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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Dirty Dish Club Stocking Stuffer Guide for Kids

We talked about stocking stuffers for grown-ups last time, but the same disclaimer goes for this guide. I always hate those guides that leave you thinking “Yikes! How much money do other people spend on XYZ holiday?!?” We here at the Dirty Dish Club are moderately frugal and are in no way suggesting you buy everything… Read more »

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Dirty Dish Club Stocking Stuffer Guide for Grown-ups

‘Tis the season of gift guides is it not? I am generally against the over commercialization of Christmas, and I hate to add to it, but I just couldn’t help myself, especially since some of these are actually really good ideas. I’m hoping they can give you some guidance if you’re trying to find a few… Read more »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »