Friday, June 18, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Gold Mining in Colorado

It's a big world out there and we're on a mission to explore it. One of the things I've talked about doing for years now (ever since Discovery Channel started showing those gold shows) has been doing some gold mining. Well we're in Colorado and Colorado is a gold mining state! 

Known as the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, the 59ers as they were known, came about 10 years after the California 49ers gold rush. People had suspected there was gold in Colorado for a while, but no one could find a substantial deposit. On his way to California, Lewis Ralston stuck his pan in the Clear Creek River and found 1/4 of an ounce of gold ($475 today) in just one pan! From there the cry for going to Colorado was "Pikes Peak or Bust"!

That's where we're at today. Clear Creek. We're going to try our luck and see if we can find our fortune too! And it's not just us! My brother Jon and his whole family are joining us on this adventure!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Pizza at Home - Sweet Summer Corn Pizza

Every week, another new pizza! 

As I was walking through the supermarket with Theresa in the produce section, I saw that sweet corn is just coming into season. I bet I could make a pizza out of that! 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Visiting Michigan for Austin's Graduation

It's the time of year for graduations and we're finally to a point where we can travel again. Let's fly to Michigan!

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Dunkaroos Cereal

"How do you do your Dunkaroos?"

I have mine as a cereal with milk! 

Happy Saturday! Time for another cereal taste test! This time we're taking a jump back in time to the mid 90s when Dunkaroos cookies were all the rage. 

Sydney the kangaroo would tell us that "Dunkaroos are the cookie you dunk with as much chocolate or vanilla frosting as you want!"

Friday, June 11, 2021

Cocoa Pebbles Ice Cream

Earlier we tried Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream, and now it's time for the Cocoa Pebbles counterpart! 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Kids Carnival

Part of Ian's online schooling involves some Carnival style games, so one afternoon, Ian and Alli decided they were going to make a carnival for everyone! Gram's basement has lots of stuff in it. 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Pizza at Home - Ground Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza

Happy Sunday! It's Pizza Day! 

While we're in Colorado, I'm still making pizzas and I'm taking requests! I've made a bunch of pizzas over the last year so there's lots of options. 

This week Megan gets to pick. She saw the Ground Pepperoni pizza I made last year when we made the Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor at home, but had a special request. Make it with Stuffed Crust!

Done! 

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Saturday Morning Cereals - Cinnamon Toast Crunch Chocolate Churros

What's this? A new Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal? Chocolate Churros huh? Well you know what we're going to do, right? 

When we tried Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I made my own homemade sandwich bread and we used it to make Cinnamon Toast to compare it to

For Chocolate Toast Crunch, similarly, I made a loaf of chocolate bread, toasted it, and dusted it with cinnamon and sugar

For French Toast Crunch, you guessed it, I made a brioche and we had french toast to eat along with it

The Sugar Cookie Toast Crunch, we made sugar cookies to eat with it

And when General Mills came out with Cinnamon Toast Crunch Churros, the kids and I made homemade churros for the very first time to try together with it


And so of course when I saw that these brand new Cinnamon Toast Crunch Chocolate Churros existed, I had to pick up a box, and I knew that we'd be making some chocolate churros to go along with them! 

Friday, June 4, 2021

The kids have fun with STEM and other build projects

Both Ian and Alli love to do science type experiments and build projects. Today we're going to do a little bit of both!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Welcome to Colorado!

 We're in Colorado! The first stop on our journey! Colorado Springs is beautiful, especially with Pikes Peak in the background.