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Yikes!!  It's August already!  Where has this summer gone... speeding by I am afraid.  Hurry on over to enjoy the relaxation of our slice of paradise.  Hiking in the morning, lounging poolside in the afternoon and gazing at the stars in the evening... life is nice!  Come over and play with me, Love Millie

Let your spirit soar free like a hummingbird!

Dad's new camera is having fun capturing the beauty at Mountain Home Lodge.  Mom is making a new batch of nectar every few days to keep up with the demand of returning hummers.  The lilacs will bloom any day now and then the birds can enjoy sweet flower nectar.  Come join us to welcome Spring!  - Millie 

Ruby and his family are back on the mountain! 

Ruby and his family are back on the mountain! 

Spring hiking!
Overlook ridge 

Overlook ridge 

The ridge was wonderful this weekend with stellar skies, snow capped Cascades and wildflowers. My new friend Cody and I had a blast!  Arrowleafed balsam root is everywhere on the mountain and lupine and Indian paintbrush not far behind.  

Great wildlife viewing now too... the elk herd are in the neighborhood as well as almost nightly visits from the bear teenagers from summer 2016. Lots of deer and wonderful bird viewing from songbirds, hummingbirds and the silly wild turkey flock.  Never a dull moment for me to keep me busy "on patrol".  

 An added bonus for the adventuresome is amazing white water rafting as well as morel mushroom hunting.  Hope you can find the time to come on over and play here in May and June! 

Love Millie Vanilli, MHL Concierge

Fit For Royalty!

Hey there...its Millie Vanilli! I just got back from a hike and am soaking up the sun on the deck! First let me say, thank you for all of the birthday wishes! I had a great day running the trails and greeting guests... and yes, I even got to catch some snowballs! 

Do you know what tomorrow is? I hope you do as its my favorite holiday... Valentine's Day! Whether your are making dinner for your special someone, close friends or just yourself you are going to need some chocolate! (I have never had it, but my sister Brecklyn says chocolate is one of the best human foods around!) My Grandma Ginny, was the queen of heavenly and easy to make foods and so for you, my sweet valentines, I am sharing her Royal Crown Mousse recipe!


If you have stayed with us before, you have likely had this delicious, thick and yummy dessert! I thought I should share it with you today so that you can swing by the store on your way home and pick up any missing ingredients it calls for. I have also included an easy and elegant way to serve it for your "royal" guests! 

Royal Crown Mousse

1 12 oz. pkg semi sweet chocolate chips
2 8 oz. pkgs. of cream cheeses, softened
1 1/2 c. brown sugar, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
4 eggs whites, room temp
1 1/8 tsp vanilla
1 c. heavy whipping cream

  1. Melt chocolate chips and blend in mixing bowl with the cream cheese and 3/4 c. brown sugar and salt.
  2. Beat egg whites in separate bowl until stiff.
  3. Add to chocolate mixture with vanilla and remaining sugar.
  4. Whip cream separately until very stiff and then gently fold into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Chill several hours. (Recommended overnight, but not necessary.)

Scoop 2-3 plops/cups into a ziplock bag. Seal without air and cut about an inch out of one of the lower corners. Squeeze a serving size  worth into a wine glass. Top with additional whipped cream and berries or sliced strawberries.

Enjoy, and be sure to share your pictures with me! I'd love to see your royal treats!

Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Millie Vanilli

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I decided it was a grand idea to escort two departing guests on their snowshoe trek back to town today!  Dad (Brad) didn't think that was such a keen idea as he "caught" me in action as he drove by us in the snowcat this afternoon with the other departing guests and all the luggage.  Busted!  Dad called Brecklyn to retrieve me from the road and scolded me to head home.  I was walking home alone when my sister Brecklyn showed up on her sled with this goofy collar thing?!  She hooked me up and then wanted me to run alongside the sled home?!  No way!  I was perfectly content to jump into her lap and head home driving the snowmobile!  She captured our selfie as we pulled into the lodge!  I look forward to welcoming you to my mountain home this year!  Its looking like 2018 is going to be a mighty fine year!  Happy New Year with love from Millie Vanilli

The fresh snow is making for a marvelous weekend!

With 14" of fresh snow the mountain is a winter wonderland!  Guests broke trail this morning on snowshoes and the afternoon found many flying down the 1,700' sledding hill!  Brecklyn even sweetened the deal towing up the sledders after they walked up the hill at least once!    Guests kindly re-vamped our 2018 snowman with fresh carrot nose and tator eyes after "Sebastian" the squirrel ate the last guys face clean off him the other day!  Let's see how long this guy lasts?  Meet Bozley LaFlake... 

Christmas fun!
Christmas snowshoe
jump for joy... it snowed!

Awoke to more fresh snow and a perfect day to play in the woods on the mountain!  Our guests Kelcey and her mom Karen were up bright and early to welcome in the day!  Hope your day was full of love and fun too!  

Our mountain paradise awaits...

"Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man."  ~ George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot, 1896

Renew your spirt.  Seek the beauty of nature.  Surround your being in calm stillness.    Join us at MHL this winter.    Wishing you peace this Christmas season and joy in the new year.  Brad & Kathy Schmidt 

Renew your spirt.  Seek the beauty of nature.  Surround your being in calm stillness.  

Join us at MHL this winter.  

Wishing you peace this Christmas season and joy in the new year.  Brad & Kathy Schmidt