Missoula Montana

Crafting Crepes: Swedish Pancakes For Breakfast!

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Are you celebrating National Crepe Day or just craving some crepes?  Either way, look no further- we have the perfect breakfast recipe for you to try!  There are many different types of crepes, from sweet to savory, filled and unfilled.  Because of their popularity, there are also different ethnic varieties!  We are partial to the type known as Swedish pancakes which are extremely light.  It’s always fun to share a bit of our Swedish heritage with our guests.  When you visit our inn you will see quite a few Swedish influences, from our Fjord horses at the base of the mountain to the delicate and very delicious Swedish pancakes we often serve.

 

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The Scandinavian countries adopted traditions from many other European countries- among them, the crepe from France! The first time I tried this delicacy was actually in Libby, Montana during their Scandinavian Fest.  Brady and I had never tasted a pancake so delicate and lovely that it felt like it was melting in your mouth.  We ask for the recipe, which was large enough to feed a small army!  It called for three gallons of milk and more chickens than I want to imagine for the eggs!

Long before opening our bed and breakfast, we reduced the Libby recipe and experimented a bit.  The final “product” is delicious and a favorite of guests, family and friends.  We hope you will try this recipe for yourself or come visit us in beautiful Missoula, Montana, where we do the cooking for you!  Believe me when I say, there’s nothing quite like a Swedish Pancake that’s hot off the griddle and still warm to the touch.

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RECIPE:

Ingredients (should be at room temperature):

1 1/4 C. flour

3 C milk

5 eggs

5 T sugar

5 T butter

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Directions:

Reserve 2 cups worth of the milk.
Mix 1 cup of the milk with all of the ingredients and stir.
Next, slowly stir in the rest of the milk.
Melt butter on a regular griddle at 375 degrees or higher.  Use 2-3 tablespoons of batter to make a 4 inch, round pancake.
When the pancake looks slightly brown, carefully flip it over (about 30 seconds per side).
Roll up the pancake and place it in a warming oven while you cook the rest of the cakes.
Once you get the hang of making one pancake, you can try making 2-4 at a time.

 

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To Serve:

Take the entire platter of crepes out of the warm oven and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.
Try one of the delicate pancakes without extra toppings so you experience the light, buttery beauty of this special crepe!
Additional butter and home made jam can be placed on the table.  We hand pick red currents from the garden to make syrup.
A traditional Swedish Lingonberry preserve is fun to try as well!

 

area around missoula (31) smallA Vacation in Missoula:
Missoula is a wonderful place to come on a vacation.  Our town has so much culture, history and nature to offer tourists.  We have blue ribbon trout streams, concerts, unique shopping opportunities and so much more.  If you wish to enjoy nature while still being able to enjoy city events, then a get-away at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast is perfect for you!  In the winter there’s skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and indoor events.  In summer you’ll enjoy hiking, horse back riding and so much more.  One activity that is both popular with kids and adults is the Missoula Carousel.  Our Fjord horses were used as models for the two carved, carousel Fjords.  You can enjoy the carousel any time of the year and the artistic craftsmanship and variety of ponies is remarkable.

 

 

New Year’s Poetry: The Seasons

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A New Year’s Poem
From Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast

“The Flight of December”

Where did the last of December go?
Whisked away by blowing snow
Taken on the wings of birds
Lovely songs now distant words

What is changed come New Year’s Day?
Some things gone whilst others stay
Reflecting back on days gone by
Renewed delight in winter’s sky

By Elaine Anderson-Wood
January 1, 2015

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Our library here at Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast, as well as our small gift store, provide a wide variety of reading materials for your enjoyment!  Below, I’ve shared one of my favorite poems that fits particularly well with this time of year.

I love Swinburne’s poetic style as he describes each season of the New Year!  Enjoy the addition of photos taken here at the bed and breakfast.  We wish everyone a very happy 2015! 

 “A Year’s Carols”

By: Algernon Charles Swinburne

JANUARY

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HAIL, January, that bearest here
On snowbright breasts the babe-faced year
That weeps and trembles to be born.
Hail, maid and mother, strong and bright,
Hooded and cloaked and shod with white,
Whose eyes are stars that match the morn.
Thy forehead braves the storm’s bent bow,
Thy feet enkindle stars of snow.

 

 

FEBRUARY

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Wan February with weeping cheer,
Whose cold hand guides the youngling year
Down misty roads of mire and rime,
Before thy pale and fitful face
The shrill wind shifts the clouds apace
Through skies the morning scarce may climb.
Thine eyes are thick with heavy tears,
But lit with hopes that light the year’s.

 

 

MARCH

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Hail, happy March, whose foot on earth
Rings as the blast of martial mirth
When trumpets fire men’s hearts for fray.
No race of wild things winged or finned
May match the might that wings thy wind
Through air and sea, through scud and spray.
Strong joy and thou were powers twin-born
Of tempest and the towering morn.

 

APRIL

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Crowned April, king whose kiss bade earth
Bring forth to time her lordliest birth
When Shakespeare from thy lips drew breath
And laughed to hold in one soft hand
A spell that bade the world’s wheel stand,
And power on life, and power on death,
With quiring suns and sunbright showers
Praise him, the flower of all thy flowers.

 

MAY

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Hail, May, whose bark puts forth full-sailed
For summer; May, whom Chaucer hailed
With all his happy might of heart,
And gave thy rosebright daisy-tips
Strange frarance from his amorous lips
That still thine own breath seems to part
And sweeten till each word they say
Is even a flower of flowering May.

 

 

JUNE

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Strong June, superb, serene, elate
With conscience of thy sovereign state
Untouched of thunder, though the storm
Scathe here and there thy shuddering skies
And bid its lightning cross thine eyes
With fire, thy golden hours inform
Earth and the souls of men with life
That brings forth peace from shining strife.

 

 JULY

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Hail, proud July, whose fervent mouth
Bids even be morn and north be south
By grace and gospel of thy word,
Whence all the splendour of the sea
Lies breathless with delight in thee
And marvel at the music heard
From the ardent silent lips of noon
And midnight’s rapturous plenilune.

 

AUGUST

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Great August, lord of golden lands,
Whose lordly joy through seas and strands
And all the red-ripe heart of earth
Strikes passion deep as life, and stills
The folded vales and folding hills
With gladness too divine for mirth,
The gracious glories of thine eyes
Make night a noon where darkness dies.

 

SEPTEMBER

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Hail, kind September, friend whose grace
Renews the bland year’s bounteous face
With largess given of corn and wine
Through many a land that laughs with love
Of thee and all the heaven above,
More fruitful found than all save thine
Whose skies fulfil with strenuous cheer
The fervent fields that knew thee near.

 

OCTOBER

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October of the tawny crown,
Whose heavy-laden hands drop down
Blessing, the bounties of thy breath
And mildness of thy mellowing might
Fill earth and heaven with love and light
Too sweet for fear to dream of death
Or memory, while thy joy lives yet,
To know what joy would fain forget.

 

NOVEMBER

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Hail, soft November, though thy pale
Sad smile rebuke the words that hail
Thy sorrow with no sorrowing words
Or gratulate thy grief with song
Less bitter than the winds that wrong
Thy withering woodlands, where the birds
Keep hardly heart to sing or see
How fair thy faint wan face may be.

 

DECEMBER

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December, thou whose hallowing hands
On shuddering seas and hardening lands
Set as a sacramental sign
The seal of Christmas felt on earth
As witness toward a new year’s birth
Whose promise makes thy death divine,
The crowning joy that comes of thee
Makes glad all grief on land or sea.

Brief Biography:

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Algernon Charles Swinburne poet
Algernon Charles Swinburne was an English poet, playwright and novelist.  The eldest of six children, he was born in London, England (1837) to a wealthy family.  Swinburne’s father was an admiral, and his mother was a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Ashburnham.  He was educated at Eton and at Balliol College in Oxford, but never completed a degree.  The lack of a degree and his struggle with alcoholism didn’t stop him from success, however.  Swinburne was one of the most accomplished lyric poets of the Victorian era- nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1903 to 1907 and again in 1909 (the year of his death).  Apparently, H. P. Lovecraft considered Swinburne “the only real poet in either England or America after the death of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe.” 1   Besides his love of writing, Swinburne was said to enjoy riding his pony across the moors; just a little tidbit that for me helps romanticize his character even more!
Additional Sources:
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Footnote:

1.  H.P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters: Volume 1. Sauk City: WI: Arkham House, 1965, p. 73

Montana is Elk Country

A few hundred years ago, the elk of North America numbered in the millions. Over hunting caused their population to dwindle to fewer than 100,000 around the turn of the 20th century. Thanks to conservation efforts, the elk population is stable at around one million today. Most live in the western United States, including the land surrounding Missoula, and we’ve been known to spot them from our Missoula Montana Bed and Breakfast.

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A bugling elk.

These majestic creatures migrate between low valley pastures in the winter and high mountain grazing grounds in the summer. Calfs are born in the early summer, and mating takes place towards the end of the summer after antlers have regrown on the males. A herd of elk is a magnificent site.

The Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center is located about 10 miles north of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. It’s worth a look, if for no other reason than to gawk at the display of impressive elk mounts that resides there. Feel the weight of elk antlers, learn to identify animal tracks, and listen to the bugling call of elk, among other activities.

Visitors are also invited to walk the trail that meanders around the 22-acre property. It’s unlikely that you’ll spot elk there, but there is a good chance you’ll see other wildlife: owls, wild turkeys, bald eagles, and white-tailed deer are frequently seen there.

The Visitor Center is open year-round, daily through the end of the year. Admission is free. More information is available at Elk Country Visitor Center.

Missoula Montana Mountain Biking

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Explore the Missoula wilderness by mountain bike.

The Missoula area is fabulous for mountain biking, as many guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast have discovered. Short trails, long trails, steep trails, gently sloped trails… they’re all here. If you’re mad for mountain biking, now is the time to head to Missoula; there’ll be snow before too much longer.

Most avid mountain bikers travel with their own bikes, but it’s possible to rent mountain bikes if you find yourself bikeless in Missoula. Big Sky Bikes on Front Street will set you up with everything you need for a fun and safe mountain bike riding excursion (they have road bikes, too). They’re located near the river trail, so your biking adventure can begin as soon as you leave the store.

If time permits, head for the hills. Dozens of trails await discovery: Quick Spin Trails, Heart Pumping Trails, Mud & Blood Trails, and Epic Rides (as rated by Mountain Biking Missoula). A few examples are:

  • MoZ Hidden Treasure Trail: 8.4 miles and 1685 feet cumulative elevation gain. +/- 2 hours.
  • Snowbowl Point Six Trail: 17.2 miles and 3707 feet of cumulative elevation gain. +/- 3 hours.
  • Sheep Mountain Trail: 24.8 miles and 5853 feet of cumulative elevation gain. +/- 6 hours.

The harder you ride, the more you’ll enjoy recovering at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. In the morning we’ll feed you a hearty (and delicious) breakfast to help you pump those pedals. After the ride, sink into your own jetted tub, then relax with a good book, a game, or a movie.

Mountain Biking Missoula provides invaluable information about mountain biking in and around Missoula. You’ll find a list of trails there, information about group rides (all are welcome), and even a list of Microbrew Pubs that are perfect for après biking.

There’s Still Snow at Lolo Pass

While some folks are looking forward to spring and summer, others celebrate the continuance of winter at higher elevations. Ardent snow-sporters should spend a few days at our Missoula MT Bed and Breakfast, which is less than an hour’s drive from Lolo Pass.

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There is still snow in the Bitteroot Mountains

The Visitor Center at Lolo Pass is currently open on weekends, but trails are open seven days a week. These trails are no longer groomed so they may be a bit challenging on skis; on the other hand, dogs are now allowed on the trails (as they are at our pet-friendly Missoula Bed and Breakfast).

A great activity at this time of year is snowshoeing. It doesn’t require groomed trails and it’s fun. Take advantage of the snow and the free parking (another perk after grooming ends) until the snow melts. This could take a while; as of a few days ago, Lolo Pass had a base of 88 inches of snow.

We promise to feed you well at our Bed and Breakfast Montana before you embark on a day of romping in the snow. Tuck into a steaming cup of coffee, a generous serving of Swedish pancakes, or a hearty plate of steak and eggs. If you don’t feel like a nap after that, you’ll be ready to burn some calories up at Lolo Pass.

Mountain road conditions are updated twice a day, or in response to major changes. Call 1.800.226.7623.

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