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Lance's Sportfishing Adventures in Tofino, British Columbia - Canada


Out of the 5 days we stayed in Tofino, this was truly the best day weather wise. Not a single cloud was in the sky and this was the day B and hubby finally got to experience their dream fishing trip.

Our captain was Captain Lance and "Play N Hooky II" was the boat and by the way, is one of the largest charter boats on the west coast.

Lance's Sportfishing Adventures is an independently owned and operated fishing charter company, based in the world famous Clayoquot Sound. Thousands of migrating salmon and halibut swim through Clayoquot Sound and the waters around Tofino every year.

That was excellent news for B as that day he caught a 15 pound King Salmon and kept reminding me that he also caught 10 big "Dungeonous" crabs.  Of course I was excited to cook up all this beautiful seafood!

That night, I made a delicious Panko Crusted Salmon dinner for Lance and his friends/family complete with a lemon dill hollondaise sauce. In addition, I also prepared:

  • Smoked Salmon Spread
  • Garlic Grilled BC Spot Prawns
  • Freshly Steamed Dungeonous Crab with Garlic Butter
  • Seared Ahi Tuna Tartare
  • . . . and for desert:  Crepes filled with Nutella and topped with Berries

Not to toot my own horn, but everything turned out delicious.  I swear my Airstream is my lucky charm.  Unfortunately hubby had the camera on the fishing trip so I wasn't able to take pictures (I stayed behind while preparing the feast for that evening).  I did, however, make a delicious One Pot Poached Mustard Dill Salmon with Leeks and Potatoes the next night for dinner. It turned out to be such a simple and delicious recipe!  I adore one pot meals that turn out as good as this one did.


A Zip Lining Adventure with Zip San Juan


"How many more days until we go zipping mommy?" B asked

Over and over, every day this question came from him.

Finally I was able to tell him that today was the day!


I will admit it, I was nervous.  Heights are not something I am fond of.  As a matter of fact, I am quite terrified of them.

But do you want to know something?  It was AWESOME.  Thank you Zip San Juan for the memories and the most exhilarating experience.  Ever.

Our day started off with a very fulfilling breakfast complete with soft boiled eggs the way B loves to enjoy them.

"I'm so full mommy."

Perfect -- now it was time to go and catch our ferry.  We were "walk on passengers" this morning en-route from Orcas Island to San Juan Island where Bryan of Zip San Juan was waiting for us near the ferry landing.

"Let's go!"

~ We were walk on passengers.  A nice change of pace.

~ Megan, Bryan and Candace -- our awesome, funny and "make you feel comfortable" guides :)

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~ This was the last line in the zip line series.  It was the "slowest" line of them all :)

~ A stewed berry dessert prepared in my Airstream kitchen for dessert that evening

After our Zip Lining experience we headed back to the ferry, but not before stopping by to say hello to Popeye down at the Friday Harbor marina.

~ Popeye, the local resident harbor seal.  She will capture your heart, forever.

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~ Here in the Friday Harbor marina you can take a leisurely stroll and pick out your dream boat.  Which one would you choose?

~ Grilled tender lamb chops with rosemary buttermilk dipping sauce (I omitted the mayo and used non-fat Greek yogurt in place).  Basil oil vinaigrette (minus the chili) for the thinly sliced potatoes and red onion salad.  This was a dinner to celebrate our incredible day.

~ Home Sweet Home - West Beach Resort, Orcas Island.


From the High Desert to the Sea and a Surfin' Safari


Airstream on the Beach

When you spend time in Oregon you begin to realize just how incredible it really is here in all that it has to offer.  Dramatic coastlines, high deserts, state parks galore and so much more.

A couple more places to visit were on our agenda and then our trip would come to a close.  On this day we stopped at one of our favorite places to be with our Airstream.

Right next to the sea.

Hubby and B started exploring and I started preparing lunch for us.

Crispy purple potato cakes with salty gravlax and a farm fresh poached egg.  There were crunchy beet chips too.  Oh and some wild salmon caviar I should not forget.

Here is my recipe for crispy purple potato cakes on "The Blender," a Williams-Sonoma blog :)

You can find the recipe that I wrote for Full Circle Farm for Beet Chips here, but they are "baked," and not fried like the ones featured here.  Both are delicious but I was going for "quick," this afternoon and these fit the bill perfectly.

B, Oregon Coast

Airstream on the beach


Preparing lunch at the beach + being with my family = HAPPINESS

Airstream on the Beach

Around and around went B riding his bicycle, all over the beach.

"Mommy! Watch how fast I can go!"

. . . and he did. He rode his bicycle so fast!

He was so happy and well, so was I.

Airstream on the Beach


Sweet Seagull

Beet Chips in the Making

And again, it was time to leave.  A crabbing trip was waiting for us and hubby was excited about that.

"Do we have to go now?  Can we please stay a little longer?" said B

As we pulled off to leave we took one last drive down the beach . . .

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Reflections of a Big Red Cat Ski Trip with Comforting Celeriac Basil Seed Soup and Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


Celeriac Soup

Seven days at Red Mountain in Rossland, British Columbia and it was time to head back home.  One more day of skiing and one more night in the Airstream.

Then back to reality.

I wasn't ready to leave.  But then again, I am really not ever ready to leave on our vacations.  I sometimes have it in my head that I would love to stay forever.  Then hubby brings me back down to reality.

Not possible.

But first before I start thinking about leaving, I enjoy reflecting on our most wonderful trip.  Paula and Kieran who run Big Red Cats were so nice and so accommodating.  Thank you both so much.  We all truly had an incredible time and thank you especially to Ian at the Red Shutter Inn who helped us all with accommodations.

Dining at Gypsy's and Gabriella's was incredible.  If you ever come to Red Mountain, these two restaurants are sure to please.  Cozy and inviting and the food?  Well, you can judge for yourself here and here.  Incredible and gourmet.

**Read about why J5MM chose to visit Big Red Cats at Red Mountain here and see for yourself why this is a skier's paradise**


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Also a big thank you to Matt Small and Kenny Blum, our ESPN Photographers who joined us on our trip.

The following ski shots (and Big Red Kitty shot) are from Matt Small, thank you Matt!

Big Red Cats and Big Red Kitty in Rossland, B.C.

The boys went skiing everyday and came back hungry.  It was up to me to figure out what to prepare for them.  I knew I wanted to make soup and also a nice sweet treat for B.  This was the day to do it.  It was our last day and I had some beautiful veggies in my box from Full Circle Farms that needed to be used.

Celeriac.  Have you ever heard of this?  It is also called celery root and when it is sliced open the most crisp and bright smell awakens your senses.  I peeled and sliced up (into very small pieces so they would all cook quickly and evenly)  my celery root along with a few carrots and an onion.  Oh, and also red potatoes.  All from Full Circle Farms.

Into my cast iron dutch oven went the veggies, covered them almost to the top with stock (I used veggie stock), covered with a lid and simmered for about 30 minutes on the stove top until I could easily pierce through the pieces easily with the tines of my fork.

You can easily eat this soup as it is or you can take your immersion blender and blend until smooth.  Either way, the flavors are fresh and bright.  If you do blend the soup, I suggest adding some watercress for garnish and a sprinkling of basil seeds.  You can find basil seeds at your local Asian market.  I love basil seeds.  Did you know when they are submerged in a liquid they form a jelly coating on the outside?  The end result is a chewy little seed that pops in your mouth when you bite into them.  The taste you are greeted with is that of an ever so slight basil flavor.  It's really interesting how these little seeds change their texture.

Kenny Blum Skiing - Photos Courtesy of Matt Small :) !!

You can also top with this beautiful golden colored soup with a dollop of Greek yogurt and chopped sun-dried tomatoes.  Carrot tops are a beautiful garnish as well.

This soup was the perfect ending to a great day of powder skiing for the boys.   Nothing like a warm bowl of soup to warm yourself up!

Skiing with Big Red Cats -- Photos Courtesy of Matt Small!

When we awoke the next morning we looked out of the window and discovered that Red Mountain had received a lot of snow over night.  Our Airstream was covered in snow and icicles.  B pulled an icicle off and couldn't wait to show me how big it was!  He wanted to keep it so we put it (very carefully) into the Airstream's freezer.

We now have this icicle in our freezer at home - B wants to save it for summertime to show his friends when it is hot outside.

Family Airstream Ski Trip to Red Mountain Resort, B.C.

The day before, I saw in my Full Circle box that I had three zucchini's left and they needed to be used.

I knew exactly what I would make with them.  B has been wanting something sweet now for a while so this would be perfect.

Chocolate zucchini muffins for the road!  It would be a long drive and I knew he would be hungry so I wanted to be prepared.

These turned out so delicious.

So fudgey.  So rich.

Did I mention they are healthy too?  But you wouldn't guess it . . .

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins with Honey and Pistachio's

So now the truck is packed and everything is secure in the Airstream.  It is time to leave.

And say goodbye.

Until next time beautiful Red Mountain.  We will miss you!


Here we are leaving Red Mountain Resort

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. . . and driving straight into a Stage 1 Snow Emergency in Spokane, WA

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Beautiful Red Mountain, Rossland, British Columbia

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


Caramelized Onions & Parmesan Cheese Potato Tarts after a Chilly Morning Stroll at Red Mountain in Rossland British Columbia


Caramelized Onion and Feta Cheese Buckwheat Tarts

We were on vacation. A nice, long vacation.  We were preparing for this trip for a very long time and finally we were here at Red Mountain in Rossland, British Columbia. It is just a few hours north of Spokane, Washington. The drive coming up was beautiful. The drive going back home? Not so much. I will be posting about our trip home soon, it was very interesting.

The routine was the same, everyday. It was nice. Wake up early, feed the boys and set them off for a day of skiing. Hubby on his way for cat skiing with Big Red Cats and our photographers Matt Small and Kenny Blum and B off to his ski class with his favorite instructor, Maude from France.

"Mommy, is Maude going to teach me skiing today again?" he would ask as I helped him get dressed in all of his layers.

Layer.  After.  Layer.

"Yes she is," I would tell him and then would come the smiles. Big smiles. He really enjoyed his days skiing, thank you so much Maude. You've created wonderful memories for him.

While everyone was off enjoying their days of skiing, I would walk around the resort and take photographs and seek out inspiration for our next meal.  The fact that I had my box of goodies from Full Circle Farms was an added bonus.  A box full of fresh, organic veggies -- the possibilities were endless. If you live in Washington State, Alaska and Idaho I am sure you have heard of Full Circle Farms.  They are an "organic food delivery service," and it feels like Christmas morning every time my box is delivered to my door.  Community Supported Agriculture -- I am very proud to be a supporting member.  Here is more about Full Circle Farms

Red Mountain Resort, British Columbia

Out of my box I pulled some beautiful organic red potatoes, an onion and got to work slicing, sauteing and assembling.  I have only made sweet tarts before, never a savory one.  I was excited for this one.

Potatoes, buckwheat flour (I have been on a buckwheat kick lately -- I am in love with the taste), caramelized onions and parmesan cheese -- once baked together we experienced deep, earthy savory flavors.  It was incredible.

Buckwheat Tarts with Caramelized Onions & Feta Cheese

After I picked up B from class we came back to the Airstream for some hot cocoa (our apres-skiing ritual).

He saw the tarts on the counter, cooling.

"What are those mommy?" his eyes wide with curiosity.

"A potato tart.  Would you like one?"

He ate two.

Caramelized Onion and Feta Cheese Buckwheat Tart

Recipe for Caramelized Onion & Parmesan Cheese Potato Tarts with Buckwheat Flour



An Airstream Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we decided to opt out of the traditional big family get together and celebrate the holiday on our Airstream, just the three of us up on the San Juan Islands here in Washington State.  I have been very excited about the idea of cooking a traditional Thanksgiving feast in a small space on our Airstream and I am happy to say everything turned out perfectly.  As a matter of fact, I think this is probably the best Thanksgiving dinner I have ever made.

We shopped at Orcas Homegrown Market & Deli for our (special) turkey.  This is an incredible market as they carry everything you can possibly imagine from exotic hard to find herbs to fresh caught seafood and a plethora of meticulously arranged produce.

Our Thanksgiving menu consisted of roast turkey, baked mashed potatoes and brown sugar glazed carrots along with my own cranberry sauce and gravy.

Probe thermometer, makes life a little easier.

Our turkey from Shelton's thanks to Orcas Homegrown Market & Deli.  I should mention that never, ever again will I buy a turkey that is not organic/free range.  After years of buying supermarket turkey's, this one was so different in every way.  The texture of the meat was so long and lean and incredibly tender; there was literally no fat to trim and the taste was something I have never experienced before.


Fully prepped -- btw, that is my iPad in the background with the best (in my opinion) recipe organizer app called Paprika.

I didn't follow the roasted turkey recipe exactly.  I subsitutted sage and rosemary from my garden and I didn't melt the butter.  Instead (since the turkey was so lean) I put pats of butter under the skin of the breast.

My simple cranberry sauce -- just a bag of cranberries, one squeezed orange, two cinnamon sticks and about one cup of light brown sugar.

Put all ingredients into a pot and bring to boil and cook until you reach a consistency that is to your preference.

Boiled potatoes before being smashed into mashed....

Carrots cooking away in my new cast iron skillet

Potatoes "after"

Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Appetit!

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