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Friday, November 14, 2014

Goods to Make Your Turkey Day Tantilizingly Top Notch!

With Turkey Day about two seconds away there are certain things you will need to start collecting. Here are some some tips on where to get these key ingredients and support our local economy all at the same time!

The bird: Well, the word on the bird is that my good friends Lisa and Scott at Hardin's Natural Food store in Hothckiss are hookin' us up with Grateful Harvest turkeys. Non GMO, super fresh and natural birds in varying sizes. Call and reserve your turkey today you turkeys! 872-3019

The stuff you stuff in the bird, 'n stuff:  Monica Wittanen and crew) of Small Potatoes Bakery is the gal to go to for dinner rolls, fresh bread and bread to make your stuffing with. If you are not already on her email list, get on it.

The stuff your mom always made you finish before you got dessert:  The veggies of course! Well, my friend Scott at Small Potatoes Farm is the man to complete this part of the picture. I suspect he will have all kinds of goodies from potatoes to garlic to root veggies. Get on his email list too for weekly offerings of fresh, colorful, oh so tasty goodies from the garden.

Something sweet because you ate all your veggies:  Pie, is of course a necessity on every Turkey Day table. The word is that North Fork Food on Grand Ave is the pie getting location.  Check out their website at

And let us not forget something with which to wet our palates. We are so lucky to have in our midst some of the best winemakers, well, anywhere. Most of these wines can be purchased from one of your local liqour stores and I would suggest trying any of these selection: Pinot Noir from 5680, Alfred Eames or Black Bridge. A Chardonnay from 5680, Black Bridge or Stone Cottage Cellars. For a stunning rose or Pinot Gris, Mesa Winds knocks its out of the ball park. Really any of the other selections too. We have some vintners with some pretty mad skills working their magic for us so a local selection for wine is going to be a safe bet.

That's all I have for now. Hope you all have a great weekend and maybe Ill see you at the football game at the park on Saturday where the Paonia Eagles will most likely dominate yet again! GO EAGLES!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall in the Fork

As the warm aromas of wood burning stoves and the feel of a chill in the air engulfs my senses, I take a deep, cool breath and embrace the reality that summer is in our past and the season has officially changed. Don't get me wrong, I love this time of year and I love the time of year that is yet to come but I also love summer in this Valley of ours. I mean seriously BBQ's, farm fresh produce and swimmin' in the river! C'mon, what's not to love? But now, alas, I find myself digging out my sweaters and the long johns, stacking the wood pile and sharpening my ax. Not to mention the sweet smell of cinnamon spiced apple cider or tasty mulled wine heating on the stove, hmmmmm, sounds pretty good to me. And so we and our little valley begin to nestle down for the season and digress to our cold weather ways. There will be reading of many good books, watching lots of movies (maybe even taking in Cabin Fever film at the Paradise) getting a beer with friends at Revolution, cross country of down hill skiing in about every direction (given a drive of about an hour or two). All in all not a bad deal and there is no place I would rather be during this endearing time of year. Happy November and Fall to you all!
BTW, here is a one of my favorite recipes for mulled wine - 
You wiull need: A bottle of your favorite red wine, 6 allspice berries, 1 T. black peppercorns, 2 whole star anise, 1 chunk of fresh ginger (sliced), 3/4 C honey and some orange zest and cinnamon sticks for garnish. Throw all but the garnish into a sauce pan and heat to a simmer. Now, cuddle up by the fire with someone you like and enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thinking of Selling Your Home...?

Well here are Ash's notes that I got from reading a great article from This Old House on how to maximize your home's selling potential: Hope you find them as helpful as I do.

1. Open up your floor plan. This can create the illusion of a larger space even if you are working with a snug one. Buyers like that, oh yes, they do.

2. Landscape! Especially in places like the North Fork where trees, shrubs and lawns can grow like crazy. Clean it up, it will show better and buyers wont be scratching their heads wondering what the lawn could look like with some work...?

3. That little light of mine, Im gonna let it shine - Let the light shine in!  Be it mood lighting via dimmers, sky lights or sun tubes in the ceiling, let that light in. It can create softness and lend itself to a pleasant feel in most any space.

4. Keep up with basic maintenance!  Fix that leaky faucet, clean out and replace those ancient rain gutters, and pull them weeds out of the flower planters. Easy stuff that should be on going for a home owner. Now is the time to stay on top of it!!

5. If possible "go green" on a particular feature of your home. This could mean anything from a solar powered water heater to a new, more energy efficient heating system. Not only can these features save money but they are a good selling point to the environmentally friendly buyer. Go green!

6. Make the front of your home (and the first impression) look welcoming. Its not just us little girls that dream of a little house with a red front door and a white picket fence. The front door of your house is its smile and hello. A fresh coat of paint or a new knocker cost very little and can make a big difference in the first impression of a home.

7. Mind what they are stepping on. A new floor is a lovely thing but you can make a difference with small fixes like nailing that squeeky floor board down, replacing a cracked tile or repairing torn carpet. There are ways to do minor fixes and make a big difference.

8. Kitchen and bath quick fixes (mind you these can be extensive but little this and that fixes dont have to be). TOH suggests some basic touches like replacing frosted glass with clear glass,scrubbing off those rust stains, applying fresh caulk, slap on some new door knobs and cabinet handles and such. Little touches that lots of people don't notice but that perhaps, that certain potential buyer, just may.

9.Paint the walls a nice, neutral color for the love of other people's eyes. Anyone who has raised a little girl knows the eye strain of a bright pink paint job but when it comes time to selling your home, buy her a new bike in exchange for a nice, neutral coat of paint on those walls.

10. Lose the out-dated features that make 'em ask what the bleep is that...? Such as that groovy wall paper from the seventies that, let's face it, what never really groovy. Or other, overtly awkward things that you can fix fairly easily and that will make your home more appealing to the new eyes looking at it. You get the picture.

Get it? Got it? Good.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Vineyard properties in the North Fork Valley

Who would have thunk it but the North Fork Valley on Colorado's gorgeous Western Slope is home to some of the best wineries in the state. The cool days and warm nights lend themselves to growing conditions that are similar to world renowned wine regions such as France's Burgundy and Oregon's Willamette Valley. That is not to say that the right varieties must be planted in order to survive but if its the right grape it will grow here. The wine making styles here vary and even though many
 winemakers get their grapes from the same vines, the unique thumbprint of each is so evident in the finished nectar. Some of my local faves include: 5680 Vineyards, Alfred Eames Cellars, and the Black Bridge Winery. For those of you wishing to try their hands at this fine craft, I happen to specialize in vineyard/orchard properties.  Questions  about local wineries? I am happy to answer those too if you would like to email me at -

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I am a Colorado native and this is where I grew up. Where is that you ask? Paonia, Colorado. Paonia is located in the North Fork Valley of Colorado's gorgeous Western Slope. This place is amazing and I would love to help you see why. Thinking of buying or selling a home in this area? Well I'm your girl and I can't wait to meet you. Please follow my blog to keep up with current listings and fun local stuff too!