“Does your family want to come to Montana with us?”
It was a question I couldn’t wait to ask. It was a perfect fit. The kids are a herd, we love the parents, and both our families in general have that outdoorsy active thing going on. In other words, it was a match made in Montana heaven.
They didn’t hesitate – they were in, yee haw! Tickets were booked and we began to count down the days.
And then baseball happened. And we needed to shift things around a bit. In other words, arrive in Montana after our friends, the Caranis.
The hostess inside me was DYING A SLOW DEATH. I couldn’t bear that they would arrive in a new place, have to randomly find Grizzly 2 (the massive Suburban) in the airport parking lot, do all the grocery shopping, and then wait around for us to land. My heart.
But they are rockstars like that. Didn’t phase them one bit. Keep in mind we’re dealing with a pro traveler here.
So I took a deep breath and told myself it would all be OK. We landed (a bit late as always – thanks, United) and there was Julie, big smile and arms wide open ‘Welcome to Montana!’
Grizzly 2 was waiting for us out front, all loaded up with the contents of the grocery shopping list and of course, Ryder and Meadow. We shoved our suitcases in the back and B’s seat in the middle bench and off went down the mountain road to Big Sky.
Then we arrived and I was like ‘ok C, time to kick it into high gear here.’ I immediately planned on unloading and organizing the groceries so they could settle in a bit but then something happened. And by happened I mean my toddler melted. down. A day of travel + no nap = scary disaster.
So, I removed him from the overly stimulating scene of everyone exploring the home and I attempted to calm him down. Um, not happening. He was a monster for a good hour straight.
I came out from time to time to try to help, but Julie made herself at home in the kitchen and was already chopping away, making her famous cowboy caviar. How fitting and perfect. I so admire and respect when people can just adapt and get to business in a kitchen and help out.
So thank you, Julie, for handling all the Big Sky prep as well as making us this delicious snack upon our arrival. It was exactly what was needed then and throughout our adventurous week!
- 1 bag frozen corn (roasted is always good!)
- 2 cans black beans
- 2 bell peppers - red and orange, small dice
- 1/4 purple onion, small dice
- Fresh cilantro
- Chili powder, 1 tsp or so
- Cumin, 1 tsp or so
- Garlic powder, 1 tsp or so
- Cayenne, 1 tsp or so
- Dash kosher salt
- Drizzle evoo
- Splash red wine vinegar
- Mix all together and serve with tortilla chips and a beer. Mountain view suggested but not required.