Gingerbread House: 1st One Ever!

We made a gingerbread house, a new holiday activity.  Granted, we bought a kit with the pieces already made.  Care of Trader Joe’s.  I did have to make the icing, so that counts for something.  Decorating left to Miss S.  I was curious what it tasted like so broke off the top of the tree one night.  Someone noticed.

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And the finished product, prior to the tree piece going missing…

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SF: Museum of Ice Cream

IMG_6944What a treat!  Had a last minute opportunity to join a special tour of the Museum of Ice Cream on Friday, care of work.  It’s very pink!  More than few treats to sample:  peach bellini ice cream, soft serve, mochi, cotton candy…and one final scoop of pinata flavored.  I think the sprinkle pool was the best part.  It’s hard not to get in there (the sprinkles are plastic).

Doughnut Baker

We did a little doughnut making with Auntie C last month and her doughnut baking pan.  I think we all enjoyed watching the mess being made more than tasting the end result.  But someone loved full access to frosting and sprinkles.

Quick Trip: Pacific Northwest

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Quick trip to Portland, Olympia and Seattle 2 weeks ago.  Very quick with sunset time for any exploring.  And I really need to go back.  Loved all the coffee options in Portland the could spend more time exploring Seattle and the area.  Hit some tourist sites like the very first Starbucks, the fish market and fancy Portland coffee at Coava.  I couldn’t say no to the pumpkin ginger scone or latte (should have gotten their honey latte at that point!).

Camping, We Did It!

Much delayed with this on!  Another great camping trip in September.  We were much more prepared this time, we upped our food game (salmon packets), and Stella has come to terms with dirt.  This year we were at Bear River Campground.  17 children, 20 adults.  And the couple with the 15 month old twins? Impressive!

Philz has Arrived!

The Philz in Walnut Creek has arrived!  I’ve been monitoring the progress all summer, and it opened its doors late August.  To be fair, I get my fill at the Embarcadero Philz during the week.  But it’s nice to have another coffee option in the WC.  The line was long those first few weekends.  And with Stella, the wait for my individually poured coffee, on top of the line to order is a tad much.  So we’ll still be going to Coffee Shop, Peet’s, and all the WC coffee options on the weekend.  But it’s nice to add this to the mix occasionally.

Camping Prep

We are going camping again!   This year we have a food game plan.  We also have a stove to cook on.  And boil water on.  That coffee in the morning really makes a difference.

The big addition for Stella is the headlamp which she wore to read books in bed for a few nights.  She loves the hydroflasks.  I’m not sure there wasn’t anything she didn’t want to touch at REI.

Here’s to surviving round 2!