Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lake Maria State Park

Last Saturday, Patrick and I headed to Lake Maria State Park in Monticello. It ended up being one of the nicer days of the summer for hiking. The weather had cooled off from 90 and humid, so it was quite comfortable to hike around the park. We went to our site first and set up our tent. Then we spent a couple hours hiking around before coming back to camp just to relax. Patrick took a nap and I read Time magazine's feature on the Olympics. It was really nice to get away and relax.

Lake Maria State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Patrick made us a very nice fire. And we enjoyed it until the mosquitos kicked us out.

Our Campsite at Lake Maria State Park

Our Campsite at Lake Maria State Park

Byorkland Lake

They have quite a few camping cabins at this park. We talked about doing a winter trip to one of these.

Camping Cabin at Lake Maria State Park

Hiking Shoes

Our wonderful dinner of Rice, Beans & Chicken that Patrick made for us.

Cooking Dinner at Lake Maria State Park

And the view from our tent before the thunderstorms rolled in. For the record I enjoy camping, but sleeping outside in a thunderstorm is not that enjoyable or restful.

Before the Rain

Friday, July 20, 2012

Easy Method for Cooking Dried Chickpeas

I am not sure where I even found this, but I have had make chickpeas on my list of things to do for months and I just kept putting it off. Well, today I decided to just go for it and try it since we have been eating a lot of beans lately. This method worked better than anything I have tried before. It seems like all other methods are more steps and just seem like a lot of work. This was not, so I may have to try it with black beans soon.


Cooking Dried Chickpeas

Rinse and drain dried chickpeas a few times.

Then pour into a dutch oven with plenty of water to cover.

With cover on bake at 325 degrees for 2 hours and 15 minutes. It may take a longer depending on the consistency you prefer.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our 4th of July

For the 4th of July, we stayed in town. Usually the City of Plymouth has fireworks the week before the 4th, but this year they had them on the 3rd. Our plan was to walk to the new Spiderman movie at the theater and then watch the fireworks afterward. Well, Luke ended up giving us a ride to the movie since it was so hot and we didn't end up watching the fireworks from the park since the bugs were awful. I wasn't sure if we could see them from our house, but I learned you can see them from the roof so I did watch them for a few minutes.

On the 4th we went to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis to hang out with friends for the day. It was so hot during the day, we were sweating just sitting. I can't imagine how hot it was to be the Aztec performers. After multiple trips to the ice cream truck, we ended the night with a fire show and fireworks over the lake.

Our 4th of July.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

BBQ Ribs & More

Last night Amy, Bikash & Cayden came over to grill out. Patrick and Luke have been watching a lot of episodes of BBQ Pitmasters so Patrick decided to try out a rib recipe. The ribs ended up being delicious, but we will see if they end up making the Meat Fest menu. We apparently have other meats to try out.

BBQ Ribs with Amy & Bikash


Today we watched Ben while Nickie & Nathan went to the Twins game. He is quite the busy guy and because it was sweltering outside we stayed inside. Between the three of us we managed to keep him entertained and he even took a nap for us. I consider that a success.

Ben - 2 Years

Ben - 2 Years