Back to basics

by Patricia on June 9, 2009 · 3 comments


I went backpacking at Henry Coe State Park this weekend with a couple of friends.  We hiked out five miles, camped overnight and hiked back the next day. There was about a 1200 foot elevation change in less than two miles.  Needless to say, my legs are tired.  But it was a great getaway and I really feel like summer is here. And I want to be outside all the time!

This coyote came trotting up the trail toward us until he was about 10-15 feet from our group, then took a short detour through the tall grass to get around us, returned to the trail and continued on his merry way.  I’ve never been that close to a coyote. I think in other circumstances I might have been scared (because I’m a chicken) but this coyote seemed laser focused on getting to wherever he was going and not at all threatening (for a really non-threatening coyote, check out the Daily Coyote from Shreve Stockton.  An amazing story and gorgeous photography).


This squirrel’s mission was to get to my yogurt covered pretzels. He spent a good ten minutes trying to get to the snacks without getting too close to us (he’d get close but if anyone made a sudden movement or noise he’d scurry back five feet and start over).

Anyway, it was a fun weekend. My mom arrives on Wednesday night for an extended visit so I will do my best to throw a recipe or two your way when I’m not busy playing tour guide and visiting.  But I do have plans for cupcakes this week! 

I hope you are enjoying the summer as much as I am.  Here for your summery pleasure is an ice cream sundae roundup:

Get out your favorite bowl.  Into the bowl put two scoops of vanilla ice cream from David Lebowitz’s recipe.(I’m planning to make this this weekend and I cannot wait. I love vanilla ice cream because it is a great base for so many toppings and also works well as a topping itself like on pie).

Over one scoop of the ice cream pour hot fudge sauce from Deb at Smitten Kitchen.  And over the other scoop, old fashioned butterscotch sauce from NY Times.  Sprinkle on your favorite nuts, sprinkles, candy, marshmallows, or what-have-you.  A dollop of fresh whipped cream, and top it off with homemade maraschino cherries from Stef at Cupcake Project.  Yum! I want a sundae now!

Last but not least, this is just cute: an ice cream cone plushy from ThreeFive18 on Etsy.


1 Susan/Wild Yeast June 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm

That sounds like a terrific weekend, and of course a sundae is well-earned after all that hiking!

2 Plumpest Peach June 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Great pictures, love them all especially the daring squirrel. I love David’s vanilla ice cream recipe…I love all his recipes for that matter. It was great meeting you at IFBC. I’m trying to keep my rounds and comments regular with all these new bloggers we’ve met! Cheers, Jess

3 Beth June 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Wonderful photos! The coyote looks really amazing, and I’m so glad you shared these. Thanks!

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