Gluten AND Sugar Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

I have always enjoyed zucchini bread but never thought to make my own until I worked at the farmers’ market the past two weeks and had so much zucchini I had to think of some different ways to prepare it. I also have been trying to eat less sugar and gluten, so I came up…

Sawtooth National Forest in Sun Valley

I couldn’t let it go unsaid how much I appreciated the area of Sun Valley.  The little towns of Ketchum, Sun Valley, Stanley, and Salmon make up a beautiful area.  I stumbled upon the well known Sawtooth Brewery and a symphony concert that evening at the colorful Sun Valley Inn and Lodge.  I could have…

Strawberry Scone Sunday

Strawberries n Cream Scones (with vanilla bean lavender sugar) 3 c flour 3/4 c sugar 1 T baking powder 1/2 t salt 10 T unsalted butter (chilled, chopped) 1 c heavy cream 3/4 c whole milk (or all heavy cream, if preferred) 1/2 t vanilla extract 1/2 t almond extract 1 heaping c strawberries (hulled…

Banana Cake with Browned Buttercream Frosting

I was leaving town for a week so had to use up my 4.5 bananas.  I decided to make my first banana cake and made it with a twist.  I added dark chocolate chips and made a browned butter frosting.  I toasted walnuts to layer and top off the cake and added bit o’ toffee…

Hikes Around Evergreen

This beautiful view is found just a few miles up from my house on the way to Evergreen Mountain.  This is my new friend and hiking partner Katie (the wife of our realtor).I packed a thermos of hot tea to enjoy at the peak of our hike.  Here is where we stopped to take in…

Nature’s Majesty

Another day another bird…  This is the cute little Pine Siskin.  I was not familiar with this bird, so I had to look it up to identify it.  I think that is the male up higher and the female is below him with less yellow in her plumage.  A cool fact about these guys is…

Evergreen Has My Heart

My favorite place to hang out in the chalet is the living room nestled up by the fire or standing at the back door off the kitchen/living room directly behind the bird feeder situated in the center of the backyard.  The view gawking from that sliding glass door is a splendid one and displays a…

Christmas Time in Mountain Country

This is our first Christmas in Evergreen.  The Christmas season in this community brings elves, mulled wine, apple cider, hot chocolate, horse carriage rides, ice-skating, ice melt contests, ice fishing on the town lake, Christmas Carolers and music, the “Lighting of the Tree” town festival, open fires, reindeer costumes, joy, togetherness, and cheer. My home-made…

Cuisine in the Chalet

Now that I have my kitchen somewhat organized and am settled in the new house, I am cooking any chance I get.  It is so peaceful and quiet out there that once I get home from my long commute everyday and even on the weekends, I hardly want to leave.  Last weekend I made Pumpkin…

Premier Family Visit in Evergreen!

Well, we had our first overnight visitors for a few days.  My brother, niece, and mom came to stay at our new house, and we enjoyed every minute of their time here .  The three nights actually flew by too fast.  On Friday morning, I took the fam over to Breckenridge for the day.  We…

Camping in Nederland

We are very happy we chose this campground for many reasons: the top being we were graced with moose presence (a first in CO!!) both nights there, then there was the river which was rushing right next to our campsite making for a natural sound machine, and ideal hammock trees. The location and everything about…

Thump Coffee All the Way from Bend, OR

This coffee shop is one of my top 3 favorites in Denver!  I dropped my friend off at the airport at 6:00am and headed off to try a new coffee shop to work from for the morning.  The service was great from the moment I walked in the door.  After ordering a regular cuppa joe,…