Summer Road Trippin’: Oven Dried Strawberry Trail Mix

Did everyone have a wonderful 4th of July???  I hope so!  We rolled it all into a 4 day weekend and went out to our fam’s cabin.  Was great to relax but if anyone lives in Eastern Washington or northern Idaho… How are you all surviving the pollen in the air right now???  I wouldn’t describe any of us as being allergy prone and yet, we all felt like we were in foggy-headed allergy comas! Regardless, I did lots of reading in a hammock, hiking, and cooking over a campfire! But, to get to the cabin, we had a very looooong car ride.  6+ hours.  Long car rides mean car…

Summer Salads and Sides: Loaded Blueberry Spinach Salad with Coconut Bacon

When we bought our house, it was the back deck and yard that sealed the deal. It becomes my summer office.  Under the shady canopy of cedar trees, its the most relaxing place for reading/writing/working!  When we saw the space for the very first time, we could instantly picture grilling, sitting around a fire, and friends!  We have a smallish house so the extra outdoor deck/patio square footage really lets us spread out and invite whomever we wish!!  No invitation spared:)  I am ready for some backyard summer parties already! After a killer 3 day weekend, I am even more READY for all things summer food.  That means lots of…

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…

Girls’ Night in 5 – Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Compote a la Mode

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. Spring time goes with rhubarb like April Showers and May flowers.  Seattle usually extends the month designated for showers a bit longer than preferable.  Still the farmers market and the co-op where I buy most of my produce are teeming with locally grown, long, tart rhubarb stalks. Living in Seattle, rhubarb is my metaphorical rainbow or olive branch.…
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