Summer Road Trippin’: Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Quinoa Bars

Healthy, portable, and easy to make snacks that keep me going without making a mess are my kind of snacks!  This summer I have brought these chewy dark chocolate cherry quinoa bars everywhere.  They have gone with me: on more than one road trip backpacking hiking kayaking as pre and post race “fuel” in my purse on a plane When I find what I like, I tend to put it on repeat.  And I am a super fan of these chewy bars.  Can you tell? I have a KILLER time finding protein bars that actually taste good and aren’t packed with sugar and processed ingredients.  So far I’m batting in…

What to make: 4th of July – Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Foodwise, the 4th of July is awesome.  Its relatively easy.  The weather is nice so the grill is usually going.  And everyone has their relax-o-meter turned up to 10!  4th of July in our family usually equates to beach or cabin weekends.  Backyard volleyball or badminton tourneys, hiking, kayaking or boating, and more cookies than you can imagine.  Allow me to explain that last bit about the cookies… Last year, we spent the 4th of July on the Oregon coast with family.  There were around 10 of us there, plus 7 dogs in total.  Yes, it is exactly as chaotic as it sounds.  Everyone brings food to share and splits…

What to make for Father’s Day: Rhubarb-Strawberry Blondies with White Chocolate Chunks

I can’t think of a recipe that remind me of my dad more than these rhubarb filled blondies!  That may seem weird.  Rhubarb and strawberries don’t exactly scream dad’s day to me.  Nor do blondies or white chocolate.  Yet, here we are. You see, my father loves just about any fruit dessert whose flavors resemble a pie or a crumble. And, this blondie batter isn’t your typical blondie batter.  The cinnamon and brown sugar infused blondie tastes like the flavors in an amazing crumble topped crisp or pie recipe.  Which makes it PERFECT for this recipe, and his taste-buds. My Dad’s ideal ratio of topping to fruit in a fruit…

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…

Brown Butter White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

While my family gears up to spend some time at the beach this 4th of July, I gave my oven a workout yesterday.  Cookies, lots and lots of cookies.  I believe I have mentioned our beach and pirate tradition in a previous post.  After watching several “pirates” walk by with cookies stacked 5-high last year.  I am considering it my patriotic duty to come extra prepared this year!! Last year, all 4+ dozen of the Brown Butter Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies were gone in less than 24 hours.  I guess thats what happens when the guys ate them 5 at a time?  But, may I just say, these…
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