it! Yeah!

Hippie Camouflage

Claire’s handy-work in her Art Camp this week! This was just one of her projects in the Fun Fibers Class.

She’s brave enough to stand on a Dragon’s head!

Claire & Momma dressed in their hippie camouflage!

Finding Your Temper

“Why do people say they ‘lose their temper’?” Claire asked me today. “When I’m angry, I know EXACTLY where my temper is, and it’s loud enough that everyone around me knows where it is, too!” #Truth… Ha.

Math in Real Life

Claire’s Summer Math Workbook has all types of interesting problems, but the money ones make me LAUGH OUT LOUD. The reason? Every single one tells her to use money to work it out first, and then use a pencil and paper. Ha! Right! Sorry, sweetie. Let’s just skip to doing it on paper; Momma’s not made of moolah. (I mean, $340 – $126? In real life? Let me get my purse…) Bah-hahaha!

Sweet Silence

Ahhh, the first day of Art Camp. Oh, sweet silence, I’ve missed you, old friend.