lake tahoe

a hot pot dinner


Even before we'd planned any weekend activities, we knew we wanted to cook the majority of our meals in our listing. Hot pot was Norris and Kevin's idea-- they both brought up their portable pots and heating plates as well as the plethora of ingredients to toss in: spinach, carrots, rice noodles, tofu, thinly sliced beef and lamb, three types of mushrooms, and all the ingredients to make our garlic-green-onion-spicy-soy-sauce mix.

Once we prepped everything, it was just a matter of gathering around the pots to share and eat. The food was steamy and spicy and the perfect way to ring in our first night in Tahoe all together.

south lake tahoe

camp richardson

Snow has always been a magical, foreign, slightly frightening thing to me. Even though I grew up within easy driving distance of Lake Tahoe, my family only went once or twice and I hardly remember it.

Having just driven up for a long weekend, I think it's something special. There's something about the way the cold radiates off the snow and makes everything so fresh. The way it blankets homes and cars and anything else that'll give it a chance. Even the way it encourages us to hurry on inside to get cozy.

I'm hoping to make a point of it to visit more often.

camp richardson
tahoe houses

emerald bay

emerald bay
sun flares
sarah's view
wannabe panorama
the view
picking up the cruise ship
sunshine and mountains
so happy

Before I came to Tahoe, I asked my friend Chelsey what some of her favorite spots were. She mentioned Emerald Bay and I wasn't sure what to expect, but when we got there it was breathtaking. Not to sound lame, but even as we began to drive up into the mountains we couldn't believe the views of the lake alongside the snowy mountains.

Emerald bay was even better. Calm, serene, and absolutely gorgeous. Sunshine never looked so good.*

Edit: Chelsey mentioned Emerald Falls and I somehow only made it to Emerald Bay. Not a bad turn out, though...

*This entry concludes my week of Lake Tahoe posts! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. xoxo

ski food

my butternut squash soup

Two butternut squash, salt, pepper, & cumin: Bake for an hour at °375, Add milk and blend.

jenna's carrots

Peel, coat with olive oil, & sprinkle with salt and pepper: Bake at °375 for 35-45 minutes.

napa wine

Visit Napa.

my volcano lasgna

Repeat layers of:

tomato/mushroom sauce, pasta,
ricotta/spinach mixed together, mozzarella.
Bake at °375 for at least 45 minutes.

sarah's cornbread

I'll have to ask Sarah for this one.

anna's vegetable chili

Anna used Martha's recipe.

buttered rum

I'll definitely have to ask Jenna for this one. Think:

Rum, hot water, and a mixture of ice cream, brown sugar and spices galore.

snow day at the beach

just another day of snow... at the beach

When I found out that I was coming to Tahoe, it never occurred to me that I would be going to the beach. It especially never occurred to me that if I had gone to the beach, I'd be able to throw snowballs and make snowmen.

After tubing and playing Settlers, the four of us were ready to take naps and "work" on school stuff for the rest of the day. But, in my effort to make Saturday the best day possible, I suggested finding a local beach for us to do "work" at and we found one really close to our cabin in South Lake Tahoe. However, if I had known that there was going to be snow, I would have never changed out of my snow pants and boots.

But! It was such a wonderful afternoon. The sun was so bright and warm when we got there. We spent a good 30 minutes just being in awe of the combination of sand and snow. It was so quiet and peaceful and just as the sun was setting, Michael and Zac showed us their adorable snowman-- affectionately named Wassail. Proud fathers Michael and Zac made him complete with goldfish facial features and Norris' scarf. And he was so popular! Tons of people came up to ask for pictures with him.

After a frenzy of photos with little Wassail, we sat on picnic benches and watched the sun set behind the snow-capped mountains. I loved Saturday.

pebbles and waves
sand and snow
just two boys in a sand/snow box
tahoe mountains
cute couple