Friday, August 29, 2008
Sailing is a love of my husbands, so therefore I sail.
I am also still trying to get over my fear of sailing.
Combining those two things can be tricky,
but I have found that one way for me to not focus on my fear is by keeping busy while we sail.....
thus the pictures I took here.
My skipper Micah.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
We celebrated my success in apple pie baking with a few friends and some good laughs.
Here is the recipe so you can share the apples as well.
Apple Pie Filling
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
Freshly ground nutmeg, to taste
6 medium apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Mix together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. In another bowl, sprinkle apples with the juice of 1 lemon and toss. Stir in the sugar mixture to evenly coat the apples.
Mound the apple and sugar mixture into the pie pan lined with dough. Then cover the top with more dough.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Bake pie for 45 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes before slicing.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I made a peach-blueberry pie and before I go into the details on the recipe I should mention that this was only my second time ever in trying to make a fruit pie. The first time I tried making a pie was when I was in England for Christmas about 5 years ago. I was designated the "desert girl" and had to make everything from apple pies to mincemeat pies (which actually did not have meat in it....to my unknown knowledge). Anyways, that first experience making pies was not really disastrous but more just very disappointing. The pies were either way to sugary or just plain runny, which could be disastrous depending on how picky you are about pies. Anyways, I made an effort to do it right this time, especially since I was baking for a dozen people.
The pie turned out great! So that should show you how fool proof this pie is. So enjoy baking this pie before the summer is over.
3 pounds mixed yellow and white peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
1/3 to 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
For the filling:
Combine peaches, sugars, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, peach eau de vie and cornstarch or tapioca in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Toss the blackberries with the cassis. Let sit for 10 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to spoon the berries into the peaches, and toss.
Spoon the fruit into the crust using a slotted spoon. Add some of the juices that have accumulated in the bowl. Scatter the butter over the top.
Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake on the bottom rack of the oven until the crust is golden and juices bubble thickly through slits, covering edges of crust with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour 20 to 30 minutes, until the bottom crust is brown and the juices bubbling. Cool pie 3 hours.
**Just use your own favorite flaky pie crust recipe!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We rented "Once", which is now one of my favorite movies. If you have not seen it then I defiantly recommend it to all. After we watched it we immediately went on itunes and bought the album.
As we watched the movie we enjoyed a bottle of Segura Viudas Champagne. Micah bought it for me when he took a business trip to Spokane a few weeks ago. I love champagne and I think that every time you celebrate something you should do it with a glass.
A glass of champagne and some chocolate by Chocolove! This is my favorite favorite favorite chocolate. Perfect dark chocolate with freeze-dried raspberries. Oh my heaven.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Micah left for our much needed vacation today. We headed up to Whitefish's Mountain, or Big Mountain (as the locals call it). It was only 2 years ago that we spent the first 2 nights of our honeymoon here, the Kandahar Lodge. It is defiantly one of our favorite places!
But on the way up the mountain we stopped at a local pizza place to get some dinner. I only have pizza once an a great while, but when I do it is good beyond words.
When I was booking our room I had mentioned to the lodge that it was our second anniversary. So when we opened up the door to our room we were speechless. They had upgraded us to a loft suite. I wanted to cry it was so special.
And, nicely placed on the breakfast table, was a iced bottle of champagne with two flutes. Oh, how I love champagne.
Big Mountain is great in many ways. One of the reasons is that this winter resort is open in the summer. They keep the chair lifts (or gondolas) open all summer so that people can ride to the top of the mountain and view the beauty of glacier park and the Canadian Rockies. Both Micah and I visited this place 2 years ago, right before we were married. It was wonderful to be able to come back, remember the memories of the last time, and make new ones.
Huckleberries are HUGE around here. And I was so tempted to start filling up buckets with all the huckleberries that scattered the mountain. We love huckleberry pancakes!
We followed some of the trails, but did not venture far. Neither Micah or I brought our hiking shoes.
Our must needed coffee (and Chai for me) for the long gondola ride up. We had to stay warm!
I absolutely love wild flowers. I think next year I will buy a pack of wild flower mix and just scatter it about my back yard. So that I can have fresh bundles of wild flowers all summer long.
Friday, August 22, 2008
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Saturday, August 16, 2008
Micah and I decided to finally visit the Montana Fair tonight. I have been here almost 4 years and have yet to go. So I decided that it had been long enough. I loved the fair as a little girl. The rides, the food, the exhibits, the giant pickles, the photo booths, just about everything about the fair.
The only thing I have to say is that the Montana fairs are different. I had to learn the hard way. They are really nothing like the good old Fresno Fair, which I grew up loving.
So, to make the best of it, Micah and I took both cameras and decided to just shoot a whole bunch of random pictues. Micah using the digital and me using the old 35 mm manual camera. We had fun despite the let down of my expectations.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I love it when you are shopping, but not really to buy anything, merely to just window shop, and you come across wonderful items at wonderful prices. Like these shoes I found at one of my favorite stores. I was simply browsing when I came upon them....and they were only $5. They are one of my favorite things at the moment.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
It was 2 years ago that Micah and I were married. So this year, to celebrate, we went to one of our favorite little restaurants in one of our favorite little town. We drove around the Flathead Lake to a little town called Woods Bay and there we ate at the Raven. It's small, but it's right on the lake. So we sat on the patio, watched the sunset, felt the warm summer breeze, and ate Pad Thai and Fish Tacos. And as an extra bonus......$2 Margaritas.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I guess it is about time that I embrace this. After much mental debating on my part I have joined the world of bloggers. I will try to make this transition as easy as possible for me (meaning that I am just going to jump right into my first blog without the whole formal introduction of who I am). So here it goes.....
So, why did I chose the name Wuthering Iris? Well, basically because my real name was already taken (I'm not too creative when it comes to those types of things). I simply looked over to my left and saw my beautiful potted orchid sitting on my nightstand. So I though "Hey, why not use a flower in my blog name." Then I chose a word that has some meaning to me, a word that constantly comes into my brain (for reasons I will not disclose here). And there I had it. Wuthering Iris.