quick color change
Mom just returned from a big camping trip. She and a friend camped in the teardrop camper. The visited ten states in ten days. Stops included Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. They rode bikes and enjoyed the scenery. Everything from mountains, prairies, and (Grand) Canyons.
We're usually gone for July 4th. This year was different. We went to a friends house for a swim, grilled meats and lots of fireworks. I was the obvious expendable human to light the explosives. I survived, I still have all my fingers and no burns. The daughter jumped in to help. She's so good to me. She also came out without damage.
Everybody enjoyed sparklers. Again, no burns! That's a huge success.
Wimberley Blanco River Report:
Our river park has been cleaned up. The trees are starting to grow new leaves. We still don't have our usual shady spot. We were fortunate to enjoy a rare overcast July day in the Blanco River.
The boys did some tubing. Some of our neighbors down there were also soaking in the crystal clear waters.
This is the HOT part of Summer in Texas. This is when people who can, do leave for the rest of Summer. It just gets hotter from here on till September.
The Daughter had another birthday. She chose to go to Trace at the W Hotel. She really likes the burger there. We marveled at the bread served at Trace, sourced from Easy Tiger Bakery. This lead to a few other ideas.
#1: Where is the BEST burger in Austin? Many claim it can be found at Kick Drum Burger truck, often found at Hops and Grains Brewery. So we did what we had to...
That Mosaic is still the best beer in Austin and the Kick Drum Burger was really good.
#2: Can we make bread at home as well as Easy Tiger bread?
I've been playing around with the Better No Knead Bread Recipe by Kenji Lopez Alt. It works well, we double it. The three pics below are of the Better No Knead bread.
The No-Knead was not as good as the bread from Easy Tiger. So Kat decided to try making bread the regular way (shown below). Using a recipe from a baker's book, the process required more labor, but did not match the quality of either No-Knead or Easy Tiger. Her kneaded bread is seen below. The baguette did turn out well, but still not as good as one from a good bakery. She's going to try a no-knead baguette recipe next.