Thursday, July 28, 2011

Plantagen Schokolade - Amacado and Guacimo

When Pauline came she brought some small chocolate bites that I had not seen before (no surprise as there is a vast world of chocolate to eat out there). They are made by Plantagen Schokolade (aka Plantations Chocolate). The two that she brought were the Amacado and the Guacimo bars.

The Amacado is a 60% bar and the Guacimo is a 47% bar. I enjoyed both of these, but I preferred the darker one, just cause I prefer dark chocolate. The 60% is a nice percentage of chocolate, I've had bars with a much higher percentage and in some cases they quickly get bitter and are not pleasant. Now I just need to find these in a bigger bars.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ladder ball!

 We have a Ladder Ball game or sometimes called Ladder Toss

The basic object is to toss the balls onto the Ladder across the way.  Here you can see Kevin and Pauline try their hand at it. 


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ritter Sport - Marzipan

The Ritter Sport Marzipan bar got a mixed reaction around here. Marzipan is not a common flavor in the US, but I grew up having a lot of Dutch treats with Almond paste in them, so I guess I am more inclined to it. Marzipan can taste very different depending on who makes it. I've had some I can barely stand and then there are good ones. To me the Ritter Sport Marzipan is a good one. I liked the dark chocolate/marzipan combination as it has the bitter and the sweet in the same bite. The marzipan almost has a coconut like texture and flavor and it reminds me of eating a Mounds bar.

Unfortunately, Jody's dad and I were the only ones that liked the bar. Everyone else had one bite and that was enough for them. I'm not sure I would buy this bar, but I also would not turn it down, if given one. So I guess this one is a "try it yourself" kinda result.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Enjoying our own wildlife

We are fortunate to live in a state with lots of wild life.  We also like to get to enjoy it often and that means sometimes we leave our area and head towards the mountains.  However, sometimes we get to enjoy the wildlife that is literally in our back yard.....

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ritter Sport - Stracciatella

The latest chocolate bar to be opened from the collection is the Ritter Sport - Stracciatella. It is based on the Italian Gelato Stracciatella which is similar to the American Chocolate Chip ice cream. I found this bar to be quite tasty as well. Chocolate chip ice cream is one of my favorites and so this bar has a lot of flavors that I like. You even get a little bit of the sugar cone flavor in it.
I think if I saw this bar again I would get it as well. Not quite as good as the Espresso bar, but one of the top ones so far.

Its a Girl !!!!

And she arrives late today!  Pauline is on her way back to Colorado for another visit.  We are very happy to see her again.  

Friday, July 22, 2011

Florian Goes home today

Today Florian goes home.  We will miss him.  We have had a fun and FAST 4 weeks.  We did a lot of fun stuff, and hope he enjoyed his time.  He has promised to write, so I hope he really does. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Going to get the mail

Around here, getting the mail each day is a highlight.  Hmmm what does that say about us?   Really it is just fun to get on the cart and drive down to the mail box (about 1 mile round trip). 

Making Chocoloate Chip cookies

Last night after dinner, I decided to make some Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Those who know Kevin know that those are his favorites.  I didn't do anything special just stuck to the traditional Nestle Toll House Recipe

Florian helped out.....

First we mixed them up

 Put them on baking sheets and into the oven...

and enjoyed.....

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ritter Sport - Espresso

Well I think I have found my new favorite Ritter Sport Chocolate bar. In the collection of chocolate that Florian brought over, there was this one named Espresso. It intrigued me, as I like coffee and chocolate, but I saved it for later. Well yesterday was later, so now I asked myself why did I wait so long.

So I will be looking for this in my local store and might pick up one every now and then.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rockies Game

Every year for Mother's Day and Father's Day, I get my parents tickets to a baseball game.  I get my dad wheel chair seat and my mom a companion seat and always in the club level.  This year I also got three tickets nearby (for Kevin, and Florian and me).  So on Sunday, we went to see the Colorado Rockies play the Milwaukee Brewers

Now the Brewers are not that great of a team, and recently the same can be said about the Rockies.  The game was close, but the Rockies lost 3 to 4.  The Rockies didn't play so well, so they didn't really deserve to win, but it would have been nice to see them win while we were there.

The Coors Field is a great stadium.  It is set up really well and always so beautiful, below you can just see the mountains in the background on the gorgeous day. 

This is our attempt at a self taken group photo :-)

Kevin and Jody

We wanted to get a picture of Florian all set in his Rockies hat (free at the game), his t-shirt we had gotten for him before he came to Colorado and the stadium and field behind him.  I know it was Florian's first baseball game, I hope he really enjoyed learning about the classic American sport as well as going to a professional game. 

Fort Morgan

So you would think one of the first things we would do when Florian got here would be to go to our famous Rainbow Bridge and see the park.  But nope, we have been really busy going to lots of different places and while we cross the bridge a lot, we haven't ever stopped by.  So Saturday afternoon, since we were home most of the day, we went down and walked around.  It was HOT about 100 F (38C) outside.

This past winter the mountains had a lot of snow, and we have had an unusual July (more rain than normal), so the river is really high right now,

We brought Stormy along too, she loves to go for walks...but she thought it was hot we rested in the shade. 

So while Florian goes home this week, we finally made it to the edge of the bridge, so he could have a "Welcome to Fort Morgan" picture.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Harry Potter

Friday Kevin, Jody and Florian went to Westminster to see the last Harry Potter movie.  I thought it was very well done.  Of course there are things I wish they had been able to include, but overall it was done well in the spirit of the other movies and the books.  I am just so sad that it is over now.....

Friday, July 15, 2011

Learning Baseball

To get ready for the Colorado Rockies Baseball game on Sunday.  Kevin has been teaching Florian a little about the game.  So for the last couple of days, they have practiced hitting the ball outside. 

A swing and a miss

Foul Ball

Love the look on his face :-)

A Hit!