Home Sweet Home

We are back from our fun filled trek to Utah’s beautiful Zion National Forest.  We met up with my sister and her family in Idaho then took off in our motor homes headed to Utah to go hiking through Zion.  We had a fairly uneventful time traveling with the exception of getting a flat tire on our motor home.  Luckily, it was a quick and easy fix!  Words can’t describe how unbelievably beautiful Zion is.  The mountains are massive and utterly majestic.  If you have never traveled to Zion – you should really go!  We had a wonderful time hiking,  we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, great restaurants (with exceptional service), and spending time together.  On the way back home, we were able to stop by my parents house for a quick breakfast before heading back to Boise to celebrate my husband’s birthday.  It was a fantastic adventure that we will never forget.  With that said, it sure feels good to be home.  I’ll be back to posting recipes tomorrow.

The beautiful Zion National Park

Ready for a hike

Being silly with my sweet pea

View from one of our campgrounds

Cool spot to rest during our hike

Walking under the waterfall

At the top of the upper emerald pool hike

The whole gang

Stunning

View from one of our hikes

Of course we had to eat here on our journey – TWICE

My folks with their grand-kids

Side note: I normally don’t post about restaurants but we had such a great meal & service at this one I wanted to share it with you all.  

We celebrated my husband’s birthday at an incredible restaurant in downtown Boise called Fork.  It’s in the old Boise City National Bank building and it is really beautiful inside.  We didn’t have reservations so we sat at the bar and had a wonderful time!  Our waiters, Tom & Mitch, were excellent servers who really made our dining experience extra special.  The cocktails were tasty and the food was fantastic.  If you are ever in Boise, be sure to check out Fork!

Cool old building

Love the bar

Me and the birthday boy

Polenta with wild mushrooms – AMAZING!

The scallops were scrumptious and perfectly cooked

The trout was tender and delicious with the smokey kale

My sister and my brother in law

Our excellent servers Mitch and Tom with our Butter cake

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31 Responses to “Home Sweet Home”

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    Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions — April 2, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    Wow, looks like an amazing trip! Love the food pics ~ yum!! Super love the nature pics. And extra, super-duper love the happy, happy faces! ;)

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    sabina — April 2, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    Hello Pam, lovely places and very nice pictures!

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    Kris — April 2, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    Pam, how fun to see a more personal post on your blog! I have never been to Zion but we should go! I am going to have to ask my son in law about Fork. I have a good friend who lives there now and will have to ask her too! Sounds like you had a ton of fun!!!

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    Rhonda — April 2, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    I have spent quite a bit of time in Northern AZ right on the Utah border and it is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the pics, looks like a great trip.

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    Pam — April 2, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    Beautiful photos of Zion. I have only lived in Utah a little over a year and have been to Zion 4 times. It’s only a hour away and makes for a wonderful day trip. Have even gone there just to eat at Oscars. Love that you took a photo of In-n-Out Burger being a Southern California native I was so happy to find a In-n-Out only 43 miles away between that and Sees Candy it makes me feel like home.

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    lenia — April 2, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    What a wonderful post!Have a lovely day,dear!

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    Dee Stephens — April 3, 2012 @ 4:15 am

    Can you believe I lived in Vegas for 2 1/2 years and never went to Zion? I hear it’s gorgeous even better than the Grand Canyon! I am a big hiker too and would love to go!

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    Peggy Recker — April 3, 2012 @ 5:27 am

    Sounds like you had a great time. I’m sure you are well rested!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — April 3, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    What lovely pictures, Pam! Looks like you all had a fabulous time! It’s so nice that you and your family can take trips like this… making those memories for your kids :) Happy belated birthday to your hubby too!!

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    Susan — April 3, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    Well THAT was some roadtrip! You couldn’t have picked a more beautiful place to explore! What a fun family jaunt! Looks like you picked a winner restaurant at which to have a special dinner too! Yes please to that polenta dish!

    Glad you’re home safe and sound!

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    Debbe — April 3, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I live in Indiana and we visited Zion in October when we went to Vegas. We even saw a Tarantula by the river when were were there, my husband and I both want to go back and do some more hiking. I think everyone should go there at least once.

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    Jessica Kutok — April 3, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    wow! i love that you posted pics from your vacation!!!! it’s nice to put a face to all these delicious recipes!! you and your family are too cute!!! glad you had a great trip :)
    -Jessica

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    Marjie — April 3, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    It looks like you had a magnificent vacation. Nice that you were able to do it before the summer’s heat set in. The restaurant in Boise looks beautiful! Happy belated birthday to your hubby.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — April 3, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    Welcome back! You are one great photographer!

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    Annie S — April 3, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    Wow! Those views are amazing!!

    and that food looks delish :)

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    Joanne — April 3, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

    It sounds like you guys had a fabulous vacation! And can I just say that you and your husband are a GORGEOUS couple. For real. The kids are cuties too. :)

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    Tamara — April 3, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Beautiful pictures of your trip and family. I agree it is so pretty there. I went several times with my family when I was a kid and have lots of great memories. I think I even hiked on the same trails as you did with your family. Good times.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — April 3, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    I love the pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful trip, but I am glad you are back.

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    Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious — April 3, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    It seems like you had such a wonderful time, Pam! And I love that you had In-N-Out twice. I guess I’m a bit spoiled out here in LA considering there’s 2 locations about 3-4 miles from my apartment!

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    The UDG — April 3, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Oh In ‘N Out, how I miss your grilled cheese. And I totally want in on that butter cake.

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    Kim in MD — April 4, 2012 @ 4:20 am

    Welcome home, Pam! It looks like you had a wonderful Spring Break. Thanks for sharing the photos…they are gorgeous! I really, really, really want that polenta with wild mushrooms! Can you re-create the recipe and post it now that you are home? :-)

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    Larry — April 4, 2012 @ 4:22 am

    Looks like you had a fun filled week and got some great shots – welcome back.

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    Janis — April 4, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I miss In n Out soooo much. It’s my first stop everytime I go to Vegas. I’ve been known to make the 3-hour drive to and from the Dallas-Fort Worth area just for a double-double since they opened up last year. People think I’m crazy. But, hey, it’s closer than Vegas! :-) Looks like a wonderful trip! Zion is gorgeous.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 4, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Beautiful photos! Looks like you had some great time with your family.

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    Amy Powell — April 4, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Oh I love Zion National Park!! Looks like you guy had a great time :)

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    mandy — April 4, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Hooray for a fun Spring Break! Glad that you had a great time. Looks like a lot of fun and that park looks beautiful.

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    Maria — April 4, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    You should have kept coming North to Salt Lake City so we could have met up:) Zion’s is gorgeous!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 5, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    We love Zion! We haven’t been there in a few years, but now that we live in CO, we are planning a trip soon! Looks like you guys had a great time!

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    Rachelle — April 12, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the nice pics. Looks like a lot of fun.

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    Chris — April 14, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Looks like a blast! Love the hiking pictures. Hopefully the “In and Out” burgers was a reference to the drive through and not in reference to their velocity through your digestive system, lol.
    Happy belated birthday to C. Glad y’all had a great time.

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    Stacy — May 2, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    I was just catching up on blogs I follow and came across this post of yours. I was actually here at the exact same time. I LOVE Zion, we did some great hikes and the views and pictures are beautiful!!

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