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.


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

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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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.


Rock Hounding In Helena, Montana & Manzanita's Soap

I have always loved looking for neat rocks.  When I was a little kid, we used to have a gravel pit across from our house.  I would go over there and comb the rocks they were digging up.   Many times I found a lot of fossil rocks.     Nothing has changed,  I still love looking for rocks and if I can find a fossil rock, it is even better.

This isn't a fossil rock, but I loved the pattern on it.  It looks like a heart on it to me.

Look at this one.  Those leaves are imprinted on this rock.  The rock is green but I can't get it to show up green with my camera.       Manzanita took me to a place she knows in Helena, Montana. She let me hunt rocks until I was rocked out.  Well, not really... you could never make me tired of looking for neat rocks like this.
I know many of you visit Manzanita, she writes the blog, Wanna Buy A Duck.    We have been blog buddies for a couple of years now.   From the beginning,  I really liked this woman.
We had so much in comon.  Both of us were very health consious.

Eventually, we started talking on the phone, trading secrets, hopes and dreams.   I knew I loved this woman!!!.   She is one of the kindest people you would ever want to meet.   And meet we did.!!!

One day, we were talking on the phone.  I am not sure what we were even talking about, but I told her I wanted to come to Montana to visit her.   All I had to do was convince my Hubs.    I knew that would be EASY.     I said to my Hubs.... Do you want to go to Montana to HUNT??    He jumped at that.   All the arrangements were made and off to Helena, Montana we drove.

When I met Manzanita in person, it was like reconnecting with someone I have known forever!   We can talk for hours.   You wouldn't want to even hear some of the things we talk about so I won't bore you with it.

Well that is my story of how I went to Montana to meet the blogger Manzanita.   I am going to miss her so much when I leave here.  I really love this woman like a sister.

Getting back to the rocks.  When I was at Manzanita's house, I seen a really neat fossil rock she used as a soap dish.   I ask her where she got it...  She told me she would take me to look for some too!!!  Whoo Hoo... I couldn't wait.

There you go!  My new soap dishes.   By the way,  the soap on the left was made by Manzanita.  

Here is one of the rock piles we were looking in.  Say Hi to Cody, Manzanita's Dog.


Wok N Roll Sushi, Steaks, Seafood Helena Montana ~ Yes! There Is Sushi In Helena

When we were planning our trip to Helena, Montana, I ask my Hubs and my friend Manzanita if there was a Sushi Bar there.  They both told me NO!!  this is a meat and potatoes town.

I just want to let you know... There IS a Sushi Bar in Helena, Montana.  It is the Wok N Roll.  They serve Sushi, Steaks, Seafood and much more.  And... It Is Fresh!!

My Hubs was playing poker at one of the local casinos.  He was playing with the owner Kevin who is the Sushi Chef at the Wok N Roll.       Kevin told him to stop by on a Wednesday since it was buy one sushi roll and get one 1/2 price.

Wok-N-Roll Sushi Bar ~  2058 Euclid Avenue ~ Helena, MT 5960

 I decided to get the Tempura Vegetables.  Normally when I just order Tempura Vegetables, that is all I get, but here... EVERYONE gets Soup and a Salad.   Perfect since I love Miso Soup.

My vegetables were GREAT!!  Included were  ... Carrots, Mushrooms, Potato, Broccoli, Zucchini and Onion.  I could have gotten shrimp also, but I decided I just wanted the vegetables.

One thing I liked and really appreciate is when I ask for hot water to make my herbal tea, they don't treat me like I am trying to get a free drink.   They just gave me some hot water and let me make my own tea.

My Hubs is PICKY, PICKY, PICKY when it comes to Sushi.  We have walked out of a place after being seated when the sushi in the case looked not so fresh.

The Wok N Roll Sushi looked really fresh.  My Hubs said it was very fresh and tasted really good.    He also got a salad and Miso soup with his meal.

If you thought you couldn't find fresh sushi in Helena, Montana, think again.

2058 Euclid Avenue
Helena, Mt 59601(406-502-1989

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Pumpkin Lovers Dream Protein Shake Using NuStevia Simple Syrup #Sugarfree

This is the time of year I start thinking about pumpkins.  I am not thinking Jack O' Lanterns here, I am thinking Pumkin Treats.  
Since I don't do sugary treats, I have to improvise.  Lucky for me NuNaturals has so many NuStevia Sweetners to choose from.  Like the new NuStevia Simple Syrup.

You can use this Sugar Free, zero calorie sweetner for so many things.

Also,... as far as I am concerned.  Stevia is the BEST sugar free sweetner out there and NuNaturals makes the BEST.  Not all stevia is the same.  Belive me... I know.  I have been using stevia for a very long time now.

Pumpkin Lovers Dream 
     Protein Shake
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
1 Scoop Protein Powder
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon NuStevia Simple Syrup

Put in your favorite blender to mix
Serves 2

OhMyGosh... This has got to be the BEST!!   If you don't like pumpkin... then.  MORE FOR ME!!!

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NuNaturals Healthy Sensation Peppermint Patty Smoothie VS Cocoa Mint Smoothie Shake

Just because I eat healthy, who says I have to miss out on all the good stuff.  If you try hard enough you can turn that unhealthy bad stuff into good, healthy, wholesome treats.

For instance, who wouldn't like to sit and eat a peppermint patty?  I know I would, but I can't eat things like that and stay well.   So, I have come up with a heathy treat that reminds me of a peppermint patty.

Healthy Sensation Peppermint Patty Smoothie
1/2 Cup Milk Of Choice
Handful of Peppermint Leaves
1 Aloe Leaf
1 Tablespoon Cocoa or Carob Powder
1 Scoop Protein Powder
1/2  teaspoon liquid NuStevia Plain Or Vanilla Flavored (NuNaturals)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon liquid NuStevia Peppermint (NuNaturals)

Place all ingredients into blender and whip it up.  I use my Ninja blender to make sure everything gets chopped up well.

If you are like me and crave sweet treats, this hits the spot.  It gives me my sweet, chocolate fix and I am good to go.

So you don't have fresh mint growing???  Well no problem.  Here is a way to get your chocolate and mint fix easily.

How about using NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup?

Cocoa Mint Smoothie Shake
1 Banana
1/2 Cup Almond Milk Or Milk Of Choice
2 Teaspoons NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup
1 Piece Agave (Optional)
Put into your favorite blender and give it a whirl.

I am not sure which one of these I like better!

So which Smoothie would you like better.  The Cocoa Mint Smoothie Shake using NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup or the Peppermint Patty Smoothie using NuNaturals Peppermint NuStevia.

The Choice Is Yours!!

Your can use NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup on ice cream, coffee, and to make other healthy chocolate mint drinks.  This is also great for cooking.

NuStevia Cocoa Mint Syrup is a rich chocolate syrup with the finest Peppermint oil available.  The Peppermint Oil that NuNaturals uses is grown right where NuNaturals is located in the Wilamette Valley of Oregon and is considered to be the best tasting peppermint oil available.

NuStevia Syrups are designed to maximize flavor balanced with the right level of sweetness.  No refrigeration required.
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