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STYLING AND STYLING PRODUCTS BY CARLA SHAVER

When we moved here in July 2005, we were looking to buy a house in one of the many adorable neighborhoods Bellingham proper has to offer. While discussing the pros and cons of Columbia, Lettered Streets, Sunnyland, etc., a dear friend who had been here for many decades said to me, “I have two words: Lettered Streets.”

This struck me right. I asked why that is, and she addressed the proximity to downtown and the waterfront. I was filled in on all the plans the city had for accessing the waterfront in the distant, but not-too-distant, future. Lettered Streets is also so close to downtown and easy for alternative travel that I was intrigued.

So we bought in the Lettered Streets 13 years ago, and still no waterfront. That is, until now! The Granary has opened up a beautifully remodeled building on the water adjacent to gorgeous new Waypoint Park, expected to open in mid-June. Plans are to include parking, gorgeous views, and likely even restaurants! Although I am very excited to patronize the new eateries and envision a Pike Place Market on the bottom floor, I am most excited about making this place one of my new best neighborhood haunts. This milestone is worthy of a celebration — and is picnic-worthy!

PICNIC MENU

Artisan vegan cheese w/edible flowers

Salami

Olives

Fresh vegetables

Lemon cookies

Sparkling water

Baguette

ARTISAN VEGAN CHEESE RECIPE

2 cups raw cashews

2 garlic cloves (minced)

1 tsp. garlic powder

Zest from 1 lemon

2 lemons, juiced

¾ cup water

2 tbsp. nutritional yeast

½ tsp. sea salt

2 tbsp. olive oil

FOR SERVING

Edible flowers

INSTRUCTIONS

• Place cashews in a bowl and cover with cool water. Soak overnight.

• Drain cashews and add to a food processor. Add all other ingredients. Process until smooth.

• Place a fine mesh strainer over a mixing bowl and add the cheese over cheesecloth.

• Wrap the cheesecloth around the cheese to form a disk. Secure the cloth tight with twine.

• Refrigerate for 12 hours • Unwrap, add flowers, and enjoy!

 

"This milestone is worthy of a celebration — and is picnic-worthy!"