Enriching Your Life

Old-Fashioned Buttercream Mints

These buttery-sweet mints resemble the ones served at Grandma’s house during the holidays. Package some in festive containers to give away or keep some to share with your special guests this holiday season!     ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 4 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract, or to taste If desired, Food coloring 2 large baking sheets... Read More

A Holiday of Thanks

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.” Elizabeth Bibesco Hosting a gathering? New guests coming to visit?  Help them find you easier!   Whether your invite is electronic or delivered through the mail, include a map.   Mapping devices are useful…to a point and not very festive.  Welcome guests by letting them look for a “sign.” Brightly colored or shaped balloons tied... Read More

All I Want for Christmas – Garden Tools

A tool is a simple machine that makes work easier by allowing to push or pull over increased distances.  The right tool for a gardener makes all the difference when it comes to a gardening task.   High quality construction and materials are key to selection.  Look for a guarantee/warranty on any tool.  This is helpful for any moving parts, handles, breakage, replacements or sharpening.... Read More

Mug Cake

MICROWAVE ‘CHOCOLATE’ MUG CAKE AS THE FALL EVENINGS BEGIN TO COOL, WE TURN OUR THOUGHTS TO THOSE SPECIAL TREATS THAT WARM OUR INSIDES AND SATISFY OUR TASTEBUDS.  THIS RECIPE IS A GOOD WAY TO “EAT ONLY ONE” OR INDIVIDUALIZE FOR A GROUP!  HAVE FUN EXPERIMENTING WITH YOUR FAVORITE CAKE FLAVORS, TOO! DRY INGREDIENTS 4 TABLESPOONS CAKE FLOUR 4 TABLESPOONS SUGAR 2 TABLESPOONS COCOA WET INGREDIENTS ONE... Read More

Preserving Autumn Leaves

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down today, Nothing gold can stay. – Robert Frost   A fitting poem for a  beautiful Colorado autumn season.  The second freeze has occurred in the Denver metro area, but there is... Read More

To Say Farewell, Not Goodbye

“When words are inadequate, have a ritual.”                                        by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Various cultures have used plants and flowers to denote the changing of the seasons, to symbolize the cycle of birth and death. Like our bodies, plants and flowers do not last forever. But the symbolism can be more than just meanings and metaphors. It can be a language. The variety and color of... Read More

Audubon Society of Greater Denver HOOTenanny

Audubon Society of Greater Denver 6th Annual HOOTenanny Owl & Bluegrass Festival Saturday, September 24, 10am-2pm   Register Here               Get Outdoors and Explore Nocturnal Wildlife Hike – Owls of Chatfield Friday, September 16 from 6:30-8:30p Join us for this ever popular program in search of bats, beavers, owls, and more. Listen for coyote calls, check out the bat... Read More

Fresh Peach Crostata

  Free-form tarts (sometimes called crostatas) are an easy, quick-to-prepare way to use up seasonal fruit. ACTIVE: 25 MIN TOTAL TIME: 2 HR 25 MIN SERVINGS: 8     INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Salt 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 cup ice water 5 peaches (2 pounds)—halved, pitted and sliced 1/2 inch thick 1/4 cup... Read More

Farmer’s Market Shopping Tips

Go early for the best selection. Check out all the booths before making your choices. There is generally a large and colorful variety of produce and locally-made food products. Cash is always accepted but many of Colorado farmers’ markets also accept credit cards and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that enable food stamp transactions at farmers’ markets. Bring cloth shopping bags. They are sturdier and... Read More

Fall and Winter Squash

Cucurbita maxima a.k.a Fall and Winter Squash This vegetable staple was a basic part of the agricultural system predating the exploration of the Spanish in the ancient Americas.  The squash plant, whose horticultural family dates back 7,000 to 10,000 years ago, archeologists trace its origination to Mexico. The seeds from this plant were saved from each year’s harvest and traded from tribe to tribe throughout... Read More