We were provided a complimentary stay for this review.
My husband and I have been married for 11 years and we have not found a place as special as the place we stayed at our honeymoon…until now. Collective Retreats in Vail, Colorado is truly one of the most amazing places I have been to in forever. I can take or leave traditional camping but if you tell me we are going luxury camping, I will have my bags packed. I love the outdoors but I have had 4 kids in 8 years so I am more than tired and need more than what sleeping on the ground in a sleeping bag can offer me.
The accommodations at Collective Retreats offers tent camping taken to a whole new level. I basically want to live there. The day we were going to arrive, they texted me with their phone number and told us to text them when we got close and if we had any questions to call or text. They met us at the ranch and lugged all our suitcases to our tent. They were so nice and attentive.
The only thing I was nervous about was the bathroom situation. We had just got back from camping in Durango and the bathrooms were a communal bathroom and a hefty walk from our cabin. So I was wondering what these teepees were and they turned out to be our bathrooms!
It had a toilet, shower and sink and the shower even had hot water and just steps from our tent. I was impressed.
When we got there, all I wanted to do was lay in the bed. It was a huge bed, with white bedding and looked like a dream.
That night we opted for the BBQ in a box dinner. They set up a table and chair, and delivered our food right to us. You can also opt for their famous farm to table dinner. If you’re looking to experience a one of a kind dining experience, this is it! Find out more about that here.
My lovely husband grilled our food while I enjoyed the scenery.
And they even gave us some gourmet s’mores for later that night. You an choose to have a private fire and roast your s’mores with just you and your honey or they also have a communal campfire where the staff and guests all get together and roast them together.
This was our private fire pit area. I wanted to roast s’mores but my husband fell asleep so I didn’t let them go to waste and just ate them out of the package like any civilized woman would do.
I just loved all the decorations they used in the tents. It made the whole stay feel authentic.
In the morning we woke up and this was our view. How incredible? They had luxury robes for our use, a coffee bar, and someone from the staff had delivered homemade bread and chocolate spread to our door. The entire place was incredible but the little touches they added put it over the top.
After enjoying the bread and coffee we walked up to the food tent for our gourmet breakfast.
We got to choose from a few things and it was so yummy. The chef was so attentive and made a mean burrito for me.
I kept putting off this post because it meant our stay was actually over. I cannot wait to go back….soon. To learn more about Collective Retreats and luxury tent camping go to CollectiveRetreats.com.
I was sent free coupons for this recipe. Thanks Jennie-O!
This easy recipe features savory ground turkey served on a bed of tomatillos, onions and peppers. My husband and I are doing the Whole 30 diet right now and this is something we can have and it’s so tasty. This is a healthy recipe without having to sacrifice flavor. When we moved to Denver, I didn’t know how popular green chili is and I can say it seems like the state food!
Since my husband and I are eating healthy, Jennie-O ground turkey is one of your go to meats. It’s such a lean meat that our whole family enjoys. Jennie-O sent me some coupons so I could try out this green chili recipe and it did not disappoint. You have to try it out!
This recipe is from Jennie-O.com.
First get a large pot and brown your turkey.
Next grill your peppers.
Then put them in a covered container. Let stand 10 minutes. Remove and discard skins. Place tomatillos and peppers in food processor and process until smooth. Stir in salt.
In large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add turkey. Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Add onion and garlic and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add cumin and coriander. Stir in tomatillo mixture and broth. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro leaves.
For more info on Jennie-O products check out their website at Jennie-O.com.
This post is an entry into the Golden Girl Granola Blogger challenge and I was given a free bag of granola for this recipe.
Last year I participated in the Golden Girl Granola recipe challenge and couldn’t wait to enter again this year! Not only is their granola yummy but I knew this recipe would knock their socks off. Golden Girl Granola began by making small batches of granola and selling it at their local farmers market which I can appreciate since we have been working our local farmers market this summer.
A little about their granola from their website:
– is whole-grain and healthful
– uses the finest, all-natural ingredients
– is locally-produced, with locally-sourced ingredients, whenever possible
– is wheat-free, and is produced in a gluten-free kitchen
– is non-GMO
– is hand-crafted in small, artisan batches with the utmost care
– is beyond delicious!
These easy granola lemon squares start off with one of my favorite recipes. The oatmeal square base is so good, it tastes like one giant cookie! Then top that with some lemon-y goodness and powdered sugar and throw in some blueberries and you got yourself a tasty treat.
Then you need to grab all the ingredients for the granola base and throw it into a big bowl and mix. Then spread it into a 13X9 greased pan.
Next stir together all the ingredients for the lemon layer in a bowl and pour over the oatmeal base.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the top is light brown.
Cover with powdered sugar and fresh blueberries and cut into squares.
This recipe is really easy to put together and you can have it in the oven in under 10 minutes.
To learn more about Golden Girl Granola, check out GoldenGirlGranola.com.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
Do I have any race car fans today?! I know there are some big races coming up and if you are going to throw a Race Day party, I came up with a fun treat you can make. It’s just a few short steps to make your party extra delicious! Plus with all the food you are going to be eating, I love having Nexium 24HR in my medicine cabinet for me and my guests.
Nexium 24HR provides all day, all night frequent heartburn protection. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn. Do not take for more than 14 days or more often than every 4 months unless directed by a doctor. Not for immediate relief.
I headed over to Walmart to get some Nexium 24HR and some brownies for my Checkered flag race day brownies. When looking for your Nexium 24HR, check near the pharmacy. I found this race day display and grabbed a pack of Nexium 24HR for our party. Plus if you want a coupon to take with you to the store you can head to this link to print one out.
Next I headed over to the bakery and grabbed a package of fudge brownies. I normally would homemade. We live at 9,000 ft and I have not had any problems with making anything in this altitude except for brownies! I made them once and they were a soupy mess. So I just buy them from Walmart.
I took the brownies and separated them into 4 squares.
Then I cut a square out of a piece of paper the size of the brownie.
Then I drew 4 same sized squares on the paper and cut out 2 of the opposite pieces to look like the picture below. Then I got powdered sugar and sprinkled some on the pieces of brownie that were not covered.
Spread the powdered sugar with your finger to make it smooth.
When you take the paper squares off, if some of the powdered sugar migrated over to the unpowered area, just put some water on your finger and wipe it off.
Now just put on a plate and enjoy! And don’t forget when you entertain and throw a party, always have Nexium 24HR on hand to you can enjoy all the great food!
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*I am a Hamilton Beach ambassador and was given a Toaster Oven to facilitate my recipe.
When we first moved into our new house, I was so excited about the double oven..turns out it was a microwave on top of our oven so I was pretty disappointed. Turns out Hamilton Beach makes a completely affordable option to getting an entire new oven with the Easy Reach™ 4 Slice Toaster Oven. You don’t even know how handy this comes in.
I can toast my kids breakfasts, cook our rolls for dinner when I have our chicken in the oven and today I made a s’more recipe for you. But not just any old s’mores, it’s Peep s’mores cooked in the oven for the whole family! Yes it’s nice to cook s’mores over the campfire but if your like us in Colorado with snow still in the ground, sometimes you have to make do. Plus this makes a whole plate of s’mores at once in under 10 minutes.
First I got my Hamilton Beach Easy Reach™ 4 Slice Toaster Oven and placed it in its new home in my kitchen!
I am in love with the roll top design plus it’s removable for easy clean up. Plus it makes the food easier to access and saves counter space. There is also a crumb tray at the bottom for an even easier cleanup.
Lastly, place rows of peeps on top and cook at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Your just trying to melt the chocolate and make the peeps golden brown on top so 10 minutes should be all the time you need.
To find out more info on the Toaster Oven check out HamiltonBeach.com.