Pumpkin is loaded with Nutrition

Pumpkin is loaded with an important antioxidant, beta-carotene which is converted to vitamin A in the body with many essential health benefits. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), B vitamins such as Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate and important minerals such as Iron, […]

Monday Menu – Layered Mexican Lasagna

Ed Note: This recipe was adapted by my sister who got it from a Pampered Chef Consultant/friend. She serves it to company with a big green salad, guacamole, and extra tortilla chips. It’s delicious. I would like to hear from my Real Food Friends on how to make this “healthier”. Ingredients: 1/4 cup lightly packed […]

Roasted Tomato Marinara Sauce

After I finished the apple sauce Saturday, Belinda and I still had time to chop up the end-of-the season tomatoes to make roasted marinara sauce.

The beauty of this recipe is that you use what you have including tomatoes that are going over the hill. Oven roasted vegetables of any kind are extra flavorful and […]

Baked French Toast


I like to treat myself and the family to an extra special breakfast Saturday or Sunday morning. Try this sometime soon!

1 loaf French Bread – slice 1 1/2-2 inches thick

Place bread slices in a 13X9 buttered pan close together.

6 large eggs

1 1/2 cup milk (full fat […]

Holiday Planning -List Week-Oct 3-8

I believe the best way to avoid holiday stress is by starting your planning now. It doesn’t need to be complicated, either. This is the first week devoted to putting your thoughts and details down on the various forms provided or make your own. Details follow.

Week #1: Items to Do (excerpted […]

Busy Mom Strategies for Grocery Shopping

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Whether you are facing a difficult pregnancy, recovery from surgery, other long term illness, death of a loved one or other losses, or just a busy mom, there are times when we really need to simplify grocery shopping and menu planning drastically.

Recently, I haven’t had the energy to […]

Navy ‘n French Green Bean Soup

Ed Note: I made this soup last night to serve at Mentoring Moms. It smelled as good as turkey baking in the oven according to my daughter.

Used by Permission from Soups and Muffins by Sue Gregg

Makes 8 Servings

Soak beans in water during the day or overnight:

8 cups water 2 cups navy […]

Laura’s Engagement Story

Last week I was invited to the home of local Paonia residents Joan and Ron Beers, grandparents to my daughter’s boyfriend Brandon Coble, for a family dinner. Brandon’s parents, sisters, sister’s boyfriend, sister’s husband, uncle and aunt were there as well. (Stephen and Mary were out of town.)

Brandon has been serving our country […]

Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn & Gardens

AKA The Farmhouse, Paonia, Colorado

Great recipes for using seasonal veggies like Chard, Kale, Corn, and Zucchini follow:

The following recipes are courtesy of renowned Aspen Chef Dava Parr (Paonia, resident). Chef Dava was pleased to share her delicious recipes with us and The Rocket (also known […]

Father’s Day Picnic – Erickson Springs, CO

Erickson Springs is a camping/picnicing area about 45 minute drive from here. With the gorgeous Anthricite River rushing through, we go there often. We decided to roast hot dogs, make Somemore’s and play Rummicube, all outdoor/family camping traditions. The weather was picture perfect. The Ragged Mountains and Antricite provided a heaven-made backdrop. I am finding […]

Easy Economical Vegetarian Main Dishes

Last week I printed the testimonial about a “poor” woman raised in a large family of 12 children who were fed beans, cornbread, and greens two meals a day most of the year. In her adult life, the doctors, and particularly the dentist, pronounced her extremely healthy.

I’ll admit it; at times I hesitate to […]

Top Frugal Tips for Busy Homemakers

Contest winners are identified below along with over 30 excellent comments from moms like you!

Here is my top frugal post from contest winner Jill Ferris:

Dear Marilyn,

Many years ago when I was worrying about how to eat healthily on a very very limited budget I met ayoung mother who was raised in a […]

Chili Chasing Chili Recipes

It’s not expected to get above freezing for about a week. We need something to warm up with, so I gathered my Chili Recipe collection to share with you.

Colorado White Chili A healthy, mouth-watering meal sure to bring raves; a great alternative to traditional chili from Don’t Panic Dinner’s in the Freezer by […]

Menu Planning with Special Dietary Needs

Awhile ago, I told you about a great Menu Planning Service that is a Quick and Easy Way To Get Dinner On The Table and Enjoy More Quality Time With Your Family… I told you about the free report that you can pick up where you’ll find out the details, Plus: –> Why not planning […]