Crested Butte Recap + Green Chile Egg Casserole

We just returned from a trip to Crested Butte, Colorado. Our family plans an annual ski trip each year, but this year was a special trip to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday, and our first time to Crested Butte (well actually we have been before, but its been 25 years…I was 3 years old on our last trip). We had a large group of my cousins, siblings and in laws staying together in a big house, a couple of minutes from the base of the ski area. To recap the trip, I wanted to share some of the highlights from the trip! I loved this little town and ski area, and can’t wait to go back again!

Crested Butte- Sunrise

Highlight #1: Getting Madison out on skis for the first time

At 2 1/2 she is still too young for ski school, so my hubby and I took her out to the bunny hill ourselves to let her get a feel for the snow. I wasn’t sure how she would do, if she would get frustrated easily, or if she would be too cold. The verdict: she loved it! She skied down the bunny hill a handful of times, between my hubby’s legs, and even skied down a little bit by herself. I can’t wait for next year when she is a little older and can start to actually learn how to ski on her own!

Crested Butte- Madison

Crested Butte- family

Highlight #2: A vinyasa yoga class!

My mom, cousin and I decided to check out the local yoga studio, Yoga for the Peaceful, for a nice stretch after two days of skiing. It was a change of pace from the Houston yoga studios I have been to, where you are wedged in a class that is full to the brim of experienced yogis. The class consisted of the three of us plus one other student. It was the perfect complement to skiing, and we all felt refreshed and relaxed after class.

Highlight #3: The Town of Mount Crested Butte

Crested Butte is a quaint little town that houses most of its shops and restaurants on one street: Elk Avenue. We spent one day walking around, checking out some of the local shops and restaurants. I ended up with some great souvenirs to take home- one of my favorite being these printed coasters!

Crested Butte- Town

We stopped for lunch at The Sunflower- a little cafe with soups, sandwiches and homestyle meals. Our next stop was for desert at the local creamery/donut shop. I loved that all the businesses are local- there are no chain restaurants or businesses (Sorry Starbucks!)

Crested Butte- Sunflower bakery

 

Highlight #4: The Restaurants

One of my hubby’s friends, Matt, has lived in Crested Butte for the last 5 years, so we had some great recommendations on the best local spots to check out. Our first stop was Bonez Tequila Bar. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and was honestly a little nervous taking my 2 year old to a tequila bar, but it was actually a fantastic restaurant (not just a tequila bar like the name implies). We had planned to do happy hour here, so Matt hooked us with table side DIY guac. Oh-my-gosh- This was some of the best guacamole I have ever had. The flavor was great, the ingredients were fresh, and it was the perfect appetizer to complement their fantastic margaritas!

Crested Butte- DIY guac

Our second stop that evening was Secret Stash Pizza. We walked in to a completely packed restaurant, but when we headed downstairs to check out the “kids area” we realized we were in for a treat. The downstairs was filled with low couches and  low tables, techno music and dark lighting.

Crested Butte- secret stash

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Our large group sat at an oversized U-shaped couch and munched on some appetizers and pizzas. We shared crack fries- fries covered in garlic and truffle oil- to start. As the menu was a little overwhelming (so many yummy choices!) Matt had a few suggestions- The Notorious FIG (Mozzarella, bleu & asiago cheeses, thinly sliced prosciutto, dried black mission figs & a drizzle of truffle oil),  The Hamptons (Olive oil base, mozzarella, prosciutto, lemon pepper crust, garnished with arugula, shaved parmesan & a lemon crown) and the Texas Bigg’n (Traditional sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms & black olives). All of these were fantastic, but the one ill be attempting to recreate was the Notorious FIG!

Highlight #5: Family style meals in the house

One of the things I love the most about staying together with a big group is large family meals. Each family plans a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or some combination of these (depending on our plans for the trip). This is a great way to try out new recipes!

One of my favorites is my mom’s easy, high protein breakfast casserole bake. I can remember this egg casserole from ski trips and holiday brunches. This would also be a great prep ahead dish to have on hand for the week. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any pictures, but trust me when I say it is an amazing recipe! Check it out below!

Green Chile Egg Casserole
 
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Cuisine: Breakfast
Ingredients
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ c. flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 c. cottage cheese
  • 2 c. monterey jack w/peppers, shredded
  • 1 (4.5oz) can chopped green chilies
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs, butter, flour and and baking powder in large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended. Stir in cottage cheese, shredded cheese and green chilies. Pour into well greased pie plate (9 inch). Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 more minutes, or until set and golden. Can be doubled and cooked in 13 x 9.

 

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