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)

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Mar 102014
 

Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, ID with our Airstream 2014

There’s always a day during our trips where I like to take it easy.  Easy as in, taking my good ol’ sweet time in the morning preparing breakfast and then heading out the Airstream door to really get acquainted with whatever town we are in.  Ever since arriving in the town of Sandpoint I’ve been eager to check it out.  Since hubby was off on his own skiing with his friend Tom, it was the perfect day to do this.

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Mar 032014
 

Schweitzer Mountain Resort Guided Snowshoeing Hikes

Snowshoeing was big for me at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.  Did you know?  Schweitzer is the largest resort in Idaho and Washington with 2900 acres of amazing terrain and renowned tree skiing located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains.  It was in these these mountains where I enjoyed many days of snowshoeing enjoying the peacefulness of nature while getting a great workout. If you love to ski but are looking to switch up your days with another winter sport, snowshoeing here at Schweitzer Mountain Resort is truly a once in a lifetime experience.  On guided tours you meet at the Information Center which is next to the Selkirk Lodge, get your gear and head out with your group up the chairlift and begin your hike.  Want to go at it alone or with a group?  No problem — enjoy the great trail system where you can hike  to your hearts content.  Just make sure to fuel up with a hearty breakfast that will keep you going all morning long before you head out ♥

Guided Snowshoe Hike and Fondue Dinner at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho via J5MM.com

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Feb 262014
 

Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Beautiful Idaho

Early Saturday morning we packed up the truck, hitched up the Airstream and hit the road.  Six hours later we arrived in Sandpoint, ID (from Seattle).  Our campsite for the next ten days would be at the Bonner County Fairgrounds.  I can see how in summer this place would be super busy!  The amenities here included water and electrical for all sites.  Two sites had full hookups (read: dump out) and those were #30 and #31.  If you plan to come in summer, make sure to reserve either of those two spots.  The bathroom and showers were immaculate and the grounds were well maintained.  All in all we were quite happy with our spot here! Continue reading »

Feb 142014
 

2013 in McCall Idaho

{Pic Above:  2013  Airstream Ski Trip To McCall, Idaho glamped at the McCall RV Resort and Northfork Lodge)

As I sit here writing this post, our Airstream is in our driveway hitched up waiting for us to take her away.

We’re heading to Idaho tomorrow morning for a ski trip and hubby just came over to me and announced that “It’s DUMPING in Schweitzer!”

Which is where we are going — and I can hardly wait for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, tubing and so much more.

Finally a place with SNOW.

We LOVE Idaho!

If you want to follow us along on our adventure you can on Instagram and on Facebook too.  BIG blog posts will follow here on J5MM and on the Huffington Post too!

Stay tuned and follow us along !!

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Feb 072014
 

Black Truffled Deviled Eggs

It happened just days before Christmas of 2013.

I was perusing the isles of my favorite Asian grocery store when I took a double take.  There in front of me, all lined up in a row were tiny individual packages of black truffles.

“Black Truffles?  Really?” I thought to myself.  I could hardly believe my eyes. Continue reading »

Feb 032014
 

{ Please see my notes at the end of this post with some tips prior to getting started }No hardware required - easy shelf for your rv / trailer kitchen via J5MM.com

Just a few notes before you get started:  The legs must be placed close to each other in the center as shown in my photos below — otherwise, if you place them far apart on either end of the board, the shelf-wont-fit.   Also prior to towing, place a tea towel in between the gap of the shelf and the side of the upper cabinet.  This way it won’t sway from side to side.  During our trip to Idaho, one of my legs broke off.  I fixed it and placed the towel there on the way home and it worked well.  I think that if you don’t want to mess around with the towel business, you could just screw in four screws into each leg.