Jeff and I both grew up camping, and couldn’t wait to take baby Julian on his first camping trip. Well, I should say, Jeff couldn’t wait. I could have. I knew I wanted to take him eventually, but at 9 months I wasn’t sure how the trip would play out. Well, our first camping trip as a family of three (four including pup!) was a huge success! Jeff made sure I felt like I was “glamping,” not camping, Julian slept like a champ and him and the pup loved playing on the beach. We cooked over the fire, played in the surf, and went on the most breathtaking hike. Hike post coming soon! It was the stuff Pacific Northwest dreams are made of.
Neah Bay is a small town located at the northwest tip of Washington and the continental US. It is home to the Makah Tribe and has a beautiful museum where you can learn more about the tribe and their history. The scenery on the coast is simple stunning. Sandy beaches, epic sunsets, lush trees, and even a few hot surfers like my husband 😉 If you’re not feeling like camping in a tent, they have quaint cabins available. We usually do this in the winter time when visiting.
Are you a camper? Have you ever camped at Neah Bay? It is one of our favorite spots. Let me know if you visit!
Well hello September! How did you get here so quickly? September marks the beginning of back to school, crisper air and Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Not a fan of the PSL myself, but I was thinking a lot about spices yesterday as August came to a close. As fate would have it, while scrolling through instagram, my forever idol, Martha Stewart, posted the most gorgeous autumn inspired cake! I had to make it. So, yes, all of this shopping, baking, picture snapping and blogging occurred yesterday and well into the night. It’s amazing what a little inspiration can do! Thank you Martha! Get the recipe here.
I adapted the recipe slightly. I did not use Granny Smiths because I forgot them at the store, and had already been twice that day! Also, I used ½tsp nutmeg and 1tsp cinnamon, because ¾tsp nutmeg is a bit much for me. And just for fun, I used sparkling apple cider in the glaze, instead of the flat cider. Who doesn’t want a little more sparkle?! This recipe is delicious and perfect for ringing in the new month! The extra step of caramelizing apples takes a few additional minutes but it makes for a whole new level of tastiness. If you have the time, do it! You won’t be disappointed.
Let me know if you try this at home. As always, thank you for reading and following along! Happy September everyone!