The camping part of the summer official wrapped up with a trip at the end of August to Haynes Point Provincial Park. We were originally booked into Kettle River Provincial Park we had to swap sites due to the Rock Creek fire that destroyed part of the campground. We managed to grab a site at the super popular and usually fully booked Haynes Point. Here's what we thought.
Smoky Afternoon at Haynes Point
Haynes Point has recently be renamed Swiws (pronounced swi-yoos) to reflect the original Okanagan First Nations' name. This park is located just outside of the town of Osoyoos and minutes from the Canada-US border. This small park is on a small peninsula on Osoyoos Lake and only has 41 sites. It's a reservable site and since almost all the sites around the lake are double sites, and the site is insanely possible, it's almost impossible to get a site.
The week we went was during one of the worst smoke filled weeks of the summer and we lucked into a site as a result. There were actually a few empty sites while we were there and many I think were empty due to the double site campsite booking rules. Doubles need to be booked at the same time, and are released for individual reservations one week ahead of arrival. Upside - they are all on the lake side, downside, they are wide open with zero privacy from your neighbour, while there was a lakeside site available we opted for an inside (single) site instead.
While the inside site was good for tenting, we did miss the freedom of lake access that we experienced at Fintry. Some other downsides of the inside sites: rats and poison ivy. Yep, rats and poison ivy. We were careful to clean up our table and store all food tightly sealed (and in the car when we were not at the site) to avoid inviting the rodents to visit - although I did find droppings on the table the second morning. Poison Ivy was clearly marked throughout the entire campground including in our site.
Lots of signage like this at Swiws/Haynes Point
Due to the smoke cover we didn't really spend much time just hanging out at the beach which we ordinarily would have done at a camp ground like this, instead decided to venture into Osoyoos to look around. First stop was at Moon Curser Winery for a quick look around and to pick up a bottle of wine.
Don't forget to pick up a nice bottle! Moon Curser, Afraid of the Dark
The staff at Moon Curser were super friendly and suggested that we head to Home Hardware in Osoyoos. Yes, you read that correctly, Home Hardware! So we did, of course. The Home Hardware is a bit of tourist destination when you are in Osoyoos and really is not to be missed, several floors of everything and anything you might need. We picked up a fun camping card game, checked out toys, beach toys, and the dog section. Added bonus: dogs are welcome. I'm sure they mean smaller dogs than ours, but we went in and sure enough Jessie was welcome! Another thing I really loved - beach and lawn chairs set up along the side walk allowing people to try before they buy, or just to sit and relax.
Super fun camping game!
Things to Know if You Go:
Overall we had a nice time at Haynes Point, I'm not sure it is the exactly the right spot for my tent camping family, but I think if you have a trailer or RV and can get a lake side spot you'd probably love it!
Be sure to check out all the info on the Campground sign - we learned a lot!
That's pretty much a wrap on another great summer, although I'm hoping for another round of hot, sunny, Okanagan weather this month I am quite grateful for the slightly cooler weather making baking a possibility again!
With cooler mornings and warm sunny afternoons it seems like the perfect time to make ice cream sandwiches, with a homemade cookie base of course! I've been really looking forward to these cooler temperatures so I could bake some treats using the new REESE Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread. I've been eating straight out of the jar and though it might be best to try and make something with it (to prevent eating a second straight jar!). It's still around 25C though during the day so Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect treat.
For this recipe I decided to tap into The Husband's heritage recipes and use the spread to recreate a favourite cookie of his from childhood. Originally made with Pistachio Butter (who knew that was even a thing!) this old time treat is a great match for the REESE Spread.
Here's what you need:
Here's what you do:
Preheat the oven to 350C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda together in a large bowl and set aside.
In a bowl blend the REESE spread and the butter together. In a second bowl beat the egg and then add in the sugars, store together until all blended. Add the sugar mixture to the butter mixture. Once these are blended together add in the dry ingredients to form your cookie batter.
Using a teaspoon drop batter on to the parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies will spread so be sure to leave space between the cookie batter balls to allow them to spread. Using a fork dipped in white sugar press the cookies down.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
This cookies have nice light crisp snap to them and are the perfect bases for a homemade ice cream sandwiches. They are firm enough that they won't break apart as you bite in, but not so firm that you can't bite into the sandwich without squishing all the ice cream out.
Although this post is sponsored by Hershey’s Canada and I have been compensated monetarily and with product, you can bet that I really love this spread - I did eat an entire jar of it before even thinking about baking with it!
It's time to start moving the blog in new directions...shifting focus we can say. This past year I started to move a bit more towards outdoor adventures while still sharing recipes, and now I'd like to start sharing what I'm reading. I've done an occasional review over the years but I'm never sure what to say about the books. Book reviews online are all over the place, from sharing everything about the storyline, to sharing virtually nothing. Some people write like a book report in school and simply share if they liked it or not. I think I'll be one of the latter.
In the spring I was fortunate to review a copy of the The Book Thief directly from the author, Natalie Meg Evans. I love the internet for this reason - she was running a contest on her website giving away copies and I entered. I'm always looking for new authors to read and often find myself drawn to Historical fiction. So this was a perfect fit for me.
The Dress Thief is the story of Alix Gower, a fashion designer hopeful, with a complicated past and mystery to solve. A Londoner living in Paris she's an outsider
I enjoyed the story line, set in pre-World War 1 Paris. Evans does a very nice job of describing Paris making it easy to slip into this story and get caught up in era. I will say though, that I struggled through some of the book toward the middle. Alix is a smart woman, but consistently does some incredibly dumb things. I have a tough time liking characters that do things like this, but the book wrapped up with Alix getting herself together and reverting back to the intelligent woman she was at the beginning of the book.
I also enjoyed the appendix in the book: some fashion history and a few french recipes in a scrapbook type layout. It's fun!
I'd recommend this a summer beach read, or a book to take with you on vacation. It's a fast read, and one that you can put down and pick up again without having reread to refresh yourself on the story.
Natalie Meg Evans has a second book out, The Milliner's Secret, set in wartime Paris as well. It's on my to be read list.
Thanks to the author for sending me the book - signed with a personal message no less!