ALL the Food!

Colorful day… Scrambles!  PDQ!  Roasted veggies!  Cilantro rice!  Quinoa tabbouleh!  Gluten free beer bread (using homemade quinoa beer)!

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Day 10—Driving to Windermere, BC

Starting in Glacier, stopping in Whitefish for a yummy meal!

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Crossed into Canada!!

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CPAs #5 / July 4th!

We actually did this last weekend, but had to share…

3 lb chuck roast from Salmon Creek Ranch
2 white onions chopped
4 carrots chopped
1 head of celery chopped
lemon pepper and herbs
1 cup red wine

Rub the roast.  In a pan, sauté onions then brown roast on all sides.  Throw everything into the crock pot 8-10 hours on low.

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So good…!

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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#costcocake (not gluten free)

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Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone, from Switzerland!

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Making huevos rancheros… a Christmas morning “tradition” with the Roedel family!

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Lazing around… (also a tradition…)

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Our awesome tree!

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Gifts like these make me feel like a kid again.  :)

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Henning with his more adult “tour of Belgium” gift…  :)

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Henning eating a hen!

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Driving southwest from Munich to Rodorsdorf (Switzerland) – made a stop in Hohenschwangau to see the Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau)

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The hiking path of ice… up to Neuschwanstein…

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Made it to the viewing bridge!

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..to the castle!…

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Made it to Chris and Jacqueline’s in Rodorsdorf for pasta with Christiane’s homemade pasta sauce and meatballs!

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Road Trip Day 4!!—Solvang

Waking up in a yurt on Lake Cachuma…!

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Stopping by the Nature Center…

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In Solvang for the day…

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(The chocolate super melted btw…)

Back to the lake…

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Getting out of the wind with some cribbage and fancy
re-solidified chocolate…

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Road Trip Day 2!!—Big Sur

Waking up with Henning in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park…

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Going for a walk through the woods…

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Sideways trees!

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Really tall trees!

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Crossing a creek without bridges…

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Crossing a creek with bridges…!

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Henning and the giant BBQ pit!

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Climbing above the clouds!

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Settling down for dinner…

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Everyone’s watching the food…

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Lassen—Day 2

Beautiful morning to kayak across Manzanita Lake…!

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Driving thru Lassen Volcanic National Park…

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Hike out to Bumpass Hell :)

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Saw a little black bear on the drive back to camp!

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Fancy dinner and board games courtesy Greg and Erica!

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Lasagna & BBQ!!

Lasagna and BBQ evening at Anne and Travis’ place for an early July 4th celebration!

Henning’s unique lasagna recipe…
with a middle layer of spinach-pesto-ricotta
and a bottom layer of carrot-mushroom-honey-baked-beans.
He also used brown rice lasagna sheets for his wheat-allergy girlfriend!

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Messy, but YUM!

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Travis, the grill master…

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Some sangria made using our fruit-infusion water pitcher!

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We also have entered ourselves (girls vs guys) in the Capture California contest, essentially sponsored by the California Parks Service to get people outdoors!

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Hopefully we get to start our adventuring soon!

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CPAs #4–Sweet Potato Basil Soup

Today’s adventure—Sweet Potato Basil Soup!  With coconut milk!
(recipe source)

Super easy to make. 
Chop 2 sweet potatoes, 1/2 onion and 2 cloves garlic.
Add coconut milk, broth, basil, salt, pepper.

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I accidentally bought the wrong kind of sweet potatoes, so the soup turned out white.  But still tasted so good!
Henning-stamp-of-approval.

Next time I’ll probably add carrots and leeks to see how that affects the flavor.  <3

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Brussels Sprouts!!!

Roasted brussels sprouts are probably my favorite veggie after steamed broccoli.  I love them not only for their flavor, but for their simplicity and
ease of preparation.

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For anyone interested…

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Halve 16-20 small brussels sprouts.
Toss in a bowl with olive oil.
Spread out on foiled baking sheet.
Bake 20 minutes, done.

Add whatever you want to it… salt/pepper… some people toss with balsamic+oil… we like to sprinkle on lemon pepper.

With inspiration from Becca, next time I’ll try with coconut oil.
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CPAs #3—Vegetarian Chili

Today’s adventure—Vegetarian Chili!  (recipe source)
I halfed the recipe:  $5 to feed 3+ people!

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Instead of a big ziplock bag, I actually froze this in a 48-oz GladWare container, which was 6-6.75” in diameter—PERFECT for our 7” diameter crockpot.

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We added some corn and okra at the end, since we had some left over.  That technically would add $2 to the overall cost of the recipe.
Worth it!

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Note:  we added 2x the cocoa in the recipe—it was a good decision in my opinion.

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CPAs #2—Jambalaya!

Today’s adventure—Jambalaya! (used this recipe)
We did the calcs, and the half-recipe cost $14 to feed 4+ people.
Not bad considering it has chicken, shrimp, and sausage!

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I actually forgot to document until after everyone had eaten most of the jambalaya (over rice).

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After 4 full servings were consumed, we decided to throw rice into the the remaining jambalaya (cooked 2 hours on high).
It was SO GOOD as a later night snack.

We were so busy eating again, forgot to take a photo until everything was gone…

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