Big Sky, Montana

Stop #2  //  Big Sky, Montana We hit Big Sky proper during the offseason, so it was pretty sleepy.  To add to the low energy, it was a pretty stormy day, so there weren’t many (if ANY) folks out and about.  We putzed around the backroads and wound our way through the giganto houses (that…

Bozeman, Montana

Stop #1  //  Bozeman, Montana Bozeman: a little bit Portland, a little bit Los Angeles, a little bit small town, all nestled in a scenic valley rimmed by beautiful mountains. We spent less than 24 hours in this charming city, but it was easy to get comfortable. Here’s why: Where to wander  //  Downtown was quaint, clean, and…

Banff National Park

Banff remains one of the most beautiful areas I’ve explored to date.  The drive from Calgary was simple and quite gorgeous — miles and miles of country.  I’ll never forget the first glimpse of the mountains — a wall of majesty, impossible to fully fathom in its massive scale — pure beauty.   Remember that…

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary was our first stop on the way to Banff.  A quick 2 hour Alaska flight out of Seattle made it a no brainer.  The entrance to Banff is a short 1.5 hour drive from Calgary, so we decided to spend a couple of days exploring the city before heading to our final destination. A charming city…

Quinoa Veggie Patties

Somehow, although I crave them on the regular, and almost always prefer them to a regular burger, it’s taken me 30 years to make my own veggie patties.  I really blow my mind. Quinoa Veggie Patties  Recipe adapted from sproutedkitchen.com  What you’ll need: 2 cups cooked quinoa (I always vote for red or tricolor — because of…

Grilled Flatbreads

I love summer for a lot of reasons. An abundant garden.  A lush, green yard.  Being out on the lake, putzing around in my kayak.  Warm evenings on the back porch under the lights or around the fire.  Beach time.  Roadtrips.  Camping trips.  Longer days.  Sunkissed skin.  More energy.  People smiling, people playing. But more than…

Hot Mess: Organic Coffee Scrub

After falling in love with a really cool product called Frank Coffee Scrub, Cheryl was inspired to meld her background in skincare and love of organic ingredients to create her own, unique version of a coffee scrub.  Alas, her first organic skincare concoction was born! We gave it a shot last night and it certainly does not…

5HotChicksPlus2

I’ve been remiss in keeping you updated on The Ladies…not anymore!!! They’re about 3 months old now.  We’re hoping they will start delivering us some fresh gifts (other than chicken poo all over the yard) in a month or two.  They’ve still got a fair amount of growing[up] to do. Dear Dorothy, the Black Australorp,…

DIY Moss Wreath

I saw this great photo come across one of my blogs a month or so ago.  Forgive me for not remembering which, but it was this incredible moss wreath hanging perfectly on someone’s front door.  An inviting front porch is such an important component of a house — I knew immediately that this needed to be…