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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  • Best Breadsticks and a Blogoversary

    I know that a food blog celebrating an anniversary without cake is blasphemy, but hear me out. This blog wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for these breadsticks. These breadsticks are one of the first things I remember baking with my mom. They are the breadsticks I made during college and were collectively snarfed by my… Read more »

  • Slow Cooker Pork Posole

    I’ve spent way too long scouring the Internet trying to figure out exactly what kind of perversion of an authentic Mexican stew we have created here. I don’t really have a straight answer for you. My best guess is that it’s a version of something like a New Mexican posole stew that’s been grabbed by… Read more »

  • The Halloween Debacle

    In the early morning hours she was giggling to herself. I walked down the hall, trying to decipher the babble that interspersed the laughs and burst through my two-year-old’s door with an exuberant “Good morning!” She looked up at me grinning from ear to ear and said, “I wanna eat the candies!” I stifled a… Read more »

  • Mini Apple Pies

    I won’t apologize for another mini pie post. We all know that would just be an unnecessary waste of time. This is the third and final type of mini pie we served at a recent church function (the others were pumpkin and pecan). The apple mini pies were not the prettiest of the batch (although… Read more »

  • Salmon Chowder

    As a desert girl that grew up in a landlocked world, I’ve always loved fish and rain. Because of this, most of my favorite vacations have been trips to the coast. When Noel and I were first married, my parents rented a house in Manzanita, OR. We were still poor college students at the time, so… Read more »

  • Mini Pumpkin Pies

    Even though my mother made exquisite pies of all kinds, most of the pumpkin pies we ate growing up were store bought. I don’t think my mom is particularly fond of pumpkin pies and since my parents usually won a pie or two every year at the local turkey trot, my mom rarely had a reason… Read more »

  • Homemade Pumpkin Puree

    A few years ago I embarked on a quest. A quest to turn a pumpkin into a pie. Up until that point real pumpkins were something you carved faces into for Halloween and then threw away before the neighbors kids got to them, and pies were best left in the capable hands of Marie Calendar,… Read more »

  • Mini Pecan Pies

    I’ve never quite understood how cupcakes became so popular, and I say this having tasted the best of the best. They are cute, yes, but since they don’t offer an improved flavor profile over cake I rarely find the hassle of decorating that many individual cakes and hand washing muffin tins to be worth it when I… Read more »

  • Flour Tortillas

    There is a trade-off in cooking between taking the time to make something from scratch and buying pre-made. Sometimes the difference isn’t that big and the hassle just isn’t worth it. Other times, the difference in quality is so vast that it’s hardly comparable. Such is the case with flour tortillas. Store bought tortillas are… Read more »

  • Naturally Sweet Applesauce

    My first batch of applesauce was intended to be baby food. The key word here is intended. I whipped up a batch based off of some light reading from a First Meals cookbook I bought at a used bookstore and skimming various recipes on the internet. I felt it was hypocritical to feed my child… Read more »