This Cowgirl will greet you if you stop in to Woody Creek Tavern in Snowmass, Colorado…the best biking pit stop that I know of and home to some really good guacamole and margaritas.  The line is usually out the door and there are more bicycles than cars parked there in the summer.  It’s a dive kind of spot with Christmas lights year round and photos all over the walls of celebrities that eat there.  It’s definitely on our family’s list for a stop if we are on summer vacation in Colorado.

Biking together and playing together is something we try to make time for in the summer when the days are longer and we can slip away for some time off.  Play time is healthy for all of us.  Movies in the afternoon, long summer reads, sleeping late and hanging out with family and friends make me feel rejuvenated.  Grown ups need play time too!

Recently, we had a few families over to swim one afternoon and my kids wanted me to make some chili con queso.  Since I’m from Texas, we know a few versions of queso and I thought I’d share our family favorite with you.

Summer Day Queso ingrediants

Ivy and Sprig Family Queso

1 cup chopped onion

1 can of Rotel Original diced tomatoes and green chilies

1 cup  (approximately) of ground chorizo sausage

1 large box Velveeta Queso Blanco (or regular but the blanco is good with this)

1/2 cup milk (I like 2%)

1/2 cup beer (I like Corona)

A little bit of chopped jalepenos if you really want to spice it up

  1. Cook the ground sausage in the base of a large saucepan that will then be moved to a double boiler pot later.  Break up the sausage into small bits while you are cooking it.
  2. Add a small drizzle of olive oil to the the sausage in the pan when it is almost done cooking.  Saute the chopped onion and jalepenos with the sausage for a minute or two or until the onion is opaque.  Scrape the bits of sausage off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to get all that yummy flavor in with the onions.
  3. In the meantime heat water in the bottom of a double boiler pot to a soft boil.
  4. Cube the velveeta and add it to the sausage pot with the milk, Rotel and beer and put the pot on top of the double boiler.  Stir occasionally to help it melt together and mix the flavors.  You may have to adjust the liquids to make it more thick or thin to your liking. Spicy and yummy!  Of course you serve it hot and melty with your favorite tortilla chips!

Rainy Day Queso in the pot

Pardon my improvised double boiler!  We were making a lot and needed bigger pots.  It was really smoky flavored and delicious.  I think it’s the Chorizo that makes the flavor.

Rainy Day queso chorizo

Since all the kids were in the pool, my friends and I decided to play a serious game of Mexican Train.

If you don’t know what Mexican Train is then let me just tell you that it is about the most fun and addictive and competitive domino game I’ve ever played!  With a few seasoned players, we learned the real rules and soon we were side splitting laughing or pin drop silent over every move.  Competition was in the room!

Rainy Day Mexican Train full game

Very fun! Those long parts are our “trains”.

Train Game with Amy

I hope you are finding some time to play and have some fun of your own this summer!

Here’s the link to get Mexican Train if you don’t have it : Double 12 Mexican Train Number Dominoes To Go Travel Size With Zip Up Case, Hub & 8 Domino Trains

YOUR MOVE: Do you have a fun game for the beach or poolside with family and friends?  OR a special ingredient for chili con queso that you want to share? Leave it in the Submit a Comment box at the bottom of this page to share it with us!

The family that plays together stays together!  PS and friends too!




yellow roses on a fence


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