Summer Road Trippin’: Nutty Caramel Corn Clusters

I believe we are officially in the presence of Summer weather.  Its getting to be that warm weather time of year!!!  After the PNW’s exceptionally wet, dark, and dreary winter and spring, I have never been more excited for summer weather.   Memorial day has passed.  Schools are letting out for summer.  Could we be on the cusp of SUMMER ROAD TRIP SEASON?! So while my parents gave me an awesome childhood full of Alaskan summer adventures, beach trips, and lots of tromping around the woods, I hadn’t ever been on a proper multi-location road trip.  My road trip experience is still somewhat limited compared to those of you who…

One Bowl Wonder: Vegan Coconut Veggie Curry

This recipe is part of the One-Bowl-Wonders series.  Recipes is this series are simple, quick, and can be made with just one bowl.  They are designed to be ready to eat in about an hour without wrecking your whole kitchen!  Easy recipes. Easy clean-up. Big reward! Maybe the name of the series name should be changed to “one pot wonder” in this case, since everything is technically thrown into a pot – rather than a bowl – to simmer away.  Either way, this is a simple, healthy, easy to make dinner that can easily be improvised based on what veggies you have on hand. I know its not a secret,…

Tipsy Palmers

I call my family “the Arnold Palmer’s.”  Not because they are all great golfers. (They aren’t.) But they all love iced tea and lemonade combo known as an Arnold Palmer.  A couple summers ago, I made the mistake of buying the organic jugs of this stuff for BBQs and other functions.  So when the weather starts to even hint at summer, “the Arnold Palmers” start requesting their namesake again. This has become a bit of a problem. First, apparently the fam’s spidey sense get tipped off when Arnold Palmer is in the house.  Undoubtedly resulting in the finding, opening, and consuming of the jugs loooong before the function they were…

What to Make for Memorial Day: Recipe round-up

Have a barbecue planned this Memorial Day weekend?  Kick off the grilling season with these favorites!   Main Course Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers A savory, tangy-sweet, and herb-y marinated chicken that is easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser!  Find the recipe here. Ultimate Black Bean Sliders A vegetarian option that even meat lovers will love!  Packed with southwestern flavors!  I love topping it with mango and chipotle mayo!  Find the recipe here. Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Pork Chops A easy to make sweet, smoky, salty, and spicy rub helps these pork chops get a sweet and caramelized crust when grilled.  Make sure you buy bone-in pork chops to maximize the…

What to make for Memorial Day: Balsamic Herb Chicken Skewers

This recipe is part of the Memorial Day edition of the What-to-Make series.   Memorial Day BBQ plans?  If you happen to live somewhere that hasn’t perpetually dumped rain from the sky all spring, I hope you are planning to don your flip flops and pull out the grill! Seattle, please don’t rain on us for that one day.  Pretty please.    I can’t think of a better way to grill up some juicy marinated chicken than on kebab skewers.  First, they are easy to serve!  How many skewers do you want?  Second, the small pieces of meat cook quickly and get a nice grilled/charred exterior without being dry. And finally,…
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