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Another Weekend, Another Birthday

And it was back to Ft Bidwell

sunny 80 °F

We had to get back to Ft Bidwell for another birthday party, this time for our older granddaughter, her 16th. The birthday party was scheduled for Sunday and, of course, I was to bake the cake. A music festival was scheduled for Saturday evening.

Our son and his family were house sitting, so having extra bedrooms was a welcome addition for the many friends who came from out of town. There were at least 15 out of town friends and family members on-hand for the festivities.

Bel had arranged for the 1st Ft Bidwell Music Festival along with $1.00 tacos. She enlisted family members and family friends to help put the food together. IMG_20160702_181948479.jpg

Bel had asked some of "the more" talented friends and family to sing. The music started with a local, young lady, who writes and sings her own music. I wanted to tape her music but knew that it wouldn’t come across well and I didn’t have permission.

Other singers included a good family friend and her daughter, who sang from Janis Joplin to songs in Spanish. Family members sang songs from their past. Last local man sang and played his guitar. He was full of jokes and puns, as well as songs. The evening was warm and people were dancing.
Sunday was Bel’s birthday and my present to her was a baking lesson on petit fours and turning over my icing recipe. My icing recipe is my own creation and it has been very popular since I came up with it. I also bought cake decorating supplies and cake pans for her cake and her gift.

Bel and I baked together and decorated together. I’d show her a step in the process and she’d run with it. It was such good quality time.
The birthday party was held in a neighbor’s pole barn. Again the evening weather was warm and perfect for a potluck dinner. Bel’s other grandfather BBQ’d chicken, she had her favorite salad and of course the cake.

Bel had wanted a pineapple cake with whipped cream icing, she doesn’t like icing. I baked a yellow cake with crushed pineapple and pineapple juice inside the cake mix. One of Bel’s out-of-town friends had a birthday as well. I made him, as per his request, a chocolate cake with chocolate icing.
Bel and her friends chose music to dance to after her dinner. Since it was a nice evening dancing was a great way to end the weekend.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:52 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip nature party rv outdoors grandkids ft_bidwell Comments (0)

Fun in Ft. Bidwell

Lily Lake and friends

sunny 70 °F

Fathers Day was a rather lazy affair.

Bekki had suggested that we make a trip to Lily Lake, a lake just west of Ft. Bidwell, in the mountains. We packed up kids, food and wine into their car and drove up the dirt road to the lake. The road had several downed trees that had to be driven around and one spot where Dale put some branches over the edge of the road to be used to drive on.

We were surprised that quite a few people were at the lake, it seemed so remote to us.

We’d forgotten a corkscrew so asked around if anyone had one. One guy came over with an awl and a screwdriver. As Dale was pulling the cork out with the awl, the guy came back with pliers, in the event,IMG_20160619_133016188.jpgIMG_20160619_135032354.jpgIMG_20160619_144000544.jpgIMG_20160619_145044525.jpg Dale could use them. We offered him a glass of wine but he preferred the beer he brought.

In the evening, we went down to Nate’s closest neighbor as she had invited several people over for dinner. She is listed in a directory for people who want to do some organic farming and 3 women were working with her, one brand new and another who’d been there for a few days. It was great to meet new people, ones who are so involved and kind to our kids, not to mention, have some great food.

Posted by Miss Chris 08:32 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip nature camping rv outdoors grandkids ft_bidwell lily_lake Comments (0)

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