Showing posts with label #Colorado. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Colorado. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lettuce & A Recipe

Varieties of lettuce at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
How many of you really like lettuce? Do you long for the leafy green color of crunchy texture? What about the taste? What does it taste like?

I don't like or dislike it. I can truthfully say I've never craved lettuce. The taste is so mild as to be non existent. Yet, lettuce adds an important element to healthy eating.

Watching our weight would sure be difficult without lettuce. Lettuce is the basis for most salads. It fills us up, and adds needed fiber.

Last summer, while visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Aurora, Colorado, we took a day trip to Vail that included a tour of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. I highly recommend the trip. There, I learned some new things about lettuce.

In 1920 ranchers in Gore Creek Mountain Valley near Vail discovered that lettuce grew better above 7000 feet elevation. For years, that area produced most of our lettuce. Interesting.

Varieties of Lettuce:

1. Iceberg - the most common
2. Bibb Lettuce - extra small
3. Boston - loose leaves
4. Green leaf - no head, more perishable
5. Red Leaf
6. Romaine - the most nutritious

The greener the leaves, the more vitamins and minerals in the lettuce.

The entrance to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Average nutritional make-up of lettuce:
1 cup
calories                     5
carbohydrates           1 g
fat                             0.05

No, I don't really like lettuce, but it's a food addict's best friend.

Here's a recipe you might want to try:

Summer Lunch Salad
3 cups red leaf lettuce
1 cup spinach
4 T. red peppers
6 grape tomatoes, halved
1 peach cut-up
2 Splenda or Trivia packets
1 T. peanuts
2 T. fat free ranch dressing
1 t. olive oil
to complete the above salad, add 3 oz. grilled chicken, 4 oz. lobster bites, 3 oz. lean ham, or 2 chopped up boiled egg.
***Trivia tip about lettuce
Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. When you travel through eastern Colorado, the sunflower fields are gorgeous.
Thank you, God, for lettuce.

Friday, July 3, 2015

How does nature speak to you?

To me, it's like God calling my name and inviting me to stop awhile and visit.

I especially love flowers. My family knows they can always please me with flowers or even clothes or accessories with flowers on them. The saying goes, "stop and smell the roses." Well, unfortunately, I have very little sense of smell, but roses, or any flower give me a feast for my eyes.

Sneeze wood (Bet I know where it got that name.)

This May in Colorado showed brilliant displays of wildflowers while we were visiting. Our daughter took us to Castlewood State Park near her house. She and my hubby laughed as I poised my camera over one more beautiful flower and went snap.

Blue flax

I also love hearing little known facts about places I visit. Did you know rocks around Castlewood wash down from as far away as Pike's Peak, thirty miles away. This state park is a spot of beauty after you leave the mountain majesty and before the land flattens into the Midwest's plains.

Though nature can be enjoyed alone, everything is better with loved ones.

My daughter and hubby in front of the dandelions

On this Wednesday, how does nature speak to you?
What does it say?
What is your favorite of God's creations?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Have you ever clasped a cup of hot chocolate between your hands when it's cold outside? If you need a definition for encouragement, that would be mine.

At Windy Saddle Cafe
During our recent visit with our daughter and son-in-law in Colorado, we took a tour of the historic town of Golden. Storms threatened all day, but we were lucky that the rain stayed away from where we walked. The overcast day chilled us, so that by the time we had walked one side of town and came back up the other, hot chocolate for me and my daughter and coffee for my hubby sounded like a stupendous idea. 

Archway on downtown Golden street
 We stopped at Windy Saddle CafĂ©. When I picked up that cup, my first words were "I'd pay them just to hold this cup." I spoke the truth. It uplifted and warmed me.

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
                                                   Mark 9:41

Giving thousands of dollars or heading up a drive for a charity may attract lots of attention and do good. Big things do help. But, small things done on a daily basis can affect as many lives.

How about ...

Giving a smile to everyone you meet.

Buying a cup of hot chocolate for someone who is cold but can't afford one.

Taking a meal or flowers to a sick person.

Spending valued time visiting an older person who can rarely get out among people.

Sending an apple to your child's teacher, or your Bible teacher.

The Bible tells us to think of others more highly than ourselves. In other words, we must be willing to put ourselves out to help someone else.

Need help yourself?
Focus on others, and God will handle your problems.

One of my favorite New Testament heroes was Barnabas. He never got the glory given to the apostle Paul, but without him, Paul's message could've been stopped. Barnabas was always the encourager, the helper, the peacemaker.

God, help me be more like Barnabas. Show me something I can do to encourage others.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Are You Like Texas or Colorado?

      We just returned from a wonderful trip to Aurora, Colorado to visit our daughter. Most of you know I'm a native born Texas, originally from Dallas, but I now live in Wichita Falls. Many contrasts exist between the two states. I love both places.

    On this trip, one difference I noted was the lakes. Both states glisten with gorgeous bodies of water that refresh and renew our minds with their glory.

     We live near Possum Kingdom Lake, weaving between where the Palo Pinto Hills begin in North Texas, spilling into the Brazos River of Central Texas.

High cliffs border Possum Kingdom Lake

    How blessed we are that our Texas drought is over, and this lake is full and inviting again. It's known by its huge shoreline and extreme depths. Though beautiful and big, it's many miles from other lakes.

     A few days ago, we drove across the area west of Denver through the Platte River basin. Though small and shallow, one lake followed another within two to three miles. Towns often dam the rapidly-flowing rivers to make lakes.

Charles & I at Evergreen Lake near Denver

     Those lakes set me to thinking about the differences in our spiritual walk. Do you go from one high to another with small but plentiful refillings from the Holy Spirit? Or, does one revival strike you deeply and last for months or years without a recharge?

     I asked Jesus to come into my heart at age seven. I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost when I was in college. My spiritual walk is touched by experiences, often far apart, that pump me up to last for years. Yes, I must pray and talk with God daily, but I drift long times between His special touches. Is that the best way? I don't know. What do you think?

Is your spiritual walk more like Texas or Colorado?