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The Circle B Kitchen has been blogging since September, 2009.  We have loads of recipes and thoughts on food to share in the coming weeks and months, so come back and check in often!  We love hearing from you and hope you'll leave a comment or shoot an email our way.  Whether you have questions about a recipe or the site in general, please let us know...    Contact me at      pberry@circle-B-kitchen.com

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Some of Our Favorite Summertime Things!

         3- Berry Crumble

       Peach Caprese Salad

        Summer Tomato Tart

     Fresh Sour Cherry Cobbler

Arugula, Peach and Blue Cheese Salad

Chocolate Chip Strawberry Shortcake

         Paella on the Grill!

     Grilled Nacho Burger

Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa

     Fresh Peach Pudding Cake

   Summer White Bean Salad



     Swordfish Provencal

Bacon-Guacamole Salmon Burger

      Circle B BBQ'd Chicken

And just in case you were wondering...



Our oldest daughter, Erin, has been riding, training and showing horses since she was a teenager.  She graduated from Colorado St. University with a degree in Equine Science and is now Financial and Administrative Manager for HETRA (Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Association), which provides therapy through horseback riding for children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head injuries, blindness, autism, and strokes.  For more information or to donate to this amazing cause, please visit http://www.hetra.org/ .




Homemade Hand Cream


We're all about recipes here at the Circle B Kitchen and this here is one of our favorites.  I've been making this hand cream for about 2 years now and it's a lifesaver in those cold, dry months of winter.  I can't imagine being without it and thought it might be nice to share.  

It's awesome stuff.  Unlike most hand creams, it keeps moisturizing for a really long time, which is crucial when you have your hands in water as much as I do in the kitchen.  I call it hand cream, but it's a great all-over moisturizer.  Winter's a comin'!  Time to moisturize!  Here's the recipe...

Homemade Hand Cream

Click here for a printable recipe

I’ve found the Fruit of the Earth Vitamin E cream at both Walmart and Target for about $2 a jar, or you can order it online.

16 oz Baby Lotion (any brand you like)
8 oz Vaseline (or coconut oil in solid form)
8 oz Vitamin E Cream (like Fruit of the Earth) 

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. I use a wire whisk, but if you make a large batch, you can also use an electric mixer.  Make sure everything’s mixed really well.


A Spring Walkabout

We're pretty tired of talking about the drought that's had a chokehold on our part of the country for the better part of the last 3 years .  It's been just a bit frightening to hear that our rainfall is setting all kinds of records for its nonexistence.  I think we may have gotten snow twice all winter while "enjoying" some of the coldest temperatures in recent memory.  The river all but dried up and so many of the pine trees are now dead or dying.  Sigh.  The only upside to a 3-year drought is the absence of bugs and mosquitos. One must always look for the upside of these things.

Spring arrived and with it our renewed hopes for some Midwest spring storms.  Well, the storms came, but our hopes were dashed as we watched them take their now typical detour north of us and then sometimes, just for fun, they'd go south of us. And just when we began to settle in for another long, dry summer...

Mother Nature had a change of heart, the skies opened and the rains came.  One storm alone brought 2 1/4 inches and in the past couple of weeks, we've gotten over five inches of rain and more is forecast for tonight and tomorrow.  The river is once again up and flowing, the trees and grasses are impossibly green and lush, and so this morning I had to take my camera out for a little walk around our place...




It's rather stunning how after almost 3 years of drought, it only takes a few inches of rain to restore the flora and fauna to its previous glory.  And yes, along with the lush vegetation, the rains have not only given us back a beautiful, full river and lush, green vistas, but it has also invited back the humidity and the mosquitos.  We'll take it.


Circle B Winter

I have been terribly remiss in updating my Matters and Musings page these past few months, and I do apologize for that.  Sometimes I sort of wait for inspiration to strike, and obviously, looking at the last few posts, I have become smitten by the seasonal moods of the Midwest.  As a native Californian, real seasons are a mystery and a wonder to me.  I am so fascinated by the almost abrupt shifts from one climate to another, and the visual changes that accompny them.  Spring is nothing short of breathtaking as you probably noticed from my previous posts, but right now I am in awe of winter and the beauty and sometimes starkness of the land around us.  So the following are a few photos that I have taken after our most recent snow...

A couple of weeks ago, I heard voices outside, and when I looked to see what was going on, I found 3 of my grandkids out there sledding.  I watched them for awhile, snapped some photos, and shaking my head, had to say "who gets to have this life?"  I'm so glad I do....

I've come to realize that those who have lived here all of their lives are not quite so enamored of the snow and often brutal winter temperatures as I am.  Perhaps in time I will become as impatient with winter as the natives, but I sincerely hope not.


Tom's Bison Burger

Perhaps one of the best burgers I've ever had....  Unbelievable.  Thanks, Tom!  How the heck did we actually eat those??!


Another Day in the Garden

As I mentioned in my last post, it's been an absolutely incredible spring in the garden.  The weather has been such that we've seen things grow and bloom as we never have before and may never again.  So I've taken to the garden with my camera in the hopes of capturing some of this oh so fleeting beauty.  Here is a little taste of spring in our Midwest garden...

There are several large shrubs just full of these beautiful little berries hanging like Christmas decorations.  So pretty.

I loved the contrast of the armor-like body of this dragonfly and his/her gorgeously delicate, transluscent wings.

We must have 6 or 7 mulberry trees dotted about the property.  These tiny little berries mostly end up on the ground as snacks for the deer, birds and squirrels, but when The Husband gets hungry for a cobbler, he gets out and picks a couple quarts of the little guys.  Here's what I do with them.

This is the first year that our hollyhocks have bloomed and they're just gorgeous.  We have several varieties and each one is incredibly pretty...

Most mornings this young buck wanders through and snacks on the mulberries.  We had a bit of a stare-down.  He won.