The Santa Rosa's and Wallace update...

So I thought I would begin by saying that Wally Dog is fine. He had Tonsilitis. I know, right? Tonsilitis? Silly Wallace. Anyway, he's on antibiotics for another week but he already sounds better. He even reluctantly posed for a picture for me this morning out in the yard (he's a little camera shy sometimes)...

So, I realize I didn't post much last week but that is because things got a bit crazy. I did bake the Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie and it was amazing! I got the crust recipe from Angry Chicken here and for the innards I sort of winged it, but this is pretty much the recipe:

3c Chopped Green Rhubarb

2c Strawberries

3/4c Organic Unrefined Sugar (you could use regular to i'm sure)

1/4c flour

1tsp cinnamon (I like heavily-spiced things, you could probably cut this in half)

1/4 tsp salt

~Mix all the innards together, throw inside the pie crust and top with a lattice design and bake (with a baking sheet underneath it at 375°F for about 40-50 mins. I don't remember the exact amount of time I baked it as my oven bakes very unevenly and I had to just keep checking it and moving it around. According to all the pie recipes i've seen, 40-50 mins seems to be the norm. I wish I had a picture to show you of my face when I tasted it, because seriously, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I even had a piece the next day for lunch. No seriously, it was my whole lunch, I felt like a little kid doing something naughty. The pie itself wasn't beautiful, but even a master artist spends years perfecting his art... The Rhubarb was just right right amount of tartness and the pie wasn't too sweet at all (I did cut the recipe down a bit on the sugar.) In short, it was perfect. I plan to make more soon, so I will remember to take photos then and hopefully they will get prettier to look at so that respectable photos can be taken. Either way, this recipe was a winner.

*Note*-I made my crust a couple of days ahead of time and used half of the recipe to make a quiche. After sitting in the fridge for a couple days, it needed a bit of water to moisten it before I rolled it out. I had never made a pie from scratch before, but after struggling with the quiche crust to roll it out, I came up with the genius idea to roll it between two sheets of Wax paper. I'm sure this was something I learned in 7th grade home-ec, but that has long since left my mind. I felt pretty pleased with myself as I very easily rolled out the dough for the pie crust in between those two sheets of wax paper. For, the novice or first time pie-maker, I highly recommend this technique as you can then just remove one sheet, then use the second one to flip the dough into the pie plate . It makes that transition a lot easier. Anyway, enough about pie, i'm getting hungry...

Anyway, lastly, I wanted to share an exciting experience that I had this last weekend. Myself and 3 of my co-VISTA's attended a Leave No Trace training in the Santa Rosa Mountains in Humboldt County about an hour out of Winnemucca, NV. You may ask yourself, where the hell is that?!?! Well, it is one of the many beautiful mountain ranges that Nevada has tucked away in it's vastness. We aren't known as the mountain state for nothing--Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state! Anyway, I took this Leave No Trace backpacking course (you can learn more about LNT here) and it was fantastic! Not only am I now certified to teach others about LNT, I can hold official classes on it and such. Pretty exciting! Anyone who is not familiar with the principles of LNT should really check it out, there are many ways to incorporate LNT into our daily lives. The trip was a lot of fun, and definitely not short on hilarious moments--one in particular when I lost my footing trying to scramble around a fallen tree in the trail and fell backwards completely "turtling" myself with my 50lb pack on. (Turtling refers to when you get pulled backwards by your large, heavy pack, rendering you unable to right yourself, like a turtle.) Yeah, we all got a good laugh out of that one. Anyway, here is a picture of one of the many groves of Quaking Aspens we hiked through.

Have a fantastic day!