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A Christmas Stroll

Today, Christmas day,  dawned quite cold.  We wanted to get out, the dogs did too.  We waited for it to warm and got going by mid-morning. 
I've done little since last summer, and wondered how the old bod would hold up on the trail. When we got to the Bear Canyon trailhead, it was still a little chilly.  I strapped on the snowshoes, Jo elected to take her chances and went without. Fortunately, most of the trail had been packed by folks on skis. 
Here's how it went……..











It turned into one beautiful bright day, eventually warming to the upper twenties.  We covered about four miles.  It felt good to get out and walk.  What a nice Christmas day.



Going Local

Ah, Christmas day.  What did Santa bring?.  Frankly, we've outgrown the gift giving stage.  But this morning, we surprised each other.

Mountain Arts Pottery  I'd been in the market for a new coffee mug for quite a while.  Something that held a goodly amount of coffee.  It had to have a wide flat bottom so it wouldn't get knocked over easily.  It helped if it looked good too.  This is what I got.  I'm happy with it.





Alpacas of Montana  Cold feet?  I get out an fish in the winter fairly often.  It doesn't matter what the air temperature, the water is still cold.  Walking on snow conducts the cold through the boots to the old bones pretty quick too.  Jo got me a couple of pairs of Alpaca socks.  They're nice and cushy. They don't have that "itchy" wool feet either.  Their website reports that alpaca fleece is warmer than wool and softer than cashmere.  It's definitely soft.  As for warmth, I'll have to report back after I've worn a pair fi…

Seafood Gumbo

They should call this "yum bo".  As in really good.  I usually put together a pot of seafood gumbo each Christmas Eve.  It's not hard to make, but it does take a little time as several steps are involved.  The only part that requires care is the making of the roux.
Basically, there are four steps in making this stuff.  They are:
Making the stock Making the roux Cooking the gumbo Adding the seafood

Ingredients:

Shrimp (one pound) Scallops (half pound) Crabmeat (half pound) Lobster Tail (optional - it was Christmas so I threw one in) Onion - 1 & 1/2 cup chopped plus…one whole for the stock Celery - 1 cup chopped plus….a couple stalks for the stock Green Pepper - 1 & 1/2 cup chopped Garlic - a couple of cloves Polish Sausage (one pound) Thyme - half teaspoon Bay Leaf (one-half) Cajun Seasoning Mix (see below) Tabasco Green onions (for garnish)

How it's done……
Making the Stock.
Get a nice big pot.  Add around six cups of cold water.  Add shells of shrimp, lobste…