Happy Birthday, Paul!

This post has nothing to do with knitting, but everything to do with Loopy! That’s because it’s my husband’s birthday today. He’s the one behind all of the great photos at Loopy. He’s also the best cheerleader, encourager, supporter, coffee deliverer, and husband that I know. I couldn’t do Loopy without him. Happy Birthday, Paul!

Imageworks of Fort Collins

When we lived in St. Louis, Paul had a graphic design and sign business, which he sold when we moved out to Colorado. Now he focuses solely on photography (both Loopy’s photography and his own photography business). He sells his photos online, and in a shop in Breckenridge. We have also added a “Colorado” section to our in-store shop, where you can find a few of his canvases, plus his notecards (Alpacas and Colorado Fall), and other fun Colorado things, for all of the out-of-town visitors we get!

Here are a few of my favorites. I like every picture he takes, but I narrowed them to to a few for you!

Thanks for letting me celebrate him publicly. He’s a gem. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sheri

Well hello there, Moose!

We are having beautiful fall weather here in Fort Collins (Colorado).

When you have a photographer in the family, fall is always a prime photo taking month. Paul was up in the mountains taking photos a couple of weeks ago. Getting some shots in an aspen grove, he heard a noise behind him. He turned around and saw this guy. (I’m thinking the moose was eating, based on the leaves scattered on his nose. Click on the photo to make it bigger.)

Paul quickly and quietly packed up his tripod, took this quick snap, and then headed to the car. He said the moose followed along a bit, making sure he was leaving. He takes photos often (you can see more of his photos here if you’re interested), but this is the closest moose encounter to day.

Good grief. Although I do like the photo. 🙂

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Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats and the Moose Family!

I’m not sure those two topics have ever been in the same subject line before! 🙂 Rice Krispie Treats and Moose. But both happened to me last weekend, so you’re getting them together.

We did our annual Knitting/Sewing weekend in the mountains last weekend and my friend Janice from Iowa made the most amazing Rice Krispie Treats while we were there. I immediately thought of you all, because I knew you’d need this recipe. They were amazing. (I have known my friend Janice for 36 years and did not know that Rice Krispie Treats were her favorite dessert. How can that be?)

We also saw the moose family that seems to be hanging around up there this year, for some reason. They just walk down the drive as if they belong there. (And I guess they kind of do.) Here are some pictures that Paul took when he was up there. You should click on them to make them bigger. He was a safe distance away with a very good lens! But check out the eyelashes on that third photo. They are really fun creatures and we were all so glad to see them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is a recipe that you just might want to make this weekend:

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats (via Pinterest and the Butter with a Side of Bread blog)

6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1 (10 oz) package regular sized marshmallows (or 4 cups of the minis)
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
1 package Kraft Caramel Bites (or regular Kraft Caramels)

Microwave marshmallows and butter for about 2 minutes. Stir the cereal into the bowl and mix well.

Transfer to a greased 9 x 13 pan and spread evenly.

Microwave the caramels and milk for about a minute, then stir. If not completely melted, microwave for another 15 seconds and mix again.

Once smooth, pour over the top of the Rice Krispies in the pan and smooth the caramel evenly over the top. Sprinkle on the sea salt and let cool.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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The Aspens are Beautiful!

Have you ever been to Colorado in the fall? Pictures don’t do justice to the brilliant yellow Aspens that weave their way around the dark green evergreens in the fall. (Not even my husband’s photos do them justice, although his are my favorites!) We have one of Paul’s big canvas Aspen prints on the wall in our living room, and we leave it up year-round because it makes us happy. 🙂 Here are a few shots he took this fall.

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You can also see past photos of Colorado falls here and here and here.

Want to see the Aspens in person next year? Our next Fling is in the Fall of 2017, October 5-8. We’ll have signups open next spring! In the meantime, did you get our Aspens yarn colorway? It’s our September exclusive from Blue Moon. We also have some of Paul’s Aspen photos done up in notecards on our website. We love Aspens around here – can you tell?

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