Packed my bags to stay a month in Idaho.
Received a phone call the day before my flight informing me that the mountain my parent's live on is on fire.
Followed the news all night long, learning hour by hour that more houses were being destroyed, not having any idea if one of them was my parent's (66 homes were completely destroyed).
(They had JUST finished building it).
Flew to Idaho anyway, with no idea if there would be a house to stay in or not.
Found the house standing, but damaged with burn and smoke.
Slept in six different beds in the course of a week, completely displaced.
Mourned at church with and for those that lost absolutely everything.
Finally moved back into parent's house for the duration of vacation, the smoke damage was no longer a danger to us.
Still managed to throw in a good deal of swimming, bbqs, boating, a trip to Utah and Yellowstone, and relaxing.
Endured the worst flight of my life, consisting of a missed flight (plane ran out of fuel), a child wetting their pants, horrible motion sickness, a freezing unplanned sleepover at the airport, an attempted robbery of my son's newly purchased neck pillow, and lost bags. I was alone with two kids.
Needless to say, it's been a wild month, but one that I'll NEVER forget. With all that happened though, I was so glad that I was able to be there, especially with my parents, who were dealing with a lot at the time. My heart really goes out to the victims of the fires all over the country. While we didn't experience such a loss firsthand, we witnessed those that did, and it's tragic. Memories, valuables, sentimental treasures, all gone. The one blessing in our area was that no one was hurt, and we are so grateful.
On that note, let's talk about food!
My apologies to Kim, my dear bloggy friend who shared this amazing recipe, for the poor photo. It does not do this delicious dish justice and you're really better off just going to her site for the recipe and pics. However, I'd be remiss if I didn't at least gush about how delicious this unique dinner is.
First off, bean puree? Hello! Where have you been my entire life? It's cheap, it's quick to make, it's a lovely "polenta style" palate for a million different toppings, and it's seductively delicious. If you are a fan of beans, you must rush to make this. It doesn't hurt either to have a rich, meaty gravy to go on top of this. I would happily make this again and again.
Since Kim is wrote this rockstar recipe, I'm going to send you to her kitchen to check it out. Check our her other stuff too, she never disappoints!