Sandwiches on the grill are great, but even better are sandwiches on the campfire! Close your eyes and imagine the smokey-ness of the hot embers and burning wood, slow-cooked into an assortment of fresh goodies pressed between soft slices of delicious homemade bread. A recent camping trip inspired my boyfriend and I to create a gourmet sandwich that we not only made for dinner, but also savored once again for breakfast. We’re happy to share the camping meal happiness with you as well. So now, open your eyes, gather your gear and ingredients, and go camping to enjoy this recipe! Continue reading
As I write this, I’m sitting under a canopy of bright, vibrant green leaves and surrounded by colors come alive from bushes full of flowers, trees towering high and strong, and creative artistic pools of water dotted with water lilies and flowers. My visual senses are indulged by taking in every color of flower and shape of plant. This nature’s office I am enjoying my work in today is the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Visiting the gardens never ceases to delight and amaze me. Every time there is something new that I see and the rapid flowering growth of every planted and living thing reveals the constancy of change with ever new encounter. As much as I am drawn in by the foliage, I am also enjoying the people. This was the case today, when I noticed an intimate group of four people. As much as I love and am touched by the sight of young children chasing butterflies and scaring squirrels throughout the grounds, my attention was caught by how this particular group stood out…
Entering the wood-deck patio seating in the center of the park, these four chose a table and proceeded to decorate it with a spread that made me think, “now, this is life!“. A white table-cloth came first, proceeded by all the makings of a class-act picnic. I especially approved when I could not help but notice that they brought a bottle of red wine, white wine, and even a bottle of champagne. Upon closer observation when I went to introduce myself, the menu revealed white and milk chocolate covered strawberries, small home-made macaroons, lush chunks of cantaloupe, and robust green grapes.
In case you were wondering, I was not spying out of famished envy. With my love of people leading the way, I went over just now and introduced myself to this lovely group. They are friends in Denver and expressed to me that although they have had memberships to the Denver Botanic Gardens for some time, this was their first time gathering for their friendship picnic. They were so kind to allow me to interrupt their conversations and I was honored to get to meet Patty, Scotty, Gary, and Miriam. I am glad that they were of the opinion that it is never too late to enjoy activities with precious friends.
Seeing people enjoy each other by creating moments like this, truly inspires me and makes me smile all the way down to my heart. In a setting already as beautiful as these gardens, it only enhances the experience of how full and radiant life is. Full of energy, color and beauty; creativity, people and love. And of course food deliciously decadent to the eyes and stomach and nature’s nectar, wine, to bring a pleasant rosy blush to the heart and soul.
Happy summer-time Denver and the world! May we enjoy each other and our precious moments, and in that learn that every moment is precious.
Just for fun, I wanted to ask if you would vote on your favorite version of this photo taken of me and my dance partner Andy. We tore up the dance floor at the 1940’s Ball that recently took place at the Boulder Airport in Boulder, Colorado. I have to give appreciation and credit to Andy, because to really enjoy swing dancing and look good, the man has to know how to dance and be a great leader…and he is both of those things as a swing dancer, a great gentleman and kind friend. And as you can see, he’s tall and great at stunts! Andy, thanks for a great time.
See the different versions below and visit the album link to my page to vote in the comments box.
Sometimes, a new beautiful place is right next door and practically “right under your nose” as the saying goes. This was just such a case for me. If you haven’t visited this amazing treasure of Denver, enjoying reading about it and I hope you go experience it for yourself soon.
Have you ever lived in a place and realized after years there, that you had not experienced one of its most precious jewels? I have now been living in Colorado for almost thirteen years and just last night was my first visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens. There is nothing like visiting a gorgeous garden and getting outside, to enjoy and celebrate the season of Spring. This came to my mind as I strolled with my dear friend Tom to the gardens, which are excitedly located just a few blocks from my house in the downtown Denver neighborhood of Capitol Hill.
Arriving at our destination, we entered and immediately realized that we had come at one of the best times possible…the sun was setting behind large billowing clouds in the west, creating a light in the air that was pristine. Cast over everything was a dancing blend of…
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I like open spaces, especially in my house. It dawned on me today, that this is why I like to be out in my neighborhood so much…it’s an extension of my home. And what a lovely extension it is. There’s really no walls, there’s nice streets with bike lanes to ride safely in, sidewalks to walk on, trees blooming now with leaves and flowers, and quaint welcoming cafes and restaurants that provide another space for connecting with others. I’ve lived in a few different neighborhoods of downtown Denver in the dozen years that it’s been my home. At this time in my life, the lucky neighborhood to have me is Capitol Hill. Although truth is, the Congress park and Cheeseman Park neighborhoods get to share me as well since I’m right at the border of the two areas. Continue reading
What a great day! And of course it would be when I decide to have a Sunday, fun-day. After twelve plus years of living in Colorado, I finally visited the Denver Art Museum today. My friend Jack had the idea to spontaneously go and we were rewarded with a serendipitous turn of events when we arrived and learned it was free day and there was no admission to pay for entry! I’ve always loved the architecture of the Denver Art Museum building Continue reading
Right now I am cozy in a chair by a warm fireplace while snow is falling outside, glistening from the dim light of dusk. This relaxed comforting state reminds me of my recent weekend visiting Steamboat Lake. My friend Jenni is from Steamboat Springs and invited my boyfriend and me to join her on a weekend visit to her parent’s cabin. So Michael and I left the suburban and city-sprawl of Denver by lunch time on a Friday and began the beautiful drive along I-70. This highway has become so familiar to me thanks to countless visits to the southwest corner of Colorado and for fun-filled days of skiing at the winter resorts that this area is popular for. We passed the ski area of Loveland and the turn-offs for Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, which is where we exited I-70 and headed west on US-40. Although I had driven this route so many times before, I thrilled in the majestic Colorado scenery of towering mountains and cascading rivers. Even though it was early February, there wasn’t much snow on the ground until we came out on the other side of the Eisenhower Tunnel just before descending into the gorgeous valley that holds Silverthorne and Lake Dillon.