Perfect 1 Day Itinerary in Breckenridge, Colorado

Colorado has many places with beautiful scenery and picturesque locations. One of my favorite places to go with family just to relax and hangout is Breckenridge, Colorado! A beautiful mountain town just South of Silverthorne, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Denver and 45 minutes from Vail.

Breckenridge is a beautiful place and perfect for a family to visit. there are many fun things to do and amazing place to capture possibly some of the best pictures. there are some must do’s when you visit Breckenridge.

1 Day Itinerary – Spring/Summer

Head Downtown!

Downtown Breck is one of the best places to just hangout with family and go shopping. There are shops, places to eat and scenery all around. the buildings are cute and aesthetic. Shops range from popcorn to clothes to even book stores!

Go to the River

The Blue River runs through Breckenridge. It runs through downtown Breck for a beautiful spot to drink a coffee from Clint’s Coffee Shop, or dipping your feet in the fresh mountain water!

Visit Isak Heartstone the Troll!

Isak heartstone is a popular troll in Breckenridge. You have to take a small trail to get to it but its a must see when visiting. This is a 15 foot tall wooden troll made by artist Thomas Bambo.

Go On a Hike!

All throughout Breckenridge there are many trails you can take to get in a little workout. You can google to find certain ones you want to explore! there are ones on more flat land or you can hike up some mountains. There might also be brochures at your hotel with some good hiking trails near by.

In almost all towns they host seasonal activities. Breckenridge being a skiing town, knows what activities to do all year round especially during the off seasons to give people something fun to do and attend.

There are festivals throughout the year in Breck. Summer in Breck is packed full of events and festivals. The season starts off with a food and wine festival in July. There is a summer beer festival, Bacon and Bourbon Hogfest, Labor Day weekend great rubber duck race and more.

1 Day Itinerary – Fall

Fall in Breckenridge brings the perfect temperatures for walking around downtown! Just like in the spring and summer, downtown is packed with activities and events in the fall. Oktoberfest, the Breckenridge Wine Classic, Breckenridge Film Festival and so much more!

1 Day Itinerary – Winter

Believe it or not, winter is still a great time to walk around and experience Breckenridge! Events in the winter include the International Snow Sculpture Championships, and holiday lighting and a race of Santa’s!

Of course the winter brings the thing mountain lovers enjoy most. SNOW! Grab a pair of skis or a snowboard and head over to one of the many lifts on the mountains, head up, and ski! If skiing or snowboarding is not your thing, there are plenty of other options available! Snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowmobiling and more!

If you are looking for a unique experience, about 25-30 minutes outside of Breckenridge in Dillion, Colorado, you can visit the Ice Castles.

Dillion, CO Ice Castles 2020.

There are six locations across North America where ice castles of this magnitude can be seen. Dillion, Colorado is one of those locations. Prices range from $17-$21 for adults and $12-$16 for children.

For more information, specific festival dates and more, visit GoBreck.

Easy Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken

Crispy, juicy, oven fried chicken is the a delicious meal for the Southern food lovers who want to eat healthier, or want to try something new with their chicken dinners! This easy gluten free oven fried chicken will be a keeper!

I live in a house of 7 people. When everyone eats dinner together I like to make sure it is on the healthier side to make sure everyone eats some sort of a healthy meal everyday. This chicken is an amazing way to eat fried chicken without feeling bloated and full afterwords thanks to the gluten free flour and not frying the chicken in oil, and not have a ridiculous amount of breading on it.

Ingredient Breakdown

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs – I prefer boneless chicken thighs to make life easier on everyone with a family of 7. Bone in would not hurt! Skin on would not hurt either! It can be a bit tricky to get a nice crisp on the skin, and I prefer the easy and fast route to cooking.
  • Buttermilk – Buttermilk serves as the base for the marinade. The buttermilk sticks to chicken easier than milk helping the seasonings soak in
    • If you do not have buttermilk at home, you can easily make your own with milk and lemon juice or vinegar. Take the same amount of milk needed and add about 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. This will make a sour milk similar to buttermilk.
  • Hot Sauce – I personally use Frank’s RedHot Original hot sauce, but any type of hot sauce will work.
  • Gluten Free Flour – There are many different gluten free flours on the market. You can use a gluten free flour mix, or almond flour, oat flour, brown rice flour, and more.
  • Seasonings – Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like in this mix! My go to for any meat is always Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.
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What is the Best Gluten Free Flour to Use?

There are many gluten free flours on the market that are out there for you to try. Some brands you could try using are Bob Red Mill, King Arthur, Pillsbury, Krusteaz and my personal favorite that I have tried so far, Cup4Cup.

Why Use Gluten Free Flour?

I use gluten free flour because it does not make you feel full and bloated after eating. There are multiple reasons why I personally eat gluten free more often than not for health purposes.

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Can You Add Cornstarch?

Cornstarch can be added to help create a crispier breading on the chicken. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to your flour and seasoning when you are ready to coat the chicken.

Easy Instructions to Make Fried Chicken

  • Combine chicken with milk, hot sauce, and seasoning in a sealable plastic bag. Let rest in the fridge for 2 hours to marinate and soak up the delicious flavors.
  • Take chicken out of the bag, dunk in gluten free flour, and place on a wire rack that is placed inside of a baking sheet with sides.
  • Bake chicken for 30 minutes at 450 degrees F flipping halfway through.
  • Remove from oven and enjoy!

Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (regular milk works fine as well)
  • 4 tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a reclosable plastic bag, add chicken thighs, buttermilk, Louisiana hot sauce, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper.

  2. Seal the bag and massage thoroughly until the ingredients are well mixed and the chicken is coated. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

  3. After 2-3 hours have passed, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  4. Take a baking pan with sides and place a wire cooling rack in it.

  5. Pour roughly 1-2 cups of gluten free flour into a bowl or plate. I add salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to give the coating some flavor as well. One at a time, take the chicken out of the plastic bag and coat both sides with flour.

  6. Place the floured chicken on the wire cooling rack and bake for 15-20 minutes, then take a pair of tongs and flip over to ensure the baking is even. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.

  7. Remove chicken from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve, and enjoy!

How Long is Leftover Chicken Good for?

Leftover chicken can be refrigerated for roughly 2-3 days before I would start questioning the chicken. I prefer to toss old food after a few days or not even worry about saving it because I know I will not eat leftovers.

How to Reheat Your Fried Chicken

Reheating chicken can be tricky and can sometimes make the chicken taste funny. When I reheat chicken, I almost always put it in the oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place your chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. This will heat the chicken slow and low to ensure a natural chicken flavor, and will crisp the skin to give you a nice crunch. Using a microwave will often give chicken a slightly off taste, and will make the skin soft.

What to Eat Alongside Fried Chicken

You can eat whatever you’d like with your fried chicken! Grill up some corn on the cob! Make some cheesy potatoes. My new favorite is jalapeno cheddar cornbread! Who doesn’t love some cornbread, butter and fried chicken!

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

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Homemade Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Easy homemade jalapeno cheddar cornbread is a perfect side dish! This crispy, crumbly, cheesy and spicy cornbread will have you drooling!

Ingredients needed for cornbread generally include cornmeal, flour, buttermilk and eggs. Swap the flour for gluten free flour, and add in a few extra ingredients and you have yourself a delicious gluten free cornbread!

Ingredients for Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread – Lauren H.

Ingredient Breakdown

  • Cornmeal is the base for the delicious cornbread. I personally use Aunt Jemima yellow corn meal.
  • Gluten free flour is the second main ingredient for cornbread.
  • Buttermilk helps add a different flavor than regular milk would. This is not to say that you cannot use regular milk if you are in a pinch.

If you would prefer to use buttermilk but do not have any, take the same amount of milk needed and add about 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice. This will make a sour milk similar to buttermilk.

  • Butter! Butter helps give the cornbread moisture, while giving it a delicious buttery flavor.
  • Eggs help keep everything together.
  • Jalapenos are an optional ingredient, but help give the cornbread more flavor and a bit of spice.
  • Cheddar cheese for the cheese lovers out there because cheese makes everything better.
  • Some may like to add corn to the cornbread to add a different texture to the cornbread.

Quick and Easy Cornbread Steps

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix your dry ingredients in one bowl.
  • Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Bake!

Why Use a Cast Iron Skillet for Cornbread?

Making jalapeno cheddar cornbread in a cast iron skillet gives the outside a buttery crust! Before adding the cornbread batter to the skillet, heat up the skillet in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Just before you pour in the cornbread batter, spread butter all over the skillet. Once the cornbread is poured in, you will hear a beautiful sizzle that will start the process of the buttery crispy crust!

Homemade Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/2 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Take your 12 inch cast iron skillet and spray it with cooking spray, and coat lightly with cornmeal to prevent the cornbread from sticking.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt) and mix until combined.

  4. Add in grated cheese and diced jalapenos. Mix until there is an even coat on the cheese and jalapenos.

  5. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, honey and butter.

  6. Mix the liquid mixture with the dry mixture. Mix until combined. Pour into the cast iron skillet. Top with extra jalapenos and cheese if desired.

  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick can be stuck in the center and come out clean.

  8. Top with butter, serve and enjoy!

Eat your cornbread with some extra butter or honey on top for the perfect side dish! Store leftover cornbread in an airtight container and store it at room temperature. Eat within 2-3 days after making it.

What to Eat With Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread?

I personally love to eat cornbread with fried chicken! Try this easy gluten free oven fried chicken with this cornbread!


Eating Gluten Free More Often

Why do some people care so much about eating gluten free? Some people have no choice but to eat gluten free. Others choose to for weight management or health benefits. Others choose to because of the side effects that gluten can cause in the body without even knowing it.

What is Gluten?

What is gluten? To put it simply, gluten is a type of protein that is in wheat, rye and barley. These are found in many different foods such as pasta, bread, desserts, some sauces and salad dressings, soups, and more.

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Some people live with Celiac Disease that is an autoimmune disorder where their bodies have reactions to eating or sometimes just coming into contact with gluten. The small intestine is the most affected when someone with Celiac eats gluten. It starts to cause inflammation in the intestine which affects the way nutrients is absorbed after eating. Celiac Disease can come with may symptoms that some may not be aware of. It can cause fatigue, bone or joint pain, iron-deficiency anemia, bone loss, migraines, and so much more. When your body is not able to absorb the nutrients from the last meal eaten that contained gluten, it is like the body receives nothing and starts to break down.

Other people, like myself, eat gluten free because we choose to. I am not much of a refined carb person in the first place. I do not really like bread so I do not eat sandwiches or toast, and when it comes to pasta it is easy to find gluten free pasta. I eat gluten free 90% of the time, with the exception of the occasional cheesy garlic bread for dinner or breading on chicken or fish.

There are many reasons to stay away from gluten when possible, and it is not hard. Every persons body is different, so you may show different symptoms of gluten intolerance but do not have Celiac.

Gastrointestinal issues can be caused by gluten sensitivity as well. Cutting out gluten will help clear out your gut making it easier to digest healthy foods and absorb the nutrients provided. It also can be helpful with gastrointestinal issues and upset stomachs.

Personal Experience With Gluten

One day I decided to try to lose weight, and cutting out gluten would help it look like I lost weight. Reducing or fully cutting out the amount of gluten a person eats can help keep bloating down ultimately allowing one to lose bloat. I found that my stomach started to feel better and function a little more regularly than before.

I personally used to have pain in my hips, knees and ankles. I did not know why. I figured it was growing pains or something normal. Once I decided to try to lose weight and I cut back on gluten, I eventually realized that I did not experience that pain anymore. I did not have the hip, knee and ankle pain because my joints were no longer inflamed from me eating gluten.

The third item that I noticed personally was a change in my skin on my face and my arms. When I changed to gluten free, I was still going through puberty. Fun acne showed up on my face all the time. Acne has many reasons for showing up on a persons face. Stress is my biggest factor. But when I started eating gluten free, I noticed that my face started to clear up and would only get one to two blemishes at a time which is different from my normal six or so. My skin started to glow and I naturally looked healthier. Another weird sign that reducing gluten was helping my body was the little red bumps all over my upper arms. I had them my entire life and again, thought they were normal. I wanted them to go away so badly. I would scrub them with washcloths and body scrub but nothing helped, until I started cutting back gluten. I no longer have the red bumps on my arms.

Eating Gluten Free

Eating gluten free is easier than you may think. You have many fruits and vegetables to choose from for an easy grab and go gluten free snack. There are also many packaged goods in grocery stores that are gluten free and taste delicious. It comes down to doing some research, looking at packaging and labels, and finding what tastes best to you.

  • Gluten Free Pasta (i.e. Barilla, Banza.)
  • Rice Crackers
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Gluten Free Salami
  • Certain Brands and Types of Popcorn (i.e. Jolly Time, Pop Secret, Orville Redenbacher’s.)
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Please note, I am not a physician. The information above is from personal experiences and what I have noticed going gluten free. Everyone has a different body and immune system so try it for yourself. Please consult your doctor before making any drastic diet changes.