DIY Candle Holder ~ the perfect Hostess Gift   Recently updated !

  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?! […]


Chocolate Slices for First Friday Fika Time! 2

First Friday Fika time again already?!! Time flies when you are having fun… So far our summer has held hiking, river rafting, summer carnival and music in the park. Colorado summers are amazing, but we still miss our Swedish fika treats. To stave off our cravings we whipped up these chocolate slices. My mom used to make them all the time, and this gave us good reason to use the pearled sugar left over from our Swedish Cinnamon Rolls as well. Make a batch and pop leftovers in the freezer for a quick go-to sweet treat. Happy Fika! PrintChocolate Slices with Pearled Sugar Ingredients2 sticks butter […]


No Bake Coconut covered Chocolate Balls to kick of First Friday Fika Time! 8

There is a phenomena that takes place every day in Sweden at some point between 2pm and 4pm, some days its over quickly while other days it lasts for hours. Old and young participate alike. It’s called Fika {fee-ka} and the meaning of this beautiful word is “to take a break to drink some coffee, usually enjoyed with something sweet on the side”. (Children will enjoy with tea/lemonade etc.) Fika is a verb and a noun all at the same time! At times when feeling homesick, fika comes to mind as something I really miss. I’ve decided to bring it […]


Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca

In January one of my recipes; Pasta with Creamy Avocado Pesto, was featured as the Yahoo Shine Supper Club winner and aside from bragging rights, I won the Cooking Light “The New Way to Cook Light” cookbook.  Timing could not have been better. We had gotten ourselves stuck in a dinner rut (you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout!) and when the book arrived at our front door both the kiddo and I were excited to browse thru it for some new culinary experiences. One recipe we both “oohd and aaahd” over at the same time was this Chicken Saltimbocca. It […]


Hummus and Carrots for a Healthy Easter Snack

We eat hummus quite frequently as a snack in our house, and while I do love the original hummus recipe on this site, you can’t beat a quick classic delicacy such as this classic hummus for easy weekday snacks. When I saw this idea for hummus and carrots   in a jar on Pinterest, I knew it would be a hit with the kiddo and her friends. Make the hummus then assemble carrots by using  a tooth pick to make a small hole in top of a baby carrot, stick a piece of parsley into the whole.  Place hummus in a […]


Eating in Season and Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Why is it that holiday food is so comforting and brings back so many memories for us? I believe its because you don’t generally cook a big turkey dinner year around, but choose to save it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The anticipation of a certain meal at times overrides the actual event, but that is just part of the beauty of the seasonal phenomena. What if we could associate food throughout the year with the same kind of magic? Maybe if we tried as often as possible to stick with eating seasonal produce this same magical feeling and we would […]


Muffin Tin Turkey Meatloaves

Have you ever wandered around the grocery store looking like one of those people who might have forgotten their name, where they live and where they just came from? All while trying to figure out what to make for dinner? I know I have… some of the time that feeling can be pure frustration, other times I will see one random item that kicks a plan of action into gear and all of a sudden a new recipe is being created right then and there. That is how it was when I saw the KRAFT Fresh Take Italian Parmesan Cheese […]


Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Toasted Walnuts   Recently updated !

Time flies when you are having fun. It has been a few crazy weeks with the launch and completion of my very first “Make a Dream Come True” fundraiser, as well as the start and completion of an online Food Styling 101 class. Let’s not forget day job, school and homework shuffle and the normal day-to-day chores. This is how I like life to be though, full of life and activity. A least most of the time :). It is during busy times like these it helps to have some weekday meals planned ahead of time. That’s what this salad […]