Fargo’s, the History, the Pizza, the Fun

2910 E Platte Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
719.473.5540
There are very little, if any, of my favorite childhood restaurants still around in my hometown of Colorado Springs, CO. One of my all time favorites is Fargo’s. It’s like time stands still there, but the noise doesn’t. It seems to be always busy with customers, birthday parties, bus loads of teams, and families! I never knew the history of Fargo’s, so when we went home to see the newest member of the family, we all agreed on Fargo’s. 
 
Opened in the early 1970’s, Fargo’s was dreamt up by its Missouri owners, which included a “hard drinking, straight shooting, free thinking gambler” from the Wild West named Fargo. Fargo roamed the mountain towns for years before he met his beautiful Sophia, a young Italian girl of nobility. Falling in love, Sophia was able to change Fargo’s ways, but found themselves without any means of support. Thankfully, Sophia had inherited her family’s old Italian recipes, so they decided to open an “Italian” restaurant which would introduce pizza to Colorado. 
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If you believe that story, I have a waterfront property to sell you! The owner of Fargo’s, Leon Gardner, created this legend which made for a great story. Fargo and Sophia have been reproduced in wax and sit on the balcony, overlooking the main floor, where memorabilia of bison and elk heads compete for wall space with antique six-shooters, Victorian whale bone hair combs and old sepia photographs. 
 
You order your pizza (salad (my favorite), pasta, sandwiches or dessert at one counter, then you belly up to the bar to order your drinks. Seating is tricky, most of the time, almost all tables are full, so you find yourself hunting down a busboy to clean off a table. One of the best things about Fargo’s is their way of telling you, your order is ready. Magic mirrors are on the wall and they light up your number when your order is ready. Kids sit and watch the mirrors, wondering who will be the first to see it. I admit, I do love those mirrors! 
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The employees are dressed in true 1800’s fashion, ladies with long skirts and frilly lace blouses, males in bow ties, vests and “bartenders” wear the ever famous, garter belt on their arm. The pizza is just that, pizza. The pizzas are baked in an open kitchen where you can watch everything happening. There are no exotic toppings (except the shrimp pizza), just a light, thin, crispy crust, baked on course cornmeal, topped with non fancy toppings.  Menu
 
The salad bar is amazing. I mean, I crave that bar so often. It’s nothing fancy but the ingredients are very flavorful, with plenty of options and “barista’s” attending to the frequently empty crocks of food. 
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While, this is probably not the place to go for a romantic, QUIET, dinner for two, it can be loads of fun for the family. There is a self playing piano and a giant game room the kids love. The game room reward is often used for the kids to eat their dinner and they always come back with some sort of token or piece of candy. 
If you ever visit the Wild West, make sure you stop by Fargo’s and grab some darn fine pizza.
I will always eat pizza! Always.
Dylan Penn
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Peaches in the Spring

There are two places I know for sure peaches are famous. Georgia peaches and Palisade (CO) peaches! Last year I was fortunate to explore the peach farms, the farmers markets and taste those, sweet, juicy peaches, right off the tree. (Read all about the 2017 Peach experience here) This year, I decided I’d take it a bit further and start my adventures during the Spring and follow these trees through their growth.
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Peach trees in all their glory!
I have been able to get some amazing photos of different orchards, some including apple trees (cause I am a city girl, I have no idea how to tell the difference). Wonderful smells: I mean, the orchards have a wonderful dirt smell. Not a dry dirt smell, but a nice, delicate dirt smell. Some really cool old barns, new houses and and even a watch tower. Don’t ask.
 February
February 8, 2018
Palisade Peach Orchards Mt Garfield in the back
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Barn (PS…the Mt isn’t fake, just looks like it)
02/22/18
Snow Grapes

The wonderful thing about Colorado is you never know when Mother Nature will through a wrench into things. This was great for the orchards as they needed the moisture and it wasn’t a freezing snow.

March 03/08/18

Palisade Peaches
Peach Orchard Mt Garfield in the back (taken at a different angle than 020918
Palisade Peaches
Peaches in the making
Barn
Another cool barn

 

Celebrated my birthday 33118 by touring Palisade and getting up to date Peach photos

 

Palisade Peach Blossoms
Beauties (NOT Mt Garfield in the back)
Peach Blossoms
One of my favorites
Peach rows
Love the “tunnel” on this one!
Peaches
This is my most favorite right now!

The last picture in this set is my favorite. It was just at sunset, there was smoke from the areas controlled burns in the background making it look a little smoggy. The tops of the peach trees just tell a story. The turbine in the middle is to help keep them from freezing if there happens to be a random frost and behind is the farmhouse which belongs to these peaches.

 

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by.
William C. Bryant

DK

Shenanigans & Malarky: St Paddy’s Day

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It’s just around the corner. Are you ready for it? I’m talking Shenanigans and Malarky! About the Irish eyes that are smiling! About rainbows, fairies and leprechauns! Green beer and Kilts! St Paddy’s Day!
Why must people pinch those who don’t wear green on St Paddy’s Day? It’s not one of my favorite traditions (or superstitions), where in the world did it come from? Well, it started back in the 1700’s when it was believed St  Patrick’s day revolved around those tiny creatures, the leprechaun. It was believed if you wore green it would make you invisible to them, legend has it, the wee ones would pinch anyone not wearing green, just to remind them: we see you!!
Ireland and it’s beautiful green hills, castles, rain and wee folk are on my bucket list to be sure. For now, I will have to settle with celebrating on March 17 by wearing green and feasting Irish style! Which is what brings us to the main part of this post…FOOD & Drink!!!
I have found some interesting and tantalizing recipes on Pinterest to make our palettes drool
Breakfast

Hope this helps you get excited about the green day! Remember, if you want to hide from Leprechauns, wear green! Be safe you go out and party! And create a ton of shenanigans for memories!

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St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic. ~Adrienne Cook

DK

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Finally Friday: Chicken & Noodles

I am really trying to get adjusted to this different season. See, it’s supposed to be winter and right now, it’s sunny (but the sun is going down) and 57*, the high was 68*. The birds are chirping, the leaves are rustling about and my clothes on the clothes rack outside dried in three hours as opposed to two days. Meanwhile, the east coast is getting pounded by winter storm Riley. Sorry, got a little sidetracked. In honor of the east coast pounding, I made Chicken and Noodles. I am so stuffed right now, it’s hard to even sit to type.
Chicken & Noodles – Crock Pot
Ingredients:
1 – (24 oz) package Grandma’s Egg Noodles
2 – (14.7 oz) cans Cream of…. Chicken/Mushroom/Onion/Celery or a combo of two
1 – (1/2 c) stick of butter – cut into pieces
1 – (32 oz) carton of Chicken Broth
1 – bag mixed veggies (I like the petite veggies kind)
1 – small onion, chopped into small pieces
1 – tsp Better Than Bullion
6 – small boneless/skinless chicken breasts
salt & pepper to taste
onion/garlic powder to taste

 

Directions: 
  • Spray the bottom of the crock pot with non stick spray.
  • Add chicken breast to the crock and season with salt, pepper, garlic and/or onion powder.
  • Add the onions to the crock
  • Pour the cans of soup onto the chicken breasts
  • Add the butter on top of the soups
  • Mix the Bullion and broth until the bullion is “melted”
  • Put the lid on the crock and cook the chicken on low for four hours (longer if the breasts are frozen)
  • Remove the breasts and shred them, add the shredded chicken back to the crock
  • Add the mixed veggies and noodles, cook two more hours, stirring occasionally
Scoop up the goodness and serve (CAUTION…this smells amazing and your mouth is watering by now, STOP… let it cool!!! two of the three of us walked away from the table with burned tongues!)
Serve with rolls or croûtons
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Enjoy!
Food feeds both the body and soul – there are clear reasons to eat a balanced diet, but there are also reasons you cling to your mom’s secret chicken noodle soup recipe when you’re sick.
Michael Mina
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Where in the World Wednesday: Walt Disney World Tickets & Dining

You’ve had a lot to look over the last two weeks, which hotel will you stay in? Which park do you most want to see? I envy you with all these decisions, but of course, they will come at a price. I will admit, Disney is not for the small pocket book, sure you can get some great deals (and we will take a look at them today). My very first trip to Walt Disney World Resort was back in 1990, it was still a very new park, nothing like the spectacular gem it is now.  We didn’t budget well, however, back in the day, if you went to the sales pitches for time shares and get perks. We were up every morning attending these, we got Disney Dollars and a free dinner at the Camelot dinner theater, we ended up coming home with more money than we left with!! Even after souvenirs!
Dining-plan
Starting with Disney Dining. I have to say, on these plans you can eat a LOT!! You can get just a quick service version up to the deluxe version. I highly recommend the dining plans. (All Dining plans are for guests staying in Walt Disney World Resorts) Many times through the year, Disney will release FREE DINING Plans! So keep an eye out for those!
   A: all meals are already paid for before you enter the parks
   B: you can make reservations can be made up to 180 days before you even step foot on property
   C: you have tons of options to choose from
   D: you have four different plans to choose from
  1. Quick Service Dining Plan
  2. Regular Dining Plan
  3. Deluxe Dining

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Each plan comes with different amounts of food choices, snack options and amounts of each. I love the regular plan, it gives you the option to choose quick service, table service or character dinners.
On the dining plan, you get:
  1 – quick service meal
  1 – table service meal
  2 – snacks
  1 – refillable mug to use at your resort (1 Per Person)
per person…per day you are there.
Each quick service meal includes an entree and one beverage
Table service includes an entree, one dessert and a beverage OR
1 full buffet or family sized meal.
If you have four people staying, three nights you each will have four quick service, four table service and eight snacks to use. You can use all eight snacks on one day or all four quick services on one day.
If you wanted to eat dinner at Cinderella’s Castle you could, but it would cost you two table service meal credits, same for Signature Dining Restaurants, Dinner Shows, Room Service and Pizza Delivery!!
Walt Disney World Ticket prices:
One park per day = $280.00 (Ages 10+)
                             $264.00 (3-9 years old)
Choose Park Hopper tickets and you can visit multiple parks per day!
                          = $330.00 (Ages 10+)
                          = $314.00 (3-9 years old)
My  choice is park hopper. Why? I love to go to one park in the morning and then visit another for their fireworks at night!
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Here is my fantasy vacation!
Just hubby and I
April 22-26 2018
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (Moderate Resort)
    Garden View $974.00
4 – Day Theme Park tickets with Park Hopper $1093.71
Disney’s Dining Plan (4 days of food = 4 table service, 4 quick service & 8 snacks per person)
$603.90
Total ____________________________
$2,671.61
Hope this series helped you get excited about a Disney Vacation! When you go, remember, I would love to hear about it!
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DK
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Valentines Day – Dinner at Home

With Valentines Day just 15 days away, what have you planned?
When I was a kid it was great fun for the day: make your Valentines boxes for your classmates to drop off their card to you, and oh how cute where those cards? The little class party, homemade cupcakes from mom; punch, games, it was so much fun. When I got older there were fancy nights out, grilled steaks made at home, sometimes just Taco Bell.
I have put together a list of fun, easy, romantic, kid friendly and just because ideas.
We will start with kid friendly:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So let’s have fun with that!
I am not sure kids can take in homemade items anymore, but I am going to show you some pretty awesome cupcake & cookie recipes

 

Dinner ideas

Heart Shaped Pizzas

Heart Shaped Hamburgers

Drink UP! (non alcoholic)

Cupid Floats

Mocktails

 

Here’s a great way to decorate your dinner table!

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Romantic Dinner for two!! Ooh la la

A great looking dinner table is so easy to make. I love mixing different plate patterns.

 

menu

Simple Baked Cheese

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Dark Cherry Sauce

Irish Cream Brownie Trifles

Kiss on the Lips Cocktail

Starbucks (Copycat) Pink Drink

I hope these helped you get a fun dinner planned.

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
Thomas Merton

 

DK

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Try it Thursday: Gingerbread Loaf

One of the things I remember about my childhood was when my momma would make a gingerbread cake with fresh whipped cream, it was a treat for sure. Every year, I promise myself I would try to make a gingerbread house: that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, they intimidate me. So I decided I wanted to make some gingerbread. Didn’t want to do cookies, too much like the houses. A decorated cake, nah…too much work; not enough energy. A loaf!! That’s it! So off to Pinterest I went! They have to have at least one easy gingerbread loaf.
Found one! A gingerbread loaf with cream cheese frosting, OK I can live with that. Gathered and shopped for my ingredients then  found I had forgotten applesauce at the store. Not a fan of the less calorie thing anyway: so…back to Pinterest I went. New recipe should include; No applesauce, no long list of ingredients and some yummy frosting. I came up with a Spiced Gingerbread Loaf; it had a different frosting, but I think I will stick to the cream cheese frosting.
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yield: 1 LOAF prep time: 10 MINUTES total time: 1 HOUR, 10 MINUTES (PLUS COOLING)
Ingredients:
2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
3/4 cup (180ml) unsulphured or dark molasses
3/4 cup (180ml) hot water (about 100°F (38°C))
1/2 cup (115g; 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup (67g) packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Orange Icing (I didn’t use this one)
1 cup (120g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted 
2-3 Tablespoons (30-45ml) orange juice
Frosting
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla (I used fresh orange juice and a touch of orange peel)
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk
Directions:
1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt and pepper together until combined. Set aside. In a separate bowl or dish, whisk the molasses and hot water together.
3. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and beat on high speed for 1 minute until creamed together fairly well. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. On medium-high speed, beat in the egg and vanilla extract until combined. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl as needed. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the hot water/molasses and mixing each addition just until incorporated.
Avoid over-mixing. Batter will be thin. Whisk out any big lumps. 
4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for around 50-60 minutes or until the gingerbread loaf is baked through. All ovens are different and your loaf could take a little more or less time. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the gingerbread loaf. If it comes out clean with only a couple moist (not wet) crumbs, it is done. Allow to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack before removing from pan.
5a. Make the icing: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and orange juice together. Drizzle over cooled loaf. 
5b. For the frosting, in a medium bowl cream together butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth and spreadable. Spread over cooled gingerbread loaf. Allow to set up for 1 hour (or if you can’t wait you can serve it immediately, but I like it best when the frosting has a chance to set up a bit!). Store in airtight container
Finished Gingerbread Loaf
6. Leftover loaf keeps well covered tightly in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The flavor gets even better after a day or two!
Make ahead tip: The loaf can be baked, cooled, and covered tightly at room temperature overnight. Loaf can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving
Recipe says it takes 10 minutes to prepare, it took me a bit longer. Didn’t help that I flung the water and molasses all over the kitchen floor. I really enjoyed baking this, really miss my baking days. The smell of this loaf is just amazing!! Little bit stuck to the bottom of the pan and I had three people fighting for the crumbs!
Well. That’s helpful. We’ll put an APB out on the Gingerbread Man. I’m not hopeful it’ll do us much good, though. Word on the street is you can’t catch him.
Joe Hill
DK
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