Thursday, August 30, 2012

National Roasted Marshmallow Day

Happy Roasted Marshmallow Day! When I think roasted marshmallow's I think s'mores. Then I think about summer and how its almost ending.  Always a sad time.  Don't get me wrong, I happen to love Fall.  My birthday is in October and I love the feeling of change and how everything is new again.  I especially love the fall foliage-what photographer wouldn't? But summer happens to be my favorite time of year and its almost over.  I made a fresh peach pie yesterday and now I'm writing about s'mores and campfires.  To me, its a perfect wrap up of my favorite season.  And really, summer doesn't end until late September and Seattle often has Indian summers, so really I'm not that sad but you get the gist.  Luckily, as I get older time seems to fly and the seasons come around faster than I can keep up with.  So it will be summer before I know it and I will be making s'mores and peach pie again. 

But anyway, back to roasted marshmallows.  I adore smore's around the campfire.  They bring me back to my childhood in Montana, sitting around the campfire with my family and friends.  The texture of chocolate to the gooey roasted marshmallow and then the crunch of the graham cracker is delicious and a true classic dessert.  Of course the fun part is roasting the marshmallow over the fire, usually on long sticks we find in the woods, then almost burning the marshmallow and having to blow fire off the thing.  I like mine almost black, I tend to like burnt things like toast, then its fun to assemble the s'more and eat it.  The whole experience is a gooey mess, but that's what fun about it.  I'm usually camping, so it goes with the territory.  Last summer when I went home to Montana to visit my family, we made smore's.  My brother brought a bag of caramels which we stuck on our roasting sticks along with the marshmallow.  The result? A s'more with chocolate and caramel. 

Some good stuff!  I like my s'mores the classic way, with a marshmallow roasted outside over the campfire.  We usually use Hershey bars but have been known to use chocolate frosting.  The caramels added a fun twist to the treat and I bet there are tons of other things one could add to a s'more to shake things up a little. 

                             Here's to summer and to National Roasted Marshmallow Day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fresh Peach Pie

August is National Peach Month.  I don't know about anyone else, but I've been going peach crazy lately eating a peach almost every day.  They are so juicy and good plus full of vitamin C and potassium.   I like to slice them in a bowl and drizzle honey on them.  That's how I grew up eating peaches in Montana in the summers.  We would buy crates of them and the family would eat them up in a couple weeks.  Of course, my favorite way to have peaches is my mom's Fresh Peach Pie.  So I decided to make one today, it being one of the last days of August, an almost farewell to summer if you will.  My mom makes the best fruit pies ever.  But sometimes things skip a generation, making pie crusts being one of them.  Okay, I've never tried.  But when it comes to doing things in the kitchen I can get lazy.  Although I've watched my mom so many times over the years,  I prefer to buy the refrigerated pie crust ready to go.  So I bought three peaches today and sort of used her recipe for Fresh Peach Pie.  Her recipe calls for four cups of fresh peaches and since I only used three cups I had to adapt for the rest of the recipe.  How did mine turn out?  Really good, I'm satisfied.  It pretty much tastes like the peach pie I grew up eating expect the crust isn't as fantastic as hers.  But you can't win them all.  I love peaches and I can't wait for next summer so I can bake more stuff with them.

Here is the recipe I used today for my peach pie.  I used my mom's recipe but adapted it with the store bought crusts (oh, my!) and less peaches. 

Fresh Peach Pie

For a 9-Inch Pie

2 refrideraged pie crusts
3 cups fresh sliced peaches
1/3 cup sugar
2 T. flour
1/4 t. cinnamon

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Take refrideraged crusts out of the fridge and set on counter for up to fifteen minutes.  Take one crust and put on bottom of pie pan.  Trim around the edges to fit.  Stir together sugar, flour and cinnamon; mix with peaches.  Turn into pastry-lined pie pan; Cover with top crust and cut slits in it; seal and flute edges.  Sprinkle a little sugar on top.  Because like always needs a little sugar on top.  Cover edges with a 2 to 3-inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil last 15 minutes of baking.  Bake pie 35 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust. Remove from oven and cut yourself a nice slice and eat it.  Be careful not to burn your mouth like I did.  Add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top if desired. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Alki Beach

Today my husband and I took advantage of the sunny summer day and went to Alki Beach.  Alki is in West Seattle across the the water from Seattle.  We go there a lot in the warm summer months and I love the view of the city's ever changing skyline.  There tends to be lots of crowds on the weekends, so today, a Monday was perfect.  People love to lay on the beach and sunbath, have picnics, barbeque's, play volleyball, walk their dogs, bide bikes, play in the sand, eat ice cream and the list goes on and on.  There's so much to do on Alki and that's why it's such a popular place to be.  When my family visits from out of town, I take them there.  When I want to watch a sunset, I go there.  There's many restaurants along the strip that are also pretty decent.  We've eaten at many of them and dined outside while eating, sipping cocktails and people watching.  Alki Point Lighthouse is also available for touring.  A couple of years ago, we did just that.  I love lighthouses, so of course I showed up with my camera and checked it out.  The lighthouse is only open in the summer I believe, or was at the time we visited.  Over the years I've taken tons of photos here so I hope you enjoy a few I've shot during various visits to Alki Beach. 

Alki in July.  Tons of sunbathers! July 2011

Pizza at Pegasus on Alki.  Last summer, my parents visited and we ate here while dining outside with a view of the beach.  The pizza was so good!   

Alki Point Lighthouse, July 2011.
Today was a nice day looking out towards Seattle.  August 2012.
A ferry making its way across Elliott Bay.  Just a week or so ago, I was a passenger on one of those and Alki Beach where I stood today, just glistened across the way. 

I hope you've enjoyed my photographs from Alki Beach.  I'm sure the future will bring many more visits and photos, so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ice Cream at Husky Deli

Husky Deli was established in 1932 and they have been making their hand crafted ice creams ever since.  The long lines outside prove how delicious and popular the place is.  In the summer happy customers with ice cream cones sit outside the deli, eating and people watching.  Husky Deli is located in West Seattle at the Junction, on one of my favorite streets, California Avenue.  I go there frequently to Cupcake Royal, Matador, West 5, Bakery Noveau and more.  But this time I finally tried some ice cream at Husky Deli.  I tried a scoop of Nutella and I loved it.  This was my first experience with that flavor of ice cream and it didn't disappoint.  I could taste the Nutella flavor and it was really soft and creamy-what I would imagine Nutella Gelato to taste like in Italy.  My husband ate the Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream in a sugar cone.  Good stuff.  They also have a deli, a wine selection and chocolate displays. 


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Archives- A Beagle Photoshoot from last August

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I love beagles. They are hands down my favorite dog breed. I had a beagle growing up in Montana. We got him as a puppy, so cute, and he lived to be nine years old. So basically most of my childhood was spent taking him on walks, family road trips, trying to hug and hold him which he hated because most beagles just aren't cuddly. My whole family loved him and thought of him as part of the family. We still miss him to this day. So when I got a call to photograph two Beagles, Dexter and Molly, I jumped at the chance. I even thought, I get to get paid for this? I love my job and always will. We met up at the Seattle Sculpture Park on the waterfront.  The two doggy's were adorable and photogenic and the shoot went well. I will always love beagles and I will never forget my own childhood pet.

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