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I always wanted to be a Fishery Biologist June 21, 2019 – Posted in: BGOOD Bars, Mountain Living

I think I was hardwired from the beginning to work outdoors. I loved fish and I wanted to know everything about them. This led me to a Master of Science degree in Biology/Limnology, and a 20 year career working as a Fisheries Research Biologist. It wasn’t easy, however. In 1977, I was one of 3 women in a class of 40 taking fisheries classes at Peninsula College, WA. I took time out of college to…

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MOUNTAIN MAMAS April 12, 2019 – Posted in: Mountain Living

It’s almost mother’s day, so I wanted to write this post to honor all the Mountain Mama’s out there. In 1991, when my daughter was born, there were no i-phones yet. We did not have internet (not sure it was even invented yet), and so there certainly was no facebook, instagram or twitter. But even back then, when she was just a baby, I wanted to protect her from the fast pace of society. I…

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Deep Winter March 12, 2019 – Posted in: Mountain Living

What is “deep winter”? Well, it could be a reference to how deep the snow is. Or, it could mean “digging in”, a term we used to say when the snow had closed all routes in and out of the valley. Or, it could simply mean deep into the middle of winter when you wake up to fresh Mountain Lion tracks in the yard, Stellar Jays and Gray Jays looking for a handout, or a…

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Bread November 29, 2018 – Posted in: Mountain Living

  BREAD Bread baking is one of the oldest crafts in the world. Bread loaves & rolls have been found in Egyptian tombs, and bread or “solid cakes” made from crushed barley and wheat go back to the Stone Age.  Bread has been around for a long time.  I started baking bread in 1983.  My first ‘loaf’ was from a recipe I found in a Betty Crocker Cookbook.  I acquired a sourdough starter shortly after…

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“Sleeping Porch” August 15, 2018 – Posted in: Uncategorized

(“Sleeping Porch”) One way to beat the heat has been sleeping outside this summer.  We made a ‘sleeping porch’ on the west side of our mountain home.  The bats keep the mosquito’s at bay, and the cool, fresh mountain air drifts across my face at night.  Even with 104 F days in Joseph, the cool air coming off of the snow fields and spring creeks of the high Wallowa Mountains flow down the mountainside at…

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Mountain Life February 24, 2018 – Posted in: Uncategorized

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, near mountains and rivers.  I loved traveling with my parents by boat into Canada and the San Juan Islands, I also loved the water.  My first job was as a lifeguard, and my love for the ocean led me to become a certified Scuba Diver at the age of 17.  On to college, I received a Master of Science in Biology and conducted a baseline water quality study…

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Family Tradition August 28, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized

There has been a tradition in my family, handed down from generation to generation of women starting as far back as I can remember with my great grandmother Mattie Evans.  I imagine that she also used a wood cook stove like this one for canning and drying to fill the pantry & root cellar before winter.  I find that holding on to this one tradition is what feeds my soul, and connects with me with…

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When Life was Simple July 20, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized

I recently spent a weekend in a remote part of NE Oregon, out of cell service, with no internet and no electricity.  I purposefully left my cell phone turned off (except to take this photo) and decided to take a break.  During the day I took a few walks along a road that passed the old jailhouse in what used to be a booming mining town.  My husband (aka: Mr. BGood) is helping a friend…

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Old trucks, screen doors and horses May 9, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized

When we moved to Wallowa County, Oregon one of the first things I noticed (besides the Eagle Cap Mountains) is that every pasture, driveway or house had an old truck, a cool artful screen door, and a horse or two or three, and maybe throw in a Burro. It is something we all have in common – a bit of the past (the old truck), functional art (the screen door), and animal spirits (the horses…

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WHY WE LOVE FLAX SEED MEAL February 19, 2017 – Posted in: Uncategorized

To show our love to our customers, we are offering free shipping the entire month of February.  At BGOOD Bars we love Flax Seed Meal. Because this stuff is so good for you, we decided to include it in all of the BGOOD Bars!  Flax is a plant native to the Mediterranean.  Some of the benefits it offers to humans include omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals like iron and magnesium.  Organic flax…

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The truth is…. October 10, 2016 – Posted in: Uncategorized

  The truth is, I have been fortunate to live in mountain towns since 1991 when I first moved to a natural hotsprings ranch in the Sawtooth Mountains of Central Idaho.  Twenty-five years later I still live a mountain lifestyle in Wallowa County.  Much like the Sawtooths, the Eagle Caps grace my morning commute from my home at 5,300′ ele. down to the rural mountain town of Joseph, OR which resides at 4,100′ ele.  A…

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