Trailer Park Slumming

*** I have no clue when this post will actually get published – last night I was having problems with WordPress, and now my internet is barely working. Gotta love technology, eh? ***

Yesterday sure was a long, family filled day. By the time we got home, I was too tired to think about posting, not to mention WordPress wasn’t playing nice, so I figured I’d wait until today to give you the recap on my adventures, include my baking project for the event!

I started off my Saturday morning by…yes, sleeping in. It was only until like, 10 am. I’m such a sloth! But I’m okay with it. Once I was up, I knew what was on the menu for breakfast – apple blackberry oatmeal.

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We had some apples in the fridge from my sister’s boyfriend’s dad’s tree, and blackberries in the freezer that my mom had picked a few weeks earlier. How could I not combine the two?

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  • 1/2 oats, 1 cup milk (using up the container)
  • 1 small apple, chopped
  • handful of frozen blackberries (maybe 1/3 cup?)
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • chopped pecans
  • sprinkle brown sugar

Just like an apple blackberry crumble.

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I broke out a new juice this morning – Ocean Spray Cranberry Peach 100% Juice Blend. It was fine. I think I like just plain ol’ cranberry juice better though.

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This actually ended up being both my breakfast and lunch – mostly because I ate so late, but also because it was that filling.

After some showering & beautifying, we packed up and were off for the day. Our destination? My aunt & uncle’s trailer up at Cultas Lake. They were hosting a family BBQ, so almost everyone was able to make it up there for the day of fun. We could have come up and stayed overnight as well, but my parents were off to Las Vegas today, so we only went for the day.

Of course, it was a bit of a potluck BBQ, so I just had to bake something. My mom had bought a ton of local blueberries and frozen them, so she suggested I make something with them. I browsed through some of my cookbooks, and came up with the perfect recipe in Eat, Shrink & Be MerryA Bundt In The Oven (upside down blueberry streusel coffee cake).

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We wanted something that didn’t need to be refrigerated, as there is limited fridge space up at the trailer. I figured a coffee cake was a good choice.

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It’s also nice, because all of the recipes in this cookbook have been designed to be healthier, whether it’s lowering the fat, upping the fibre, or using a less refined product. Although, I will say I had one complaint about this recipe – it asked for 2 cups of Bisquick mix. We went to the store, and I looked at the package, only to see that it contains trans fats. Ummm, no thanks. So I just modified my mom’s recipe for baking soda biscuits instead, and I also used a 2-1 ratio of white flour to whole wheat flour to give it a little more nutritional value. All in all, it produce a moist & delicious coffee cake, with a heavenly lemon-blueberry aroma. Very summery.

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Anyways, back to the trip up to the trailer.

By the time we arrived up there it was after 2 pm, and all the family members who had been there all day were just BBQ’ing up some lunch. So we all sat around, chatting and snacking on the usual fare – chips, nuts, drinks, grapes. One of my cousins couldn’t make it, but his fiancé was there with their twins, so of course there was lots of ooing and aahing over the babies (they are only 7 months old). Lots of picture taking by everyone as well. I’ll be leaving the baby pics off here, but I do have some scenery pics for you instead 🙂

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As you can see, the Cultas Lake area is situated in a valley with mountains surrounding it. It’s very picturesque. My aunt & uncle’s trailer is located up a bit of a hill from the lake, so unfortunately we never made it down to the lake to take pictures or anything. We did go blackberry picking though!

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You better believe I brought home a big bag full of those sweet blackberries – I’ll have to clean & freeze them today. We also found some hazelnut trees on the road side with nuts. My mom grabbed a few. They aren’t quite ripe yet though.

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My aunt also has a bumper crop of concord grapes going at the trailer. These are the grapes she makes jelly with – I bet I’ll be getting quite a few jars this year 🙂

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Dinner ended up being around 8 pm, and we had a fabulous spread of eats. My uncle did up some pork tenderloins on the BBQ, there was fresh steamed corn on the cob, various salads, and fresh blackberries of course.

Here’s my plate of eats.

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Clockwise from the left:

  • corn on the cob with buttah, of course
  • fresh blackberries
  • bbq pork tenderloin
  • pickles
  • caesar salad
  • Chinese noodle salad (my mom made this – so good!)

There was also a potato salad, but I wasn’t feeling it, so I just went with the green salads. But it was all very delicious – a perfect summer meal.

Of course, we broke out the desserts shortly there after.

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I had a piece of my blueberry coffee cake, some sort of oatmeal/caramel cookie, and a piece of this amazing peanut butter & marshmallow fluff fudge. OMG, it was so good. I totally went back for a second piece, even though I knew it would put me in a sugar coma. HA! I must get that recipe from my aunt.

There were some other desserts, like mini key lime cupcakes and homemade brownies, but I may have tried each of those earlier on in the afternoon. LOL.

We eventually said our goodbyes around 9:30, and made the long drive home. It took longer than expected, since we ran into construction on the freeway, so it was after 11 pm when we finally walked in the door.

And that, my friends, is my Saturday spent with family. It’s nice being back home, where I can actually attend all these family events – I’ve missed out these past 4+ years!

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Categories: Baking, Books/Cookbooks, Dessert, Dinner, Family, Snack


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7 Comments on “Trailer Park Slumming”

  1. August 23, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Ooh, apples and blackberries sounds like a killer combo.

  2. Lizzy
    August 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    mmm your bundt cake looked amazing!

  3. August 24, 2009 at 3:30 am #

    That blueberry buntcake looks FAB! I want a big ol slice now!! Lucky you get to go berry picking and a mini bonus of a hazelnut tree. I have always wanted to go berry picking.

  4. August 24, 2009 at 6:00 am #

    I’m officially drooling. That coffee cake looks amazing. Good for you for reading the label and catching the trans fat. I would have done the same thing. If I would have learned that fact AFTER I made the cake, I probably wouldn’t have eaten it!! Ok…maybe not, it looks too good, but still, who has trans fat in their product anymore?!
    I’m really into blackberries this season and your fresh berries look great, and the grapes remind me of my childhood when we had a grape vine in our backyard!

  5. August 24, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    Your cake looks amazing!! Glad you were able to attend the family BBQ – I love family time! With scenery like that, it can’t be beat!! Have a great Monday!

  6. August 24, 2009 at 10:39 am #

    What a fabulous day! I love your breakfast and the bundt cake. I have all 3 “Eat, Shrink” books nad have made A LOT of the reipes in them, but that is one I haven’t yet tried. Looks like it turned out marvelous!

    Beautiful scenery pictures! Can’t wait to see what you do with those gorgeous berries…

  7. August 25, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    It’s beautiful there! Wow, I’d love to “slum” like that 🙂
    Your cake looks absolutely beautiful. You’re such a good baker and everything you do is so thought out, which I adores!

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