Apgar Winter Hike

Apgar Winter Hike

Glacier National Park – Apgar Winter Hike

In the winter you start by hiking a couple of miles in to reach the trailhead for Apgar Lookout. This makes it a bit of an endeavor in the winter, so today we just went for a few miles, more just to get out than anything else. I love tromping through the glittering snow with the crisp air and the sound of water in the background.

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5 Minute Raspberry Sauce

5 MInute Raspberry Sauce

I have found this recipe to be really adaptable, from breakfast to dessert.  It is really good cold, out of the fridge for breakfast, and absolutely delectable when spooned over Greek yogurt or a cashew cream.  I have made it to serve alongside my chocolate tart, and don’t even get me started on how good it is over coconut ice cream.  If there happens to be any around after a few days I add the rest to a smoothie for breakfast.

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Basil Vinaigrette

Basil Vinaigrette

This dressing is like summer in a jar.  It is zesty, bright and perks up anything I have put it on. Mostly we use this dressing for green salads, but it is also really good tossed together with new potatoes in the Spring.  You can even put it to use for breakfast.  Take about ten cherry tomatoes cut in half, toss them with a little dressing and serve over an omelet.

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Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset

We didn’t get out to the mountains this week, (insert a sigh).  We have been fortunate enough to get out to the mountains most every week for a couple of years now and I have gotten terribly spoiled.

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Easy Green Salad with Vinaigrette

Easy Green Salad with Vinaigrette

This basic, easy to assemble salad is a follow-up post to the Roasted Sweet Potatoes.  Together these two recipes make up dinner at least once a week for us.  This recipe is just a guide, you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand.  Sometimes I use only a couple of vegetable toppings if I’m in a hurry or we haven’t been grocery shopping in a bit.  The point of this dinner is about being easy and customizable.

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Bulk Vanilla

Bulk Vanilla

Vanilla is probably my favorite spice and it is also the most expensive after saffron.  It adds depth of flavor to so many things.  Added to chocolate it makes the chocolate more chocolatey and you just can’t beat that.  That being said, it can be fairly pricey, especially at the rate I go through it. So, today I’m going to tell you about two strategies I’ve come up with to keep the cost down.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Caramelized Roasted Sweet Potatoes | Get Inspired Everyday!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with butter and sea salt are my new favorite thing for dinner.  Sweet potatoes with olive oil and sea salt are a close second but butter wins out every time for me.  Now these are really good, but truth be told, they are also my favorite because they are so quick and easy to make.

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Sculptures in Ice

Sculptures in Ice

We caught this gorgeous sunset on the way back from a hike on Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park.  The day couldn’t have been anymore spectacular.  Perfect blue skies and sunshine are an elusive combination in the Flathead Valley during the winter.  You can count yourself lucky if it coincides with your day off.

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Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts

Scrambled Eggs with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts

A plate of perfectly scrambled eggs is one of my favorite breakfasts.  Who am I kidding I eat them for dinner too.  When I first came up with this variation, we ate them 3 days in a row for breakfast. They are just so yummy and quick to make, 10 minutes is all you need.

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