Gluten-free biscuits and dairy-free sausage gravy

I made gluten-free biscuits and dairy-free sausage gravy as an experiment because I am President and Founder of the Biscuits and Gravy Society

The biscuits, made with egg whites, almond and coconut flour, were awful. They were dense and did not absorb the white country sausage coconut milk gravy. They were dry. It was as if I were choking down tablespoons of baking powder. I was excited to make them and made a double batch. I couldn’t finish the first plate. I threw the rest away.

The gravy was decent.

Ick!

Ick!

Not my best creation. Oh well. I’ll try another recipe.

Elsewhence Brings People Together

Park County Colorado, Fhloston Peak, near Bailey.

Park County Colorado, Fhloston Peak, near Bailey.

Elsewhence is a big family camping trip. It’s food. It’s a smallish gathering of people numbering in the hundreds; a collaborative outdoor art, music and camping experience held in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

The three day big family camping trip, held in Park County, was birthed as an alternative to the cray bureaucracy that is woven into the fiber of Burning Man culture. Know of Burning Man? Me either.

It’s not an official burner event but the event is attended by burners! It’s not a Regional Burn like, say, Colorado’s wildly popular Apogaea or Utah’s Element 11. Despite not being a sanctioned Burning Man event, Elsewhence meets all of the criteria to be a Regional Burn, such as adherence to the 10 Principles.

Elsewhence 2015

Elsewhence 2015

Elsewhence is comprised of many older burners who wanted to start something new. It’s being kept simple. I prefer the intimate gatherings with hundreds of people instead of thousands myself. Elsewhence will not grow to over 400 people at least for the next several years. Or ever right? It’s more of an ‘underground’ event and not wildly known.

It’s “an experiential forum that celebrates creativity, participation and unconventional thinking,” says the Elsewhence website. Sort of like a thematic art party with no spectators, only participants. Unlike Burning Man, where many people take but do not give, Elsewhence is 100% participants and 0% spectators. Everyone who attends is required to volunteer at least one shift. They have many people who fill important volunteer leads in medical, Ranger, fire, gate, MOOP (trash), greeters, tickets, art grants, sound, stage, performance aspects, permits, ticketing and accounting. It’s great that all participants volunteer towards the realization of Elsewhence.

Elsewhence takes place near Fhloston Peak, on 20 acres of the 1685.33 acre Berger Land Company property off County Road 68, south of Bailey, Colorado. Berger Land Company has held the property for approximately 140 years. The available acreage for the event is approximately 160 acres, but, due to unusable areas caused by topographic conditions, this limits the actual event venue to encompass approximately 20 acres. It is a beautiful place. A magical place with rich history. Use of this land is such a blessing. Thanks Bart!

Night at Elsewhence 2015

Night at Elsewhence 2015

Elsewhence 2014 was a grand, friendly and wonderful event. According to Elsewhence, “We all come from some other place, but in this vessel we journey together across space, time and consciousness.” It’s so very true.

About 242 people attend the peaceful September 2014 ‘Leave No Trace’ event. ‘Leave No Trace’ means participants will pack in, and pack out, all necessary food, supplies, trash and water. There are volunteers who constantly work the MOOP (Matter Out of Place) trash patrol throughout the duration of the event. I have done my share of MOOP patrolling.

There was one noise complaint each night in 2014.

Elsewhence 2014

Elsewhence 2014

Elsewhence 2015, the 2nd annual affair spectacular, took place in September 2015. 323 people attended with zero noise complaints. It was relaxing and fun good time with art, music, dance, cooking, sharing, laughter, frolic and fun. “All participants are expected to share a creative and positive interactive experience with their fellow lifeforms,” says Elsewhence. And it happens time and time again.

In May 2016, there was an Elsewhence Family Reunion at The Oriental Theater in Denver, Colorado, with proceeds going towards art and music for Elsewhence 2016. The event had aerialists, Burlesque performances, music and more.

Propane art was approved for Elsewhence 2016. NO ember producing fires were allowed. Depending on conditions, there was potential for a Stage 1 burn ban.

Elsewhence Family Reunion in May 2016

Elsewhence Family Reunion in May 2016

The financials from Elsewhence, such as profit and loss statements, are transparent. If anybody wants the total breakdown of where every penny goes, feel free to contact Uncle Dave to set up a lunch where he will show you everything you want to know from current to past events like where the money came in and where it went.

Yay for urban-wildland zone agri-tourism music and art events! 380 people attended in 2016. The event was even more enjoyed than ever by attendees.

Elsewhence 2016

Elsewhence 2016

Elsewhence 2016 had the Wingnut Lab of DJ Shenanigans chillout lounge.

The Chong Twins were on MOOP patrol. Chong Kitchen served up succulent meats at Camp No Name. Lake Mayhem enchanted all during the Opening Ceremony. The exotic beats of Just Ben brought all through through feast and dance. There was Pancakes at Midnight with spiked coffee and bacon at WonderLounge/Hippie Dome with gluten-free and vegetarian options!

Elsewhence 2016

Elsewhence 2016

Pickle Lickin’ with Evan was amazing at the north neighborhood, Camp No Name. DJ Gibby provided some grand epic tunes.

Elsewhence 2016

Elsewhence 2016

“River Canyon Trace,” a sculpture by Bailey, Colorado artists Alice Pierson, ceramic artist, and Anne Valenti, sculptor, was dedicated for permanent display at the Bailey Public Library in Bailey, Colorado on February 4, 2017.

The artwork was created in part with the help of a grant provided by Elsewhence.

River Canyon Trace

l to r: David Wellhauser, Rex Alford, Alice Pierson, Anne Valenti, Devorah Matkowsky, Bonnie Bickel

The dedication was a great event that helped in building formal relationships with the Bailey community and community members. It also formally recognized Elsewhence art and the whole art grant process.

“River Canyon Trace” is a sculptural homage to the geological wonders, flora and fauna of the surrounding Bailey, Crow Hill and Platte River Canyon in Colorado. The mixed media sculpture consists of a 20-inch diameter glazed and fired medallion supported by a steel brace with a 375 pound pyramidal base of stacked native sandstone.

It was completed September 15, 2016 and donated to Elsewhence. It was then donated to the Bailey Library on December 10, 2016 and dedicated for permanent display on February 4, 2017.

Rex and Marshall Alford also helped with welding and shaping of the piece.

Bis-grav Cookies®/Southern Mornin’ Formal Meal deLites® — The Biscuit and Gravy Cookie

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season.

Suggestions for new cookies are welcome, but the national Girl Scout organization can make no promise to use them.

That’s unfortunate because I have an idea for a biscuit and gravy-flavored cookie that I am sure would break all sorts of cookie selling records. Once you bite into my buttermilky/flaky cookie, a sweet sausage gravy-like liquid bursts from the center and dribbles down your front. My biscuit and gravy cookies will also have a dual name and be called Bis-grav Cookies®/Southern Mornin’ Formal Meal deLites®.

What is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie®

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Tens of thousands of people came to the Women’s March on Denver on Jan. 21, 2017. It was such an amazing, positive and great experience with happiness everywhere as people rallied in solidarity for human rights.

Women's March on Denver

Women’s March on Denver

Acting is Giving

I am returning to the stage in October 2017.

Acting is fun. It allows me to keep busy and out of gangs. It allows me to push my troubles aside and “be” someone else, albeit for a short amount of time. It allows me to wear multiple masks and take risks I might not necessarily take in real life. It allows me to give something to the community, because when one really looks at it, acting is a gift from the performer to the audience. It’s live entertainment. It is good and it takes guts.

I can’t confirm or deny I hear whispers on the streets of town like: “That’s Russ Dale” or “I have seen him somewhere before.” Men and women chased me after the shows. It was flatteringly disturbing and a good workout; hiding in dark corners and climbing fences and trees and hiding in sewers to escape the pawing.

I miss the theatre.

I miss the theatre.

I miss the drug, the precious drug rush of adrenaline mixed with pride accomplishment as the roar of the crowd applauded a performance well done. I miss the camaraderie formed between cast and crew. I miss performing for the masses, doing my small part in artful art, something magical and entertaining. I miss the hotel room keys, lingerie, pie and thorny flowers showered upon me during curtain calls! I miss the coy ladies accosting me in the parking lot as I journeyed to my vehicle after the show, just to praise my performance with a light kiss on the cheek and a hint of leg peep as they lifted their skirts slyly! Oh what a night! Good times!

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The craft is my ally. I can learn lines; embroil myself in deep script study. I’ve learned complicated blocking. I am no stranger to stage geography. I can deal in props and costumes. I know my beats! I’m hot for characterization! I’m hotter for tech dress! Yes, I know the wacky theatre lingo! Hip, hip Huzzah!!