19 April 2014

In Sight of Beautiful Mt. Hood: Pt II

Blessings on this cold and very rainy (at least here) Maundy Thursday!
(yes I am late posting it)

I am busy today baking some hard-'boiled' eggs for Easter -- but since my DH is now aware of their presence, they probably won't last that long. I thought about dying them, but I don't have any red cabbage and I am not ecstatic about braving the rain right now.  I keep forgetting this is the Pacific NW where real summer weather only arrives after July 4th :)

Other items on the menu are glazed ham (my mom's favorite way of cooking ham), some kind of potato dish, asparagus and an Easter lamb cake (I am finally using that mold I bought years ago at Goodwill)...

I was going to make a Dutch Baby Pancake for breakfast on Easter, but now I am torn between vafler, crepes or the pancake. I know, whatever I make, it's got to have lemon as I am craving that yummy flavor right now (links to recipes below)

Speaking of lemon, I cooked last night's salmon using Teresa's recipe.. the combo of lemon, sour cream, salt, pepper and salmon was -- well delish as Teresa says:)

And now back to our road trip while the eggs cool down...

 
Another shot of my beloved mountain from up high...
on occasion, we also caught glimpses of Mt. St. Helens further north in Washington State
(miss you Washington).
 
 
A photo of an old wigwam burner. I posted one a long time ago I think, but this is a bit better.
This burner brings back memories of trips to southern Oregon to visit family.
There were a lot of them then
and they were used in that day. Not many are left so I always get very excited when I spot one!
This photo, as you can tell, is taken from a moving vehicle (ours)
 as we drove by the Olaf M Oja Lumber Co. in Sandy.
Here is a link if you want to read more about this big part of our history...

 
A lot of people out this weekend enjoying the parks, the rivers, the beaches and the mountains!
A lot of horses and dogs too:)

 
Some more pretty spring flowers?
Even though we have year round blooms in our garden,
I just can't seem to get enough color--
and then spring comes
and EVERYTHING seems so bright and lovely!
I wonder if I am becoming a snowbird?
Could it be???

 
Some carvings I found down by the riverside...
wonder if this was made by a fisherman longing for the days of sunshine?

 
Look at those roots!
Remin (pause to look at the lunar eclipse)
reminds me of my granddaughter's hair the last time we had her.
Pause to say a silent THANK YOU to wonderful sister-in-law who had some detangle magic:)
 

 
Another view of Mt. Hood--and lots and lots of trees. 

 
I NEED a horse again.
OK, I want a horse but perhaps I will just be satisfied with a trail ride--
if we ever get some more spring sunshine that is.
 
We are now up to 5 snake sightings in a ...
'unfortunately' one is no longer with us
(my car is very, very 'naughty' it seems...
but honestly I didn't know till my hubby told me this morning)
Have a blessed Easter!
 
Blessings,
Aimee
 
Links:
Lemon Strawberry Crepes
 
Lemon Vafler
Sons of Norway has this recipe. Just google their website for lemon vafler.
I LOVE Norwegian waffles--they are thin, crisp, and with the right wafflemaker, heart-shaped.
 
Lemon Dutch Baby
(her recipe for Smoked Salmon 'Deviled' Eggs makes my mouth water!
I would LOVE to visit Alaska someday )
 
Easter Lamb Cake
(I really, really want to make one of these this year but might wait till Small One is here
 so she can have some fun decorating it with me)
 
Teresa's Salmon
(I didn't use the rosemary called for in this version. This was SO yummy!)
 
I think this cold, winter like weather has made me hungry.
Think I'll go eat a hard-'boiled' baked egg :) 

12 comments:

Teresa Kasner said...

GREAT photos, Aimee! I'm so glad my salmon recipe worked out for you! The sour cream is a tangy balance for the rich salmon. I'd love to have a horse again too. I had my own quarter horse named Lady. A trained barrel racer.

❀.•❤•.✿.•❤ Happy Easter! ❀.•❤•.✿.•❤

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Emma Pearce said...

This post has everything Spring and the recipes all look fantastic. I can't wait to see your lamb cake :) I went for carrot as I am craving it so much, I also love lemon. That will be next week.
I love your mountain pics, they make me want to go on holiday. It looks so calm and beautiful xx

aimee said...

@Teresa~
Thanks! Me too! Thank you SO very much for sharing your recipe with me. I will definitely make it again:)
I didn't know you owned a horse before! Sometime you should post a photo:)
Have a blessed Easter.
Aimee

@Emma~
I badly needed some spring today being that we're 'enjoying' those April showers that bring May flowers:) Carrot cake sounds yummy--I wonder if it would work for the lamb cake mold...I decided to definitely hold off on baking it till Small One is here next week. Wish us luck!
Thanks! I love the sea, but mountains make me feel closer to God.
Happy Easter!
BLessings, Aimee

Linda W. said...

Yes, this is such a pretty time of the year. I love getting shots of all the gorgeous flowers blooming everywhere. Happy Easter to you!

Sam said...

Very nice shots. Ah what time's dinner Aimee? :)

aimee said...

@Linda~
It really is although it looks like we lost a lot of the blossoms on at least one of our fruit trees (can you tell I wasn't ready to let them go yet?)
Have an awesome Easter!
Blessings, Aimee
PS: Did you make it down to the tulip farm yet?

@Sam~
Thanks! Dinner? Whenever you would like it!
Have a great Easter Sam!
Blessings,
Aimee

Betsy said...

Those are ome beautiful pictures Aimee. We had salmon tonight at the lake. I had planned to grill it like Teresa's recipe. (I was lucky enough to have it at her house at Christmas.) Two things went wrong. I forgot to bring the sour cream to the lake and the wind was blowing like crazy so I ended up baking it in the oven with little butter and salt and pepper. Still good with some brown rice on the side.

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter tomorrow. We'll be up early tomorrow to head back to town for breakfast at church before our celebration of the Ressurection. Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

Blessings,
Betsy

aimee said...

@Betsy~
Thank you! Beautiful places:)
I've often cooked salmon that way--except I normally used olive oil. Salmon is SO yummy as is rice.
You are most welcome. We missed church but enjoyed a good Easter nevertheless.
Blessings,
Aimee

Gracie Saylor said...

I enjoyed your photos, too, Aimee! Although I missed church this weekend, , I as well, I am celebrating that He is Risen!!! Blessings xx

aimee said...

@Gracie~
Thanks! I didn't make it to church either but we enjoyed our time on a coastal mountain and watched some Christian programming.
He is!
Blessings, Aimee

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

OH thank you Aimee for my taste of the Pacific Northwest (both the beautiful scenery and the recipes). Those flowers are amazing but of course it is the Mountain that gets my heart pitter-pattering....it is time to get back to the land of altitude! I'm ready.

aimee said...

@Sallie~
You are SO welcome! I know, I love the flowers too but the mountain...
:)
Safe travels HOME!
Blessings,
Aimee

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