Friday, August 30, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup


I have been loving all of the ripe tomatoes at my local farm stand. If I get there just after they open up in the morning, I can usually snag a bag of damaged veggies for a few dollars. What to do with some juicey tomatoes that aren't going to last another day? Fresh tomato soup!

Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 chopped red onions
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
12 medium-large fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh grated pepper
3/4 cup cream
  • Melt butter with olive oil in a large stock pot.
  • Saute onions and carrots for 10 minutes, add garlic, saute one minute more.
  • Place sieve on top of pot. Cut tomatoes in half, squeeze out the seeds, allowing the juice to drop into the pot. Press out any liquid and compost the seeds.
  • Chop up the tomatoes and cook in the pot for 20 minutes. 
  • Add basil, salt and pepper.
  • Puree in blender or with emersion blender. Add cream.
  • Serve warm or cold.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

A summer hike in the canyon








{this little girl LOVES thimbleberries (Rubus parviflorus)!}

{chokecherries, Prunus virginiana}

This hike in the canyon is a fun, short one with the kids. It goes through Eleventh Hour Gulch and is full of rickety ladders to get up the wet, steep, mossy areas. Pieter scrambles up like a spider, with no trouble at all. Once up through the steep area, Juliana is free to hike herself and she loves to find all the thimbleberries that are ready for the picking.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Come visit the Black Hills!

One nice thing about living in the Black Hills is that we often have visitors that are passing through that are taking a little time at Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, and the Badlands. We received such a visit this week from Tom, a friend from Madison. We had a lovely visit with him and the kids really enjoyed his book reading. So for those of you that still need to get a look at these amazing National Parks, our door is open!

Friday, August 2, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. - AS
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