Do You Love Sunflowers?

I do. I have a garden of them planted along with zinnias. The first one bloomed this morning!

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Do You Love Zinnias?

I do! I have hundreds planted in my garden. This is the first one to bloom.

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Matthew 7:7–8

ASK. SEEK. FIND.

Matthew 7:7--8

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

 

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My Beautiful and Talented Grand Niece

Black and White and in Color. July 4, 2016.

Lauren

 

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Photos of Mount Evans

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From Wikipedia:

Mount Evans is the highest summit of the Chicago Peaks in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,271-foot (4350 m) fourteener is located in the Mount Evans Wilderness, 13.4 miles (21.6 km) southwest by south (bearing 214°) of the City of Idaho Springs in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide between Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest.[1][2][3]

The peak is one of the characteristic Front Range peaks, dominating the western skyline of the Great Plains along with Pikes Peak, Longs Peak, and nearby Mount Bierstadt. Mount Evans can be seen from over 100 miles away to the east, and many miles in other directions. Mount Evans dominates the Denver Metropolitan Area skyline, rising over 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above the area. Mount Evans can be seen from points south of Castle Rock, up to (65 miles (105 km) south) and as far north as Fort Collins (95 miles (153 km) north), and from areas near Limon (105 miles (169 km) east). In the early days of Colorado tourism, Mount Evans and Denver were often in competition with Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs. (Continued here:)

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Grilled Chicken with Strawberry, Pineapple, Jalapeno Salsa

Simple and delicious. Perfect summer dinner.

Grilled Chicken with Salsa

1 medium lime
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
4 (1/4 lb.) skinless boneless chicken breasts
2 cups 1/2-inch diced strawberries
1 cup 1/2-inch diced fresh pineapple (I used one small can diced, which I cut into smaller pieces.)
1/4 cup minced red onion
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro or basil
2 tsp. minced jalapeño pepper
1 tsp. sugar

Preheat grill or grill pan. Zest lime; set aside. Juice lime; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 Tbsp. of the lime juice, garlic, 1/2 tsp. olive oil, salt and pepper. Add chicken, turn to coat both sides and set aside.

In another medium bowl, combine strawberries, pineapple, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño pepper, sugar, remaining lime juice, the lime zest and the remaining 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil. Taste for seasoning and add salt and/or extra minced jalapeño if you like it spicy.

Grill chicken breasts and serve with salsa spooned over top.

From Weight Watchers.

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Happy July 4th!

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IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Roasted Beet, Pistachio and Pear Salad

Delicious!!!

Roasted Beet Salad

Ingredients

2 beets (about 3/4 pound)
1 cup diced Asian pear or ripe pear
1/4 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Dash of salt
Dash of ground red pepper
2 curly leaf lettuce leaves (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°.

Leave root and 1 inch of stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Place beets in a small baking dish. Bake at 425° for 50 minutes or until tender. Cool. Trim off beet roots; rub off skins. Dice beets.

Combine beets, pear, celery, and pistachios in a medium bowl.

Combine juice and next 5 ingredients (juice through red pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle over beet mixture, tossing gently to coat.

Serve at room temperature or chilled on lettuce leaves, if desired.

P.S. I stood in the pouring rain with an umbrella in one hand and spatula in the other as I grilled the steak!

Recipe from

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