My Stress Remedy

This past weekend Tim and I went backpacking in the Goat Rocks Wilderness in Washington state. The Goat Rocks area is located within Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This was our second time doing this particular trail.

Can you tell who the sane one between us is? Oh, and a perfect example of camper hair… Mt. Rainier is behind our heads.

Mt. Adams at dusk. This was the view from our campsite.

Mt. Rainier from near Hawkeye Point.

Goat Lake from high up on the trail. If you look closely, you can actually see the trail behind the lake to the right.

A sassy marmot. Marmots make the loudest whistle-like sound I have ever heard.

Tim jumping on rocks near our campsite.

Proof that dinner on the trail can be just as yummy as dinner at home. We made soba noodles in homemade spicy peanut sauce with steamed veggies. You can’t see the noodles under the veggies because our cook pot is small.

The trail amid a field of lupine.

Me and snow, with Mt. Rainier in the background.

I have lots more photos that perhaps I will post later. My camera has been acting like a demon and I am losing patience. Funny how the intent of my post was stress relief!

It’s Cupcake Time

The absence of treats in my apartment leads to sassy behavior from a certain somebody. Today was no exception.

Golden Vanilla Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract to the batter, dusted the baked cupcakes with powdered sugar, and topped them off with blueberries Tim and I picked a few weeks ago. Simple and satisfying.

My First Potluck (Gasp… It’s true!)

Last night I went to a small potluck for the knitting group I joined earlier in July (a vegan knitting group – too cool, no?). My mind turned to fog when I tried to figure out what to bring… Cookies are my favorite, but savory goodness is also a top contender. I opted for these:

Pizza Croissants

-Make a batch of pizza dough

-Roll out the dough into a circle

-Cut the circle into eight wedges

-Spread sauce on each wedge

-Top with fillings (I used Teese, crumbled and seasoned tempeh, red pepper, olives, and mushrooms)

-Roll up each wedge into a croissant-ish shape

-Sprinkle with sesame and poppy seeds

-Bake in a cooperative oven (I used a pizza stone)

I also made a batch of Twisted Snicksters because cookies control the inner workings of my mind. Yes cookie. No cookie. Maybe cookie. See? There’s no escape!

EDIT: Ooooops! I completely forgot to mention the delicious food that the folks in my knit group made. There was a green salad with beans, carrots, and corn; a potato gratin;  and an orzo pasta salad with pine nuts, parsley, lemon, and artichokes (my first taste of artichoke – so good!).