Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is one of those places that I didn’t care for growing up. In high school we went through as part of our Virginia vacation and I found it just did not compare to the wonders out west, like the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, or any others. The light was flat, theContinue reading “Shenandoah National Park”

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve

Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is a small park in Fairfax County at the intersection of Georgetown Pike and I-495 on the Potomac River.  The park is nice enough, and it has a lovely waterfall.  The waterfall is a short hike and it isn’t too crowded (for a Friday morning).   Sadly, the people that frequent thisContinue reading “Scott’s Run Nature Preserve”

Bake the Bag – Wk 7: Scones

This week’s bake the bag is for a batch of cinnamon whole wheat scones.  They’re not bad as far as scones go, but my favorite recipe is still the orange cranberry scones with lemon curd. These scones are, like all the scone recipes I’ve seen, incredibly easy to make.  Scone recipes usually consist of  CombineContinue reading “Bake the Bag – Wk 7: Scones”

Bake the Bag – Wk 6: Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

This week’s Bake the Bag recipe was the Carrot Cake, and wow, is it amazing.  This cake is on par with the Chocolate Mousse cake, but oh so much easier to make.  It is moist and so flavorful and is everything you want in a carrot cake. I was a little apprehensive going into thisContinue reading “Bake the Bag – Wk 6: Whole Wheat Carrot Cake”

Bake the Bag – Wk 5: Whole Grain Flatbread

This week’s bake the bag challenge is whole grain flatbread.  The King Arthur Flour looks nice and pretty, and mine are anything but. A few comments… 1. Recipes like this with pan “fried” bread need to be doubled or tripled to account for all the undercooked test breads while you find the proper pan temperature. Continue reading “Bake the Bag – Wk 5: Whole Grain Flatbread”

Bake the Bag – Wk 4: Whole Wheat Sticky Buns

I don’t have pretty pictures of the bake the bag challenge this week, just some cell phone photos.  Just some phone pictures and no family photo of the ingredients.  Here are the whole grain sticky buns. I ended up making the dough and then putting it in the fridge overnight to accomodate my schedule.  I’mContinue reading “Bake the Bag – Wk 4: Whole Wheat Sticky Buns”

Bake the Bag – Wk 3: Brownies

Week three of the King Arthur Flour Bake the Bag challenge is a whole grain brownie recipe.  I don’t make brownies from scratch often, but these are super easy and super tasty.  I seem to have messed up steps 2 and 3 because I did not end up with the nice shiny top.  Enjoy! ISOContinue reading “Bake the Bag – Wk 3: Brownies”

Shenandoah River State Park

Friday saw what was originally last weekend’s plan – Shenandoah River State Park.  This park is in the Shenandoah valley, right past Shenandoah National Park and Front Royal, nestled along a few bends in the Shenandoah river. I definitely need to go camping at this park.  They have cabins, tent sites, and yurts.  One ofContinue reading “Shenandoah River State Park”

Bake the Bag – Wk 2: Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

This week’s Bake the Bag is King Arthur Flour’s Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They’re yummy, although I don’t think the picture on the recipe is correct.  My dough was so thick and stiff that it had trouble absorbing all the chocolate chips.  My cookies also ended up like domes; they did not flatten out inContinue reading “Bake the Bag – Wk 2: Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies”