The Bull Draw Fire—Thursday, October 4, 2018

That red and purple streak is smoke from the Bull Draw Fire behind us on the Uncompahgre Plateau

Here is what they are saying about the fire:

Good Morning Everyone! Starting today, Monday, October 1, 2018, we will no longer be updating the #BullDrawFire Facebook page unless something changes and new information becomes available.

Please contact Grand Valley Ranger District at 970-242-8211 with any questions you have about the Bull Draw Fire. You can also call (970) 874-6625 for recorded fire information for GMUG National Forest.

Thank you to everyone in the community for your patience and support these past two months. As you enjoy your National Forest, please be aware of the hazards in a recently burned area and please put your campfires OUT COLD.

The fire is 36,549 acres and 95% contained. Crews will remain engaged on the fire until a season-ending event occurs, meaning a large amount of precipitation, possibly snow.

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Photo Description: Fall colors on the GMUG National Forest, USFS

Well, the big storms are here!  And my sincere hope that the fire is now out!
Even as I write this we are having huge wind and slashing rain.
All our storms come from the area of the Uncompahgre Plateau so it is with a fervent prayer that fire is now history!
Your friend on a western Colorado farm
Linda

Sunlight Poured through the Air—Wednesday, October 4, 3017

“Don’t believe in miracles—depend on them.”–Laurence J. Peter

It was warmer yesterday.  A lovely touch of sunlight, soft breezes and sunlit farm light

(that is a Gambols Quail coming toward me.)

We are still having tiny little hummingbirds visiting the feeder.

Sometimes I see only one, some days none at all…

Then just before the big cold rain I saw six.  My heart goes out to them, traveling so late in the year.  I hope they make it somewhere warm soon.

Then while out on a wee walk with Boomer and Mindy the cat…I found

A heart! A perfect sort of magic!

From my world to your heart,

Linda

A Foodie Post—-Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yesterday I decided it was time to have a little company…so we invited our daughter, Kimberly and son-in-law Cliff out for supper.

I fixed a very simple supper of FRESH FROM OUR FARM PINTO BEANS, the last of summer’s corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, and  Cheesy Bacon Chicken—plus Yummy cherry bars of chewy goodness for desert.

I made the Yummy Cherry Bars first-

cherry-yumm-cooking

Press two-thirds of a sugar cookie dough into a greased 9″ pan and bake for 15 minutes.

Since Terry has Celiac’s Disease I made my gluten free sugar cookie recipe in the morning so it would be nice and ready by 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

While the dough is cooking in the oven, take 2 coups of frozen cherries and 1/3 cup of raspberry preserves over low heat for 10 minutes.  You may thicken with cornstarch, if you like.

My cherries were a gift from a blog friend Suz, in St. Helens, Oregon.

Take the dough out of the oven, spread the fruit over the dough, then crumble the remaining sugar cookie dough over the the the fruit and bake until done.

cherry-yummm

The result is a crisp, chewy bar oozing with goodness!

chickenIn a large skillet cook several pieces of bacon until crisp.  Remove the bacon and  drain. Discard all but a tiny, tiny amount of bacon fat (I save our bacon fat for use later), add seasoned chicken (salt, pepper and paprika each side of each piece of chicken) and cook until no longer pink inside.

chicken-baconCombine easy-melting cheese cubed (4-6 oz) in 1/4 c -or a little more of chicken broth and cook over medium-low heat until cheese is melted.  Spoon sauce over chicken, sprinkle bacon on top and serve!

cheesy-bacon-chicken-1Quick, easy and delicious!

I hope you enjoy!

Love,
Linda

The Color Shouted—Sunday, October 4, 2015

We took a short drive to Grand Mesa, making the loop from the Cedaredge side, to the Collbran side, then back around again.
4It was marvelous!

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“Everywhere she walked the color shouted

1And sang around her…

5In October any wonderful

8Unexpected thing might

67be possible.”—Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Eye candy for the soul!

Your friend,

Linda