We've been busy lately organizing things and trying to create space where there is none. This new shelf helped a little but I'm hoping to build storage shelves along one wall.
I still haven't figured out the measurements for the wall unit but I'm hoping it will be somewhat similar to this one in the Ikea catalog. And I'm patiently waiting for the first CO Ikea to open, that might be worth the drive. Obviously I like their big clear plastic storage bags, they seem to hold up well.
I'm trying out a new recipe for Dutch Apple Cake that looked interesting. I didn't have pecans on hand so I substituted walnuts. So far it looks nice and smells good. I also made a caramel topping.
Dutch Apple Cake
Ingredients: 3 eggs 1 c. oil 2 c. sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 3 c. flour 1 tsp. soda 1 tsp. salt 3 c. chopped apples (granny smith) 1 c. chopped pecans
Directions: Mix oil and sugar, add 1 egg at a time and beat well after each. Add vanilla then add flour, salt and soda, mix well. Fold in apples and nuts. Bake in well greased 13 x 9 x 12 pan at 325° for 45 minutes or until tests done with tooth pick.
Ingredients: 1/2 c. butter (1 stick) 1 c. brown sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 1/4 c. whole milk
Directions: Melt butter in heavy small skillet over medium heat. Whisk in remaining 1 cup brown sugar, then milk. Continue to whisk until topping is smooth and blended and comes to boil, about 5 minutes. Whisk in vanilla. Pour remaining warm topping over cake. Let stand until cool, at least 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome. Let stand at room temperature.)
Laramie – The number of fatalities remains unknown at this time from an early morning crash involving two eastbound tractor trailer combination units. The crash happened around 5:40 a.m. at Buford.
Eastbound Interstate 80 remains closed as the fire continues to burn and fire departments continue to poor water onto the now smoldering scene.
Wyoming Highway Patrol Troopers were dispatched to the crash and found when they arrived that one tractor trailer combination had rear ended a slower tractor trailer combination. Upon impact, the second tractor trailer caught fire and has been totally consumed.
The impact was severe enough that both van type trailers were breached and their load of empty dog food sacks and large rolls of possibly flooring covered the roadway.
Watching the fires down south on the news and watching the clouds outside wondering when some moisture will arrive. They say that the month of March has an average of 3 wildfires in CO, this year we are up to 26 or 27 and March isn't quite over yet.
I have a new horsehair braid going for another memorial project, it should make a nice piece.
Yesterday we had lovely t-shirt weather and we took advantage of that and got a lot done. Things are beginning to turn ever so slightly green. Today it was breezy so we headed back to town to gather things for another project.
On the way home the weather was just strange, sunny with clouds blowing by and then a couple of angry clouds were dropping gropple (icy pellets between snow and hail) and that was swirling across the road surface blizzard-style. Then a patch of sunshine, then getting pelted by more gropple, but we did get some useful things done today regardless.
These halters have a wider customized noseband, popularized by the look of rodeo bronc and mule halters.
I haven't had a chance to make very many but the design is only limited to the creativity of those who order them.
The customized noseband can be put on a web or rope halter. They can be wide or narrow and personalized in all kinds of ways with different stamping, tooling, colors, conchos, rhinestones, spots, cowhide, etc.
Yesterday we were happy to be able to offer some assistance to the victim of a serious single vehicle rollover accident. It looked pretty bad, but hopefully the driver makes a full recovery. She was very lucky, her vehicle was completely totaled. Some other good folks stopped to assist as well before authorities arrived. It was nice to see such a positive response.
It was a good reminder to always keep a functional fire extinguisher in your vehicle along with road flares, flash lights and batteries, rubber gloves, first aid kit, a knife or multi-tool and foil space blankets.
It is also a good idea to keep some water, a change of clothes and something to eat that will not spoil and supplies for pets that may be along for the ride.
In the winter we take along snow suits, gloves, hats, goggles, chains, rope, snow shovels and other useful items for digging vehicles out of the snow.
It is important to keep things (including pets) restrained in such a way that they do not become dangerous projectiles in the event of an accident. And of course always be alert behind the wheel and use safety belts.