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10 things worth noting {2}

1. As much as I hate the name of this product it has become a game changer.  The nut milk bag is key to making homemade nut milk.  I’ve tried many times in the past with cheesecloth and have never been fully satisfied with the results.  The bag allows you to squeeze the liquid out in a matter of minutes instead, yields a completely pulp-free milk, and has a silkier texture.  In the past week alone I’ve made 4 batches of almond milk and may never go back to store bought.  I’m currently testing recipes for ideas in how to use the leftover pulp.  Stay tuned!

All photos in this post were taken with my iPhone.

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2. I LOVE snowshoeing and tagged along while the boys went backcountry skiing on Sunday.  Instead of going to a resort with lifts, sometimes they head to backcountry locations and make the trek UP the mountain and then ski down in powdery, fresh tracks.  It’s quite the uphill climb!

Kenna came as my sidekick.

The boys are fully outfitted with avalanche gear and I stayed in a completely safe zone – fyi.

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3. Winters in Colorado are pretty spectacular.  You should probably come out + see for yourself. 

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4. Kenna is the ultimate snow dog.  She bounded through the snow the entire day and looked pretty adorable in the process. 

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5. Kenna loves peanut butter sandwiches after a long day in the snow.

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6. Chris and I love fries after a long day in the snow. 

Specifically, hand cut Belgian fries from the food truck, Common Link.  These were the absolute best fries I have ever tasted.

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7. I found doughnut wrapping paper!!!   Why didn’t I buy this doughnut wrapping paper??

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8. I’m currently obsessed with Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros.  They are coming to Red Rocks in June.  Pretty sure I need to buy tickets for that and not spend my dollar bills on doughnut wrapping paper.

9. This is a habit I will never give up. 

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10. 10 things worth noting is a new series I’ll be doing here.  I thought it would be a fun opportunity to share a little more about my day to day [which you can also find on instagram].  Whenever I have 10 new things worth noting another post will pop up.  Most likely a few times throughout each month.  Be on the lookout!


Reader Comments (34)

I love these posts.
You're so lucky to live in such a beautiful area, with skiing/snowboarding/snowshoeing possibilities so near by! I went skiing in Vail some years back and it was my best skiing holiday ever :) How great that you can take Kenna with you, she looks adorable!
I'm excited to try out my nut milk bag. I just bought it but with university term being pretty crazy am waiting for the vacation to try it out! Look forward to you sharing some uses for the pulp.
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmma
Your dog is so happy and content in that snow! :)
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Talk Less, Say More
Yay. I like this idea. And go buy that doughnut wrapping paper! it's so cute!
this just made me so excited! We are headed to Breckenridge next week and I am so looking forward to experiencing a CO winter.
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
I always love a little slice of what my favorite food bloggers live's look like outside of the food : ) Love CO, will be visiting my best friend for her birthday there in april!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbby @ The Frosted Vegan
Fun series! Plus, lists are always fun. I'm thinking about doing a similiar thing--I always love reading other people's, so figure it's worth doing myself too. The snow and pictures are beautiful! I wish I lived in a place that was more ski/snowboarding friendly. Perhaps, one day!

Also--Kenna is adorable in her little backpacking outfit :)
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)
Look at little Kenna Beans and her pack!! Glad you guys to to get out and enjoy the snow...I love snowshoeing too!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
@Emma - Thanks, Emma! Glad you enjoy posts like this. :) Let me know what you think when you try out the milk bag!

@Katie - Happy is an understatement. I think she wants to move to the mountain.

@Lisa - Have a blast!! Safe travels! :)

@Abby - Aw, what a nice visit that will be. Enjoy!

@Katie - I know we only live an hour and 15min apart from each other but even that is too far.
February 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I agree that posts like these are a nice change of pace. While I love all the recipes you post, it's also nice to know that there's a person behind the blog who does "normal" people things! Your dog totally reminds me of my own in her younger days. She will be 15 years in March and doesn't do much besides sleep, eat and go out to use the bathroom any more, but in her younger days she would've been all over that mountain!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna {Herbivore Triathlete}
This is a great idea for a post series! And I love the pictures of your puppy! Super cute the snow!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Tadic
What cool (literally) shots! I went skiing for the first time EVER this weekend - in Vail...nothing like a "laid back" first experience ;) - and I have a whole new respect for it. Had no concept of how physically and mentally challenging it would be, but I look forward to trying it again...
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I LOVE Kenna! Doesn't her paws get cold in the snow?
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany Long
@Kate - First day skiing at Vail?? That is intense! I bet you are slightly sore. ;)

@Brittany - Nope! She has really thick fur and didn't act cold or shiver at all. The snow out here is really dry and it was a pretty mild 25-30* day outside. We left Dakota (our boxer) at home because we knew she would freeze her butt off! ;)
February 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Look at all that snow! It's great when you have a pup that enjoys it too (I think mine enjoys it even more than I do!)
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin
I am headed out for my third year skiing in Telluride this weekend, and I sure do know how amazing that is! I like the almond milk idea, I would love to try that! And the pulp seems like it would be almost like dry almond butter? Possibly a good addition to baked goods... or maybe sweet potatoes, based on my love of sweet potatoes with cashew cream. :)
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney
Love this post idea and I'm looking forward to future posts!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
Is Common Link the food truck that is parked usually at NBB & Odells? I saw it parked out there during lunch time on the way to buy chicken food at Ranchway Feeds the other day. I was going to stop but then figured my husband would be mad at me for not including him a food truck experience involving sausage and Gnomes.
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCara
@Cara - Yes! That's it! I can't speak for the sausages but the fries were to.die.for. You and the husband will have to check it out!

@Courtney - We hope to ski in Telluride at some point. I bet it was amazing there!! The pulp doesn't taste like almond butter really...more like bland, wet almonds, haha. It's kind of gross on it's own but definitely would be a great addition to baked goods (similar to adding almond meal but this has more moisture). I'm working on a few recipes as we speak!
February 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I would never have thought to try Peanut Butter Panda Puffs, but if you say they're good, then I'm thinking these would be an excellent addition to a hiking trail mix! Thanks!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarlee
@Marlee - Did you like "Cap'n Crunch's - Peanut Butter Crunch" as a kid? It used to be my favorite and this is pretty much the same thing. Definitely a fun addition to trail mix!
February 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I LOVE edward sharp and the magnetic zeros! Definitely see them live if you can! I love your snowshoeing pictures. I have been wanting to get into snowshoeing for the past couple years and I think I might try it out next season.
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle
I neeeed to get a nut milk bag! I just made oat milk the other night and it's just so hard to get all the pulp out with using just cheesecloth. And those photos are beautiful. I am planning a trip to Colorado (Ft. Collins area, actually!) for next month, and this post got me even more excited! Jealous of you being able to go see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! Such a great band!
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
I hate the name "nut milk bag" too but it makes a huge difference! I haven't bought store bought almond milk in months! A fellow blogger suggested adding a few dates and fresh vanilla bean to it ... OMG amazing! I use my pulp to make cookies - feel free to take a look at my recipe here:
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
@Danielle - I'm hoping we can make it...especially since it's at Red Rocks. Such an amazing venue! We found a great deal on snowshoes a year or so ago at - fyi :)

@Andrea - I definitely need to make oat milk! Although, I never understood how/why oat milk has 120 cals (typically) per serving and almond milk only has 40 cals. Seems really strange since almond are so much more calorie/fat dense. Any ideas?

@Katie - Haha, I still cringe when I type/say/read "nut milk bag." haha I'll definitely have to try the dates and vanilla bean. I am a vanilla freak! :) Going to check out your cookies now. Thanks!
February 19, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
I love this - keep it up! I'm going to have to get one of those bags and I agree - gross name. I've only been to Colorado once and it was smack in the middle of January...I have hated winter my entire life and now I want to live in Colorado so obviously I agree with #3 ;)
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharla
I love the new series! I also hate the name of that bag and think we need to come up with something else to call it. Despite that, it sounds like I will be purchasing one soon.
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHolly Waterfall
Ashley, would you mind telling me what brand of nut milk bag :) you use? I have one but am not entirely happy with it.
February 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky
February 20, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Kenna looks SO happy in the snow! So cute!
I love Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros too - "Home" has been the one song that will always brighten my mood no matter what, for a couple of years now. :)
February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
I definitely recommend seeing Edward Sharpe if you can! I saw them at the WXPN music festival a few summers ago and they put on a really good, fun show.
February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie @ Legally Blinde
This is a great series!
February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
I love everything about this and want to be your best friend and go skiing with our dogs then drink beer and eat french fries. GAHH I miss the snow and mountains.
@Lauren - You are too cute. That sounds so fun! :)
February 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
MY dog's name is Kenna! And she's also an ultimate snow dog!!
February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

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