Soy-Free Cooking: A Little Help from Mom

Nobody can comfort you like your momma can, and my momma is no exception. She arrived in Denver yesterday afternoon to spend a week with me, helping to keep my mind off of Nick’s deployment. It’s been nice celebrating Mother’s Day with her. We had a relaxing morning, went to … Continue reading

Soy-Free Cooking: Spinach and Feta Quinoa

The first soy-free recipe I made for myself after being diagnosed with a soy allergy was Spinach & Feta Quinoa. I found the recipe on one of my favorite websites for tracking nutrition and fitness and sharing healthy recipes; SparkPeople.com. The best thing about this recipe was the ratio of … Continue reading

Coping with a Soy Allergy

  For months, I’d blamed the the stomach pains on stress –  Stress of moving to Colorado. Stress of starting a new job. Stress of planning our little wedding ceremony. Stress of an unexpected move (again) in February, and stress of my husband’s deployment. I never considered that I had … Continue reading

Happy Girl Part II

Even though it’s beginning to feel like it’s been a long time since I lived in Brooklyn, I still miss the arts scenes there. Taking the photography my husband gave me as a birthday gift through Bemis School of Art challenges me to continue to grow in how I executive … Continue reading

Colorado Coffee Merchants

Colorado Springs isn’t a huge town, and if you took it away from the Rocky Mountains, it would be much like the hundreds of other mid-sized cities around the country. The handful of tourist destinations here that have helped draw people to the community are mostly Rocky Mountain-centric (two exceptions … Continue reading

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I began researching the health benefits of eating fresh fruit on a daily basis, but because I quickly realized that there were so many articles floating on the Internetz about the benefits we reap from the fruits and veggies we eat that I gave up citing sources. Instead, I decided … Continue reading

GiST: Monday, October 2, 2011

It’s Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., and I’ve been baking cookies for hours now – beginning last night, and resuming my baking agenda at 7 this morning. Know what I’m baking? Christmas cookies. Sound random? It is. Why am I doing it? Because my company is going to be doing … Continue reading

Pikes Peak Community Cupboard Community Dinner

This afternoon I’ll be stuffing Introvert Melissa into the closet and forcing Pseudo-Extrovert Melissa out to play, as I attend the Pike’s Peak Community Cupboard Community Dinner on my own. I know two other women who will be at the event (co-organizers Kat and Wendy), but because Nick is busy … Continue reading

Farming in Your Own Backyard

  Guest Post by Bruce Clithero A local TV station recently aired the special “Cutting Edge Fighting Fat”. About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese, and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese. One of seven low-income, preschool-aged children is obese. You don’t … Continue reading

Dardenne Prairie Produce Market

Guest Post and Photos Contributed by Elisabeth Cutshall. As a work at home Mom, I love to cook healthy meals for my family, but I also love convenience. This is why I absolutely LOVE shopping at the Dardenne Prairie Produce Market. The market sits on the corner of Highway N, … Continue reading

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