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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tues. night dinners

Well I am so far behind that I don't know which dinner I fixed when so I will just post them as they come back to me:)

Spaghetti Bolognese
Bacon bits
Olive oil
Onions, diced -1
Celery stalks, dices-2
Garlic-2-3 cloves
Dried basil -2 tsp.
Dried oregano-2 tsp.
Dices tomatoes, canned-2x14oz.
Small can tomato sauce
Ground beef-2lb.
Handful of fresh mushrooms halved
Salt and pepper to taste
Note: I chopped the veg. large and not diced small
In frying pan sauté onions, carrots, celery, garlic and bacon bits and hamb. in small amount of the olive oil and cook for about 5 min.
Pour in canned tomatoes and ground beef and tomato sauce and one can water. Add salt and pepper and sprinkle in the oregano and basil. Bring to a boil and then cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms about 30 min. before done.
Serve over cooked spaghetti.
Note: I am not a big sauce fan so this hits the mark for me.

Cheese Bread
I Italian-style roll (6 inches)
1 Tb. butter melted
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tb. grated parmesan cheese
Cut roll in diagonal slices. Combine butter, garlic and cheese and spread on cut sides of roll. Broil 4 inches from heat 2-3 min.
Serves two

Buy grapes when in season and freeze in single layer, then put in freezer bags. They are delicious and if you are a red wine drinker add some to your glass...yummy.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Castle Hot Springs

This is one of my favorite places to go so I am going to first tell you about the place and then about our little jaunt there last Sunday. This is a copy of a recent magazine.


Castle Hot Springs Resort, as seen in the March 1974 issue of Arizona Highways.
Tucked away in the shadow of the rugged Bradshaw Mountains, not far from Lake Pleasant, Castle Hot Springs once boasted a dazzling guest list — from Rockefellers to Carnegies to a Kennedy. Yet for 40 years, the resort sat empty, frequented only by a caretaker and countless owners whose grand plans for the site fizzled.
The place boasts the kind of rugged beauty that can’t be found at urban resorts. It’s an oasis — a canola-yellow mansion in the mountains, surrounded by natural hot springs, fruit trees and hiking trails. But it sits at the end of a rough, rocky road that Arizona’s official historian calls “not really passable, and not even jackass-able” after heavy rainfall. It endured fires and floods after it opened in 1896; after a 1976 blaze, it closed to the public. It had been maintained by ASU for years and of course no one could get inside but apparently some local business partners are going to endeavor to revive this first Arizona resort and bought the property for $1.95 million at a online auction in 2014. There have been many people that have tried to accomplish this for over 40 years and trust me if it happens I will be first in line. The original drawn guests traveled on private Burlington Northern Santa Fe train cars, hopping off at the Morristown station and climbing onto stagecoaches that transported them to the resort. where guests enjoyed accommodations that included swimming, golf, hiking, horseback-riding and tennis — and, naturally, Arizona’s beautiful weather.
Today, only a few structures remain. Fires claimed the Palm House and the Wrigley Building (named after another famous family that stayed there). The bright-yellow Kennedy Building still stands although mostly gutted. The second floor of the yellow building — referred to as the Kennedy Building, after future President John F. Kennedy, who recuperated there after World War II — once served as a greeting and check-in area for guests. It’s gutted now, but there are a few historical gems that remain, including a telephone booth that reportedly housed the phone with Arizona’s first telephone number: 1.Here are a few pictures from the past...

For more information you can go here

Now here are some pictures of our little jaunt there...

Rough dirt road but look at all the mailboxes!!
 How about these wild donkeys..

You can see the palm trees and the yellow house here.
 Just another abandoned house along the way and
 more palm trees...
This is not a mirage but is Lake Pleasant. A man made lake.
The real problem with restoring Castle Hot springs  is the getting there. The road is very rough and all dirt. Someone said they studied building a cable car from Lake Pleasant but that doesn't sound very feasible either.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017