Buttercream Red Velvet Cupcakes

Buttercream Red Velvet Cupcakes

These Buttercream Red Velvet cupcakes were made with love by Ella for her middle school friends for Valentine’s Day. They were absolutely delicious and worth sharing.  She made them from start to finish all by herself.  I was simply the consultant.  Total time with mixing and baking was about 2 hours total, but we only have one pan of 24 mini cupcakes.  If you had multiples it would go more quickly. Continue reading

Kona Kai Marina

Sailing and Eating in San Diego

“We should get some racquets,” Darren said to me trying to brace himself against the pull of our chocolate lab, Daisy, on our way to the Wissahickon Park to go on a hike. The year was 2000. We were newlyweds, living in our first house in Philadelphia, PA. In the warmer months we passed our neighborhood tennis courts a couple of times per week.  The crazy thing is that we said this for 9 years!  Not once did we swing a racquet on those courts.  I began to feel like if we actually got racquets that it would ruin our longstanding funny.   Continue reading

Tweedle Dum in Winter Park, CO

The Heart of Winter in Winter Park, Colorado

Gratitude.  It leads my daily decisions. As I stare down at my ace wrapped ankle drinking my coffee while my family gets ready to ski, I feel a little sorry for myself.  I only let the feeling linger for a second because, hell, I could have torn a calf muscle, ruptured my ACL or, worse, my achilles, all injuries common among my middle aged tennis community.  I simply sprained an ankle.  Down, but not out. Continue reading

Halloween Kid Costumes

Halloween Costume Awesomeness

We celebrate Halloween big around here.  It starts the week before and does not stop until November 1st.  It commences with an adult only party that my friend, Kelsey, has hosted for years.  The adults get creative, crazy and pretend like we are twenty-somethings for one evening a year.  Lots of mischief and inappropriate behavior ensue.  Continue reading

Tomato Jam Jar

Tomato Jam, Pesto and Ricotta Jar – Nordstram Style

I was recently in Denver with my tennis team.  We went to lunch at the Nordstrom Cafe to celebrate a win, which was a treat because we don’t have a Nordstrom in Fort Collins.  I am not even a shopper, but walking into Nordstrom made me want to shop and eat.  Someone ordered the tomato jam jar and I could not stop eating it.  The tomatoes in my garden are peaking right now so a few days after I got back I set out to recreate it.  It is so delicious and perfect for a summer appetizer if you have some ripe tomatoes for the jam.  Continue reading

Ella and the chicks

15 Years of Wedded Bliss and a Dead Chick

The cool morning turned hot and the kids ran in what seemed like circles  pummeling questions at me not allowing time for my answers before they fired off the next one.  We were trying to get out of the house for 24 hours to celebrate 15 years of marriage with a little quiet and togetherness.  Grammy and Grandpa were in town and Carla our awesome babysitter was also on duty.  I am always anxious before leaving the house.  Even if we are just going to dinner, it is always so hard for me to leave.  Darren always reassures me that they will survive without us and that our caretakers are completely competent.  I know all these things, but leaving on any level gives me anxiety.  I don’t even like leaving the animals so the three kids are tough for me.  Continue reading