Author: Eileen

Road Trip to Virginia City

Visit the Old West at Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon By Melissa Wynn After being cooped up in the house through a seven day series of Sierra snow storms, my sister and I decided to cross the mountain. We were in search of some fun and sunshine in Nevada’s famous Comstock Lode.  It is only about 15 miles from the US 395 exit 57B to Virginia City, but that short drive is like a time tunnel that carries you from the modern hustle and bustle of Reno back more than a century to the simpler times, reminiscent of the...

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Bunny Cupcakes

Bunny Cupcakes Hop on over to the kitchen to prepare these cute as can be cupcakes. Perfect for spring celebrations, Easter, baby showers and birthday parties. I got my inspiration from My Babies Planet, they have your back when you are feeling uninspired. I was sold on first sight, I’m making these cupcakes with all my love. Makes 12 (1 cupcake) servings. Prep Time: 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting McCormick® Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye or McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors and Egg Dye 2 cups flaked coconut 12 unfrosted cupcakes 12 plain donut...

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Two Years and Growing

From the Publisher, Eileen Majors                                 Looking back on this second anniversary of Mountain Valley Living, one thing rings true: Our  readers have made this dream my reality. I mean by so many reading it yes, and because It was a few of our readers who jumped on board, literally becoming the creative staff who makes the magazine. Melissa Wynn called me one day after she got the first edition. “I want to write for the magazine,” she told me. After two months of...

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BUCKS LAKE LODGE 530-283-2262

[media-credit name=” Bucks Lake Lodge” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]By Eileen Majors If cabin fever is setting in, a trip to Bucks Lake Lodge may be just the answer. This quaint resort sits on the edge of picturesque Bucks Lake which boasts 17 miles of shoreline. Situated at one mile high, Bucks Lake Lodge is in the Northern Sierra Nevada, just a couple of hours from Reno, and only about an hour’s drive from Oroville and 17 miles southwest of Quincy on Bucks Lake Road (Quincy-Oroville Road). The lodge is informal and uncomplicated. Tall pines, a crystal clear lake and clean mountain...

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North American Porcupine

by Melissa Wynn                             One of my favorite creatures to watch in the woods is the second largest of all rodents, the North American Porcupine. They can be very dangerous when they feel threatened and must never be approached but are quite interesting to observe from afar. I have been intrigued by the pudgy prickly porcupine since I was a teen. A group of friends and I were on a winter hike and we spotted one gnawing the bark off of the aspen branch it was...

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