What I Saw on Vacation :: Vacay Sursees

I always love sharing with you what I saw on vacation.  I was in New Mexico this summer for a visit and here are some of the Sursees I saw that jazzed me.  Hope you enjoy seeing some of the surprises I found.

Hollyhocks- makes me think of pioneers and a grandmother’s garden. Wish I could grow these in Texas!  Also, I really want an Aspen tree in my backyard here.


Thundering, black clouds building up in the desert! Yay!  Loved being in our cabin when the rain was falling and the thunder was rumbling.  So reminded me of the power of the Lord.

Love me some rain storms

A lime green Carmen Ghia- only in Taos.  Only.

Carmen Ghia only Taos

Loved this valley as a little girl and love it now.  So much time has passed, but this place looks the same.  Thankful for the beauty of the Rio Costillia.

Rio Costillia

A view from our pizza joint.  Made the ‘zah taste better for sure.

View from Pizza Place

Came around the corner on the trail and saw this.  A little stone chair. Who made it?  Love.

Stone Throne

Love the way the blue paint contrasts with the adobe.  Made me want to paint our backyard gate this color!

love the turquoise

Watched a helicopter carry buckets and buckets  of cement to build a new ski lift- who would believe that is how they do it?

Building Ski lifts

Love all the weathered wood and ancient doors I saw.  What is behind this one? How long has it been here?  Love the cut of the lintel.

Beautiful gates

Next time you go out on vacation, look for the Sursees and share.  #VacationSursees

Would love to see what you find interesting or intriguing or beautiful.

What to Cook Tonight :: Lessons in Hospitality

Pork Tenderloins  Lessons in Hospitality

Received a text from one of the kids:

I am trying to think of things to make this week for dinner.  Any ideas?

How many times have you asked a friend that very same question?

This is one of the reasons I like watching cooking shows.  I feel like they inspire me when I need a little inspiration.  They get me out of my box, rut, cooking doldrums.  And they are so calming as I watch them cook through the 30 minute meal and then taste that first bite. Yes.  Looks good.  I am making that tonite! Thank you Giada, Pioneer Woman, Ina!  I am always talking back to the TV- “Yes, that does look delish.”

Friends help, too.  I love hearing what my friends are cooking up at their  house.

What her go to Company Meal is.

How she is celebrating this summer with food.

What is on her table tonite.

We need each other, gals.  Let’s speak life by speaking food to each other.  Let’s ask each other, what are you cooking?  Better yet, let’s invite each other over.  Share a meal and share life.  We are starting something new over here – Dinner with Friends. I am excited about it and will share later.

Today I will share with you a little Summer Sursee of what I am cooking around here.

Last night it was Pork Tenderloin grilled out, Roasted New Potatoes with Rosemary and a yum-oh salad with lots of goat cheese and avocado and an easy swoosh of olive oil and white Balsalmic vinegar over the top.  It looked pretty because I also added red grapes sliced in half and tiny cherry tomatoes sliced.   I used this marinade  for the tenderloins that the Pioneer Woman told me about.  Remember, don’t cook your tenderloin too, too long or they will be dry as dry.

Here also is what I sent to all the sons who are living on their own.  I tried to think of easy things with a combination of some store bought, some home made that a guy would actually like and try.  Maybe it will spur you on or give you a spark as you think about what to cook for dinner.

Buy a rotisserie chicken and eat. Then next day make a big salad with it. Or quesadillas. Or fajita. 

Make a pasta and put summer veggies in it that you grilled on your grill pan. Like zucchini. Squash. Cherry tomatoes. A little cheese on top.  Serve with green salad

Panini with mozzarella, basil and tomato

Shrimp Summer Pasta we made in Red River. Look up on pioneer woman. 

Grill a flank steak or tri-tip steak. Roast new potatoes and steam green beans

Buy chicken picatta at Whole Foods already made. Serve with pasta. 

What are you making this summer?  Do share the SURSEE.



Coming Back from Vacation

Red RIver Rainstorm

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Flags- The Summer Sursee Decoration

Planting Flags 2

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A Sursee for Father’s Day

Father's Day

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Take Before Photos of the Quirky

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The Very Best Prayer for our Kids No Matter the Age

Light switches and the quirky

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Summer Sursee :: Leave a Sursee on the Front Porch for a Friend

Sursee on the porch

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Israel Sursees :: Looking for Surprises on Vacation

Garden of Gethsemane

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What I am thinking about today :: Mentoring Moment

Mint Lemonaide

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