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City girls visit a Farm

20140912_170346I don’t even like to camp, much less dig up dirt with my fingernails and root up a carrot or potato, but I had a rare opportunity to visit a local farm.  It was awesome!  My daughter’s class had a field trip to Miller Farms in Platteville, and it was a great experience.  Sure, it was a crisp, cold 30-degree day in early September, but we managed.  The kids couldn’t feel their fingers and toes by lunch time, but they managed to still pack a bag or two, three or four of fresh, organic produce to take home.   Miller Farms has a fun play area for kids, and places to take pictures, and burn off steam.  If the weather would have been nicer, the kids might have played harder too!

20140912_120716Since the field trip, we are enjoying the yummy eats so much, I am considering going in on a farm share or visiting a farmer’s market weekly.  The tomatoes taste fresh and so darn good that you can just bite into them.  The fresh sweet corn is edible without cooking.  In fact, kids were removing the husk and eating the corn on the tractor, as we went from field to field, picking fresh produce right off the vine, husk, or digging them up from the dirt.  The potatoes were great, and the carrots are sweet and perfect.  We got peppers and onions, and enjoyed green beans.  With all this great produce, plus the squash and zucchini from my neighbor’s garden, we are eating very well in our house.  Menu planning for tomorrow: DONE!  Carrots as snacks, mashed potatoes, and corn, with a pasta dinner.  Tonight, I made a quinoa salad with spinach, black beans, garlic, and the tomatoes and fresh peppers we picked.  YUM!  I made samosa puffs with the potatoes, added20140912_102635 peas and wrapped them in croissant dough – baked up and yummy.  Last night, we enjoyed vegetable stir fry with the green beans, squash and zucchini,  buttered corn on the cob, and peeled carrots.

If you know of a good organic farm share, let us know your thoughts in the comments.  I think I am really liking the idea of making fresh, yummy things at least a few times a week.

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The Denver Brass – A Celtic Tapestry at Newman Center for Performing Arts

20140316-162754.jpgWow… “hearing [really] is believing!”  We had the opportunity* to see Denver Brass perform yesterday, and it was fabulous!  This particular show was very unique in that it was not just The Denver Brass, but performances from various others to make up the Ancient Threads… simply put, it was fabulous!

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Artists and performances included Celtic Colorado Pipes & Drums, Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers, Wick School of Irish Dance, Todd Teske – Tenor, and Iain Hyde & Joanna Hyde – Fiddles.  What a treat just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  The music, the dancing, the bagpipes, and all the costumes reminded me of my time in Ireland and Scotland.

20140316-162824.jpgAll in all, what a great show, and performance.  Amazing talent right here in our own backyard.  The venue wasn’t too shabby either.  The Newman Center for Performing Arts on DU’s campus is a perfect venue.  You can check out all their other presentations and shows too!  This particular show for The Denver Brass, along with all their other shows are very kid-friendly, and definitely are for all ages.  I even saw a toddler who was mesmerized, and held very still during the whole show!  I high recommend checking out The Denver Brass and their entire schedule, and venues.

*Disclaimer:I was compensated wit20140316-162810.jpgh free tickets to see and hear The Denver Brass at the Newman Center for Performing Arts (Denver University).  My opinions and views expressed here are my own.

 

 

 

 

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Chipotle’s Sofritas have come to Colorado- try it today!

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Chipotle has rolled out its Sofritas in Colorado.  Sofritas  are compromised of shredded Hodo Soy tofu (non-GMO) braised with chipotle chiles, roasted poblano peppers and spices.  I don’t eat meat but I hear the texture is just like meat, and personally, I loved the flavor!  It is mildly spicy (not overwhelming), and the spices flavor this vegan protein quite well.  Being a vegetarian, I am very excited about returning for more!

sofritas inside soft corn shell
sofritas inside soft corn shell

Sofritas was introduced in Chipotles in California last year as a test market, and has finally made its way east to us.  So yummy!  I had the opportunity to try it out* and I chose to get mine in the tacos.  I tried it with 2 soft corn shells, and 1 flour.  What a yummy vegetarian, protein-filled lunch, and the price in most Denver markets is only $6.24 for three tacos, a giant burrito, or you can still do the naked bowl.  You can add all the same toppings, and ingredients to this vegan alternative to meat.  I topped mine with black beans, cheese, lettuce, brown rice, and my choice of salsa, and sour cream.  Unlike the veggie burrito/tacos, guacamole is extra when you order the sofritas.

*Required Disclaimer: I was offered a free Sofritas (value of $6.24) coupon to try this item out.  This did not influence my post, and the review is honest and based on my personal experience with the item. 

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Butterfly Pavilion Bug-a-Boo Event Review

IMG_8265Just in time for Halloween, a Bug-a-Boo event* at the Butterfly Pavilion located in Westminster, Colorado, at I-36 and Church Ranch Blvd exit.  I wrote a pre-event review and you can read all about it here.   The event is 19-20 October, so if you haven’t been there, you still have time to go tomorrow!

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All of the information I posted before is included below including the discount tickets, but here is my review:  We had a great time.  It was the first time the girls could wear their Halloween outfits out and about and sweet Snow White and Bloom had a fantastic time!  There is so much to do – so little time, and with little ones, you probably won’t get to do it all.  There is indoor trick or treating at different areas (perfect in any weather), and all the bugs are there to join in on the fun!  A parade is performed around noon on the terrace, and you can still do the butterfly outdoor area with costumes on.  You can visit Rosie, and hold her with your costume on, and get face paintings, glitter tattoos, and decorate your own pumpkin! There are prizes, and the usual fun Butterfly Pavilion critters and bugs to see.  Lots of local vendors are on site to provide prizes, gifts, and candy.

decorate your own mini pumpkin
decorate your own mini pumpkin

The only warning I have is that you get there right when it opens or go after 1230, so that the crowds have died down.  It was insane today when we arrived to get a parking spot at noon, and the overflow lot is all the way at AMC theaters!  Other than the crowds, which I cannot stand, it is fine once you are inside.  Because there is so much do to and so many places to visit, you can avoid the crowds, except for face painting, of course.  All in all, a great event and fun for all ages.  A discount code is included below, and it’s not too late to go if you haven’t been yet.

IMG_8268When: Oct 19-20 all day (open 9-5pm – last entry at 4:15 p.m.)
What: Experience Metro Denver’s favorite Halloween event – Bug-A-Boo at Butterfly Pavilion! Celebrate the fall season dressed in your Halloween best while enjoying indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crawly activities, a parade led by Pete the Mantis, and lots more fun for the whole family to enjoy! Kick off the holiday a week early! Festivities will run from 9am to 5pm on both days.
Coupon Offer: Thanks to Colorado Kids, you can save $2.00 per ticket (up to 4 people) – click here for the coupon link.
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Have a good time and wear a costume!
Have a good time and wear a costume!
* Required Disclaimer: I was offered free admission for my family in exchange for this post and a post-event posting/review of the event. Sponsored by Coloradokids.com
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A New Decade & New Look for Get Clued In!

I finally did it, I finally made the change to a new look for my blog.  Starting a new decade ain’t all that bad but I also wanted a make-over for more than my life.  You may have read through some of my recent posts, like Are you a Fred? Fabulous 40 and From the Mouths of Kindergartners along with others, and noticed the common theme for me:  Being more positive, learning something from every situation, and just trying to be a better momma, wife, and person.

So, since the trend for my life is a fresh new outlook I also wanted my blog to have one too.  My goal for Get Clued In is still to post for fun because I love, love writing.  I plan to continue blogging about products, dining, movie reviews, book reviews, giveaways, and the like but I  really want to rejuvenate the blog that was known as Clueless in Colorado.  This was my previous blog identity (which was anonymous) and I had so many posts on self-improvement, lessons learned in life and love, and plenty of philosophical underpinnings.  I am still uncertain whether I like blogging without the anonymous shield to hide behind but we will see how all that goes.  I love having loyal readers and conversations with my friends and other bloggers about topics.  The comments on my posts  by those who are reading them are so very nice and engaging.   I do love politics and writing about my opinions which can be controversial at times but they are mine opinions and I may, from time to time, draw fire from those who disagree or misinterpret my intent.  But, I am okay with all of this and fully expect it – it is part of the territory of having a public blog and remaining open to improving.

I am excited for this new look, and so happy you are here to join me on the journey.*  As the new title above the cover photo reads, “day by day, experience by experience, growing, learning and hoping to…Get Clued In!”   So much more to experience, so much more to learn and hope for and a fresh new look to boot.

*My new header picture was taken by Brent Worth- I have written about her photography before.  Beautiful photos, beautiful edits.  Thanks, Brent!

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