Denver Christkindl market and ALL the food

Hi guys! Tis the season for holiday traditions and there is an endless supply of seasonal fun to be had in Denver. Last night we bundled up and headed out to the the Parade of Lights in downtown. It was so much fun! We found a good spot on 15th and Stout and brought our own hot ciders to enjoy while we watched.

The bands were great too and the whole parade was just a fantastic event. You could just see the magic in the kid’s eyes as each glittering float went by. Loved it!

After the parade we headed over to the famous clock tower on 16th St.

The Denver Christkindl Market is an enchanting holiday event and we go every year to check out the beautiful stalls full of scarves, gifts, pastries, and toys. I also collect the unique mugs you receive when you get a Glühwein, or mulled wine, so we headed into Festival Hall to get my mug and enjoy some traditional German music.

By then we were getting pretty hungry and lined up again for some food. While the lines were long, that just gave us more time to look around at all the beautiful wares in the stalls.

The goulash was super hot and delicious. I always get the cheese and onion pierogies which were amazing as usual.

We were too full for pretzels, but they also looked amazing. Gosh I just love ALL THE FOOD at Christmas time. The potato cakes also looked like heaven. Calories, Smalories.

Kind of just kidding about the calories, I feel like a tub of butter if I don’t sweat some of these yummy treats out so the treadmill was the order of the morning.

More yummy foods are cooking up at home too. The food literally does not stop around here from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. First I baked up some milk bread.

And we whipped up my “quick posole” which is a fast and wonderfully filling soup.

Recipe:

3/4 lb. pork stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

2 tsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Crushed red pepper

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 large can hominy, drained and rinsed

32. oz. low sodium chicken broth

Toppings:

Radishes, sliced thin

Shredded lettuce

Cilantro

Lime wedges

Heat up the olive oil in a pot on high heat and add pork. Brown on all sides (about 4 min) and remove pork from pot.

Add onion, cook 4 min.

Add garlic, cook one more minute.

Add pork back to the pot and add cumin and salt.

Add 1/2 cup of broth and put stove to high heat. Let broth reduce down for a couple of minutes, stirring the ingredients together.

Add the rest of the broth, cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve hot, topped with radishes, lettuce, cilantro and limes.

Delish! And so fast and easy. Now I’m enjoying some Christmas-y episodes of Downtown Abbey while picking up the house and getting things prepped for the week. I hope you have lots of festivities planned for the holiday season and you’ll be spending lots of time with family. My dad is coming next week and we’re really excited to celebrate some of the holiday season with him. Have a great week, my friends!

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What holiday traditions do you have?

Mulled wine, yay or nay?

Me: I like it…once a year…to get my special mug 🙂

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