Pretty flowers at the church this afternoon.
Sarah is wrapping up her cake decorating honor with the required "special occasion cake of her choice". Her instructor is having a birthday on Pathfinder night, so that's what she picked. Chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate butter cream frosting - based on her instructor's favorite! I had her make it all from scratch too - might as well work on her baking honor while she's at it!
We had one of our Pathfinders over today to work on her Fire Building & Camp Cookery honor. We had to boil, fry, simmer, cook in foil, bake bread on a stick, and cook something in a reflector oven. So, in that order, we made eggs, potatoes, chili beans, corn on a knob, campfire biscuits, and individual pizzas.
This honor is a required one for the older group known as Voyager. But since it was at our house, and doesn't have any particular prerequisites, we let Hannah & Sarah tag along, too.
Sarah is still working on her cake decorating honor for Pathfinders. She has two more cakes to finish. A special occasion cake with flowers, and a specialty cake done with stars. She's starting on her specialty cake tonight.
Today is one year since I restarted this project! I did pretty good, only missing a few days here and there. Yes, Ann, I'll keep on going!
Moat of the Pathfinder staff, as well as a couple of our teen Pathfinders, took a CPR class at the church tonight. The teacher was great, making the class both informative and fun!
Today we drove down to San Francisco to start at a friend's house overnight so we could get an early start to a fun day on Sunday at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (formerly known as Marine World).
The weather was perfect, which was funny because it was pouring rain in the Rogue Valley but as soon as we crossed into California, it looked like this:
Had to go help a friend try to limp her car home this stemming, but had to end up pulling over again to get towed the rest of the way. She noticed and thought it was funny that the house we pulled over in front of was #911.
I was right. These rainbow veggie skewers were SO good!
Red grape tomatoes
Red bell pepper
Orange bell pepper
Yellow bell pepper
Green bell pepper
Purplish red onion
Crimini (baby portobello) mushrooms (OK, so those don't fit the rainbow, but they were amazing!)
Marinated in olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and salt before skewering and roasting in the oven at 425 for about 17 minutes. So, so good!
Today was a blast! We went on an historic train from Hood River down to Parkdale, only 10 miles from the base of Mt Hood. They did an old time western show about whiskey bootleggers trying to smuggle whiskey on the train. We had a fantastic lunch at Solera Brewery - a really nice wild rice veggie burger they make right there. I even found a letterbox not far from where the train stops. On the way home, we had dinner with my brother and his wife, then almost got locked inside a cemetery in Oregon City, going after another letterbox too close to dusk.
A beautiful but drizzly day along the Columbia Gorge. We drove over to Multnomah Falls, did some more letterboxing, went to the Cascade Locks, the Bonneville Dam, the fish hatchery, and just had fun.
Busy week this week, getting everything caught up before we head out for a fun anniversary weekend trip. Someplace different this year, rather than the Oregon Coast like always. This year we're heading to Hood River, along the Columbia Gorge. Never been there before, but it sounded like fun! We left early Friday morning so I could do some letterboxing on the way to Portland. Our first stop was at a little cemetery in Grants Pass.