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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  • Bell Pepper Salsa

    Today is the official first day of spring and even though the weather forecast hasn’t seemed to take notice and is predicting snow this weekend, it makes me happy that some sort of authoritative entity has officially declared winter over. (My heart has been declaring the same thing for weeks now, but I apparently have less… Read more »

  • Spinach, Feta, and Sun-dried Tomato Scrambled Eggs

    About a year ago Audrey and I were at a little diner on a pier having breakfast while our children were over a thousand miles away eating breakfast with their grandparents. Nobody threw food on the floor or climbed on the table. The special that day was these scrambled eggs with spinach, feta, and sun-dried… Read more »

  • Sneaky Whole Wheat Pie Crust

    Pi(e) day was Friday and as with any other good food holiday, we had to indulge. I tried my hand at a coconut cream pie and it was just as delicious as it was pretty. I was feeling pretty smug about it and the fact that I slipped whole wheat into it undetected didn’t curb my ego… Read more »

  • How to Have a Romantic Dinner at Home When you Have Small Children

    Today is our seventh wedding anniversary. Right now our kids are two and almost four and we’re discovering it isn’t always easy to find a babysitter. We don’t live close to family, we tend to run out of favors from friends quickly with all our appointments related to our son’s recently diagnosed ASD, and the two… Read more »

  • Crusty Sourdough Bread with Whole Wheat Variation

    Being on a diet where bread isn’t allowed sounds like a fate worse than death. If for some reason a legitimate medical need to avoid bread arose quite the conundrum would ensue. In Happy Tummy vs Toast, toast would likely prevail. Even up against something like “excruciating pain” toast might still win if it was… Read more »

  • Natural Sugar Cookies with Lemon Raspberry Icing

    Sugar cookies can be very deceptive. They often fall in two categories, the ones that are all looks and no personality and the ones that actually taste good, but are a bit homely. Many a time, I have foolishly fallen for the good looking sugar cookie at a party. And no this isn’t code for… Read more »

  • Whole Wheat Nutella Pop Tarts

    Happy World Nutella Day! We’re likely going celebrate tonight by whipping up some Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cakes that we’ll top with whipped cream and gobble up while we watch the finale of the Biggest Loser on Hulu.  A bit hypocritical? Perhaps . . .  

  • Pounded Cake

    With enough whipped cream and berries this was still yummy. We’ll spare you the recipe this time.

  • Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

    I know it’s still January and it breaks some sort of code to post cookie recipes, but I just can’t help myself. Besides these cookies have some healthy elements, so those of you that are still going strong on your healthy eating goals don’t even have to feel like you’ve completely failed. 

  • Special Occasion Potato Casserole

    I really struggled with what to call this dish. Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something about the word “casserole” that conjures up images of mystery potluck dishes, funerals, or nights where mom just doesn’t want to think about feeding people and that’s definitely not the vibe I’m looking for here. Turning to the thesaurus… Read more »