I’m home! We got home very late last night. As much as I love being at our trailer and cabin, nothing beats sleeping in your regular bed!
While “Up North”, which is what people in Michigan say who live “Down Below” when they are heading to their cabin in Northern Michigan. Not to be confused with saying “We are heading to the U.P.” meaning the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And no Michigander actually says the words upper peninsula. Anyway, while up north, Troy and the princess took off to do some fishing one afternoon. So, I grabbed some magazines that I had wanted to read while we were at the cabin and fixed myself some tea and lunch.
I dragged one of the old thrifted aqua blue metal chairs over to a recently fallen tree.
I decided to use the fallen tree as my table. And I could easily prop my feet up when I read my magazine. Ahh, now this is the life!
It was such a beautiful sunny day! It wasn’t hot and humid, just perfect temperature and the sun shining.
An egg salad sandwich and chips. A perfect little lunch.
Troy had made a yummy pineapple upside down cake outside in the cast iron dutch oven.
When you bake a cake in the dutch oven, it is more of a spongy cake because you keep the lid on it and it steams. It is sooooooo good!
Troy’s pineapple upside down cake in the cast iron dutch oven recipe:
First step is to get 30 pieces of charcoal going. You want them ready for the cast iron dutch oven when they are all grey.
- Melt 1 stick of butter with 1/2 a cup of brown sugar (inside dutch oven)
- Place pineapple ring to cover the bottom of the dutch oven (on top of the melted butter & sugar)
- place maraschino cherries inside each ring
- in a bowl, mix one yellow cake mix, the juice from the pineapple rings, 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and 2 eggs. Just mix with a spoon (this will make the cake a bit denser instead of lighter when you use a mixer).
- Pour batter over pineapple.
- Put lid on dutch oven.
- Place 20 hot coals down and place the dutch oven on top of them (we generally just do it inside the grill)
- Place the remaining 10 hot coals on top.
- Depending on your altitude and the temperature outside when you bake the cake, it should take between 30-45 minutes to completely bake. After about 30 minutes, check it to see how done it is. Usually the cake is done when the coals are basically all ash.
We use a pair of old pliers to lift the lid with the charcoal on it up to check.
See that cute little vintage salt & pepper and jam/mustard jar set? I just picked that up at a Barn Sale. It can be so hard to find all the pieces intact for these types of sets.
This is a new to me (also vintage) teacup set.
This is the kind of “time out” I wish someone would tell me I had to take on a regular basis. Kids just don’t realize how good they have it! How many times have you thought, “I wish someone would tell me to go to my room!” So, I’m telling y’all “ It is time for YOU to take a time out!”
Go and enjoy some tea and lunch with Mother Nature the first chance you get! I hope you all have a great day!