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WINTER 2013-2014 Directed by Casey Orr Editorial Kelsey Orr, Kimba Orr, Allison Patrick, Bobby Sindorf Creative Director Kaley Rhodes Advertising Sales Brandon Powers Socal Media Manager Kimba Orr Marketing Consultant Nick Rhodes Photography: Kaley Rhodes; Kelsey Orr Contacts: Advertising Information

CONTENTS LIVING IN‘S... Calendars Exploring Your Community

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FROM THE EDITORS: Holiday Gift Giving


Dinner For Two; Recipes Flower Guide: Know Your Stems

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FOOD, ETC. The Soup‘s On...

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A FOODIE’S PARADISE The feel of a small-town market combined with an exquisite selection of gourmet quality food A unique selection of oils, spices and sweets are great to fill gift baskets for any food loving friends on your holiday gift list. Tony’s Market is located at 874 West Happy Canyon Road in Castle Pines.



ony’s also has a variety of frozen appetizers and sides that taste wonderful and leave the gracious host or hostess free to enjoy the evening without being stuck in the kitchen. Pick up sides, salads and appetizers before heading to the fully stocked meat counter. The quality of meat and the helpful service create dedicated customers that can’t get enough of the spirited market.

Stop in and say hello to Jason behind the meat counter at Tony’s. He is full of information about different cuts of meat and preparation methods

THROW A GREAT HOLIDAY PARTY Pick up everything you need for hosting a memorable holiday soiree from these local Castle Rock shopping stops. SOMETHING TO WEAR

ALL IN THE FAMILY Head to Bling at 333 B Perry Street for something special to wear and maybe even a few holiday gifts. The family owned and operated boutique is a favorite because of the excessive amounts of sparkle and, you guessed it – bling! Jewelry, purses, shoes, and women’s clothing will have you checking items off your gift list and adding new ones to your wish list.

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LUNCH STOP Take a break from planning, shopping and cooking to enjoy a turkey and avocado croissant sandwich from Augustine Grill at 519 Wilcox Street


floral wonderland Don’t wait to order your table arrangements and fresh holiday decor from Castle Rock Florist at 318 4th Street. Call in your requests early or stop in-store for decorating inspiration, gift ideas and fresh scents of greenery.


A Day In...Diary

Editor Kelsey Orr preps and plans for a holiday party, relying on Castle Rock businesses to aid in her needs, from flowers to food and everything in between. The festive nature of this snowy season has us in the mood to celebrate. A holiday party with friends and family is just what we need. Plans have been made, invitations have been sent, and the day is finally here. Today we finish our day of errands in Castle Rock and countdown the hours until the fun begins! Our itinerary is full as we prepare for our day –and night – in Castle Rock.


Party Cocktails Stop into Bubbles Liquor World at 675 Genoa Way to chat with staff about perfect wine pairings and holiday cocktails; or ask for a red wine recommendation to create the festive mulled wine recipe featured here. MULLED WINE RECIPE Make a simple syrup of one part water to one part sugar and heat to a simmer to dissolve sugar. Add whole spices to syrup such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice along with thin shavings of lemon or orange peel. Simmer together for 10-15 minutes. Add a robust red wine and heat to just under a boil, reduce heat and keep over low for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm garnished with a slice of lemon or orange.

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8:00 A.M. – With pen and paper in hand we stop in at Dazbog Coffee at 202 Wilcox Street to start our day. The morning fog in our head clears with the wonderful aroma of coffee. We order an Americano, which is made with Dazbog’s Caspian Espresso. It is the perfect blend of coffee beans from around the world and it’s the perfect start to our morning. While lingering over our coffee we check over our tasks for the day again just to be sure we aren’t forgetting anything. 10:00 A.M. - Our next stop is at Tony’s Market at 874 West Happy Canyon Road in Castle Pines, to pick up a few last things for our dinner menu. We love to stop at Tony’s because of the small town feel but a gourmet quality of food. The unique selection of oils, spices and sweets is also great to fill gift baskets for any foodie friends on your holiday gift list. Tony’s also has a variety of frozen appetizers and sides that taste wonderful and leaves us free to enjoy the evening instead of being stuck in the kitchen. It seems like we have enough sides, salads and appetizers to feed an army and we haven’t even picked up our main course. We head over to the meat counter, which is fully stocked with fresh cuts of meats, to pick up the prime rib we ordered the week before. The quality of meat and the helpful service make it well worth our trip to Tony’s. We leave with a few tips on preparing our prime rib and a cart full of goodies! We make a quick stop by Bubbles Liquor World at 675 Genoa Way to pick up some red and white wine for the evening. After a few choice recommendations from the staff we decide on a variety of wines to complement our dinner and also a few extra bottles of red wine for our mulled wine recipe. After making our purchases it is back to the house to prepare for the evening! 12:00 P.M. – After preparing as much as we can before the party, it is time for a lunch break. We are meeting a friend at The Augustine Grill at 519 Wilcox Street to enjoy a leisurely lunch and to inspire our own hosting abilities. The turkey and avocado croissant is just enough to recharge our batteries. After our lunch at The Augustine Grill we leave feeling refreshed and

ready to check off a few more tasks on our “to-do” list. 2:00 P.M. – Our next two stops are our favorite of the day and we have saved the best for last! First we stop at Bling at 333 B Perry Street for a treat for ourselves. The family owned and operated boutique is a favorite because of the excessive amounts of sparkle and, you guessed it – bling! Jewelry, purses, shoes, and women’s clothing keep us browsing far longer than we should. We pick up a new dress to wear to our party and have our eye on a few jewelry pieces that would make excellent holiday gifts for a few friends on our lists. Mission accomplished! Our last stop for the day at the near by Castle Rock Florist at 318 4th Street. We are picking up a couple table arrangements that we ordered early this week for the party. The arrangements will add a festive touch to the table and will be a great reminder of our holiday party success for several days to come. The beautiful arrangements and decorations leave us scanning the store and once again forgetting our task at hand. After pulling ourselves away from the floral wonderland of Castle Rock Florist we carefully take the arrangements back to the house. 4:00 P.M. – Once we are back at home the flurry of action begins as we set the table, arrange the centerpieces and make the last minute adjustments to dinner. The appetizers from Tony’s are ready to go into the oven at the first sign of guests and the prime rib is making the entire house smell amazing! We scoop salads and sides into pretty dishes and trays so no one will ever guess that we weren’t slaving away in the kitchen all day. As the last task is checked off our list we pat ourselves on the back for a job well done! Now all that is left is to get ready for a night spent with friends, family and lots of delicious food! With our Bling bag in hand we race to get ready. We can’t help but be excited for our fun and festive party! 6:00 P.M. – We turn on some holiday music and uncork the wine, amazed that everything came together so easily in one day! As our first guest arrives we are fully prepared and ready to party! The prime rib looks fabulous and is currently resting as directed by our butcher at Tony’s Market. The appetizers are a hit and go perfectly with our spicy mulled wine. When it is finally time to gather everyone around the table for dinner we couldn’t be more pleased with the presentation. Our centerpieces are stunning and the food makes us look like a master chef. It’s another eventful day and fun-filled evening in Castle Rock. Our holiday party went without a hitch and makes us think, why wait until the holidays? Anyone free for next weekend?


PERFECT GIFT-GIVING As the holidays draw near, the non-stop chatter of buying gifts begins. The question from everyone’s lips is “Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?” The television blares the best deals of the season, the radio sings praises of the latest must have items, and your inbox is bursting with wish lists. This year, why not skip the stress of too much shopping and give a gift filled with sincerity and consideration. If the thought of a homemade gift makes you want to run for the mall and shop with the masses, it’s time to rethink the term “homemade”. While some immediately think of tins of homemade cookies or a newly knitted stocking cap, many unique and inspired gifts require no crafting or baking experience. You do not need to be the next Martha Stewart to put together a homemade gift worth giving. >>


from the editors: HAND MADE GIFTS

nstant inspiration for the perfect homemade gift is literally at your fingertips with sites like Pinterest, Etsy, and Craft Gawker, to name a few. An endless supply of ideas can help you find the pathway to your present making. With so many ideas to choose from, we have narrowed it down to a short list of our favorite blogs that have something for everyone.





Sprinkles and sweets and cookie dough, oh my! If you have a sweet tooth or an insatiable love for sprinkles follow Sally as she makes fun and delicious food for bakers of all levels of experience. This fun and colorful site makes our mouth water daily and inspires even the most novice of cooks to tie on an apron. Check out Sally’s first cookbook, Sally’s Baking Addiction, due out on Amazon in the Spring of 2014.

Devoted entirely to homemade gifts and party projects, this blog has ideas to fit any skill level, budget or timeline. These gift giving gurus also provide information on how to get started on your homemade gifts this year and all the resources needed to make a personal gift to be proud of! Whip up a batch of the dark chocolate truffles and homemade Kahlua for the perfect hostess gift for a holiday party that will ensure another invitation next year!


If you find yourself resisting the crafty ideas found on the internet but are a wiz behind the lens of a camera there are plenty of ways to give a stunning “homemade” gift. Photo sharing sites such as Shutterfly allow you to use your own photos to create personalized wall art, phone covers, coffee mugs, calendars or cards. If you are feeling extra inventive, design your own photo book of a recent birthday, vacation or even just your best work all into one collective photo book. Other photo book sites to consider are Blurb, ArtCow, Snapfish, and Picaboo.

Writers, Elsie and Emma, share their daily inspiration and passion for creativity. A Beautiful Mess features posts and tutorials on photography, crafts, fashion, décor, recipes and beauty with an underlying theme that “life doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful”. We suggest trying the A-frame tent tutorial for the perfect kid-friendly present. It will also put you on the fast track to being the favorite relative this Christmas. WINTER 2013-2014

The easy to follow tutorials bring runway fashion to life with dazzling images and attainable ideas. Erica Domesek founded the blog to inspire creativity and empower fellow DIY-ers. As avid followers you can consider us inspired by - and slightly addicted to - the lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and tech tips shared. If you think someone on your gift list would love Domesek’s creations as much as we do, wrap up one of her books, P.S. – I Made This or P.S. – You’re Invited.



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STILL NOT CONVINCED THAT A HOMEMADE GIFT IS YOUR TYPE OF GIVING? If you are still unsure, try giving a monthly subscription box for just about anything. While many may have heard of the variety of beauty boxes, such as Birchbox or Beauty Bar, that are delivered to your door every month and filled with goodies, you may not be aware of the plethora of subscription boxes available. Men can now get their own Birchbox with manly treats like shaving cream, boxer briefs, and other products that change month to month. Even your dog can get a monthly subscription of the latest treats and toys on the market. A subscription to Citrus Lane for toddlers or Kiwi Crate for kids makes the perfect gift because the contents are personalized to the age and stage of your child. The added bonus is that most purchases can be customized to one, three, six or twelve month subscriptions.


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You love Denver. You love hiking, skiing, shopping, and dining. You love concerts, sports and all that the metro area has to offer. So try RTD bus or light rail and we know you’ll love transit too.







Unpack Christmas lights, check for bad bulbs; check wrapping supplies

Cyber Monday! Shop some great deals for Christmas gifts

Clean & organize closets; donate gently used items to charity

Package homemade pickles, salsas and jalapeno jelly for gifts





Fertilize indoor plants




Finalize Christmas cards and send

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day




Dogs to the groomer; wash dog bed covers & any fabric toys


Order seed catalogues to plan next year’s garden in the long evenings.









Citizenship Day

Make Christmas sugar cookies & decorate; give as gifts to neighbors

Purchase fresh evergreen boughs for a front door wreath

Flush the garbage disposal with hot water and baking soda.

First day of Winter






Wrap last minute gifts, fill the stockings & set out the milk & cookies!

Merry Christmas!

Kwanzaa begins

Take down holiday decorations & decor; store safely; dust mantles and stair railings

Store instructions, warranties, and receipts from gifts in one spot




Bundle up & take the camera outdoors to get some Winter pictures

Organize holiday & Winter photos on the computer

Enjoy a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

The empty calendar days are meant to serve as an extra reminder to slow down and welcome the season with a healthy body and mind. Make a point to carry disinfectant wipes or sanitizing lotion, wash your hands regularly, stay hydrated and balance all the goodies with extra fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Schedule in a massage and try to get in some valuable meditation daily. In order to feel your best you must rest and relax: if you run yourself ragged and don’t get a good night’s sleep, you risk getting ill just because you’ve worn down your body’s defenses.



now shoveling requires a significant amount of energy and strength, and as a result it is one of the most common causes of back injuries in the winter. Back injuries when shoveling snow are usually the result of not properly warming your body up before shoveling, shoveling at too fast of a pace, and not using proper ergonomic lifting techniques when shoveling. Follow these guidelines to ensure you scoop safely all season long. >> WINTER 2013-2014






Happy 2014! Make your resolutions for a great year!

Mulch leftover holiday greenery and add to compost




Wash and store holiday linens

Clean refrigerator and celebrate, no more leftovers!




Write thank you notes for holiday gifts and cards

Change smoke detector batteries




Denver Sportsmen’s Expo

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Schedule yearly doctors appointment to talk about health goals




Check batteries and supplies in car emergency kits

Pick up Valentine’s cards and extra postage





Store linens, special china, or serving ware

11 Record all new addresses from holiday cards in address book




Clean out closets and prepare donations for local charity

Denver Sportsmen’s Expo begins at the Colorado Convention Center

Denver Sportsmen’s Denver Sportsmen’s Expo Expo




Check pantry for outdated or old items to be thrown away



Flush the garbage disposal with hot water and baking soda.

Plan appetizers for Super Bowl party; go grocery shopping

for fun: find 10 differences


25 Restock pantry with items for Winter days when you don’t want to go outside!


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Make sure you begin with squaring your body up to the shovel and face towards the area of snow you are planning on shoveling.

Make sure you bend your knees and keep your back straight. Keep your feet shoulder width apart. Focus on pushing your chest up and out when loading the shovel. Place one hand as close as comfortably possible to the shovel blade.

When shopping for a new snow shovel, we advise that you buy an ergonomic style. An ergonomic snow shovel has many advantages such as requiring you bend less with your back and bend more at your knees. These shovels are also generally lighter weight to help decrease the strain required to lift the shovel. These components help to make an ergonomic snow shovel the proper choice for all your shoveling needs. Just like all exercise, it is a good idea to warm up before beginning to shovel snow. Place close attention on stretching your quads, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders, and arms. Lifting techniques should be used when moving snow to help make sure you are not increasing your risk for injury.


Focus on keeping the load of snow in the shovel light to decrease the amount of load in the blade. Once you load the shovel handle make sure you lift with your legs and rotate the shovel with your hands and dump the snow to the side. Try leaning your arm against your leg to help support the weight of the shovel. Make sure you do not twist with your back while dumping the shovel blade.


The optimal way to dump the shovel is by dumping the snow in front of you. Straighten your front leg and use it to lift the weight of the snow shovel. Keep the heavy portion of the handle close to your body. Walk forward and drop the load of snow in a new location. 19




2 Ground Hog Day and Super Bowl Sunday






Check fire extinguisher: recharge or replace if needed

Apply enzymatic cleaner to all drains for a healthy septic tank and sewer

Mail Valentine’s cards to friends and family

Don’t wait until the last minute! Place your Valentine’s flower order today!

Be a weekend warrior and tackle a project that you have been putting off






Bring out the glitter and construction paper for some heart-shaped décor

Flush the garbage disposal with hot water and baking soda.

Valentine’s Day

Check out the Colorado Garden and Home Show the 15th-23rd





Start your spring cleaning with a clean sweep of high traffic areas

Columbus Day






Presidents’ Day

Check water softener salt drum and replenish salt if necessary.

It’s the 50th day of the new year – do you remember your resolution?

Restock birdfeeders and enjoy bird watching from indoors






Cut & stack firewood for cozy nights!

Sharpen garden tools and start planning for spring planting

Clean the inside of windows to bring in more sunlight and beat the winter blues

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES As the days get shorter and winter closes in, many people feel like hibernating. We start sleeping more, eating more and avoiding social contact. Beat the winter blues and enjoy the season by following these tips.

Make your reservations, Denver Restaurant Week begins today!

28 No leap year this time…What would you do with an extra day?


HOT Chocolate


Go out even when you don’t feel like it: make a commitment to do a certain number of social activities each week and stick to it. Once you’ve forced yourself to get out, the dread of socializing typically eases and you’ll often find that you’re having a surprisingly good time.


Exercise isn’t only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life. Plus, the effects of a good workout can last for several hours after the activity. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood.


If you do yoga or any other form of meditation, you know that focusing on breathing is a critical part of the practice. It’s also useful for fighting depression. Why? One reason is that taking slow, deep, relaxing breaths stimulates the vagus nerve, which is responsible for counteracting the stress response. WINTER 2013-2014

Ingredients 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred) 2 1/2 cups powdered milk 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste Hot water Directions Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly. In a small pot, heat 4 to 6 cups of water. Fill your mug half full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.

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start your personal DENVER art collection: cut these 8x10 fine art photos along the dotted line and fit in your favorite frame: curated by kbr gallery

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The series of gallery images found in Living In’s issues “focus on everyday occurences and scenes most pass by and take for granted,” states artist Kaley Rhodes. Pausing for just a moment to appreciate the artistic value otherwise ignored opens the creative mind to solutions, ideas & thoughts unable to surface in strict, mechanical thinking.

Harvard University researcher and psychologist Shelley H. Carson, author of “Your Creative Brain,’’ says distraction isn’t always a bad thing. If you are stuck on a problem, an interruption can force an “incubation period,’’ she says. “In other words, a distraction may provide the break you need to disengage from a fixation on the ineffective solution.’’

the creative mind

Why does creativity matter so much? The latest neuroscience research suggests that developing our creative potential will lead to greater success and fulfillment – in our personal and professional lives. BY KALEY RHODES


reativity is not just for artists, musicians and writers. It is vitally important to know how much richer and more fulfilling our lives can be when we use the inherent innovative faculties of our creative brains. By its definition, a creative act or idea requires that a person do or think something original - something that hasn’t been done in quite this way before. By leaving the “tried and true” pathway of action or thought, the individual exposes themself to possible failure and ridicule. That exposure is very stressful for many people. Highly creative people have figured out, however, that failure is a learning experience, and is a necessary and expected part of future success. Everyone has a built-in censoring system in their

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brains that filters thoughts, images, memories, and stimuli from the outside world before they reach conscious awareness. Our censoring system keeps us focused on our current goals and on information that prior learning has taught us is “appropriate.” Learning to loosen up this mental filtering system to allow more novel ideas is one of the biggest challenges for people who don’t think of themselves as creative. So how do we become more creative? Keep an open mind. Everything you learn is a possible element that may make its way into some future creative idea that you can’t even imagine today. And the more openminded you remain about what you learn, the more likely you are to see how it can be combined with other information to form a novel and original product or idea.

Carson’s studies show that not only are creative people more susceptible to “novelty,’’ and thus distraction, but that mind wandering itself is associated with highly creative people. She was one of the lead researchers in a 2003 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology on latent inhibitions, or shutting out distractions. The study, which put two groups of Harvard students through a series of tests, showed that a weaker ability to filter out irrelevant stimuli combined with a high IQ was predictive of creative achievement.

Before you can start using your brain most effectively, you must understand it. This is the thinking behind Your Creative Brain, which contains the most up-to-date researchbased exercises and rules to help you deliver your creative potential.




Special celebrations don’t have to include reservations, crowds and traffic. Trade in the usual venue for a space more personal: your own. Fix the recipes from our “Extravagent Comfort Food” menu for two and indulge while impressing someone you love. EXTRAVAGANT COMFORT FOOD DINNER FOR TWO MENU: BEEF WELLINGTONS WITH MUSHROOMS & GORGONZOLA WARM FRISEE SALAD WITH FINGERLINGS & BACON LOBSTER MACARONI & CHEESE ESPRESSO LAVA CAKES WITH ESPRESSO WHIPPED CREAM >>>


Dinner for two...

Beef Wellingtons with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola

Lobster Macaroni and Cheese 2 large servings; with some left for lunch tomorrow Ingredients 1 bunch asparagus 1 pound medium shell pasta olive oil one 1 1/2-2 pound lobster 1/4 cup each of celery, onions, and carrots 1 cup Fontina cheese 1/2 cup Gruyère cheese 3/4 cup white wine 1 bay leaf 3 cups heavy cream salt and pepper white truffle oil 3-4 slices of white truffle (optional)

2 servings; master the technique & make it for a holiday gathering



1. In a large pot of well-salted boiling water, blanch asparagus. (That is, dump the asparagus into boiling water for just a minute, and then take them out with some tongs and put them in a colander. Run cold water over them so they stop cooking.) Use the same water to cook your pasta, according to package directions. Toss a little olive oil into the cooked pasta so it does not stick together and set aside.

two 1 1/2-inch-thick center-cut filets (about 6 ounces each) 4 large mushrooms (about 1/4 pound total) 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 large egg 1 puff pastry sheet (from a 17 1/4-ounce package frozen puff pastry), thawed 2 tablespoons Gorgonzola cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces) Preparation Pat filets dry and season with salt and pepper. In a saute pan over medium high heat, sear each side 2-3 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 110°F for rare, and cool (filets will be baked again after being wrapped in pastry). Chill filets, covered, until cold, about 1 hour. Thinly slice mushrooms and in a heavy skillet cook in butter with shallot, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste over moderate heat, stirring, until mushrooms are lightly browned. Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl to cool completely. In a small bowl lightly beat egg to make an egg wash. On a lightly floured surface roll out puff pastry sheet into a 14-inch square. Trim edges to form a 13-inch square and cut square into four 61/2-inch squares. Put 1 tablespoon Gorgonzola in center of 1 square and top with one half mushroom mixture. Top mushroom mixture with a filet mignon, pressing it down gently, and wrap 2 opposite corners of puff pastry over filet, overlapping them. Seal seam with egg wash. Wrap remaining 2 corners of pastry over filet and seal in same manner. Seal any gaps with egg wash and press pastry around filet to enclose completely. Arrange beef Wellington, seam side down, in a non-stick baking pan. Make other beef Wellingtons in same manner. Chill remaining egg wash for brushing on pastry just before baking. Chill beef Wellingtons, loosely covered, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Preheat oven to 425°F. Brush top and sides of each beef Wellington with some remaining egg wash and bake 20 minutes, or until pastry is golden.

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2. In a large pot of boiling water, cook lobsters for approximately 6-8 minutes. When shells are bright red, remove from water, and place in ice water or run under cold water to stop the lobster from cooking any further. Remove claws, shoulder, and tail meat, and set aside. 3. Dice celery, onions, and carrots, grate Fontina and Gruyère cheeses, and set aside. Sauce: 1. In a large pot, sauté diced veggies in olive oil. 2. When veggies become translucent pour in white wine and add your bay leaf. Let the wine reduce by half and then add the heavy cream. Let the cream come just to a simmer and reduce to medium heat. 3. After this reduces for approximately 20 minutes, add both cheeses (reserve a little for later). Make sure to stir frequently. You want the sauce just hot enough to melt the cheese, but if it gets any hotter, you’ll run the risk of the cream and oils separating. 4. Once the cheese is incorporated, season with salt and pepper to your liking. Go easy on the salt, though — it does not take much to release the flavor of this cheese sauce. You can use white or black pepper, whichever you prefer. 5. After seasoning, strain the cheese sauce through a medium-tosmall mesh sieve or colander. To the bowl: 1. In a large sauté or baking pan over medium heat, add your cheese sauce and lobster. Once heated add your pasta and the little bit of cheeses you reserved. You should get a nice mac and cheese consistency. You can always add more cheese. 2. Once the mac and cheese is in the bowl, here’s your final touch, and the most important! Drizzle a modest amount of truffle oil over the entire dish. If you do have access to white truffles, 3-4 slices on top is divine. Enjoy. 3. The final step is to add sliced asparagus just before plating. This will ensure that they remain nice and green.

Chocolate Espresso Lava Cakes with Espresso Whipped Cream

6 servings; enjoy one (or two) tonight and again tomorrow Ingredients

Warm Frisee Salad with Fingerlings and Bacon

2 large salad servings; or cut down tonight’s servings & enjoy with dinner again tomorrow night Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 6 teaspoons instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted 1 cup sugar 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 12 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips (about 4 1/2 ounces)

1/2 pound small fingerling potatoes, unpeeled 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chilled whipping cream 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

4 cups bite-size pieces frisée leaves (about 2 large heads) 2 cups bite-size pieces dandelion greens, tough center ribs and stems discarded 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves 1 1/2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar

Sift flour, cocoa powder, 5 teaspoons espresso powder, and baking powder into medium bowl. Place butter in large bowl; add both sugars and whisk until well blended. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time, then vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk in dry ingredients. Divide batter among six 1-cup ovenproof coffee mugs (about 2/3 cup in each). Top each with 2 tablespoons chocolate chips. Gently press chips into batter. Cover and refrigerate mugs at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

6 ounces thick slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 cup sliced shallots Preparation Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, thyme, and 1 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Arrange potatoes in roasting pan; cover pan with foil. Roast until tender when pierced with fork, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Meanwhile, toss frisée, dandelion leaves, and parsley in large bowl. Whisk vinegar and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in small bowl to blend. Sauté bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add shallots and potatoes to skillet and sauté 2 minutes. Add vinegar mixture and swirl pan until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour bacon mixture over greens; toss to coat and serve.


Combine cream, powdered sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon espresso powder in medium bowl; whisk until peaks form. Chill up to 1 hour. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Let mugs with batter stand at room temperature 5 minutes. Bake uncovered until cakes are puffed and crusty and tester inserted into center comes out with thick batter attached, about 30 minutes. Cool cakes 5 minutes. Top hot cakes with espresso whipped cream and serve.

If you’re idea of dinner music is re-runs of Friends on in the background, it’s time for a playlist; add these to get you started: Bruno Mars: Just The Way You Are Elton John: Your Song Kings of Leon: Sex On Fire Adele: Set Fire To The Rain Coldplay: Paradise George Michael: Careless Whisper 27

CREATING A LITTLE HOLIDAY REVELRY The holidays are a great excuse for hosting a soiree and sharing the season’s cheer with friends and loved ones. Stepping from the crisp, cold air into a cozy celebration spiked with festive spirit and familiar smiles just evokes merriment. Whether you want to change up your annual fête, or are stepping into the role of host for the first time, all you need is a great guest list and a few tips from professional event designer Katana Beard to throw an amazing little bash!

AMBIENCE What kind of experience would you like your guests to have? The answer to this question will influence everything from your menu and music to your venue and décor. A formal dinner for colleagues will feel a little different than a lively gathering of friends. Introducing a theme, even if understated, can be helpful in determining the energy, and will keep the details cohesive. Take a little time to research and gather inspiration. It will help you personalize everything from your invites to your favors. Get creative here and think outside the box!


Katana suggests looking to nature when decorating your space; embellish branches and pinecones with glitter & paint; soft lighting like candles and lanterns create a cozy environment; fruit adds a natural pop of color.

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Planning is the key to making sure you have everything in advance and are not constructing the scene as your guests arrive. Make lists for everything. Compile your playlist. Draw diagrams if you’d like. If this seems daunting, you may want to enlist the services of a professional planner. The most important element of the planning process is the construction of a timeline with deadlines that leave nothing for day-of except the absolute necessities. Sushi or any other element whose quality relies on freshness should be saved for that day. Anything else should be bought and prepped in the days prior. Time always runs short just before the party, and you won’t enjoy it nearly as much if you’re not able to get yourself ready the way you’d

like. Ensure that you have a little time to pamper yourself on the schedule. Not only will these preparations keep you organized, they will also increase your enthusiasm. And if you’re psyched, your guests will be, too!

FOOD & BAR Serve good food—like, foodie good. And make sure there’s more than enough. Whether it’s homemade or bought, try to go a step beyond the usual offerings. Keep your signature dish that everyone raves about every year, but throw in a twist by serving old standbys in new ways. This can be as simple as turning a dip into a canapé by rolling it in pancetta. You want your guests to enjoy the food and keep coming back for more…especially if there’s a bar. If you’re not going to hire a bartender, keep things simple by offering one or two novelty cocktails for the evening, along with a nonalcoholic beverage. Spiced cider is always a nice choice this time of year. To avoid concocting refills mid-party, premix reserves of the cocktails ahead of time to have on hand. If the bar feels too limited, a small wine selection can be offered, as well. And, don’t forget water! Placing it at each drink station and ensuring its replenishment is good practice.

SPACE & FLOW It’s common for people to congregate in one

Katana Beard is the Owner of Revelry Designed, an Event Design and Coordination Company offering uniquely authentic Corporate, Nonprofit, Wedding and Personal Event Services in Colorado and beyond. or two rooms. To increase flow and utilize all of your space, consider putting different food or cocktail stations in each room. Placing them at the far end of the rooms will encourage your guests to move through and mingle more than they would if everything were in one spot. Don’t be afraid to put things in out of the norm places—a great appetizer on a hall table can help draw your guests to the room at the other end. Also, take into account the items at each station and plan for seating and surface area accordingly. It is nearly impossible to sample from a cheese plate without somewhere to set either your glass or plate. Providing the necessary area will save your guests from awkward moments and allow them to enjoy everything without making them strategize.

ADORNMENT When decorating for the holidays, bringing the outside in is always nice—especially here in Colorado where the winter terrain is so beautiful. Instead of the typical floral arrangements, or perhaps in addition to them, look for outdoor inspired décor. Live plants make great centerpieces, and have the advantage of lasting through the New Year. You can find branches and pinecones in abundant supply, and embellish them easily with a little glitter or paint, if you’d like. Add pops of color with fruit—pomegranate, apples, citrus and cranberries are all options that can make a big impact with very little added expense. A little creativity here can yield amazing results!

Also, don’t forget to consider your lighting. Overhead lights can be harsh, and should be avoided when possible. Candles provide a much more pleasing and complimentary glow. Tips to multiply your light without turning the party into a séance—place votives on mirrored trays or in lanterns, and set floating candles in clear vessels.

ENJOY! Of course, you want your guests to have a great time. One way to do that is to throw in an unexpected element. It can be a game, a requirement that guests change seats between each dinner course, or a se-

ries of riddles that lead to a prize. Whatever you choose, commit to it fully. The purpose is to keep everyone engaged and entertained throughout the evening in a way that sets your party apart from the others they’ll attend. That said, there is no sense in putting all of this work into a party if you can’t enjoy it, too. If you won’t have a planner’s staff at your disposal, try to recruit a few close friends to assist with hosting duties. If each takes one small task off your hands, and agrees to meet and cater to a few guests, you’ll find you’re able to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor!



Flower symbolism has been a significant part of cultures around the world. They accompany us in every major event in life- birth, marriage, holidays, graduations, illness, and even in death. Flowers have been cultivated for centuries and have been used for decorative gardens and as adornment. Finding just the right flowers for someone you love or want to convey a message to should take careful research. Take note: it’s time to learn the meanings behind today’s most popular stems. BY KIMBA ORR

We often relate certain flowers with a specific time of year. During the holidays we think of poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, amaryllis and Christmas cactus. Many legends have surrounded the origin of beautiful flowers throughout history. One such story surrounding the poinsettia tells of a young boy that was too poor to help fill his church’s manger with flowers on Christmas Eve. The young boy wanted to help but could not afford to buy flowers. At his distress an angel appeared and told the young boy to pick some weeds by the side of the road. He did as he was told and took them WINTER 2013-2014

to the church. When he put them in the manger they turned into beautiful scarlet flowers, which they called the “Flor de la Noche Buena”, or, the flower of Christmas Eve. The plant was eventually named “poinsettia” in honor of its discoverer, Dr. Poinsett. He was the founder of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science & the Useful Arts, predecessor of the Smithsonian Institution. Mistletoe is a common holiday plant whose origin dates back to 200 B.C. when Druid priests would use mistletoe as part of their winter celebrations. Today the tradition is to exchange a


kiss under a sprig of mistletoe. Holly wreaths are hung on doors in many European countries for Christmas, and it is also used to adorn Christmas puddings. Ivy, also considered a Christmas flower, symbolizes eternity and resurrection. Take a little time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you and appreciate all of the flowers that have so much history along with their beauty, this Christmas season.

You can find many different theories of how Valentine’s Day became such a celebrated holiday. Although, you may be surprised to find that some of the theories are not quite as romantic as we know today; in fact the ancient Romans had quite a different, darker side to this story. A Christian priest by the name of Valentine was beheaded on February 14th for his teachings. The night before his execution he wrote the jailer’s daughter a farewell letter and signed it “From Your Valentine”. In later years Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work. Handmade cards became tokens-du-jour in the middle ages as it gained popularity in Britain and the rest of Europe. The giving of small bouquets of flowers also became popular in the 1600’s. In 1913 Hallmark Cards of Kansas City began producing Valentines. February has not been the same since; in today’s world people will spend around $18.6 billion on gifts of jewelry, candy, and flowers. This February when you are buying that special someone flowers, you can impress them with a little history, but you also need to know the meaning of the particular flower you are giving. You don’t want to send the wrong message. Carna-

tions, in general mean fascination, but if you want to be more specific, the pink carnation sends the message that “I will never forget you”. The red carnation says “My heart aches for you”, white means “sweet”. You don’t want to send a striped carnation unless you are telling the person you can’t be with them! Daisies stand for innocence, orchids stand for love and beauty, the tiger lily shows wealth and pride. You can even give dandelions, but be sure to tell her they stand for faithfulness and happiness, because if you give her this flower she probably won’t be either faithful or happy! Roses are the most popular flower on Valentine’s Day. The color of roses you pick can send a very specific message; so choose carefully! The red rose is obvious, it means, “I love you”. The pink rose is a little trickier, the light pink means sympathy, regular pink means perfect happiness, and the deep pink means, “Thank you”. White means innocence, Lavender says falling in love. The orange rose means, “I desire you” and the blue rose means mystery. Never send a woman a black rose because it means death! Long ago the yellow rose meant jealousy but today it means friendship or sends the message of “I’m Sorry”. If you happen to choose a rose without any thorns it means “love at first sight”. So, if you want to impress that special someone, take some time and think about the message you want to convey through your gift of flowers. You could even enclose a card explaining the meaning. Chances are they will be so happy you remembered it was Valentine’s Day that it will be worth all of your time spent unless you bought black roses!

white carnation

pink carnation

RED carnation


I will never forget you

My heart aches for you




Love & Beauty

tiger lily

Wealth & Pride

orange rose

RED rose

I desire you

I love you

light pink rose Sympathy

lavender rose

Falling in Love

pink rose

dark pink rose

white rose

yellow rose

Perfect Happiness


Thank You



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PACK THE BAGS As winter settles in many Colorado residents find themselves busy planning for a warm and sunny vacation. A quick escape to a tropical sandy beach is just the thing many of us need to rejuvenate our spirits during an, at times, blustery season. We’ve compiled a list of some key travel items that you should not leave home without. Many of these pieces can easily transition from day to night and be worn in a variety of ways which should have you feeling like a super savvy packer!




BON VOYAGE! When preparing for your next vacation it is important to plan ahead and make a packing list of items you’ll need for your stay. While you’ll want to include the basics, it is also important to look for items that are multi-functional and can be worn in a number of ways. Packing these versatile pieces will help you save space in your suitcase and minimize the “what am I going to wear today” vacation headache.




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n oversized wrap is the perfect travel companion for your next vacation. If you are headed to the beach a great wrap can function as a swimsuit cover-up, beach blanket or as a shoulder wrap when the evenings cool off. It will also be your best airport accessory – wear it as a chic scarf through security and then treat it as a cozy travel blanket once you board the plane! A comfortable slip-on shoe is a must. Pack something that is neutral in color and will provide some comfort and stability if you are walking for a long distance or along a sandy beach. Clunky shoes can take up a lot of space

in a suitcase so pack smart and only bring along one or two pairs of shoes. Use the space you save to bring back souvenirs of your trip. Leave your expensive, heirloom jewelry and designer sunglasses at home and instead pack a few inexpensive accessories. We have all heard horror stories of beloved baubles being left poolside or disappearing from checked luggage. Play it safe and pack a few fun trendy pieces that won’t break the bank or your heart if they happen to slip into the ocean during your sunset sailing trip. Palazzo pants are making a big comeback and are the perfect item to pack for a beach vacation. Look for a bold printed pair that can be worn with a basic solid tank top. This look can easily be worn casual for a day trip to the straw markets or dressed up for dinner on the ocean front. As an added bonus most palazzos are

being produced in travel friendly fabrics that don’t easily wrinkle. A favorite space saving item to pack is a pull-on maxi skirt style with an elastic or smocked wide waistband that can double as a strapless dress. This item can function as a swimsuit cover up, brunch outfit or a dressy option for a night out on the town. You’ll be amazed at the number of ways you can wear this versatile piece! Finally, look for an easy day-bag to pack in your suitcase. Something collapsible and roomy will work perfectly as a beach tote and shopping bag. As an added bonus you can pack it full of goodies and use it as your personal carry-on item for the return trip home.

SAVVY PACKING: [1] MINKPINK Copacabana Palazzo Pants ($175.00); [2] Maya T-Strap Sandal in Nude ($28.00); [3] AJ Morgan Miracles Sunglasses ($19.00); [4] Tiarre Hawaii Jasmine Maxi ($98.00); [5] Tolani Printed Wrap ($88.00); [6] Santorini Crochet Tote Bag ($115.00); [7] Chain Bracelets, ($11.80 & $5.80)

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These top spots were named some of the most affordable in 2013 1. Spain Lonely Planet travel guides chose Spain as one of 2013’s most affordable holiday destinations. News reports may be filled with stories about the country’s financial woes, but travellers are finding that the situation is a boom to vacation plans. Falling costs connected to hotels, attractions and shopping are making Spain an affordable, must-see vacation target for North Americans. 2. Greece Similar to Spain, Greece’s financial hardship is benefitting tourists seeking a 2013 bargain. The fear of being stuck with unsold rooms or airline seats gives the savvy traveller the financial edge.




Pack key pieces that can go from day to night; a linen or chambray shirt will look best a little wrinkled, with the sleeves rolled during the day and buttoned down at night, or shorts that go from beach to water to bar. MEN’S VACATION MUST-HAVES: [1] Men’s Quick Dry Swim Trunks ($19.00); [2] Sanuk Tanga Sandal ($55.00); [3] Citizen Men’s Titanium Eco-Drive Watch ($394.00); [4] JCrew Irish Linen Slim Fit Shirt ($79.50); [5] AJ Morgen Disco Aviator Sunglasses ($24.00)

4. Antalya, Turkey According to Budget Travel magazine, the Turkish Riviera is a beautiful European destination that comes without an excessive price tag. Hotel rates have dropped by nearly 25 per cent in the past year, and as a result, its become a must-visit playground for money savvy travellers. 10. Southeast Asia Southeast Asia – Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia - is one of the most popular regions for budget travellers. With several budget airlines competing for tourist business, it makes flying very reasonable. Flights can cost around $900, but when you prepay for hotel accommodation, you can often stay for mere peanuts - $16 per night with dinners a steal at $10.

take care of your most precious accessory

Spending hours on the beach may be your ideal vacation, but be sure to take precautions with your electronics, and more specifically, your phone. The LifeProof case ( gives you the freedom of carrying it anywhere. Water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof, this updated protector ensures sand, water and airport drops will not harm your precious connection to the real world. ($60-$80)


As the weather starts to cool off outdoors a lot of us tend to start training indoors. There are those brave souls that will run and workout outdoors all year round but for those of you who are making the transition into indoor training there are several things you need to be aware of before you sign on the dotted line and commit to your local gym.


here is no better time to join a gym than right now. Gyms in the past 5 years have made a big shift from the intimidating traditional setting of predominately male weight lifters who look like they are training for a strong man competition to a setting that focuses on being inviting for people of all genders, ages, skill, and strength levels.

not keep their equipment in good shape and you may not have access to the equipment you want and need. Do you see trainers helping people? You want to make sure the staff is willing to spot you when you are working out or give you help if you don’t know how to use a machine properly. Thoroughly exploring the facilities is an important part of making sure they gym is right for you.

One of the most important things you can do before you decide what gym to join is to decide what your goals are for your training. If your goal is to start running more you may find a gym that has a strong running group that meets and runs together outside of the gym once or twice a week. If you are looking to train for a triathlon you want to make sure the gym has an indoor lap pool. If you want to get in better shape and maybe lose some weight you want to find a gym that has a strong fitness class schedule. If you want to improve your training for a sport you should look for a gym that is designed for performance enhancement training. Your goals for what you want out of your time at the gym should be a big focus of why you join the gym you decide on. If it doesn’t offer everything you want, you may be less likely to stick with your training.

When you are considering the cost for your membership there are some amenities you want to make sure the gym offers or that you have access too. You should make sure you have locker rooms that are clean and inviting so you can change at the gym. You should make sure there is a personal family changing room in case you take your kids to the indoor pool. Find out if the gym offers complimentary towel service or if it is something you have to pay extra for. Find out if the gym offers a day care service to watch your kids for you while you workout, this can help you to be more consistent with your training. If you want fitness classes make sure there is no additional charge for attending the classes you are interested in. Finally if you are new to working out see if they will offer you a couple free personal training classes, or how much they charge to train you or put together a personalized training program.

With your goals in mind now it is important to look at the type of gyms you are most likely to find. There are traditional gyms, which include free weights, machine weights, and cardio machines. There are performance enhancement gyms, which include indoor tracks, indoor artificial grass or turf, with areas for Olympic power lifting and free weights. There are crossfit gyms, which include equipment for high intensity fast pace circuit training. One important thing to remember is that not all gyms are created equal which means they will all have different amenities, equipment, and personnel. When I am looking to join a new gym I want to make sure I can tour the facilities and have a multiple day guest pass to make sure the gym is the correct fit for me and my needs, I encourage you to do the same. If the gym doesn’t offer a complimentary pass you should be concerned about what they are trying to hide. There are some important things to look for when you are going around the gym on your tour or during your complimentary workouts. Sanitation is a very important factor for a gym. Do they have adequate cleaner around the gym for cleaning weights and equipment after each use? You should take note if you see people actually cleaning the equipment when they finish, or do you see the staff being proactive and going around cleaning equipment. How does the quality of the equipment look? Not that the gym needs to have high end equipment but you want to make sure the pullies and cables are not damaged or broken. Make sure there are not a large number of machines that are broken and out of service. This could mean the facility does

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Once you are sure the gym allows you to achieve all of your goals take a good look at the contract before you sign it. Some gyms will offer a month to month membership and some will not. Some gyms will make you sign a 6 month or 12 month contract. Some gyms will let you pay monthly and some make you pay up front for you contract. Make sure you are also very aware of their cancellation policy. Some contracts you are not going to be able to get out of unless you move far away or have a disabling injury. So make sure you don’t commit to something that is not in your best interest. Make sure they detail for you what you will be responsible for paying. A lot of gyms have a fee for setting up a membership with them, which is independent of your actual monthly membership fees. Check regularly to see if the gym is having any deals for discounting or waiving your start up fees. Now go out and find the gym that is going to help you achieve all of your goals.





cheers! to a healthy you...

avoiding holiday weight gain

The season of over-indulging is upon us: don’t panic. Follow these guidelines to prevent regret and major damage control in February. BY CASEY ORR

Just Think

Just thinking about keeping holiday weight off is a giant step in the right direction. Many people don’t even bother to think about a plan of how to avoid over indulging during the holidays. Just by reading this paragraph you are already on the right track!


Healthy snacks that is. Cut up some veggies and fruits to take with you to snack on throughout the day. The nutrients will keep you going strong all day and keep you from overeating at the dinner table!

Control your liquid calories

Whether it be soda, eggnog, or another libation, many of our extra calories consumed over the winter are liquid calories. One way to combat this is to limit yourself at social gatherings to a specific number of drinks. Before the event, tell yourself “I am going to have 2 glasses of wine”. These self-imposed limits, set before hand, make it much easier to control your consumption once you get into the flow of the party.

Schedule your workouts

Shorter days and busier schedules dominate the winter and often times the first thing that is cut from your day is your workout. Schedule your workouts for the week and stick with them just as if they are an important meeting.

Get your 8 hours

Sleep deprivation can lead to over eating and over drinking. Making sure you get your 8 hours will also help keep you in a good mood during your crazy holiday schedule.

A healthy alternative to the can’t-eat-justone potato chips: yummy garbanzo beans The amazing little chickpea, or garbanzo bean, can provide incredibly tasty alternatives to some of your favorite party foods. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas (4 servings) 1-15.5 oz. can garbanzo beans 1 tablespoon olive oil ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper Heat oven to 450 Drain chickpeas, rinse, and put them in a bowl. Mix oil, salt, and pepper with chickpeas and spread them on baking sheet. Put them in the oven. After 15 minutes shake the pan to ensure that the chickpeas brown evenly. Roast another 15 minutes until brown and crunchy. Enjoy warm or at room temperature. For one serving = 161 calories, 4.7 g fat, 25.0 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 5.5 g protein, 4.9 g fiber, 329 mg sodium, 4 Points+

Roasted Garlic Hummus 1 head roasted garlic 2-15.5 oz can garbanzo beans 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup warm water 1/8 tsp. cayenne 1/4 tsp. cumin 1/4 cup olive oil Prepare garlic by cutting the top off, drizzling with olive oil and salt, wrap it in foil and roast at 400 for 30-40 minutes. Squeeze the heads out when cool. Drain chickpeas, rinse, and put them in the bowl of a food processor. Add the rest of the ingredients except oil. Pulse until combined and drizzle in oil. Add in chopped fresh herbs, olives, or roasted red peppers to make it your own.

Serve your roasted garlic hummus with homemade crispy pita chips: Cut and separate pita halves into triangles, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 for 10 minutes or till crispy.

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Year after year New Year’s resolutions are made by millions of people with intentions of making their lives better in the coming year. The motivation is there, the good intentions are there and there is nothing that can stop us. Then February hits and we are right back to our old habits. It is time to break the trend of broken resolutions! Follow these guidelines and make 2014 your best year ever.

WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS AND PUT THEM WHERE YOU CAN SEE THEM. Constant reminders of your goals will help to keep you from cheating on your resolution. Write down your resolutions and also why you want to accomplish them. This not only reminds you of your goal, but it also reminds you of your reward. Tape copies of your resolutions to places like your bathroom mirror or the front of your refrigerator.

lutions are easy to track. You know 100% whether you are on track with your resolution. Making attainable resolutions is also important to your success. Saying “make a million dollars” may not be attainable, but something like “put an extra $25 a week into retirement savings” is attainable and will be a small step towards your larger goal.

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS. Every week evaluate where you are. Are you sticking to your plan? What have the bigTELL AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN. If you tell people gest struggles been in keeping your resolutions? Thinking about your resolutions you will be more likely to think twice through and evaluating your progress helps to keep you fobefore slipping back into old habits. Others will help and sup- cused and remind you of what you are wanting to accomplish. port you in your goals and you will not want to let them down. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED. If it was easy, you would MAKE YOUR RESOLUTIONS SPECIFIC AND ATTAINABLE. have done it before now. Change is never easy, but you will Instead of making your resolution “lose 5 pounds”, make your thank yourself for your dedication and hard work. Picture resolution “workout every Monday, Wednesday, Friday” or yourself after accomplishing your goals. Now go get it, the “no snacking after 8 pm”. These specific, goal oriented reso- only thing holding you back is yourself.




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Holiday traditions donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get sweeter than baking cookies. We have gathered our very favorite cookie (and bars!) recipes for you to gobble up, gift, or give to family and friends.



4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 4 tablespoons butter, cut into 4 pieces 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 C. sugar 1/2 C. flour 2 tablespoons. cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pound (16 ounces) semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks Gently melt unsweetened chocolate and butter in microwave. Set aside and allow to cool slightly. In large mixing bowl, mix together eggs, sugar and vanilla with wooden spoon. Slowly add the melted chocolate, mixing to incorporate. Sift in flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Mix until just combined. Stir in the semisweet chocolate chunks. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350º. Cover sheet pan with parchment paper and scoop out 1/4 cup portions of dough. With greased hands, form dough portions into balls and place 2-3 inches apart on pan. Bake about 10 minutes. The centers will still look soft, but the edges should be set. Remove cookies, keeping them on parchment, to a rack to cool completely.


Two amazing things come together to create these sweet bite-sized morsels. For the shortbread layer: 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/2 C. sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg yolk 1-2/3 C. flour For the caramel: 1 C. unsalted butter 1 C. light brown sugar 3/4 C. light corn syrup 2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more for sprinkling 4 tablespoons sugar 4 tablespoons heavy cream 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract Line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the sides to make removal easier. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, and salt with a pastry cutter or fork. Add the egg yolk and continue mixing. Add the flour and use your hands to combine the dough until coarse crumbs form. Transfer the dough into the prepared pan and press it down into one even layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Set aside to cool. For the caramel, combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, sugar, and heavy cream. Bring to a boil and stir for about 5-10 minutes until caramel reaches the “soft ball stage” at around 230 degrees. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and pour caramel over the shortbread. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, then sprinkle with sea salt and cut into squares. Store caramels in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them.


Indulge in your favorite candy bar; plan on giving them away or eating the whole pan!


1 egg,well beaten 1 C. sugar 1/2 C. butter 1 (8 oz.) pkg. chopped dates 2 C. Rice Krispies 1/4 C. finely chopped nuts 1 pkg. flaked coconut 1 Mix egg, sugar, butter,salt, and dates in a saucepan; cook, stirring frequently, until dates are soft and mixture is thick. Place saucepan in ice water until mixture is cool enough to handle. Add Rice Krispies and nuts; mix quickly. Shape into small balls with buttered hands; roll in coconut. Store in an airtight container. WINTER 2013-2014

1 box graham crackers 1 C. butter 1 C. brown sugar 1 C. finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) 6 Hershey candy bars Line a buttered sheet cake pan with whole graham crackers. Boil 1 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar 2 minutes. Take off heat and add 1 cup finely chopped nuts. Pour over graham crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Put 6 Hershey bars on top of crackers and let melt, then spread over crackers. Cut bars before completely cooled. Store in refrigerator or cool place.


This may be the easiest and best tasting sugar cookie recipe you’ll find! Be sure to set a timer so you don’t overbake these! 2 eggs, well beaten 2/3 C. oil 2 teaspoons. vanilla 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel 3/4 C. sugar 2 C. flour 2 teaspoons. baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt Beat the eggs, oil, vanilla, lemon peel,and sugar together until thickened. Add the flour, baking powder,and salt; mix until blended. Drop by the teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a cup and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Do not overbake.

PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES For lovers of peanut butter cups; incredibly addicting! 1 3/4 C. flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon soda 1/2 C. butter 1/2 C. sugar 1/2 C. peanut butter 1/2 C. brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon. vanilla 2 tablespoons milk 40 miniature reeses peanut butter cups Sift together flour, salt,and soda and set aside. Cream together butter, sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk. Add the flour mixture. Beat altogether. Shape into 40 balls ; put into ungreased mini muffin tins and bake for 8 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Remove from oven and immediately press a peanut butter cup into each cookie. Store in an airtight container.

sides of bowl often, until well mixed. Reserve 1/2 c. crumb mixture for topping; press remainder into 8” sq. pan. Bake near center of oven for 10 - 12 min. Prepare filling. Spread filling over crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Continue baking for 18-20 minutes or You no longer have to wait for the girl scouts to come until filling is set and top is lightly browned. cool. Store knocking! in refrigerator.

GIRL SCOUT THIN MINTS 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix 3 tablespoons butter flavor shortening 1/2 C. flour measured the sifted 1 egg 3 tablespoons water 3-12 oz bags mint chocolate chips 6 tablespoons butter flavor shortening

Filling: In a 1 qt. bowl beat cream cheese, sugar , egg, and lemon juice at med. speed until fluffy. Stir in chopped cherries. Makes 36 bars.


Mix altogether and chill for 2 hours. Roll out dough to a 1/16 “ thickness. Use a 1- 1/2” circle lid to cut out rounds. Bake 10 min. Cool, then coat with the melted chocolate: 3- 12 oz bags of mint chocolate chips and 6 TBL. shortening melted together. Let set, then store in an airtight container.


A staff favorite! Add it to your holiday list now! 1/2 C. butter 1 C. brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 C. flour 1/2 teaspoon soda 1/4 teaspoon salt Topping: 1 C. walnuts, chopped 1/2 C. brown sugar 1/4 C. sour cream Combine butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Sift flour, soda, and salt together. Gradually add to sugar mixture. Shape dough into one-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Make a depression in center of each cookie. Mix walnuts, sugar and sour cream together for topping. Fill each cookie depression with 2 teaspoons topping. Bake in 350 degrees oven for 10 minutes.


Creamy and festive; perfect for a holiday buffet! Crust: 1/3 C. cold butter 1/3 C. packed brown sugar 1 C. flour Filling: 8 oz. softened cream cheese 1/4 C. sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 egg 1/4 C. each chopped glazed red and green cherries Preheat oven to 350 degrees In a 1 Qt. mixer bowl, cut butter in chunks ; add brown sugar and flour;mix at low speed, scraping

Soft and perfectly peanut-buttery! 1 C. butter 1 C. peanut butter 1 C. sugar 1 C. brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 C. flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1- 1/2 teaspoon salt 1- 6 oz. milk chocolate chips

Cream together butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix together. Add the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 7-9 min. at 350 degrees.


Change it up and gift to those who aren’t fond of dark or milk chocolate. 2/3 C. butter 2/3 C. brown sugar 2 eggs 1-1/2 C. quick cooking oatmeal 1-1/2 C. flour 1 tsp. soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1- 6 oz. dried cranberries 2/3 C. white chocolate chips 1/2 C. chopped walnuts, optional Cream together butter,and brown sugar. Add the eggs and mix. Add the dry ingredients,mix until incorporated. Mix in the cranberries and chocolate chips, and walnuts. Drop onto a cookie sheet by rounded teaspoon and bake at 350 degrees for 10- 12 min.


1 C. flour 1/4 C. powdered sugar 1/2 C. butter 1/2 C. raspberry jam 3 oz. cream cheese, softened 2 TBL. milk 1 C. white chocolate chips 2 (1 0z.) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped 1 Tbsp. butter flavor shortening Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl combine the flour and powdered sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or a fork; mix well. Press mixture into a 9 inch square pan. Bake at 375 for 15- 17 min. until lightly brown. Filling: Spread jam evenly over baked crust. In a small bowl beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Melt white chocolate chips over low heat and add to mixture. Beat until smooth. Drop cream cheese mixture by teaspoons evenly over jam. Spread carefully and refrigerate. To make glaze topping: Cut chocolate squares into small pieces and melt with shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over white chocolate layer. Cool completely. Cut into bars and store in refrigerator. Makes 30-36 bars.


CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS INSPIRED BY PF CHANGS Serves 4 3 tablespoons oil 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 cup water chestnut 2/3 cup mushroom 3 tablespoons chopped onions 1 teaspoon minced garlic 4 -5 leaves iceberg lettuce Special Sauce 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon hot mustard 2 teaspoons water 1 -2 teaspoon garlic and red chile paste Stir Fry Sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

MAKE IT AT HOME Staying home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing favorite foods from your choice restaurants. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite recipes based on the restaurant versions we love. Skip the reservations and waiting list; make these crave-worthy dishes in your own kitchen tonight!

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Make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small bowl. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice and sesame oil. Mix well and refrigerate this sauce until you’re ready to serve. Combine the hot water with the hot mustard and set this aside as well. Eventually add your desired measurement of mustard and garlic chili sauce to the special sauce mixture to pour over the wraps. Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan. Saute chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes per side or done. Remove chicken from the pan and cool. Keep oil in the pan, keep hot. Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in a small bowl. Mince the water chestnuts, mushrooms and cooled chicken to the size of small peas. With the pan still on high heat, add another Tbsp of vegetable oil. Add chicken, garlic, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan. Add the stir fry sauce to the pan and saute the mixture for 2-3 minutes before serving 2-3 it in the lettuce”cups”. Top with the Special Sauce and enjoy!.


CHICKEN POTSTICKERS INSPIRED BY THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY Serves 16 (3 pot stickers each) 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (about 1 small) 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage 1/3 cup chopped green onions (about 3 medium) 2 teaspoons chopped ginger root 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1 egg white 1 (10 oz) package round wonton skins 2 cups chicken broth 4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce Mix all ingredients except wonton skins, broth and soy sauce. Brush each wonton skin with water. Place 1 scant tablespoon chicken mixture on center of skin. Pinch 5 pleats on each of one half of circle. Fold circle in half over chicken mixture, pressing pleated edge to unpleated edge. Repeat with remaining skins and chicken mixture. Spray 12-inch skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Cook 12 pot stickers at a time in skillet 3 minutes or until light

brown; turn. Stir in 1/2 cup of the broth and 1 teaspoon of the soy sauce. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and cook 1 minute longer or until liquid has evaporated. Repeat with remaining pot stickers, broth and soy sauce.



HERB CRUSTED PORTERHOUSE INSPIRED BY MORTONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STEAKHOUSE Serves 4 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Serves 6-8 7 cups peeled and cubed potatoes 6 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 cup low-fat milk 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup chopped fresh sage 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 (12-oz.) porterhouse steaks, 2 1/2

Place potatoes and garlic in a saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes; drain. Place drained potatoes and garlic in a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients; beat with mixer until smooth.

to 3 inches thick vegetable oil cooking spray seasoned salt 2 tablespoons Au Jus In a small bowl, mix together the basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Add the garlic and oil and stir to form a paste. You will have about 1 cup of paste. Rub the paste on both sides of the steak. Let the steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare a charcoal or gas grill or preheat the broiler and position a rack 4 inches from the heating element. Before igniting the grill, lightly spray the grill rack with cooking spray. The coals should be medium-hot for the charcoal grill. The burners should be on high for the gas grill. If using a charcoal or gas grill, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. If your oven will heat to 550 degrees, do so. Grill or broil the steak for about 5 minutes. Turn, using tongs, and grill the other side for about 5 minutes, just long enough to sear both sides so that the herb rub adheres to the meat and starts to turn crispy. Remove from the grill or broiler and transfer to a roasting pan. If you used a broiler, heat the oven to 500 degrees. If your oven will heat to 550 degrees, do so. Roast the steak in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes for medium-rare or the desired degree of doneness. Put the steak on a cutting board and let it rest for 10 to 12 minutes. Slice the steak 1/4 inch thick, arrange on a serving platter, and spoon Au Jus over the slices, if desired. 45

EASY EGG DROP SOUP 3 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons cold water 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 egg (slightly beaten) 1 scallion, with tops, finely chopped Bring chicken broth to a boil in soup pot. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt & mix. Combine water and cornstarch; stir into boiling broth. Stir a small amount of hot broth into slightly beaten egg. Add egg mixture into hot broth slowly, stirring constantly, in one direction. Cook until clear and slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Garnish with scallion.


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CHEESEBURGER SOUP 1 pound ground beef ¾ cup chopped onion ¾ cup shredded carrots ¾ cup diced celery 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes 4 tablespoons butter, divided 3 cups chicken broth 4 cups peeled and diced potatoes ¼ cup all purpose flour 2 cups of Velveeta processed cheese cubed (16 oz.) 1½ cups milk ¾ teaspoon salt ¼ to ½ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup sour cream Brown the ground beef in 3 quart saucepan. Drain and set aside. In the same saucepan add 1 T butter and add onion, shredded carrots, parsley flakes, basil and celery. Saute until tender. Add the broth, potatoes and beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. In small skillet melt remaining butter (3 T) and add the flour. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to the soup and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the cheese, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat and blend in sour cream. Top with lettuce, tomatos and your favorites!

TUSCAN WHITE BEAN SOUP 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for serving 6 ounces bacon, diced 2 onions, diced kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 5 garlic cloves, minced 2 quarts chicken stock 2 (14.5-ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed 2 bay leaves 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 sprig fresh thyme 1 Parmesan cheese rind (optional) ¼ cup heavy cream ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat; add the bacon and cook until lightly browned and crispy, about 7 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel to drain. Set aside. Add the onions to the hot oil, season with some salt and pepper and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. Add one cup of the stock to the pan, scraping up any browned bits. Add the remaining stock, beans, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme and Parmesan rind, if using. Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Fish out the bay leaves, herb stems and Parmesan rind; add in the cream and Parmesan and cook until soup starts to thicken slightly, about 5 minutes more. Taste for seasoning. Coarsely chop the bacon and scatter a few pieces over each bowl before serving. Drizzle a little extra olive oil and a few shards of Parmesan over the soup, if desired.


Nonstop service to almost anywhere ...well, maybe not the moon.

It’s all about access and choice, isn’t it? From Denver International Airport, major airlines give you nonstop access to more than 180 destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, and Japan. And if you’re flying to a major city—whether for business, a vacation, or simply to see friends or family—you want the ability to choose a carrier and a flight that suits your schedule. Denver International Airport offers you major routes that are served by more than one airline several times a day. What could be more convenient?

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When holiday madness strikes it also means more stress for your furry friend. New people, loud noises and crazy routines can scare your pet and cause anxiety issues. Follow our tips for ensuring a safe and happy holiday season for everyone in your household


KEEP PETS CALM DURING THE HOLIDAYS Decorate with pets in mind. Set up your Christmas tree in a room that can be closed off -―cats and dogs don’t understand that they shouldn’t climb the tree or gnaw on its branches. Keep ribbons, tinsel and garland away from pets. If your animal chews on them, it could choke or suffer an intestinal blockage. Don’t let them eat poinsettias, potpourri or holly, they can make it sick. Stick to a routine. During the holidays, you’re busy shopping, decorating and baking, but your cat or dog will stress out if you don’t adhere to its normal schedule. Feed and groom them at the same time everyday, and play with them on a regular basis. Segregate animals during parties. Loud gatherings make some pets skittish, so consider designating a room for your cat or dog. Stick a “do not disturb” note on the door. Put your pet’s food, water and litterbox (if you have a cat) inside. Turn on a radio or TV to drown out noise. Hire a sitter if you’re traveling. Your pet will probably be happiest at home. Boarding at a kennel can be scary because it’s an unfamiliar place, so ask your vet’s office for sitter recommendations. If you must bring your pet on your car trip, secure it in a roomy carrier. Are you flying? Call the airline ahead of time and ask how it ensures pets’ safety. Keep food out of reach. Don’t leave leftovers sitting out as certain foods are toxic to cats and dogs. For example, they could choke on bones from a turkey, or if they ingest chocolate, it could cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased heart rate or seizures. And if they lick up any alcohol, they could suffer from decreased coordination, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, coma or even death.


Wherever you’re heading, if you’re traveling during the holiday season, you need to realize that everyone else in the world is, too. But don’t let invasive security scanners, terrible drivers and long lines at airports get you down. We’re giving you five tips to survive the holiday travel season without a Frosty the Snowmansize meltdown. 1. Do Your Research Plan alternative trips if traffic makes your way home too overwhelming. Is there a scenic drive that might be longer but have less traffic? Break up a long drive by finding a few places to stop that will get the kids more excited than a truck rest stop. When flying, make sure you check the airline’s restrictions ahead of time on carry-on luggage and fees for checked bags. 2. Stay Connected Stock up on the latest travel apps before you leave home. gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers and more, and gives you approximate times you’ll spend in security. Heading out on the road? Find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road with the GasBuddy app and

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3. Pack Light Avoid checking bags altogether if you can. You won’t have to wait for your luggage on the conveyor belt, and you won’t have to worry about your mom’s Christmas present getting lost in Logan Airport. If you do check luggage, make sure you have all your medications and important documents and a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost. 4. Ship Gifts or Give Gift Cards TSA suggests to ship wrapped gifts or wait until you reach your destination to wrap them, as they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it. Ship gifts ahead of time or bring the gift that can’t go wrong: gift cards to their favorite store or an Amazon card. 5. Inhale. Exhale. The overly friendly person next to you on the plane, the cancelled flights, the luggage that fell off in the middle of the highway? All of it will make for great stories over dinner when you finally make it to your destination. After all, holiday travel stress is just as much of a tradition as pumpkin pie and regifting.



The guests have cleared, the presents have been opened and every leftover has been devoured; all that remains is the mess of another holiday. Don’t be discouraged by your growing to-do list. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help with the most common woes of the dreaded holiday mess hangover. We can help cut the clutter, store your décor for another year, and have your home ready to start your New Year out right! The giving and receiving of gifts helps to show our love and appreciation to friends and family but it can also add to an ever-growing collection of “stuff ”. To cut down on clutter try using this simple rule of thumb, “Receive one, donate two”. For example if you receive a new scarf this year, donate two other scarves that have been hiding in the back of your closet. Not only are you helping to cut down on clutter but you are also helping those in need stay warm this winter. Help to make a smooth transition into the next holiday season by throwing away or recycling those broken ornaments or lights that somehow always end up back in the attic. Why waste valuable storage space on a strand of lights that haven’t worked in the past three years? Discarding old or broken decorations as you pack everything away will help make holiday decorating a breeze next year. If you find your attic space filling up with outdated décor, make a donation and help fill another home with holiday cheer.

CLEANING HOLIDAY DECOR Even though your decoration may only be out on display for a short period of time, they may get a little dirty. You wouldn’t put your holiday dishes away with food still on them so why would you pack away dirty décor? By using a clean paintbrush, you can lightly brush away the layer of dirt and dust that have accumulated over the past few months. Even faux greenery can be dusted with a large, clean paintbrush and a little water. Lightly spritz the paintbrush with water from a spray bottle then work your way from top to bottom brushing away the dust, while brightening the greenery for next year. STORING HOLIDAY DECOR Delicate ornaments should be wrapped in tissue paper or bubble wrap then stored in a sturdy cardboard box or a plastic storage container. Grid-like ornament organizers can be purchased at craft stores or the cardboard the separates wine bottle in their boxes can also be used. Using the grid-like organizers, each ornament has its spot and is less likely to break. String lights should be removed from the tree by starting in the same place you finished applying the lights. The lights can be wrapped around a spool or coffee can to keep them from becoming a tangled mess. Be sure to clearly label all storage boxes and if possible try to designate one storage area for all holiday items. If you used a real Christmas tree this year, be sure to wrap in an old sheet or a plastic tree bag before removing it from your house. Try to pick up as many needles as possible by hand or with a lent roller before vacuuming to avoid clogging your vacuum with pine needles. A lent roller can also help to pick up any stray glitter that has been left behind on carpets, drapes, or upholstered furniture. 53



t can be difficult to know what to look for when looking for a Veterinarian for your pet. You may have moved and left behind a vet with whom you have great rapport or you may have a new pet and are overwhelmed by all those big ads in the yellow pages. While there is no magic formula to guarantee a positive experience and high-quality care for your pet, there are a few ways to simply evaluate the hospital and veterinarian you choose. ASK FRIENDS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS Before making an appointment you should check with friends and neighbors who own pets. Find out who they use and why. It is a good idea to get several different opinions since no one person will be liked by everyone. You want to get a sampling of opinions.

It is always appropriate to ask specific questions

A VISIT TO THE CLINIC Next, visit the clinic before making the appoint- about procedures, medications, anesthetics, etc. ment. The staff should be happy to answer any questions about the practice. It is also legitimate to request a tour at a time that is mutually convenient. ing the exam? Is your pet called by name? Does the doctor There may be times of the day when a tour is not advisable but take time to do an exam and address your concerns? Do you your request should be granted at some point. feel comfortable asking questions? Are you questions answered? If your pet is ill or if some type of in-hospital proceTHE STAFF dure is required is everything well explained? Evaluate the front office staff? Are they helpful? Friendly? Do they acknowledge you when you walk in or are you ignored? COMMUNICATE YOUR NEEDS WITH THE DOCTOR What is the overall appearance of the clinic? Is it clean? Odor It is always appropriate to ask specific questions about procefree? What is the attitude of the staff toward the other clients dures, medications, anesthetics, etc. It is also a good idea to who may be present? How about to those on the other end of tell the doctor exactly what you expect. If you treat your pet as the phone line? You can learn a lot by just observing. a family member and want the doctor to feel free to do whatever he/she feels is necessary you should say so. If finances YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT are a major concern that should be mentioned at the outset If you make the appointment you will have a chance to meet so there will be no surprises. with the doctor and the assistants. (Of course, you may have already met some of these people if you stopped in the office). If tests have been run, do you receive the results promptly? If You should evaluate these people in the same manner as pre- you leave a message for the doctor, do you receive a reply in viously described. Are the assistants helpful and friendly? Are a reasonable amount of time? they kind to your pet? Are they rough in handling the animal or gentle? You might also want to ask about the clinicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency policy and how they handle referrals to specialists and second opinMEETING THE VETERINARIAN ions. How about the doctor? Does he/she take time to listen to your concerns? Are you given enough time to explain and ask ques- Above all, you should be comfortable with the veterinarian tions? How is his/her rapport with your pet? Does he/she talk and the practice. You should always feel that your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to your animal and try to establish a relationship before start- health is their first priority.

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Castle Rock residents love their pets and want to make sure they have the best animal care possible. From food choices to groomers to toys, we go the extra mile for our pets. Perhaps most important are the choices we make to ensure our pets receive proper health care. Choosing a veterinarian is very important for both you and your pet, so this edition of Living in Castle Rock includes an article on Choosing a New Veterinarian. Using these practical tips, we identified one of Castle Rock’s “Choice” animal hospitals.

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As a community of pet lovers, Castle Rock has a great selection of animal hospitals, making it difficult to select just one as our “Choice” in Castle Rock. Different veterinarian clinics and animal hospitals offer different specialties and personalities, making your animal health care choice a personal decision that may not be the right fit for someone else. We are profiling the Animal Care Center of Castle Pines as one of the great choices in animal health care for Castle Rock.

ANIMAL CARE CENTER OF CASTLE PINES Conveniently located off of Castle Pines Pkwy and I-25 in Castle Pines, Colorado, the Animal Care Center’s staff includes seven choice veterinarians and offers a full range of health care services. Lindsey M. Crippen, DVM, MBA, CHOICE VETERINARIAN

Dr. Crippen is a Colorado native with a DVM from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Crippen’s description of her philosophy is, “My clients and I work as a team; the clients rely on me, the doctor, to treat their family members with respect and care and I rely on them to keep me informed about their pets. I want to educate clients and to love their pets as they are loved at home.”


Dr. Hoard recently rejoined the Animal Care Center of Castle Pines to expand an already impressive line-up of choice veterinarians. Dr. Hoard’s loyal clients again have access to her expertise in general practice, emergency medicine, dentistry, surgery and complex and chronic conditions.


Dr. James truly enjoys caring for pets and interacting with their owners. Dr. James’ focus is on high quality preventative medicine and health for her patients. She is dedicated to keeping your four-legged family member around and happy as long as possible!


Dr. Miller enjoys seeing cats and dogs in all stages of their lives. Dr. Miller emphasizes preventive care and favors a client-focused approach where education empowers owners to make the best possible decision about their pet’s care and well-being.


Dr. Quint has practiced in the Castle Rock area since early 1998 and his interests lie with soft-tissue surgery, dentistry, and reproductive medicine. Dr. Quint is a natural fit with Animal Care Center of Castle Pines where state-of-the art medicine and surgery are emphasized.


Preventative medicine is Dr. Rice’s special interest. He believes preventing disease and injury are the best ways to insure that owners have the best experience and maximum time with happy and healthy horses. Equine dentistry, parasitology, nutrition and management are Dr. Rice’s specialties.


Although he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age, Dr. Wayment began his adult life in the army as a medic/EMT in the 82nd Airborne Division. After the army, Dr. Wayment graduated Cum Laude from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 1997 and has been living his dream ever since. Special interests of Dr. Wayment are equine and canine reproduction and the health and nutritional aspects of canine and equine athletes. Dr. Wayment enjoys being a part of the happiness that animals bring to owners’ and their families’ lives.

From top left; Dr. James; Dr. Crippen; Dr. Miller; Dr. Wayment; Dr. Rice; Dr. Hoard; Dr. Quint; Animal Care Center facade


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Foothills Animal Shelter, located in Golden near 6th Avenue and Indiana, serves as a safe haven for 8,000 pets who have been lost, abandoned or neglected each year. Adoption, lost/found, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchips and licensing are offered. Want to support this life-saving work? Adopt a pet. Visit in person or to see the cats, dogs and critters awaiting their forever homes. Donate your unwanted vehicle. Visit Car for details. Monetary donations do allow the Shelter to help the animals where it is needed most, but specific physical items are desired, too. Gather help from friends and family to host a drive for these items. Don’t forget to license your pet, too. Your fee helps support the animals at Foothills Animal Shelter. Lastly, consider volunteering. A wide variety of positions are available, depending upon time of year. Visit, stop by or call 303.278.7575 to learn more about how you can make a difference.



Children’s Miracle Network Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is celebrating its 30-year anniversary! Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Right now there’s a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital working to save the lives of kids in your community. In fact, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute — that’s one child every second. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic disease. Regardless of why the kids are there, 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals always have their doors open.

Colorado Flood Relief

Thousands of people are still in need of assistance after the devastating 2013 floods and financial donations are the best way to help right now. There are many worthy charities that will put your donations to the best use possible. We have listed a few below

Colorado United Ways Flood Recovery Fund Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County Community Foundation of Northern Colorado CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery Fund Foothills Flood Relief Fund (Boulder and Broomfield Counties) Impact on Education Jefferson County Recovery Resources Larimer County Flood Long-Term Recovery Fund Lyons Community Foundation St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund Weld County Flood Relief

Toys for Tots The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.


GIVE BACK Food Bank of the Rockies

RAM Strength

Go to and the first thing you see is the statement, “One in seven Coloradans worry where they will find their next meal – nearly half are children.“ The Food Bank of the Rockies does amazing work which is evidenced by the 41.2 million pounds of food and non-food essentials, the equivalent of 32.2 million meals that were distributed in 2012. There are several ways to help the Food Bank of the Rockies, from monetary donations, food donations and volunteering your time.

RAMSTRENGTH™ supports local cancer survivors by providing financial assistance for basic needs, scholarships, programs and services. RAMSTRENGTH™ is the only local non-profit that provides financial assistance for all types of cancer survivors in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado. Thanks to great support throughout our community, RAMSTRENGTH™ has raised over $1,000,000 to help our friends and neighbors fight cancer.

Visit to support a great cause.

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Living in Castle Rock - Winter 2013-2014  
Living in Castle Rock - Winter 2013-2014  

A Castle Rock, CO lifestyle magazine