Category Archives: musings

green resolutions | kale smoothies

Fresh off the plane from a trip back home to Florida, I am ready to start my version of a New Year’s celebration!  Since I work in the hospitality industry, the months of November and December are the busiest of the year.  My colleagues and I creatively and fastidiously facilitate a wondrous, festive respite, so that everyone’s family and friends can relax and enjoy the holiday season.  For a wedding planner, it’s June and July.  For tax professionals, it’s the months leading up to April 15th.  During those two winter months, I can barely see straight, let alone plan out resolutions!

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spinach + mushroom quiche | vegetable reincarnation

We made quiche for the first time this Christmas Day.  Surprisingly easy to make and quite versatile, quiches can be made with whatever you currently have in your kitchen or reflect what is seasonally available.

What a busy month December has been!  I think that a lot of us can say those exact words, accompanied by a deep sigh of relief, now that the month is closing to an end.  I have let the busyness of the season allow for excuses to not write or exercise or take care of myself, as well as I know I should.  A couple of nights ago, over a glass of wine, my boyfriend and I were discussing how we would celebrate Christmas this year.  Both of us had recently assumed new roles within our profession, and with the promotions, came more responsibility and demands upon our time.  The common thread within our conversation was the quest for peace, avoiding stress, and following our own timing for imposed holiday deadlines.

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pumpkin pie | friends, fall, and change

My friend, Trent Court, gave me this pumpkin pie.  His wife, Kat, made this pie from pumpkins grown in their garden.  We consumed this pie well under a day’s time!
I am absolutely loving these cool, fall days.  The weather here in Denver is so beautiful this time of year, when the days are shorter, the sun’s angles are soft, and the evenings are chilled and scented with the aroma of dead leaves and smoke.  This season, so similarly to spring, signifies change and turns my thoughts toward rebirth and redirection.  This has definitely been one season of change.  More on that later, but first, I’ll share my latest culinary and garden adventure.  Not only does fall make me immediately want to run out and purchase pumpkin spice-scented candles, but I also want to bake pies … and lots of them.  Thankfully, pumpkins are so abundant both at the store and in neighboring gardens!

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something old, something new, something borrowed, something bleu

The 24 inches of snow is finally starting to melt from our recent deluge here in Denver.  Unfortunately, I was unable to burrow down and hibernate; the outside world’s demands forced me to wake up, shovel, and brave the roads.  My view of the back porch is a stark contrast to my cozy, warm perch here on the floor, beside my coffee table.

My usual resting spot to catch the last rays of sunshine…not so much today!

Two days before the snowstorm, I drove to my plot at Ellis Elementary School’s community garden.  This garden is sponsored by Denver Urban Gardens and hosts roughly 15 plots for those without adequate gardening space at their homes.  I have been living in an apartment for the past year and have thoroughly missed having fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs within a short walk’s reach.  Purchasing a plot here was one of the most rewarding and inexpensive things that I have recently done.

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