last day in the Bitterroots 2014

irish anthemSing the Irish anthem.

photo (1)My Irish fiddling friend. ūüôā
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Enjoying the afternoon before heading to out!



Journeying to the Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival 2014

I am sitting in a lovely little house near the festival in Hamilton, MT. I’m curled in am armchair with my laptop, warming up with a cup of coffee, and thinking about all you lovely people who may chance to this bit of blogosphere. The view out the window right now….IMG_0048

It has been a cold, wet morning here in the Bitterroot Valley. We played a set at 10am and though my brain knew what to do, my fingers could hardly perform those cuts and rolls on the jigs! Somehow, we brought Portland winter weather with us (not sure how that happened?!).

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Our trip started off on Thursday in hot and dry area of Oregon, where we visited with¬†visited with friends.
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IMG_0021¬†Riding and having a chat with Kristal.¬†IMG_0029¬†Sarah milking…..the fresh goat milk was¬†delicious.¬†IMG_0036Now a few snapshots from our set this morning…IMG_0083 ¬†IMG_0085¬†IMG_0087IMG_0079

Fun stage moments!

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Did I mention that it was chilly?

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It was a beautiful ceremony!
Looking forward to tomorrow, and hoping it’s it dries out. ūüôā




Friday’s Feasts | Pizza

On a summer morning, after a rehearsal, we go into the kitchen together to make pizza. pizza making 1 With fresh zucchini, summer squash, peppers, basil, and tomatoes coming in from the garden, Sarah and I are full of inspiration to top our pizzas. Sarah chooses to broil zucchini, and use fresh mozzarella and basil over a marinara making 2Janna rolls out crusts¬†from a local bakery, and bakes them.¬† ¬†¬†¬†pizza making 3 I caramelize onions with a bit of balsamic vinegar, spread my crust generously with homemade pesto, and pile on roasted chicken, fresh tomatoes, the caramelized onions, cheese, and a bit of fresh basil. pizza making 4We put our pizzas in the oven, and the rich smells tantalize us all as we early wait for lunch!¬†The result – delicious and easy lunch, bursting with flavours of summer’s bounty!

Sarah’s Pizza:
Broiled zucchini & summer squash
Sliced Peppers
Fresh mozzarella cheese
Fresh basil
Purchased crust baked on stone, spread with marinara sauce, topped, baked again.

Kathrina’s Pizza:
Caramelized onions (Sauté olive oil, add a splash of balsamic vinegar at the end. Season with salt and pepper.)
Sliced tomatoes
Fresh mozzarella cheese, herbed fromage blanc cheese
Fresh basil
Purchase crust baked partway on stone, generously spread with homemade pesto, topped, baked again.

Happy pizza making! Tell me what YOUR favorite pizza toppings are!