A Lovely Day

Today we woke up pretty early so we decided to head out to the Blues and see what we could find.

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The 2 big girls and a little boy in disguise were very excited to be in the mountains.

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So was the tiny kitten.

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[this is the cutest pair of hikers you will ever meet]

After an hour of hiking around and keeping our eyes peeled and lots of, “This is PARADISE!” and “This is the most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen,” we found all this:

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Morels.

Morels are like gold. If you spot one, it’s so exciting. You kinda have to squeal a little bit and let everyone know YOU found it. It’s a big deal.

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Maria had morel eyes today. She found so many of them!

Alice thought she did….but she didn’t really.

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After we foraged for wild mushrooms, the kids played on the playground there.

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We got home and while the morels were soaking…

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…Maria went to Lydia’s (standard) and Jamie played with his GIGANTIC collection of Legos we just got from our cousin Nate. Jamie can’t believe how awesome Nate is.

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After a couple hours of soaking, we started making dinner.

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We sauteed some onions, garlic and bacon…

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Added the morels…

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…and let them cook a bit until they were all soft.

Then we added some wine. Duh.

Then came the chicken broth and cream.

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We let it cook until it reduced and became a little thicker.

Finally, we added parsley.

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Then fettuccini noodles.

 

You guys….this was so good. SO SO SO good.

Baby on the hip? Always.

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We added a fruit salad and homemade rolls and our dinner was done.

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Charlotte sat and ate like a big girl while the other kids sat for a solid 5 minutes and then left to play.

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[i love that tummy]

Mr. Awesome Hat enjoyed a brewski.

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After dinner? S’mores.

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[slightly burned]

Let me tell you how to roast the perfect mallow.

Get the giant mallows, first of all. Then, cook it to your liking.

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But don’t just dig in and eat it. Slide off the outer “shell” and eat that. The inside will be gooey, but not quite all the way cooked. Roast that.

I swear, it’s the most delicious way to eat those sticky suckers.

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At the end of all the eating, we had a messy baby on our hands.

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She didn’t like it.

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So we got her all cleaned up. Strawberries in the eyebrows? What?!

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Not to be outdone, Alice got pretty dirty herself.

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It was a lovely day.

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