Flapjacks. British Flapjacks. Not a pancake mind you, but a lovely caramely, buttery, oat-cakey kind of thing-- the perfect way to start my day. We used this recipe.
Now when people line up for your brother's BBQ ribs like this, you don't cook them yourself very often. You just drive to Apple Valley Country Store in Hood River, a scenic hour's drive away, and enjoy.
But Bert decided to forgo the drive and give it shot. And man am I glad he did! Mind you we didn't use a smoker and cook them for a zillion hours like Justin does. We cheated. We baked them first and then grilled them and man were they good.
As you can see from my recent BBQ posts I am all about roast beast. But I am running out of vegetarian and fish ideas for Beanie. She isn't a big fan of plain salmon or veggie burgers. Do you guys have any ideas? Misty?Sally?
Fat Boy waiting for little morsels of BBQ goodness to drop from the sky.
People have been telling me about this place for ages but I just hadn't gotten around to checking it out. And look how cute it is! The Waffle Window literally is a window in another building with a few picnic tables outside but it draws people from all over.
Every single thing we ordered was awesome.
And I think Banana Caramel Ice Cream Sundaes are a perfectly acceptable thing to order for lunch.
Got some carrots, onions and leeks in the ground this weekend and this is pretty early for me. I'm usually a mid summer gardener-- tomatoes, squash, cucumbers. The easy stuff. So my goal this summer is to branch out and plant so more unusual veggies. And figure out cool weather planting in the fall.
Have you ever seen two people so excited about a freakin' compost bin? I don't think so. Oh yeah. It turns.
This very large piece of Costco plastic is going to crank out some very good stuff for my garden.
Are you guys gardeners? Do you have green thumbs or do you wing it like me?
It hailed here again yesterday. What's up with that? My tulips are blooming and I want to bring the BBQ out of the garage and not have to worry about it getting rained on and rusty. I am sick of rain let me tell you. So I am willing the sun to come and stay. Are you with me?
So in the spirit of spring we made Joy the Baker's Meringues. Have you seen her lovely post on making them? Her photos are beautiful and the meringues look gorgeous too. So I was hooked. I mean, how hard can it be? I own some decorating tips and a few piping bags. I can mix up some egg whites and sugar.
Yeah right. Scroll down on her post and see how lovely her meringues are, all lined up neatly in tight little rows. And then look at my photo below and compare notes.
Beanie had to take over in the piping department because I was having some technical difficulties and wanted to throw the piping bag out the window. But she came up with the "bloop, bloop method" (patent pending) and look how great she did, a natural.
By the way, we made Joy's recipe for vanilla meringues but added the leftover 1/2 of a vanilla bean from this recipe at the very last minute of mixing and they turned out wonderful. Plus they had pretty black vanilla specs in them too.
I am easily impressed.
And as you can see I have done nothing in the sewing department. Where does the time go?
My Great Aunt Mary Jane sent me this recipe for making butterscotch bird's nests and I think everyone has made these things before except me! They set up nicely in a muffin tin and Beanie found some candy eggs to put inside so they looked great as party favors on the table.
I love the beautiful colors of springtime, don't you? Hope you all had a lovely Easter.