Tuesday

High Plains Sheepskin Hats, Mittens and Slippers ~ Great Gift Idea ~ Made In The USA

I was not compensated in any way for this post.

We are suppose to have a REALLY bad winter this year.   That being said,  the older I get, the more I hate to be cold.  My Hubs too.  He used to love the cold weather, but now, he dislikes it as much as I do.

While we were in Helena, Montana, my friend Manzanita had a pair of really nice sheepskin mittens.  When we walked, her hands were warm and mine were freezing.  She told me I needed to go to High Plains Sheepskin and buy myself a pair of warm mittens.
They also sell hats, slippers, gloves and pelts.


At High Plains Sheepskin, everything is Made In The USA.

Located at
5 West Main, East Helena, Montana 59635

1-800-99SLIPS




But.... if you aren't from Helena... you can still buy their products online at
http://www.hpsheepskin.com/

When you walk in their store, you see all the hats, gloves, mittens, and slippers they have for sale.  You can see the many different colors and sizes.









I mentioned all the products are made in the USA.  But I want to tell you, they are made by the owner of High Plains Sheepskin right here in Helena, Montana .

Here is a picture I snapped of him making mittens.    This is a small business with much love going into his work.






My Hubs decided to buy one of their Blizzard Hats.    He has been out hunting in the below 0 weather for a few days now.  He was really tired of his head freezing.







High Plains Blizzard Hat
Made of the best skins available and a lot of work goes into each one.  A soft bill, contoured lines, durable binding and a unique earflap design that adjusts behind the head are only some of the features that set this versatile hat apart.  You tie it once, no chin straps.  Men's and Women's sizes.

High Plains Sheepskin Mittens
Timberline Mittens
These are the mittens they ship most to international places from Norway to Australia, from Korea to Chile.   Timberline mittens are doing the cold weather heavy lifting.  Great for wrapping around a ski pole.  Mens's and Women's sizes.

Suede Mittens
Soft sueded garment leather and wool for driving, shoveling snow and everyday use.  These come in tan, brown, gray and black.  Men's and Women's sizes

High Plains Sheepskin Slippers
Made in Montana from the finest in American wool pelts.  The High Plains Sheepskin slippers have been a Rocky Mountain gift tradition for over thirty years.   Their improved, foot hugging design is based on the unique characteristics of our top grade sheepskins: dense breathable wool and fine sueded leather.  They have a comfort unmatched by synthetics and their stout construction, double stitched in their Montana shop is unrivaled by any import.  the supple and durable neoprene sole puts the mailbox or woodpile within slipper range.
Comfortable in the winter or summer, because wool breathes.
Men's and Women's sizes available

So look at what I bought for myself!!!
I can tell you the hat is Super Warm.. as are the mittens.      I am now totally prepared to face the cold January/February Arctic Blast that will be coming to Pennsylvania.  Bring it on Mother Nature!!  I am ready for you!!

What great Christmas gifts these would make for the people in your life that do a lot of outdoor sports.     The hat is especially great for those who ski

If you have a hard to buy for person visit
High Plains Sheepskin
http://www.hpsheepskin.com/

Again, I was not compensated for this post

Monday

I Was Ready For The First Montana Winter Storm Of 2014

When we left Pennsylvania to vacation in Montana for over a month, I had no idea what to expect of their Montana winters.

We had decided early in the spring of 2014 that we would be going to Montana for a month or so. My Hubs to hunt and me to visit the blogger Manzanita.
My Hubs told me I needed to be prepared.  He said it may be a warm winter, but he had been to Montana when it was so cold you couldn't stand it.

We were taking our Chevy Silverado truck,  so each of us took 3 Large plastic containers each of clothing.   One of mine was filled with just outdoor clothing.

Over the summer I was on a mission to find anything I might need to keep warm in a cold Montana winter.  Since  Pennsylvania is cold, I had a few things.... but nothing for when the temperatures dropped to below 0.  Yes we do get Below Zero temperatures, but I tend to stay in then.


We do a lot of yard sales and that is where  I found this really heavy winter coat just for a Montana winter.   It is a Zero Xposur.   It had only been warn a handful of times and you won't believe what I paid for it.    $2..  That's it.   They had a hefty price on it.  That is probably why it hadn't sold yet.  
It was the end of the day and the last day of their yard sale.   When I walked up and looked at the jacket, they said..  If you want it, you can have it for $2.   Yes,... I did want it.





At another yard sale, I found a pair of brand new black 5.11 Tactical Series A.T. A. C. Storm Waterproof Boots in just my size.

Zero To Sixty in 5.11



These boots still had the tags on them and were priced at $5.    They matched my Zero Xposur coat perfectly.
I found the price of the boots online for $129 on sale, so $5 was a great price.

These boots are so comfortable that I wouldn't mind even having to pay full price for them.      I have such a hard time finding any foot wear that that doesn't hurt my feet.








Yesterday, the first winter storm hit.  I was so ready.  I couldn't wait to get up into the mountains and take some pictures.
Here I am ready to roll and feeling very warm doing it.

My Daughter had lent me her snow pants.  Man.... are they ever nice.  I think I am going to have to buy  a pair for myself.







Are you ready for a cold winter?


Sunday

Nana Nana Banana Orange Smoothie With @NuNaturals Pure Liquid NuStevia Orange Flavor

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Most of us never think to make a smoothie using an orange.  But believe me, you don't know what you are missing, especially if you are an orange lover like I am. Don't take my word for it, try it yourself and taste the orange flavor bursting from this smoothie.
Nana Nana Banana Orange Smoothie
1 frozen Banana (or not, I don't always freeze my banana)
1 Seedless Orange peeled
5 Drops Liquid NuStevia Orange Flavor
1 Cup Almond Milk (Or Milk of choice)
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds (Optional)
1 Piece of Aloe (optional)

Place into your blender and whip well.
Serves 2

So I know many of you don't like bananas.  That's okay.  Here is what I do when I don't have a banana and want my orange smoothie.

Orange Fiber Smoothie
1 Cup Almond milk (or milk of choice
1 Seedless Orange Peeled (Freeze this if you want a thicker smoothie)
1 Scoop Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Piece of Aloe

Put all into your blender and blend well
Serves 2 ( This will be smaller servings than the Banana Orange Smoothie)

I always try to put a piece of aloe into my smoothie.   I grow my own so I always have it on hand.
Aloe is so healthy.  You can read the post I did on it here.

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Thursday

Thank You So Much McGonigle Memorial Home In New Castle, Pennsylvania

It was a very sad the last few days   My Husbands Father died while we were in Montana.    Have you ever tried to get a flight out anywhere on short notice?   Not only are the flights hard to get, but they soak you a pretty penny for them.

We finally got a flight to Pennsylvania with only 2 VERY LONG layovers.  First we stopped in Minnesota and then in Detroit, Michigan and then to our final destination Pittsburgh.     Lucky for us, my Hubs brother picked us up and let us use their car to get home.

The viewing was at McGonigle Memorial Home in New Castle, Pennsylvania.   Sorry I didn't get a great picture.  I was sitting in a car in the funeral procession.  I didn't want to get out and hold everything up.












What a super job they did of depicting my Father In Laws life.

He owned a glass shop in New Castle called Kelly's Auto Glass.  It is now owned by Joe Macri Jr a nephew of his.
He also loved to fish.   Just look at this display they have  near his casket.

McGonigle's put a picture of my husbands Mother and Father on top the the hatch of a car.    They put a picture of the Auto Glass business on it and propped a fishing pole next to it.

I have never... ever seen anything like this.  What a great way to show everyone my Father In Laws interests.
Another thing they did that was so amazing to me was the DVD they made using different pictures, with different family member through out my Father In Laws Life

Pictured is just one of the Many, Many old photos that ran.   Some of them made me happy, others made me sad.









What a beautiful, beautiful tribute to a man that was a wonderful Husband, Father, Brother and Friend to so many.   I am proud to have know him.

Thank you so much to McGonigle Memorial Home in New Castle, Pennsylvana.   You made a very sad day much more bearable.

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Ghost Town In Elkhorn, Montana ~ Meeting John The Mountain Man

Since Halloween is tomorrow, I thought I should tell you about my visit to the Living Ghost Town in Elkhorn, Montana.
I, of course have my own personal tour guide Manzanita!!  We are .... I am having a BLAST learning and seeing things in Montana that most of you probably will never get to see.

On our way to Elkhorn, we came across a cattle drive.   Some of  you may not think that is such a big deal, but to a small town girl from Pennsylvania, It is a HUGE deal.

At the tail end of the cattle drive was this beautiful cowgirl.   Look at her chaps... She is my idea of a true cowgirl.  I just didn't expect her to be so cute.










Check out the big cows they are driving to their winter home.
It doesn't look like many, but there are a lot that you don't see.  They are already in another field.

Moooo VE over cows, cause here we come.






So enough about the cattle drive, although it was one of the highlights of this little daytrip for me.   I have another surprise.

We continued on our way.  As we approached the town of Elkhorn, I spied this old Gold/Silver mine opening in the mountain.
It doesn't look very safe so I didn't even suggest that we might want to check it out.

Looks pretty rickety to me.






The only thing that is left of this Ghost Town are these two buildings.  That's it!!

They keep these in great repair and you can even go in and walk through them if you want.





As Manzanita and I were looking at these buildings, we heard a guy talking.  I turned around and he was talking to us,

We couldn't hear him so we had to go closer.  He was telling us we could go into the buildings if we wanted.
There is Manzanita talking to Mountain Man John

He told us his name was John, so I will refer to him as Mountain Man John.

Manzanita ask him if he sold things, he said he just had some rocks that he sometimes sold.

ROCKS!!!  that is all I needed to hear and I was across to his place like a bolt of lightening.   I love ROCKS!!  Not sure why, but they just intrigue me.



I actually bought a few of his rocks.  One is this fossil rock that must weigh about 10 pounds.   And,.....    I have to figure out how to get all these rocks I have been collecting back to Pennsylvania.

The picture doesn't do this rock justice.   The fossiling is on every side of it.




So, if any of you happen to be visiting Elkhorn, Montana.  Stop in and say Hello to John.   He just might show you some of his rocks.

Friday

Three Bean Salad Recipe Using NuStevia Simple Syrup ~ No Sugar Added!!

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I love Three Bean Salad, but since I don't use cane sugar nor most vinegars, I haven't had it in years.
Last week I was so hungry for it that I decided to make it my way using NuStevia Simple Syrup from NuNaturals.


Three Bean Salad Recipe 
1 Can Kidney Beans (Drained) I kind of rinsed these too.
1 Can Cut Green Beans (Drained)
1 Can Wax Beans (Drained)
4 Green Onions (Scallions) Chopped
1 Stalk Celery Chopped
2/3 Cup Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 Cup  NuStevia Simple Syrup
(if you like it a little sweeter, just add a little more Simple Syrup)
Mix together and chill
My Husband doesn't like it as sweet as I do, so I make it less sweet for him.

So good!! This is a great way to get your vegetables and it tastes great too!


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Monday

Ringing Rocks Montana ~ You Can Actually Play Music On These Rocks

Ringing Rocks Near Pipestone, Montana.

 If you have never been to the Rining Rocks, it is a MUST SEE if you are ever in Montana.








 We had a horrible time finding the ringing rocks, even the locals couldn't tell us where they are. 3 times we were sent in the wrong direction, so... I am going to give you the real directions

 Take Exit 241 Off Of Interstate 90. Frome I90 West, When getting off the exit... look directly to your right. Take that gravel/dirt road that you are right beside.

From I90 East, Turn Left Off the interstate. Go under the overpass. Take the first gravel/dirt road to the right... just after the I90 Exit from the West.

 You will be heading EAST on the Gravel/Dirt Road After aprox. 7/10s of a mile, you will go through a gate and be heading North. You will cross Rail Road Tracks shortly.

 Keep left when you come to a road that Ys. You will see a
sign that says Rining Rocks.



 If you follow these signs with a 2 on it, they will take you to the Ringing Rocks. YOU WILL BE IN FOR THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME!!




Go slow!!  If you meet another vehicle, you are going to need to move over.  Sometimes you will have to back up to get into a spot where you can let another vehicle pass you.








 Hopefully you have a 4 wheel drive, it will make things so much easier.
This is just one of the reasons you will want a 4 Wheel Drive.  That is a huge drop off by the truck, plus there are a lot of huge rocks in the middle of the road/cow path.  If you have a low riding car, you are going to bottom out.

I can tell you I had white knuckles riding that close to a cliff.


If you want to hear what these rocks sound like, check out our video.   If I had any musical ability, I would be able to play a song on these rocks.
 

I have had several people ask me what makes the Ringing Rocks Ring.
I don't think they really know what makes them ring.  The Bureau Of Land Management justs says they are a unique geological formation.  I guess if you take a rock away, it will no longer ring.

Omelt Breakfast Cups Recipe

Since I don't eat a lot of bread, I have to find recipes for breakfast that don't need it.    When I do eat bread, I eat millet bread with no sugar and no yeast.

Omlet Breakfast Cups
To make the Crust
2 Tablespoosns Butter
2 Cups Hash Browns (these can be homemade, which I prefer, but you can use bought.)
1 Egg white

Sea Salt
Ground Black Pepper

Melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter, add 2 cups Hash Browns and the one egg white (I just used a whole egg)
Season with the salt and pepper
Mix well and press into 4 Ramekins that have been coated with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake 15 Minutes at 475 Degrees

While the crust is baking, simmer
2 or 3 green onions
1 Clove minced Garlic
In 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

When you take the Ramekins out of the oven with the hashbrown mixture in it, sprinkle with
1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese divided between 4 ramekins
My Hubs also likes bacon on the bottom of his, but I pass on that.

To each of the Ramekins crack in one egg and season those with salt and pepper.
I use a total of
4 eggs.


Put Ramekins with the egg in it back into the oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes or until the whites are set but the yolk is still creamy.
Serve with toast

I had never tried making these before and I can tell you, they tasted very good.  The centers of these were very different than when you poach them or fry them, Very Creamy Centers.
  I also put some bacon in my Hubs but he said he thinks he would like it without the bacon.