Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cripple Creek and Fencing...

When we visited CRIPPLE CREEK, CO. on our summer vacation, we toured their museum. 

 This is an olden mining town...

"thar's GOLD in them
thar hills..."

We loved the pretty fencing around parts of the museum.

I was hoping to SEE a real gold mine...but no desire to go INSIDE one. 
*huge scaredy cat
 There is an olden mine beside the museum building and you have
to climb a hill to get to it.

On the grounds around the museum, this short rock fence separated the old mine
from the building.

I wanted that olden BEAUTIFUL GEAR but when I tried to pick it up,
it must have weighed a thousand pounds...
am pretty sure bells and whistles and horns would have sounded if  I HAD been able to pick it up.

The above fencing ran along side of the old mine.

".....follow the yellow brick road..."

I FINALLY got to the mine...
and not a whole lot to see up there.

Buckets and metal structures and things I didn't know WHAT they were.

The entrance to the gold mine has been filled in with dirt and rocks,

Speaking of ROCKS...

here's a recipe for the BEST

I have several different recipes for these cookies...
the following is a very good one...
and I wish I had 4 of them with a big cup of coffee....RIGHT NOW !


1 c. Crisco
1 c. white sugar
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. sweet milk
2 c. 1 minute oats
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. raisins, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs. Put baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and first cup flour in sifter and sift into creamed mixture and beat. Add rest of flour and beat. Add oats, nuts and only enough milk to make a stiff dough.Drop by teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Bake about 14 minutes at 350 degrees. Cookies will be brown.
These are some of my favorite cookies....they are a little hard on the outside and soft in the middle...a perfect cookie.

If you like EXTRA SOFT cookies...these AREN'T FOR YOU !
Linking with GOOD FENCES


  1. The gold mine is interesting, great photo's. I love oatmeal cookies, crisp, soft or anyway you cook them.

  2. That would be an interesting tour in the gold mine museum. Great fences too. I like the wrought iron one with the fancy doodads. :) Have a great day!

  3. BJ, You are killing me....trying to lift that gear. If it didn't weigh so much it would have already been carried away, in a big old purse of someone . LOL. Did you get a rock from there. That is usually what I pick up every where I go. I have a jar of my vacation rocks. A little gold nugget would be easier to purse. LOL. Hope you are having a great day. Blessings, xoxo,Susie
    p.s. love your sense of humor.

  4. Thanks for sharing this interesting gold mine and cookie recipe with us. I wish I could have been with you when you tried to lift that big gear. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  5. no pilfering old rusty (and heavy) stuff from mines! :) lots of good fencery and a rock wall, too! thanks, bj!

  6. they have a mine in Chimney Rock, SC, but it's not exactly real.

  7. Great Fence Finds bj . . .
    Those cookies look like they would "rock!"

  8. visited a gold mine in Wales once - fascinating place

  9. I like all the fences you found at the mine and love the short rock fence and that photo is beautiful the covered wagon behind the fence and those barrels and the gear you almost had... very interesting place... love oatmeal cookies

  10. One of my favorite place when in Colorado. Been there many times and you always find something different each time. Wish I could go again.

  11. that would be a great place to visit and the cookies sound great, to dunk in your coffee! YUM!

  12. Love all the different fences in this post and of course the cookies!!

  13. Oh the gold mine sounds like fun and your cookies look delicious. Enjoy the rest of your day... :)

  14. i love visiting places like this, how fun...the cookies look delish!!

  15. I like your fence finds! I love Colorado, so much to see that I'll never get to see it all, so I love posts like this.
    I'm really behind on blog reading lately and I've missed so many posts. I tried to catch up a bit the other night and
    fell asleep, so if you see where I was here for a long time, that is why! haha!
    Enjoy those cookies, they sound very good.

  16. Out of all the fences, I think I love the stone fence best :>)

  17. Two days ago I made oatmeal, pecan and raisin cookies...I'm enjoying them, but will have to try these rocks. For sure.

    And Cripple Creek...Now you're getting into my home town territory!! I went down the Mollie Kathleen Mine in Cripple Creek a few times!! Once you get down to the 'level part' from the shaft and elevator [that only holds ten people by the way if I remember correctly], you are taken through the dim lighted tunnels and traipsing through water, dripping and oozing from the's eerie, but oh so fun. You should go back and not be so scared next time's worth the tour.

  18. Gosh I cannot remember the last time I made oatmeal cookies..what is about oatmeal? The smell, the always makes me think of my grandma, for some reason..homey, old-fashioned. Sigh. We can't eat cookies anymore, thanks to that awful big D. I've been to Cripple Creek- so pretty! I've never been brave enough for any underground tour.

  19. I love CO and Cripple Creek is a favorite! I would never go in a mine...nope, not me! Have you been to Carlsbad Caverns? So incredibly beautiful but it makes me hyper-ventilate to think of it. I'm glad I made it through once...never again. I'm too claustrophobic!

    Would love to have 4 of those cookies right now too! I love oatmeal cookies...always have. I think they remind people of their grandmothers. :)


  20. I've never been there but know lots who go...reminds me of Leadville. Headed to Taos tomorrow :-)

  21. so fun and I enjoyed seeing you all in the photos!! Great Fences!!
    Yum-o on those cookies!! My favorite kind!!

  22. What a fun place to visit, it would be neat to take a peek inside the mine.. Your cookies look delicious, thank you for sharing the recipe.. Enjoy your evening and the weekend ahead!

  23. No doubt trying those cookies! My boys would love them. Looks like you are having a ball Bj!!

  24. love the stone wall and fences in your great images.

  25. You made it to the top! (Your graphic is so cute, but she's much too plump to represent you, Li'l Lady. I personally think that gear would look great at your place. LOL!

  26. Enjoyable trip bj ... thanks for sharing it with us. Love the pictures of the fences too.
    You bet, I will try to make those cookies. Love oatmeal cookies.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  27. Hi BJ,
    Thanks for the lovely photos of the Gold Mine.
    This post was a gold mine of information and relics that I enjoyed a lot.
    I am tempted to make the Oatmeal rocks. I just might!
    The fence is quite lovely.
    Peace :)

  28. Your photos are lovely, and the, thank you so much for sharing. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  29. Oh how fun to visit the old mine. Some really neat looking stuff there like that wheel. I love stone fences and also the first one had what to me looked like little crowns on the posts which I thought was cute.

  30. Our city developed through coal mine, how fun to visit old mines♪ Your cookies look SO yummy♡♡♡
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  31. That place is not that far from our summer cabin! We have a gold mine that is still in operation in our mountain town. I will photograph the bags of gold ore for my blog next summer! have a great day...Janey

  32. Gorgeous pictures:) I love oatmeal cookies or rocks:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  33. An amazing collection of fences.....those cookies look so yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe!! Nice to see a picture of you!!

  34. That mine was intriguing. But, like you said, not much to look at once you got there. That's too bad. I'd love your cookies. I am a 'crunchy outside, soft inside' kind of gal.

  35. BJ, the mine looks like an interesting place to visit. I still have vivid memories of visiting a mine in CO when I was a child. Fascinating! Love seeing the different fences, especially the stacked rock fence.

  36. I very much like the wrought iron fencing. I'd say you had a lot fun last summer on your vacation.

  37. Thanks for sharing!

    Also, I am enjoying all these recipes.

    I only cook from recipes. A new one every night.


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