Wednesday, January 11, 2017


This is a wonderful recipe for whole grain porridge:

1/2 cup steel cut oatmeal
1/2 cup wheat berries
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup farro
4 cups water
4 cups milk

Mix it all in a crockpot and turn on low over nite (about 8 hours).  In the morning, put in a bowl and add toppings of your choice:  blueberries, raspberries, apples, bananas, almonds, walnuts, brown sugar, etc.

You can use any type of whole grain you like.  I went to the bulk bins and the grocery store and just picked out interesting stuff!


Hole in your head

This guy had his first Mohs surgery for skin cancer.  They go in and dig out the skin until they find a layer that doesn't have any skin cancer cells on it.  Luckily it only took one digging session to get it all out.  So now he is home resting with an ice pack on his face.  Next up...a black eye from the trauma!  #useyoursunscreendummy!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

New Year Eve - 2016

On the day of New Year Eve, we went out to Cherry and played in the snow all day!  We found a spot above Cherry (communication hill) and had a beautiful view of the lake...until the fog rolled in and left us with about 100 feet visibility!

We built a huge bonfire which kept us warm in the fog.  We had a yummy picnic lunch, sledded and shot clay pigeons.

You can see that the fog had rolled in!


Ahi was terrified of the gunfire so she allowed Amanda to zip her into her jacket

 On the way out, we turned a corner and came upon this sunset!  It looked like the world was on fire!

Once we got home, we had a huge spaghetti dinner!


Good clean, redneck fun!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Fun with Chainsaws

Drew and Jim spent a couple hours today playing with a chain saw and a giant log.  We came out with two seats and a stump!

Photography by G

Drew's truck 4-wheelin'
4 pointer buck

These are a bunch of pics taken with G's new camera in the few days after she just got it.

The whole gang


Sweet Weener


Labrador Lovin'


Anna and Roy 54th Anniversary

Since we were all at the cabin, we decided to drive into Yosemite and have lunch at the Ahwanee Hotel to celebrate 54 years of marriage!  We were there 4 years ago to celebrate their 50th!

It was a beautiful winter day with blue skies and cold temps (low 30's in the valley).

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Post Xmas Adventure

We squeezed in a bunch of adventure today:

  • Playing in the snow at Cherry
  • Sledding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking around Cherry and talking to a Hetch Hetchy worker
  • 4 wheeling in snow and mud
  • Looking for deer to photograph
  • Exploring around a huge water pipe that moves Hetch Hetchy water 
  • Swimming (Hops, not us!)
  • Finding a huge chunk of wood that Jim and Drew had to bring home...


What the heck are we going to do with this?

Loading up our new wood

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas 2016

We were lucky enough to celebrate xmas at the cabin this year!  My folks went to my brother's house so it was just Grandma Anna and Grandpa Roy and us.  We started on xmas eve with fondue - see upside down pic - I can't figure out how to change it but thought it was fun anyway!  We ate like pigs and really enjoyed it.

Then we opened gifts on xmas morning and had a yummy gluten free casserole (potatoes, eggs, cheese, sour cream, etc) for brunch.  Grandma's favorite gift was a sweatshirt from Grandpa!  My favorite gifts were my collapsible walking sticks and Grace loved her new camera!  Jim immediately started reading his book about Warren Miller (the ski movie guy), Drew loved his new tent and Roy loved his new slippers!  Even the dogs loved the 3 new monkey toys Grandma Anna got them!

Grandma's new sweatshirt!

Corn hole!

Oh - it's hard to pick my favorite gift because Jim and the kids made me a corn hole game which is super fun and is extra special because it is home made!  And it is such good quality that it will be around for years and years.  I can picture the kids playing corn hole with their kids using it!  

Collapsible walking stick - makes it easier to transport by airplane!

After a bunch of game playing with the grandparents, Grace and I went for a hike down to the creek so she could try out her camera.  The pic above was taken with the new camera using the timer.  The out takes were hilarious and included Grace running into the pic and one with just Hops butt in it!

It was fun to play corn hole on the deck...until one of the bean bags went over the side.  Being the problem solvers we are, we taught Hops to go get them!  Smart girly!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

TNDC White Elephant 2016

3D dog

This year's TNDC did not disappoint.  There were ugly gifts, useless gifts and hilarious gifts!  The night was not complete without Doug's traditional box game.  Followed by a rousing game of 4 way nibs!

Viagara hat

New dog toy!

Knight tp holder - might end up on the Coleman Crapper at Cherry!

Box game!