Our Lost Road adventures continue as 5-year-old Alastair joins us in exploring the property. I described how we took a 3-year hiatus to grow him up to such an age when he would have a healthy respect for mountain lions and other wild life. The area was completely off-limits before now and now we eagerly explore.
Of course, The Lost Road now competes with “Angry Birds” and other apps that tempt little boys. I’ve got to work my angles.
“Let’s go to The Lost Road, boys!”
“Huh?,” they ask from their electronic devices.
“Hey boys, let’s go to The Lost Road to find a dessert ingredient!!!”
And so we go.
We are still working out the “getting down to The Lost Road” aspect, literally. It is a steep hike.
Alastair says, “I need more leverage…” as he uses the rope to help himself down the grade.
“I need better knees…” I am thinking.
The ingredient we seek on this hike isn’t typically found in a dessert, making it more interesting to me. We find a bay tree and collect some leaves. These are the leaves you use in a pasta sauce but we are trying bay in custard and in a warm dairy drink.
We grab enough bay for a friend while we’re there. She wants it to keep pests out of her pantry.
Each boy holds up a bay leaf bouquet and smiles for the camera.
“Oh, how charming you boys are!”
Alastair sneaks a peek from behind his brother. How precious!
Look at Frederick! Awww!
“Whack!” as an arm full of bay branches crashes onto Frederick’s shoulder.
“Hey guys, really, be GOOD to each other!”
“Awwww. Look at Frederick. Alastair, thank you for showing us a bay leaf. You are both precious.”
We head back to make a bay infusion for our desserts which were a hit. We will even manage to post the recipes soon…