Slow Cooker 3 Bean Winter Chili

Slow Cooker 3 Bean Winter Chili -

Based on recent review of the top pages Boulder Locavore readers are visiting, I think everyone is drinking (a lot), making homemade beauty/bath products and liqueurs with some gluten-free cookies sprinkled in for good measure. Despite this you have to eat. Today’s post is intended to get some warmed goodness worked into the holiday celebrating! As December speeds along it always gets busier. Whether it’s working in last minute shopping as the holiday countdown continues, extra gatherings taking more of the time you don’t have, school performances, or holiday outings, the ability to stay on a predictable schedule becomes almost impossible (in our household at least).  The slow cooker becomes your best friend at this time of year. Load it up and dinner is ready, kept warm for family to … {continue reading}

Shortcut French Cassoulet & a Le Creuset French Oven Giveaway {$280}!

Shortcut French Cassoulet and Le Creuset French Oven -

I distinctly remember my first experience of Cassoulet (pronounced cass-oh-lay).  We had just moved to a college town in northern Colorado where my step father had accepted a teaching job.  I was in third grade at the time.  It turned out my mother had an older cousin who was living in the same town with her husband; Marite.  She was sophisticated and worldly while being approachable and kind.  Her hair was a fair blonde and she wore it in the style of Marlo Thomas in ‘That Girl’; straight with a deliberate curl outward on the bottom all the way around.  She greeted us at the door with a long sweater coat and smart looking slacks on and I knew instantly I was in the presence of someone well-traveled. Her house smelled incredible.  I did not have an adventurous palate at that stage … {continue reading}

DIY Pomegranate Lime Vodka & 17 Homemade Infusions and Liqueurs {DIY gift ideas}

DIY Pomegranate Lime Vodka. Great gift idea! #diy #gift

‘Tis the season for a bit of tippling and have I got a fun infusion for you: Pomegranate Lime Vodka.  Doesn’t that sound good?!  A bright seasonal vodka with some antioxidant power behind a variety of cocktail options. Making infusions is not only easy and fun but it’s a perfect way to create blends not available for purchase.  I think they make great gifts as well.  For this recipe I have included free printable labels to make your gift giving all the easier! There is still plenty of time to brew up some fun gifts for the holidays and I’m sharing some of my favorites from bloggers I admire, fun finds on the web and a link to last year’s Boulder Locavore list of 26 DIY Homemade Infusions and Liqueurs.  With the exception of two recipes that deserve sharing a … {continue reading}

DIY Milk Carton Holiday Houses

DIY Milk Carton Holiday Houses. A fun holiday crafting project great for all ages!

This post is shared as part of Boulder Locavore’s ongoing partnership with Silk, exploring healthy lifestyle choices and exciting plant-based dietary options. Decorating for the holidays has always been something my family enjoys and when there is a crafty project involved all the better per the kids!  Over the years we’ve made beaded ornaments, paper snowflake garland and countless other projects that get us in the mood for Christmas! I’ve always loved little Christmas villages and houses but prefer the more rustic, handmade versions over those store-bought.  Today I have a really fun and easy project for your holiday preparation:  DIY Milk Carton Holiday Houses.  This idea really belongs to my teen daughter and I had the most fun making them.  So glad to share them with you … {continue reading}

Cranberry Pear Ginger Smoothie

Cranberry Pear Ginger Smoothie -

I don’t know about you but I really struggle to eat enough fruits and vegetables at this time of year.  At least in raw form.  When the weather cools my body wants warm, heartier foods; raw fruits and vegetables are too cold.  In Chinese medicine and acupuncture practice they would guide that in the cold months eating warming foods is the best for your energy system, as are cold foods in the hot months.  I guess that validates me as normal but doesn’t fulfill the daily suggested servings of fruits and vegetables. When the calendar clicks over to January everyone jumps on the healthy eating band wagon.  Leaving the over indulgences behind from the holiday frolicking in December, healthy options and smoothies grace the cyber waves in full force.  Last week on Thanksgiving morning I was … {continue reading}

Homemade DIY Gifts: 21 Natural Bath and Beauty Recipes {2014}

21 DIY Homemade Bath and Beauty Recipes Gift Ideas |

I’m getting a jump start on fun DIY natural bath and beauty products this year and know that savvy gifters have been on the prowl for the same thing for about a month now!  I often fall behind getting ready for the holidays, forgetting some needed gifts until the last minute.  The great news is these natural products can be made in one sitting, often with ingredients you already have in your pantry! I think almost everyone appreciates a natural product for the bath or body and there are so many creative options available.   The great thing about them is they are made with whole, healthy ingredients, and are usually quite affordable and easy to make.  Favorite scents can be added into moisturizing scrubs.  Therapeutic bath additives can be created with muscle-soaking salts.  Essential … {continue reading}