Archive for January, 2008

Snowboarding – Granby Ranch

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Clare at Sol Vista

I had been to Winter Park with Dennis the weekend before Christmas, and had a blast boarding there. They have a plethora of intermediate runs, and lots of nice snow. The lifts were fast, and the tickets affordable. Winter Park itself as a town is a cute little village, so it’s perfect for a weekend getaway.

Dennis at Sol Vista

In any event, since we were up on Saturday snowshoe hiking, we figured we would check out Granby Ranch . The Granby Ranch resort is a great place for families as all the beginner/intermediate stuff is on one mountain and all the advanced runs are on another. (more…)

Snowshoe Hiking – YMCA of the Rockies

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Nine Mile Peak at YMCA of Rockies

Clare Snowshoe Hiking Nine Mile Peak

On January 15th, I had the first of a series of 3 phone interviews for a new job. The interviewing lasted about a week, at which point I was fortunate to recieve an offer of employment. I just knew the job was right when my future boss invited Dennis & I up for the annual employee snowshoe hike/cross country ski trip! This was an outdoorsy group, and I was eager to learn who my future co-workers would be in an atmosphere away from the office.

Dennis on Top of Nine Mile Peak

Clare & Dennis Summit Nine Mile Peak

Dennis & I left early Saturday morning for YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch . The drive was a little busy as ALL of Denver headed for the hills. We were a little bit late, but luckily we spotted Dan (my new boss) at the Cross Country Hut. (more…)

Chilaquiles – A Traditional Mexican Dish

Saturday, January 5th, 2008


I was watching an episode of Daisy Cooks on PBS and I just had to have this dish. It is a traditional mexican dish called Chilaquiles. It is delicious, a very enjoyable main course or a great dish to bring to a potluck!

The basic ingredients are shredded pork (I used chicken), tortilla chips, chiles (green), sofrito (green salsa), and cheese (manchego is fantastic for this!). I used green salsa (medium spicy), and augmented it with roasted diced green chiles & jalepeno. Another way to cheat is to use corn tortilla chips instead of making the tortilla chips by hand. It came out a little salty, since the chips are salted, but it was still awesome.

For a full recipe, look online. I got mine from jotting notes from the show, and still had to tweak it a bit! The dish is made by layering all the ingredients in a casserole dish, just like lasagna. Stick it in the oven, and voila it’s done. Super easy if you have the ingredients in your fridge.

Guess The Dish

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Ingredients for a yummy dish

This dish is at virtually all Mexican eating establishments. It’s a fantastic accompaniment to a meal, or filling as a meal itself. Vital ingredients are chicken, white onion, tortilla chips, red pepper, green pepper, garlic, avocado, diced jalepeno, and finally a little cheese. (more…)

New Years 2008

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Keep your mitts off my Moet!What we did New Years Eve

We moved to Denver in order to be able to do fun things. So for New Years, we went out for a night on the town. This involved a very scrumptious dinner at The Cork House followed by The Greyboy Allstars at the Ogden Theater.

Dinner was a special which started off with an appetizer (Dennis picked a cheese plate and I picked seared tuna). Next up was a freshly trimmed salad, a lovely way to clear the palate! Main course was poached salmon & spinach with garlic potato for me and Dennis got some kind of beef dish. Both were very filling. For dessert, I had creme brulee, and Dennis got a chocolate mousse. After dinner, which was lovely, we headed out for our show.

The Greyboy Allstars are a funk & groove band. Quite fun performers, and they really had a lot of energy on stage. The Ogden Theater was packed, and I’m happy we sat upstairs, close to the railing so the view was great. Dennis & I left about 12:30, but the band was still rockin the house. What a fabulous way to start the new year!