CENTENNIAL—Another sign that we are in the height of summer? That would be the appearance the other day around here of Mom’s tried and true lemonade cake. A number of years back, this somehow became a hot-weather tradition, perhaps because of the satisfyingly cool tanginess that comes from a cake made with lemonade, filled with lemon and surrounded by lemon frosting. It was a pleasant arrival the other day in all it citrus glory.
AURORA—Mom, Dad and Jonas are definitely more in tune with winter, preferring the sensation of being really cold to the sensation of being really hot. But when summer rolls around, we still know how to have a good time. So despite a blazing hot summer afternoon last weekend, we decided to head east a bit to the Arapahoe County Fair to take in some rides, see some animals and enjoy the outdoors. Jonas had a blast, riding just about everything there was to ride. We even got to check out some raptors and feed some baby goats. Throw in an icy drink here and there and it made for a fun and exhilarating afternoon at the county fair.
CENTENNIAL—Jonas has long had a thing for ’80s music (and we, of course, have no idea where this might come from…). There was the time when he was 3 and started belting out “Rosanna” from his crib. Then there was the time not all that long after that it was “Our House” that seemed to catch his ear. And who could forget his liking, to our slight concern, of “Centerfold,” enough that he’s gone to our basement drums to perform it with instrumentation? Well, we’re happy to report there’s a new obsession in town. The other day on the radio, Jonas heard “Eye of the Tiger” and it is safe to say he’s hooked. The other day, he came home from school with a lovely drawing of an animal. “What’s this?” Mom asked. “It’s the eye of the tiger…” began the reply and you can imagine where it went from there…
But the best part of Jonas’ interest in the song is his curious interpretation of the lyrics. Instead of the main character “rising up, back on the street,” somehow in Jonas’ version the man is “rising up, straight from the south,” an artistic liberty that puts the song in an entirely new context. In any case, it must be heard to be believed, and luckily, Daily Gewirtz had a videographer on scene the other day to capture his version in all its glory.
CENTENNIAL—Jonas has been making the most of the outdoors this summer. The other day, after a ride around the block on his bike, he grabbed some bubbles—not even stopping to take his helmet off—and lit up the front lawn with some of his bubble-making skills.
EVERGREEN—After our hike the other day, we stopped off in the lovely town of Evergreen to grab some ice cream. But when we saw there was a Beau Jo’s Pizza there, we called an audible and decided to have an early dinner instead. Jonas has been to their iconic location in the nearby mountain town of Idaho Springs, but he has never before shown interest in the best part of the “mountain pie,” which is the thick crust that is best eaten with honey drizzled on top. This time around, he was all about the honey and enjoyed every sticky bite. It was another significant culinary milestone.
EVERGREEN—Somehow the summer is getting away from us it seems. It’s already late July and we realized this weekend we hadn’t even been up to the mountains yet to enjoy the best of what Colorado has to offer. So on Sunday, despite some cloudy skies, we trekked up to Evergreen and hiked around the fantastic Three Sisters area, including a trail called “Hidden Fawn,” which lived up to its name when we came across an amazing creature grazing on some of the beautiful wildflowers and vegetation in the area. It drizzled on us a bit here and there but the weather was cool and the smells of the pine trees were refreshing. It was a fun afternoon and one we will hopefully get to repeat a few more times before the summer is officially over.
CENTENNIAL—A few weeks back, we shared with you our efforts to grow a garden this year. Well, with weeks of rain since then, it’s safe to say that garden is doing quite well. Too well, perhaps. Our pumpkins are on their way to taking over a good swath of the cul de sac (and it’s only July!). The watermelons we planted are also doing quite nicely. But the cucumbers. Oh, the cucumbers. Our plans to grow some pickling cucumbers have also come to fruition as we have lots and lots of them. So many that this weekend we decided to break down and get pickling. And the results were fantastic. Some vinegar, some sugar, some fennel and mustard seeds, a bit of garlic and a whole bunch of dill later, and we had ourselves some lovely jars of real-life pickles. Here’s a look at our finished result. And if you’re in the neighborhood and need some cucumbers of your own, don’t hesitate to stop by.