I fixed us a picnic lunch on Monday and off we went to see what we could discover.
First stop was the Waneta Boundary Crossing Store for a Discovery Pass.
You need one of those passes to enter and use a lot of the picnic and camping areas around here. They're $30 per year per vehicle.
The store was about 10 miles up the road from us on our side of the River.
As you can see, it was a pretty trip.
Then we crossed the River and started up the Mountains on the other side.
This is Sheep Creek.
See the wood deck on the right side of this picture behind that tree?
That's where we had our picnic.
I made us both a cheese sandwich, a container of leftover quinoa salad, some cucumber slices and baby carrots, some Pringles, and a big thermos full of iced tea.
Isn't that a neat water faucet?
What the heck?
I was sure this was Sasquatch hair! LOL.
I know. I have a flair for the dramatic.
I later learned that it's moss that falls from the trees.
It was everywhere.
Who knew there would be cows in the mountains?
We did find one lake, Elbow Lake.
We were less than impressed. It's supposedly good fishing, but the water wasn't as pretty as in the Columbia River, you had to climb down a steep trail to get to the water, and it takes a very treacherous drive up the mountain on a very narrow and rough road to get there. I was sure we would drive right off the side of the mountain at any moment. No guard rails. Eek!
You can't really see much from the picture, but that's our little town looking from the other side of the River, which you also cannot see from this vantage point. You can see the back of our garage from this picture, but that's about it.
We took the day off from adventuring yesterday and stayed home all day. I did grab my Buddha bag, threw it into the basket on my bicycle, jumped on, and peddled down the road to Tony's for a few things I needed for my planned cooking and baking that afternoon.
One thing I needed was leeks. I was hoping they'd have some, but wasn't too hopeful because it's such a small store. I figured I could use green onions if I couldn't find any. But there they were, just waiting for me to throw in my Buddha shopping bag. I got a big leek, a bunch of green onions (just in case), two baking potatoes, a bag of frozen blueberries, and two pie crusts. With my groceries safely tucked inside the Buddha bag and in the basket of my bike, I headed for home. I bet I was gone less than 10 minutes.
I'd never used leeks before in cooking, have you? They're quite common, but for some reason I'd just never used them. I had no idea to clean them, so I got on my computer when I got home and watched THIS LITTLE VIDEO and learned something. It worked perfectly. More on the recipe I used them in next.
But first the Blueberry Custard Pie...
This recipe was so easy and quick. I had the pie together in no time...
Filled the pie crust up, and popped it into the oven for the first 25 minutes of baking.
While it was baking, I put the streusel topping together.
After 25 minutes, I sprinkled it over the pie and back in the oven it went for another 25 minutes. Mine took longer than the recipe said to get browned and the custard set.
I think that was because I used frozen blueberries and they produced more liquid.
Mine also did not turn out as pretty as the other ones I saw online.
But, oh my word! It is SO GOOD!
This is a must-try recipe, girls. The flavor is amazing.
We really loved it.
I cooled it for a couple of hours and then put it in the fridge to chill the rest of the day.
We each had a piece late yesterday evening.
Want the recipe? Of course you do!
I really hope you make it.
Here it is: Blueberry Custard Pie
And for the main course at dinner last night...
I made Fettuccine with Italian Sausage in a Creamy White Wine Sauce.
Aren't the sliced leeks pretty? We liked them.
We tried them before cooking, and there were really spicy and peppery.
They mellowed a lot after cooking and were great in this recipe.
I picked some fresh parsley from a pot in the back driveway left by the previous owners of the house. I'm getting a lot of use out of their abandoned pots of tomatoes and herbs.
Edited to add: Oops! Thanks Heather. I did forget to link to the recipe. Here it is:
Also, I used spaghetti instead of Fettuccine because we like it better.
I also added a cup of frozen peas to the spaghetti water 2 minutes before it was done.
Both of these recipes came from Posie Gets Cozy blog.
This dish gets 5 out of 5 stars from us!
What's better than a successful day of baking and cooking?
Maybe a rainy or snowy day of baking and cooking and reading a good book.
That's about it.
Today we're going into Colville for the Farmer's Market and to look at some propane stoves (heaters). We're going to purchase one and have it installed in the house for another source of heat this winter. I love a propane stove. So cozy! It's the next best thing to a fireplace, which we do not have...YET.
So I've gotta go do something with my hair and slap a little make-up on. I don't want to scare the locals, now do I?
Have a wonderful day!