Winter is the time to sleep – plants, bears, hiking boots, mountain bikes, climbing gear… all rest to be back in full strength when the ground warms up. For people, however, there is no reason to not head out and play in the arctic. On the other hand, there are some good reasons to stay inside, such as baking and improving gluten free bread for our hungry happy campers all over the Northwest. Or developing the Wild Buns, so they’re ready for your soon-to-come backyard and backcountry bbqs. This winter here at the Happy Campers baking camp has been nearly exclusively dedicated to those efforts. We did, however, sneaked away to play outside a couple of times and made the most of it.
The snow has been exceptional this year and the slopes up at Mount Hood as fun as ever. Our newly discovered favorite skiing lunch is Classy Grains with home-made sprouted bean dip toped with mustard. This nutrition packed delight will fuel you for the tightest turns in the deepest powder and/or the fastest descents off the steepest slopes. It is strongly recommended that you eat this on the slopes; find a quiet hide-away, sit on your gloves and enjoy the views and crisp air during your break.
When the forecast shows a possibility of a sunny day during the winter months, it’s always a good idea to head to the George or to the coast so you can enjoy some good-weather activities. Our favorite place this winter has been Beacon rock. You can camp, mountain bike, climb and do some stunning scenery-hikes, all in one place!
We do admit that winter can seem just a bit too long sometimes here in the Willamette Valley, especially when the sun-free, rain-full weeks of February and March roll along. That’s when you start looking at those sleeping plants, bears, hiking boots, mountain bikes, climbing gear…, wanting to wake them up and go have fun with them. Luckily, we have our kitchen and we can always throw aprons on and go play with bread recipe ideas. We have some new ideas baking up and are excited to share them with you soon.
Now, we are ecstatically awaiting the arrival of the farmers’ market season. It’ll sure be busy, but being outside and among our lovely customers is just so much fun. It’s about time we go find some good tents for our market setups. Enjoy the spring and check back when you have a minute, a new blog update may be up! 🙂
Jan and Lacy, your Happy Campers bakers