Thursday, May 26, 2011

May The Weekend Be Long: Little Cabin in the Woods

"And just where have you been young lady?"

" Out"

"What kind of answer is that?"


"Well? What to you have to say for yourself?"

Okay, okay, I am so sorry I have been somewhat MIA lately.  Baseball season has officially started and it keeps us busy. I have been cooking and baking but just no time to write. When I am at the cabin I still like to cook and bake but with no Internet (just the data on my blackberry), I don't post while out in the woods.  Now add the demon cold from hell on the top of the pile and well, I am sick so I needed to sleep more.  Without further ado, I give  you:

Little Cabin in The Woods Part I: May Long Weekend

We just had a glorious long weekend here yet I am not posting anything until Thursday...I developed one heck of a  demon cold while at the cabin this weekend.  This cold has completely knocked me on my butt....but enough about the cold and back to the long weekend.  We decided last minute to make the trek out to the cabin.  The weather wasn't supposed to be all that nice and our thought on the matter was that we would rather be rained in at the cabin than rained in in the city worrying about the yard work we weren't doing.

We packed up and left Friday after work, that way we were there already in the morning when we woke up! 

Friday night, I made popcorn the old fashioned way, on the stop top! We watched a movie and chillaxed.

To make popcorn on the stove:

Heat a couple of tablespoons of oil in a pot...make sure to heat it first!  Now add enough kernels of popping corn  to cover the bottom.  Once it starts popping, slam a lid on and start shaking the pot around.  Shaking the pot around keeps the kernels moving so they don't burn.

You can add melted butter if you wish but with oil from the popping, you may find you just want to add some salt

Yes, it did rain on Saturday but that left me with plenty of time to start reading Cleo Coyle's "The Decaffeinated Corpse".  The boys played card games, read and even went for their run in the rain.
Hubby and I drove into a small town not too far away to pick up groceries.   Despite the higher cost I think it was worth it for our sanity to do this.  I wouldn't want to stop at the Superstore on the Friday before the long weekend, that would have been nuts!

Our first official cabin supper on Saturday was burgers and dogs with salad, corn on the cob, and potatoes. It really was a meal fit for everyone!
The spread!
Yes, R2-D2 travels with us...he carries the pepper!
The roasted beets! Peel, wrap in foil with some oil, salt, pepper, toss of grill until done!!

Sunday the weather warmed up and the sun came out. We put the dock back in the water, went for a short hike to see the petroforms, and sat on the dock and read our books. (The Boy also fished off the dock for a while).
The boy dons the chest waders with his Mets shirt!
The frame is in and the water is COLD!!
Getting the frame attached to the platform
Apparently I don't take enough photos of the Boy!
Weighing down the frame so it matches the end piece for easy attaching! nice evening shot...reading chairs still in place!
It really was a relaxing weekend, even with the demon cold from hell.

A quick hike at the Bannock Point Petroforms proved interesting. It is always neat to go see the ancient rock formations, the cloth offerings, and the scenery is nice as well.

Turtle formation

 It really was our lucky day...we spotted this guy walking around and then sitting in the woods as tough he was keeping an eye on these ancient grounds!

Hello Mr. Fox, so glad to came by to say hi!

Sunday evening I baked some brownies....S'mores brownies to be exact. I took them over next door as it was Kerri's (from Kerri on the Prairies birthday on Saturday...a bit late but better late than never!
Happy birthday Kerri!
 The neat thing about baking at the cabin is that either I have to improvise or I get to use tools I don't have at home!

S'mores Brownies

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a 9inch square baking pan.  Line with parchment.  (The parchment helps for easy removal to cut the brownies later.) At the cabin I had no parchment so I made sure to oil up the cast iron skillet I used!

Line the pan with graham crackers, breaking them up as you go to make sure they fit.

In a pot (or in a bowl in the microwave) melt:
  • 1/2 cup butter and stir until smooth with;
  • 1/4 cup of your very best cocoa powder
See?  I only use this beater at the cabin!!
Put this mixture aside to cool slightly

In a bowl beat:
  • 2 eggs until frothy
Add to the bowl, but do not mix yet:
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • a pinch of salt
Pour the butter/cocoa mixture into the bowl and mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  • add a teaspoon or so of vanilla
Pour the batter, scraping out the bowl into the prepared pan.

Shake the pan or use a knife to even the batter out in the pan.

Slice large mallows in half and chop up the chocolate!

Allow the brownies to cool slightly before arranging some halved marshmallows and a chopped up chocolate bar on top.

Place under the broiler until the marshmallows have puffed up and are golden brown....remember to watch closely!!
You really do have to wait and allow these to cool completely before cutting.  Otherwise they will be an ooey, gooey mess and will not cut smoothly at all!!

Until next time, stay warm and eat well...and kick any demon colds that may have come your way out the door!


  1. Love the pie. Great post. So fun. Lots of goodies in here. Sorry about the cold. Hope you rest up and feel better soon.

  2. Heck of a time to be flatted by a cold. It looks like a great weekend though.

  3. What an amazing time, eh? Lucky!! S'mores Brownies mmmmmm!

  4. I could kick myself. I made another batch of brownies today, and totally forgot that I wanted to try to make this. When I do make it, I'll give you credit and link back to you from my blog. Does look good.

    Miss Wiggy is fun to make doggy treats for. I'm having a blast. Have another batch of treats I want to make her next. Keeping track of my recipes and then I'll do some kind of download or somehthing to share them.

    That's all from me today. Time to go do dishes. Grrr ...

  5. You mean you haven't trained Wiggy to do the dishes yet?? Don't kick yourself Ivy, that would just hurt! Just make more brownies!
    I am so glad everyone likes the s'more brownies!

  6. Oh yeah, it's a great idea for a pie. And you're right, Miss Wiggy is too cute to stay mad at. I think that's why they are made so darn cute. Just so we don't strangle them.

  7. I have always wondered how docks were made. What a huge accomplishment! Love the smores pie/brownies. It is just the kind of dessert my crew would go crazy over. We just started making popcorn on the stove. It is now a weekly must have.

  8. Hi! lo mo sorry for here the cold:( get well soon. love the pie.... looks yummmmmm:).

  9. We are no strangers to popcorn on the stove, but those brownies?!?! You just rocked our world!!!


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