On the weekend before Thanksgiving, we went to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights in Fort Collins. This is a great free activity for families, anyone who likes Christmas lights, or people who like Anheuser-Busch beer. We really enjoyed the Christmas tree maze and riding the little train that went through a snowman tunnel and past many of the lights.
The train ride costs $1 per person, but entry is free and there is free beer as well. Other food and drink were available for purchase.
The holiday lights in Old Town Fort Collins are such a lovely sight each year.
We celebrated the Fourth of July by going for a hike at Reservoir Ridge Natural Area. These wild sunflowers made me smile as we climbed the long uphill trail.
The gem of Fort Collins in November, shortly after sunset.
We spent several summer weekend mornings picking berries at our favorite local farm, Garden Sweet. Mostly we just gobbled those sweet berries up within a few days (or hours!), but I also got a chance to incorporate them into some yummy treats like strawberry banana pancakes and raspberry orange corn muffins. And I finally tried my hand at making jam, but the easy kind of jam…chia jam!
I liked the “easy chia jam” instructions that I found here. I opted to briefly cook our strawberries, although it’s not strictly necessary to do so. And the only other ingredients were 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 heaping tablespoon maple syrup, and 2 heaping tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon chia seeds. I went light on the maple syrup since Jeff is a very low sugar kinda guy, but even he thought more maple syrup would have been nice. The consistency was great, and here’s what the finished product looked like on a pice of toast! Yum!
We went to Nyala for dinner last week. This was my first time going to an Ethiopian restaurant since I discovered my gluten intolerance, so I was expecting to have to pass up the delicious injera for a substitute of rice. But Nyala actually offers gluten-free injera!
I didn’t think to ask what type of flour they use to make it, but if I had to guess based on the appearance, I’d say buckwheat. Anyway, it was super yummy and I really loved the “Vegetable Combination 2.” I’m looking forward to going back there again soon!
- more sunny days
- bike paths aplenty
- exploring the west, especially all those amazing national parks
- great restaurants in Fort Collins (a few of which we got to sample during our trip in April)
- new and old friends in the area
- “dry heat” (and subsequently, fewer bad hair days)
- also relating to the warm summers…wearing dresses and tank tops more often
- a drive-in movie theater
- stores I’ve missed: Whole Foods and Target
- good soy yogurt (and other non-dairy yogurt)
- cheap shipping from Amazon and ModCloth (and free shipping from Zappos)
- only filing taxes in one country