With gratitude, all life appears as a blessing - without gratitude, all of life is perceived as a burden.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
#1 Realtor in Transactions #3 Realtor in Sales Volume #1 Realtor Bigfork 
Montana Regional MLS period 1/01/2015 to 12/31/2019. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
My husband and I had a piece of property in Bigfork to sell. We're from out of state and little did we know of the easement problems. Denise and her team stayed with it and got it sold. She is the best Realtor in Montana. Thanks Denise!  Jim and Vicky
Hello dear friends and clients,

Winter finally came to the Flathead, a little late this year. The bays are starting to freeze and we're seeing some single digit temps. I love the quietness of it all. It's like the earth is resting up for the busy season ahead. Click on the picture to the left for a lovely Montana slide show. What a place we live!

Real estate sales are just now catching up to the momentum we experienced from summer and fall (scroll down to view the Local Market Update from our MLS). We expect that the persistent demand will keep prices steady due to lack of inventory. On that note, if you are looking for exciting adventures, making new memories and settling into the perfect home, I can help you. If you are up or down sizing, I can help with that, too. We'll get your property listed, sold and find you a new place.
My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. I welcome your calls, text or emails. The Lang Team is here to make your real estate dreams come true whatever they are, wherever you are. Stay safe and let's make 2021 your best year. See you soon.
Thinking of you, Denise
Local articles of Interest
Frugals will soon open up a second store in North Kalispell...YUM!
Starting in May, Allegiant will add a new non-stop flight to San Diego.
Congress just returned the Bison Range to the Flathead Nation.
Real Estate Trends and Home Stuff
Prediction 2021--what's in store for the housing market this year?
New home construction -- highest level in over a decade.
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Some say winter in Montana is the best season of all. If snow under a big sky thrills you, here are some activities that will give you a true and memorable Flathead experience.

Your guide to trip ideas and national parks
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Places to golf in NW Montana

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Denise's Cooking Corner - How I make Coquilles Saint-Jacques
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup diced shallots
½ pound white button mushrooms, sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup white wine
1 pound sea scallops
½ cup heavy whipping cream
1 egg yolk
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
4 large oven-safe scallop shells
¼ cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1 pinch paprika
8 fresh tarragon leaves

Step 1
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; saute' shallots in the hot butter until translucent, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir mushrooms, salt, and black pepper into shallots. Turn heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are golden brown, about 10 minutes.

Step 2
Pour white wine over mushroom mixture, dissolving any browned bits of food on bottom of skillet into wine; bring to a simmer. Gently place scallops into wine and poach in the mushroom mixture until barely firm, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer scallops to a bowl. Strain mushroom mixture into another bowl, reserving mushrooms and cooking liquid separately. Return strained liquid to skillet, pour in any accumulated juices from scallops, and stir in cream. Bring to a boil and cook until cream sauce is reduced by about half, about 10 minutes. Stir often. Turn off heat and let mixture cool for 1 minute.

Step 3
Quickly whisk egg yolk into cream sauce until combined. Transfer skillet to a work surface (such as a heatproof countertop or cutting board) and stir cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons tarragon, and lemon zest into sauce.

Step 4
Divide mushroom mixture into scallop shells, spreading mushrooms out to cover bottoms of shells; place about 3 scallops onto each portion. Spoon cream sauce over scallops to coat; let sauce drizzle down into mushrooms. Sprinkle lightly with Gruyere cheese and paprika or cayenne.

Step 5
Turn oven's broiler to high. Slightly crinkle a large sheet of aluminum foil and place onto a baking sheet. Place filled shells onto foil and press lightly to help them stay level.

Step 6
Broil about 10 inches from the heat source until sauce is bubbling and cheese is lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to serving plates lined with napkins to prevent shells from tipping; garnish each portion with 2 crossed tarragon leaves. Original recipe yields 4 servings

This is pretty easy to make and it's one of the world's most delicious dishes...rich and decadent yet still light.
Denise's Book Corner - The Socrates Express by Eric Weiner
Anything about Socrates is going to be good with me. Philosophy was one of my college majors and this book would have been the perfect one for a class introduction to all the greats. I think that generally, the idea of philosophy puts people off, like it's not going to be something we can understand or personalize. This book is different. The author, Eric Weiner, delivers a smart, funny, engaging novel full of valuable lessons, not as an explanation for life, but rather an invitation to think and experience ideas as they are filtered through his perspective. It's a book about being human, travelling, learning even improving our lives. Who doesn't need a bit of that?

Through his humor and straightforward prose, Weiner takes words from eons and ages ago and applies the ideas to our present lives. Socrates Express is a book about learning how to use philosophy to improve and enhance us. Through Weiner's discussion of his own shortcomings, he shows us how we can take time to observe, understand and even accept that sometimes what we have is just enough. I truly think you will enjoy this book even if philosophical thought is not your thing. You'll not only understand it but enjoy it and even maybe, laugh out loud!
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