Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is the strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light.
Frida Kahlo
#1 REALTOR in Transactions - #3 REALTOR in Sales Volume - #1 REALTOR Bigfork 
Montana Regional MLS period 1/01/2015 to 12/31/2020. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
Hello dear friends and clients,

Before you know it, summer will be in full swing. Flowers are popping out all over and the leaves are green. As you well know, there is nothing like a Montana summer! The trend of more buyers than available properties seems to be continuing through the spring and new ones are scooped up as soon as they are listed. I personally think that with the opening up of businesses and a gradual return of what we perceive to be normal, we will see more listings come on the market. The demand is here and it is a great time to list.

As you may know, National Parks Realty has become an exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties. What does this mean to you? When you list your luxury, high end property, your home will be opened up to the international market via the website as well as access to the entire Forbes marketing platform. Here's another advantage to you. Maybe you have always wanted to have a home in Florida, France or Hawaii. I can use my Forbes Global Properties referral network to connect you with an expert and knowledgeable Realtor in many national and international markets. I have a friend who is planning to buy a property in Geneva and I am looking forward to helping her and her family find a excellent agent there.

We've just come through hard times where some of us have lost a lot and all of us have lost time. In the process, we have gained perspective and insight as to what is important in life. What's important to you and how can I help? If you are considering a move, let me know. My experience, consistent record and excellent negotiating skills will successfully lead you toward a sale at the right price. With that said, I welcome your calls, texts 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. Come by the office and say hello!
See you soon. Denise
Please accept this letter as a hearty endorsement of Denise Lang as a superb Realtor. She has been our Flathead Valley area Realtor for several years. Moreover, it is an easy recommendation to make as she is the best Realtor we know – anywhere. Simply put, she works hard, is very knowledgeable about the intricacies of her profession, and her knowledge of the Flathead Valley real estate market is exceptional. Perhaps most importantly, you can trust what she says – without question.
Warm regards, D. Loranger
Real Estate News - This and That
1 in 4 houses are new builds and lumber prices are soaring to record levels compared to a year ago.
Have you ever designed a room according to your zodiac sign? Here is a Gemini sign.
The do's and don'ts of recycling. Oddly, a pizza box is not recyclable, at least not the greasy part.
From the Robb Report, Montana is listed as one of the world's top fly fishing destinations. We knew that!
For the first time in three decades, Montana gains a 2nd house seat, doubling representation in Congress.
No reason to expect a housing crash because there are more buyers than properties, experts say.
Summer in Montana is the best season of all. If clear blue skies and unending recreation please you, here are some activities that will give you a true and memorable Flathead experience.

Your guide to trip ideas and national parks
Statistics and government information

Attractions, accommodations and business networks

Places to golf in NW Montana

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Denise's Cooking Corner - Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce
  • 8 medium bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (2¼ pounds)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Good olive oil
  • 2 cups halved and thinly sliced yellow onion (2 onions)
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche
  • 1 tablespoon good Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Place the chicken thighs on a cutting board, skin side up, and pat them dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the chicken with 1½ teaspoons salt and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Turn them over and sprinkle them with one more teaspoon of salt.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large (11 to 12-inch) cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, place the chicken in the pan in one layer, skin side down. Cook over medium heat for 15 minutes without moving, until the skin is golden brown. (If the skin gets too dark, turn the heat to medium low.) Turn the chicken pieces with tongs, add the onions to the pan, including under the chicken, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring the onions occasionally, until the thighs are cooked to 155 to 160 degrees and the onions are browned. Transfer the chicken (not the onions) to a plate and allow to rest uncovered while you make the sauce. If the onions aren’t browned, cook them for another minute. Add the wine, crème fraîche, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, and 1 teaspoon salt to the skillet and stir over medium heat for one minute. Return the chicken, skin side up, and the juices to the skillet, sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot.

My notes on this recipe:
I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs from Perfect Cuts in Columbia Falls and LOTS more mustard!
Denise's Book Corner - The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
I love historical fiction and this novel seems to be written directly to my heart with its strong women and love for reading. Set in depression area America during the WPA, a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library. Alice Wright signs on in an effort to escape her small town life and claustrophobic father-in-law. Along with the team leader, Margery and three other women, they are known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion as they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is both brutal and beautiful. The women persevere in their commitment to bring books to the Appalachian people who have no access to libraries arming them with facts that change their lives.
Backstory: The Pack Horse Library Project was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) program that delivered books to remote regions in the Appalachian Mountains between 1935 and 1943. Women were very involved in the project which eventually had 30 different libraries serving 100,000 people. Pack horse librarians were known by many different names including "book women," "book ladies," and "packsaddle librarians." The project helped employ around 200 people and reached around 100,000 residents in rural Kentucky. It is the forerunner of the Little Free Library that we now know found in neighborhoods all over the United States.
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