Missed You Summer!

Summer’s here!  I think it may be safe to say that summer has finally made it to Wyoming :D.  At camp, it was in the 80’s during the day and 50’s at night.

This weekend in the canyon was the first warm one, without any freezing body parts at night, no desparately trying to stay as close to the camp fire as possible, and while climbing there was no snatching up of the gear and running from the wall as soon as the shade took the place of the sun (I’m a huge wuss about the cold in the spring).  We were actually looking for shade to climb in this weekend! 

CLIMBING

This weekend I on sighted (leading a route without falling and without ever having climbed it before) my first route ever.  Awesomeness.  It was a 5.9, a medium grade.  Here are a few pics.

Starting to Clip

Clipping

Getting to the Next Bolt

Then I top roped a 5.10 cleanly that I’d done last summer.  I got brave and attempted to lead it, but didn’t quite get there and took my first big fall.  It was a pretty decent whipper (about 10-15 feet) since I hadn’t made it over to the bolt line yet…

Climbing Up the Edge of the Slab

Clipping the 3rd Bolt

Traversing Over to the Bolt Line

Falling!

Take a Deep Breath (or Two ;))

 Here’s my second attempt, where I was able to clip the next bolt, but I guess the camera ran out of juice :(.

Successful Second Attempt

Yeah, so I did get up to that next bolt, but going for the 5th bolt, I took another fall and twisted my ankle pretty bad.  Game over :(.  Oh well, it was a great day and I’m sure my ankle will be better by next weekend!

CAMP DOGS

Now before I get into the camp food, I would like to introduce you to our herd all of the dogs at camp.  You will be seeing them frequently!  You know this one of course…

Kaya-Face!

Then, there’s Ox, a Mastiff.  The dog is huge.

This is Smoke.  He lives for playing fetch with sticks.  He’s making this face because he wants me to stop taking pictures and throw his stick already :).

Smoke

Here is the boxer duo, Axle and Hunna.  They’re inseparable.

And then there are the camp leaders.  Mike’s dogs definitely rule the roost ;).

White Dog

Kyle

Dr. Stony

CAMP FOOD 😀

And now, what most of you have probably been wondering if I’d ever get to ;).  The food.  Smoke’s family has an awesome BBQ set up that we use most of the time, but when Axle and Hunna’s provider feels motivated, he whips out the dutch oven!  There’s the pineapple upside down cake that we had the first night.

It’s canned pineapple topped with yellow cake batter.

In the morning he made bacon and eggs and peppers so we could build some mountain burritos.  Mountain burritos are a necessity at camp and will be making frequent appearances! 

The bacon does not cooked quickly in the dutch oven, so we threw it onto the BBQ while the eggs cooked, so that we could eat before noon!

Mountain burrito with hot sauce.

Dinner was elk burgers that I threw together at home and toted along with some dogs and cheddar brats that Rick donated to the cause.

I put diced onion and peppers, garlic, a good helping of worchestire sauce, and some grill seasoning into the patties.  I added an egg to help hold the burgers together, since the peppers and onions plus the leaness of the elk meat can cause them to fall apart pretty easily. 

Top with cheese, ketchup, mustard, and onions and throw ‘er on a thin bun!

Camp Elk Burger Heaven 😀

I also had a pile of spinach with some bottled poppy seed dressing that wasn’t around long enough to be photographed :P.

On the way home on Sunday, I had a Coconut Acai Pranabar

love these.  A little pricey at $2.59 a pop, but totally worth keeping a few around.  I mean look at the ingredients list.  It’s real food :D.

I’m off to enjoy my Monday off now.  And by enjoy, I mean do chores that have been put off for way too long now!  See you tonight for a normal food post!

Know When to Fold ‘Em

You guys, I feel like Kenny Rogers was screaming this song at me when I got home today. 

First, I left my camera at work.  Again.  I know you’re probably tired of reading that by now, but trust me, I’m just as tired of having to type it.  It was going to be OK, though, because my roommate has a great camera, and to make it up to you guys I had grand plans to document the making of…

…wait for it…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

I’ll give you a minute.  Or maybe I’ll give myself a minute.  I am not a passionate baker by any stretch of the imagination, but this, ladies and gents, I will gladly bake any day of the week given just the right amount of motivation.

Too bad Kenny Rogers saw things differently…

I started by going to store to get avocados because I wanted to make the chocolate cupcake part of the recipe from this Chocolate Avocado Cake recipe that Ashley made a little while ago.  So after a Racheal Ray style balancing act through the grocery store with all of the other things I decided I needed, and losing my keys twice in the grocery store because I kept putting things down to rebalance, I headed home with cupcake grandeur on the brain.

Unfortunately, when I got home I could not get Ashley’s page to load.  Uhhhh, come on internet, don’t fail me now.  And things went downhill from here fast people. 

I decided to just make the peanut butter icing while I waited for the internet to right itself.  I think this is when Kenny caught wind of the impending downward spiral in my humble townhouse kitchen in Wyoming….

I put the peanut butter, butter, milk, and powdered sugar into a bowl and proceeded with my hand mixer.  This thing is a gem from a thrift store raid to fill my first apartment in college 7 years ago.

Martha Stewart's First Hand Mixer

It is now in hand mixer heaven where it should have been at least 20 years ago.  The frosting broke my mixer.  I would be sadder, but this was only the beginning.  Ummmm, food processor to the rescue (I thought).  I coaxed all of the ingredients out of the mixing bowl and into the food processor. 

It whirred and whirred away, but something was amiss.  It wasn’t creamy peanut buttery goodness.  It was a weird glob of greasy…I can’t even find the word for it.

I don’t know what happened.  My only suspicion is that natural peanut butter (sans hydrogenated oils) turned what is arguably one of the most glorious sugary concoctions known to man, into this.

Yeah, that’s the same picture again, but I just kept staring at it.  Is this really happening??  OK, maybe the internet is happy again and I can at least get to the cupcake recipe.  NOPE.  Not gonna happen.  It was at this point that I threw in the towel and Kenny Rogers’ “Know When to Hold ‘Em” started on repeat in my head. 

Some days my dears chocolatey peanut butter bliss just isn’t in the cards…

I would show you what I ended up with for dinner, but I just don’t have it in me.  It was just a pile of self loathing vegetables anyways. 

I’m going to go run this one off.  At least the weather’s turned around here and it’s a perfect 74 degrees outside with a pleasant breeze. 

And I really don’t want to leave you with this epic fail for the night, so why not go check out the new Kaya-face puppy pictures I added to Husky in the Room!!  That face can turn around even the worst of bad days ;).

Oh and Mama Pea’s African Peanut Stew from last night was the exact opposite of an epic fail.  It may be the least photogenic thing I’ve ever taken a picture of…

…but yeah.  It was amazing.  Let me say that again.  Amazing.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  It was a shining light of delicious in a day featuring a not so successful foray into the the world of baking.

I’ll see ya on the flip side.