Twelve of us survived to retell the tales of the 2008 Ghost Story Weekend. The stories were outstanding! Some very creepy tales (out of very nice people!), some hilarious moments, all in good fun, great fellowship, and I think everybody learned something valuable. I did, and met three delightful new people as well.
Those who are fixing up Siltcoos Station continue to do a stellar job. It’s better and better, every time we’re out there.
And, I must say, the meals are getting better every time, too. This time Val set the Sunday morning breakfast standard with pancakes and eggs to order from the fancy grill she hauled up the train tracks from Nightingale’s Fish Camp (long story).
And thanks to Dianna Rodgers, I created a crock pot dish that served twelve, including two vegetarians and one person allergic to tomatoes. Herewith, the recipe:
Into a big crockpot put: 3 Generous cups of blackeyed peas and 9 same-size cups of water
Let cook on high for about three or four hours.
After the peas have cooked for a while, in a frying pan, saute one big onion, one package of sliced mushrooms and about six cloves of garlic. Add to the crockpot along with a four oz jar of pesto and two packages of 6 Morningstar Farms soy sausage patties, cut into small pieces.
Cook on low for another three or four hours.
An hour before serving, throw in a big bunch of chopped spinach. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with a dollop or sour cream and available Tabasco. Cornbread with honey on the side wouldn’t hurt.
And so. The eighteenth annual Ghost Story Weekend has passed. And I know of twelve people already looking forward to next spring.
(Photo by Shannan Sword)