Home Sweet Hotel

January 9, 2011

Scratch that.

Home Sweet MO-tel.

Welcome to our place:


We’ve got a dining room – complete with fruit bowl



The kitchen, stocked with organic dairy, veggies and beer – what else?


The office. For blogging on the go!


The bed – which I am pretty excited about. It seems pretty comfy


The bathroom. Nicely updated for a…MO-tel.


I’ve got my make-up all laid out Emily!


Your friendly hostess:


Our housewarming party included cracking open a cold one –



Moose Drool of course – the only canned beer I’ll sip!



We put on some romantic Norah Jones for dinner


And broke into our Good Food Store salad bar dinners!


Served with a side of freshly baked bread (this Wondeful bread isn’t bad! It’s nutty and seedy but sourdough at the same time!)


Smothered in our new nut butters



Full of veggies, beans, and tofu – some olives and granola on the side! Plus a nutritional yeast dressing (don’t know the name – I think it was a store brand?) that was GREAT! I need to start making my own creamy dressings.


A taste of Cowboy Coffee Porter was had (we split both beers 60/30 his/hers)



For dessert, we thank the Doubletree Missoula for sending us on our way with cookies. They were delicious.


Also made with 100% real food! I am impressed Doubletree!


Our journey to Dillon today was beautiful and overwhelming at the same time. Beautiful because – just look at those snow-capped mountains white! But scary because at times the road was only one lane de-iced and the speed limit was faster than I feel comfortable going in a car. I was relieved when our 2 hours were up and we arrived in the small town of Dillon from the middle of nowhere.


Training begins with breakfast at 7AM tomorrow (most days we have breakfast on our own though). I’m not really sure of my blogability this week. I’ve been cleared to take photos and share our general experience, but I’m not sure when I’ll have breaks to blog and stuff. So if you don’t see me until tomorrow night – don’t worry. But I might also be blogging even more than usual : )

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1 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Have fun training!


2 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) January 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

The motel looks cozy! I totally didn’t know what Moose Drool was when I read your last post, by the way…for some reason I thought it had something to do with chocolate :)

Have a great first day of training!


3 Melissa January 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

60/30? Who got the other 10 per cent? Heehee


4 Kath January 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Haha. Oops!

Perhaps it was lost in the drool?


5 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Could you please do a post on beer? I’d drink more if I knew where to start. That could be a good thing or a bad thing, I’m just sayin.


6 Kath January 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Matt and I are planning a whole beer video series – we have to get through Montana first! It’s coming!


7 Macrae January 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Will you be able to sell any of Matt’s beer at Great Harvest?


8 Kath January 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I don’t know if we’d need another license – maybe. Definitely something to look into down the road!


9 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Love Norah Jones :)

Have a great day tomorrow!


10 Sana January 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

What an awesome MO-tel! Gald you are all settled in!


11 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Pretty nice for a motel! Love all the foods you got for the stay. Makes it much more homey :) Hope tomorrow goes great!


12 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

What a nice motel…wow. You’ve KERFed up the place indeed.


13 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free January 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I love how you can adapt to any environment and KERFify it!


14 Alaina January 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Have a good time at sandwich school!

Reading your posts makes me want to travel more. :-)


15 Em January 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm

You two are such great travelers – I aspire to be as healthy as you while traveling! I’m learning! :)


16 kelly January 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Welcome to the West! And I’m glad you are off the roads for now.


17 Megan January 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I have a blog post planned for tomorrow about my love for great harvest! I feel so fortune to have one (two actually!) here, because we don’t have any other good foodie places. No whole foods, no trader joes, no dean and deluca.
Great harvest is so good!


18 Camille January 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm

What a tasty dinner!
Glad you made it safe and sound! Have fun at training :)


19 Amanda (Eating Up) January 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Looks like you all are set. Let the adventure really begin!


20 Anne (butter and bear) January 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I have been reading your blog for a couple years, but this is my first time commenting. I am amazed at how healthy you still eat while traveling. It must save you a ton of money too! Montana looks beautiful. Good luck tomorrow.


21 Kath January 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

A couple of years and your first comment! Yay!


22 Lauren @ itsfoodlove January 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm

What is nutritional yeast? I’ve seen it mentioned a few times but I’ve never heard of it before. And the beers look fantastic! Enjoy your trip!


23 Kath January 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Emily @ Daily Garnish has a whole info page on it – easier read there than typed up by me :)


24 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Ah – those dinners looks fabulous! The motel looks so cozy – and love that you’ve made it yours.


25 Vanessa January 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Oh man I really like those Doubletree cookies!! Your motel room is so cute. Love how you put your touch on everything. Good luck with the Great Harvest stuff!! Sounds so exciting. Reading about Great Harvest so much has made me have a huge craving for their cinnamon chip bread. Mmh!!


26 Kat January 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Looks like you’re having a lot of fun in your motel! I love this post


27 Marian Schembari January 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Completely random fun fact:

When I was 15 my family and I traveled through Dillon, Montana (I think we were completely lost) on a road trip across the state. We spent about 2 hours on this horrible gravel road and had already been in the car for 6. At the time it was a big adventure for the 6 of us in the car, but during that long journey we decided to get a puppy! Wheee! Guess what the puppy’s name is? That’s right…. DILLON!

My family had this weird habit of naming our pets after towns – Reno, Cairo. Dillon is the best though and she’s the only one left. So wave hello from one Dillon to another!


28 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Love these pics Kath!

and the doubletree cookies ARE really good, indeed!

love the blogging setup and all your great eats…and blogging even MORE than usual? if you can pull it off, we are here to read :)


29 Hannah January 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Oh gosh, if only hotels offered that kind of food as room service! That would be wonderful!


30 notyet100 January 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm

wow enjoy,..


31 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 9, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Enjoy the training–I can’t wait to hear about your experiences!


32 Beatrix January 10, 2011 at 12:02 am

Have a great trip and happy training.


33 carlee January 10, 2011 at 12:03 am

WAIT…so what exactly are you guys training for?
Anwyas good pics and food!
I wish we had a whole foods or somewhere with an awesome salad bar like that around here! Its just not fair! LOL


34 Kath January 10, 2011 at 7:43 am

Go back and read the post “The Next 12 Days” I published yesterday


35 Allison @ Happy Tales January 10, 2011 at 12:05 am

Um, hello Doubletree cookies–so so good! And love that sequence of you popping open the can… way cool.


36 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 10, 2011 at 12:06 am

That’s a pretty sweet motel. When I think “motel”..the image of lights flickering and doors squeaking comes to mind. Maybe with a few people peering out windows. Yeah..we have some real dumpy places around here.


37 Jess @ atasteofconfidence January 10, 2011 at 12:18 am

doubletree cookies are the best!


38 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 10, 2011 at 12:18 am

Pretty comfy and cozy looking for a motel! I love how you guys made yourselves at home :)


39 Christin@purplebirdblog January 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

I love your motel dinner!


40 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) January 10, 2011 at 12:57 am

Not a bad MO-tel… especially since you were able to make it so homey :) the mountains look gorgeous!


41 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 10, 2011 at 2:17 am

Wow, you’ve given me no excuse not to eat well on vacation. So inspiring! Have fun with your training!


42 Cara Craves... January 10, 2011 at 4:30 am

What a great time for you and Matt; you guys are going to learn so many great things.


43 Meaghan @ OhReillyWrites January 10, 2011 at 6:18 am

Those cookies look amazing. I’m so jealous you get to spend the next few weeks constantly surrounded by the smell of freshly baked bread!


44 Lauren January 10, 2011 at 6:52 am

How cozy! You’ve definitely made this hotel your home. 😉


45 Katie January 10, 2011 at 6:59 am

You guys made that motel a home! Love it!

I love Norah Jones : ) she rocks, I need to download some of her stuff on my ipod!

Have a great first day at training today !


46 whitney January 10, 2011 at 7:10 am

great way to make a motel feel as comfortable as possible. Love the name of the Moose drool beer. Where do you buy that?


47 Kath January 10, 2011 at 7:44 am

Montana? :mrgreen:

We can’t get it in VA


48 Allison K. January 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

If you are really interested in purchasing it, a local beer store in Boise (where I am from) allows you to online shop for beer. I can’t vouch for the shopping experience but the website is wwww.brewforia.com.
Although, I am sure due to restrictions they can’t shop to every state.


49 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

There’s something exciting about traveling and scoping out a new hotel!!


50 Simply Life January 10, 2011 at 7:29 am

Looks like a fun dinner “in” :)


51 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 10, 2011 at 7:29 am

the cowboy coffee porter sounds ridiculous….what brewery makes it? I would love to try it!


52 Kath January 10, 2011 at 7:45 am

Big Sky here in Missoula does – we can’t get them in VA though


53 Allie January 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

Nice MO-tel 😉 It looks very cozy for you two and I hope you have a great trip and find time to blog :) Can’t wait to hear all about your training!!


54 Emily Malone January 10, 2011 at 8:01 am

Makeup looks wonderful! :) You guys look cozy – stay warm!!


55 fairfaxmamma January 10, 2011 at 8:06 am


Its wonderful to read yours and Matt’s step-by-step journey to Great Harvest! I’m enjoying reading about your adventure and keeping my fingers crossed that your shop will be open soon! Blessings!


56 Amber January 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

I have never seen Moose Drool in a can!! That is great! Enjoy your stay in Montana.


57 Lindsey@DishesNDiapers January 10, 2011 at 8:22 am

Looks like you guys know how to make the best of a motel stay! I love your “fruit bowl” :) Hope the training is fun and informative!


58 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

Home sweet motel! And lovely landscape photos.


59 stacey-healthylife January 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

Sounds like you have a good setup.


60 Hope January 10, 2011 at 8:40 am

That hotel looks nice! I LOVE the cookies from the Doubletree! They are magical! I can’t wait to see the rest of your trip! :)


61 Gretchen January 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

I’ve been a longtime reader, just don’t comment! But seeing you in Missoula, I just had to! My boyfriend’s family is from there, so we go out there twice a year from PA….if you get back to Missoula, you have to try ‘Butterfly Herbs’ in the downtown area. They have great coffee, tons of looseleaf tea, it’s very unique! Also ‘Ciao Mambo’ is a great Italian place as well! Enjoy!


62 Quisha January 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

It looks like you two were pretty cozy in the hotel room there. And a little ale always helps :) I wish I had access to some Moose Drool!


63 aubrey (italktofood) January 10, 2011 at 9:00 am

I am going to adopt a characteristic from you Kath. Everywhere you go, especially with Matt, you make a home. All your little touches and making it feel like home looks so warming. I want to be like that from now on!

Doubletree cookies have got to be my favorite. I actually found a very close recipe to theirs. And the secret to the cookies are LEMON JUICE?

Hope your training goes well :)


64 kristin January 10, 2011 at 9:13 am

Kath–What is the name of the eye shadow you pictured?


65 Kath January 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Tapestry Taupe – it’s the BEST!


66 lauren January 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

I love your camera! I have been wanting an upgrade for a long time! What brand do you use?


67 Kath January 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Canon XSI DSLR with 35mm f/2.0 lens


68 Elizabeth (SomethingPithy) January 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

You fridge stuffing skills amaze.


69 Elizabeth (SomethingPithy) January 10, 2011 at 9:18 am

Clearly, that was supposed to be “your”.


70 Christine January 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

Fun trip! As for canned beer, you should try Dale’s Pale Ale. It’s out of Colorado, and from Minnesota, Surly beers come in cans. They are great craft beers. Matt would love them.


71 Kath January 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Oh I do like that brand – and Big Chub I think?


72 Andrea January 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

Moose Drool in a can? I had no idea this existed!


73 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

Looks like a great place to call home for a few days and your photos of the scenery are just gorgeous. Looks mighty chilly, though!


74 Heather January 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

Looks like you’ve got the place all set up!

Enjoy your stay – I hate driving on icy roads – glad you made it safely!


75 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

Moose Drool = best beer name ever :)


76 Katryn@rampantcuisine January 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

So many great ideas for making travel more homey AND economical! Your pics make the motel room look positively cozy!


77 Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 10, 2011 at 10:15 am

Looks cozy!! Enjoy your week Kath – I look forward to following your advantures :).


78 Kara January 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

I love the Doubletree cookies so much. We actually will try to stay in a Doubletree just for the cookies :)


79 Natalia - a side of simple January 10, 2011 at 10:21 am

I think the fruit bowl adds the “home” touch you need for travel! And I definitely recommend making your own creamy dressings. Yogurt and mustards really work wonders on salads with some (Garlic Gold of course..) oils.


80 Rachel January 10, 2011 at 10:33 am

You’ve made your motel very homey – good food has a tendency to do that! Beautiful mountain pictures! I miss the west.


81 Elina (Healthy and Sane) January 10, 2011 at 10:54 am

That’s definitely not bad for a motel. This motel would make seem like a 5-star establishment compared to some hotels I’ve stayed at 😉
BTW, if you have time during your break – check out the giveaway I’m hosting for a peanut butter spread! 😀


82 Colleen January 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi Kath,
I hope you two are enjoying your time in beautiful Missoula. My Uncle owns an antiques shop there called Magpie Mercantile on 3rd Street West. I have never been there to visit but hope to sometime soon. Good for you for stocking your fridge w/ healthy foods!


83 skinnyrunner January 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

thats a pretty nice motel! when i was first married, we LIVED in a motel 6. yes, we are that ghetto.
your motel dinner looks nicer than anything i ever cook.


84 Melissa January 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

I’ve had Doubletree cookies before; when I was in high school working at a carwash one of the limo drivers of Doubletree would bring us a can of the cookies for Christmas every year. Oh they were good and always had that fresh baked taste.


85 Haleigh January 10, 2011 at 11:26 am

You are well prepared for travel. I don’t normally plan food when I travel, which can be spontaneous and fun most of the time, but sometimes.. I get stuck. You have motivated me to food plan during travel :)


86 Shane January 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

Hi Kath! The room looks great for a motel. I missed a connecting flight recently due to some issues w/ “homeland security” IT system being down and decided to use my hotel discount voucher for the closest hotel to the airport, which was a DoubleTree. Though I was in a terrible mood due to missing the flight and having my duty free alcohol seized at customs (I forgot about the no bottles on plane rule…), the DoubleTree was the best part of the day. I was very pleasantly surprised with my room and I would definitely stay in one again (and no, I was no paid to write this…hehe). Have a great trip!


87 Paige @Running Around Normal January 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Love that you made dinner so homey. Looks lovely. And the view!! Wow!! :)


88 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Love the Moose Drool! I had some this summer while visiting Yellowstone – such a wonderful trip!


89 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Looks like you made a sweet little home away from home. Good luck with the training! 😀


90 Jennie @ Designed to be Fit January 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

You’ll have to pick up some Moose Tracks ice cream to go with your Moose Drool!


91 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

i wish i scored like that with motels – that place looks really nice! and nothing beats doubletree cookies…


92 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Living in a hotel for any extended period of time can be brutal! I had to do it for two weeks when our house was being renovated. I love how you made it seem more homey though. It’ll definitely make your stay there so much better! 😀


93 Meagan October 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I think hotels are fun!!


94 Nicole January 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Wow, it sure is beautiful where you are! Have a great trip!


95 Sara January 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I love your blog and have commented before. One question: why didn’t you buy bread from the Great Harvest in Missoula? I wish we had a Great Harvest here!


96 Kath January 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Because it was closed on Sundays


97 Sara January 12, 2011 at 8:03 am

Thanks! Have fun in Montana.


98 Lisa January 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Moose Drool? You MUST be in Montana!


99 Meagan October 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I HAD NO idea DT cookies were made with REAL stuff!! AMAZING – I am gluten free and primal now and still have fond memories of those warm chocolatety cookies. I am going to figure out a recipe and RECREATE them :) WAhoo


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