Joy Larson was raised in Montana, is a graduate of the University of Montana, mother of four, animal lover and writer.
My 5 Favorite Summer Songs
There are certain songs that when you hear them that they can take you back in time or take you to a certain place. There’s nothing quite like summer songs to remind you of past good times. Every one of my favorite summer songs I like for a different reason. Some remind me of childhood summers, and …
4 Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer in Montana
My kids are constantly telling me they are bored in the summer. They always want something to do. I always have plenty of chores for them to do but they don’t seem to want to do them for some reason. Over the years I’ve come up with a few things to do with my boys to keep them busy durin…
Country Caviar Recipe
Have you been looking for a dish that is unique, maybe a little something different for your backyard barbecues? Are you tired of the same old baked beans and sour cream chip dip? This recipe is great for outdoor dining. It is crisp, zesty and even a bit spicy. It can be used as a dip for chips or s…
5 Strange Things You Can Do to Keep Cool This Summer
Thanks to our recent heat wave, I’ve been researching ways to keep cool. I was surprised to find some very unusual ways to keep cool. These cool remedies range from lotions and herbal supplements, to mind power and eating habits. I plan on trying at least a few of these to help beat the swelte…
Find New Roads in Montana’s Mission Mountains
You would be hard pressed to find more majestic and beautiful mountains than those found in Montana’s Mission Mountain range. Covered in snow most of the year, these jagged peaks are hard to miss if you take a short drive north on Highway 93.
Barbie Gets a Make Over
One man is giving Barbie a realistic make over. Nickolay Lamm is a Pittsburgh-based artist and blogger who has used retouching and 3D printing to give Barbie a realistic shape and size. Lamm used measurements provided by the Center for Disease Control of the average 19 year-old American woman.
Four Easy Foods for the Fourth of July
If you’re throwing together a barbecue, or planning a party for this Fourth of July, then you’re probably searching for a few easy and festive foods. Of course these foods must be red, white and blue as these are the official colors of Independence Day...
Lemon Ball Cookie Recipe
One of my boys is absolutely in love with lemon. He always wants me to make lemon meringue pie or lemon bars. I get tired of always making the same two things over and over. So, I am always searching for another lemony treat that I can make for my boys to enjoy.
Hearty Beer Bread Recipe
Montanan’s love their beer. Why else would Montana be home to so many amazing breweries? Yes, we all have our favorite local beers. You love the taste of your brew so much, wouldn’t you like to enjoy it another way besides just drinking it?
Nothing Says Manly Like a Fur Coat
I don’t know if I’ve ever been more confused by a campaign. I’m not sure what chest hair has to do with chocolate milk. Do you?
What’s With the Weather?
Is anyone else confused by the weather lately? I’m not sure what is going on with Mother Nature. It seems as though she may be going through menopause. Lately she has had hot flashes followed by crying spells.
Easy Crazy Chocolate Cake Recipe
I am usually a traditional cake maker. Traditional to me means that I open a box of Betty Crocker, pour in the water, oil and eggs, mix it and bake it. I have heard of making cakes and other baked good without using eggs or butter, but wasn’t ever able to find a recipe. However, I have finally…