Are you ready for some Irish Style comfort food?  Nothing says St. Patricks day like good food and good beer.  This recipe combines them both! Feel free to substitute your favorite Irish beer or even beef broth if you’d like to skip the beer altogether. Get your green on, get in the kitchen and get ready to whip up this famous Irish staple.
1 & 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup half & half milk
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 & 1/2 pounds ground round
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/2 cup Guinness Irish beer
1/2 cup beef broth (or chicken broth)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cups frozen vegetable medley, thawed (corn, peas, carrots, green beans)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them in fourths. Place them in a medium pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Boil the potatoes over medium-high heat until they are fork tender. (While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the meat filling.)
  3. Remove the potatoes from the boiling water add butter and mash the potatoes with a flat beater on low speed.
  4. Gradually pour in the half & half and add in salt, pepper and cheese. Mix until smooth.
  5.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  1. In a saute pan heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onion until it begins to turn golden brown. Add in the garlic and continue to saute.
  2. Add in the ground round, salt and pepper. Cook until the beef is completely brown with no more pink.
  3. Sprinkle flour on the meat and fold it into the mixture.
  4. Add in the tomato paste, Guinness beer, beef or chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary and thyme.
  5. Stir to mix everything together. Bring meat filling to a brief boil, then reduce the heat to low.
  6. Cover the saute pan and let the mixture simmer for about 12 minutes until the sauce is lightly thickened.
  1. Fold the vegetable medley into the meat mixture until everything is combined.
  2. Transfer the meat filling to an 8 X 8 inch baking dish. Using a spatula spread it evenly on the bottom.
  3. With a clean spatula, spread the mashed potatoes evenly on top of the meat mixture.
  4. Around the edges of the meat mixture make sure the potatoes form a nice seal within the baking dish to prevent overflow of the filling while baking.
  5. Put the baking dish on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to catch any overflow.
  6. Place the Shepherd’s Pie on the middle rack of the oven to ensure good heat circulation.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until the potatoes become lightly golden.
  8. Remove the Guinness Shepherd’s Pie and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

Not your average cocoa


The cold weather has arrived on the WEST SLOPE!  Ready or not it’s here and with it comes yummy treats and fun family traditions.  We’ll visit on family traditions soon but let’s chat about one of my favorite treats today – HOT COCOA!

Now there is nothing wrong with a little Swiss Miss but why stop with that when you can make something super delicious that your family and friends will remember and crave each year as the weather picks up a chill. Here’s a few fun recipes you can give a try.  Don’t forget to submit to us your own favorite recipe by either commenting below or emailing us at



4 cups milk of choice (You can substitute half and half, heavy cream, or a mixture.)
1 tsp vanilla extract
8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
Whipped Cream or marshmallows for topping
  1. Stir together milk, chocolate and vanilla in small saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the white hot chocolate comes to a simmer. (Do not let it come to a boil.)
  3. Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.



4 cups milk
4 candy canes, crushed
3 oz. dark chocolate (or 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips)


  • 4 candy canes to use as stir sticks
  • whipped cream
  • crushed candy cane for garnish
  1. Add milk, crushed candy canes, and chocolate to a medium sauce pan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame, whisking occasionally as the candy canes and chocolate melt.
  3. As the candy and chocolate melt, whisk more vigorously to incorporate ingredients.
  4. Do not let the milk boil as that will cause it to form a skin.
  5. Divide the hot cocoa between 4 cups; top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes. Add a candy cane stirring stick.


4 cups whole milk1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups whole milk
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne powder
  1. Place 1 cup of milk to a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame until the milk just begins to simmer
  3. Add cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and cayenne powder to the milk.
  4. Whisk until cocoa, sugar, spices and milk are thoroughly combined.
  5. Slowly add remaining 3 cups of milk, whisking to combine.
  6. Cook over a low flame until the hot cocoa is warmed through.
  7. Server immediately.


4 cups Silk Cashew milk
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Add Silk Cashew milk and chocolate to a medium sauce pan.
  2. Cook over a medium flame, whisking occasionally as the chocolate melts.
  3. As the chocolate melts, whisk more vigorously to incorporate ingredients.
  4. Do not let the milk boil as that will cause it to form a skin.
  5. Divide the hot cocoa between 4 cups; top with dairy-free whipped cream and chocolate pieces


5 cups Milk
½ cup Hershey’s Cocoa
½ cup Nutella
½ cup White Sugar

1 cup Hot Water

  1. Combine Cocoa, Sugar, Nutella, and Hot Water in large pan. Stir, and bring to gentle boil.
  2. Transfer mixture to Crockpot, add Milk, and Stir well.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours, or until hot.
  4. Pour into mugs or Mason Jar Mugs, then top with Whip Cream and Sprinkles! ENJOY!!
Recipe can be doubled for a larger batch.
If serving at a party, let simmer on LOW for a delicious holiday or party drink!


1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons Truvia sweetener (more if you want it sweeter)
1 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (orange extract can be used for even more flavor)
Whipped cream or marshmallows, for topping
Add all ingredients except the whipped cream into your Vitamix blender. If you have a Vitamix Blender that has a hot soup preset option set it and forget it! (Well, don’t forget it…drink it after it’s done) After your hot chocolate is finished pour it into a mug, top with whipped cream or marshmallows. If your Vitamix does not have a preset option simple blend on high until hot. This will take about 4 minutes.

* If you don’t have a Vitamix (or Blendtec) you could simply add all ingredients (except marshmallows and whipped cream) to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until fully melted and combined.



Guess what?  It’s Friday! And that means we get to share with you some of our favs!

umbrellas-2-1024x614-300x180CAFE SOL – This is one of our top choices when it comes to lunch for our group of friends. Where do we want to go? CAFE SOL!  This lovely cafe is locally owned and focuses on fresh, natural and organic ingredients. And one of the best parts is they partner with multiple local farmers and offer only colorado made beverages.  We love local and we love Cafe Sol!  We didn’t even get to the part where they have some of the best food in town.  If you haven’t tried this Main St cafe, make sure to grab a couple friends and try it today!  — the beet salad is the BEST!

Cafe Sol 420 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501          970-986-3474


 This jewelry is on the top of the list of things to order. How great is it? As a teenager, Christina saw working at her dad’s jewelry shop as nothing more than a necessary evil for making extra cash. It wasn’t until after college, while working the same ol’ summer job, that she took a shine to the idea of making some creations of her own. Each one is stamped by hand, with a bespectacled Christina carefully ensuring each and every letter is perfectly placed – and she says she’ll keep doing it until glasses no longer do the trick. Click here to check out all her beautiful creations.


Fall is here and fall fashion is the best?   Jeans, sweaters, scarfs and boots – what could be better?  The neutral colors this season are stunning on just about any person and mixing textures is key. Check out wachabuy to see some outfits that are easy to put together that we think are on point!


pantone-coloroftheyear2016-rosequarzserenity-moodboard-nordic-italianbarkAccording to Pantone 2016 these are the colors of the season.  Namely ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY. A color response to the stress of our days with a combination that create feelings of tranquility and balance.  What do you think? We like them especially paired with nude or beige.  094841875-1c359a87-44cb-4443-a285-7a411c4dacfe.jpg Here’s to a happy Friday! We hope to see you this weekend or next at the Grand Junction Parade of Homes!


Summer Tasty Treats to make with the family

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Here at the Maves Group, we LOVE summer!  AND, we LOVE family!  Here are some really fun and yummy treats to make to cool off and treat you and your kiddos during these hot summer months.  Make sure to include the kids in making these so you’ll make memories too!

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If you’re anything like me, when you think of summer you think of homemade ice cream. Here’s a recipe to make homemade ice cream in a large ziplock bag even if you don’t own an ice cream maker. Check it out… Homemade Ice Cream


From fruit pops to fudgesicles to yogurt pops, these are on our summer fun to do list. Here are 30 great popsicle recipes to make with your kids.  YUM!


There’s nothing like family movie night!  Here’s a great idea to make your own pop-corn bar.  Let us know if you have other ideas for great topping ideas too!


If you are wanting a healthy spin to fun summer treats, try these!