Top Hikes & Eats On ((or near)) Orcas

After 3 trips to the San Juan Islands over the last 4 years ((read about are trip 2 years ago HERE)), I definitely feel as though that place is a second home. The first time we went, Gracie was only 2 – so our experiences were limited. The second time we went, Shep and I never left the house until he was medi-flighted off of the island. So this time, we ventured out! We took new hikes, went to other parts of the island, tried a few restaurants and a bakery and even took the inter-island ferry to Friday Harbor three times.

With all the sights and tasty food we enjoyed this year, I decided to share some of my favorites. ((BUT, I really like the slower pace and small population of Orcas — so don’t visit. Just kidding, kind of.)) Continue reading

Summer Peach Slab Pie ((a new FFAY recipe for Sinkology!))

My newest Sinkology recipe shines the light on one of my favorite summer treats :: fresh peaches! This slab pie combines some of my very own homegrown peaches with my favorite buttery, flaky, cinnamon-sugar pie crust. A homemade lattice crust topped peach pie made from homegrown peaches may sound a little complicated, right? Would it surprise you to know, Continue reading

3-Bean ((NO-PEEK)) Soup Meets Orcas Island

I took a little break from the blog — I both missed it and enjoyed it all at the same time. While the blog was quiet, life was very full. We took a 16 day trip to my most favorite place in the world :: Orcas. For the first 10 days, it was just me and the herd. We left the bread-winner at home to win bread while we island-hopped, trail-hiked, beach-walked, tide pool-studied and good food-ate (just to name a few of our time-consuming delights). Continue reading

Pacific Northwest Blueberry Brownies

On the way to the Anacortes Ferry there is the most delightful outdoor market. I first discovered this market on our trip to Orcas Island 2 years ago. On that trip, I loaded up on fresh, sweet corn, herb bundles as big as my head, tomatoes, carrots, several types of fruit and two flats of blueberries. The blueberries were my most treasured purchase – one taste and my entire perception of that little blue fruit was forever changed. Unfortunately, blueberries ended up being the only item I cooked with while on that trip. Continue reading

Orcas Island Wild Plum Streusel

Thanks to a wild ((or at the very least aged, unfettered & prolific)) plum tree and the kind-hearted generosity of my friend, Orcas Island potter, Mr. Weatherman, I have the pleasure of sharing this simple sour plum streusel. I went to visit Mr. Weatherman and his Olga Pottery shop during our second day on the island. His place is always a favorite stop of mine because of his beautiful pottery, his friendly conversation and his gracious accommodation of my “bubbly” herd. Continue reading

Easy 5-Ingredient Heirloom Tomato & White Cheddar Farmhouse Pie

There is nothing quite as tasty as a perfectly ripe garden tomato. I am tickled to say my garden is currently popping out some of the tastiest, acidic, slightly sweet tomatoes I have ever tasted. They are perfect with a pinch of salt and a dash of black pepper, but with the bounty that I am harvesting, I decided to expand my tomato recipes a bit. This 5-ingredient recipe is almost as easy as slice, season and eat!

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Simple Crispy Pesto Chicken & Potatoes

Summer – whew. It’s a break for sure, but BOY are we busy! We enjoyed a nice trip to the lake last week and then squeezed in a double portion of busy when we got home. Doctor’s appointments, a slew of summer cooking classes ((check out my upcoming classes HERE and HERE)) and a set of freshly applied braces were just a few of the activities that had us moving at a speedy pace this week. Continue reading

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