July Mountain Moments 2019

July Mountain Moments 2019

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July Mountain Moments is just a little bit more about what's been going on with us. So here goes, let’s recap what happened in the month of July…

Today I’m sharing our July Mountain Moments. When I started this blog in 2013, it was a form of diary to document what we did and most importantly what we ate. Sometimes I get so caught up in sharing our delicious food, I forget about all the stuff in between. So this month I’d like to start sharing a little recap of what happened the previous month in and outside of our mountain kitchen. #MountainLife

July was a busy and fun month for us. Here’s a small preview of what’s been going on…

Jose's jalapeno peppers with mountain view

After 5 Years, José Is Still Thriving!

Somehow I have managed to keep José alive for 5 years now! Is this a record for a jalapeno plant? Seriously, I’d like to know. Just look at him go!!

Debbie and David on canoe in river

Staycation 2019

I didn’t plan on disappearing from the blog the week of our staycation, but I did. We decided to take the whole week off from everything, including the blog. It was a much-needed break for both of us and it felt good to relax. 😌

It was the first time in two years we were able to go out on the Shenandoah River. With all the heavy rains last year, the river was too high and muddy to enjoy.

We can be on the Shenandoah River in about 10 minutes. We have our own canoe, but sometimes it’s just easier to pay an outfitter for their services so we can drive one vehicle and not have to worry about how to get back upstream.

It was nice to be back on the river again! We missed it more than we realized.

Debbie and David day drankin'

Along with Day Drankin’ with and without friends and we also had a neighbor over for supper. We ended our Staycation by seeing the Dave Matthews Band for the 9th time! 

I’m so sad when Staycation is over because it will be another whole year before it rolls around again. I’m pretty greedy like that. The more time off I get the more time I want! Do you know what I mean?

HELLYEAH VIP At Shiley Acres, West Virginia

We thought perhaps there was a third groundhog living under our porch, but we haven’t seen any physical evidence in about a week now. I probably should knock on wood or something because I do not want to have to deal with another one!

On December 4, 2007, David and I had the pleasure of meeting HELLYEAH and the legendary drummer Vinnie Paul backstage at The Norva in Norfolk, Virginia. I took a photo of Vinnie that night. He was laughing at my flip phone making “boing” noises when I took photos of him and the band and cutting up with David about the Cowboys. It was a great night and one we will never forget. 

Last Saturday afternoon at Shiley Acres in West Virginia we had the pleasure of meeting HELLYEAH again. Each member of the band signed the photo we took of Vinnie all those years ago. 😊

Debbie and David vip pass for HELLYEAH

Many won’t understand this portion of the post or the metal community that we love being a part of. However, the video I posted my personal Instagram account of the guy in a wheelchair crowd surfing to the front of the stage speaks volumes!! Check it out HERE.

Top Recipe of the Month

Grilled Peaches With Cinnamon Ricotta Crème

grilled peaches with cinnamon ricotta creme

Excited to have this PEACH RECIPE shared on VAFOODIE.com

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“As usual, I didn’t read the recipe all the way through and served them raw/cold….and they flew off the plate!! Thank you!!” 

– Matt (Comment on Zesty Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers)

“I searched for “sizzle burger” to verify my memory and you were right on. But…I used salted butter. 🙂 They were INHALED by the crew. Thanks for the memories and the blog!” 

–  Pamela (Comment & 5-Star rating on Sizzle Burgers)

“Delicious! This was a huge hit accompanied by Cajun seasoned pork loin, but the rice was the real star. Don’t skimp on the citrus, it adds just right amount of tang.”  

– Karisa (Comment & 5-Star rating on Easy Cajun Rice)


jar of spicy chipotle peach barbecue sauce

Spicy Chipotle Peach Barbecue Sauce

The classic combination of a good barbecue sauce flavors, this chipotle peach barbecue sauce has them all: sweet, tangy and spicy. Try it on everything!

southern-style yellow summer squash

Southern-Style Yellow Summer Squash

You’ll love the savory-sweet combination of young, tender, yellow summer squash and onions, kissed with smokey bacon. It’s like a sweet kiss from summertime!


hibiscus in pot thriving

What A Show Off!

This hibiscus is the best purchase I made this spring. The blooms start out an orangy-peach color and then turn a bright yellow by the end of the day. I hate I didn’t plant it in the pot deep enough, but it isn’t complaining about it at all!

Hopefully, I can keep it alive in the basement with José this winter. Wish me luck!


our mountain home
colorful bright july sunset
rainbow july mountain view

That’s all of the July Mountain Moments. See ya next month with more moments from the mountain.

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