Showing off!

I recently was in the mood for making a pie, and decided to make a Double-Crust Jumble Berry Pie. It has a mixture of different berries, including strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. It also gave me a chance to try out a pie top cutter.

Hey – looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Oh, it tasted pretty yummy also.

Odd to find what things we’re drawn to, isn’t it? This Nordic ware pie top cutter had intrigued me. And I finally tried it out. Doesn’t really make the pie taste any different, just a new way to mess around in the kitchen.

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Thinking about Bumbleberry Pie while on Snowshoes

March 21st!! The first day of Spring. My brother Reed’s birthday. A great day to head up to the Cascade mountains. We went out snowshoeing with friends a few weeks ago. I borrowed gear and loved it so much that I bought my own snow shoes last week at a wonderful 50% off end of the season sale price. They are great. They also are very pretty, in what used to be my favorite color (until the inauguration day “purple tunnel of doom” fiasco), purple.

my purple snow shoes

my purple snow shoes

We headed west of Yakima to one of my favorite areas, the Bumping River.  Former Chief Justice William O. Douglas of the Supreme Court used to spend time here at his summer home at Goose Prairie.   What an enviable place to spend your spare time!   We decided to drive to the end of the paved road and snow shoe back to Bumping Lake.  The weather held out, with mostly sun and clouds and just a little rain.  Here are the snowshoes I bought: Tubb’s Venture snowshoes .

After exploring through the snow, we thought it would be fun to stop at the little restaurant nearby. Some year’s ago I remember stopping here with my parents for some bumbleberry pie,. It was good with apples and a nice mixture of strawberries and other berries. Alas, the restaurant is not open in the winter.  Today, it was totally covered in snow, which doesn’t show up very well in this photo.

Goose Prairie Inn - somewhere beneath the snow

Goose Prairie Inn - somewhere beneath the snow