• The Fireside Sipper you Need to Make Tonight: the Huckleberry Spruce Tip Old Fashioned

    Need the perfect Fall drink for comfy chair snuggling, cozy sweater wearing, great book reading, nights by the fire? Of course you do. We all do. That’s what Fall is all about, Charlie Brown. And I’ve got the recipe – and the simple syrup!- for you! Imagine that cozy chair, that soft sweater, those warm slippers, that stormy night outside- what’s in your cup? You deserve something new. Something that wakes you up just a bit, intriguing you with its flavors even as it mellows you right back down in a warm whiskey glow. Something that tastes like a classic, revisited and renewed. You’ll need Huckleberry Spruce Tip syrup, so click…

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    Farewell to August Cocktail: A Marionberry Mint Simple Goodness Syrup recipe

    August is waning but my thirst for a craft cocktail shared with friends isn’t. Once my mid-August birthday rounds the bend, I know summer is coming to an end. My birthday typically coincides with the Perseif meteor showers, the hottest days of the summer, and lots of days on the lake. Recently, the Pacific Northwest has seen so much summer smoke from wildfires that August has been far less enjoyable than the long, hot, lazy days of my summers’ past, and some Seattlites with hazy eyes and burning throats are praying for rain and pinning pumpkin recipes on pinterest. But not me. I believe every season is owed its time…

  • Simple Goodness Syrups: Marionberry Mint & a Garden Mule cocktail

    Simple Goodness Syrups have launched, shipped, and wowed their first customers. After a humorously inefficient first shipping process (picture 8 months pregnant Venise carrying an armful of boxes into fedex twenty minutes before closing, and the lady behind the counter looking wary at best) the first shipped bottles are in the hands of customers across the USA and that feels really, really good. We are so proud to share a taste of the Pacific Northwest summer through these first edition Simple Goodness Sister Syrup flavors. We also sold a ton of bottles at the Garlic and Goats Festival at Venise’s farm last weekend to our local community and couldn’t stop…

  • A Fan Favorite: The Genevieve

    Our friends are as much a part of our success as our family and this fan favorite Happy Camper Cocktail original recipe is in honor of one of our besties, Genevieve. Genevieve was one of the OG Happy Campers who offered her critique on everything from the Happy Camper logo to the cocktail menu and this recipe is one that she insisted we put on our menu at our very first event. It was recently featured on SipNorthwest.com as a feature cocktail. It can be a little complex with the Rhubarb Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup, but our already bottled Rhubarb Vanilla Bean simple syrup makes this fancy cocktail a breeze!…

  • Tarragon and Quince Cocktail Recipe

    The Tarragon is currently reaching the end of it’s productivity in the herb garden on the farm but before it goes there is still time to enjoy it’s licorice tangy flavor in a cocktail.  If you are growing tarragon in your garden, you will want to watch it for flowering (the flowers don’t actually flower, they just make little buds) and the yellowing of the leaves towards the end of your growing season. When you start to see these tell tale signs that fall is near you should start to harvest and think about how to store it through the winter. My favorite way to store Tarragon is to freeze…

  • Floats for the Fight: Wilkeson Handcar Races

    Washington state is filled with small towns that were once booming logging, coal mining and railroad towns. One of our favorites, Wilkeson, is just 5 minutes down the road from us in the foothills of Mount Rainier. Along the route to the Northwest entrance of Mount Rainier, Wilkeson has a population of 486 full time residents and relies heavily on the support of tourists who travel through the town on their way to hike along the Carbon River or Mowich Lake. One of the best weekends to visit Wilkeson is during the annual Handcar Races. On the third Saturday in July of every year local teams race railroad handcars on an…

  • How Henry eats his veggies: one picky 1 year old’s menu

    It drives me crazy that my child won’t eat a balanced diet. Let’s just start there. In theory I know that kids are often picky, heck I was, though that was mostly my sister’s fault. I copied everything Venise did and she remains to this day a particular eater. In practice, Henry’s picky eating aggravates me to no end. I take food really seriously, always have. I love eating it (as an adult I am a pretty adventurous eater), growing it and cooking it. I also hate waste. So watching my child refuse to eat the veggies I have lovingly prepared for him is incredibly frustrating for me. When I first became a parent, feeding…

  • Enchilada Casserole

      Beef. Good. Salsa. Good. Cheese. Good. What’s not to love?  (If you can tell me what TV Sitcom I am mimicking extra points for you!) This recipe is my new jam, it’s bomb diggity! Ask my sister or my husband, it has quickly become a once week staple. For some reason I have had crazy cravings for Mexican food ever since I had my daughter six months ago. If I had to guess it’s because I endured nine months of “morning sickness” and Mexican food was on the top of the list of things I wanted but couldn’t quite stomach. So now I am making up for lost tamales.…

  • Galentine’s day recipes: Monster Cookies My Way, aka Coconut, Dark Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

    These cookies were the other hit from Galentine’s Day. I have a terrible habit of trying new recipes before parties which has frequently led to much swearing and boxed Trader Joe’s scones being served (and now the secret is out- if you have scones at my gatherings, it may because I can’t serve f-bombs for dessert and that delectable looking pin was very very deceiving.) Here was such a case, except my gamble led to a big pay out this time. I am in love with these cookies. They are basically my dream cookie: dense, chewy, lacey, filled with coconut and accented by dark chocolate. They are not a traditional monster cookie, but…

  • Galentine’s Day Recipes: Potato Leek Soup adapted from Julia Child’s Potage Parmentier

    I promised to post the recipes from the Galentine’s Day party last week because this soup and the cookies I served were both big hits. The original Julia Child recipe is from the Art of French Cooking and calls it Potage Parmentier, so if you’re serving it for a party I suggest going with that title and impressing les pantalons off of everyone. Serving the same recipe by the name Potato Leek soup keeps it down to earth for an easy Sunday supper. Though an easy recipe, this was a soup 26 months in the making. I originally made it for  Christmas party two years ago, got great reviews, but then promptly forgot about…