Busy bees

It has been pretty busy around these parts lately.  Weekends have been crammed full, and we haven’t had much time to relax over the last few weeks.  The summer weather has really just arrived in this part of the country, but in all honesty, I’m pretty ready for September to be here.  Cooler temperatures (80-degree temps are too hot in WA. I’m a heat weenie), and more free time.  I can’t wait!

This last weekend, Brad and I went on a family camping trip with his parents and his brother.  After taking the long way, on what was supposed to be a quick little road trip over to the coast, and a mishap with another camper that almost came to fisticuffs ( not really fisticuffs… but dude took over our site before we got there, and then asked if we wanted to trade!?), we set up camp and lit a fire.  We weren’t there but a few hours before it was time for bed…. at 10pm..  I get tired on Fridays. What?

We spent Saturday playing games, flying kites, and reading at the beach. We also visited the coastal fishing town of Westport. I had the biggest donut of my life. The giantness of it and the sugar gave me a headache, but it was worth it. I would totally do it again.

Here’s some photos from our weekend:

banana mini muffins

I had a donut for breakfast today. It was a maple bar. I just had to say that. It seemed right.

Also today, I baked banana mini muffins. I had old bananas that needed a good mashing. My house smells good now.

I used a recipe I found on allrecipes.com. They could have stronger banana flavor, but that’s probably because my bananas could’ve used one or two more days of browning time. That’s what I get for being impatient. Impatient and overbooked (I won’t have time to bake again until next week).

banana muffins - pre-baking

Tomorrow after work, I am being kicked out of my house. My husband is having a boy’s only evening. Rude.

But on a more positive note, and a direct side effect of being kicked out, I am going blueberry picking! I will be staying with a dear friend in Seattle while my hubby has boy time, and she found a u-pick berry farm for us to check out. I’ve never berry picked before. I’m pretty excited about it.  I’ll let you know how it goes, and what I decide to make with my fresh berries!

Unrelated….

This is my cat. Her name is Kitty.  I know. Very original and creative. That’s how we roll.

Cute, right?

And this is my dinner. I’m healthy.

Cookies & Wine

Hi. My name is Carlee.  I like cookies.  And I like wine.

I also like lots of other things.  Most of those things are food or related to food. I won’t list them. We’ll get there.  I’ve got to be a little mysterious, ya know?

I’m married, and I have a cat. My cat is cute, and my husband likes to make up little weird songs. (Oh, he’s pretty cute, too.)

I’m currently rediscovering my love for baking (even though my kitchen is tiny).

Also, I’m realizing how much I enjoy drinking wine while I bake.

gluten-free chocolate chocolate chip