- Baguette bread, French bread or similar
- fresh basil leaves
- tomatoes (any kind, cherry tomatoes are best), diced
- garlic cloves, minced
- fresh parmesan cheese
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- olive oil, to drizzle
This is a very simple recipe to put together.
- First you thinly slice the bread and place on a baking sheet.
- Add your fresh basil leaves.
- Add diced tomatoes, and drizzle with olive oil
- Sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese
This photo really sums up the process.
Enjoy your tasty appetizer!
The Black Hills offer some breathtaking sunsets. While driving through the Black Hills, we needed to pull to the side of the road to take a picture of this one.
We spotted this Western Meadowlark in Badlands National Park. They had a very fun and interesting call.
Click the following link to hear what it sounds like. Western_Meadowlark
These cute little guys were all over Wind Cave National Park when Nicky and I were there. It was a lot of fun to pull to the side of the road and watch them run about, digging and poking their heads up to look around, like this fellow!
If you are seeking some Prairie Dog site seeing, Wind Cave National Park is your place!
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 (19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, half the liquid reserved (alternatively you can cook up your own chickpeas – if you want to make it totally from scratch)
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- black pepper to taste (freshly ground preferred)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Use a mortar and pestle (or food processor if you lucky enough to have one). Add garbanzo beans (chick peas), chopped garlic, lemon juice, tahini, and salt into the mixing devise.
Blend until creamy and well mixed – use a little elbow grease on this one.
This is about what it should look like.
Transfer the mixture to a medium serving bowl. Sprinkle with pepper and pour olive oil over the top.
Serve with pita chips. Enjoy!
Due to the Christmas holiday, there will be no post this week.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
When Nicky and I were up in Itasca State Park in April 2012, we were neighboring a lake where this pair of swans called home. They startled us at first, and their trumpeting calls out in the middle of nowhere made us think there was a TRAIN nearby before we saw these two beautiful birds swoop by and land.
We hope that this holiday season is bringing much joy to all.
We have some news regarding our posting schedule that we had not officially announced, and wanted to let any regulars know!
We will be changing out posting schedule to once a week on Sundays – and we will be alternating each week. So, for each month, Grant will post two times, Nicky will post two times.
Why are we doing this you might ask? Well, we feel that our posting content has been lacking due to the higher frequency rate. As many of you are our friends, you may know that we have many different hobbies, and frankly it is hard to keep up on a 1 post a week schedule with all these different things going on!
When are we doing this? Well the posts will start today, with me. Next week will be Nicky, the week after will be me, etc.
What we are hoping to do with this change is increase the quality and content of the post each week.
So! Look for posts each Sunday!
This was the beautiful view from the top of the fire tower at St Croix State Park (16 miles east of Hinkley) in the beginning of September. You can see that it was a gorgeous day with autumn just arriving.
This is a shot we took off of Trail Ridge Road in the Colorado Rockies. The road is amazingly beautiful and weaves through mountains as well as reaches heights of over 10,000 feet!
It was hard not to continually stop while driving on the road to take pictures like this one :) Enjoy!