I have a problem with things in my coffee, which means I really dislike all those fancy caramel/mocha/pumpkin type drinks! Every time pumpkin lattes come into a conversation, I keep quite and try not to say anything. Whenever I’m put on the spot and people find out I don’t like flavored coffee drinks, the reaction is always the same – ‘what is wrong with you’!!! But you see… I was predisposed to be a ‘coffee snob’, with a great local coffee roastery where I learned to enjoy coffee just as it is. I really don’t mean to be a ‘snob’ or anything which is why I usually try to stay quite on the subject, I just know exactly how I like my coffee and it’s definitely not with pumpkin in it!
A couple of weeks ago, a good friend sent me a no-bake cookie recipe of her’s, with instructions to have fun adapting it – and that’s just what happened! In her original recipe, the cookies are portioned out in a snack size but I got a little crazy, and pretty soon her snack turned into a chocolate frosted granola bar!
Fall is hands down, my favorite season! Even so, when the leaves first start to turn and there’s a chill in the air, I get a bit grumpy. Something about the end of summer makes it really hard to embrace fall, and I’m always dragging my feet because winter around here is like 8….months…..long….! I’m only exaggerating about the winter thing a little, but it does make it harder when summer leaves us.
The Highline Trail is one of my most recommended trails to anyone visiting Glacier National Park! The trail is 7.6 miles to Granite Park Chalet, where you can stay the night and hike in the area the next day. Or you can hike down the loop trail, and catch a shuttle back to Logan’s Pass where this hike begins. My favorite way to do this hike is to hike into the Chalet, and all the way back out to Logan’s Pass because the views are absolutely stunning both ways! It’s similar to a loop hike in that the views are spectacular all day long, and you never feel like you’re looking at the same scenery!
Ummm… Yum! That’s it – that’s all the words coming to mind at the moment!
Sometimes I feel the need to break out of the green smoothie world and make something decadent – like this dessert in a glass! Banana cream pie is one of my favorite pies, (who can pick anyways, all pie flavors are good) but I don’t often make a whole pie anymore unless we have company to help with the leftovers. 2 people + 8 slices of pie = well you do the math, it’s not that healthy of an equation!
This is truly the easiest Thai Curry I’ve ever made, you may even have to wait for the rice to finish cooking it’s so fast! It’s recipes like this one that help me get dinner on the table even on the busiest of nights. So last week I gave you the recipe for Roasted Market Veggies with Over Easy Eggs and Basil Aioli, where you make two sheet pans of roasted veggies. Today, we’re using the second pan of roasted veggies in this curry which is why it’s so quick to make!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked how on earth I manage to cook dinner from scratch every single night?!? And… I’m here to tell you, it’s all about the simplicity. Most of my recipes are super simple, which is the main reason I’m able to get dinner on the table. But, it goes deeper than that – I have my own system of ‘convenience foods’ so to speak. By having certain foods already prepared and ready to go, I don’t have to start from scratch every singe night!
It all started with an Italian restaurant… I feel like quite a few of my stories and recipes begin with that line. The first time I tasted these golden cubes, crispy with olive oil, and scented with rosemary, I knew they had a permanent place in my life. So, for the last decade I’ve been making these potatoes and everyone loves them – and I mean everyone! I’ve made so many changes along the way, the only thing that’s still the same is the ingredients – the texture and flavor however have evolved to new heights!
I don’t know quite how to say this without creating enemies so I’m just going to come right out with it – I’ve never really liked pumpkin before! There, I said it and I’m probably the only one who doesn’t go off the pumpkin deep end every year – well until this year that is!
Poor pumpkin, it’s not really it’s fault that’s it’s not the preferred dessert! Every Thanksgiving as first the apple, then cherry and pecan pies are devoured, the lonely pumpkin sits by itself, and only gets eaten last when there are no other options left!