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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    Noel and I have been doing a lot of thinking about this space and what we want it to be (and clearly not a lot of writing about it). As I was making a birthday cake for my little girl this last week something struck me. One of my favorite websites for cakes is Annie’s… Read more »

  • Baked Smash Fries

    There are all sorts of reasons to imitate restaurant dishes at home such as healthifying it, saving money, or our favorite: avoiding public embarrassment. Even when we treat our little family to a meal at a family friendly, casual restaurant, things often go awry – someone spills their drink, hurts themselves while dancing in close quarters,… Read more »

  • Gnocchi Al Forno with Spinach

    This is my emergency backup dinner. It’s for those nights when you realize at 6:30pm that your planned dinner for the night was supposed to be in the crockpot hours ago and you need to have the kids to bed on time tonight for everyone’s health and safety. Plan A went out the window along with… Read more »

  • Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich Cookies

    After the whole Red Velvet Cake debacle, I needed to regroup with a recipe that could reintroduce positive cooking vibes into my kitchen. I went back to the archives and decided to throw two tried and true favorites, Golden Oreos with Raspberry Filling and Regular Oreos, together. Not surprisingly, I ended up with something amazing.

  • I’m So Over Red Velvet

    Now that it’s February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, Red Velvet is taking over the world. I’m not a fan of food dyes and can’t say I fully understand the hype over unnaturally colored baked goods, but I was tempted by the challenge of naturally creating a dessert that could compete in… Read more »

  • Sirpa’s Cheeseball

    I’m going to be straight with you guys. I have never watched a Super Bowl. Not even for the commercials. Generally, the only reason I even know the Super Bowl is coming up is because the grocery ads take a turn from the Greek yogurts and granola bars that herald in the New Year to… Read more »

  • Vermont Steamed Milk

    I’ve always had a bit of an addiction to hot chocolate. It’s long been my solution for everything. Cold outside? I’m going to need some hot chocolate. Sore throat? Cure it with hot chocolate. Cramps? Hot chocolate will make them disappear. Spent the whole day cleaning up puddles of urine? Kick back on the couch… Read more »

  • Seven-Inch Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

    I’ve had this recipe up my sleeve for a few months now and have patiently waited to share until the holidays were over and the healthy New Year’s recipes began to peter out. Cheesecake is my default birthday cake and when I realized my last birthday in my 20’s was on Thanksgiving,  I knew I… Read more »

  • Cherry Chocolate Smoothie

    Generally, I would say I have a bigger vice for savory things than sweet things (as evidenced by the empty can of Maui Onion and Garlic Macadamia Nuts I opened two days ago), but I have a soft spot for ice cream. Especially good ice cream. Our local grocery store, through their data mining predictive… Read more »

  • Italian Style Spaghetti Squash

    Apparently this dish is a metaphor for who we are. The last time we ate it, Noel turned to me, a forkful paused en route to his mouth and said, “This is totally us” as if he’d had an epiphany. “How so?” I asked, intrigued by what deep insight he had to share. “It’s healthy,… Read more »