Pinot Grigio Shrimp Scampi

Pinot Grigio Shrimp Scampi 2   Recently updated !

This Shrimp Scampi recipe is hands down one of our family favorites and is a recipe that I adapted from being fairly heavy on butter – to completely dairy free in order to accommodate Miss G’s dairy intolerance.  Her having this intolerance was not always the case, which is fairly common. The body’s chemistry often changes, and new allergies and intolerance can arise at any age. For her it kind of came and went. In her toddler years we gave her rice milk instead of cow milk, since the latter just didn’t seem to agree with her. Then she started […]

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Waffled Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Turkey & Avocado 3   Recently updated !

The first few days I ever spent in the US were filled with Au Pair training classes in preparation for heading out to Aspen to nanny for a year. At 19 and with a “fresh off the boat” feeling, my emotions flip flopped between excitement and fear. The agency facilitating the Au Pair classes provided all of us with lunch coupons to a diner a few blocks down the street. I remember two of my meals. Tuna salad, and waffles. I’ll save the tuna salad story for another time, and for now ponder the waffles. As with everything else in […]

grapefruit avocado salad

Grapefruit Avocado Salad   Recently updated !

I first found this recipe while reading and writing about how Eating in Season means being an enlightened consumer. I learned back then that grapefruit is in season during the winter, and jumped right on it. That was 2 years ago to the date, and I’ve been making this Grapefruit Avocado salad regularly ever since – even when not in season I must admit (oups)! Clocking in at only 141 calories per serving, this bright and citrusy salad adds the perfect little sparkle and pop to your plate and pairs fantastically with chicken, steak or fish alike. Pretty dang versatile […]


Chimichurri Marinated Pork Tenderloin   Recently updated !

It’s March and this Mama has got some Spring Feva! No doubt this winter will once more have snow falling like stars, and a cuddle up on the couch with some spiked hot cocoa will be appropriate. However – for now, we are being treated to some insanely gorgeous weather in the Rocky Mountains and Colorado is holding true form in displaying bright & sunny blue bird days. So while the winter closet & “warm and cozy feeling recipes” are not being put on the back burner just yet I’ve been CRAVING something fresh & light tasting….  you know… like […]


How to soften up Hardened Brown Sugar 4   Recently updated !

Brown sugar… delicious, sweet & moist, this molasses laced sugar is a fantastic flavor enhancer to many a recipes. That is, until you go to pull it out of the cupboard to find it not-so-moist. Rock hard as a matter of fact. If I was a betting woman, I’d say that brown sugar is one of the top three items I’ve thrown out due to improper food storage. Having these few brown-sugar-resurrection-tips handy is sure to save some $$ and frustration in the future, and rock hard brown sugar is a thing of the past! If you are planning ahead, […]


Crock-Pot Orange Chicken 2   Recently updated !

Going out to dinner is a fantastic treat that most of us enjoy as a break from the day to day shuffle of work, school, cooking, cleaning & whatever else you’ve filled your days with. Then there are those times you go out because there was nothing in the fridge to cook up, you are too tired to go to the store and overall uninspired as far as food goes. Even choosing where to go seems like a chore too daunting to tackle! Those are the nights it is so freaking fantastic to be able to pull out a meal […]

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Meal Planning 101 2   Recently updated !

Meal planning… the ever elusive topic that comes up anytime we talk time saving tips, budgeting, healthy living, a stress free life. So why does it seem like such a daunting task at hand – even for those of us who actually enjoy partaking in this exercise? Not sure, but what I DO know, is that when I have a clear plan in place for the upcoming week once Sunday night rolls around all seems to work so much better or all areas of life for the next 5 work & school days.Taking the time to plan ahead during the […]


DIY Candle Holder ~ the perfect Hostess Gift

  As I sit here and ponder my to-do list for our upcoming 3rd Annual Elfin’ Pasta party in December, I can’t help but feel a little  for the Host & Hostess of this upcoming Thanksgiving feast. All I have to do is bring a few appetizers and drinks while said Host & Hostess no doubt is getting the house ready, running multiple trips to the grocery store and making sure all sleeping arrangements are made so accommodate guests. Just to name a few things…! The same could be said for other kind and welcoming souls across the country who […]


Booze Roundup ~ 5 Cocktails to kick off the Holidays

Here in the US the Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner and recipes for  best turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing are flooding any and all food blogs and websites. I say first things first – let’s grab a holiday cocktail while planning this menu! Here are 5 scrumptious drinks to help with any stress that might arise while browsing the web and old cookbooks for new creations to fill our Thanksgiving table.  The Frozen Turkey By The View from Great Island Hot Buttered Rum & Cider By Joy the Baker Gingersnap Cocktail By Popsugar Pumpkin Pie Martini By The […]

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Tuscan White Bean Salad with Garlic & Rosemary

A few years ago I had the absolute pleasure of spending a few weeks in the Tuscan country side, and thinking back on that experience always brings a smile to my face. Days were spent working, while evenings were filled with great people, food and wine. Work actually also included great people, and most of the time lots of food and some vino as well. Love that aspect of Italy! There are so many meals that come to mind when thinking “Italian”, but there is one in particular this week as I was taking inventory of what was in the […]


Salt & Vinegar Crispy Potatoes 1

Earlier this summer we took a trip back to the Old Country {Sweden} for my little sister’s wedding, and I was reminded of the Oh So Mighty Potato! Because I’ve developed a  mild intolerance to nightshades, the occasions we indulge in the ‘Tater at our house are far and few between (I know ~ some kind of bad Swede I am!) but being back home I found myself surrounded by the miracle of this comfort food veggie. Mashed, boiled, Hasselback style.. you name it. So what is one to to do when back in the US and feeling a little […]

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Chicken Salad Wrap & Hiking in the Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness Area

  It’s the freakin’ weekend… time to get out and play! They say that people move to Colorado for our world renowned powder snow and back country skiing, but end up staying for the absolutely gorgeous summers. I agree. With the Rocky Mountains as our back yard the opportunities for outdoor recreation are endless; hiking, mountain biking, floating the river and boating on on of many large lakes or reservoirs and not to mention camping, are just a few choices offered up by Mother nature herself. Last weekend held a 6 hour excursion up and over Willow Pass to Willow lake  in […]


Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette 2

The “Salad-in-a-Jar” concept has been featured on Pinterest, blogs and prominent foodie websites for some time now, with good reason. It works! The idea is to build your salad in layers, starting with the most “juicy” item on the bottom of a mason jar then working your way up ending with the lettuce on top. The seal of the mason jar helps keep the salad just as crisp and fresh on Friday as on Sunday after noon when you set yourself up for meal planning success. With the convenience of these pre made “fast food”  salad jars it’s easy to […]


Rice Bowl with Fried Egg, Bacon & Avocado 4

As you may have noticed, things have been a little quiet around here as of late. Since October, to be specific. Holy cow how time flies… But just because the curtains have been closed… the drapes down… however one was to word the radio silence, it doesn’t mean things have not been going at a mach 10 speed at our house. Winter came and went with all that entails here in the Rocky Mountains with skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding. Spring was spent hiking some then muddy trails, and then summer was kicked off with a visit to the old […]


Enchanted Candy Corn Cocktail ~ get in the Spirit of Halloween! 1

Halloween is a busy time with costume planning, spooking out your house and planning for not-s0-sugary snacks for the kiddos to bring to school. Somewhere along the way its easy to get a little stressed out, and so a little extra magic potion can go a long way in getting back into the “Spirits of Halloween”. Enjoy this fun and easy Enchanted Candy Corn cocktail for adults only, slightly adapted from One Martini at a Time ! PrintEnchanted Candy Corn Cocktail Ingredients2 oz Candy Corn infused Vodka Prosecco 3 to 4 pieces of candy corn InstructionsAdd chilled Candy Corn infused […]


Candy Corn Infused Vodka

    Infused vodkas are easy to make, and serve as a great base for many mixed drink cocktails. This Candy Corn infused vodka is great for Halloween inspired drinks such as this Enchanted Candy Corn cocktail, the options are endless on what you can use it for. Just let the creative juices flow and mix as you wish!  Two of our favorite sites for mixed drinks are Boulder Locavore and One Martini at a Time. Both have recipes for candy corn infused vodkas, ours has taken inspiration from both. PrintCandy Corn Infused Vodka Ingredients1 cup candy corn 1 pint […]


5 Things to do with an Abundance of Zucchini 1

Its September, which for gardeners ring the word Harvest in a big way. Speaking of big – yesterday we harvested 12 pounds of zucchini alone. Holy smokes! This raises the question “What do we do with this abundance of zucchini?!” Here are 5 great recipes to put this versatile vegetable to use. Zucchini bread and frittata freeze well, while pizza bites, salad and sticks are best enjoyed fresh. Michael Ruhlman’s Raw Zucchini Salad Grilled Zucchini Pizza Bites Paula Dean’s Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Giada’s Fried Zucchini Sticks Eating Well’s Zucchini Frittata Do you have a favorite Zucchini recipe? Post comments […]

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Zesty Dill Sauce from our Garden!

Those of you who read my Colorado Healthy Living post for a Cauliflower-Spiked Tuna Salad for National Eat Your Vegetables Day know that I was a little disappointed in the size of our dill plant at the time that recipe was due. Well that was then and this is now ~ one and a half months later the plant is huge and most definitely ready to be harvested. The timing was perfect to make this Zesty Dill Sauce, which we brought to a weekend barbeque. The flavors intensify as the sauce sits in the fridge, so if you have an […]


How To boil Corn on the Cob

August 3rd is the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival in Olathe, CO and those of us living in Colorado are feeling really lucky right now. Sweet corn is in its peak season and grocery stores around the state proudly present fresh Olathe sweet corn in the produce section. So, I thought it would be good timing for a Good Tip on how to boil perfectly crisp corn on the cob, every time. PrintHow To boil Corn on the Cob IngredientsCorn on the cob Large enough pot to cover corn with water and let boil freelyInstructionsHusk the corn right before you are […]


Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce for First Friday Fika!

Normally Fika lends to more of a cookie or pastry than cake, but August is heavy on birthdays in our family and so I wanted to make this First Friday a little extra special. There is my brother Christoffer on the 1st, our little friend Hunter on the 4th, my niece Edith on the 7th, our Aunt Tracy on the 13th, mine on the 14th, friend Kaylie on the 16th our grandma Kerstin, who is in heaven, on the 25th and friend April on the 28th. Wouldn’t you say this is a pretty busy month as far as birthdays go?! […]