A few weeks ago I went hiking in Bellingham with a friend. We went up to fragrance lake and let me tell you, I was not quite prepared for it. It was a beautifully sunny day but still quite cool in the shade. Parts of the trail were pretty steep but it was definitely worth the view at the top. We also took the side trail to the viewpoint. You can swim in the lake, though I’m not sure I would.
Afterward we went over to Larrabee state park to walk around a bit and warm up in the sun. While we were in Bellingham we also visited Pel Meni, the Russian dumpling restaurant, Mallards for ice cream, and Boomers for milkshakes before heading home.
For the Holidays (Christmas specifically)
My family made some special foods. Kind of a spur of the moment thing.
First off, my mom made balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts. These are amazing. I will update this with the glaze recipe if she lets me know what it is…. but essentially you salt/pepper and bake the sprouts until they are a bit crispy. You can also cut them in half if you’d like.
And then you drizzle them with glaze. Which will get rather thick, so the drizzling is best done early before the hardened sauce makes it impossible.
In addition, I made yam fries. These were a first attempt and I have a few tips and tricks for you.
Firstly, use whole yams. If they are the same size/shape, all the better for uniform fries.
Then, halve the yams and cut into fry shape. Tip 1: First, wash and DRY the yams so the fries won’t be soggy.
If you cut them smaller than I did they will be crispier, which I think is desirable. I just didn’t know at the time. But anyway, lay them out after you salt/pepper them and drizzle them with olive oil and bake (or broil but be careful with that) until they are cooked and crisped to your liking. And enjoy!
Hope you had a happy holiday!
Post by: Melissa
Photos by: Melissa