As we well know from The Sound of Music jam & bread is ALWAYS a winning combination. The weather in Colorado is just starting to take a chilly turn and the brisk evenings call for a warm cup of tea and a sweet buttery shortbread bar as a treat before bedtime.
Quick to make, this recipe whips up a tray of shortbread bars you can snack on all week long (if they last past the first evening). Continue Reading…
As adults without children we see a lot of animated movies, probably more than most of our friends who have kids. I love the simplicity of animation and the authenticity that can be brought to life by a non-human character. When we received the opportunity to see a pre-screening of the new Storks Movie I was excited to get to check it out before the formal debut in theatre’s this weekend.
When the work week is go-go-go it’s hard to make dinner plans that involve more than grabbing something when running from one place to another. When I have a calm night at home the last thing I want is to have to make an elaborate meal the dirties up half the kitchen – which is why meals that are ready in 30 minutes or less are perfect for me.
Using Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork, I was able to whip up this delicious dish in less than half an hour AND have left overs for lunch this week. Perfect for any night of the week, Smithfield Marinated Pork is available at Safeway and comes in several delicious flavors that can be tossed into the oven or on the grill for a quick meal.
I used Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet for my dish because bacon is my favorite compliment for the rich earthy flavor of brussel sprouts. Continue Reading…
Peach season is nearly over but the fruits of the fall are yet to come. During the month of August we see produce stands pop up on every corner, starting with peaches grown on the western slope of Colorado in August to roast New Mexico Chilies in September. Stopping by these roadside vendors is one of my favorite ways to start a weekend!
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to relax and catch up on any yard work before the fall months start to set in. After spending a few hot hours in the sun this quick and easy Peaches and Cream popsicle recipe is a healthy way to enjoy your favorite fruit and cool off.
Celebrating an engagement with a DIY Cheese Gift Set
My cousin Jeannie and her boyfriend Andy got engaged over 4th of July weekend and we celebrated their engagement at a fabulous wine and cheese party last weekend. They’ve been dating for several years now and I’m so excited to be a part of their wedding party and celebrate with them as they plan their wedding.
The engagement party was a wine & cheese theme so I knew I wanted to give them a Hickory Farms Cheese Sampler Gift Box to enjoy alongside a fun DIY Cheese Board. Personalizing a Cheese Board with a bit of wood burning takes just a few minutes and is the perfect addition to any gift set!
Backpacking through Europe may sound like a college student’s cliche but I can promise you that there is nothing more freeing then having only a single, easy to carry bag, when you are traveling. This of course means that you can’t bring as many things, but once you are realistically looking at what you need for leisure travel you might be surprised at how little you actually need to pack.
We spent 2 weeks visiting London and Ireland, using just a single 50 liter back pack each. I’ve pulled together a list of all the tips we learned during the trip and from friends before traveling.
With just a few steps towards making a delicious dish everyone enjoys Monkey Bread is the perfect go-to pastry for an early morning brunch. I’m not one for doing things by the book so when I looked at what ingredients I had in the fridge this weekend I decided to try jazzing up a classic by adding in some of my favorite fall produce – PEACHES.
Peaches bring a fresh flavor and hint of sweetness that compliments the rich doughiness everyone loves about traditional Monkey Bread. Continue Reading…
I am super excited that one of my best friends just became a Lularoe consultant! If you aren’t yet familiar with this fabulous new brand now is the time to check it out! This pop-up will happen 100% online, so you can join in and shop no matter where you are!
Join the Pop-Up Group on Facebook.
Lularoe is a home shopping sale group [remember Tupperware parties?] that features beautiful and comfortable clothing as the items for sale.
Lularoe is what I imagine would happen if Pokemon and Beanie Babies had a love child. Extremely comfortable, each piece is limited edition with just 312 items in each size of each print. This means that every consultant has a different inventory and each item is collectable and unique.
As an example, I just snagged this super comfy Irma and One Size Fits all leggings.
Irmas are intended to be oversized so I pulled mine up in the back with a hair tie. The leggings are so soft that it almost feels like you are wearing PJs instead of pants – and they are thick enough that you can actually go out in public!
Amber is one of oldest friends and just launched her shop and I couldn’t be more excited to be one of her very first online pop-ups. I hope you can join us on Thursday!!
Join the Pop-Up Group on Facebook.
The grill is hot, the burgers are sizzling and the cooler is full of ice. The dog days of summer are here and there is nothing more fun than getting together with family and friends for a cook out. My favorite thing about summer parties is seeing all the delicious treats everyone comes up with. Inviting guests to bring along a summer side dish is a great to way plump up the dinner table and test their creativity.
Potato salad is great summer standby bound to please even the fussiest of eaters. For this recipe I worked with my friends over at Hickory Farms to jazz up a summer potluck go to with a taste of their Sweet Hot Mustard. This hot twist on a cool summer classic is the perfect addition to your next backyard gathering.
Just last month I had the opportunity to experience one of the newest hot spots in Denver, Uncorked Kitchen. The unique dinner / wine / cooking school opened last fall and the husband-wife team behind the business is reinventing how dinner out can be a fully hands-on experience. The beautiful two story location can be found just north of Park Meadows mall, featuring stunning views of the sunset from the patio and kitchens. Would-be chef’s join culinary experts in the kitchen where they learn how to create a masterpiece before sitting as a group to enjoy the meal.
Most cooking classes leave you with a handful of tips, a new recipe and a couple of bites of the finished product. At Uncorked Kitchen I had the pleasure of learning how to effortlessly whip up traditional French cuisine and enjoyed the fruit of our labors for dinner that evening. The three course meal included Camembert and Caramelized Onions Tartlets, Potato Galette, Pork Tenderloin Medallions with cider sauce and Tarte Tatin. While the names at first sounded foreign and complicated the finished product was perfect, and I learned just how easy it would be to integrate French cooking styles into my own kitchen.