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Lake 22, WA

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Cary and I finally hiked the uber popular Lake 22 this weekend. The trail was well packed, but super snowy & deep off trail. While chilling at the top near the lake we heard avalanches in the distance, and were glad we had our training from last week to know which terrain was safe.

AIARE 1 Course

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Along with plenty of relaxing, Cary and I took a 3 day AIARE 1 avalanche course this weekend through the American Alpine Institute. Conditions were really bad (high avalanche danger, lots of storm slab action) but really good from a learning perspective. We got to learn a variety of snow evaluation techniques, practiced beacon tracking and rescue, and just generally played in the snow quite a bit :)

Valentines

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Cary and I spent a relaxing Valentines day weekend at Baker. No cell signal, no internet, a wood burning fireplace, and a bottle of prosecco... perfecto!

Ski & Grill

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Lovely snowy (but cold) day for some evening skiing and grilling at Stevens Pass today.

Superbowl Foods

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In my opinion, food is the most exciting part of the superbowl. Followed closely by funny ads (surprisingly few of these this year) and seeing friends who do like football get excited for their team (not-surprisingly TONS of these this year, go hawks). These aren't some of my most elegant culinary concoctions, but they were darn tasty. And festive.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes
(Adapted from Glorious Treats)

Cupcakes
2 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for one minute. Stir in boiling water (thin batter is expected). Bake cupcakes for 20 minutes.

Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 cup smooth peanut butter
8 oz. cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
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Powder

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I love Washington winter. Mountains of fluffy snow on evergreens... its basically Narnia.
(Photos from our Skyline snowshoe.)

Skyline Lake, WA

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Today we went on one of the most gorgeous hikes we've done yet in Washington, the Skyline Lake snowshoe. It was soooooo much fun to play in the mass amounts of fluffy snow. Hiking up took around 2 hours, but hiking down (and basically sledding on our snowshoes) took only 20 minutes. For the first time, I wished I knew how to backcountry ski, and take full advantage of the crazy powder!