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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  • Homemade Oreos With Cream Cheese Frosting

    I’ve never particularly been a huge fan of oreos, but I think it’s because I was spoiled with plenty of delicious homemade cookies growing up. My grandmother had a delicious and easy recipe for homemade oreos that I used for years until I decided to abandon the use of shortening and store bought cake mixes…. Read more »

  • Screaming Banshee Smoothie

    We try not to eat out a lot (which is not always easy with over ten restaurants popping up in the last year within a two-mile-radius of our house), so when we do we try to make choices that we won’t regret. One of our favorite places is a quaint cafe that serves breakfast and… Read more »

  • Chocolate Almond Nutballs with Creme Centers

    I never thought I would learn the recipe for pure bliss at the age of twelve, but the first time I made these I knew I had found it. We had a guest teacher in my 4-H group who had previously worked for a little candy shop in my hometown and she told us that… Read more »

  • Citrus, Avocado, and Bacon Salad

    We’ve foolishly bought those giant packages of salad greens from Costco a few times in the past with delusions of our small family actually being able to eat all of it before it begins decomposing in our crisper. We’d give ourselves pep talks and try to eat salad every day and though we’ve come close… Read more »

  • Post Thanksgiving Highlight Reel

    The marathon is over. We hosted Thanksgiving this year. 10 people, 5 dishwasher loads, 12 lb turkey, and tubers galore. Good times were had by all. Here’s the rundown:

  • High Altitude Snickerdoodles

    When we’d first moved to the Denver area, we got invited to a potluck dinner where one of the guests had brought Snickerdoodles. Everyone in attendance gushed over how tender the cookies were and complained about how whenever they made Snickerdoodles they were always flat and crunchy. The cookies’ creator thanked us for the many… Read more »

  • Heart Healing Lasagna

    I recently had the opportunity to take dinner to a church friend who had one of those trial-by-fire-sort-of-weeks that makes you cry just hearing about it. My heart ached for her and her family and I desperately wanted to do something more than just take her dinner, but knew that the limitations of reality prevented… Read more »

  • Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Oatmeal Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

    No wait, come back. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I’m trying to make chocolate chip cookies healthy. You’re thinking I would adulterate the venerable chocolate chip cookie with whole grains to make it more nutritious so that we can all feel less guilty about having another one . . . or three. I’ve… Read more »

  • Whole Wheat Lion House Rolls

    If you aren’t Mormon or have never lived in Utah, the name of these rolls is likely baffling, but stick with me here. Sorry if this is disappointing, but the rolls have nothing to do with large predators. They are, however, the much talked about, fondly devoured rolls served at The Lion House in Salt… Read more »

  • Vegetarian Egg Rolls Baked or Fried

    Maybe it’s just a sign that I’m getting old, but I always feel pretty cruddy the day after Halloween.  When the kids’ petition me for their Halloween bags I stare at them blankly wondering how their bodies aren’t screaming,”Vegetables, I need vegetables!” the way mine is. After fetching everyone a piece of candy, my guilty,… Read more »