Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Camping at Beverly Beach

4 ladies + 5 kids = a great camping trip!
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Soren perfected his Rolla Roaster technique for the most perfectly browned marshmallows ever.

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Which of course lead to perfectly delectable s'mores.

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Camping with a group of moms means someone is likely going to remember fun diversions for the kids.

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And even a kite to take advantage of the always-windy Oregon coast.

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And in spite of the sand, I did let him back in the car.

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On the way home we were both feeling a bit sleepy. So we pulled over in a nice city park...

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...pulled out the camping gear and snuggled up for a nap! A perfect ending to a perfect camping trip.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Waffles of Insane Greatness

We've been on a bit of a waffle kick this summer.

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A friend of mine shared her terrific waffle recipe and I've modified it just a bit to make it perfect for our tastes.

Waffles of Insane Greatness
Ingredients:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk or buttermilk (you can always just add 2T lemon juice to a scant cup of milk and let it sit for ~5 minutes for curdled goodness)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter and syrup, for serving

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. Add the milk, vegetable oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and mix well. Let the batter sit for 30 minutes.

Preheat a waffle iron. Do not use non-stick spray on the waffle iron; the oil in the batter will allow the waffle to release easily. Follow the directions on your waffle iron to cook the waffles. Serve immediately with butter and syrup. Adding fresh berries from the garden only serves to increase the insane greatness.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Work of Art

We took home a masterpiece from the Salem Art Fair this year.

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Montessori Camping Trip

You gotta love the Montessori set. Even camping they come up with creative ways to entertain children.

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Friday, July 08, 2011

The Oregon Country Fair

No pictures of the Oregon Country Fair this year. Only the aftermath:

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Yeah, it really is that much fun.