Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Goodwill's Power of Work Luncheon

Well April was a busy month. After 7 events and promotions scheduled in April, I was ready for my vacation to California to see my extended family.  On April 17th Goodwill Industries of Denver hosted it's 18th Annual Power of Work Luncheon at the Marriott City Center in Denver.  This fundraising luncheon is one of our biggest events every year, raising money for our programs.

Each year we choose 4 participants in our our programs to honor at the awards luncheon.  This is never an easy task since we have so many deserving people nominated each year.  This year's winners were Colette, Winifred, Abdela and Micheal.  All the videos are below except for Abdela's; he is a refugee from Africa who is deaf and had no language skills before finding Goodwill. He asked that we not post his picture or video online.

Colette could have seen her unfortunate circumstances as a burden that wouldn't allow her to succeed, but through her own immense determination and a little help from Goodwill's Youth Career Development Program, she knows failure is not even an option. This young, inspiring woman has risen above abuse, unstable housing, and other obstacles to graduate from high school and plan for a bright future.

Winifred was looking to rejoin the workforce after caring for her ailing father for years. As an unemployed senior, Winifred didn't believe anyone would ever hire her because of her age. Not knowing what to do next, she found Goodwill's Career Connection Center which provided the support she needed to gain skills, confidence, and eventually a great job.

Michael Williams has come a long way from his days living without a home, without a job, without an advocate, or even a friend. He was living on the streets, addicted to drugs, and taking temporary jobs to sustain his habit. He didn't really think much further than meeting his needs for the day until help came in the form of a job at Goodwill. He hasn't looked back since. 

Nearly 650 guests joined us this year in learning about the awardees amazing stories.

Cheryl Preheim of 9News was our talented emcee for the second year.

Students from four Denver schools collaborated on a performance about dignity and success. 
The guy in this picture is a future rap star!

I couldn't have done this event without the help of my amazing work family! 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Southwest Chicken Sandwich

This recipe came to me when I was trying to figure out how to use leftovers and what little was in the fridge. It actually turned out very well and will be one a recipe I use again.

What you need:

Cooked shredded chicken
Sliced green peppers
Green Chile sauce
Whatever bread is in the fridge, or tortillas to make a wrap- I had ciabatta bread
Pepper Jack cheese slices


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

While oven is preheating. Cook and shred the chicken in a skillet, add green peppers and green chile for flavor. Place the bread on a cookie sheet. On the bread spread salsa or green chile. Place chicken and green peppers on top. Cover with pepper jack cheese. Place the top of the bread on top and bake 8-10 minutes, or until the bread is lightly toasted. If you want add sour cream after baking.

Breakfast Quesadilla

I was on a new recipe kick this weekend. I made a Southwest Chicken Sandwich on Friday night and this breakfast quesadilla on Saturday morning, and they were delicious!

What You Need: (serves 2-3)

4 Flour Tortillas (soft taco size)
3 Eggs
Breakfast sausage, or bacon
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 1/3 cup shredded Jack Cheese
1/2 cup Salsa
2 tablespoons Milk
Ground Black Pepper


Preheat your oven at 375 degrees.
Heat a skillet on medium heat and cook the sausage or bacon, and set aside for later. Then scramble the eggs.
Grease a cookie sheet with about ½ tablespoon of butter. Lay two tortillas on the cookie sheet. Add shredded cheese, cooked sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs, and salsa to the tortillas. Top each quesadilla with the last tortillas.
In a small bowl, melt some of the butter, and brush it on top of the quesadila. Bake until the cheese melts and the outside edges of the tortillas turn a light golden color (about 15 to 18 minutes).

 I had this great pan, the perfect size for making one of these for just me!

I used left over steak instead of bacon or sausage.

It was an unusually warm morning in Denver so I ate outside on the patio. 
One of my favorite things to do. 

Paper Dahlia

I've had this pin on my board for forever. So I finally bought a few sheets of the same color of paper at a trip to the craft store and got to gluing.

What you need:

10 sheets of cardstock in a matching color
5 sheets of cardstock in another matching color
Paper cutter or scissors
Cardboard circle
Glue, tacky or hot glue


First cut a circle out of the cardboard, this will hold all the petals of your flower and can be any size you'd like. If it's bigger you'll need more sheets of paper to have a full flower.

Next cut each sheet of paper into fourths. Roll each piece of paper into a cone and glue to hold the shape. This took a while to do because I had to hold each rolled "petal" while it dried. After the petals are done drying glue the petals around the outer edge of the cardboard circle. To make it easier to glue each petal, flatten the end that is getting glued.

Then work your way in adding petals in between the firt layer. When I got halfway to the middle, I switched petal colors to add some color.  When I got to the flowers in the very middle, I cut the cone in half so they were easier to glue in place.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Porch Decorations

Spring is coming! Well at least here in Denver, we hope it is. It seems March is the most deceiving month of the year with 70 degree days followed by cold snowy ones. But the Crocus flowers are still sprouting up in the flower beds; a surefire sign that the weather will warm up soon. 


I bought this wooden letter E, my last initial, at Hobby Lobby for $7 on clearance. It was already painted with a chevron design that I loved, but the colors were white and grey, so it blended in with the brick. It was easy to paint over just following the existing stripes.