The End of the Bucket List

Simply put, this has been one of the best and most rewarding summers of my life. At the start of the summer, I laid out four goals that I wanted to work towards in the months before I left for Austria:

  1. Bring together and spend time with people I care about.
  2. Appreciate Idaho and all the things I know I will miss.
  3. Do the things I should have done by now as an Idahoan.
  4. Don’t go bankrupt in the process.

To accomplish these goals, I made a Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List. There’s a simple little quote that encapsulates my attitude about adventure and my list, and that is “bloom where you are planted”. It doesn’t matter where you are, how far away you go, or for how long, or how crazy your activity is. “Adventure” is a mindset. This list was about living with the intent to explore, celebrate, and appreciate your surroundings, and to share that with others. I feel like we accomplished that this summer, and it has been an journey I will always treasure.

With the support of my friends and family, the original list grew from around ten little ideas to more than thirty adventures. I was challenged to creativity and actively seek out new things to try and places to visit, and was lucky enough that the people I care about also committed to my bucket list and helped me add to it. Each adventure below marked with a * is an adventure I didn’t plan or come up with the idea for. Having the input and enthusiasm of the people around me has been incredibly special, and I want to thank everyone who helped me come up with ideas or who went with me on all these activities.

Here are just some of the things we got up to this summer, and when I say we I mean any combination of Molly, my mom, my dad, Charles, Alethea, Brent, Malik, Emily, Jacob, Cody, Harbor, Olivia, Vanessa, Jade, Jake, my grandmother, my grandfather, Jim, Shona, Saul, Kasie, Tawnya, Grace, Tyler, Melissa, Jessica, Jerry, and Sarah, and more!

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APRIL 15 We kicked off the adventures with a mini-road trip to celebrate my being accepted into the USTA program in Austria. Talking to Molly on this adventure inspired me to write the original Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List.

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MAY 25 We visited St. John’s Cathedral to admire the stained glass windows.

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MAY 28 We got a little chilly in the Shoshone Indian Ice Caves.

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JUNE 4 We brought our fiercest legging game to the Nampa Rollerdrome.

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JUNE 10 We rode the motorcycle to the site of the failed Evel Knievel jump at the Snake River Canyon.

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JUNE 10 We watched BASE jumpers leap from the Perrine Bridge, which was the highest bridge in the world in 1927.

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JUNE 11 I flew to Seattle and back in a single day to complete my Austrian residency permit application.

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JUNE 17 Boise celebrated World Refugee Day and the Pride Festival.

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JUNE 23-25 We endured awful views like this in the Sawtooths.*

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JUNE 27 I got first aid, CPR, and AED certified at Young Hearts Education.

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JULY 8 We jumped at Jumptime.

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JULY 11 We took advantage of the photos ops at Zoo Boise to recreate some old favorites.

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JULY 15-16 We were adorable at the Pendleton Whiskey Fesival.*

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JULY 18 The Snake River Stampede wasn’t our first rodeo.

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JULY 20 We celebrated her birthday at Aloha Tattoo, and she learned that rib tattoos are no joke.

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AUGUST 6 We road tripped through the smoke to McCall just for fun.

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AUGUST 10 We braved the famous habanero pizza at Flying Pie Pizzaria.

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AUGUST 12 We paid Shoshone Falls a visit.*

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AUGUST 12 We went to the Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival on the Fort Hall reservation, and got very lost on the way.*

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AUGUST 13 I celebrated being vegetarian for 1 year and we had a big dinner party.

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AUGUST 14 We went to Roaring Springs water park after hours.*

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AUGUST 19 We tried not to go overboard with Cascade Raft and Kayak.* (Professional photo by Cascade Raft and Kayak)

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AUGUST 20 We had too much fun at the Western Idaho Fair.

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SEPTEMBER 1 “We looked good” at the Lady Antebellum concert.*

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SEPTEMBER 2 We wandered the Saturday market and got the best sandwiches in town at the Boise Co-op.

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SEPTEMBER 3 We watched a pre-Austria essential, “The Sound of Music”, which I had never seen.

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SEPTEMBER 10 We strode in memory of Peggy to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.*

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SEPTEMBER 9 We sampled eight of the Sweetest Things in Life at the STIL. 

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SEPTEMBER 10 Molly and I enlisted some help in our quest for a series of truly ridiculous photos at my farewell party.

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SEPTEMBER 12 We took in a performance of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” under the stars at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

It has been one heck of a summer, and I’m thankful I got to spend it seeing and doing so many things with my favorite people. I highly recommend making your own list, or just remembering to make adventures out of the little things as well as the big things. I intend to continue on in that mindset as I start a whole new chapter of adventures on Saturday, when I move to Austria. I look forward to a whole new round of adventures, and I’ll be taking you all along with me!

Sandra.

All photos taken by Sandra Walker and friends unless otherwise noted. Idaho, 2017.

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Western Idaho Fair

Growing up, the Western Idaho Fair was the highlight of my summer. I loved going with my family and eating fair food, riding rides, petting the animals in the petting zoo, getting my face painted, and going to the concerts. As I get older, I still love the fair just as much! I was really excited to go with one of my oldest friends, Molly, for the first time this year. We grew up together and our families were really close, but somehow she and I had never made it to the fair together.

Naturally, Molly and I wanted to experience the fair to the fullest, so we made a list of our fair goals:

1. Get our palms read.
2. Hug all the cows.
3. Get an ice cream potato for Sandy, and a funnel cake for Molly.
4. Scoop our hands into the Orbeez. (water ball things)
5. Ride a scary ride because we ain’t scared.
6. Learn to lasso.
7. Browse and consider purchasing a hot tub.
8. Say I’m not going to waste $8 on a tor-tato (tornado potato), and then do it anyway.
9. Sweat a cute amount.
10. Almost run over 10-14 10-14 year olds.
11. Rediscover my love for the water buffalo in the petting zoo.
12. Look at the corn on the cob and want it very badly but not buy it because of the atrocity of eating it in public.
13. Laugh mildly at the joke of one street performer guy who may or may not be riding a unicycle.

As you can see, we pretty much covered all our bases here, and I’m happy to report that we checked off everything on the list. The most important thing of all was that we get our palms read. This goes years back, when Molly and I decided it would be interesting to get our palms read one summer. We searched high and low, drove around, and made a ton of phone calls but simply could not find anyone in the Treasure Valley who did palm reading. We even tried to learn how to do it ourselves, but to no avail. There is always a psychic at the fair, so we knew this would be our chance.

We mainly wanted to see what the psychic would get right and wrong, and have fun with it. Neither Molly nor I really believes in psychics, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t entertained by the concept of palm reading or auras or horoscopes! I was up first, so I placed my extraordinarily creased palms in front of the psychic. Molly has just few very distinct lines on her palms, and mine look like crumpled maps, so we thought this would be very interesting. Overall, I would say that what the psychic had to say was very accurate, and a couple things especially so. She got a few key things in Molly and I’s lives that I don’t think were obvious and that were very current, so we were both impressed and very amused. It was nice to finally have it done after years of searching!

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It was a gorgeous day for the fair, because a lot of the smoke had cleared out of the valley and it wasn’t outrageously hot like it can be. Molly and I didn’t go to the fair by ourselves, we also had her boyfriend and two friends with us. We wandered around and basically had a grand ole time.

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World’s largest horse!

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I love being at the fair at sunset and into the night, just for the gorgeous views.

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Our fear-facing ride was technically the swings, but I happen to really hate and fear ferris wheels. I hate heights, and the slow moving ferris wheels are like torture for me, but we made it through!

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I was rewarded for enduring the terror of the ferris wheel with this view.

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Behold, the ice cream potato. For those not from Idaho, this is no ordinary potato. It’s a hard frozen vanilla ice cream tumbled in cocoa powder and sliced to look like a potato. It’s one of the best parts of the fair, in my opinion. The legendary ice cream potato simply had to be on my Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List.

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The Western Idaho Fair is one of the best events in the Treasure Valley each summer, and I’m so glad I got to go with my friends this year. Molly and I were the two happiest, cutest corn dogs at the fair.

Sandra.

Photos taken by Sandra Walker and friends. Boise, Idaho. August 2017.

White Water Adventure

They always say time flies when you are having fun, and I have been having a lot of fun this summer. Still, I cannot believe we are rapidly approaching the end of August already! Last weekend was another weekend full of Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List adventures, and today’s blog is about how my mom, step-dad Jim, and I loaded up and headed for Cascade to raft the South Fork of the Payette with Cascade Raft and Kayak.

We went rafting on Saturday, August 19th, two days before the historic total solar eclipse. We anticipated a crush of traffic, as Cascade is right on the highway that leads toward the “zone of totality” in Idaho, but found not much more than usual. That left us with plenty of time for a little exploration of the route we’d be taking.

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I think this is a rapid called Staircase. We paused here for a bit to jump around the rocks,

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Here are some other rafters attempting it! After our mini-recon mission, it was time to head to Cascade Raft and Kayak.

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From this little headquarters we loaded onto school buses and were taken farther upriver to begin. They outfitted us with life jackets and helmets, we listened to a crash course in river safety, and off we went! Our guide was Gary, and he was really nice. Overall, it was a pleasant day on the river, and the rapids were fun and a bit more challenging than the last rafting trip we had taken a few years ago. I highly recommend booking a trip with Cascade Raft and Kayak, because they were lovely to work with the whole trip!

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Here is a pro shot by the photographer at Cascade Raft. All image rights go to the photographer.

Sandra.

Photos taken by Sandra Walker and Cristen Iris unless otherwise noted. Cascade/Banks/Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. August 2017.

How Many Scovilles?

I love spicy food.

About 3 months into studying abroad in Germany, a land of the mild food, my friends and I were suffering. We missed all things hot. Then, one of my friends received the greatest care package of all time: a box containing two large jars of Frank’s Red Hot sauce. We quickly arranged a little dinner party, and my friend made a spicy chicken dip that basically consisted of shredded chicken, Frank’s Red Hot, cream cheese, and butter. We sat around the table and took turns eating directly out of the pot with our forks, and I remember vividly how great it was to have something spicy again and how hilarious it was that it didn’t even occur to us to use plates until we had consumed the entire pot.

So yeah, I really love everything spicy, and the hotter the better. When I was putting together my summer bucket list, I knew I would have to go to Flying Pie Pizzaria. Flying Pie is a local pizza place that is beloved in the Treasure Valley, and I’m a bad Idahoan for having not been already. Onto the bucket list it went, but I didn’t just want to eat any old pizza. I knew Flying Pie had an August special: the Habanero pizza. I grabbed my spicy food partner in crime, Molly, and off we went.

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First, there are a few things you should know about “Habanero Season” and the pizzas they offer at Flying Pie. All of this information is paraphrased from Flying Pie’s website, which I will provide the link for below.

  1. These habanero peppers are supposedly spicier than the ones you can usually purchase at the grocery store.
  2. There are three versions of the pizza: Single, Double, and Triple Habanero.
  3. Single means about 6 habaneros, double is about 12, and triple is about 18.
  4. This pizza was once featured on Man vs. Food.

Molly and I didn’t read the website very carefully, so we selected the modest “Single” option. Molly has a lower tolerance for spicy food than I do, but we still often add two habaneros in when we cook. Had we realized it was only 6 habaneros for an entire pizza we would have leveled up! Here is the pizza:

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The standard pizza comes with chicken, which we obviously had omitted. In the red lighting of the restaurant it is hard to tell, but the top of the pizza is littered with little habanero pieces. This was an exciting moment, and Molly and I braced ourselves for the worst. We took our first bites, and…….nothing. After about two slices, Molly was definitely feeling the burn, and after three she had downed her glass of water and mine. After my three slices I was totally fine. My nose didn’t even run! Turns out, we regularly cook spicier food at home than this pizza was.

I was a little disappointed, and wish we had at least gone for the double, but it was still fun and a good pizza! That’s the 17th thing I’ve crossed off of my Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List, and it was worth it. As the summer is slowly winding down, I still have a bunch of adventures on the calendar, so stay tuned!

Sandra.

Flying Pie Pizzaria: http://www.flyingpie.com/habanero-season.htm

Photos taken by Sandra Walker. August 2017.

 

Vegetarian Top 10

I have made it (almost) an entire year without eating meat!

Saturday, August 12th will mark one year since I switched to a vegetarian diet. People often ask me exactly what I eat, so let me break that down really quick. I am not a vegan, which would mean no animal products like eggs, milk, or cheese. I am also not a pescatarian, which would be no meat except fish and seafood. I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian, meaning that I do not eat the meat of any animal, but I do eat dairy and eggs (which are usually unfertilized and not capable of developing into embryos anyway). I chose to go vegetarian for ethical and environmental reasons.

Today I am excited to celebrate a life choice that makes me happy, and to share some ten of my go to recipes. I really enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, but I don’t have a lot of time or money. I need recipes that are reasonably quick to put together, don’t cost a whole lot, and are still nutritious and tasty. I am also really selective about eating leftovers, so almost all of these have passed my very high leftover standards. Without further ado, here are ten of my favorite recipes!

  1. Spicy Black Bean Soup from Gimme Some Oven

This recipe is really how I stayed fed in college. It’s a general crowd pleaser, especially with corn chips and some shredded pepper jack on top. It freezes really well, so I make a double or triple batch and freeze portions for lunches during the week. It’s more beautiful unblended, but definitely easier to scarf down on a lunch break if it’s blended. One trend you’ll notice throughout this blog post is that I love spicy foods, so I like to double all the spices when I make this just for myself.

Recipe here: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/spicy-black-bean-soup/

  1. Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from Gimme Some Oven

These are also something I make at least every other week, and are a great meal to make if you’re eating with non-vegetarians because these are so filling and flavorful that no one misses the meat! This is a five ingredient recipe, but I like to play around with it. I omit the meat-substitute because it’s expensive, hard to find, and it’s easier and cheaper to just add black beans as the protein. I like to add jalapeño, olives, and chipotle peppers in adobo if I have them, plus whatever seasonings sound good that day. I also usually swap regular salsa for hot salsa because the hotter the better! These don’t freeze well because of the peppers, but they keep well for 3-4 days in the fridge so it’s easy to bake a batch and take them for lunches during the week.

Recipe here: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-mexican-quinoa-stuffed-peppers/

  1. Classic Vegan Falafel from Minimalist Baker

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These are delightful, but if you aren’t careful they will break your heart. Nothing is worse than getting all the way through the prep phase and watching your beautiful little falafels crumble apart in the pan, so make sure your mixture isn’t too coarse! I do recommend starting with dry chickpeas and following her soaking method, because canned chickpeas are too mushy. I line a little measuring cup or mini muffin tin with cling wrap, and then press them into shape so they hold together better and I can pull them out easily with the cling wrap. If made right, these little guys are incredible! I serve them with pita bread and hummus, and (of course) my favorite hummus is the Supremely Spicy variety from Sabra. If you like a little more heat, try mincing up habañero peppers or thai chilies and tossing them into the mix. These little falafels are inexpensive, pack up well for lunch, and are tasty at any temperature. Bonus: They’re vegan and gluten free!

Recipe here: https://minimalistbaker.com/classic-vegan-falafel-gf/

  1. Thai Red Curry with Vegetables from Cookie and Kate

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Cookie and Kate is my ultimate favorite food blog, and this is a recipe that I can’t stop making. You can use whichever vegetables you like, so I usually make it with bell peppers, onion, broccoli, snow peas, and carrots. If you really want to pack it full of protein, you can add tofu (see my favorite way below) and/or serve it over white quinoa. With the extra vegetables and tofu and quinoa, it’s a good idea to increase the amount of sauce by at least half or double it. I know this will be shocking, but I also like to buy a package of little thai chilies from the grocery store, chop off the tops and toss 10-15 of them in there to heat things up.

Recipe here: http://cookieandkate.com/2015/thai-red-curry-recipe/

  1. Skinny Eggplant Parmigiana from Wry Toast

Eggplant parmesan is one of those annoying, always-the-only-vegetarian-option things, but this recipe is really good. I like this one specifically because it has great texture and does not get soggy. These don’t stay as crispy in places, but generally keep well for a day or two for lunches during the week. You do need to take the time to prep your eggplant slices, and I recommend making more of the crumb mixture and having more sauce on hand because I always seem to need more than the recipe says. This is one of those flavorful and comforting meals that I like to make when I cook for non-vegetarians because no one misses the meat. Mild food lovers rejoice, this is one of two recipes on the list that I don’t add spice to!

Recipe here: http://www.wrytoasteats.com/skinny-eggplant-parmigiana/

  1. Texas Caviar from Grandmother

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I grew up eating this at family gatherings, and now I use this tasty sort of dip/bean salad recipe as a meal. Texas Caviar gets better and better the longer it sits as the flavors meld, so I make a big batch and happily eat it with corn chips for days. I love the hominy, so I usually add more of that, and I double the jalapeño. One important note here is that you really do need to use the Wishbone brand Italian dressing. Seems silly, but I promise it makes a big difference!

Recipe:

1 red onion

1 bell pepper

2-3 roma tomatoes

1 big can of hominy

2 cans black beans (or swap one can for black eyed peas)

2 jalapeños

minced garlic

1/2 bunch cilantro (or parsley if you prefer)

1/2 bottle of Wishbone Italian dressing

  1. Vegetarian Dumplings from Woks of Life

Grab a friend, and make these immediately. I won’t lie to you, these are a lot of work, but so worth it. To make these you need to finely chop a lot of ingredients, make the filling, let the filling cool, and then individually fill and wrap each little dumpling, then go through an intense frying process. It’s one of those recipes where you put on a movie while you work, or make them with a friend to chat with. The craziest part of making these is the part where you pour water into a pan of hot oil, which goes against everything I know about kitchen fire safety. To help make the process less nerve-wracking, I partner up. One of us holds a splatter screen and the pan lid almost completely covering the pan while the other uses a tea kettle to pour water in through the sliver of splatter screen that is still uncovered. This way you don’t get steamed or hit with any errant splatters.
Also, don’t worry, these will impress meat-lovers and mushroom haters. Even though the filling is mushroom heavy, the end result doesn’t taste like mushrooms, and you can trust me because I don’t like mushrooms. These aren’t outstanding as leftovers, but I’ve also only had leftovers once in all the times I’ve made these. You can serve these with regular soy sauce for dipping, but spice lovers could add a healthy amount of Thai chili flakes to the soy sauce!

Recipe here: http://thewoksoflife.com/2015/09/vegetable-dumplings/

  1. Stir Fried Eggplant, Potatoes, and Peppers from Woks of Life

Maybe I am just bad at stir frying eggplant, or maybe I don’t have the right kind of eggplant, but I find that the eggplant in this dish gets mushy and heavy no matter what. To avoid this, I just swap eggplant for green beans and it works beautifully. The potatoes and the sauce on this recipe are delicious, the flavors in this recipe are refreshing and different than my usual diet. If you wanted to make this dish even more filling, you could add some tofu. I also recommend tossing in some Thai chilies, which should surprise no one at this point.

Recipe here: http://thewoksoflife.com/2016/08/di-san-xian-stir-fry/

  1. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings from Hot For Food

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I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t like cauliflower.” No one likes cauliflower. It takes faith and time, but this method transforms gross, bland cauliflower into something that will definitely satisfy a buffalo wing craving. I’m pretty sure these are very unhealthy and utterly devoid of nutritional value, but they’re tasty and sometimes you just need a buffalo wing.

Recipe here: http://www.hotforfoodblog.com/recipes/2014/2/11/cauliflower-buffalo-wings

  1. Greek Pizzas

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This is a recipe I picked up from some people I used to live with, and it’s great if you want something that tastes like comfort food but is still packed with vegetables. They’re not necessarily Greek, but vaguely Mediterranean inspired and somewhere along the way we ended up calling them Greek pizzas. The key here is to slice the asparagus, bell pepper, and green onion really thin so that they can cook in time. To make these, spread pesto over a tortilla, top with your favorite veggies, pile on more spinach than you think (it shrinks down, so you want heaping handfuls), and bake for about 12 minutes at 400 degrees. These do not keep as leftovers, but I like to keep the ingredients chopped up so that I can throw together a good meal in minutes after work. I could eat these for a week straight and not get tired of them!

Tortillas

Pesto

Asparagus

Red Bell Pepper

Green Onion

Feta

Kalamata Olives

Spinach

Honorable Mentions:

If you’re feeling daring and want to venture into tofu territory, I highly recommend this method from Cookie and Kate: https://cookieandkate.com/2016/how-to-make-crispy-baked-tofu/

I also just have to mention that the lemon and asparagus in the featured image is such a simple and delicious side dish. All you do is toss asparagus in a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper it, then throw some lemon slices on top and bake. It’s also tasty to then put the lemon asparagus into an alfredo pasta dish.

If you didn’t notice up above, I’m not a huge fan of meat substitutes. I’m not a fan of the veggie burgers out there or the ground beef replacements, and in most cases I’d rather just swap the fake meat for a regular vegetarian protein source. That said, the “Hot Wings” and “Corn Dogs” from Morningstar Farms are delicious and I keep them on hand for lazy days.

As a bonus, we can all laugh at the most hideous soup I ever made:

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That’s the Summer Squash Soup with Coconut from Naturally Ella. It’s a mild but comforting, and just so happens to be the grossest looking soup of all time.

And there you have it! These are some of my favorite foods and recipes that I have made over and over again. I hope you feel inspired to try some of these recipes, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Sandra.

Photos taken by Sandra Walker and Molly King.

Where There’s Smoke…

We aren’t threatened with many natural disasters here in Idaho. We get a minor flood here and there, the occasional tremor of an earthquake, and one tornado watch when I was a kid. The one thing we have to be very aware of is wildfire. As I write this, wildfires in northern Idaho, Canada, and Oregon are raging and filling the Pacific Northwest with a thick haze of smoke. It’s so bad that an orange air quality alert has been issued for Boise, meaning that those who are particularly sensitive to air quality may suffer more serious effects, but all are advised to stay inside. Smoke tends to linger in the valley, so this weekend my friend Molly and I decided to take a trip up and out of the valley into McCall, Idaho.

We had expected the air to be clearer in McCall, as it so often is when Boise is plagued by the dreaded “inversion”. As we drove further into the mountains, we realized that would not be the case. In fact, McCall is under a red alert for air quality, meaning that not only those sensitive to air quality could experience serious negative side effects from being outside. Sure enough, by the end of our mini road trip both Molly and I had headaches and felt vaguely ill. The whole journey we couldn’t help but remark on how awful the air looked, and how weird it was to not be able to see the foothills and mountains clearly.

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Actually from the night before the trip to McCall, this is the sun setting through the smoke in Boise.

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Molly and her gorgeous hair. You should be able to see so much further!

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This is Payette Lake in McCall. It’s so eerie when the smoke and the water blend together.

Despite the poor air quality, Molly and I had a nice little day trip. We wandered around the little shops, petted as many dogs as owners would let us, had a nice lunch, and goofed around on the beaches. It was nice to see McCall again before I go, and it was one of the little adventures I had planned on my Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List. I suppose the smoke just made it more typical of an Idahoan summer.

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Aside from the little McCall trip, I also have been hanging out with family and friends this past week. Last night was the Bachelorette finale (boo) which I enjoyed watching with Molly and her boyfriend, as well as Grandmother. I also got to swim and have dinner with my aunt and cousins this weekend.

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I’ve also been working on some photography skills. I usually like to take wide shots of landscapes, but I’ve been trying to get better at some more detailed shots, and with the macro setting on my camera. Here are just some shots of smaller objects that I liked, coincidentally mostly of flowers and bugs.

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The water lily in our backyard pond.

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Lucy ❀

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Just taking a little swim.

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That wraps up the adventures for last week, but I have a few special things planned for this week that I can’t wait to share….

Sandra.

Photos taken by Sandra Walker. McCall, Idaho. August 2017.

The Snake River Stampede

No, this wasn’t my first rodeo. In fact, this is my third time at the Snake River Stampede!  I knew I had to get a little bit of the Wild West onto my Very Idahoan Bucket List, and what says Western more than a good ole rodeo?

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Snacks in hand and ready for some rodeo!

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These are three world champions, but I forget in which events. It’s interesting to me that the people who compete in rodeos have to travel so much! They basically travel like rock stars on world tours, taking their animals around all over and competing in different rodeos every weekend. There’s a certain kind of glamour at the rodeo that fascinates me.

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A bucking bronco! This will be a short post, because I didn’t take many photos at the rodeo. Kudos to rodeo photographers, because every event is unpredictable and the subjects are always moving fast, but only for about 10 seconds! I decided it was better to live in the moment and enjoy the show and leave the photography to the professionals.

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This is perhaps the most Idahoan thing I’ve ever seen, so let’s break this down. That is a cowboy. The horse was previously wild, and was tamed and trained by that cowboy, who also trained those two herding mutts you see there on the hood of that old fashioned car. So he trained that horse to sit down in that car, and to ride around the arena. It’s a lot to take in.

That’s about all I’ve got to share about the rodeo, but I had a really good time and it was nice to hang out with my dad. Otherwise I have just been working, organizing more summer bucket list adventures, and getting everything set up for Austria. I’m really excited to finally have my Austrian address! I know exactly where I’ll be living and teaching now. I’m starting to slowly pack my things, which is turning out to be way more of a challenge than when I packed for Germany. I thought it would be easier since I have a full size suitcase this time instead of a backpack, but nope. Everything I have to bring just takes so much space!

Coming up on my Very Idahoan Summer Bucket List: my friends and I will take on the Flying Pie Habeñero pizza, and I am hosting a big dinner party to celebrate being vegetarian for an entire year!

Thanks for reading!

Sandra.

 

Photos taken by Sandra Walker, July 2017. Boise, Idaho