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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  • Earth Day Goals

    “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” – Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire… Read more »

  • Scavengers

    We have a couple of wild animals living in our house. They leave sticky paw prints, apple cores, and torn wrappers in their wake. They scale the side of the fridge in search of nourishment and are often found cowering in corners hunched over piles of crumbs. Despite the overpowering ravenous hunger these poor creatures… Read more »

  • High Altitude Rich Pound Cake

    When we first moved to Colorado I felt like I had to learn how to bake all over again. Even though I’ve lived at high altitude all my life, everything I baked came out maddeningly flatter than usual. I’d also recently joined the club of stay-at-home-motherhood, and with a tiny babe, no friends, and little… Read more »

  • April Fools!

    In case you couldn’t tell, that recipe we put out this morning for single serve red velvet snickerdoodle brownies was a fun little satire for April Fools’ Day. We tend to be simple folk. Mixing multiple desserts or using cake mixes isn’t really our style, even when it’s terribly popular. In case it isn’t obvious, we’ve… Read more »

  • Single Serve Red Velvet Snickerdoodle Brownie in a Mug

    Ohmygoodness, you guys. I generally turn my nose up at mug cakes as they just can’t compare to the real thing, but I make an exception for this. Side note: I’m pretty sure I’m the original mug cake creator. I totally tried to make a single serve cake in the microwave one time when I… Read more »

  • Well-Balanced Camping Meal Plan

    Last week was our son’s spring break and the desert was calling our names. Both Noel and I have a special place in our heart for red rock country having spent many formative years and moments in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah and I think we were a little homesick for red dirt. We spent a… Read more »

  • Mini Raspberry Cream Pies

    I can be a little prideful about my cooking, which sometimes leads me to be competitive when there isn’t really even a competition. To kick off Spring Break, our son’s preschool had a teacher appreciation lunch provided by the parents. I was quick to sign-up this time since last time I was late in the… Read more »

  • Eating Green on St. Patrick’s Day Without Food Dyes

    As you may have gleaned from my red velvet cake post, we’re not too keen on food dyes. This can make life difficult when faced with the moral dilemma of how to celebrate things like St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, or really any holiday ever. Still, we try not to be complete party poopers, especially since… Read more »

  • Raspberry Cream Pie

    Happy pi(e) day! Don’t worry, if you missed digging into a great slice of pie this morning, you can still have an epic pi(e) day celebration when 9:26pm rolls around. That gives you plenty of time to bake and properly chill this pie. 

  • An Epic Pi Day

    There are a ton of food “holidays” and we’re a bit choosy about the ones we feel deserve celebration. Pi(e) day is one of the celebrations that make the cut. Pies? Math? I mean, no-brainer. (If you haven’t picked up on it already, especially in Noel’s posts, we have a bit of a nerdy side… Read more »