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Spiralized Broccoli-Stem Carrot Slaw with Dried Cranberries

Spiralizer Broccoli-Stem Carrot Slaw with Dried Cranberries & Sunflower Seeds -

I’ve made no secret of my obsession with my Spiralizer* and creating delicious, fun recipes using it. I’ve challenged myself to use it and create a new recipe at least once a week.  I prowl the produce section of the grocery store considering the texture of every fruit and vegetable as my next conquest. I […]

Read Your Ingredient Labels and Check Your Expiration Dates People!

After all the Halloween mayhem subsided Sunday night, the culling through candy began.  When I was growing up the most menacing issue in my small town was whether someone stuck a razor blade in an apple.  We were free to have our candy and any fruit taken to the local hospital to be x-rayed before […]

Chicken Salad with Dried Cranberries and Almonds & Summer Picnic Lemonade Cocktail

Summer Fun in Aspen/Snowmass

During the summer my kids swim on a summer swim team.  I did also as a child and again in High School.  It’s a very fun summer sport with families setting up personal tents side by side to shield the beastly sun and catch up after the long chilly months of no contact. There is […]

Christmas Joy Cookies {a vintage cookie remake}

Christmas Joy Cookies -

I was recently looking through some vintage recipes for any seasonal, holiday recipes to try.  There were a few that caught my eye and a holiday cookie recipe was among them.  I love traveling back in time to resurrect recipes that may have fallen by the wayside as the cyber-highway has taken over the world.  […]

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops. Swirl this pop in a cup of hot milk for rich, creamy peppermint hot chocolate. With printable gift labels!

I’m finding myself circling around my holiday preparation this year rather than diving right in.  I have covered our Countdown to Christmas box contents.  I made sure St. Nicholas knew where the kids’ shoes were on the night of December 5th so he could fill them (wink).  And then it all comes to a full […]

DIY Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub {all natural homemade gift idea}

DIY Homemade Orange Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub with free Printable labels -

My hands look about 164 years old.  Ok, that IS an exaggeration.  Not a day over 153.  We have entered the time of year, certainly in Colorado, where it feels that the moisture Gods have packed up for the season and headed to Florida or some other place that is more forgiving on skin.  It’s […]

Supersonic Peanut Butter Energy Bars {that Kids and Adults will love!}

Supersonic Peanut Butter Energy Bars - #glutenfree

I’m going broke buying granola bars.   ‘Stop buying them then’; it’s easier said than done.  My dilemma is that I have two gluten-free kids who are both athletes and have after school activities.  My daughter is on a high school swim team swimming two hour practices, mostly Butterfly at that, and she in particular needs […]

Bombur’s Vanishing Cobbler and The Hobbit #Giveaway!

Bombur’s Vanishing Cobbler The HObbit

Whether having read The Hobbit sometime in the last 75 years since the book’s original publication or having been introduced by the epic film trilogy of The Lord of the Rings, there are few not anticipating the release of the first (of a trilogy) The Hobbit movie December 14.  I for one read the book […]

Split Pea Soup with Red Wine and Ham

Split Pea Soup with Red Wine and Ham |

Winter is a quiet season for a Colorado Locavore.  Unless one has resources who greenhouse grow (fortunately I know some farmers who do) our task is to live from our stores from the fall.  This generally means a lot of root vegetables, winter squash, apples, pears (though those pears stored are probably about out now) […]

Spicy Apple Crisp with Cranberries and Walnuts

Spicy Apple Crisp with Cranberries and Walnuts |

This is a true tale of how recipes are born.I’ve likened my thought process before to a series of children’s book in which a given animal, with ADHD, begins one task and traipses through 100 others leaving a wake of unfinished business in their past.If you give a pig a pancake, he’ll want to make […]

Smokin’ Volcano Chocolate Cake (with GF option) and a Sneaky Tiki cocktail

Smoking Volcano Cake |

Normally I’m quite studious when approaching this recipe swap.  This month, however, I was stumped about the original recipe, ‘Busy Day’ Wacky Cake, as its ‘wackiness’ totally eluded me.  Fortunately fellow swapper Jennifer of The Adventuresome Kitchen popped to the forefront, breaking the code for all of us.  She explained the method behind the madness […]

Great DIY Halloween Cocktail Napkins & some Spooky Brew!

Halloween DIY homemade cocktail napkins

Somewhere along the path of rallying all the recent Halloween food and drink to share, I divined a Martha-esque accessory:  the homemade Halloween cocktail napkin.  Feeling a need for something simple to pump up the spook volume on my tablescape I created these napkins perfect for any libation or appetizer plate.   They were too easy […]

Santa Goes Local for Christmas


It’s always felt funny to me when adults recount their Christmas holidays by listing everything ‘they got’.    Having said that I could not resist sharing some of my stocking stuffings for the local finds they are (not to talk about ‘what I GOT’!).  Very exciting and definitely got my local mojo going for the next season […]

Slow Cooker Spicy Chorizo Green Chile Cannellini Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Spicy Chorizo Green Chile Cannellini Bean Soup. A perfect, lightly spicy, soul-warming soup! -

I wasn’t sure how to start this post and my cheeky teen suggested “It was a dark and stormy night and all I could think about was my need for soup.”  Going on to say “as the soup sloshed on the sides of the bowl, all I could imagine was a tiny ship riding the […]

Haricot Vert and Mushroom Casserole with Gruyere and Lardons {bacon}

Haricot Vert and Mushroom Casserole with Gruyere Cheese and Lardon Thanksgiving -

Classic holiday recipes; we love them, we hate them.  On my quest to incorporate French-inspired dishes into our Thanksgiving menu this year, an old classic raised its head begging for a make-over: the Green Bean Casserole.  I’ll come clean right now.  Each year my husband suggests we need something green on our menu to accompany […]

Roasted Pumpkin and Cannellini Bean Soup

Roasted Pumpkin and Cannellini Bean Soup. Five healthy ingredients give this soup a great flavor and creamy texture without loads of calories. Gluten-free. -

Sometime after I attended college in California I came upon a walking magazine.  It’s hard to imagine a magazine about walking could be very interesting, but it was.  I loved the tips about walking for exercise, walking locations around the U.S. that captured the beauty of the different seasons, walking gear and periodic recipes.  One […]

Back-to-School: Great Lunch Box Ideas & Tips

Back-to-School Lunch Ideas -

Starting a new school year is like moving to another planet.  But making lunches doesn’t have to be!  Here is all you need for lunch box success; food, recipes, lunch box comparisons and buying guides, the best containers and fantastic tips! This is the time of year that I begin to get desperate emails from friends begging […]

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar |

Labor Day weekend was sublime.  I awoke Saturday morning and as if on cue the temperature had dropped at least 20 degrees greeting me with a fall like morning.  Good bye triple digits of the last beastly weeks; hello sweater weather.  This could change in Colorado in a minute but the reprieve lasted all weekend […]