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CafePress giveaway for Autism Awareness month

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. My son has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (or what some call High … [Read More...]

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Charity at Home: Soup for the Soul

Throughout February, all 34 Colorado Panera Bread bakery-cafes will donate $0.25 from the sale of each soup in a bread bowl to Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice as part of its involvement in Soup for the Soul , a unique and heartwarming fundraiser which has resulted in more than $28,000 in donations to date. […]

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A gift of flowers is a wonderful symbol of love for some, but not all

Simon Says: Learn how to love them even better

Reflecting on Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to think about how we express love…and how we might be missing the mark.  Modeling for our children how to effectively communicate love can be one of the most important gifts we give them.  It also may not be as straightforward as you might think. A pop […]


Albert Bartlett rooster-potatoes

Roasted Rosemary Rooster Potatoes

We love potatoes and so we took the opportunity to try Rooster potatoes from Albert Bartlett very seriously.   We paired a very simple recipe from their website with a family favorite – fried chicken! The Rooster potato is not a russet or a red potato – what makes the Rooster potato so unique is its fresh, nutty and buttery […]

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Where do you go for new recipe ideas?

I love the internet and my smartphone, so my answer to this question is that I search the net for recipes.  I think I’m pretty good at it! for example, tonight I’m looking for something beefy to stick in our slow cooker. What’s your favorite site to use? Here are a few of mine: […]


Baked Potato Soup from Chef Michael Richardson

I was fortunate  to attend a fabulous private college in Missouri, Cottey College, and when I was there the food was pretty good, but after I left, they hired Chef Michael Richardson, who’s food, for “cafeteria food” is completely out of this world. The food is so amazing that there are T shirts to celebrate […]


A Western spin on a family favorite: Buffalo Steak Salad

Searching for some variety to our diets, I happened upon a lovely buffalo steak at the grocery store and decided to incorporate it into one of our summer family favorites – the steak salad! It was a huge hit, so I thought I’d share! A Western Spin on the steak salad: Buffalo Steak salad Recipe […]

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Simon Says: Ski Kidtopia

So, maybe you are thinking about getting your kid started on skis?  Or maybe you already ski with your kids but are getting bored of Loveland? Regardless, I have one word for you if you have young children: Keystone. If you are a Denverite with the budget for an Epic Pass, you already know how […]

Getting there should be half the fun

Simon Says: Stress-free travel tips for families

“Of course our 8 yr old son can watch a full length orchestral concert, he grew up doing it.” I remember hearing these words with wonder and great hope.  The idea that any child can become used to anything that is the norm in a family is a tantilizing one.  From the time I heard […]


Visit Cheyenne – the “Daddy of em All” year around!

Cheyenne, Wyoming is a gem of a town that everyone hears about during Frontier Days (going on now from July 19-28) – but you forget about the rest of the year! “The Daddy of them all”, Frontier Days is indeed a huge draw, but the prices for hotel rooms, crowds and general chaos might stop […]

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