I am sure everyone has their favorite banana bread or muffin recipe, but I have to say these are REALLY good and that's why I am blogging about it! I got the recipe from orgasmichef.com ( I will attach the link). I did everything the same except I only had two bananas, I used whole wheat flour and I folded in mini semi sweet chocolate chips instead of the streusel topping!
This week Jon and I decided to do some exploring outside Bozeman. Our first adventure we explored a beautiful lake called Cliff Lake. The lake was absolutely gorgeous and crystal clear in spots. It was here we found out Lola was a swimmer and really hated fish...
The second spot we went to was a hot spring called Renova Hot Springs. The actual hot spring was very anticlimactic. It was small and right off the side of the road, plus there were some people in it. We decided to keep driving and found a campground where we stopped and did some fishing. Jon caught two really nice rainbow trout. We planned on releasing them back but... Lola's killer instincts kicked in and got ahold of the trout and killed it! So, we put it on ice and brought it home to eat. Jon prepared the fish by stuffing it with crushed thyme and lemon slices. Then seasoned the fish with lemon pepper on the inside and outside. He lightly brushed the fish with olive oil as well as the grate of the grill. He grilled it for about 7 minutes per side, but the key to fish is that if you try and flip it and it's stuck to the grate, it is not done yet! We served the fish with a quinoa salad, grilled peppers and garlic bread!
So much fun shooting with my favorite model Baylee Hadley! Although it was almost 90 degrees we had fun trying to change without anyone seeing, using trees as a garment rack and dodging ants and bugs! In the end we got some really pretty shots for the website! Hope you all like them!
Tonight, for Sunday night dinner, I made some seriously yummy tacos! The best part about them were the taco shells that were made of cheese!! My boyfriend is on the keto diet, which is basically no carbs and high fat, so we decided to try out some cheese shells instead of tortilla. They were delicious! I started with provolone rounds seasoned with chili powder and garlic salt and then tried out shredded taco cheese blend. While the provolone was very good, the taco cheese blend had more spice and flavor, so I preferred that cheese more. I placed the cheese on a greased baking sheet and baked at 357 degrees for 8-9 minutes, until it was golden brown. I then placed them over the side of a bread baking dish to form them into taco shells.
For the chicken, I placed almost 3 lbs. of chicken breast into the crockpot, covered it with the juice of two limes (put the whole limes in there too), a packet of taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. I put the crockpot on low for about 5-6 hours. Then took the chicken breast out and shredded the chicken, note* I put the chicken back into the crock pot which I don't recommend, it was way to juicy!
I garnished with some avocado, pico de gallo and sour cream!
I am so excited that after a VERY long winter, gardening season has finally begun! It might sound so boring, but I love to garden! I think for the same reason why I like hunting, you supply yourself with food you have harvested yourself; you know where it came from and how it was treated. Something about going outside to your garden and picking the vegetables, fruits etc. that you want to eat for your breakfast, lunch or dinner is so special. We live in a world where virtually anything we want is available at our finger tips, at any time. One might think it's easier to go to the grocery store and get what you want, but having the patience for something to grow or stalking an animal while hunting, makes it much more worth the experience and to me, makes the food taste that much better! Gardening is a pretty easy activity, that really anyone of any age can do! But the best of all is that it gets you outside and enjoying nature.
Parker digging holes for me! Such a good little helper!
Violet guarding her jalapeño plant.
This year we planted:
* We are in Zone 4- makes sure to check your zone before planting :)
- Tomatoes- red and yellow cherry, beefsteak and black prince
- Yellow squash
- Mammoth Jalapeno peppers
- Sweet green pepper
- Herbs: mint ,basil and thyme
Comment with what you are planting or any tips!
This Sunday I made grilled spot prawns with avocado salsa and let me tell you it was delicious!! The spot prawns still have their shells on, so they won't dry out on the grill and the avocado salsa has the perfect amount of heat, crunch and flavor!
Here's what I did!
- 12 spot prawns ( enough for 2 people) with skin on
- 2 tbsp. of olive oil
- Salt & pepper to season
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 jalapeno diced and seeds removed
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 1 bunch of cilantro chopped
- Juice of 2 limes- plus one more lime for garnish
- Handful of cherry tomatoes quartered
- 2 avocados sliced into small chunks
- salt and pepper to taste
- Start charcoal is a charcoal chimney to heat up the coals
- Skewer the prawns, tails up to head
- drizzle with olive oil and coat using hands
- Season with salt and pepper
- Make the salsa: add all salsa ingredients to a bowl and gently toss with a spoon, let sit for at least 10 minutes.
- Once the charcoal is ready ( make sure they aren't too hot) add the shrimp.
- Cook for about 2.5 minutes each side, or until it looks opaque and cooked through.
- Take off grill and top with the salsa! Use the remaining lime wedges to garnish the plate.
For this weekend, I have a few friends coming down and we are excited to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby! Tonight were barbecuing and making fajita's and tomorrow we are headed to a Kentucky Derby Party. As part of the weekend looks, we are giving a 15% off discount on the horse bit bracelet in honor of the Kentucky Derby!! Enter code DERBY at check out- applies only to the bracelet!
This Sunday I prepared a chicken thigh dish that was AMAZING! In the end I had crispy chicken thighs and a delicious cream sauce! I found this recipe because I was looking around for low carb, high fat, keto diet recipe and thought this was definitely worth a try!
I added wine to this recipe to add some more flavor and it was so delicious. The only thing I had trouble with was once the chicken was in the oven, you need to stir around the sauce once in a while so it doesn't burn or dry up. Otherwise, super easy and yummy recipe! Highly recommend trying it!