Day Trip to Vashon Island

We’re in the middle of a little heat wave after literally the worst winter on record in Seattle, so we’ve been spending nearly every spare hour outdoors here. With a three day weekend full of sunshine ahead of us, I wanted to go on a little new-to-us adventure today.

Way up high on my list of favorite things about the Seattle metro area is all the ferries. Who doesn’t love traveling on a boat? Especially on a beautiful, sunny day. Even in grey weather I love them. And I find watching them traverse the sound so soothing. So I was pretty determined to get Brent to agree to a ferry ride today.

Anyway, my idiosyncrasies aside, we took the ferry from Fauntleroy to Vashon this morning. The wait was short and the trip is only about 20 minutes.

The boys love the ferry too.

Though, I don’t think Teddy particularly loves the breeze on the water the way I do.

I had a general list of things to see and recommended restaurants, but first, with such a picture perfect day, we had to stop at the beach. We first went to KVI Beach because I read it was the only “sand beach” on the  island. Parking was a bit annoying but the boys had fun. We saw a bald eagle swoop in to try to nab a fish. Teddy found delight in a tiny, tiny crab scuttling around (Cormac did not), and Cormac found a family who brought cool beach toys. Fun for everyone.

We climbed driftwood, marveled at the view, and got covered in sand.

After an hour or so at the beach, Teddy as demanding food and the boys had already eaten through my stash of backpack snacks, so we headed into town for lunch at The Hardware Store. It was one of the only restaurants open today and had a thirty minute wait so we browsed the bookstore across the street.

Lunch was good and I’d definitely go back. Though I hear there’s a good Thai place and a good taco joint on the island too.

Obviously I felt like we needed more local flavor so after lunch we set off in search of the bike in the tree. Guys, I can’t fully express how much this tickled the kids. They both talked about it the whole car ride. And both demanded Brent pick them off to touch the wheel. I love stuff like this.

Our four person selfie game is so weak! Why do I not own a selfie stick? Am I not really a millenial? Oh look – we saw a deer running toward the road from the beach!

Can you see it?

One last stop before we went home, and it was my favorite – well, besides the ferry – Point Robinson Lighthouse, It was absolutely beautiful. Cormac raced to the top of the lighthouse before I could even tell him to wait for me. The view from the top was just perfect.

And then Cormac insisted on running right back down to play on the beach. Tons of sand and driftwood and the boys had a blast climbing and throwing rocks in the water.

Cormac ran around pretending he was “a water car” and that his feet were his “wheels.”

And I made Brent pretend he liked me.

Picture perfect day. Have a beautiful Memorial Day, friends!

Baking

Hey! Remember when I used to bake all the time? Yeah me neither, BUT! I’m back at it. A couple days ago, while Cormac was at school and Teddy was taking a decent nap for once, I had a midday baking session.

I bought Dorie’s Cookies as a “congrats on living through your kitchen remodel!” gift to myself a couple months ago, but somehow managed to go until now without baking from it. I wanted something fairly quick and with ingredients I had on hand, so after just a couple seconds of flipping I came across “Natasha’s Mum’s Fruit and Walnut Bread Bars.” I didn’t know what to expect but they looked appetizing and I had fruit and nuts.

Whipping the meringue was a little more frustrating than I expected. (True confession my egg whites weren’t room temp.) But once I got firm peaks it all came together really quickly.

Baking was easy. Cutting the bars was easy. And the kids gobbled them up. And the whole recipe only had a 1/2 cup of added sugar which is less than a lot of cookies so that’s a plus. I went lightish on the crystallized ginger since I knew the kids would be doing most of the eating, but for myself I would’ve preferred more ginger.

I’m looking forward to making more cookies soon. I think I want to try the espresso sables next.

While was making the bread bars, I had a loaf of bread coming together and rising. I’ve used this recipe for 9 or 10 years at this point and its fail proof. Its a perfect sandwich bread, and makes absolute exquisite peanut butter and jellies.

I love that it makes two loaves, so I always stick one in the freezer. The kids go through nearly a whole loaf in about two days. Bread is a major food group around here.

Besides sandwich bread, I almost always have a loaf of quick bread around for after school snacks and whatever. My go-to is the banana bread recipe from Veganomicon. I don’t think I even own the book anymore, but I’ve had the recipe memorized for a couple years now. I usually throw a shredded zucchini in it too, just to force vegetables into my kids. I’m evil like that.

I also made some bagels a week or two ago, but can’t find a picture. I need to make more though because I haven’t found any bagels I like at all in Issaquah, and they’re easy enough to make at home. I tried out a cheddar jalapeno version this time and it was pretty good.

That’s all for now. Keep your fingers crossed Seattle gets some sun soon! Cormac and I are planning a garden this spring/summer and we’re sick of record-setting rain!