Friendly on the Slopes and Budget – Girls Weekend in Salt Lake

Author:

Ready for a Girls weekend trip? Are you needing a quick Girl Time FIX on a tight budget? Please come along as we break down how you can Easily achieve your NEED for some gal time on the slopes.

 

Our flights on American were 1/2 the rate of Delta – We did all have one layover and early flight times – BUT we saved about $400 YES, $400 each ticket. Our flight arrived into SLC early – SILVER LINING for leaving early is your journey starts early :).

The airport is small and very easy to navigate. The rental car option was not on our budget friendly spreadsheet. By the time we figured parking fees, gas and daily charges, we realized a rental car would have been the more expensive option.  A couple of  shuttle services, All Resort Express is one, are conveniently located near baggage claim. We are Uber-ers. SLC is also very Uber friendly – they have a special place, again well marked and close to baggage claim, for Uber and Lyft pickup.

We decided to go up to Cottonwood Canyon at the base of Wasatch Mountains – This trip had to be on the budget friendly side so we chose to stay at the Hyatt Place in Cottonwood. Nice area with several great eateries. We were famished – left our bags with the front desk and walked to Spitz – a street Mediterranean infusion of yumminess. On our way back toward the hotel, there was a ski shop – selling DISCOUNTED ski passes. So we saved $15 per ticket by buying them at this shop. No gimmick, just less expensive 🙂 We were so happy and felt like our lunch was just free.

We were only staying at the base of Wasatch Mountains for 2 nights so not too much unpacking – but we did unpack enough to feel settled. The hotel has a jacuzzi hot tub, perfect for ending our first day of travel. Olivia and I suited up, opened a bottle of wine we had packed….budget friendly trip….., and headed to hot tub. This leads me to PACK YOUR OWN WINE or BEVERAGE of Choice when headed to Cottonwood Hyatt Place. Salt Lake City in general is not very alcohol friendly. The hotel will NOT let you take their alcoholic beverages out of the small bar area AND you MUST order food if you are going to have alcohol at this “bar”. We did not know all of this, however very happy we had our own stash. Ahhhhh, very nice way to wind down and catch up as ladies do so well.

We organized a shuttle for  Maddison, her flight was delayed – see how to prepare for Stranded at the Airport – so we did not think she should Uber so late by herself.

We woke up early to figure out the slopes. Since we had not skied in over 5 years, we decided that Solitude Ski Resort was our place to reconnect with snow and skis.

The Hyatt has a shuttle that takes you to Bingham Junction ski bus stop on route 972. The 972 runs every 15-20 minutes – CHECK THE SCHEDULE – and costs just over $4 each. Solitude’s Moonbeam Lodge was the first stop. This is also where you rent gear. We rented our gear and off we went. Have your own gear? no problem the bus has room for all of that and more.

Solitude was a great choice for us. The Moonbeam ski lodge was a nice place for me to get some work done and I could see the girls ski down the last hill toward me. Too fun, it was so great to see them giggling all the way down that last stretch. As the day progressed they ventured higher and higher up the mountain.

about 2 o’clock, we were ready for a break. We boarded the resort shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes, and headed up to Solitude Village – What a cute place, very quaint with all the amenities one would need. We chose to dine at the Honeycomb Grill  – the restaurant here in the video – was perfect choice for us. They also have a pizzeria and bakery in the village.

I ordered a chacutterrie platter with red wine. Maddison was fish tacos and water. Olivia just wanted a beer. She knew about a local brewer, Wasatch Brewery – Honeycomb Grill carried the GhostRider…good choice, Olivia! We all shared the Blackberry Buckle and tried the beer – this was a great pairing too – it was so delicious, I had to come home and recreate my gluten free version:

As Natural As Can Be, Blackberry Buckle Recipe

Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

Well would you know that the slopes close at 4 PM? Seemed really early to us, but we were just about done – would have liked to do one or two more runs as we were just getting our ski legs. SILVER LINING: We got to go back earlier than expected so the girls could do school work and we had another eve of quality time in hot tub.

Well A GREAT GALS DAY on the slopes – we were all tired and the girls had a bit of school work to catch up on tonight.

We went back to the hot tub with our coffee cup wine and enjoyed another long soak and convo. Skiing is an expensive hobby, however if you save money in other places (hotel room, eating, flights) – “team building” on the mountain is well worth the investment!

Keep an eye for Salt Lake City part 2.

Cheers,

bloom where you are planted

 

 

 

Office Decor – Ready to answer the call of the wild?

Author:
Trendy outdoor items for your workspace. Create an enviroment for your office on your desk with trendy office supplies.

Are you ready to be outside, feeling the fresh air? Are you answering the Call of the Wild?

Trendy outdoor items for your workspace. Create an enviroment for your office on your desk with trendy office supplies.

Bring nature to your workspace with these cute and trendy desk and office items:

Apple Memo Pad

Bear Organizer

Squirrel on a Log Pencil Sharpener

Mountain Cork Board with Tree Push Pins

White Sparrow Note Holder

Desktop Cable Management

Natural Wood Swing Arm Desk Lamp

Bunny Scissors and Paper Clips Holder

Flexible Leather Phone Stand

FishHotel Aquarium

Cantilever Desk

Concrete Desktop Planter

Cubist Wall Shelf

Hand Holding a Cup Pen and Pencil Holder

Dino Memo Holder

Bamboo Multi-Device Charging Station Dock & Organizer

Decor Plant LED Lamp and Pencil Holder

Small Whale Desktop Air Humidifier

Cat Pop-up Note Dispenser

Standing Desk

As natural as can be, BlackBerry Buckle Recipe

Author:
Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

Love cobblers but want to be gluten free? kind of dairy free? natural sugars? Have I created the BEST Blackberry Buckle for you! Also this was so yummy with a beer pairing – look out below for that special addition to this experience.

We were inspired by our latest trip to Salt Lake City (see our adventure here) to recreate a Blackberry Buckle we devoured at Solitude Ski Lodges, Honeycomb Grill. While skiing we took a warm break and enjoyed a delicious treat of blackberry cobbler, paired with a local beer, Wasatch GhostRider IPA. This cobbler is so DELISH I had two jars….Only one beer 😉

Step by Step Picture Instructions – I have a printable at the end of this post too.

Ingredients to make berry cobbler. Simple Truth Coconut Milk replaces dairy milk. Sugar and Spice Market Gluten Free flour was terrific at making a gooey crispy crust. Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

First off we want the organic blackberries to mush in LOVE with themselves – wash them, place in bowl and smoosh them up with a fork. Set aside to allow the juices and sugars to release among  each other.

 

So on to the speedy part: I tell you this recipe is quick, easy and tasty – It will become a favorite desert in no time!

Ingredients to make berry cobbler. Simple Truth Coconut Milk replaces dairy milk. Sugar and Spice Market Gluten Free flour was terrific at making a gooey crispy crust. Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

Second, measure out your dry ingredients; gluten free flour,  sucanat , baking powder and pinch of Himalayan sea salt  so they are easy to add to the mixer one at a time. I use Custard Cups  Ha, I love them because they come with lids and they are perfect size.

    

On low speed put all of the dry ingredients in your mixer – you do not need a large mixer, you can “fork” the ingredients together for this recipe. Although I just love my KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer, for many other jobbies – She does the trick so effortlessly.

   Ingredients to make berry cobbler. Simple Truth Coconut Milk replaces dairy milk. Sugar and Spice Market Gluten Free flour was terrific at making a gooey crispy crust. Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

In a Pyrex  2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup  Mix your coconut milk and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, the good stuff ;0

Combine the wet mixture of vanilla and coconut milk into your dry mixture – put the mixer  at low speed, 1 as you stir in the wet mixture. You may need to make sure the wet and dry ingredients are well mixed by taking a spatula to the edges. Once all ingredients are in place, whiz up the blender up to 3 for a minute to combine all parts.

   

Go ahead and turn on the oven to 350 F. Melt your organic, grass fed butter 😉 pour into your baking dish, swoosh around to coat sides, corners, and bottom. Pour the additional butter into your mixer. Once butter is in the batter, blend on low speed.

   Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

Pour batter into your buttered baking dish…..Ahhhhh time for our beautiful blackberries – start to pour them in gently.

Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair     Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

After the berries are somewhat centralized, push them out a bit to the edges with a soft nudge. You do want to keep a crust edge for serving this delight to your peeps. Place in your pre heated 350 F oven. Cook for 50 minutes – 1 hour, depending on crispy crust desires.

Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

 

Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair     Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

Using my Mini-Serving Spatula  I put two scoops of cobbler, careful to keep the crust on top, into my mason jelly jars  – top with a fresh blackberry and a dollop of whip cream – Serve it up 🙂

Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

BlackBerry Cobbler and What? Berries & Beer – Now, THIS IS a perfect match for Wasatch GhostRider IPA – I am telling you a match! We happened upon this pairing at the Honeycomb Grill while sking Utah, at Solitude Ski Resort – DELISH To be totally gluten free, we suggest adding a pear cider to chime with the blackberries. CHEERS

Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair   Blackberry Cobbler with Blackberry Buckle are paired with beer. Berry Cobbler and Beer make a great combination. The beer we paired with the blackberry cobbler is Wasatch Ghost Rider IPA. Blackberry Buckle and Wasatch IPA are a good pair

Thank you so much for sharing a little piece of joy with me, feel free to print the card below.

Cheers,

bloom where you’re planted

 

 

Chocolate & Strawberries, a LOVEly Combination

Author:

Please enjoy your trip through these delicious recipes combining chocolate and strawberries, a delicious duo

Practical Mommy – Strawberry Smores Parfait

DIY Candy – Chocolate Strawberry Oreo Brownies

The Crafting Chicks – Frozen Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes

Jman and Millerbug – Chocolate Strawberry Breakfast Parfait

Hello Nature Blog – Strawberry Fruit Dip with Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers

Mom’s Messy Miracles – Strawberry Glazed Mini Chocolate Donuts

The Rebel Chick – Strawberry Chocolate bark

The Surburban Mom – Chocolate Covered Strawberries Smoothie

JaMonkey – Dark Chocolate Strawberry Chex Party Mix

A Crafty Spoonful – Chocolate Ricotta Stuffed Strawberries

Food Folks and Fun – Dark Chocolate Pound Cake With Strawberries and Cream

My Organized Chaos – Strawberry Cream Chocolate Cake with Ganache Topping

The Bewitchin’ Kitchen – White Chocolate Strawberry Buttercream

Raising Life Long Learners – Strawberry White Chocolate Milkshake

Everyday Graces – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Energy Bites

Mom Endeavors – Strawberry Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

The Idea Room – Strawberry Ice Cream Oreo Pie

All My Good Things – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie

A Worthey Read – Strawberry Hot Chocolate

Mom Foodie – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pudding Pops

HAVEN Conference 2016

Author:

Celebrating our 5th year, HAVEN Conference is an amazing story for the founders and for so many blogger/influencers, HAVEN Mavens. 2016 was our 5th year – Wow. WE feel so blessed by all of you and what you all mean to us.

We start the planning process pretty much the month after the conference is over. Seriously, all of a year of planning goes into each conference. We thrive off the excitement that each attendee brings to the table and this is what absolutely picks us UP when we start to have that tinge of dissatisfaction or doubt in how great this next year will be for the attendee.

The planning consists of weekly conference calls to go over session topics, narrowing down speakers, creating new ideas, discussing this year’s theme of decor, FUN events during the conference….Logistics and SOOOOoooo much more. Thank goodness we really like each other – we have a great team, working hard planning 2017!

Planning Events with the Haven Conference

The planning team of Haven conference

Sponsors also play a WONDERFUL role in HAVEN.

Without our sponsors, HAVEN would not be able to continue this influencer education program. With their continued support  – Team Haven can then use resources to plan the best Haven Maven experience possible. They do an extreme amount of planning to bring our

HAVEN Maven an AWESOME experience too!

During the conference, our sponsors do an amazing job of interacting with the attendees. They are interested in you and how you can work with them. If you have not been to one of our conferences, you really should just to see our sponsor’s beautiful booths (and to learn, of course ;)). Every year we are so touched by the support and generosity of the HOME DEPOT, RYOBI, Moen, KREG, Rust-Oleum, BEHR, Quikrete, Liberty Hardware, Simpson Strong Tie, Deco Art, Amy Howard at Home and so many others that have been so loyal to HAVEN.  Please see Rhoda’s post here: http://southernhospitalityblog.com/haven-conference-2016-recap/ As she was very diligent to snap a shot of our Fab sponsors.

Then there are the peeps such as That’s My Letter – Jaimie Costiglio who made our attendee business card board made with supplies donated by Rust-Oleum and Columbia Forest – PureBond (See how great our sponsors are?) with a bit of help from Bower Power this spectacular display was up in no time.

Speakers – Cannot say enough how the RELEVANT materials that our speakers bring to our attendees – can I just let you know how hard they work to make sure the content is going to help you grow and increase as being a business blogger! We are so grateful for the effort and ENERGY our speakers give to our HAVEN Mavens. Truly adds to the HAVEN brand.

This year we had a MAVEN Mentor Program – Our mentors were terrific and the mavens loved them! Some of our mentors made really cute giveaway bags and such for their group of mentees. It was such a joy to see all of the discussions and SMILES in all of the MMM (Maven Mentor Meet UPs)

Haven Hospitality Crew – Now ya’ll this is MY BOOTS on the Ground TEAM! Boy they work hard putting together the 500, YES 500 Swag bags, making sure the AV goes off well and all around EVERYTHING – my HHC is the BEST and HAVEN would not be as special with out them! I don’t have a pic of them 🙁 we are so busy during the conference I must say no time for pics….We will work on this

 I am proud of the branding materials – Our web designer created the logo and Stockdale Design created all of the printed designs. I JUST LOVE LOVE our buttons, programs, cards and Nashville Wraps ribbons. (Bottom photo from Miss Mustard Seed – she was a beginning founder the HAVEN conference, so happy for her successes.)

HEre are some HAVEN Maven 2016 Recaps:

http://sincerelysarad.com/haven-2016-recap/

http://twopurplecouches.com/2016/08/theres-no-place-like-haven-2016-haven-conference-recap/

http://houseologie.com/haven-2016-recap/

http://seekinglavenderlane.com/haven-2016-recap/

http://www.loveyourabode.com/projects/haven-2016-recap/

 

 

 

Check out HAVEN Conference 2015 

 

HAVEN Conference 2015

Author:

Ryobi Nation always brings IT!

Moen has been an amazing sponsor of HAVEN – brining us relevant sessions, fun booth activities and gorgeous design!

Ryobi Nation booth

Ok NOW the LA-Z-Boy boys….Yummmm. They did a terrific job of talking up our HAVEN Mavens

AND THIS IS MY HAVEN Hospitality Crew! HAVEN would not be the same with out my crew.

HAVEN is such a blessing to us and we value you all SOOOOOooooo MUCH. Thank you.

Below are a few of the graphic design projects that Stockdale Design created for HAVEN Conference 2015: We did most of the party decor which I will post on later.

 3

life is the trip

Author:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit. Illo quae, porro sit consequatur delectus adipisci nam fugit eum incidunt maiores? Vitae inventore itaque doloremque reprehenderit corporis cumque vero harum, molestiae. Duam adipisci hic pariatur magni.

read more

Top