Aug 142014
 

Yellow Canola Fields in Eastern Washington via J5MM.com Eastern Washington Spokane Green Rolling Hills via J5MM.com

With a hop, skip and a jump we hitch up the Airstream and hit the road.

We travel through yellow Canola fields in Eastern Washington while slowly meandering down the road enjoying every moment.

Eastern Washington Rest Stop via J5MM.com

Antique Old Barn in Eastern Washington via J5MM.com

Canola Fields with Barn in Eastern Washington via J5MM.com

Welcome to Idaho via J5MM.com

Airstream Road Trip via J5MM.com

RV Resorts in McCall Idaho - Northfork Lodge via J5MM.com

We stay in McCall, Idaho at the Northfork Lodge and McCall RV park.  It’s one of our favorites places to stay.

We just can’t decide which season we prefer — summer or winter . . .

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We stay here in summer this time, the week before the 4th of July weekend.

We slip into site #66 (we hear its one of the best).

God Bless America

When we arrive, it’s late so I retreat into my silver kitchen and pull out my beloved cast iron skillet.  I make dinner.  In my Airstream freezer is a fillet of fish from the San Juan Islands.  A very special fillet indeed.  A fish that B caught during our last trip.  I make fish burgers for our dinner.  Crispy, flaky, tender fish fillets dressed in melted cheese that lay in between a soft poppy seed bun.

“Mommy, this is so yummy,” proclaims B.

“You caught our yummy dinner,” I remind him.

And he smiles {big} ♥

HALIBUT Fish Burger at the McCall RV Resort via J5MM.com

During our stay in McCall, we take a three day trip with Hells Canyon Raft.  When we return, we spend one more day at the resort before hitching up and hitting the road again.

We discover old history and beauty along our journey and we also find some pretty campsites too ♥

Airstream Road Trip via J5MM.com

Oregon Airstream Road Trip via J5MM.com

UNITY, OREGON VIA J5MM.COM

road trip through Malheur National Forest via J5MM.com

Strawberry Mountain, Oregon via J5MM.com

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness // Malheur National Forest // OR

Boondocking in Malheur National Forest via J5MM.com

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Trout Farm Campground // Malheur National Forest // OR

TROUT FARM CAMPGROUND via J5MM.com

Trout Farm Campground via J5MM.com

Trout Farm Campground in Malheur National Forest via J5MM.com

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Wickiup Campground // Malheur National Forest // OR

GOOD MORNING WICKIUP CAMPGROUND via J5MM.com

Early Morning Fishing at Wickiup Campground via J5MM.com

Glamping In The Oregon Forest via J5MM.com

Wickiup Campground in Malheur Site #1 via J5MM.com

Airstream Road Trip Through Oregon via J5MM.com

Lake Ochoco State Park in Oregon via J5MM.com

SITE #11
Ochoco Lake Campground // Pineville // OR

Lake Ochoco State Park in Oregon via J5MM.com

Lake Ochoco Campground in Oregon via J5MM.com

Grilled Bass with Lime via J5MM.com

SITE #55
Kah-Nee-Ta Resort
// Warm Springs // OR

Kahneeta Resort in Oregons High Desert via J5MM.com

Kahneeta Resort in Oregons High Desert via J5MM.com

Kahneeta Warm Springs Pool via j5MM.com

Kahneeta Warm Springs Pool via j5MM.com

Kahneeta Resort via j5MM.com

The moon at Kahneeta is ever present and the sunrises over Mt. Jefferson gives a feeling of pure tranquility . . .

Kahneeta Resort in Oregons High Desert via J5MM.com

Our last morning during our summer trip, I make an easy breakfast radish spread and off we go . . .

Kahneeta Resort and Glamping with our Airstream via J5MM.com

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Thank you for being in our world ♥  I hope we inspire you  . . .

Peace & Love,
Monica
XO

Jul 292014
 

Rafting in Hells Canyon

Sitting on the edge of the Airstream bed while petting Oliver, B watches me with a curious eye as I pack his dry bag.  A nice {big} dry bag that Kurt and Heidi from Hells Canyon Raft dropped off with us at our campsite at the McCall RV Resort.  Tomorrow morning we begin a multi-day whitewater rafting trip with them. Where the Snake River heads north and carves the border between Idaho and Oregon, it forms the infamous Hells Canyon which happens to be the deepest gorge in North America (and deeper than the Grand Canyon!) and just happens to be where our rafting trip will take us . . .

McCall RV Resort and Northfork Lodge in McCall, ID via J5MM.com

“Mommy, will I be able to fish?”  B asks . . .

I glance over my shoulder and I smile {big} at him as I finish packing his dry bag.

His eyes grow bigger — and he too — smiles :)

He knows my answer.

What about Oliver?  Can he come? Where will we sleep?  Will our Airstream be okay alone here? 

So many questions my little boy has.

I reassure him everything will be perfect.

And it was . . .

This is how our two-night // three-day trip with Hells Canyon Raft began each morning . . .

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

From falling asleep in our comfortable tents under some of the most amazing star-lit skies and crisp cool canyon air, we are awoken gently the next morning with soft sun beans shining through our tents gently warming us awake.

We unzip our tents and follow our noses to the smell of freshly brewed cowboy coffee and breakfast being prepared riverside by our guides Patrick and Elaine.

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

With coffee in my hand and hot cocoa in B’s — we decide to take a hike together and explore our surroundings.  Just he and I . . .

Soon enough we hear the call that breakfast is ready — so we start to head back down to our riverside camp.

But not before I give B a head start . . .

{a big head start}

Because I couldn’t get over the landscapes and views here.  Amazing.

I could have taken pictures forever . . .

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Homestead Camping in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Sunny mornings at our riverside camp consisted of chatting with new friends from far away places, sipping hot coffee and hot cocoa all while enjoying some of the most delicious gourmet riverside meals.

After breakfast one morning, Patrick and Elaine offered up a “easy” hike to take.  “Monica, the view from the top is one you’ll never forget.” Patrick tells me as he can see I am questioning whether or not to go . . . because the hike is on the other side of the river and it looks steep.  Very — steep.  I’m not a fan of heights.  But he reassured me that people of all ages and skill levels can easily take this hike.

So I went. And I am SO glad I did.

Hiking to Suicide Point in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

And along the way we would spy some of the canyon’s beauty . . .

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Rafting in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

When we arrived at the view point our guide Katie began to explain the story of how the name of this point came to be:

“Once upon a time, a very long time ago . . . two beautiful souls from different backgrounds met here in the canyon.

They became friends.

BEST friends who LOVED each other.

But in the end, their families disagreed and would not accept that they were in love.  VERY much in love they were and VERY unaccepting were both sides of their families.

They were very unhappy about that and decided that if they weren’t allowed to be together surrounded by the love of their families, they would find another way to be together.

Forever.”

Their fate was very sad :(

Standing ontop of Suicide Point in Hells Canyon, ID via J5MM.com

B was very moved by this story too . . .

“Mommy, that story is like the story from my Mountain Man book when wild Bill and Running Moon fell in love with each other.”

I was touched that he could relate both of those stories together because he was right, they were very similar . . .

B onto of Suicide Point in Hells Canyon, ID via J5MM.com

After a long while we all decided to head back down and continue on our journey.  Everyone in my group was taking pictures.  Picture – after – picture.  We would all stop, pause and wait until they got just the right shot.  We were all so awe struck with the beauty and dramatic landscapes here.

Fishing Hells Canyon with Hells Canyon Raft in beautiful Idaho via j5MM.com

Whitewater rafting through Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Native Trout in Hells Canyon via J5MM.comNative Trout in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

From catching and releasing some of the most beautiful native fish to some heart pumping wild rapids there was always something new to discover such as the (now) historic pioneering homesteads.

The Snake riverside is dotted with many of these  homesteads built in the late 1800′s.  Imagining living in the primitive conditions as the homesteaders did back in the 1800′s sent goosebumps up my spine.  It must have been a very hard life amid such wilderness and beauty.

Take for example the Kirkwood Ranch home of the Jordan family. In the depression years of the 1930s the Jordan family was desperate and bought a sheep ranch in the Canyon to try to reverse their failing fortunes. They lived with their children at Kirkwood Ranch for several years and had a few neighbors scattered up and down the canyon.

The Jordans left the Kirkwood Ranch at the beginning of World War II and Len Jordan went on to become a U.S. Senator which I think was quite a feat considering the hard times he must have endured during the depression and homesteading on the ranch.

Len and Grace Jordan's home in Hells Canyon along the Snake River at the Kirkwood Ranch via J5MM.com

Below are pictures I took of the family cabin dining room and the apple orchards that graced their property.

Not to mention the abundant cherry trees . . .

After enjoying a few cherries, I secretly put the pits into my pocket.

Maybe I can grow these same trees back home on my property in Roslyn . . .

We’ll see.

Len and Grace Jordan's home in Hells Canyon along the Snake River at the Kirkwood Ranch via J5MM.com

Len and Grace Jordan's home in Hells Canyon along the Snake River at the Kirkwood Ranch via J5MM.com

As we floated down the river, our guides explain to us that the Native Americans were the first humans to settle in Hells Canyon. For many years the canyon provided a passageway and temporary home for the Nez Perce tribe and evidence of their settling is still found in Hells Canyon today via their pictographs.

I couldn’t even begin to describe how excited I was to be able  to see these pictographs up close and personal . . . and imagine myself standing in the very same spot the Native Americans did.

Nez Perce Indians Pictographs in Hells Canyon along the Snake River with Hells Canyon Raft and Kurt and Heidi Armacost via J5MM.com

Hells Canyon Raft with Kurt and Heidi Armacost via J5MM.com

After our full day of exploring the canyon it’s time to head to camp.  Upon arrival, our tents are all prepared for us and our guides begin to set up the kitchen and get dinner started.

Meanwhile, we all settle into our tents and get refreshed for a relaxing evening by the river.  B chooses to continue to fish, hubby takes a dip and I swim in the 72 degree water.  I feel so refreshed.

So happy.

Soon our guides bring out beautiful big plates adorned with with dutch oven melted brie that has been wrapped in a garlic butter drenched flaky phyllo dough and topped with the most delicious cherry chutney.  I failed to take a picture because everyone was devouring this most delicious appetizer.

And dinner was delicious (and beautiful) as usual . . .

But it was that Cherry Chutney I couldn’t get out of my head.  The cherries came from the Kirkwood Ranch and were turned into the thick, heavenly sweet chutney by Heidi Armacost — owner of Hells Canyon Raft.

Maybe if I asked nicely, I thought . . . she would share the recipe with me :)

Hells Canyon Raft with Kurt and Heidi Armacost via J5MM.com via J5MM.com

Hells Canyon Rafting Experience with Hells Canyon Raft with Kurt and Heidi Armacost via J5MM.com


And in my last email with Heidi, while thanking her for the incredible trip — she did share her recipe with me !!  And now YOU :)  Bon Appetit !!

Kirkwood Ranch in Hells Canyon Cherry Chutney Recipe from Hells Canyon Raft via J5MM.com

So this past weekend, back home in Washington while glamped on our piece of property in Roslyn, I find my cherry trees are still going strong.

I walk around my property, with basket in hand, picking the cherries off my heirloom trees.  These trees of mine, once belonged to a hard working coal mining family — they have deep history, just the cherry trees have their own deep history at the Kirkwood Ranch in Hells Canyon.

One-by-one I reach up and pick the cherries . . . just like Heidi does in Hells Canyon back at the ranch.

I take my happy little basket of cherries and retreat into my silver kitchen where I slowly start to pit the cherries, chop up the onions and stir the sweet bubbling mixture on my little stove top — all while reflecting back on our most amazing trip through Hells Canyon.

At this moment I am thankful.

Thankful for this life and thankful for the memories.

Hells Canyon Raft Cherry Chutney Underway In My Silver Kitchen via J5MM.comHells Canyon Raft Cherry Chutney Underway In My Silver Kitchen via J5MM.com

While my cherry chutney mixture is cooling on my countertop I open the Airstream door and walk outside.  I walk quietly next to my cherry trees admiring them.  I then stop to dig a little hole here and another little hole there.  I continue to dig little holes and in each hole, I place a precious cherry pit from the cherry trees of Kirkwood Ranch deep in Hells Canyon.  The ones I kept when we all enjoyed them when visiting the ranch.  They lived in my pocket and then my dry bag.  They came all the way home with me living in my Airstream cupboard from deep in Hells Canyon.

Maybe one day I will have a Kirkwood Ranch Cherry Tree growing here.

Maybe . . .

XOXO

Hells Canyon Raft Cherry Chutney Recipe via J5MM.com

Cherry Chutney Phyllo Brie Bites

HCR’s Homestead Cherry Chutney

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups Cherry Preserves
  • 3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoons Allspice (Ground)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2/3 cups Chopped Onion (I used Red)
  • 2 cups Fresh Cherries (Pitted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Directions

Step 1
Simply place all ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer, stirring often in the beginning and every now and then during the cooking process. Cook until the entire mixture becomes reduced by half.
Step 2
Pour into a glass container and let come to room temperature before serving.
Step 3
Bon Appetit and thank you Hells Canyon Raft !!

And if you would like to recreate the appetizer simply buy yourself some phyllo cups, melt some butter and throw in that butter a garlic clove (or two) and let the flavors infuse . . . brush your phyllo cups with the garlic butter and place a tiny square of brie cheese into the center.  Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes — or until the cheese inside melts.  Immediately top with your cherry chutney and serve.

These go fast, so make a lot :)

Camping along Snake River in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Jul 172014
 

Peak to Valley Airstream Road Trip via J5MM.comCampfire Cookout via J5MM.com

It’s getting close to one week when we returned from a beautiful summer road trip through Idaho and Oregon.  In between working in corporate America, taking care of hubby and B, walking Oliver and the rest of the usual day to day activities I am doing my best to sort through all of the photographs I took during our Peak to Valley adventure.  I call it Peak to Valley because our trip took us from the peaks of alpine life in McCall, Idaho to the valleys down below where Hells Canyon in Idaho and the Deschutes river in Oregon call home.

Airstream Trailer Rest Stop In Idaho via J5MM.com

We felt very fortunate to score a campsite at the McCall RV resort before the week of the 4th of July.  The last time we visited, it was in the middle of Winter — which we think, was equally as beautiful but definitely a very different experience.  Both winter and summer here are seasons one musn’t  pass up visiting.

McCall RV Resort in beautiful McCall, Idaho via J5MM.com

We also got brave and thought we’d explore some forest service roads in seek of the perfect boondocking site.  We heard that the sites here in Malheur National Forest and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness are a dream come true.

At first we were very excited until the road started to get narrow — and even more narrow.

Pretty soon we were at a point where we either had to turn back, or keep going.

So turned back we did.

And then we found the perfect spot.

Phew.

Back Woods Camping via J5MM.com

We had a three day river rafting trip scheduled with Hells Canyon Raft.  We had to pack carefully and put everything in dry bags and lock up the Airstream for two nights while we floated down the canyon.  It was really an incredible experience.

We learned a lot about the history of the canyon from the homesteads that are still there.

We picked fresh fruit from the trees on the homesteads.

We got splashed by the rapids, which was very refreshing because it was kind of a hot three days.

We fished.  A lot.

And we enjoyed fancy meals with good company by the river before retreating into our tents to sleep.

Under the most {INCREDIBLE} star lit sky I have ever seen.

That will be fun to write about — I can’t wait.

Hells Canyon River Raft trip with Hells Canyon Raft via J5MM.com Hells Canyon River Raft trip with Hells Canyon Raft via J5MM.com

B and Oliver had a really great time.  B captured some cool video footage with the GoPro and Oliver braved the Class 4 rapids quite well!

White Water Rafting with your dog in Hells Canyon via J5MM.com

Our journey continued on down deeper into the Strawberry Mountain wilderness.  We camped at Trout Farm Campground.

That was fun!  Probably one of the prettiest dry camping spots we have visited.  There was a creek running behind the Airstream so it was refreshing to walk down there every now and then to cool off.

We had fresh caught fish for dinner and some grilled oysters (that I picked up a market along our way not too far back).

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The next morning was an early rise  for us.

We were heading on a full day fishing trip down the Deschutes River putting in at Warm Springs, Oregon —  and as we drove we were greeted with this beautiful sunrise view from Mt. Jefferson ♥

Mt. Jefferson in Oregon via J5MM.com

A  40 mile float down the Deschutes River was a dream come true for me.  I’ve always wanted to experience this .  Thank you  Matt and Nate from the Deschutes River Outfitters guide service for taking us out.

The scenery here was unbelievable.  The fishing was out of this world.  World class White Rapids even (White Horse rapids – it’s worth a Google).

Did I mention the scenery?

Another great experience I look forward to writing about in more detail.

White Horse Rapids Deschutes with Matt Deschutes River Outfitters via J5MM.com

Native Idaho Redband Trout in with Deschutes River Outfitters via J5MM.com

Picnic lunch and fishing the Deschutes river with Deschutes River Outfitters Matt and Nate via J5MM.com

Beautiful wild horses . . . happy and healthy ♥

Wild Horses on the Deschutes River with Deschutes River Outfitters Matt and Nate via J5MM.com

Our last night we spent at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa in Oregon’s high dessert.  It was our second time back and will not be our last.

kahnetaA picture I snapped of our Airstream as we departed Kahneeta and made our way slowly back to Seattle.

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Thank you for following along on our journey.  I hope we are able to inspire you to visit some of these most beautiful places we have been too.

XOXO
Monica

Jun 102014
 

Anacortes ferry landing via J5MM.com

Sometimes when life gets super busy, it helps me to sit down and take note of everything happening around me.   The last two weekends for us have been spent up on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

The purpose of our first visit was to reconnect with friends and have a party in their honor back at our camp.   I wanted everything to be perfect so I worked very hard on that trip for a couple of months prior.  The party went off without a hitch and so many wonderful things happened that weekend that I really look forward to sharing with you.

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West Beach Resort Airstream Party via J5MM.com

The following weekend, Oliver and I packed up our tent and gear and headed back to Orcas with the mission to learn more about the Farm to Cafeteria / Farm to Classroom program that the school children of Orcas are so fortunate to be a part of.  We also stopped by Gavin and Teddy’s Asher & Olive’s catering digs to have a look around.  Wait until you hear about them.  They are amazing caterers on Island!  Just LOVE them both so very much and look forward to spending more time with those two.

I was so looking forward to this trip with just Ollie and I and as it turned out, it was a very transforming trip for me.  I’ve never camped alone before and I think I managed quite well :)

Oliver and I enjoyed quiet nights, campfires and skillet dinners.  We slept under the stars and were happy as could be . . .

Camp at West Beach Resort on Orcas Island via J5MM.comSitting by the crackling fire with Ollie in my lap was one of the (many) highlights of our trip together . . .Cracklin' Camp Fire via J5MM.comThe next morning we woke up bright and early and were ready to begin exploring.

From the beaches down below  . . .

Oliver Canine Wanderlust via J5MM.com

To the top of Mt. Constitution — we explored as much as we possibly could.

Our experience together was quiet and peaceful.

Just me and my little dog.

top of Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island via J5MM.com

Also on our agenda was taking a tour of the Orcas Island elementary school garden while learning all about the (wonderful) Farm to Cafeteria and Farm to Classroom Program that is run by Madie Murray.  Madie and I have been trying to connect for a couple of years and finally this past weekend it all worked out.  I really look forward to writing about that experience :)  It was completely amazing.

Oliver and I also had the honor to meet the charming young lady Arla Sutton.  Arla was one of 54 students ages eight to 12 who won a trip to the White House in August of 2012 to attend the very first “Kids’ State Dinner” hosted by the First Lady Michelle Obama. Her recipe for salad noodle wraps won over all other entries in the entire state of Washington.

 Thank you Arla for sharing your recipe with me and taking the time to meet with Oliver and I :)

Farm to Cafeteria and Farm to Classroom Program on Orcas Island via J5MM.com

As the sun slowly started to set,  Oliver and I went back to camp and I made dinner but not before stopping off at the local bakery and picking up a beautiful round loaf of bread to take back to camp.  Our dinner that night would be skillet Ling Cod fish with lemons, grape tomatoes, chamomile flowers, a splash of avocado oil and some salt.

We cooked that over the campfire and really enjoyed the simple flavors.

Sometimes, less is more and in this case with our dinner, it was a home run.

Camp Dinner at West Beach Resort on Orcas Island via J5MM.com

I’m really looking forward to posting here on J5MM in more detail all about those adventures we’ve had so far on Orcas Island.

Next week I do something a little different than my usual travel routine.  I fly out to Montana.  I have been invited by Montana Tourism to come and experience a “Heyday on the High Plains,” — a story-gathering mission to Montana’s semi-secret prairie lands.  I’m so very excited about that but I will admit, flying is not my cup of tea so I’m a little nervous.  But like all things in life, one must conquer and carry on :)

While in Montana I’ll be active on Instagram | Facebook | Twitter if you would like to follow along.  I will be very eager to share my discoveries with you ♥

Then a few days after I return from Montana, we hitch up the Airstream and b-line it back to McCall, Idaho !!  We’ll spend some time at our favorite RV park – McCall RV Resort !! We’ll also be taking a three day trip through Hells Canyon with Hells Canyon Raft, jet skiing on Lake Payette with Cheap Thrills.  Then as we continue on into Oregon, we will be fly fishing the Deschutes River with Deschutes River Outfitters and glamping our way through Oregon back up into Washington.  I’ll be cooking every night in my Airstream sourcing local ingredients and using recipes I’ll be collecting from our guides and locals that we’ll meet along our way.

Here’s to a great start to summertime XOXO

~ Monica ♥

Airstream Party By The Sea via J5MM.com

 

May 082014
 

When traveling with an RV there are many benefits to be had.  Take for example the fact that you have all the comforts of home with you including a fully equipped kitchen.  Sure it’s probably smaller than your kitchen at home, but with a little organization and planning, you can easily whip up the same healthy meals you do for your family at home, but on the road.

My Travel Trailer Kitchen

What’s better is that you’re actually on the road.  Traveling.  Exploring.  Seeking out new adventures.  Can you imagine a better way to experience the “here and now,” than visiting a local market where you just happen to be seeking out the freshest, in season goodies to cook a meal with?  Take it to the next level and talk to some locals shopping in the market.  Ask them how they like to cook those “in season” ingredients.  More often than not, you’ll make a new friend and come back to your RV inspired, ready to cook. Continue reading »

May 042014
 

Suncadia and Tumble Creek in the Wenatchee National Forest Setting

When hubby and I first met, one of our very first trips taken together was to the Bennett cabin which is located next to the Wenatchee National Forest.  I’ve heard a lot about this cabin and how it took many, many years for the Bennett family to build, by hand — all themselves.  No machinery here, just pulley systems and lots of muscles to get the logs one on top of the other. Continue reading »

Apr 242014
 

Springtime In The Forest via J5MM.com

This forest, right behind my house is a very special place for me.  For almost 15 years I’ve been retreating to mothers nature’s magical playground to think, clear my mind and take in the fresh air.

There is no time better in my opinion, to hike these woods than in the Springtime.  Little flower buds are popping out of woody dangly branches, the curly fiddleheads of the fern plant begin to slowly emerge and colorful flower blossoms seem to bend your way as you walk by so you can admire their beauty.

Oliver and I set off on a hike the morning before Easter to experience all the beauty that lay in these woods.  As we hiked along, I thought about Easter dinner the following evening.  The Bennett family was coming over and I always love to cook for them.

Today would be a test run of some of the appetizer and side dishes I had in mind to serve and I could hardly wait to get started.  Practice menu runs for me not only give me peace of mind the following day when cooking, it also gives me the opportunity to fine tune and perfect any given recipe. Continue reading »

Apr 152014
 

Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

  1. Because if you love canine’s and Airstreams, this silver trailer charm is pretty much a must have :)  Source  
  2. Multi-purpose kitchenware ranks high on my list for my tiny kitchen.  This cast iron drop biscuit pan not only makes the fluffiest biscuits ever, but doubles (or triples) as a muffin tin, tart pan and mini pizza pan (and so much more).  Try making baked eggs like these :)  Source
  3. Take feta to the next level with these scrumptious looking tartines.  I’ll take all three, please :) Source
  4. Document your most favorite trip by sewing the route onto a map.  Then frame it, hang it and adore it from near (and afar).  Source

Happy travels xoxo

~ Monica ♥

PS  We’re currently in the planning phases of our next trip.  It’s been a lot of work so far (probably the most work in planning a trip ever) and we’re crossing our fingers (and toes) it all works out.  We found a pretty amazing campsite along with some super fun outdoor adventures.  As soon as we get the final “go” from everyone involved, we’ll post our final destination here :)  Can’t wait to share it all with you xoxo  Hope you are having a wonderful Spring so far ♥

Mar 202014
 

skijoring at Sandpoint Winter Carnival 2014 at the Bonner County Fairgrounds

“Honey, it looks like when we’ll be in Sandpoint, ID for our trip, the annual Winter Carnival will be in full swing,” hubby tells me one night over dinner months before our trip was to be.

“Wow, really? Do you know what kind of activities will be happening?” I asked.

“Well for one, they’ll have Skijoring . . .”

(He knew by the look on my face I was totally clueless)

Continue reading »