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Happy Camper Cocktail Company

You may have read my post about A List Nanny Services after visiting the Seattle Wedding Show? Another treasure I discovered while at the wedding show was a camper. A super-fun camper you don’t want to miss out on.

What do you get when you have a camper…

and a whole bunch of happy….

and some seriously lovely cocktails?


You get the Happy Camper Cocktail Company.

Happy Camper Cocktail Company is a “garden to glass” cocktail catering company. They bring cocktail hour to you with their unique mobile bar options, including a vintage camper bar. They bring everything you need to party, from their house-made mixers, bar equipment and draft system to fun, licensed and insured bartenders, lawn games, & snack and dessert bars.

The Happy Camper Cocktail Company can turn any breathtaking spot in the Evergreen state into the perfect party spot. In addition, they create and serve locally sourced craft cocktails that will thrill your guests, because they believe the special moments in your life deserve special drinks.

A family business, the Happy Camper Cocktail Company is a dream come true in liquid form. Through this company they bring people joy daily, and witness the most important moments of our lives, all while working alongside one another.

What’s really exciting is Happy Camper’s view on local food. 

Seattle’s newest bar is on wheels and on a mission. The Happy Camper Cocktail Company takes the farm to table experience one step further with their vintage trailer mobile bar, serving garden to glass cocktails across the state. In a mobile bar complete with draft system, they park anywhere the host chooses and serve handcrafted cocktails that wow guests with freshness and flavor. The flavor comes not from secret ingredients, but local ones.  

“We love trying new craft cocktails and we love supporting our neighbors and sustainable farming by buying food locally. When working in corporate event planning and planning our own wedding, I realized it was hard to find a caterer to serve craft cocktails for events,” said owner Belinda Kelly. Together with her husband and young son, they decided to take the leap from the corporate world and start their own mobile bar. After several months of renovating their 1966 Aladdin Hideaway camper, Happy Camper Cocktail Co. was born.

In the months since, this couple has brought the small farm experience they’ve come to love as residents of Enumclaw to their clients via handcrafted cocktails with family farmed ingredients.  Events booked since their start in May have included weddings, birthday parties, corporate events and music festivals, so business is looking good for the Kelly family, the little family with a love for Washington and a big dream.

Be sure to check Happy Camper out. It is everything wonderful a small business can be; and, did I mention cocktails?

Happy Camper Cocktail Company on Facebook.

 

Individual Apple Crumbles Recipe

Because I had to try out the dicing attachment on my food processor, because the honeycrisp apples were staring at me in the store, because I buy cinnamon in bulk and own way too many canning jars, it is time to make apple crumbles.

Ingredients

  • 8 medium honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored, and diced or sliced
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (or 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 0.74 oz. packet Alpine apple cider mix (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 recipe oatmeal streusel

Place apples in a large bowl with lemon juice and sugars. Stir and allow to sit for about a half an hour. The sugar will draw the juice out of the apples.


Melt butter. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Add flour, salt, cider mix, nutmeg, and cinnamon into bowl with apples. Stir well.

Stir butter into apples. Divide apple filling between 6-8 eight-ounce mason jars (or small baking dishes).  Top with oatmeal streusel. If you have leftover streusel, it can be saved in freezer to top muffins later.

Oatmeal Streusel Recipe

  • 1 cup quick cook oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Place ingredients in food processor. Pulse until well-combined but crumbly. Pulsing will help to control how fast ingredients come together so you can get the perfect texture you need.

Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Place apple crumbles on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes.

Enjoy hot or cold. Top with high quality or homemade ice cream if desired. In other words, top with high quality or homemade ice cream. Because sometimes individual desserts are the best way to come together.

 

 

 

A List Nanny Services

Last weekend was the Seattle Wedding Show. What a fun event! While I wandered from row to row, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the florists, venues, cars, and dresses. But, in the midst of it all, there were a few special venders who stood out to me. I just had to share them with you. At the top of my list is A List Nanny Services.

A List is owned by the lovely and oh-so-fun Marquita Evans. Marquita is the oldest child and grandchild in her family which instantly equated to being “the babysitter”. She started her career as a preschool teacher in 2003 and received a degree in Early Childhood Education.


Marquita shifted to being a private nanny a few years later which was where the idea for event childcare arose. A family visiting from California for a wedding hired her by referral to care for their child while they attended wedding festivities. She realized that would be her niche and the launch for A-List Nanny Services was in 2008.

A List has hand selected nannies who have received background checks, CPR/First Aid training, and have completed a hands-on practicum to ensure clients will receive the A-List experience!

Here’s a free sample of the joy A List brings!

Their booth stopped me in my tracks. Such an essential service to offer. Safe childcare and happy kids! Of course, A List Nanny Services isn’t just for weddings. You can contact them for your next event and feel really great about it.

A List Nanny Services on Facebook

 

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Some foods are so colorful, so glorious, so flavorful they can be tossed into the oven with just a smidge of prep and come out looking like a glorious dish from a top-rated restaurant. Enter rainbow carrots…

Preheat oven to 350°F.


Start by either choosing carrots which are similar size or slice the large carrots down the middle the long way so they are similar thickness as the small carrots. I like to keep the stems attached for added drama.

Just place carrots in a cast iron pan or baking dish. Take the fancy-pants garlic oil we made and drizzle over carrots. Sprinkle with sea salt & freshly ground pepper, and, if desired, some fresh thyme.

Roast for 20-30 minutes. You can drizzle with balsamic vinegar if you like or you can just enjoy the way they are.

Rainbow carrots. Sweet and simple. No drama… except for the stems.

 

How to Make Homemade Garlic Oil for Dipping

A drip, a drizzle, a dunk… you will love this simple trick to making your own flavorful garlic oil. This is your one way ticket to becoming more gourmet than you were yesterday.

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces grapeseed oil
  • 1 small bulb garlic

Pour grapeseed oil into a medium saucepan. Peel garlic and cut cloves in half. Place garlic cloves in grapeseed oil.

Heat oil over medium-low heat until it is hot. You don’t want the oil to come to a boil. The garlic cloves should not fry or the oil will become bitter. Turn off heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Pour oil back into original bottle or store in a pretty glass bottle. You can repurpose used garlic cloves in a recipe or store them in your bottle of oil.

Garlic oil is perfect for cooking, dipping French baguettes in, and can be combined with balsamic vinegar or amazing salad dressing.

 

 

Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

If one is going to break one’s new year’s resolution with homemade pasta, one might as well add alfredo sauce, right? The way homemade pasta clings to this sauce is absolutely dreamy.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (8 oz) fresh parmigiano reggiano cheese, grated (or fresh grated parmesan will work too)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper or white pepper to taste
  • Homemade fettuccine pasta (or store bought), cooked
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • About 6 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Place butter in a medium-large saucepan over medium-low heat. After butter has melted, add cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.

If making homemade noodles from this recipe, this sauce can be poured right into a large bowl with the pasta & chicken, and the amount of sauce per pasta will be perfect.

You won’t get that special connection with boxed pasta & alfredo mixes, baby. And they say two wrongs don’t make a right.

 

How to Make Homemade Pasta With a KitchenAid Mixer Attachment

This recipe is super easy and reliable. Dangerous even… I mean, who needs the ability to make homemade noodles at their fingertips? If you have just started your new year’s resolutions, please avert your eyes, my friend.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Place flour in mixing bowl. Sprinkle salt over flour. Make a divot in middle of flour and place eggs in divot. Pour olive oil over eggs. Use a fork to begin whisking the eggs until ingredients are well incorporated. Place mixing bowl onto mixer and, using regular beater, mix until dough comes together into one large piece. Mix for a few more minutes, then form into a ball and allow to rest for about 15 minutes, allowing all the glutens to snuggle up real tight.


Zzzzzzz.

Next, break dough ball in half, dust with a bit of flour, and roll out to about an inch thick. Pinch the end so the attachment will be able to grab the dough.

KitchenAid Pasta Roller & Cutter Set

Attach pasta sheet attachment to KitchenAid mixer and roll dough through on lowest (widest) setting. Continue placing through attachment, adjusting the width to a higher number each time until pasta is the size you would like it to be. If pasta strips get longer than you’d like as they thin out, you can cut the sheet in half.

If making fettuccine noodles, be sure it is wide enough to be cut by the fettuccine cutter attachment. If too thin, the cutting attachment will just mark or score the pasta. The number two setting is best for fettuccine.

Coat pasta with a light dusting of flour occasionally so it doesn’t stick together when you fold it or when it becomes a pile of noodles. If this happens, no worries. You can press it together and start over.

When noodles are ready, set aside and bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and boil for about 3-4 minutes.

Friend, if you are still looking, these gluten-filled strips aren’t a bad way to break a resolution. No one would fault you. You’re welcome. I’m sorry. You’re welcome.

Note: Of course, this pasta can be made by hand as well. Just stir dough together, knead dough by hand, roll out as thin as possible, and cut thin strips with a sharp knife. 

 

Mexican Coleslaw Recipe

Looking for a fresh, new twist for your Taco Tuesdays? You will adore this flavorful Mexican Coleslaw. There won’t be a shred of evidence you even made it by the time dinner is done. I may or may not have intended that dicey pun. You’re welcome. I’m sorry. You’re welcome.

Slaw Ingredients

  • 1/4 head green cabbage, thinly sliced in food processor
  • 1/8 head purple cabbage, thinly sliced in food processor
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced in food processor
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalepeno, minced

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 fresh lime
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Whisk dressing ingredients together until emulsified. Dress slaw at last minute so it doesn’t wilt.

Serve with Thursday Tamales. Or, you know, Bednesday Burritos. Um, er, Caturday chimichangas.

 

 

Baja Fish Tacos Recipe

Fish tacos are very fresh & sassy to share with guests but are super easy to make. I do believe it is time for another game night with friends.

Fried Fish Ingredients

  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 12 ounces of buttermilk
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (plus more for sprinkling)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • About 2 pounds fresh halibut or cod, cut into about 4 inch pieces and 3/4 inch wide

Preheat  oil in a heavy-duty deep pan or in a deep fryer to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with two or three layers of paper towels.

Make sure the oil maintains this same temperature throughout the cooking process.

Whisk together just until combined:  egg yolks, beer, flour, baking powder, sea salt, onion powder, and paprika in a medium-large bowl.

Rinse the fish with cold water and then pat dry with a paper towel. Coat one piece at a time and carefully drop in the preheated oil. Cook about four at a time for a few minutes on each side.

When done cooking, place fish on lined baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt right away. Repeat the process until all fish strips are fried.

If you need to keep fish warm while preparing rest of dinner, place on unlined baking sheet in oven at 200°F and cover with a sheet of foil. Watch carefully, though, so they don’t become tough and dry.

Healthier Option: If you prefer, you can just coat a baking sheet with a little bit of olive oil, place fish pieces on tray, sprinkle with sea salt & pepper, and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes rather than breading and frying.

Assembling Your Tacos

  • Fried fish
  • 1/4 head green cabbage, thinly sliced in food processor
  • 1/8 head purple cabbage, thinly sliced in food processor
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced in food processor
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalepeno, minced
  • Corn or flour tortillas, your size of choice
  • One recipe of Roasted Salsa
  • Cotija or grated cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh lime juice

Prepare fish as listed above. Place cabbages, onion, carrot, cilantro, and jalepeno in a large bowl and combine.

Place fish sticks on tortilla and use desired toppings.

Please pass the dice.

 

How to Make Your Own Ged Bedder Badket

Years ago I shared this photo with my Facebook friends.

This is my “ged bedder badket”. It hadbs eberythin’ I neeb to feel bedder when I hadb a code in my node.


Since then, I have seen many friends post their own special variations of this idea on trays, in baskets, or whatevs. It always makes me smile. I thought others might also find this idea helpful when fighting through the cold & flu season. I like to make sure I am stocked up on my favorite soup (boxed Lipton soup – not the white meat kind cuz I’m picky that way), Ritz Crackers (in snowflake shapes cuz they’re the only kind to enjoy with your Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup (without the white meat), medicines, and other important stuff just in case someone needs a “ged bedder badket”. This is such a fun way for everyone in your family to help to care of each other.

Ged Bedder Badket Ideas

  • books
  • highlighter
  • pen
  • blank notebook (I love lists)
  • Post-its
  • magazines
  • audiobooks
  • TED Talks
  • Music
  • soup
  • crackers
  • juice
  • 7-Up
  • water
  • tea
  • medicines
  • iPhone – the new I-need-something bell (preferably more up to date than pictured above)
  • iPad
  • laptop
  • movies
  • hobbies
  • tissues (I hate tissues so I prefer soft napkins)
  • remote control
  • thermometer
  • whiskey for what ails you (if you’re my grandpa who swore by it)
  • your twenty-five pound, one-nutted cat with a drooling problem (or your pet of choice)

Tray and Basket Ideas

(Click on pictures for more information on each)



 
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