Tuesday, July 31, 2012


a few phone snaps of our road trip into Canada. 
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-the Montana/Canada border where we crossed was literally a barb wire fence.
-photos taken near Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise and the many windy roads in between.
-Canmore was my favorite town.
-It was chilly. But beautiful. But really, chilly.

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Monday, July 30, 2012


more photo vomit here. a little instagram action of montana. 
oooohhhhhh montana how I love your open roads, big sky, puffy clouds, old buildings, ghost towns, thunderstorms, clear lakes, and cutest cousins.
-images near simms, fairfield, choteau, dupuyer, avon, and georgetown lake, montana.
-Granite Ghost Town was a huge hit with the kids (and myself)
-next time you are camping, have the kids (or yourself) paint some shirts. They (and you) will love it!

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up next: insta-canada, and then we'll get to the real stuff...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

photo vomit

I have about one bazillion photos to go through.
One. Bazillion. 
And I can't decide which ones to post and how/when/what order to do so. 
We saw blue green lakes/raging waterfalls/wild animals/wildflowers/meadows. 
We hiked/drove/and drove/and drove/camped/roamed/fished/explored.
Utah/Idaho/Montana/cross the border/Alberta/British Columbia/and back again.
So that's when I just photo vomit all over the place. 
A little here, a lot there. All at random.
Here we go.
Lake Louise. Banff National Park. Alberta, Canada.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

outstanding in my field

somewhere in canada......
we have a lot of catching up to do.....
see you soon!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

grilled guacamole

I LOVE guacamole. I could eat it every day (and often do). 
It pairs well with so many things, and it's perfectly easy to throw together. 
I also love putting veggies on the grill, and in the summer it's just about the only way I cook vegetables--brush with olive oil and grill. easy easy. 
So when I pulled out my guac ingredients when I was already prepping to grill some fish......I just thought......why not?!
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Grilled Guacamole
I wondered if this would even turn out all that different than raw guacamole, and I was so happy with the results. It made a completely different dish.  The onion flavor was much more tame, and the jalapeno had a deeper, roasted flavor. 
These measurements are approximate--add a little and subtract a little as you like. For me the perfect guacamole is all about the salt and lime--as long as you have those to things you are set.

-2 ripe avocados
-1 jalepeno
-a small handful of onion (as you can see I used two tiny onions from the garden--I don't like the onion to overpower. play around with more if you like.)
-handful of cilantro, finely chopped
-juice of 1-1 1/2 limes (add a little at a time until you reach your perfect "limeyness")
-large pinch of kosher salt (also taste as you go with the salt. I add or take away a little depending on how salty my chips are as well. I'm telling you, salt is KEY)

-Cut avocados in half, take the seed out, and brush the insides with olive oil. 
-brush onion and pepper with olive oil. 
-Grill on medium heat until grill marks appear, and pepper starts to blacken (be sure to rotate the jalapeno)
-Scoop the insides of the avocado out, finely chop the onion, rub the skin off of the jalapeno (it should come off easily) and take the seeds out if you don't want it too spicy. dice.
Add grilled veggies to bowl with lime, cilantro, and salt. 
Mash with a fork to combine.
Let chill in the refrigerator for about an hour so flavors can mingle and party it up.
Servie it up with chips, fish tacos, burrito bowls, breakfast burritos, or our favorite nachos. the little red house blogthe little red house blog


What's in YOUR guacamole? 

Monday, July 23, 2012

dear summer,

I really really,
really really really,
love you.
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that's all.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Morning on Mt Timpanogos

Mt. Timpanogos
via Timpooneke Trail (up American Fork Canyon)
just under 15 miles round trip.
11,749 ft high (6126ft gain)
lots of hiking, some running, a little scrambling to the top.
5 1/2 hours total time. I'd like to go back and see how much of it I could run.


6am start. sunrise on the trail.
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falls. icy snowmelt.
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a young bambi. right there! we made eye contact.
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here comes the sun.
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meadow. wildflowers. galore.
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destination! I have never seen so many wildflowers in my life.
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favorite view. I want to live here. hummingbirds. chipmunks. baby deer. best smell.
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girls on the saddle.
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view from the saddle. see that teeny tiny dot on the peak? that's where we are going!
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The Meadow.
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from the tippy tippy top!!
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the other side.
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can't get enough.
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emerald lake. snow. favorite hike.
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worth noting:
-you simply must hike this.
-you may be tempted to stop at the saddle. The ridge looks a bit intimidating to walk along....but do it! You will be happy you did.
-in The Meadow, there is a sign with an arrow that says "toilet". If you follow it, you will indeed find a toilet, standing alone on a hilltop. walls fallen down. I dare you to use it.
-there were so many animals fluttering and prancing about, I felt like I was in a Disney movie.
One bazillion wildflowers+fresh mountain air=the best smell ever.
Happy Weekend!