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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  • Pie Crust Cookies

    When I was little, my family and some of our friends did some volunteering at a living historical farm. As a girl who loved Little House on the Prairie, it was a dream come true to wear dresses and pinafores while chasing kittens in a barn or swinging on a rope swing across a creek. Even chores… Read more »

  • Crumbly Apple Pie

    If I had to rename fall, I think I would call it “Pie Season.”  Pumpkin, apple, pecan, even pot pies. It really doesn’t matter what kind of pie; all of them call to me as the weather turns chill and the fear of turning on my oven dissipates. I blame their simply irresistible buttery flaky crusts. 

  • Better Butter

    I know the title of this post sounds like blasphemy. Hear me out. I love butter and I am more happy than anyone to hear that it’s okay to eat again, but have you ever tried to spread cold butter straight out of the refrigerator on a piece of toast? It’s not a pretty sight…. Read more »

  • Tosca Torte

    Several years ago I bought a t-shirt at a little Finnish shop in Astoria, OR. The shirt said, “Miksi minä olen niin kaunis? [Translation: Why am I so beautiful?] Because I’m Finnish.”  I’m 1/4 Finn thanks to my grandma; needless to say, she got a kick out of that shirt. My grandma was always kind… Read more »

  • D’Deli Dalton Panini

    My dear wife doesn’t seem to like sandwiches. This has been a source of great disagreement in our marriage. I, with my mad sandwich skills, can often make one she will tolerate if I have the right ingredients at my disposal. However, it wasn’t until we stumbled into a little sandwich shop named D’Deli in… Read more »

  • Salted Carmelitas

    Hi, my name is Audrey and I’m a stress baker. I’m going to go ahead and blame it on the fact that we don’t drink, but my favorite way to unwind at the end of a long day is by baking up a delicious confection. It might not be the healthiest habit, but it’s kept… Read more »

  • Swedish Meatballs with Sneaky Veggies

    I was convinced that I would never have a child that was a picky eater. When pregnant, I read articles about how what an expecting mother eats can affect a child’s pickiness later in life and felt pretty smug about the variety of foods I was introducing to our little fetus. Then when my oldest… Read more »

  • 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 »