no internet really hinders blog posts. and a phone with a camera seems to hinder taking actual pictures. so here are some pictures from july until now!
randy and baby elyse on family vacation
i had asked randy for an elk shaped pancake. good work!
biggest fish i’ve ever caught. we had a blast salmon fishing on lake michigan
not gonna lie, i got rather scared on these windy, tight 4 wheel trails
april came to visit! so why not shoot a potato gun?!
jess came to visit! taking a dip in the creek post hike.
joe, donneta, and family came to visit! so wonderful having them here and showing them around northwest montana.
cast iron lasagna. our version of italian cooking.
summer haircuts on the porch (and unexpected photos)
cousin’s wedding in texas. it was great to see family.
i also got to see channing! barton springs in austin, TX
quick backpacking trip to bluebird lake
hiking down after summiting kasanka peak
my first time shooting a grouse
house sitting on 22 acres with a gorgeous mountain view. and a splendid kitchen. made acorn squash with rice, kale, chard, and grouse for friends
elise and jake came to visit! hiking with the dogs
sauteed squash, kale, and swish chard. fall cooking has begun!
classic montana evening
flat tires happen. and this guy remains completely calm.
took a new staff member on a hike up therriault pass – snow!
coffee and pumpkin bread snack mid yike? yes, please!
we bought 50+ lbs of food from a local organic farm (tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, squash, kale, chard). we were planning to can the tomatoes, but i decided to make a tomato pie instead. had seen the recipe somewhere and have been wanting to try it. it was delicious!
we cut up and froze the rest of the tomatoes. we had to take them in to town to store in our freezer, which is currently living at my sister-in-law’s house. randy carried the tomatoes out to the car along with the shotgun for grouse hunting. i found him like this when i arrived at the truck.
after many misses, i finally got a grouse again
making pickled carrots
trip to missoula for a special church service and to visit friends. jess and i used to hike this trail together almost weekly
(rotate fail). we met some friends at a nice italian restaurant in missoula. this caramel latte was probably the most delicious latte i’ve ever had. we joked about latte art being a sign that we were in the “big city”
fall hike with my favorite
making a strawberry-rhubarb pie for friends. i love my grandma’s pie crust recipe, both the taste and the special-ness of using her recipe. randy said, “out of all the pies we’ve made since knowing each other, this one is in my top 5. no, top 3.” i’ll take it!
randy made lilac laundry powder while i made the pie
80’s fun run for work. this is what happens when you work with teenagers
house and animal sitting for my in-laws. feels more like a weekend get away. we’ve had friends over for dinner the past two nights because we love having the space to do so!
my boys enjoying the wood stove
a picture from our backroads drive this morning. i missed a grouse, randy didn’t. when there is fog in the valley head for the mountains!
hunting season (rifle season) opens next saturday. i won’t be able to do as much hunting as i’d like due to work, but i’ll get out there a bit. we have definitely been cooking more now that the weather is colder and daylight hours are less. loving all the beautiful yellow larch trees.