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.

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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.

Jan 292014
 

Over the past couple of years I’ve received a lot of emails inquiring about how we go about our winter camping adventures with our Airstream that it seems I should probably create a post about it.

Here’s a summary of our situation.

We live in the Pacific Northwest in the United States of America — specifically Seattle.  Seattle experiences a rather mild change of seasons with the average temperate in winter time hovering around the mid 40′s.  We do occasionally drop down to below freezing and we do experience snow every now and then.  This means, for us, in the colder months —  we need to keep a constant eye on the weather/temperature as we don’t (and never have) winterized our Airstream.  If temps drop down below freezing we head into the Airstream and turn on the furnace which in turn, keeps the Airstream and her pipes warm (and from freezing).

Seattle Photography via MonicaBennett.com

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Jan 262014
 

Burratta

Here’s a scrumptious/addicting snack for you and one that we’ve been enjoying this past week.

I introduce you to:  Burratta ♥  Basically, Burratta is a ball of fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream.  The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains both soft, stringy mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft pillowy texture.  It’s best served at room temperature drizzled with a good olive oil and cracked pepper and then spread atop crusty bread.   I should also mention that it’s out of this world topped with Balsamic vinegar glaze.

And if you’ve never had the opportunity to taste Burratta, you will thank me for the introduction :) Just like I thanked my sweet friend Amber for introducing me to it a couple of years ago.

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Jan 242014
 

Five Or Less Friday via J5MM.com

How much do I love this heavenly green concoction I’ve called Pesto?  Well let me just count the ways :)

I love it gently swirled into a deep bowl of delicate angel hair pasta — B thinks it’s even better with his eggs over easy and I won’t forget hubby’s favorite way —  straight out of the jar (naughty, naughty).

But today I enjoy it this way — on a Tartine :)  which means, “open faced sandwich,” in French :)

This style of eating is one my favorites :) and B’s favorite too.

A slice of toasted French bread smeared with a generous helping of peppered ricotta followed by a nice dollop of the pesto and a thin slice of ‎ proscuiotto followed by a grand finale of perfectly roasted tomatoes.

Perfection.

Pesto is what I first called it — but upon further consideration it could easily merge into the category of Heavenly Deliciousness taking any meal to higher levels :)

You may remember this trip we took when I first created this recipe.  I realized I had forgotten the real Italian pesto at home :(  So, using what I had onboard I introduce you to our new favorite pesto/sauce/heavenly concoction  ♥

Cheddar Almond Chive Pesto via J5MM.com

Five Or Less Friday via J5MM.com

Airstream Kitchen Pesto Recipe via J5MM.com

My next thought for this?  Atop a hot baked potato with a dollop of sour cream ♥

If you do try this, please let me know — I would love to hear what you think xo

Bon Appetit xoxo

~ Monica

Smoky Almond, Cheddar and Chive Pesto

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chives (just take the bunch of chives and roughly break them apart so they will loosely fill three cups)
  • 1/2 cup smoked and salted almonds (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese (finely shredded)
  • Zest of one small lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste (at the end)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup olive oil

Directions

Step 1
In a food processor (I used my trusty little 3-cup capacity food processor I keep on board the Airstream) put the chives, almonds, cheese, lemon zest and give it a whirl. Add your olive oil to it - a little at a time until your desired consistency is met.
Step 2
Add salt and pepper to taste at the end. Hubby said I should bottle this stuff and sell it. I also think next time I may add some garlic . . .
Step 3
In addition to topping eggs with this, I imagine it would be delicious with pasta or on sandwiches :) ♥
Jan 212014
 

 

Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

  1. These enamel measuring cups are simply adorable.  After pinning them on Pinterest I went back to my board and bought them because I couldn’t get them out of my head {Via West Elm}
  2. After a pretty bad rollerblading accident that resulted in a complete tear of my ACL, I’ve taken a break from downhill skiing and opt for a more leisurely winter activity – snowshoeing :)  And if I didn’t already own a pair of snowshoes, these would definitely be on my wish list. {via REI}
  3. Black, white, red and other bright colors fill my Airstream and these pillows (with a red backing) make my heart sing {via Amara} ♥
  4. Food storage, salad dressing (and cocktail) shakers, smoothie vessels and lunches on the go are just a few of the ways I use these blue mason jars in my Aistream.  Multi-purpose and cute too, what more could you ask for in a small kitchen? {via Provisions} 

And if you’re from the Pacific Northwest and love your outdoor gear, you’ll appreciate this video :)