I have been watching weather forecasts all over the Pacific Northwest. Yes, it's a total waste of time because anyone who lives in the Pacific Northwest knows that the weather changes in a heartbeat. So do we head to the Coast where at least one of the three camping days is being forecast as sunny. Or do we head inland where it will rain and maybe snow ? I'm voting for the Coast.
Talk about the weather changing-these are some photos of a day trip we made last year to Mount St. Helens-another one of our favorite places in Washington. The day started out with rain,thunder,fog and dark skies. While we were there the storm disappeared, the skies turned to bright blue and as we stood in front of the volcano the clouds drifted softly away revealing the beauty of the mountain.
It's been amazing to watch Nature recover here. Our first visit was almost twelve years after she erupted in 1980 and the area still looked like it had been bombed. Everything was grey and black with only a few tufts of green speckled throughout the park.
But like the quote: " each day brings a miracle of it's own". It's been inspiring to watch the change over the years at Mount St. Helens. The elk are back with all the other animals and in the Spring flowers are peeking through everywhere. It really gives one hope for this Planet.
Okay now for the serious stuff-Road Food for our upcoming trip ! We have a little picnic basket that sits on the floor between the two of us when we are on the road. We usually fill it with gingersnaps (always good with the morning coffee),trail mix (for that sweet chocolate fix) and sunflower seeds (for that salty taste). Sometimes I pack something special. And since we will be camping over the Thanksgiving Holiday I decided it was time to pack something special-Fleur De Sel Caramels.
J loved the chocolate salted caramel cupcakes I made recently so I thought I would surprise him with these. They are fairly easy to make and they also make fabulous Christmas gifts ! Try them, you will love them. You can find the recipe over at Pastry Affair by clicking here. I love her blog,the photography is beautiful and she uses wonderful quotes that are pertinent to the recipe and post she is doing.
Instead of using the 9 x 13 pan she suggested I used my Wilton silicone pans that I have used for brownies and chocolate in the past. Perfect ! I easily popped the squares of caramel out of each cavity and then sliced them in half;a time saver from having to cut a slab of caramel into 50 pieces.
Enjoy a few more photos, then go and make the caramels. Next time I think I will dip them in bittersweet chocolate -making them even more decadent than they already are !