Shopping…Baker City Oregon

 As I’ve traveled cities big and small I have found a theme. As far as shopping is concerned I’ll take a small town of boutiques over a big city of stores any day. 

I recently traveled to the little town of Baker City Oregon. It’s brimming with old west history tucked under the Elkhorn Mountains in Eastern Oregon. 

It’s also home to a collection of shops that make for a relaxing and fun day of shopping.

Queen City Modern
Dot & Rosie
Mad Habit
No. 1911
Then to have a snack;

Zephyr Bakery & Deli 
And some dinner and wine;

Earth & Vine 

There are no long lines, impatient drivers or grouchy store owners to be found here. 

I found happy, creative, genuinely caring shop owners who steered the helm of shops with truly unique wares, fun displays, beautiful flowers and really delicious food!  

I can’t wait to go back again!


I just made a day of it but if you’d like to stay the weekend the Geiser Grand Hotel is a beautiful historic hotel downtown amongst the shops and eateries. If you stay until Sunday you can catch Sweet Wife Baking too!

Saturday Breakfast

Today is Saturday! It’s full of possibilities, all of which are off schedule, totally voluntary and fun!  To start the day I thought we’d have a special breakfast. The boys went out shooting so I sent them with some to go.  Us girls are having a slower more leisurely morning. 

Last night I put this in the crock pot:

There’s no added sugar but it doesn’t taste like it because the apples have all night for the natural sugars to release their carmely loveliness. 

It smelled wonderful this morning! 

I also put out some ground pork to thaw so I could make our favorite sausage. 

Alton Brown breakfast sausage recipe
I almost never follow a recipe exactly so this is how I do mine differently from the original. 

  • I use fresh or dried herbs depending on what’s growing in my garden. Today I used fresh thyme and dried herbs for everything else. 
  • I use a microplane to grate the nutmeg. (It’s the best/fastest way!) 
  • Pink sea salt and mixed peppercorns. 
  •  Instead of chopping and cracking etc everything individually I put it all in my Nutribullet and grind it up all together. 
  • I use my medium ice cream scoop to scoop the sausage mixture onto the griddle and press it down with my hands. 

I made some fresh ground coffee my favorite way , French press. Then went outside under the apple blossoms and enjoyed every bite!

There is something indescribably satisfying about a chilly spring morning and sipping hot fresh coffee. It’s my soul food.