I just happened to open the latest and greatest issue of Sunset magazine last night to find some seriously great ideas.
To do: One of those great ideas was a small paragraph tucked away about Pie Ranch. Like I said the other day, you never know what you’re going to find on the Internet – and the same can be said for magazines, newspapers and books. To read about Pie Ranch, and their monthly Work Day and Barn Dance, just click on the Pie Ranch link here. If you had told my Grandpa that working in the fields, then having a potluck and a barn dance afterward would become the thing to do on a Saturday night for city-fied folks, he would’ve laughed in your face. Hard.
To make: Stuffed Chicken with Rosemary Polenta. So not only does this recipe call for polenta (Note to my Mama: They taste like grits.), but it also has fontina in it. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with a recipe that includes 8 ingredients for the entire thing. I’ll tell you now, I don’t like recipes that call for ingredients you’ve never heard of that are priced to kill and/or will never be used again because you discover after paying the exorbitant price for the ingredient, you hate it (saffon anyone?). Anyway. We would call this chicken and grits with some cheese thrown in there back home. But the picture sure does look good.
To learn: Another great idea was taking a class at the Institute of Urban Homesteading right here in the Bay Area. From Cheesemaking 101 to Backyard Beekeeping and Butchering, you can learn about all kinds of things to do right in your kitchen (or backyard). There’s also a class there about goats and chickens, if you’re so inclined. I am not. Classes range in price, but from what I saw, looked to be pretty reasonable. For the class schedule, click here.
To stay: Tree House Point in Issaquah, Washington was just amazing to look at. Essentially, they’re hotel-room-treehouses. When we travel, we always like to rent apartments through VRBO, because we’ve always had good luck and we’ve always enjoyed the places we’ve stayed. Plus, you don’t spend tons of money eating out – and since most places have a washer and dryer, you can pack less. Anyway, washer and dryers and cooking aside, the Tree House Point is definitely a place I’d like to find myself.