Cara is a former kindergarten teacher who chose to leave the profession to pursue her dream career of food writing and food photography. She is a creative and food is her muse. Cara has a local food and kitchen blog called Peak Thyme where she shares original recipes; food photography, local foodie finds, kitchen product recommendations, and promotes local women in the culinary industry. Cara has been married for almost 21 years to her college sweetheart and together they have 4 children ranging in ages from 6yrs to 16yrs. As a family, they enjoy hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, cooking, and eating out. Colorado Springs is a perfect fit for their active lifestyle.
Christmas cookies on a plate

Cookie Exchange = More Fun, Less Work

The holidays are a magical time of year. Baking is just one part of the magic. A cookie exchange = more fun, less work! More Fun, Less Work If you’re like me, you tend to bake...
Turkey Melt

Thanksgiving Turkey Melt – Reimagine Your Turkey-Day Leftovers

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and your fridge is full of leftovers. You could just heat them all up and have a turkey-day redo.  Or you could reimagine and transform some of your leftover...
pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread with Fresh Pumpkin Puree

'Tis the season for baking and one of my favorite fall recipes is pumpkin chocolate chip bread. It is full of pumpkin spice goodness and the chocolate chips add a layer of sweet decadence....
Woman leaning over kitchen counter eating a bowl of fruit.

Nutrition and Exercise: My Self-Care Journey

Self-Care As a mom of four kids, I will admit that I often overlook myself. Up until recently, I was fueling my body with foods that didn't serve me and my waistline suffered. I also...
Homemade Vanilla

Homemade Vanilla – The Perfect Holiday Gift

The Perfect Gift It may seem early to be thinking about the holidays, but the perfect holiday gift needs time to age. I am speaking about one of my favorite gifts to give, homemade vanilla....
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The Backyard Market – Fun for the Whole Family

The Backyard Market in the Black Forest is fun for the whole family. Located on the corner of Shoup and Black Forest Road, the market is nestled amongst the tall pines. As you approach...
mom and son cooking together

Kids in the Kitchen: Teaching Life Skills and Creating Memories

Children are naturally curious and love to learn.  One of the best places to enrich your child's knowledge is in your home kitchen.  Getting kids in the kitchen also helps to create lifelong memories...