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 »

Garlic and Ginger Crispy Tofu Stir Fry

All of this eating our feelings is starting to catch up to me. The past few weeks we have embarked on an effort we’re calling #makepantsfitagain to improve our general health. It includes more regular exercise, eating much less sugar and more vegetables. Don’t worry, we’re not going Whole 30 on you or anything, but… Read more »

Baking Therapy and Eating Your Feelings

As I mentioned in my last post, life has been a tad bit crazy this school year. It’s also been highly emotional. Caring for my mother-in-law in her final months of life is probably the hardest thing I’ve done to date. (And it was equally, if not more, difficult for Noel since it was his… Read more »

Hi There + Why You Should Use Pastry Flour in your Pie Crust

Hi there. It’s been awhile. Life threw us some curveballs last fall and it just now feels like we’re clawing our way up for air. In August, Noel broke his arm and I tried my hand at being a middle school English teacher while a teacher was out on leave. We barely survived juggling all… Read more »

A few new recipes for our email followers

Hey email followers. We discovered that a bug with our new recipe plug-in is causing emails to not be sent out for new recipes. Terribly sorry about that. Here’s what you all missed in the mean time: S’mores Cheesecake Raspberry Dark Chocolate Dutch Oven Cobbler Baked Eggs We’ve got a few new recipes in the… Read more »

S’Mores Cheesecake

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you probably saw all the mouthwatering baking we were doing last week in preparation for National Cheesecake Day! One of the prettiest ones (and equally delicious, this one has both looks and personality) was this s’mores cheesecake. We actually developed the s’mores cheesecake a year ago for 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 »

Baked Eggs

We, as with many families, participate in the Mother’s day ritual of breakfast in bed. This year Audrey, as usual, was kind enough to wait patiently for me to complete the meal and deliver it. Upon receiving it, she pretended to enjoy eating a meal where any shift in her posture could send a mug of hot chocolate and greasy… Read more »

Lessons From a Broken Dishwasher

Over the years, a few friends have told me they hated cooking, but didn’t mind doing dishes. We’d joke about making an arrangement where I’d feed their family everyday if, as payment, they’d clean everything up afterward. It’s no secret that dish washing isn’t a beloved chore at our house. This is the Dirty Dish… Read more »

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  • Pork Egg Rolls

    I perpetually crave Chinese food. Or to be more accurate, Americanized Chinese food. I’m sure it has something to do with my huge salt tooth, which is totally justified because I sweat so much when I workout, right? I mean I don’t want to put myself in danger of developing hyponatremia. I’m really just looking… Read more »

  • Ultra Salsa Verde

    I like to fancy myself a runner. One of my favorite ways to start a day is on the trails near my house as the sun rises. I’ve even run a few marathons, half marathons, and a trail race in the mountains. To be considered a runner part of the required reading is Born to… Read more »

  • Chicken in Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce

    My parents are frugal perfectionists that are addicted to DIY. Outsourcing isn’t really in their vocabulary, even when it comes to big events like weddings. When I got married they filled their house with pots growing grass for centerpieces, sewed table squares, and hit up every after Christmas sale in a tri-county area to scavenge for… Read more »

  • Dutch Oven Cherry Cobbler

    When I was seven years old my family bought an old house that was in need of a lot of love. The overgrown backyard was a nightmare for my parents, but a dream come true for free spirited, tree climbing, me. The tall grasses transported me to a jungle savanna where I’d scramble up dying cherry trees… Read more »

  • Grilled Honey Chicken Kabobs

    Nothing says summer like eating meat grilled on a stick. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Silverware not required–or recommended. Unleash your inner barbarian and eat this right off the skewer.

  • White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cheesecake

    You know that scene from A Christmas Story where the father descends into the basement to battle the furnace and a cloud of gray smoke mingled with garbled obscenities seeps through the floor vent? That’s kind of how things go at our house when things go wrong with the plumbing. You’re probably wondering how plumbing and cheesecake are remotely… Read more »

  • Dutch Oven Mississippi Mud Cake

    This is my go to dessert from the dutch oven. Most folks instantly gravitate to something like a peach cobbler, which is great and all, but anyone can open a can of peaches and dump in a cake mix and some butter. I don’t mean to rag on cobblers. I really like cobbler, and I’m sure we’ll be… Read more »

  • Backpacking Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

    When we were going to school we lived in a small attic apartment (the one with the paper dial on the oven). We had the privilege of living above a few different families and got to know them in ways that only a shared water heater and paper thin walls can. When our first downstairs neighbors… Read more »

  • Dutch Oven Summer Vegetable Tian

    When we were going to school at Utah State we planted a small garden every summer. We’d only plant a few plants, but between some combination of the plants getting radiant heat from a bordering concrete wall and being planted in rich, organic soil (compliments of our former downstairs neighbor), the harvest was always prolific. Our… Read more »

  • Eating on the Go

    I’m pretty sure packing my school lunches was the bane of my mother’s existence. I was extremely opinionated on what I would eat and if she packed something that didn’t sound good, I just wouldn’t eat it. I went through a long phase where I hated sandwiches and I didn’t go to one of those… Read more »