Author: Melissa

Fruit Salad Pineapple Bowls

Fruit Salad Pineapple Bowls This is so much fun! Cut pineapple in half lengthwise. Remove pineapple, slice, and combine with fruit of your choice. Some suggestions- grapes, strawberries, kiwi, banana, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew melon, peaches… Place fruit pieces into hollowed out pineapple. You can also top the fruit bowl with your favorite nuts and have a side of plain yogurt for...

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Simple Shrimp or Chicken Salad

Simple Shrimp or Chicken Salad Ingredients: 1 Head Lettuce 1/2 C. Almonds- Slivered 1 Tbs. Sesame Seeds 1 Pkg Instant Noodles-Uncooked & Crumbled 2 Tbs. Olive Oil 2 Green Onions- Chopped 1 Pound Cooked & Drained Baby Shrimp or Cooked Boneless Chicken Cubes 1/2 C. White Wine Vinegar 1/2 C. Canola Oil (or other healthy oil) 4 Tbs. White Sugar Salt & Pepper To Taste Directions: Shred lettuce into bite size pieces. Add green onions.  Set aside. Saute’ slivered almonds, sesame seeds and noodles in olive oil until lightly brown- be careful not to burn. Set aside. Salad dressing:...

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American Bison

By Melissa Wynn               Few animals are as regal to behold as the great American Bison, also commonly referred to as the buffalo. Standing five to six and a half feet tall at the shoulder and weighing in at up to a ton leaves these fuzzy boulders with legs unrivaled in size and power.  This largest of all land mammal once wandered the Great Plains and much of North America in herds numbering in the millions. It must have been truly amazing to have lived in that age when these bovine beasts carpeted...

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Smart’s Wagon Train Coffee Shop +1530.587.7574

Smart’s Wagon Train Coffee Shop By Melissa Wynn After a peaceful nights rest atThe Truckee Hotel, General Manager Tim Tonachella suggested we try breakfast at Smart’s Coffee Shop, 10080 Donner Pass Road. He said it was his personal favorite and I soon discovered why. Dining at this unusual establishment is part extraordinary down home cookin’, part comedy sideshow and part mountain history museum visit. Entering the building we were enveloped in the aromas of frying bacon and creamy gravy. Antique lanterns and cast iron skillets hang from the ceiling. Simple wooden tables are set with the basics. Traditional red...

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Fisher- The Porcupine Predator

Fisher- The Porcupine Predator By Melissa Wynn The fisher, also known as a North American marten, is a dark brownish member of the weasel family. Some individuals have a cream colored patch on the chest and the legs and tail are always black. Their long slender body is optimum for hunting in tree hollows and ground burrows. All 4 paws have 5 toes with semi-retractable claws that make tree climbing a breeze for these agile hunters. Fishers are the largest of the marten family ranging in size from 4 to 9 pounds with males being nearly twice the size...

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