Saturday, April 28, 2012

Boise Zach got married!

Last weekend we took a road trip to Idaho to attend Boise Zach's wedding in McCall, Idaho.  Thursday we drove to Boise to see Lori's house and get Hudson's little tux. Zach, Pouli and I even squeezed in a round of golf on Friday morning.  It was only the second time I've played since I started having kids.  I loved it!  I'll definitely be getting back on the course more this year.  Friday afternoon we drove north to McCall and the rehearsal. 

 Rehearsal dinner at Lardo's Saloon across the street from the lodge.  

Aunt Meggie must have been teaching her some Yoga.  

We were so fortunate to get to stay at a beautiful cabin (house) of one of Lori's friends.  This little fox must have been a usual visitor because it wasn't afraid of us.  The kids loved it!

Hudson found these wolf slippers in the cabin.  Boys will be boys...

 A handsome group of guys.

 Stella and her co-flower girl, Kyla just before the wedding. 

Vivi didn't have an official role in the wedding.  However, she thought that she had been designated with a speaking, read shrieking, part.  The friend that let us stay in her house, Patience, ended up wheeling her around in the hall during the ceremony so she didn't steal the show.  

 He looks way to calm and collected for being minutes away from getting hitched.  No cold feet here!

 As the "grooms-maids", we made sure to perform the time-honored tradition of giving the groom a little liquid courage before the ceremony.  Cheers!

 I promised the kids they could watch a movie on the computer after our family pictures and before the ceremony.  They didn't know that it was all part of my plan of keeping them clean.  I even tried to have them wear towels over their clothes while they were sitting there!

Who knew what you could look like if you had two professionals working on hair and makeup for about an hour each.  I could get used to that!

We had a fun trip home via the Lochsa River and Missoula.  I'll post some pics from that part of our trip soon.

Friday, April 13, 2012

When life gives you snow, make...snow ice cream!

It wouldn't be Easter weekend in Montana without a nice, wet snowstorm.  This year was no different.  What WAS different was that I finally remembered to gather some of the fresh snow to make snow ice cream.  I'd read about making snow ice cream in several different places and had been wanting to try it.  I don't know how I've lived all these years without trying it.  I mean, really.

 When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. 

 Well, I didn't quite get the bowl out there to actually CATCH the flakes, but we did scoop up some nice fresh snow.

Ingredients - 

this is my kind of recipe - nothing fancy here (gee, can you tell we shop at Costco???)

  • 1 gallon snow (I didn't measure to see how much snow we had)
  • 1 cup white sugar    (we used Splenda because we have a huge bag that I keep trying to use up)

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk

stir in sugar and vanilla to taste 

 Here is my little helper.  I think he has been reading too much Pioneer Woman blog.

 then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency 

 The "desired consistency" was sort of like mashed potatoes 

 Spoon into bowls

 Serve at once. 

Okay, serve after you've put on every topping you can find in your refrigerator.