Huckleberry Thumbprint Cookies

While in Montana, we may have bought a bunch of extra huckleberry jelly!  We hit the library this week, and Sierra found the cutest Williams Sonoma American Girl cookbook.  When she called me from home while I was with the boys at the dentist, she told me she was bored and asked what she could do.  Naturally, I told her to bake some cookies with Allison.  These thumbprint huckleberry cookies were so buttery and delicious… They were ready just as I walked in the door.  (Good timing, Mom!!!)  That was yesterday.  Today they are gone.  Seriously delicious.  Glad I wasn’t home to see how much butter and sugar they have.  Thankful for big kids who like to bake, libraries that provide awesome books, boredom that initiates creativity, and Montana for providing huckleberry jam!

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Montana 2019, (part 2)

We were blessed to tour the new Potter’s Field Ranch and see their beautiful new property.  We were even allowed to go horse back riding, which was a blast.  I have not been on a horse since I was dating my husband, and Xavi had never been on a horse… I think I’d have much better posture if I took up horseback riding!

We spent the afternoon swimming with Uncle Brook before enjoying dinner and a campfire.  Brook blessed us with some snow peas and beets from his garden.  The kids and I snacked on a few because we couldn’t resist, but saved the rest for the next night’s dinner.  Bald eagles and Osprey joined us for the evening!

Before church Sunday, we had to go to Farmhouse.  Tradition.  The breakfast is just amazing… I had a pork belly skillet with Kale, and it was absolutely delicious!  I love having things I could never make at home.  Two things the kids always do:  1)  Climb and jump off the big rock outside, and 2) order hot chocolate.   Good times.

After church, Carol, Gary, and Mary took us out on the boat.  Being pulled is such a treat for the kids!  They stayed for dinner, and then it was time to clean up and pack up. I didn’t want to say goodbye!  Thankfully, the next day we were headed to Idaho for a couple days to spend time at Silverwood theme park… pictures to come!

The Cowboy Club

Since returning from Montana, guess what the favorite new game is around here?  Yup. The Cowboy Club made its debut this weekend, recorded by Natalie, with lots more episodes planned.  I  LOVE it!!!  These kids are ready to move to the wild, wild west!!  Wish I could show you the video…

Montana 2019, Part 1

For the past 3 out of 4 summers, we have been blessed to spend time in Montana… it has become so special that the kids can hardly wait until the day arrives for us to fly there.  Generously, our aunt and uncle have allowed us to stay at their cabin.  Arriving there is like a breath of fresh air.  After an early morning flight, lunch and grocery shopping, we headed to the lake where the boys immediately went down to the water to fish…

For the first time, I actually planned meals before we left, complete with a grocery list and a Costco list.  No matter how busy I am before our trip, I will always and forever  do that from now on… it was so nice to not have to think about it!!  (Huckleberry jam was not on my list, yet we were able to consume an entire jar over our stay!)

Paddleboarding, swimming, kayaking, skipping rocks, nature walks, trips to town for DQ, hikes, games, late nights, family time, horse back riding, souvenir shopping, wildlife spotting, Montana Coffee Traders, buffalo jerky eating, Mudmans, fresh cherries, Girls’ Night Out play in Big Fork with my aunties, and so much more.  Some vacations feel like work.  Our Montana time is all fun and rest.

Hiking Sunset Trail with the boys and Allison… Taking the “Help, I’m falling” picture of Malachi… and then hopping into the lake to cool off…

Montana Coffee Traders, a trip to Kalispell’s Western Store to buy boots for the girls, then a visit to Potter’s Field’s new Ranch!  And that is the end of Part 1!

4th of July 2019

Aw, July 4th… always a favorite holiday for so many reasons!  This year we had friends coming over mid-morning for some biscuits and tea, so the kids had some good ol’ Cap’n Crunch to tide them over….

We had just taken our first annual 4th of July photo when our friends arrived… So, it turned out to be our only one!  With all of my summer organizing, I  found these old poppers tucked away in a cabinet from who knows how long ago!  Thankfully, they still worked great!!

Tea. swimming, then lunch…. wonderful, but never enough time with our dear friends!  Thankfully, we had part 2 of our celebration to look forward to — our 3rd year going to the Strattons for dinner, ice cream, and fireworks!!

It is so special having friends who are like family.  We are blessed and filled and thankful for another year of freedom!!

Good-bye, June!

June: the start of summer!  It was a relaxing start… chilly mornings… VBS… girls’ night face masks with my girlies… sleepovers and birthdays  galore; (is everybody  born in June?)… countless otter pops… swim dates with neighbors and friends…

The start of the tomatoes… (and the end of the peaches!)

Our first zinnia blooms of the season…

And plums!!!  I just ate my first one this morning.  I should have eaten the first couple ripe ones yesterday, but giving them one more day to ripen meant they either fell or were eaten by another creature.  I won’t be making that mistake, again!

June, you were good to us!!  Welcome, July!  Can’t wait for more barbecues with friends, celebrating The Fourth, and our family vacation!!!