Rockton Spotlight: Sue

Nov 23, 2022

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Rockton Spotlight: Sue

I’m Sue, and I’ve been with Rockton for 12 years. I love the team, love our trips and shenanigans, and I love that we have the resources and latitude to take great care of our customers.

Something you like about working remotely? 

I adore working from home! The view from my desk is fantastic: I live in the woods in the Idaho Panhandle, so on a good day I may see an elk, a bear, or a mama moose with her baby. Sometimes I get to watch my #1 cat, Scylla (aka The Terror) stalking wild turkeys – she thinks she’s much bigger and tougher than she actually is. Ellie, our chocolate lab, snores under my desk much of the day. My husband also works from home, and he can be noisy too, but I love having him around and I think he feels the same. With access to my own kitchen, I’ve gone back to treating myself to pots of loose leaf tea throughout the day. I keep a variety of black, green, oolong, jasmine, and pu-erh around, and it feels so decadent!

Funny memory that is unique to 2020-present?

All I remember of 2020 and 2021 is moving my son and daughter to college, then back home, back to college, home again, over and over….. And of course they were at different colleges. Then suddenly in 2022, they’re both married and living out of state. I remember my dad telling me years ago, as if it were a secret, “Empty nest syndrome is a myth!” And he was right. After about two weeks, he was right. Miss those kids, love those kids, but wow is it nice to have BOTH of their bedrooms for sewing space! 

What are you reading?

I just finished “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming” by Mike Brown and it was great. We think we know “what’s out there,” but he reminds us how much is still to be discovered, even in our own solar system. 

Favorite recipe?

Dutch Baby (aka German Puff Pancake)
This is fun to make for kids, special days, and overnight guests. It’s a simple recipe, but it feels special and dramatic when it comes out of the oven all puffed and golden brown!

Preheat oven to 425F

Whisk together:

1/2C milk

1/2C flour

1/4C sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

Heat a 10” ovenproof skillet (cast iron is ideal) over medium heat and melt 4T (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

Tilt the pan to coat the sides with melted butter. Pour in the egg mixture and cook on the stovetop without stirring for 1 minute. Move the skillet into the preheated oven and bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, about 12 – 15 minutes. Serve immediately with a dusting of powered sugar, fruit preserves, or maple syrup.

And here’s a great recipe for a savory version.

Favorite game:

We’ve had a blast playing Wizard, similar to euchre but the number of players is flexible and you bet on how many tricks you’ll take each round. It doesn’t take long for the trash talking and accusations to start!

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