My Mom just had a big birthday and we kicked up our heels with a merry party. Instead of your customary birthday card, I picked up a generic love letter saying at my local craft store and turned it into a lotta “LoVE”. I painted it a light pink and decorated it with jewels and bling. We passed it around during the party for everyone to leave her a message. PRICELESS!
Happy 83 Mom! I LoVE you. xo
I cannot think of anything I crave more than a hot bowl of Roasted Green Chile! It is spicy and when I make it they all come running. It is pefect by itself with a dollop of sour cream, sprinkled with cilantro or over a bean and cheesy burrito. It is also great as a dip with chips or served with nachoes or quesadillas. It seems everyone has their own version here in Colorado. I hope you like mine. Great way to take the chill off!
In a large stockpot add 1 can of split pea soup, 1 can of chicken broth and heat. After it is well mixed and getting hot, add 1 can of “Original” Rotel diced tomatoes and green chili’s and 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes. Add 10 oz. roasted Hatch Green Chili’s. (I buy mine at the farmers market when in season and freeze so I have them all year long. I remove the seeds, chop and add to mix. If out of season, you may roast your own peppers at home: I usually roast Poblano Peppers. Smother the pepper in olive oil, place on a foil lined pan and roast at 500 degrees until blackened on all sides. Place the hot peppers in a plastic bag and seal for about 10-15 minutes. Peel the skin off and remove seeds. Chop and add to the soup mixture). Add 3 chopped jalapeno peppers.
Brown 4 boneless pork chops ( I season these with cajun spice) Let cool and chop into 1/4″ small cubes. Set aside. In this same pan, with the juices, heat 12 oz chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
In a sauce pan, melt 1/2 stick of butter until it bubbles. Add 1/2 cup flour. Stir and heat. Start adding the hot chicken broth slowly and stir well. Add spices to roux as you brown: 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt. Continue to add all the chicken broth until well mixed and consistent with no lumps. Add to main stockpot. Stir well to dissolve and thicken Chili. Add the browned Pork cubes to the pot. Simmer for at least 45 minutes. Play around with seasoning at this point and make it yours.
Have fun! Drink lots of 100% Agave Tequila before, during and after you make it! xo
It is finally here! We have enjoyed a marvelous Autumn here in Colorado and as much as I love the Winter, I have to admit it is going to be hard to part with my potted succulents. They are just gorgeous. I have to share these pictures with you and suggest you put these wonderful plants on your list to enjoy next year. I had to sneak one in to enjoy through the chilly months.
Succulent plants are always in style. With juicy leaves, stems, or roots, succulents form a vast and diverse group of plants, offering easy-care choices for your home. Plus, they look stunning planted alone or as companions.
The color variation of succulents seems almost endless: blue-green, chartreuse, pink, red, yellow, white, burgundy, almost black, variegated, and more. The leaves may be rounded, needlelike, berrylike, ruffled, or spiky.
Happy Snow! xo.
I love making my own tomato sauce and this recipe is simply divine. The flavors are wonderful and you control the amount of salt and spices. Tonight I am making pasta for my ‘always hungry’ s. I will add some hot Italian sausage to the sauce over a large plate of linguini and topped off with homemade Pesto. He is sure to be in heaven.
Preheat oven to 300°. Line a large baking sheet with foil.
In a microwave safe bowl combine 1/2 small diced onion, 3 cloves of chopped garlic and 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Microwave for 30 seconds to infuse the garlic and onion into the oil. When you remove bowl from the oven you will smell the heavenly aroma of garlic and onion. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper, 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning and 1 Tablespoon sugar to bowl and stir to combine.
Place 18 cut ripe and halved Roma tomatoes in a large mixing bowl, pour in the olive oil mixture over top and toss with your hands or a spoon. Make sure all tomatoes are well coated. Place tomatoes cut side up on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with 2 Tablespoon fresh basil, 1 Tablespoon rosemary and any remaining olive oil mixture from the prep bowl.
Place on middle rack in oven. Cook for 2 hours at 300°.
After 2 hours turn oven up to 400° and roast for 30 minutes, or until the tomatoes start to brown. They will be caramelized and delicious. If you prefer a brighter tomato sauce pull them out before they brown. Approximately 10-15 minutes after you turn the oven to 400°. These roasted for the full 30 minutes, you can see the edges of the tomato are nice and browned.
Remove pan from oven and transfer tomatoes to the bowl of a food processor. Process until tomato sauce is at your desired consistency.
Nothing more special than making dinner for my adorable boys, Erik & Reed. xo
Creating wonderful place cards for your holiday dinner just makes it that more inviting and lovely. It is the final touch for me and here are some simple ideas I admired over at Pinterest. I am not sure which one I am going to use yet but I am leaning toward the gilded leaf.
Time to get busy creating great ideas for your Thanksgiving dinner. gobble gobble. xo
Delicious Balloon Faces for Halloween
Draw simple features onto inflated balloons with permanent marker; choose an assortment of geometric shapes that are easy to create freehand. Fill the balloons with helium and display at your next buffet or scary event. Great idea from Martha Stewart.
Ghosts & Goblins on my mind…..2 more days. xo
When I give cash for a gift I always try to find a way to present it with a little flair. My groovy friends just said “I Do” and instead of just a card filled with the green stuff, I took a simple silver pail, a bottle of champagne, chocolates, the couples initial, and a wedding hand towel I found at the very creative Anthropologie. I rolled up the cash tied with ribbon and inserted in the pail. I enclosed all of it in clear celophane and tied with ribbon and added a ‘LoVE’ flag as the card. What a festive way to say ‘Congrats you 2 Love Birds’! I always strive to create fun ways to give cash to the graduates so they can feel a little more excitement than with just a card and the green stuff. For my guys, I found a clear pail and stuffed it with luggage tags, water bottles, techi stuff and anything that you think may be needed for their future. For the ladies, I love finding a cool bag with a message and filling with a book or journal, luggage tag and the sorts. For Birthdays I love sending homemade treats all wrapped up in a cool bowl or container with cash inserted and special homemade tags and ribbons. I do the same for a big thank you to that person who deserves a big shout for going over the top for you, but perhaps without the cash. It is fun to put your special mark on everything you send.
Presentation is everything. xo
What a lovely stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens! Thought you might enjoy a lovely flower tour after the holiday weekend. Chihuly exhibit on display now through November 30th is a beautiful sight to take in. Can’t wait to view it lit up in the evenings.
Happy Tuesday. xo
For my hubby a deviled egg is a delicious little morsel and he requests them for every holiday. He has been known to devour a dozen of these in one sitting. I especially love them in the summer months. I was curious to learn, to be considered deviled, a food has to have a kick from something like Dijon mustard, hot sauce, cayenne pepper or chopped hot peppers.
Hard boil 6-12 eggs. Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.
Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add dijon mustard, mayonnaise, sour cream, finely chopped green onion, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. I thinly slice green onions for a garnish and crumble bacon all over for extra deliciousness! Add or subtract ingredients to your liking and taste to your liking.
Bacon added to ANYTHING makes people happy. xo