We lean heavily on freeze dried meals when backpacking, but sometimes you want to eat something that wasn’t re-hydrated. We don’t eat a ton of packaged foods in our day to day life, but when we have a backpacking trip coming up, I find myself wandering down unfamiliar aisles at the grocery store waiting to… Read more »
I’ve been obsessed with slushes this summer. They are a refreshing, sweet treat with little to no sugar depending on how you make it. I just shared my current reigning favorite, a cherry limeade slush, but this strawberry lemonade slush is my kids’ favorite and a close second for me.
It’s probable that I’m the last person on earth to try Sonic’s Cherry Limeade Slush. One hot day after hiking midday, we grabbed some grub at Sonic and I couldn’t resist getting the much talked about cherry limeade slush. It was the perfect refreshment for a hot afternoon. I found myself craving the cherry limeade… Read more »
Last year, Noel and I had a temporary lapse in sanity and signed up to run an ultra marathon. There were things about it we expected to be hard – running that far, finding time to run that far, dealing with the physical consequences of running that far. One of the things we didn’t anticipate… Read more »
This year, we decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by backpacking through some of America the Beautiful’s purple mountain majesty. The kids have done a few backpacking trips with us, but this was our most ambitious one with kids yet. We went a total of 18 miles with a gain of 3500 feet over… Read more »
Nature has always been a place that calms and rejuvenates me. This has been especially true during this season of COVID-19. We are lucky to live within walking distance of a mesa and during Colorado’s “Stay at Home Order” we crossed and recrossed its terrain on runs, bike rides, and hikes. (Fortunately, exercise was deemed… Read more »
Oh, hello. It’s been awhile hasn’t it, but it’s not like anything has changed . . .
I’m a sucker for the manager’s special section of the grocery store. I can’t resist a deal and I get a certain thrill from sifting through the clearance items looking for treasure. Last summer, a few bags of Nature Valley’s Almond Butter Granola Bites landed in that corner of the store. I scooped up a… Read more »
I’ve been reading a few books lately about the Danish concept of Hygge and creating a mood of coziness really speaks to my soul. Every winter, I just want to hole up in a pair of fleece pants and make baked goods. While I often gravitate towards desserts, I also regularly make more practical things,… Read more »
Yesterday it was 78° and sunny, today it’s snowing. I’ve never been fond of winter and when I’m whiplashed into it, I’m even less fond. It causes me to dream about things like summer days and lemon blueberry cheesecake.
High Altitude Snickerdoodles
When we’d first moved to the Denver area, we got invited to a potluck dinner where one of the guests had brought Snickerdoodles. Everyone in attendance gushed over how tender the cookies were and complained about how whenever they made Snickerdoodles they were always flat and crunchy. The cookies’ creator thanked us for the many… Read more »
Heart Healing Lasagna
I recently had the opportunity to take dinner to a church friend who had one of those trial-by-fire-sort-of-weeks that makes you cry just hearing about it. My heart ached for her and her family and I desperately wanted to do something more than just take her dinner, but knew that the limitations of reality prevented… Read more »
Oatmeal Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
No wait, come back. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I’m trying to make chocolate chip cookies healthy. You’re thinking I would adulterate the venerable chocolate chip cookie with whole grains to make it more nutritious so that we can all feel less guilty about having another one . . . or three. I’ve… Read more »
Whole Wheat Lion House Rolls
If you aren’t Mormon or have never lived in Utah, the name of these rolls is likely baffling, but stick with me here. Sorry if this is disappointing, but the rolls have nothing to do with large predators. They are, however, the much talked about, fondly devoured rolls served at The Lion House in Salt… Read more »
Vegetarian Egg Rolls Baked or Fried
Maybe it’s just a sign that I’m getting old, but I always feel pretty cruddy the day after Halloween. When the kids’ petition me for their Halloween bags I stare at them blankly wondering how their bodies aren’t screaming,”Vegetables, I need vegetables!” the way mine is. After fetching everyone a piece of candy, my guilty,… Read more »