Mountain Maven and the Chef

Slow and Simple Is the Way We Begin the Year

Our New Year in our small mountain town has begun with snow. It was inevitable. It is the west, it is winter, and we are in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Sunday, the Chef and I were sitting outside with our dog, Butch, at one of the local cafés. This morning, we took Butch on a quick jaunt into our backyard park and went back home because the temperature

A Look Back at 2018 – Mountain Maven and The Chef’s Mountain Excursions and Experiments in Food

Mountain Maven here, I guess this is the little blog that could. We are slowly getting the word out and plan to kick 2019 off with regular posts. For now, we are closing in on the end of 2018, and while we did not blog a lot in 2018, we did do quite a bit of living. So, I guess as a way to say farewell to 2018 and to

Adventures in Making Smothered With Some Pork Green Chili Sauce

Mountain Maven here. It’s official. We are launching this little blog. There is so much to tell from our little mountain town. We are less than a week away from the holiday extravaganza that happens here once a year. Last year was our first time experiencing the holiday parade here in Lyons, Colorado. I have never seen so many twinkling Jeep Wrangler Rubicons in my life, but this is a

Welcome to Our Adventure

Two years ago, the Chef and I sold our home in Michigan and packed as much as we could into two U-Haul trailers. We loaded ourselves, two dogs, and one teenager into two SUVs, and we headed west to Colorado. We are far from the first to make such a sojourn and we won’t be the last, but it has been an adventure.  We tossed or donated much of what