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Castlewood Canyon State Park

Nana was visiting from Canada, so we decided to take her to one of our favorite places in Colorado, Castlewood Canyon State Park.  The park is near to us, and has been used many a time for our Christmas card pictures!

As soon as we got to the park, a huge storm cloud was rolling in.  Since it looked like it was promising rain, we couldn’t complain.  Colorado desperately needs some rain!  We had a picnic in the now-chilly pavillons and let the boys play on the playground for awhile.  We then drove over the the Bridge Canyon Overlook and walked the paved trail to gawk at the views.  I never get tired of this place!  I won’t mention how Nana’s walking cane tumbled over the side of the overlook down into the canyon and a certain someone had to rock climb down to the bottom to find the cane.

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Eight!

Our oldest recently turned eight-years old!  This is the age I’ve been dreading, as eight-year olds just seem to be to mouthy and full of attitude.  But, there are some benefits of turning eight, like:

Your brother requesting you get a special pancake breakfast for your birthday:

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You get to show off how much you’ve grown in the eight years since your parents brought you home from the hospital in this adorable outfit.  *sniff*

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You get to officially ride in the car with no booster seat!

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You get presents, even if it’s not the really expensive set you really, really wanted.

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Happy birthday, Steven!

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2012 Fans on the Field 10k

I ran my second 10k this morning, Fans on the Field.  This run is a great event for any sports fan in Colorado, as we get to run through the Pepsi Center, Coors Field and Mile High Stadium.  Last year the run was full of glitches, but this year everything went really smoothly (except for a several minute wait to cross the finish line.)  If my time this year is worse than last year, I blame that bottleneck!  😉

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April photos!

I know, I know…no one hears anything from us anymore!  We have been so busy lately!  Between Michelle working “20 hours a week” and Chris working about 80, plus the boys’ school year winding down, things have been crazy here!  We also started a HUGE landscaping project in the backyard by adding a retaining wall and a stamped concrete walkway on the side of our house.  And did I mention TREES?  Yes!  We finally have our first trees in the backyard of our new home.  We also added more, including a HUGE maple tree, but since that technically happened on May 1, you’ll have to wait for the end of the month to see that beauty!  

Meanwhile, here are our family photos from the month of April.  Click on Steven’s taped up face to enjoy!

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Gorgonzola Flank Steak Sandwiches

Gorgonzola Flank Steak Sandwiches
Serves 4

Steak:
1 lb flank steak
1 glove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
zest and juice of one lemon (you’ll use the juice for the aioli)
salt & pepper

Lemon Garlic Aioli
1/4 cup low-fat or light mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
hot sauce, to taste

8 slices crusty bread
1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
fresh baby spinach or arugula leaves
tomatoes, sliced

1. Season flank steak with salt and pepper.

2. Blend one clove garlic, olive oil and lemon zest in a small bowl and rub onto one side of the steak. Let it sit for up to 30 minutes, at room temperature.

3. Heat grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill steaks to desired doneness (mine were about 5 minutes per side.) Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before thinly slicing.

4. Meanwhile, combine all aioli ingredients (except hot sauce) in a food processor. Blend, then season with salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.

5. (I completely missed this step, but I can imagine the melted gorgonzola would have been awesome.) Preheat the broiler. Drizzle each slice of bread with olive oil (if desired), place on a baking sheet and broil until toasted. Remove from oven and spread aioli on one side of each slice. Divide the streak and gorgonzola among 1/2 the bread slices. Return to the oven and broil until cheese melts. Divide spinach (or arugula) and tomatoes among the other 1/2 bread slices. Place the halves together to make sandwiches.

Results: Why are you still reading this? Seriously…run to the store and get the ingredients to make this tonight!

Are you ever so excited by a new recipe that you forget to actually pay attention to the recipe? That was me with this recipe. I was so ready to eat that I just ignored the recipe and started chowing down. I was half-way through my sandwich when I realized I forgot the gorgonzola. Then I realized I forgot to broil them! The sandwich was delicious without the cheese, but even better with it. (I never did get around to broiling it.) And that aioli? TO. DIE. FOR! I am so thankful that I have enough leftovers to have for a sandwich today. My *only* complaint was that the meat was very hard to chew. So if you are looking to impress your man or lady-friends by being a dainty eater, forget about it. You’ll have to rip this one apart like a dinosaur. This seriously might be the best sandwich I’ve ever had.

Recipe from Smith Bites. I did lighten down the list of ingredients and didn’t feel like I was missing a thing.

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New Toys

Cosmo got a bunch of new toys for Christmas, and spent the next three days destroying them.  Seriously…most of them were in the trash by New Year’s Day.  Today we finally bought her a new stash and she is one happy pooch!  She looks like she is smiling a big “THANK YOU!” in this picture.

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New website is official

Our new website is up and running!  You don’t need to update your bookmarks, because http://www.thegozes.com will take you directly here.  If you still want to access the old website, you can until June 2012.  You all know we are huge Mac fans in this house, but I am really hating Apple’s decision to get rid of iWeb, which I loved for updating our website.  Apple will keep that website active until June, when it will be gone forever.  😦  We will have to find a new spot to put those videos up, because if you haven’t watched them in awhile, they are super adorable.

So, everything will be updated on our new website here at WordPress, but you can still look at the old site by clicking here.

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Our new website

Welcome to our new website!

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