Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy (Early) Halloween

Happy (early) Halloween! Since I'll be really busy in the upcoming week, I decided to post pictures of my halloween costume now. Hope you enjoy!

I'm the headless horseman! You can't even see my face... haha. Love this picture!

Headless Horseman Costume!
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Scout dressed up at a cowboy!
His bandana says "Does Tricks for Treats"
My (different) pumpkin... a haunted house!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Packing in the Snow

I think I'm in the wrong profession.
That's my frozen hair.

I hate being cold, miserable and wet. And packing seems to involve a lot of cold, wet, snow. Brrr.  This week involved frozen fingers, toes, and hair.  I don't know how on earth I'm going to last till second season.

On Saturday Jim and I headed into Tamarack. It's beautiful up there, but it had rained then snowed so I didn't bother taking my camera. Sunday we headed to a campsite called BigPot. It's beautiful up there, but the ridge top was rather chilly. (To say the least!)

At least I got brave and exposed my camera/bare finger to the elements to snap some pictures.
Heading into Big Pot

Once you drop down into Big Pot, the chill went away - but man o' man it was cold coming out of the camp. Drop camps are always interesting. You never know what gear customers will bring or how many mules you will need. It's the nature of the business, I guess.

Heading out of Big Pot

Looking towards Moss Springs
Monday we packed up gear, got the hunters up on some horses, and headed towards Mud Flats. There are a couple reasons I like Mud Flats - the main reason being that it's close to the trailhead and it only a six hour round trip. Although we certainly got a lot of snow the whole ride.

Working our way out of Mud Flats
 Thank goodness that I didn't have to ride today. I'm really glad that I got a break and a chance to warm up!

(Sorry for any spelling mistakes... I'm really tired!!)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Weather

Last week I participated in the "Wild Weekly Photo Challenge" hosted by Let'sBeWild.com and I received an honorable mention for one of my fall photos! (Click here to check that blog post out!) I'm really having fun with this and I love posting photos... so this week it's all about weather.

Love this quote: Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.  - Rabindranath Tagore 

Surfer @ Byron Bay Australia
Looking out at the sunset @ Rathdowney, Austalia
Sunrise at Uluru, Australia

I’m participating in the LetsBeWild.com Wild Weekly Photo Challenge! This week’s Challenge is: Weather

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dreaming of Drafts

I promise this isn't a completely random post, but it doesn't exactly have a point. Other than I really want a draft team. Big beautiful horses. Here's the problem. We have a "team," except neither of them know what they are doing. Therefore I can't exactly go out and hitch them up to the wagon any old time I want. They need some serious work put into them. To be completely honest, I would rather buy a draft team that's already trained and spend my time during the winter breaking some horses to ride - not breaking a team to drive.  

But, since I haven't found a (cheap/affordable) team to buy, I tried to work with Jim some today and see how far we could get. 

We got the harness on.



I think Jim doesn't agree with the blinders. And he can't really steer. Or stop. But we back up just fine! He's still a handsome draft even if he needs a lot of work.

Jim. Harnessed up. Unsure of this whole process.
The other reason I really want to buy a team is because we already have a beautiful sleigh and a great big wagon. I'd love to start using the equipment, rather than just having them sit out on the field.  Besides, I want to go on a sleigh ride! 

I guess the wagon also needs a paint job. Color suggestions anyone? Green? Stain it brown? Red? (I think green would be neat...)

The wagon!
Other than attempting to drive Jim, and realizing the wagon seriously needs to be painted, I cleaned the house and finished my knitting project. Green and purple bag anyone? I think it turned out ok for the first bag I ever knit. There are some mistakes, but its got a good shape and there are pockets!  I wonder if I should line it in fabric....


That's all for right now. I'll be spending the next little while (until the middle of November) working out of Moss Springs and Cayuse Flats. I don't really like hunting season because it's cold, and riding/packing in the cold doesn't sound like fun. But, I guess we'll see! Here's to hoping I won't freeze! 

Ok. I lied. That's not all... thought I should give this post a quick update and say that I got an honorable mention in a Fall Photo Challenge from LetsBeWild.com. Woohoo!






Monday, October 15, 2012

Hells Canyon Harvest Festival and Cornucopia Colors

Scarecrow in front of the Mercantile. 
Scarecrow contest entry for Pine Market
Interesting street art. (You might find this interesting David.)

On the drive up to Cornucopia Lodge.

Leaves changing colors.
Rain clouds in the background.

Neat sky and colors.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Frankenstein's Monster

I made this little monster today. He's pretty cool if I say so! The cake is red velvet... so when you cut into the monster he is red with cream cheese frosting in between the layers. The outside frosting is dyed lime green and milk chocolate frosting for the hair!  I'm excited to dive in and eat my little monster. (Poor guy! I'm pretty sure he doesn't want to be devoured.) 

There are mistakes all over the cake - but I think he's still cute and appropriate for the season! What do you think?



Idea taken from here: http://birdonacake.blogspot.com/2012/09/frankensteins-monster-cake.html



Friday, October 12, 2012

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge – Fall

These photos represent fall in the most perfect way.






I’m participating in the LetsBeWild.com Wild Weekly Photo Challenge! This weeks Challenge is: Fall

Update:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Oh, the Spices

One day I sorted spices in the kitchen and realized there are a lot. Can you believe the amount of spices we have?!



I also experimented making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They are ok, but the muffins I made before are way better! Click here for the muffin recipe. 

We are also in the process of winterizing the lodge. This basically involves a ton of work to make sure that everything will operate come snow fall. I'm not really a fan of snow/cold weather, but it should be interesting. I'm hoping to get in some good ski time (downhill to Halfway from the Lodge), but I'm debating if I should invest in some cross country skis. I've never done cross country skiing, but surely if can't be too difficult. I guess I'd rather ski around than snowshoe. But who knows what this winter will bring.

I'm also excited because Alexis and I are attempting to plan a trip in January and February to Asia. Specifically heading to Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, and China. If we actually go though with it (which I really hope we do) then it's sure to be an amazing trip! It's fun to plan anyway... but I seriously hope we go. I've got the travel bug really bad!

Even though my mind is spinning with tales of travel, I have something sad to share. (Skip this paragraph if you can't handle sad animal stories.) Mark accidentally ran over Joey with the horse trailer today and we had to put him down. Here's to a good long life Joey. Cheers mate, you were an awesome cow dog.


We also might have to get rid of my beloved cat Prissy. She's such a perfect and beautiful cat, but if I'm going to be up here at the Lodge all the time I can't take care of her. It's not fair to her if she doesn't get the attention she deserves. And we can't have her in the lodge, but nothing is for sure with her yet. And don't worry! I wouldn't put her down. I would try to find a loving owner or at least donate her to the animal shelter. 

Last random thought of the day.... Sorting out the spices today in the kitchen got me thinking about mixing up some of my own concoctions. Which brings me to dry shampoo. I'm pretty sure that most people don't (or won't) ever use dry shampoo, but it's something that I use a lot. It's great stuff to use when camping or, if you happen to have a job like mine, use at work.  Side note, hooray for working in the woods!

Since I have blond hair, I use a 1/2 cup of corn starch with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. It's relatively scent free and I used an old spice container to house the mixture. To use it, just sprinkle a small amount in your hair and let it sit for a few minutes.  Then comb your hair out and you should be good as new!

I also ran across this blog post by the store FreePeople.com which suggests using some essential oil to give your hair a little sweet smell. FreePeople also has a recipe for dark hair dry shampoo. So check it out and make some before your next camping trip!

http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/09/guest-post-diy-climbing-knot-bracelet/
http://blog.freepeople.com/2012/09/diy-dry-shampoo-dark-light-hair/
Guess what? Today is 10/11/12... get it?

10.11.12

Friday, October 5, 2012

Homemade Chicken Curry and Naan

Sometimes I really crave food from one of my favorite restaurants, Tandoori Oven in Logan, Utah. It's Indian food and it's amazing!

However, I'm in the middle of nowhere and Indian food is a little hard to come by. So I took a gamble tonight (since there aren't any guests at the lodge) and made chicken curry and naan. It is amazing! Seriously. I can't believe I cooked that. Holy cow yum!

In case you are in the mood for Indian food, I'll post the recipes below. (So good!) And yes. I have three separate posts from today! 

Chicken Curry over Rice @ Grilled Garlic Naan

Chicken Curry... The Best!
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (the more you add the hotter the sauce becomes)
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 medium onion, cut into small slices
2 garlic cloves, minced
1  1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons tomato paste
Directions:
  1. Mix together flour, salt and cayenne pepper in a plastic bag; add chicken in small batches, shaking to coat
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  3. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned; then add curry powder and toss to coat
  4. Remove from pan
  5. Add onion and garlic to pan, adding a little more oil if necessary, and cook for 2 minutes, then add broth, and tomato paste
  6. Return chicken to pan and simmer uncovered for 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened. Add yogurt to your liking.
  7. Add more curry powder and cayenne pepper till you find your level of spiciness.
  8. Serve with white rice and naan. (Recipe below.)

The original recipe is found here. The one above has several changes made to it.

Garlic Naan
Ingredients:
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast1 cup warm water1/4 cup white sugar3 tablespoons milk1 egg, beaten2 teaspoons salt4 cups bread flour2 teaspoons minced garlic1/4 butter melted (I added garlic powder)




Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
  2. Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  3. During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
  4. At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.
The original recipe is found here.

Duct Tape

I'm a professional. Don't worry. I can fix the bathroom tile... with some cardboard... and masking tape... and plastic... and some duct tape. I got this under control. Oh hey, it vaguely looks like Utah!




Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

It's fall and something on my "fall bucket list" is to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. After browsing many recipes I think I've come up with the perfect combination.  A lot of recipes out there call for a lot of oil (about a 1 1/4 cups)... which seems like an awful lot. But they taste great! An alternative is to do half oil, half applesauce. It doesn't seem to effect the taste at all!



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1-16 ounce can pumpkin
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil (Ekk!)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Pinch (or more) of Nutmeg
Semi-sweet chocolate chips. If you are like me you'll use a lot, but you can lighten it up with less than 12 oz.


Directions:
First off, make sure you preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. I have a temperamental oven... so something this is a struggle, but it's always entertaining.

Make sure you are prepped with a muffin pan or two. I think it's personal preference if you use muffin liners or not. As always, I use them until I run out - which happens more often than it should!

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt). Set aside once mixed.


Oh... I'm a mixin'!
In a large mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and oil until smooth.

Add the wet ingredients (egg, pumpkin, vanilla extract, and oil) to the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips.
My 16 oz of pumpkin pre-measured
Combining egg, oil, pumpkin, and vanilla extract.

Dumping, I mean folding, in the chocolate chips.
Fill muffin liners (or greased pan) 2/3 of the way full.
Please cook fast!
Bake for approximately 15-10 mins or until lightly browned on top. Transfer to cooling rack.

Should yield approximately 25 standard-sized muffins.

And they are scrumptious! 

Hope you enjoy these little beauties!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Things I Want to Do


I grabbed this list from FunkyPolkadotGiraffe and customized it! Hopefully I can accomplish everything on this list before winter hits.

I think today I'm going to try and make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins... yum yum! (Another thing I should have put on this list but forgot is to "Finish Current Knitting Project.")