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…

Fleur de sel Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pie

When my mom got home from a couple of weeks in Provence, she came to visit us in Evergreen, CO.  She came bearing gifts, presenting us with some thoughtful native French trinkets including a monogrammed sachet of Lavender, a small postcard of Picasso’s wedding art, and some sea salt hand harvested in France.  Just a…

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…

A Fruitful Foodful Weekend in Denver

Pisco Sour 3-4 oz Pisco 1-2 oz squeezed lemon juice (I like lemon, but lime works just the same & is great too) 1 egg white 3/4 oz homemade simple syrup (I prefer to use Mauritian sugar cubes or use my fine homemade vanilla sugar) Drinkrections:  Shake it til you can’t shake it no mo’!~  Then…

Denver Urban Homestead Tour

As I have mentioned in a previous post or two, Cyrus and I bought a house and will soon be moving into our first home!  He has been doing most of the gardening research and pre-planning as I have been studying how to raise chickens.  I found out about this self guided Urban Homestead Tour…

Pumpkin Ice Cream and more…

Cyrus and I are in the middle of closing on our first house in Evergreen, CO–a mountain home!  I thought it would be nice to make a special dinner to celebrate.  We made it to the next step in the process–time for the appraisal next week (crossing our fingers!). Last night I prepared the pumpkin custard…