Since this week signaled the offical end of of summer, I wanted to share a quick wrap up of this glorious summer that we had in the Pacific NW.
We were able to go camping, twice! One up to Anacortes, and the other to Salmon la Sac. I got a camp kitchen (thank you Craig) and my uncle even sold me his big picnic-table-covering tent!
I didn’t do as much urban homesteading as I would have liked, but I DID make several batches of peach pie/cobbler filling from peaches grown and picked in Chelan, cured some guanciale, bacon, lonza, and pancetta, and filled the freezer full of bulk chorizo, italian sausage, and breakfast sausage. I also made my first batch of homemade red wine vinegar too. I used an old box of wine that we drank on Passover, and turned it into a nice, deep red wine vinegar. Delicious and a lot easier than I thought!
I got to drink a Coke with by childhood best friend, Steve Casey, at a golf tournament in his honor (pic above).
The kids took an archery class and Austin took up golf (pic above)!!
We were able to spend a couple of days out at the farm, which was a blast! We swam, floated, canoed, and snorkeled around the Snoqualmie River. Finished it off with this gorgeous meal of elk steak (thanks Dave!), sausage, Swiss Chard, and freshly picked corn on the cob (pic above)!
Nowadays, fall really isn’t the beginning of football season, but summer is. Nate is playing on the varsity and ECHS is doing very well (currently 2-1 and ranked in top 10 in state) and Jackson is playing youth football. Austin is involved in scouting and art and Lochlan, well, he is being a typical 3 year old, full of life and energy and fascinated by everything.
I discovered a “new” spirit and 3 cocktails to go with it!
Most every weekend, I make a big batch of iced coffee concentrate. It is simple to do and worth the little effort to have 2 quarts or so of delicious (provided you have the right beans of course) coffee for the week!
Look, I didn’t play beach volleyball. I didn’t hang out in downtown Kirkland. I didn’t grill quite as much as I wanted. I did not start doing CrossFit. I did not give up gluten. But…I had a GREAT SUMMER!