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

Apr 242014
 

Springtime In The Forest via J5MM.com

This forest, right behind my house is a very special place for me.  For almost 15 years I’ve been retreating to mothers nature’s magical playground to think, clear my mind and take in the fresh air.

There is no time better in my opinion, to hike these woods than in the Springtime.  Little flower buds are popping out of woody dangly branches, the curly fiddleheads of the fern plant begin to slowly emerge and colorful flower blossoms seem to bend your way as you walk by so you can admire their beauty.

Oliver and I set off on a hike the morning before Easter to experience all the beauty that lay in these woods.  As we hiked along, I thought about Easter dinner the following evening.  The Bennett family was coming over and I always love to cook for them.

Today would be a test run of some of the appetizer and side dishes I had in mind to serve and I could hardly wait to get started.  Practice menu runs for me not only give me peace of mind the following day when cooking, it also gives me the opportunity to fine tune and perfect any given recipe. Continue reading »

Apr 182013
 

Oh beautiful Oregon.  How I love you and how much I realize a trip back is in order.  Our trip visiting with you last Spring was one we will never forget . . .

We were sad to be leaving Kahneeta.  We had such a wonderful time spending our days hiking, swimming, golfing and just relaxing.  We will forever remember the good times we had there.

Like anything else in life, it was time to move on.  We had a schedule that we needed to stick to if we truly wanted to visit all of the places we had in mind in Oregon.

So off we went.  Our next stop was Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne where we would be able to see some rock climbers in action.

When we arrived We pulled the Airstream into a nice big spot and had a picnic lunch of prosciutto, feta and tomato tartines accompanied with Burrata.

Oh that Burrata.

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May 102012
 

“You must go and visit the tulip fields Monica,” a friend of mine told me a very long time ago when I first moved here to Washington.

Now that I am here, I am wondering why I waited for so long to make the trip.  As far as your eyes could see, there were brilliant colors of reds, pinks, purples and yellows rolling over the gentle hills.

It was an early morning actually.  Very early.  That is probably one of the greatest benefits of having your home on wheels with you.  You can go anywhere and get there early before all of the crowds.

It was so beautiful here.  I’m sorry I didn’t make the trip sooner.

Also happening at the same time was the farmers market in Mt. Vernon which is very nearby to the fields.  We needed something for lunch and I was so happy to find fresh English peas, ready to eat edamame and some smoked salmon.  What a perfect way to enjoy our lunch that afternoon.

Fresh and simple with a light spread of savory mascarpone that I seasoned with plenty of salt and pepper.

That’s it :)

Oh and I won’t forget to tell you about those radishes :)  They were very, very spicy and added a nice crunch.

Mt. Vernon Farmers Market, Washington

~ an outdoor market in Mt. Vernon, Washington

What an amazing weekend full of bright colors, delicious food and just being together.  I hope that you can come and visit it here one day.  It is truly something to experience once in your life.

This is where we stayed on our visit — maybe you could to?

http://just5moreminutes.onsugar.com/Beautiful-Peaceful-Fidalgo-Bay-Resort-Breakfast-Stuffed-Pancakes-19312650

 


 

Mar 262012
 

It was probably one of the nicest weekends we have had here in Seattle in a very long time. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and just in general, the feeling in the air was one of happiness and excitement. Happiness because the sun felt so good on our skin and excitement for the beautiful weather ahead of us.

We spent this weekend at home spring cleaning. The Airstream needed a good bath after all of our winter skiing adventures and our poor garden that has been neglected over the winter needed some serious tending to.

As we all worked around the house I knew that soon enough there would be a call for lunch. Hubby was washing the Airstream, B was helping me plant some culinary herbs in the garden and hours had passed since breakfast.

I had my CSA box from Full Circle in the Airstream’s fridge and I was very excited about it. Inside of it I was greeted with the most beautiful bunch of carrots I had ever seen. In the box were also some red potatoes, crisp green beans and oranges. All of the necessary ingredients to create a really delicious potato salad were right there in my box.

A simple salad that really took no time and as we discovered, gets much better with time.

Spring in Seattle 2012

My Full Circle Farm CSA Box

B has been waiting for this day now for quite some time since he saw me bring a mossy looking basket home. He knew that he would be helping me plant some culinary herbs in it so that we can take it along with us on our travel adventures. There is nothing more rewarding to me in the kitchen than being able to use fresh herbs that I have grown and now, with this basket — I will always have them with me on our trips.

After we planted the herbs in the basket, we ventured into the garden. B dug nice big holes for the rest of the herbs and planted them himself. We also planted radish seeds – about six different varieties, carrots and beets.

We are ready for summer :)

“Mommy, this is so much fun,” B said looking up at me and smiling.

My heart was melting. I was so happy that he was really enjoying himself. To me, I think, it is so wonderful to teach your children how simple it is to grow their own food.  From one tiny seed come so many good things.

“We should play some music for the seeds mommy, like they did at Doe Bay. Do you remember?” he asked . . .

“Of course I remember.” I smiled looking down at him.

What a beautiful day it was.

I don’t think I will ever forget it.  I am sure of that.

Gardening in Seattle

And the salad?  I must say, it was the perfect lunch on such a beautiful day . . .

Potato Salad with Heirloom Carrots

. . . and we also enjoyed it for dinner alongside some chicken and apple sausages.  I simply sauteed the salad until the potatoes turned a nice golden brown color and turned crispy — and the carrots?  I think they were even better.

It was delicious!

Seattle Sunset


Mar 122012
 

On the road home to the U.S.A. from British Columbia

Driving home from Rossland, B.C. back into the U.S.A. and onward to Seattle was quite an adventure for us.

We experienced:

icy roads,

slush covered roads,

dry and sunny roads, and

stage 1 snow emergency roads declared in Spokane, WA.

Here is a shot of that experience:

Stage 1 Snow Emergency, Spokane, WA February 2012

. . . and then we had beautiful dry and sunny roads again . . .

Wind Turbines near Vantage, WA -- they are HUGE compared to the semi truck down there

It was all enough for me.  I was ready to be home.

But guess what?  To really get home, we had to drive over Snoqualmie Pass.  According to the road report, traction tires were required as well as chains for trucks.

We decided to keep that adventure for the next day.

Luckily Whispering Pines RV Resort was on our way and we pulled in — into a pull through!

We were happy.  Sometimes we really love those pull through sites.  Really.  No un-hitching.  Just pull on through and pull right out and continue on . . .

Let’s camp and eat!!

And think about tomorrow, well, tomorrow.

Camp at Whispering Pines Campground, Cle Elum, WA and Oprah's favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is by far, one of my most favorite grilled cheese recipes.  Okay, well maybe for except this one.

But really, it is SO good.  Sweet and savory, both at once.

A couple of years ago (or maybe more?) I was watching Oprah and she and Gayle King featured this grilled cheese recipe on their show.  I was starving when I watched it and of course, had to make it straight away after watching the show.

Needless to say, I make it often.

Very, often.

Beautiful Organic Tomatoes from Full Circle Farms

Camp at Whispering Pines, Cle Elum, WA

Here is the link to the recipe.

Bon appetit!