Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hike on Friday

Phew. My legs are tired. Walked Skyline with the doggies again today. We went early since I had plans to go to breakfast with a friend at 8:00 am. 

The photos don't always capture how pretty the sunrise is. 

So proud of the doggies. They heard deer rustling very near to us before I heard or saw any deer. They were off the leash.  When I saw the deer, the dogs started running but I said "Sandy! Brutus!  HEEL!"  I also said "Bye bye!" (as in good bye... I am leaving you).  Those dogs spun around and ran directly to me and leashed up. Good listening. Good doggies. We had treats when we got home. 

There were five or six does.  I loved seeing these two in silhouette against the rising sun. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hike on Thursday

Here comes the sun. Overlooking Canon City from the top of Skyline Drive. 

Today's hike was extra chilly. I noticed some thick frost on cars as I was driving to Skyline Drive today. When I got to the trail parking lot, it was 23 degrees F.  Good news!  It warmed to 29 degrees F by the end of my hike. Yikes!

Above, you can see the trail I walk to get down from the top of Syline Drive. It's a pale diagonal line that slopes down from the left of the screen to the right of the screen. 

Above, the sun peaking through some of the Hogbacks. 

Above, looking down the trail through more Hogbacks. 

Walk on Wednesday

Another gorgeous hike on Wednesday. 

My husband has been out of town for a few days so it's just me and the doggies on our daily hikes. I've been able to take a few photos along the way. Sometimes the lighting has not been the best but I love showing off the beauty and diversity in the area where I live. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hike on Monday

The puppies and I had a great sunrise walk on Skyline Drive on Monday. I took the next four photos right in a row, I just turned myself 90 degrees for each shot. 

First, looking north. 

Below, looking east as the sun is rising. 

Below, looking south.  

Below, looking west. 

The sky just got prettier as I walked. 

Hike On Tuesday

Went for a Great hike with the doggies today.  It was really windy last night and was snowing north and south of here, but we got missed. I was thankful it was not too cold on my walk. 

The sky looked rather dramatic. 

Below you can see HOW windy it was last night. Blew over the portable outhouses in the parking lot at the trailhead. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cinnamon Bun Cookies


Oh boy, oh boy, OH BOY!  These are some tasty treats!

In the past several weeks, I've been experimenting with this recipe. The original recipe for "Iced Anise Cookies" can be found HERE.  I also made a lemon version.  Today I made a cinnamon and vanilla version. I was hoping the cookies would be like soft Snickerdoodles with icing. I was also hoping they'd cure my craving for cinnamon rolls. They turned out really yummy!

Cinnamon Bun Cookies
Adapted from Iced Anise Cookies by Anna Ginsburg

Cinnamon sugar topping (1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 3/4 cups flour (12.5 oz)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 scant teaspoon salt


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons milk plus extra if needed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Multi-Colored Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick foil.

To make the cinnamon sugar topping:  In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon; set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar, melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla together using low speed of a hand-held mixer.

Thoroughly stir together the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the batter and stir just until blended.

Portion cookies using rounded teaspoons (I use a little cookie scoop), shaping a little to form nice rounds; roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar.  Place cookies on prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets and bake on center rack for 10 to 14 minutes or until bottoms of cookies are light golden. Cool on wire racks.

Make icing. Mix the sugar and melted butter together until the sugar is moist. Add the milk and beat well until smooth. Beat in the vanilla. It should be thick but pourable. Place a piece of paper towel under your cooling rack so that the glaze can drip through, then spoon it gently over the cookies.
Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.