High Altitude Cookie Monster

I hit gold, when I found this recipie that I am about to share with you all. I have lived in Colorado all of my adult life and a year ago we moved even higher to 8,100ft.

I love baking and cookies are my absolute favorite, so I have experimented and have been trying recipies since 2007. I started with the frog commisarry cookbook chocolate chip cookie’s. Then I found a pudding mix recipie that was amazing, however one night I did not have pudding mix.

My husband and I seem to get cookie hankerings around 10pm at night. So I went on good ol pinterest to see what I could find. I was hopeful but not holding my breath, I have made SO many reicipies and many are not that awesome.

One fateful evening, I stumbled accross “pinch of yum”. She became my cookie hero. Click the link for the recipe


I am here to say, they are the absolute best I have ever made or eaten. They turn out EVERY single time.

FOLLOW my high altitude tips if you live higher up, the things to not forget…

A. Room Temperature Butter is Key (so set the stick out on the counter for a couple hours). That is what makes mine turn out perfect EVERY time. **If you melt it, it will not turn out at high altitude.**

-I use non-salted butter & I put a Tablespoon of Vanilla

B. Do not overcook. I cook mine for 10mins (I make big cookies)

C. I add a little extra flour (altitude tip)


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Oatmeal, the breakfast of mountain Champions

Goodmorning from the cabin!

We have been without proper heating for over two weeks now. Our only source is the wood stove & the oven/stove top. I woke up this morning feeling chilled.

I started considering my breakfast options and thought, hmm…what would help warm up me up a little bit?……………..Oatmeal.

Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of oatmeal because it’s typically blah. However, I had a lightbulb moment. I have some heavy cream in the fridge and a bag of Durango Chai mix. So I poured in a bit of heavy cream and added some of the powdered vanilla chai.

Oh my goodness! I’m in love with oatmeal and I don’t care who knows it. It only took me 29yrs to find a flavor that I love.

Here’s to a winter full of Chai Oatmeal, mmm. What is your favorite way to eat it?

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The mountains are calling, I must go

How often do we allow ourselves a couple of hours to “get away”, be refreshed? I’m just as guilty as the next person, for only doing that…on occasion. My soul screams at me to go…head high into the mountains and be renewed. However, I’m amazed how infrequently I actually do it.

I realize to create new habits, it takes starting somewhere. So I have begun, twice a month going to my favorite place. Eventually I would like it to be weekly, that I pull back for a couple of hours (on my day off) and find refreshment for my soul.

The most important aspect is God…getting away with Him, but location plays a part in that as well.

Molas Pass is my Go-to place