Sheared Bliss

Get Lost

Sometimes you just need to get lost.  Because your plumbing is exploding (no, it has nothing to do with the shower head and no, it can’t be fixed with teflon tape).  Because it’s going to be very expensive.  Because you haven’t taken a shower in your own house in over a week.  Because you still have six more window screens to re-screen.  Because you still have several sets of window blinds to put up.  Because you have countless curtains to make and hang.  Because there are still boxes everywhere.  Because there’s only so much that deep breathing and calming thoughts can do.  Sometimes you just need to get lost.

Clearly it’s been quite the week so on Saturday I got the heck out of Dodge.  NurseK, MommaK, and I went down to Colorado Springs where we met up with MommaCodeMonkey.  We had a lovely girls’ day out with stops at a yarn store, two antique stores and this:

Yes, the name of the store is Vacuums and Dragons.  Yes, they do sell vacuums and dragons along with replica weapons, posters, other sci-fi/fantasy paraphernalia, and house plants.  You’ve got to take a closer look at the window art:

Yes, that is a dragon watering a house plant being threatened by a knight wielding a vacuum cleaner.  Best.  Store.  EVER!

On Sunday, CodeMonkey and I indulged in one of our fall traditions and literally got lost in a corn maze.  If I’m being honest, this is one of the very few things that was better in Ohio than it is in Colorado.  The corn maze we went to in Ohio was on a family farm and there were hay rides, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, a petting zoo of sorts, and apple cider doughnuts.  The corn maze here doesn’t have all of the extras that the one in Ohio did and it’s usually pretty crowded since it’s one of the few around.  It was a gorgeous fall day though and we had a good time.

There hasn’t been much large scale cooking happening due to the aforementioned plumbing explosion making it challenging to wash dishes.  However, I did whip up a quick batch of yumminess earlier today, so here’s the vegetarian recipe for the past week.

Roasted Vegetable Cream Cheese

  • 1 package cream cheese or neufchatel
  • 1 onion (sweet is best)
  • 1 bell pepper (I like red for the color)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • Several cloves garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375°.  Wash and peel the vegetables as needed.  Cut all of the vegetables into similarly sized chunks.  Toss with olive oil to combine.  Lightly salt.  Spread on a baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and starting to brown around the edges.

Remove the vegetables from the oven and cool completely.  Put the roasted vegetables in a food processor with the block of cream cheese.  Blend until mostly smooth.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Eat on things – crackers, bread, raw veggies, pasta, a spoon . . .


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Peanut, you were across the street from my house when you were at Vacuums and Dragons! I mean really, throw a rock close…

Comment by Leslie

Hehe, good thing I didn’t have a rock then 😉 I’ll have to wave next time I’m down there!

Comment by shearedbliss

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