Oct 192014
 

Coal Miners Skillet Apple Pie via J5MM.com

A long, long time ago,

I can still remember how those apple trees used to make me smile.

And I knew if I had my chance, that I could make some apple jam (or pies, cakes and more !)

And maybe they’d be happy for a while . . .

Coal Miners Apple Tree via J5MM.com

Because those poor trees had been so lonely for so long.

I can’t remember if I cried when I read about the history that lived inside . . .

That cabin you see in front of your eyes.

That’s when something touched me deep inside.

The day I vowed to keep the history alive.

Coal Miners Homestead via J5MM.com

I learned a young coal mining family once lived here.

THIS was their homestead.

They planted apple, plum and cherry trees.  They planted red currant bushes and grapes.

These are the bounties of their earth that I am now so proud to call mine.  But not really mine you see — these trees will forever belong to them.  I merely borrow.

And to honor the family that once worked so hard here, I cook with their precious fruits to create delicious meals where hubby, B and I enjoy them.

In their honor.

Also in their honor, I keep their trees and bushes happy.  Because if you know a thing or two about gardening, when you strike up casual conversations with your growing beauties, you are vastly rewarded in the end.

It’s very true.

Don’t believe me?

Well, I have 20 pounds of apples to prove it.

Heirloom Coal Miner Apples via J5MM.com

These apples are glorious I tell you.  Absolutely glorious — but don’t ask me what variety they are because I am completely clueless.  All I know are the plain facts here:  They are crisp and super crunchy.  They taste sweet with an almost rose perfume note.  They also bake up like a Granny Smith apple which I am sure if you’ve ever baked an apple pie before you know that is the “go to” apple, well, most of the time anyways.

So just recently, in honor of  the coal mining family that once lived here, I share with you my Coal Miners Skillet Apple Pie recipe at the end of my post.  Cast iron skillet not necessary, but oh — I don’t know, I tend to think goodies whipped up in one of these beautiful heavy skillets always seem to taste better.

Apple Pie in the Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com

Sleepy Head Oliver via J5MM.com

Apple Pie in the Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com

And speaking of pie– I have come to realize that birthday pie is just as equally (if not better) than birthday cake!  But don’t stone me now cake lovers — it’s just something about homemade, good old American pie that gets me every time.

Just look at the nice birthday surprise my boys greeted me with over the summer!  This is literally the sight I saw when I drove onto the coal miner’s homestead.

An Airstream Birthday via J5MM.comBirthday Celebration Airstream Style via J5MM.com

“Honey, where would you like to go on your birthday?” Hubby asks me . . .

This was my answer:

Cooper River in Washington State via J5MM.com

and this . . .

A Walk At Cooper Lake in Washington State via J5MM.com

“Mommy? Can we go back to the Airstream for more birthday pie?” B asks . . .

A Walk Around Cooper Lake via J5MM.com

THE END

Coal Miners Cabin via J5MM.com

And now?  I walk these trails behind my house and reminisce about this past summer. Not only this past summer – but all the past summers from a long time ago.  Ever since we started glamping on our coal miners homestead.

I think about the apple harvests and everything I made in my silver kitchen.  I think about sleeping under the stars snug as a bug in a rug in my Airstream bed — each morning I wake up I am greeted with a view of the coal miner’s cabin which immediately takes my mind to the family that lived there.

I think about how I can keep the memories — the spirit of the experiences to the homestead alive as we are no longer there.  At least not until next spring when the snowmelt begins and the tiny little buds start to appear on branches of all sorts.  I think of the apple trees and how they are bare with no leaves (don’t worry, I gave them a nice warm apple tree hugging before saying goodbye — and I will be back every so often to check in on them, they know it – because I told them so and they listen after all).

I think of all of these things when walking through the forest behind my home  . . .

Forest Trail Hike via J5MM.com

And then one day it dawns on me.

I will create.

I will create lasting memories.

Legacies.

Hand me down treasures.

I share with you a piece I made from copper and sterling silver.

This piece goes to my girl — my darling daughter (what?! daughter?!  Yes I say — she is 23 years old, exactly 20 years younger than me!).

It is her birthday and I hope she will cherish them.

I call this series:

// Lasting Legacies //

From the apple trees to their precious leaves and blossoms — to the river that swiftly flows just beyond our property.  To all the fish I caught and released and to the beauty of the surroundings that I let myself become one with.  I am inspired to create pieces reflective of these experiences, observations and journeys.

Airstream Travel Inspired Jewelry via Just5MoreMinutes.com

If you would ever like to have a gander at what I am creating – you can have a peek at my Etsy shop.

The shelves are empty right now — but that is because I am busy creating.

Dreaming . . . reminiscing and taking those thoughts and turning them into beautiful heirloom pieces.  All influenced by our silver travels.

I am working hard on them with my bare hands, open mind and careful eye.

I’ve discovered a new passion that parallels my photography and writer-ship here on J5MM and it all comes together full circle.

So please do stay tuned.  I’m hoping to have a few pieces up in time to order to for the holidays and I’ll be sure to keep you updated here on J5MM.

Just 5 More Minutes // Travel Inspired Jewelry // Etsy Shop

Oh!  And before I forget (most important information here) just LOOK at this handsome little devil I came across upon a turn in the forest on one of my walks!  I snatched him up and and I tried to put him in my pocket to take home.  But he was just a tad too big.  But good news!  He happily followed me home with the cutest little bouncy trot.  How lucky am I ? !!  :)

Spooky Creature via J5MM.comTwilight Glamping via J5MM.comThank you for being here :)

~ Monica xoxo

Coal Miners Skillet Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 4lb Baking Apples (Seeded and unpeeled (or peeled your preference))
  • 1 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Flour
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 Egg White
  • Turbinado Sugar (for sprinkling over the edges of your curst)
  • 1 package Puff Pastry
  • pinch of salt

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350º
Step 2
Peel (or not) apples, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges. In a large bowl, toss apples with the cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, flour and pinch of salt.
Step 3
Flour your counter and roll out the puff pastry to 1/2 original thickness. Press the pastry into the and work it up the sides of your skillet. The pastry is rectangular so you may need to do a little cutting and replacing . . . it's not supposed to look perfect here -- but taste delicious.
Step 4
Fill your skillet with the apple mixture and dot the top with butter. Wrap the edges of the puff pastry over the sides of your mixture. If you wish -- place the second (rolled out) pastry and cover the top. Pierce the top with a knife to let steam escape.
Step 5
Egg white wash with a pastry brush the edges (or the top) of your pie and sprinkle turbinado sugar for extra crunch -- the amount is to your liking.
Step 6
Bake for 35 minutes keeping an eye on it after that. All RV ovens are different. I highly recommend a temperature gauge to place in your oven.

You're looking for a golden brown pie that is nice and bubbly :)
Step 7
Let cool and serve warm with ice cream !
Step 8
Bon appétit!
Oct 142014
 

Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

  1. When we took our silver girl into the local Airstream dealership to have some warranty work done, I spied this cute canine collar and leash set in the store.  Looking up online, I also discovered this super cute ornament — perfect for the upcoming holiday season for you — or the glamper in your life // Ornament, Collar and Leash :)
  2. Keep your eye out on this Seattle artist — Katie Marks.  I heart her and her beautiful work.  This mug is only the first in my collection // from Silver Lining Ceramics
  3. Cast iron skillet Mac and Cheese?  Say no more! // Recipe by:  Spoon Fork Bacon
  4. There is no link for this one — oh how I tried to find one — but get in the car now and drive to your nearest Target (or call first) and pick up a pair of these super soft “Pink Flamingos On Ice,” glamping jammies for the chilly weather ahead // By Nick and Nora

xoxo Monica

Oct 082014
 

Suddenly Last Summer with our Airstream via J5MM.com

Fall is upon us now and the other day, it suddenly dawned on me, that last summer — a lot of cooking had been done in my silver kitchen which never made it onto J5MM.  Pouring over all my photos I took of my culinary creations made me realize also — what a beautiful, gloriously long summer we had here in Washington.  The warm breezes continue to blow, even now in what should be a chilly October.  We have our funny days where temps reach 80!  But today will be a nice mid 60’s October day according to the weather woman.  I’m ready for warm sweaters in the upcoming season and exhilarating early morning hikes where the frost graces the edges of the creek near my home.

We spent a majority of this past summer in Eastern Washington in the little town of Roslyn.  My heart is still there, that is for sure.  I long for my little sliver of property that is home to fruit trees and families of cute little (and large) critters.  Sitting on my bed and sipping coffee one morning while looking through my Airstream window at the coal miners cabin, I spy a family of quail run like crazy to the pasture beyond.  Mamma and papa were running furiously fast while  their little feathery babes tried hard to keep up — some even flying out of desperation.  I wonder what they were running from?  Then I knew —  a family of deer stand up and stretch from a patch of wild fluffy grass that was their bed for the night and make quite a ruckus (at that moment the mystery of flattened and smooshed grass had been solved).

Airstream with a view via J5MM.com

We spend our days here in a leisurely way.  As it should be.  I cook for my boys.  They are always hungry it seems.  I hone my cooking skills and create new recipes and all the while enjoying myself.  I simply love cooking in my little silver kitchen ❤

Lunching In The Country via J5MM.comOliver the Airstreaming Canine via J5MM.comCountry Glamping via J5MM.com

Every Sunday was the day to visit the farmers market in town.  From fresh veggies from local farms to some of the most beautiful craft, it was always a pleasure to take a walk into town and see everything.  Every time I visited, I came back to my silver kitchen with a bag full of goodies that I then prepared for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  It was a good feeling to cook with ingredients that I knew were local.

Roslyn Washington Farmers Market via J5MM.comRoslyn, WA Vintage Trailer Rally 2014 via J5MM.com (9 of 9)

Over Father’s Day weekend the annual Vintage Trailer Rally was held in Roslyn and I went with my sweet friend Kim who shares an obsession for trailers both old and new.

I found myself admiring all of the happy little kitchens in these trailers. Such attention to detail was found in the decor and set up that I was inspired completely. If I could, I would have an entire fleet of vintage trailers and in my dreams those trailers would live on a pristine piece of property alongside a crystal clear flowing river.  Their campsites would dot the banks of the river.  I would live there in my Airstream and I would host cooking classes and make friends with everyone who comes to visit.  I would have fly fishing rods on the ready and the river would certainly be full of big beautiful trout.  Everyone can fish — catch and release — to their hearts content.  Now THAT’s a dream I tell myself lol.  But what fun is living without dreams like that?

But until then, I tour the trailers and dream on . . .

Roslyn Washington Vintage Trailer Rally 2014 via J5MM.com

Roslyn, WA Vintage Trailer Rally 2014 via J5MM.com (4 of 9)

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I made a Father’s Day feast to remember and breakfasts that B still continues to ask for.

“Mommy, can you make me that raspberry toast breakfast again tomorrow,” he asks me the night before a super busy corporate America morning.

“Of course,” I tell him smiling.

I set my alarm extra early for the next morning and I make him that gloriously sticky and sweet but yet oh so satisfying breakfast of Apricot and Raspberry Ricotta French Toast.  Because I know, this will make my boy happy.

And it will keep him full until lunchtime . . .

Fathers Day Breakfast via J5MM.comInside Our Airstream Trailer via J5MM.comOprah's Favorite Grilled Cheese via J5MM.comYellow Country Roses via J5MM.comSummertime Tartines In The Country via J5MM.comA Golden Country Sunrise via J5MM.comChocolate Icebox Cake via J5MM.com // Glamping DessertYellow Summer Roses via J5MM.com

I will never forget the summer of 2014 — what a beautiful time it was.  Here’s to new seasons and new adventures . . .

From my happy little silver trailer kitchen to yours — Bon Appetit :)

xoxo
Monica

Airstream Country Kitchen via J5MM.comAirstream Kitchen via J5MM.com

Sep 302014
 

An Airstream Travel Blog // Fab Finds Tuesday via J5MM.com

  1. Glamping fashion at its finest — add this darling fleece neck warmer by Skida to your winter fashion repertoire. With a gentle reminder of summer flowers inspired by Monet, it will surely brighten up any winter day.
  2. I’ll be making this warm skillet bread and artichoke spinach dip this winter.  No question.  It not only seems as if it would be time saving but also an incredibly delicious appetizer or dinner even — served up with a salad.  Find the beautiful recipe here
  3. This is my new perfect coffee making vessel called the Chemex.  I love it for its versatility in multi-use from a coffee maker to start, to a flower vase and lastly, a wine decanter anymore?  Plus it’s beautiful . . .
  4. I can never stop obsessing over cute cutlery for my trailer.  Thanks Anthropologie for this new release.  Gold dots or black ones.  Your choice and oh so lovely!

Peace & Love XOXO

~ Monica

Chemex Flower Vase via J5MM.com

Sep 222014
 

Fishing the Cle Elum River in Washington State via J5MM.com

As sure as the summer sun sets and the big moon rises, my heart is drawn to this river that runs just beyond our property.  I call him Mr. River (and I love him).  Hubby doesn’t seem to mind.

It is here where I feel most at peace.  It is here where most of my summer is spent fly fishing, writing, crafting and frolicking about with Oliver.  Mr. River flows not only through the windy channel he has carved out, but also through my heart.  Our hearts.  I feel my brother is here too.

To get to Mr. River, we must travel through gravely back roads.  Only a few people know of this and I feel proud I can navigate when I do come here alone.

Backwoods River Drive via J5MM.comCle Elum River, Washington Fly Fishing Mecca

To begin our days spent with Mr. River, we enjoy early mornings on our property with simple breakfasts . . .

Glamping Breakfast via J5MM.comEarly Morning Coffee via J5MM.comRiver dog on the Cle Elum River, WashingtonBackroads with Oliver via J5MM.comB Fishing The Cle Elum River via J5MM.comRiverside Snack via J5MM.comCatch and Release Baby Rainbow Trout via J5MM.comRushing RiversFly fishing the Cle Elum River in Washington State via J5MM.comRiver Walk via J5MM.comAfter Fishing Lunch via J5MM.comThe Transforming Cle Elum River, Washington State via J5MM.com

Mr. River’s friends, the tall trees that live along his banks, give B a gift of a bark puzzle.  He is mesmerized by it.

tree puzzle

Some days I fish and other days I sit alongside Mr. River and create.  Sometimes I come with hubby and B and sometimes I come alone. I dip my toes into the water and make sage bundles.  I listen to Mr. River gently talk to me as I craft. He tells me that when I am here, with him, everything in the world is right. I love him.

River Craft via J5MM.comAirstream in Autum via J5MM.com // A River Story //Black Eyed Susanproperty (2 of 8)

The days spent with Mr. River are warm and when we come back to camp, the wind picks up with a slight chill to it.  We make ourselves at home and I prepare a pot of comforting chicken stew.  I love cooking in my silver kitchen.

Airstream Kitchen via J5MM.com

I make Mr. River Earrings.  They serve as a reminder of him and my summer spent here.  The blue stone is for his rushing waters, the chain symbolizes his swiftly flowing movement, the red is for the wild berries that grow alongside his banks and also the strawberries that live alongside my coalminers cabin.  The brown agate stone reminds me of the spotty skin of his trout, or the slippery stones I carefully and gently walk upon — and the pink gem reminds me of the sparkles that radiate off his waters.

Mr. River Earrings via J5MM.comRiver Earrings via J5MM.comRiver Love via J5MM.com

It was a whirlwind love affair I will never forget ♥

Goodnite Airstream

Sep 122014
 

DeschutesRiverOutfitters_1Fishing on the Deschutes River with Matt Carter and Nate Turner with Deschutes River Outfitters via J5MM.com

Matt Carter, our guide — from Deschutes River Outfitters showing me how it’s done.  Matt is a super talented angler and has been featured in many magazines and recently was featured on the cover of Fly Fisherman.  In addition, each summer he travels to Mongolia as a fly fishing guide.  Kinda crazy if you ask me, but follow your passion I say and this man certainly does :) Continue reading »

Sep 022014
 

SOCK1

These socks.

They have my heart.

Sounds kind of corny, but oh how I love them.

I love them !!

I’m not big on fashion socks — the last time I bought a cute pair such as these was a very long time ago.  10 years maybe?   Back when I was into my clog phase (which I seem to be reentering as of late) . . .

But if you, my sweet reader of J5MM love FUN socks — love CUTE socks — want to give a unique gift to the Glamper in your life?  Christmas stocking stuffer perhaps?  Go now and buy these !!  I bought mine at my local Nordstroms – but you can also buy them online here.  They are by the company called Hot Sox.

Hot Sox S'mores Crew Sock via J5MM.com
They even have a camping/fishing version too — here :)

Peace & Love,
Monica XOXO

Aug 312014
 

Frends Layla Headphones

When sitting down to write here on J5MM or out and about during our travels, my Layla headphones from Frends are always with me.  I love them that much :)  In fact, I love them so much that I am writing about them here on J5MM to share with you.  I’ve owned many a pair of headphones from your dollar store variety to the more costly Beats by Dr. Dre and I can honestly say to you, from the bottom of my heart that these headphones you see in that picture above are my end-all-to-all-headpones.  They are the “Layla,” headphones in gold from the company called Frends. Continue reading »