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Road Trip Wine, Family, and Fun! 
Jul. 29, 2012 10:12 am 
Updated: Jul. 30, 2012 2:14 pm
     It was a beautiful day to take a road trip. The sunflowers were blooming and the sun was out.

My husband, daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter, and I ventured down Highway 24 to Cascade, Colorado. Our first stop was at a quaint little shop and restaurant called The Wines of Colorado. It is located 10 miles west of Colorado Springs. The shop claims to have wines from 96 Colorado wineries. I never knew there were that many wineries in Colorado.

While we were waiting for our lunch on the patio, I took a few photos. This was my favorite:

My husband was sitting next to the sign. Of course I had to point out that he was in the Wino Crossing.

The planters caught my granddaughter's eye. Notice she is not at the table. She had wandered over to touch the planters. She wondered where the eyes were on the planter.

The mural on the wall made me wish I was fishing at Big Meadows in South Fork, Colorado.

After dining on Buffalo Burgers,  we wandered around the gift shop and tasted a few wines. All the wines in the shop were from Colorado. The place was packed with all kinds of wine related items. There were wine storage displays designed like a boot, aprons, and hand painted wine bottles along with much more. My cute little granddaughter of course caught the eye of the clerk and scored a free tootsie roll pop.

 We purchased a couple of bottles of wine and then we were on our way to another small winery. 

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is located in Canon City, Co. The Holy Cross Abbey has a long history beginning with Benedictine monks who founded the Abbey in 1924. The monks ran a boarding school to high school students until 1985.

The Wine Tasting Room at the Holy Cross Abbey

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We tasted a few wines and purchased some more wine. One of my favorite wines is the Apple Blossom wine made with apples.  All in all, it was a very fun trip filled with family, food and a bit of wine.

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Jul. 29, 2012 1:03 pm
What a lovely roadtrip! I loved your photos and really liked those planters too! Thanks for sharing!
Jul. 29, 2012 8:40 pm
Lela, I love hearing about road trips. And, I really LOVE Colorado. Some of the prettiest scenery for sure. Your photos are just beautiful. I really love the grapes and the photo of the road. So cool. You should frame these and hang on your wall.
Jul. 29, 2012 8:44 pm
We have Benedictine Monks too at the Abbey in Mt Angel, Oregon. They make Fruit Cakes (which is shipped all over the world at Christmas), fudge and a wine. Those Monks are busy fellers.
Jul. 30, 2012 5:19 am
Cat Hill-It was fun trip and I tried some red wine that I wouldn't have bought.
Jul. 30, 2012 5:23 am
Candice-the Benedictine Monks are long gone now. I bet the monks from Mt. Angel make some great wine. I have been obsessed with taking photos of sunflowers lately.
Jul. 30, 2012 9:50 am
We have been wanting to go to the Holy Cross Winery for a long time. We must make a trip there soon!! Beautiful pictures!
Jul. 30, 2012 2:14 pm
Merlion-many of the wines are free to taste. It was fun. I ended up buying a case of wine. Take Highway 115-it is shorter and runs behind Fort Carson.
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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