Roasted Blueberry Basil Margarita Recipe

Here is the recipe from this years Margarita walk:

Roasted blueberry basil margarita

recipe is for one margarita

ingredients:

2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces Tequila
2 ounces lime juice
2 1/2 ounces blueberry basil simple syrup


sliced lime + fresh blueberries and basil leaves for garnish
salt + sugar for the rim

directions:

Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in a mix of margarita salt + sugar [I used about 3 tablespoons salt to 2 teaspoons sugar]. Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices, then drop in blueberries and more fresh basil leaves.

For roasted blueberry basil simple syrup:

Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Place 1 cup of blueberries on a nonstick baking sheet with a pinch of salt. Place in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until berries start to burst.

While blueberries are roasting, combine equal parts sugar and water (such as 1/2 cup of each) in a small saucepan and add 6-8 fresh basil leaves, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup simple syrup + roasted blueberries in a blender/food processor and blend until combined. Feel free to strain if you don’t want small blueberries chunks. I love them!

This recipe can be easily doubled, quadrupled, etc. Since everyone’s tastes differ, add simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time and go from taste. I also suggest buying the lime juice if you plan on making a pitcher (or 2) considering you’d have to squeeze a billion limes to get enough juice.

Recipe from :  http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/08/roasted-blueberry-basil-margaritas/
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February Moonlight Snowshoe

The next snowshoe event for Winter 2016 will take place February 20th at 6PM at Angel Creek Campground, in Wells.  The last one was so much fun we are excited to expand this event to the Ruby Mountains.  Remember this event is for all ages and abilities, and will be guided so beginners are welcome! Call and reserve your snowshoes now!!  See attached Flyer for details!

Feb Snowshoe

 

 

 

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Summer Events Calendar with Cedar Creek Clothing

It’s officially Summer!

Here are some events Cedar Creek is participating in this summer:

June 27th  Waterfall Hike (meeting at Thomas Creek Campground in Lamoille Canyon                                                           at 9am)

  • Items to bring would be good hiking boots, a hiking stick, sun hat, water and snacks. This hike is for all ages and skill levels.

July 11th Wine walk (Downtown) Click here for details

July TBD Wildflower Hike (place TBD)

July 31-August 1 Ruby Mountain Relay  

August 8th Wine Walk (Downtown) Click here for details

August TBD Star Gazing Hike (TBD)

September 12th Wine Walk (Downtown) Click here for details

October 10th Wine Walk (Downtown) Click here for details

Let us go have some fun this summer!!!

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Spring Fashion Tips

 As we transition out of the dreary days of winter into spring; your wardrobe should reflex this change too. Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth. Plants begin to awaken from their winter slumber, and color comes back to world. As the season changes so does our style. Here are a few ideas on how to dress yourself for spring!

First you can start by packing away those heavy dark fabrics and add a little color and light back into your wardrobe. One way is to add fun colorful tops.

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Let the flowers of spring inspire your color choices. Think of the pastels and soft hues of tulips and hyacinth, they just embody the warmer weather of spring. This is also the time of year to bring out your dresses and skirts. Neutrals are also a good choice for spring because they match with everything and can carry over into other seasons. Layering is key to dressing for springtime. A lightweight blouse over a tank top is an easy comfortable outfit. It also provides sun protection, plus as the temperature changes during the day you can add or remove layers.

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Spring is also the time for getting outdoors, the new technologies in fabrics from Columbia sportswear make it easier.  Omni-Wick, Omni-Freeze, and Omni -Shade technologies keep you dry, cool and protected during your adventures. It is also a good idea to have a nice waterproof windbreaker jacket for when cool weather blows in, cause we all know that in Nevada the weather likes to change and you never know when a chilly breeze will come through.

Now for accessories and shoes, these should follow the same idea as your clothes light weight and colorful! Flats and sandals are ideal, they should be comfortable and allow your feet to breath after being stuck in boots all winter.

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Once the sun makes her appearance, a nice pair of sunglasses will keep you looking trendy while protecting your eyes from harmful rays. It’s also time to switch from beanies to sunhats. A straw or lightweight hat will keep your face shaded and add a cute style.  For more ways to liven up your style come check out what Cedar Creek Clothing has to offer!

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How to Choose Women’s Clothing

In a woman’s wardrobe, basics are timeless.

Finding a flattering style of clothing for your shape can be such a challenge. It is important to find your “ideal fit” in dressing rooms bysampling various brands and silhouettes from a variety of stores.  Once you’ve found your “ideal fit,” you’ll need to consider your lifestyle; casual or career. Clothing reflects your identity. Age-appropriate clothing conveys confidence and professionalism. It is best to take an aspect of contemporary fashion and make it your own so that it fits your lifestyle and personality. Always go with your instinct.

Start with a few basic colors like black, khaki and denim. These will become the foundation pieces that you reach for when standing in front of your closet. Pick basics that fit well and help you to achieve the look you are striving for. Basics provide versatility to take you from weekend to work place. Watch your hemline, and tailor the length of your garment to what suits your proportions. Pay attention to the quality of fabric and construction of these garments, because these basic pieces should wear well and continue to look great over time.

 

A classic black outfit should include slacks, jacket, skirt, dress, shoes, heels, stockings and one or two white tops. Black and white present a dramatic impact and are always elegant.

Keep your neutral palette simple by adding a pair of khaki slacks, skirt, jacket or sweater with coordinating tops that are also denim-friendly. The khaki shade flatters every skin tone and pairs well with neutrals, brights, blacks and whites.

The denim basics include a pair of jeans that fit well, skirt, shorts, and jacket. Pair denim basics with colorful tops that also work with your khaki basics. Then, add fun socks, sneakers or sandals to complete your outfit.

You can vary the amount of basics based on your budget, space, needs and desired appearance.  Once you’ve collected your basics, you will want to experiment with adding color and prints into your outfit. Adding a rich jewel tone piece is a fantastic way to tip toe in with confidence. A bold print in vibrant color may become the star of your outfits. If you are uncomfortable about mixing patterns, just pair them with black or white. If a garment feels “right” for you, don’t be afraid to wear it often. Own your look with confidence!

Another wonderful way to revamp your wardrobe is to add accessories like necklaces, scarfs, earrings, bracelets, and smart-looking handbags. The accessories you choose, along with the way you style your hair, will dress these outfits up or down based on the occasion.

Just for fun, consider buying some inexpensive, current fashion pieces. Mix these pieces with your basics to keep your outfits looking fresh and fashionable so that you are ready for every occasion.

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The Last Hike of the Summer

The day started like most summer days with a brilliant sun peaking over the mountain peaks and warming the valley below.  We met up that morning at the Thomas Canyon Campground in the scenic Ruby Mountains. As I rounded the corner and pulled into the gravel parking area my comrades were basking in the sun. We unloaded our gear comparing and discussing what each other brought.  Before starting out, we each picked out what we wanted to bring to our Freeze-Dried Dinner potluck that evening; appetizing entrees like Beef Stroganoff, Sweet and Sour Chicken and Leonardo de Fettuccine were on the Menu. Anticipation filled each of us as we hosted our pack onto our backs and set off for the trailhead.   For those who have hiked Thomas Canyon, you know once you are passed the first 200 feet of steep trail, you’ll be fine.  With smiles on our faces we took that first step up the steep path and began our journey. The aspen trees were just starting to show signs of Autumn, and showed just a hint of yellow.  Image

The weight of my pack changes my center of gravity; I am always thankful that I bring a hiking stick to compensate the off set. Once we topped the first slope, we took a break to admire the scenery.  The gentle slope of the mountain blanketed with the changing greenery, and crowned with rocky peaks. Across the creek was an old beaver dam that had been there for decades, but had recently succumbed to the power of Mother Nature this spring.  The day warmed and we shed the legs on our convertible pants to shorts. Making our way along the trail the evidence of beaver activity was everywhere with cut branches and drag paths.  The last mile before the meadow was still lined in Indian Paint brush and larkspur flowers. The meadow at the end of the trail was tucked into a pocket of the canyon with a hanging valley above it. It was full of grass and at the far end. There was a formable headwall and a waterfall cascading down hundreds of feet. There we stopped and enjoyed our lunch, of granola and apples.  We, being seasoned backpackers, decided to continue off trail up the headwall to the hanging valley perched at the very end of the canyon. We climbed up over rockslides and through thick brush to reach the back of the canyon.  There we found a serene oasis with a pond made by a beaver dam and evergreen trees poking out of thickets of red and orange willow.  This was the place that we sought so we set up our camp.   That evening we prepared a potluck with freeze-dried meals. Each of us had brought two different entrées and we sampled each one, and voted which were our favorites.  As it grew dark, the cold night air blew. So, we slipped on our jackets and started a fire. Clouds blew over our heads but we still got glimpses of the stars in the Milky Way.  We joked and told stories of other backpacking adventures until wariness caught up with us.  There is nothing quite like being snuggled up in your sleeping bag listening to the trickle of a water from a creek, with a light breeze blowing away your troubles.

I awoke the next morning to a dim light.  The air was cold and crisp; I got dressed and unzipped my tent. To my surprise everything was covered in a light fluffy layer of snow! Ooh it looks like winter reared its head early this year.  As I crawled out into this new wonderland my comrades began emerging too.

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All of us as puffy as the new snow in our down jackets, and ski hats. Forget your gloves use an extra pair of socks! Sock Hands!!

 

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We heated some water and started our breakfast feast! Oatmeal, eggs and bacon (freeze dried) and of course coffee, Yum!  Image

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After breakfast we pack up camp and made our way through the snow flurries.  Misty clouds blew across us obscuring the landscape ahead like some sort of deep hazy dreamscape. Image

Slowly we descended out of winter’s haze and reached the green meadow below. There we took a break to enjoy the serenity of the morning. Looking from the lush meadow, back to where we had just been everything seemed to be covered in a frosty layer.

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The contrast was clearly visible almost like a line had been draw to split winter and summer.  We leisurely made our way down the trail passed the old beaver dams and trees.Image

The aspens seemed a touch more yellow then the day before. The farther we walked the warmer it got and we began shedding layers to the point when we reached the trailhead again all of us were in base layers.

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 The journey took us through what seemed like a different world. The calm and tranquility of nature squelched our worries, the change of seasons awakened our senses and the physical exertion revved up our hearts. We lingered at our vehicle savoring the last bit of glorious nature before returning to the chaos of reality. What a fantastic way to spend any weekend.

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2013 Color Run

2013 Color Run

Cedar Creek sponsored a color station for this years Color Run 5k. We would like to thank everyone who came out and and enjoyed the glorious colorful fun!

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Cedar Creek Painting the town Green!!

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Even Duane got in on the FUN!!!

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