Ocean Shores, WA December 9, 2013, snow day! A half mile from the Pacific Ocean we have frozen canals and partially frozen lakes, with snow coming down.
English Toffee Cake with Caramel Sauce
By Todd Johnson
DirectionsMix dates, 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. baking soda. Add boiling water. Soak for 10 minutes. Cream 4 Tbl. butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add egg and mix well. Add flour and 1 tsp. baking soda. Pour in date mixture. Mix until smooth. Pour into a floured pie dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Combine brown sugar, 3 Tbl. butter and 2 Tbl. cream. Boil for 2 minutes. Pour over baked cake. For the caramel sauce, cook 1 cup sugar, cold water and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium high heat. Boil until mixture caramelizes to a medium-dark amber color, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and slowly add 1 1/2 cups cream. Return to heat and boil 5-7 minutes until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla and swirl in 1/4 cup cold butter. Serve over cake with whipped cream. Serves 8-10.
Recipe from Scott Samuel, Brie and Bordeaux
The image of Orion is a stack of 20-second exposures ISO 1600(a total of 11 minutes) taken with an Orion short tube 80mm
guide scope and a Nikon D3000 DSLR. The full image of the moon was taken at 1/80 sec. with an ISO 100. The close up image was taken with a 2.5X Barlow.
This 1 mi hike is near the Denny Creek trailhead. It is actually between the East bound and West bound lanes of I-90 but it feels very wild.