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In Photos: A Road Trip Pit Stop

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time on the highway between varying towns in southern BC and Revelstoke. We moved around a lot in my early years, but the constants in my life were always visiting my father and my grandparents in Revelstoke. Every summer and alternating Easters and Christmases, that’s where I went. And often while I was visiting, I’d end up going to Vernon or Salmon Arm to go shopping with an aunt or my dad or my grandma, so we drove that highway even more. When the weather was good, trips through Sicamous were always punctuated with a stop at the ‘D’ Dutchmen Dairy for ice cream and a quick visit with the cows. We’d sit in the sun at a picnic table, trying to simultaneously savour the creamy cold goodness and catch the dribbles from our cones before they reached our fingers. Good times, I tell you. Good times.

Living in Calgary, we don’t make that drive very often. But when we do, we make sure we have time for an ice cream pit stop. Our latest visit was over the Easter weekend, driving from Vancouver to Revelstoke to visit my family for the holiday. A good time was had by all, even if Jamie did commandeer my ice cream! If you’re driving the Trans-Canada through Sicamous, I highly recommend this stop. It’s just off the highway, and worth the half hour or so you’ll spend indulging in ice cream made on-site from milk they get from their own animals. If you’re lucky, you might even get a kiss from a cow .

D Dutchmen Dairy

A boy and his momma’s ice cream. I guess cherry cheesecake looked better to him than dutch chocolate!

D Dutchmen Dairy

The Girl and her strawberry ice cream.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Cherry cheesecake, just before it was stolen by a certain two year old.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Kisses from calves.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Visiting the yearlings.

D Dutchmen Dairy

Anybody home?

D Dutchmen Dairy

Meeting the ladies.

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In Photos: Road Trippin’

It’s spring break, and we decided to pack up and visit family while Eliza is off school for a week. We drove from Calgary to Vancouver over two days, and these are some of the photo highlights of our drive.

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Superstar in the back seat, excited to be on the road!

Road Trippin'

Stopped for highway work. Thankfully it wasn’t a lot wait, or a long line.

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Filthy car from a dirty winter highway.

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Scenic rest stop near Cache Creek.

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Stretching her legs!

Road Trippin'

Did you see that truck?

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Road trip guacamole – a family tradition.

Road Trippin'

Pit stop #1 – visiting with Grumpa

Road Trippin'

I used to live here!

Road Trippin'

Tunnel! The kids yelled all the way through. This did not get old at all as we passed through six more. Actually, it got old before we even got out of the first tunnel.

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Beautiful winter canyon.

Road Trippin'

Rain.

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Sleepy dude.

We have a full week planned, including trips to Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium! I’m sure there will be more of these photo posts to come while we’re away, because it’s an easy thing for me to post from a computer that isn’t mine.

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Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

If there’s anything that reminds me of my grandmother, it’s bread. Delicious, warm, soft, fresh-from-the-oven bread. The kind that melts butter as you spread it, and is so warm and comforting you feel like you could eat a whole loaf. You shouldn’t, of course, but you want to. I have fond memories of baking bread of all kinds in my grandmother’s kitchen – sandwich bread, french bread, and one of my favourites: soda bread. This has become a family favourite in the Blissful kitchen, too. My husband loves it and requests it often, and my kids devour it when it’s put in front of them. A loaf doesn’t last long around here!

Irish Soda Bread

And what better time to make this true Irish bread than for St. Patrick’s Day? This is a real soda bread, not the Americanized cake version that involves eggs and dried fruit. This is the kind of soda bread you’d find on a farmhouse table at dinner. It’s a simple bread – there is none of the fuss or delicate rising times of yeasted breads. If you have half an hour and all the ingredients, you can have it on the table in time for dinner. It doesn’t keep well and it isn’t a great sandwich bread, but it’s perfect alongside a hearty soup or stew, or just eating with a pat of butter and dollop of jam.

Irish Soda Bread

My grandmother passed away a little over a year ago, and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. I am lucky enough to have some of her recipes, ones that she shared with me once I was grown and had a house of my own to run. This loaf is one of hers, one that I remember making with her, one that baked in the oven while a stew bubbled on the stovetop, one that was passed around that great kitchen table of hers as we all sat down to dinner. If you make it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Please note: I have posted a correction to this recipe – I transposed my notes incorrectly, it should be 2 Tbsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda. My apologies! ~ Samantha

Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk {maybe a little more}

Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare a baking sheet by lightly greasing it.

Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in just enough buttermilk to make a soft, shaggy dough. {2 cups of buttermilk is usually enough, but if your dough is dry, you may need a little more.}

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it comes together into a smooth dough. Shape into a flat round, about 8 inches across, and place the round gently on the prepared baking sheet. Score with a sharp knife, brush with water, and sprinkle with flour. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until loaf sounds hollow when tapped with your fingertips.

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