Backpacking Pasta + Our Favorite Food to Eat on the Trail

I posted this picture to instagram and Facebook over the weekend from a mini backpacking trip we did with friends and many were surprised to find out it was a dinner we made while backpacking. Today, I’m here to dish all the dirty details on how we made that meal happen, plus share some of our… Read more »

Dirty Dish Club Goes Coastal

In my last post, I mentioned we just got back from a trip to the Oregon Coast. It was a glorious week of cool temperatures, runs on the beaches, and high berry consumption. Since it was a vacation, we indulged ourselves with lots of tasty food. Here is the recap of our vacation told in… Read more »

Our Top Five Favorite Cheesecakes

National cheesecake day is this Sunday! We usually throw a big party so we don’t feel ashamed about baking an obscene amount of cheesecake, but this year we just got back from a trip to the Oregon coast and sadly don’t have enough time or energy to make it happen.*

Socializing with Dirty Dish Club

According to age, we’re technically millennials. But when it comes to social media we’re kind of late bloomers. We literally joined Facebook after both of our moms did. Really, we were hoping Facebook would just go the way of the world like Myspace, but it just wouldn’t die and we just ended up being in… Read more »

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

I photographed this cheesecake one year ago and since then have made it four times, but not had the decency to share it with you. It’s been requested for two birthdays and brought in one of the highest bids at a scout fundraiser. Even when the salted caramel craze dies, I’m pretty sure this cheesecake… Read more »

Dutch Oven Stew

When I was a kid I loved canned stew. My love became so well-known that people started giving it to me for my birthday. Yep, canned stew for my birthday and I was excited bout it. At some point, my palate matured though and I lost my zeal for canned stew. (That or hit my… Read more »

Camping Menu

Hopefully it’s pretty obvious that we like camping. We consider ourselves to be fairly hardcore about it, especially considering our baggage, er children. We get dirt under our fingernails, sleep on the ground, and start fires without lighter fluid. There is one area where we do not succumb to survival tactics though and that is our… Read more »

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cobbler

During our courtship (is that word too archaic for something that only happened a decade ago?), Noel and I spent a summer apart. I was smitten which led me to do sappy things like make care packages with chocolate kisses and cheesy sayings. And because Noel was likewise smitten, he continued dating me even though he… Read more »

Five Reasons You Should Do a Sugar Detox

One of the things we knew we needed to address as we tried to get back to more healthy eating habits and #makepantsfitagain was address our relationship with sugar. (Backstory here.) At first, we tried to do things like limit our sweets to once a week, but we kept relapsing because Tuesday the kids were really hard… Read more »

Almond Stuffed Campfire Peaches

Noel mentioned in his last post that in an effort to #makepantsfitagain, we did a bit of a sugar detox. (Post on that coming soon to your favorite food blog.) Going forward we aren’t banning sugar, but we’re definitely cutting back significantly. Over Memorial Day weekend, we took our kids on a mini backpacking trip. While… Read more »

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  • High Altitude Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

    It just so happens that Noel is a fire building, tent erecting, hardcore hiking Scoutmaster. He takes all that manly skill, plus years of our kids conditioning him to be nonreactive to whining, and tries to inspire his suburban troops (all three of them) to try and like being outdoors, even just a little bit…. Read more »

  • Whole Wheat Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts

    Maybe I was a strange kid, but I didn’t really like Pop-Tarts growing up. I guess even back then I had a hint of good taste. There was one exception though. While I shunned Pop-Tarts ranging from strawberry to S’mores I could never turn down a brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tart. There was just something about… Read more »

  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Smoothie

    I may be a little smitten with this smoothie. It reminds me of a peanut butter cup, but it’s healthier and therefore appropriate to eat pretty much whenever you feel like it. I whip it up after a morning workout, as a midday pick-me-up, or as an evening snack to pacify my sweet tooth. I have… Read more »

  • Dutch Oven Triple Berry Hazelnut Crumb Pie

    Originally, the thought of making a pie while camping summoned up terrible visions of rolling out pie crust on a splintery picnic table splattered with bird poop and the remnants of someone else’s meal. The image was so clear in my brain that when Noel found a dutch oven pie recipe that didn’t even involve traditional… Read more »

  • Dutch Oven Cooking Basics

    Dutch oven cooking can be intimidating. We got one for a wedding gift and it was quite a while before we could do more than a cake-mix-and-canned-peaches cobbler. Now it’s our favorite way to cook while car camping (not backpacking for obvious reasons) or on a hot summer day to keep the house from heating… Read more »

  • Camp Kitchen Series – Camp Kitchen 101

    When we got married we registered at two places: Target and REI. We figured between the two we had all our bases covered. (We’re the kind of people who value backpacking gear over fancy dinnerware.) We’d both done a lot of camping with family and friends, Noel’s an Eagle Scout and my parents started taking me… Read more »

  • And the Winner Is . . .

    It was a stiff competition, but today we chose a winner with the help of random.org. The winner is commenter number two, or Serin! Congrats, Serin! I’ll make sure those covers find their way to you. To those of you that visited, but didn’t comment, please don’t be shy in the future! We’d love to… Read more »

  • Earth Day Giveaway!

    Happy Earth Day! You may have caught onto the vibe that we have a few hippie tendencies. What can we say, we’re soft on the outside, but crunchy on the inside. In honor of Earth Day I’d like to share some of our favorite ways to “go green” in the kitchen.

  • Golden Oreos With Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting

    We were recently lucky enough to be singled out by a fun little virus that sent several in our family reeling through all the symptoms treatable by Pepto Bismol. Suffice it to say, food didn’t really sound good for awhile. As we’ve slowly returned to normal life and regained our appetites, these cookies were one… Read more »

  • High Altitude Cherry Vanilla Cake

    A few years back Noel had an opportunity to work in DC for a month. His company was sending employees back East for a month at a time and we lucked out to get the rotation during the peak of cherry blossom season. During the day, our young son and I explored the museums and… Read more »