My sweetie and I are adventurers at heart. One of the many things we cherish together is our passion for new discoveries in the ordinary. Ordinary Oregon is a wide open palette of cleverly hidden gems intertwined through rural towns you’d never think to venture toward without a purpose.
Some days we just want to get out of the city. Holidays, such as our recent President’s Day provided the opportunity to do just that. With a rough idea of our desired journey, our goal was to find a body of water and a forested area to meander and picnic. Oh, and to find the most commonplace small-time, local quick stop store where we could buy our Powerball ticket. It’s one of the fun things we do when we take day trip adventures. We like to believe one of those small nameless mini markets hold the winning piece of paper! It is silly fun.
Our local weather is back to the usual rain. We saw plenty of it on our drive, including hail! We did get the pleasure of a few sun breaks that added to the charm of our day. We even saw the most perfect rainbow. By the time I grabbed my camera to get a picture, dark clouds covered it and it was gone. That was a beautiful rainbow. Moments later we rounded a bend to discover these beauties grazing in the shrubs.
Filled with the wonder of nature, we continued on our day, cruising through small town Oregon, enjoying lush landscapes and sweeping farm land. We found our body of water and our forested paths. We saw covered bridges and broken down barns blanketed in moss and ivy. We discovered that there is still a lumber industry that appears to be thriving in Oregon. It gave us thoughts to ponder and created lively conversation. Did you know there is a Liberal, OR? We wondered if we were the only liberals around! We laughed. We enjoyed each other. We got lost in the succulent array of green that our state boasts and revived ourselves in our day of exploration.
As we sat in our camper van with the clattering rain on our roof top, we also satisfied our hungry bellies and warmed our insides by enjoying a thermos of piping hot Carrot Soup with homemade gluten free bread.
The food was outstanding and so was our day. Home and refreshed, I am ready for this week feeling relaxed and more connected with the world around me. I love our all around Oregon adventures. I am grateful too, for the time to feel connected with my sweetie in the midst of this frazzled, mixed up thing called life.
Check out this recipe if you want to make your own thermos of soup for your next outdoor adventure–
My variation was using cumin powder instead of curry powder, I added a cup of chicken broth and a 1/2 cup of almond milk for a little creaminess.
The bread was a surprising success!! I found this recipe in my folder recently. It was emailed to me by my son who was attending Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Charlotte, NC. He was taking a bread making class and had a few lessons on using alternative flours. I rarely have a loaf of bread turn out this amazing. It tastes as good as it looks. The texture is fantastic and holds up well to toppings as well as dipping into soup!
Enjoy this creation by following this recipe exactly. I found this to be the most successful way to have a beautiful loaf of bread. I cannot give proper credit to the author of this recipe other than to say it came from one of my sons classes! It is a delicious recipe.
Gluten Free Bread
2 cups rice flour ( I used brown rice flour)
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups water
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup canola (or other) oil
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Using an electric mixer, combine all ingredients. The dough will resemble a thick batter. Scoop into an oiled 9×5
loaf pan & smooth the top. Brush with a light coating of oil. Loosely cover with plastic wrap & side aside to rise until dough is even with the top of the pan; about 1 1/2 hours. (mine didn’t rise all the way but was still great!)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove plastic wrap and bake until golden brown, 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 30 minutes before slicing. Freezes well.