Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Nature on Steroids

If you’re looking for an amazing, nature-filled vacation with dramatic scenery, incredible photo opportunities, and every outdoor activity you can conjure…think IDAHO. I know…everyone hears that name and thinks “potatoes.” But Idaho is sooo much more. With the majestic Rocky Mountains running through it from north to south, and a plethora of waterfalls, hot springs, forests, lakes and rivers, this state is like nature on steroids. It even has Hell’s Canyon, divided by the Snake River, which is the deepest gorge in the U.S. Along the Snake you’ll find Shoshone Falls (near Twin Falls, ID – southeast section of the state), which is higher than Niagara Falls. Head east a little ways to see Mesa Falls in Ashton, also a breathtaking sight.


Possibly one of the most fascinating areas is Craters of the Moon National Monument – a sea of lava flows, dotted with cinder cones and sagebrush. You’ll definitely feel like you’ve left the planet. Idaho is definitely one of our country’s hidden treasures, so next time you’re planning a getaway, consider the potato state. 

And speaking of potatoes…here’s one of my family’s favorite cookie recipes:


2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups crushed potato chips
Optional: 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla or almond extract. Gradually add flour to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in potato chips and nuts (if using). Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. If you want to make them pretty, add colored sugar or sprinkles and gently press on top. Bake 10-12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 2 min. before removing from pans to wire racks. When cool, sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar.