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Missoula: Eats: Scotty’s Table

  Is there really anything better in life than catching up with a beloved friend after a long absence? The giddiness of seeing their face again, the unending telling of story after story, the back and forth, as you try to fill in the gaps that time and distance have planted between you. I have a very favorite friend who, though I don’t get to connect with her as much as I would like, is someone I could gladly spend...

Close up of ice cream cone with Big Dipper in background

Missoula: Eats: Big Dipper Ice Cream

On a hot summer’s day, is there really anything better than a crispy, vanilla-y cone full of luscious, creamy ice cream? Well, maybe a cold glass of rosé but that’s a whole other post. If you happen to find yourself in Missoula, Montana then you, my friend, are in luck. Because we have, Big Dipper Ice Cream. Big Dipper Ice Cream They started serving up the good stuff in 1995 and Missoulians have been elbowing each other out of the way...

Moving to the Mountains

Packing Up I’ve been in Missoula for the past couple of weeks packing up our little house, sprucing it up so the next owner will walk through the door and fall in love. I want that with all of my heart, for the next owner to feel that glorious sense of home every time she walks through the garden gate. And, damn, does this sweet house deserve it! In its 102 years, it’s been loved and abused and loved again. I...

The Magic of Simplicity

“Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means.”—Koichi Kawana How is it that the combination of seemingly innocuous and unrelated ingredients can combine to make the most delicious and satisfying nourishment? And I’m not just talking “satisfying nourishment” for the body but also for the soul. Let’s take pizza, for example. On the surface, it’s just some very basic plain jane ingredients mixed together then baked in a hot oven. Take flour, salt, yeast, throw in some water,...

Valentines Magic

Ahhh, breakfast! So what happens when your new hobby, chocolate making, collides with your old, well-loved hobby of cookie baking? Magic…and a massive sugar rush…followed by the sugar crash of the century. With all the tasting I did, it took me two double espressos before I was able to be get motivated enough to finish. But after my heart started pumping again, I whipped these suckers right out! I started off just dabbling with chocolate. I used both milk chocolate...

Gardening Contained

We had a little orchid mishap on our way home from Vegas a couple of weekends ago. The motorhome took a bump just a little too fast and the landing was a bit too much for the pot containing one of my orchids. Of course this meant I was given free rein to run right over to a local garden center to replace the pot. Yippee…cough, ack….I meant, too bad, so sad. The culprit that started the whole thing, Cymbidium,...