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.

What Are You Doing New Years…


Are you ready for #twentyseventeen?  Ready or not, here it comes!  Are you the type to make resolutions? In our circle of friends we don’t resolve as much as we dream.  We love to set goals and crush them.  So while making plans to ring in the New Year, we suggest taking a bit of time to write down hopes, dreams, plans and goals.  Think outside the box! Stay tuned for our teams 2017 goals early next week!

If you’re looking for something fun to do for New Years Eve here’s a couple ideas that are going on in the Grand Valley…

  • New Years Eve 80’s Flashback Party at Mesa Theater on December 31st beginning at 8pm.
  • New Years Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks – starts at 6pm at Powderhorn. Skiers and Riders parade down the mountain with lights and torches to illuminate the mountain like never before. This sounds lovely!

    And there’s truly nothing better than quaint evenings with family and friends to ring in a bigger, better and brighter year.

    Happy New Year from The Maves Group!

    Kelly, Jamie, Lindsay and Jillian





Merry Little Traditions

Christmas week is finally here!  There are people that look forward to it all year long and others that feel like they “just can’t believe it’s already here”.  Whichever one you happen to be, you cannot deny the magic that comes during this week.  One of the best parts of the holidays are traditions.  Does your family have special things they do each year?  Here’s a few from our team… I wonder if you can guess who’s traditions is who’s.

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  1. Christmas Eve Jammie Movie Night – Every year we open one present on Christmas Eve and it’s Christmas jammies. We choose a favorite Christmas movie, make hot cocoa, chocolate drizzled popcorn and snuggle up and drink in the magic. We end the night with kids in sleeping bags next to the Christmas tree.
  2. The Christmas pickle – Ever since the kids were little we have done The Christmas Pickle.  A decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden on a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning the kids crowd around the tree to see who can find it first. The finder gets a special Christmas gift!
  3.  Jesus Birthday Cake – We love to take time to each year to put the focus on what we feel is the most important part of the holiday – JESUS.  On Christmas Eve we take time to bake a birthday cake for JESUS and talk about the story of His birth. We bake a white cake and ice it white as well to symbolize us being as white as snow thanks to his gift to us.  Best gift ever!
  4. Secret Santa Jammie Exchange – On Thanksgiving we take turns drawing names from a hat with our entire family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc) to buy Christmas jammies and then we all exchange on Christmas Eve.  It’s so fun to see all the different jammies that everyone picks out for each other!

So who do you think each tradition belongs to?


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.