Saturday, September 27, 2014

Harvest Apple Pancakes

We are at the peak of apple harvest time at our house.  Over the past weeks I have baked apple bread for the freezer.

I have also canned applesauce.

This morning I made apple pancakes for breakfast. 

I just mix the batter and pour onto the griddle.   Then top with thin slices of apple.  Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar and dot with butter.

When the first side is done flip over and continue cooking until the pancake is done.

When they have finished cooking just flip them onto a plate.

And there is breakfast.  Quick, easy and absolutely delicious.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kyaking on the lake

 Yesterday after work as we were looking out on another gorgeous Indian Summer day we decided it was a great opportunity to take the kayaks out on the water.  There wasn't a cloud in the sky.  Starting out we were paddling straight into the sun.  It was hard to see as everything was so bright.  Look at all the light shinning off the water. 

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 But eventually we made our way out of the cove where we had started and began heading out into the open lake. 
 How different everything seems from this side of the water.  If you look you can see the road around the lake is right between those trees.  It's the way I go to work every morning and I can often come upon a pair of eagles sitting in that tree looking down to see if they can spot a fish.  Around the corner is the little road that goes up to our home.

 Here is a small sailboat making its way out of the cove as the Cascade Mountains rise above.

The Investigator and I hiked to the top of that mountain a number of years ago.  Anyone who knows how unathletic I am would know that was a huge bucket list accomplishment for me.

This little guy flew in and landed right next to us.  He flew off and returned several times.  We were able to recognize him as he only had a few green feathers on his head. 

We paddle into this little outlet which was filled with water lilies.

We also passed some lovely homes.
 I love pictures of empty chairs and wonder who will be sitting in them.  I can see a family sitting around this fire pit roasting marshmallows as they watch the fireworks going off overhead on the 4th of July.

 After a couple of hours it was time to head for shore.

By the time we arrived back at the dock the sun was beginning to go over the hill and the first signs of the coming dusk were present.  So lovely and peaceful.  We are blessed.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rasberry Almond Cookies

I was raised in that American era when middle class dads went off to work and most moms worked at home taking responsibility for raising the family. Meals were usually home cooked and lots of home baking took place.  And boy, did I ever have a mom who loved to bake.  She was constantly mixing something together; pies, cakes, breads and pastries and a vast array of cookies.  There was almost always a plate of cookies ready to be eaten with a glass of milk after school. One of my favorite snacks was a wonderful sugar type cookie with Jam in the middle called "Split Seconds."  I couldn't get enough of them when I was growing up.  So when I found a recipe for these raspberry shortbread bars I just had to try them.  I was not disappointed.  Not only are they absolutely delicious but they are pretty to look at too.  I loved the red jeweled look of the jam and the sliced almonds piled on top. 

My mom still loves to bake  So whenever I stop by for a visit there is sure to be some baked treat waiting for me to enjoy with a cup of tea.  Now I have something new to share with her too.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


This morning The Investigator and I went back to the Waterfront for another visit to the market.  The weather is still unseasonably warm but already in just the couple of  weeks since we have been here,  there is a hint of fall color to be seen.

The first signs of pumpkins and squash were appearing as well.

Passing the market we continued on through the marina with a plan of enjoying some fish tacos at one of the dockside restaurants.   Along the way there were so many different boats to look at.

Once we arrived at our destination we discovered that brunch was being served so no fish tacos today.  Instead we had this lovely plate of fresh fruit and fresh baked blueberry coffee cake with cinnamon butter.  Delicious!

 Followed by good old-fashioned scrambled eggs with bacon.  

I didn't notice that one little potato off to the side at the time.  Isn't interesting how we see only what we expect to see?

 My Investigator chose a plate of fish and chips which was a little more in keeping with where we were.

As we enjoyed our al fresco brunch we could look out over the harbor entrance.

And watch the boats coming and going.

As we returned back to the market we stopped at the flower stall to enjoy the bright golden hues of the sunflowers.  The Inspector thinks we should plant some next year. 

And so as this lovely outing comes to an end I have brought my own little piece of Indian Summer home with me. 

"Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these."  Matthew 6:28-29