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Crazy Mountain Ranch, Summer 2014 Activities

When you are verified as the winner of a trip to the Crazy Mountain Ranch, you & your guest are sent a list of activities to choose from. My husband said it’s like summer camp for adults, which it totally is! Here are some of the photos taken during our activities. All activities were led by highly-trained, highly-competent guides who wanted nothing short of a perfect experience for us.

Don’t we look happy?

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

 

More pictures are available at my whentheBstings Instagram account.

Crazy Mountain Ranch Trip, Summer 2014

My husband & I had the fortune to go on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Crazy Mountain Ranch in Montana. I don’t have the words to fully convey how special this trip was. There were times I was alternating between tears & giggles, so overwhelmingly wonderful the experience was.

Here are the first set of pictures from our trip, focused around the 18,000 acre working cattle ranch’s private lake. Activities on the lake included guided flyfishing, canoeing, and evening concerts. We saw antelope, a pair of nesting bald eagles, baby ducks, nesting red-winged black birds whose haunting lilting melodies will ring in my heart until the day I die.

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

Marlboro Crazy Mountain Ranch 2014

More pictures are available at my whentheBstings Instagram account.

Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This is my FAVORITE rice cooker recipe. For years, I rarely used my rice cooker & only used it for rice.

Now that I know you can use it for many, many things other than rice, it’s my most used small kitchen appliance!

This rice cooker mac & cheese is ooey, gooey, crisp on the bottom, quick, fool-proof & only gets 1 bowl dirty, as opposed to baked mac & cheese which gets multiple items dirty & requires some attention. It’s sure to be a family favorite.

Rice Cooker Mac & Cheese
Serves 5
Macaroni and cheese made in the rice cooker, rivals baked mac & cheese!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups macaroni noodles
  2. 2 cups chicken stock, divided
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 2 cups shredded cheese, divided
Instructions
  1. Combine macaroni and 1.5 cups of chicken stock in rice cooker. Cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Add remaining milk, 0.5 cup of stock, and 1.5 cups of cheese, combine thoroughly. Cook until rice cooker's humidity sensor says the noodles are done (approximately 15-20 minutes).
  3. Stir in remaining cheese. Serve.
Notes
  1. Any fat content milk may be used.
  2. Water can be substituted for chicken stock in a pinch, season to taste.
  3. Totals for stock above is approximately 1 standard can of stock.
  4. Any grated cheeses will come out lovely. A cheddar/pepper jack is a house favorite.
  5. If there is standing liquid in the rice cooker after the second cook time, close & cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add 5 minutes if you would like a crispier bottom to your mac & cheese, for a baked-like texture.
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Special seasoning tip: Growing up, my babysitter sprinkled Lawry’s Seasoning Salt on our baked mac & cheese. It’s now what I HAVE to have on my mac & cheese, or it’s just not right. Alternatively, try Creole Seasoning for your mac & cheese, for a spicier kick. Because this is how I season my mac & cheese, I don’t add salt to it during cooking. Season it however you like!

Identifying Feathers

It’s spring again, so I wanted to remind everyone of the Feather Atlas, our favorite resource for identifying birds by feathers found on the ground. The Feather Atlas is a searchable database of scans of feathers belonging to North American birds, run by the US Department of Fish & Wildlife.

ID birds by feather

It’s a great place to learn about bird anatomy, feather function & about our birds here in North America.

Just a reminder that it’s actually illegal in the US to collect feathers, nests, eggs, or parts of birds, under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. I’ve never known a person who wasn’t willfully harming protected species to be prosecuted for collecting feathers, but as people are always shocked to learn this, I do pass on this info since people like to share about their collections online, never realizing they’re broadcasting what’s technically a crime.