Christmas Events This Week!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for Christmas stuff to start.

There are several fun Christmasy things to do this week.

  • Wednesday December 1st, 5:30pm – 8:00pm: The Very First Ever Downtown Christmas Stroll, Downtown on Tejon from Boulder St. to Colorado St.. Over 30 local merchants and restaurants will join together for tastiness, fun, and savings.  Several restaurants will be serving food in the different shops. Some of the food/shop pairings that I’m looking forward to are: Jack Miller Jewelry Designers/ Johannes Hunter Jewelers/The Famous, Regina’s Unique Boutique/Saboz Boutique/Mrs. Fields, Savory Spice/Terra Verde/Nosh, The Phancy Pheasant/Vintages Wine and Spirits/Paris Crepe (oh yea, my two faves!) Plus the shops will be having specials, discounts, and prizes. You’ll need to register at the shops for the drawing.  First prize is a ski package valued over $500, courtesy of Silverton Mountain Skiing and Grand Imperial Hotel. Second prize is a $150 gift card courtesy of Genesis MedSpa. Third prize is a $100 gift card that can be used at most any shop Downtown, courtesy of The Downtown Partnership.
  • Friday December 3rd, 5:00pm-8:00pm: Bear Creek By Candlelight,  245 Bear Creek Road. Music by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, family activities, live animals demonstrations, lit paths and food from Texas Roadhouse.
  • Saturday December 4th, 5:30pm: Festival Of Lights Parade,starting at St. Vrain and Tejon and going down Tejon to Vermijo. This is my 5th Christmas in Colorado Springs and I’ve never been to this parade so I’m looking forward to it this year.
  • Sunday December 5th, 1:00pm- 5:00pm: Old Colorado City Holiday Bed and Breakfast Tour.  “A Few of Our Favorite Things” with mistletoe and sparkling snow and thousands of lights, eight local  Old Colorado City Bed & Breakfasts-  Old Town Guest House,  Holden House, Lennox House, Avenue Hotel, Blue Skies Inn B&B, Onaledge, Rockledge Country Inn, and Red Crags Bed and Breakfast Inn- will open their doors fora holiday tour. Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society, guests will visit  area B&Bs to benefit the non-profit organization and its history center with all proceeds donated to the society. You can get tickets at the OCC Historical Society’s bookstore located at 1 South 24th St, 80904.
  • There are two Arts and Crafts sales this weekend, one at Colorado College: Friday, December 3rd from 4:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday, December 4th from 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, December 5th from 10:00 am -5:00 pm , and one across the street at Bemis Art School, part of the FAC, located at 818 Pelham Place which is off of Cache la Poudre just west of Cascade, Friday, December 3rd from 4:00 pm –8:00 pm ,  Saturday, December 4th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and  Sunday, December 5th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • There are also two wine tastings at Vintages, 9 South Tejon, downtown. Wednesday December 1st from 4:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday December 4th from noon-5:00pm.

Let us know if there are other events we’re missing!

I put the win in winterizing!

It will surprise you to know that all my DIY skills are self-taught. But how did you get so masterful with the sprayfoam, you’re wondering. I know. It’s pretty impressive. Just a natural talent, I guess.

My latest project involves the Very Cold Kitchen. I’m not sure why it gets so cold in there when the rest of the house stays a lot less cold. Probably has something to do with science. At any rate, there are two culprits: One is the weird closet where our washer and dryer live. The second is the pantry.

Nothing can be done about the pantry, so we just close the door and let all our canned goods freeze. But the weird closet? Game on, closet. Game on.

Last year, we hung a quilt over the whole thing, but Adrienne said she didn’t want bedding hanging up in the kitchen. Women.

This year, we’re taking it to the next level: Solid foam insulation and sprayfoam.

Washing machine drain. Tip: when you unscrew the hose, it's possible that water will spill everywhere.

Washing machine drain. Tip: when you unscrew the hose, it's possible that water will spill everywhere.

Washing machine drain hose doesn't need to be unscrewed from the machine.

This drain hose doesn't need to be unscrewed from the washing machine, apparently. I could have just pulled it out from the waste pipe. Interesting.

Weird closet where the washer and dryer live.

Weird closet where the washer and dryer live. The right wall for some reason is very cold. Soon, it will have foam attached to it.

Foam insulation

Cutting foam insulation is actually kind of hard. This saw didn't quite get the job done.

Reciprocating saw

Bring out the reciprocating saw! Go ahead and balance the foam on your feet when you saw through it. Totally safe.

Reciprocating saw

Reciprocating saw cuts through foam insulation like butter.

Measure twice, get two different numbers. Measure a few more times. Cut only three times.

It's exciting when a plan comes together.

Measure twice, get two different numbers. Measure a few more times. Cut only three times.

Measure twice, get two different numbers. Measure a few more times. Cut only three times.

Looking good. Quality work here.

Quality workmanship.

Finishing up by taping some insulation to the bottom.

We had some leftover insulation from a water heater blanket we bought. Looking good. All other cracks and gaps get sprayfoam.

Leftover insulation from the water heater blanket taped randomly to the closet ceiling should warm things up.

Leftover insulation from the water heater blanket taped randomly to the closet ceiling should warm things up.

Done! Washer and dryer back into their weird little home. That closet should be slightly less cold now.

Done! Washer and dryer back into their weird little home. That closet should be slightly less cold now.

I also installed this towel holder. Probably won't help heat the kitchen much, but it's mostly straight and level.

I also installed this towel holder. Probably won't help heat the kitchen much, but it's mostly straight and level.

Discovery! A new antique store

OK, so it’s not really new, I guess, but it’s new to us.

Stumbled onto Colorado Country Antique Mall the other day on the West Side, and it’s a good one. Decent prices, good selection of weird junk.

We were surprised that Colorado Springs doesn’t have more antique places, so we’re pretty happy to have found this little gem. We’ll be back.


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Tapateria, Old Colorado City

So, small food seems to have taken hold here in Colorado Springs. I guess I get why. People don’t want to spend a lot of money but they still want to go out. Some of it can be good but overall I don’t really care for the idea of it. I like to eat while I’m drinking. Eat. Real. Food.

Tapateria is one of these small food places that just opened last month. It’s by the same people who do Pizzeria Rustica, one of my faves. The menu is printed on a placemat with pictures and prices. It’s a really cute concept.

Mike and Linda at Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO
Mike and Linda at Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO

The food is really tasty, that’s for sure. But it is tiny. Like at Motif, don’t go there expecting a meal. It’s tapas (Tapateria, get it?) which are just small bites.

It’s located in a really pretty space.

Tapateria, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO

Tapateria, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO

They have a really nice wine list that features a lot of Spanish wines- I had a tempranillo, which is my new thing, Mike got a Bristol and Linda had a Mojito.

Drinks at Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO
Drinks at Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO

We had a couple of snacks. They were very good. But small! Have I mentioned the food here is very very small?

Goat cheese salad from Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO

Goat cheese salad from Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO

The Patatas Bravas were basically roasted potatoes. They were fine, but the sauce they were served with really made them something special.

Patatas Bravas from Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO
Patatas Bravas from Tapateria, Colorado Springs, CO

I’ll for sure go back to Tapateria because it’s in an interesting space, the people are really nice, the food is good and I like the vibe of the whole place. But I’ll probably have dinner first…:)

Motif in Old Colorado City

We did a quick post about Motif when they first opened and we went there for a drink. We recently went there two more times and had some of their yummy food. Just a warning, it is very small food. Like tiny. Don’t expect to have a meal there. But if you just want to have a couple of small snacks with your drinks you’ll do just fine.

They have live jazz every night inside, which is where you’ll probably want to hang out now that it’s cooler.

Even tho it was October, it was really nice out so we sat on the patio. Here’s a funny look at what this space looked like before Motif arrived.  Yea, they did a lot of work!

The outdoor patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO
The outdoor patio at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO
The outdoor patio at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO

The outdoor patio at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO

They have different specials each week.

Specials menu at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO
Specials menu at Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO

Since I was going thru my chai fascination at that time, I ordered the Pumpkin Spiced Chai Martini. It was really awesome.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Martini, Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO

Pumpkin Spice Chai Martini, Motif, Old Colorado City, Colorado Springs, CO

Mike had a beer and Linda had an appletini.

Drinks on the patio at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO

Drinks on the patio at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO

We also ordered some deep fried artichoke hearts which were delish.

Artichoke tempura with lemon dipping sauce at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO

Artichoke tempura with lemon dipping sauce at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO

The dessert special was a plate of lollipops- two were cheesecake and two were chocolate truffle. Yum!

Special dessert at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO
Special dessert at Motif, Colorado Springs, CO

They were only open on weekends all summer, but check their website for current hours as well as the list of live music they have coming up.