Fast and Easy Cheesy Enchilada Stove-Top Pasta

Seems like “busy” and “dinnertime” have become best friends lately. We are rushed from appointments to lessons to practice to complete assignments and tweak projects. Throw in some pretty weather that keeps you outside more than in and the ever present desire to stare at a blank wall for a few moments when life starts to become too packed ((oh that’s just me?!?)) – and dinnertime with a home-cooked meal can become nearly impossible. Continue reading

Spicy Bean & Rainbow Veggie ((No-Peek)) Veggie Stew

A pound of dried beans, a colorful medley of fresh veggies and a few pantry staples are often my ticket to a simple, tasty dinnertime solution. While away on our recent vacation, NO-PEEK bean stew made it’s way to our dinner table several times. In order to bring a little variety to my favorite no-peek method ((see more ideas HERE)), I switched up the veggies, spices and cooking liquid.

It’s always funny to watch the kids compare my different “No-Peeks” especially when leftovers from the last no-peek still exist. Continue reading

Rustic Blueberry Biscuits – a busy morning breakfast solution!

This simple recipe is a perfect solution for the busy morning breakfast – really. These biscuits take less than 5 minutes to mix and only 13 minutes to bake. If you measure everything out the night before, even with taking the extra step to work in the shortening these biscuits could be in your mouth before you actually wake up. Well, maybe not quite that quick. Continue reading

Fresh Washington Apple Crisp w/ Cinnamon Streusel Biscuit Crust

While in Washington, it didn’t take me long to notice we arrived right in the middle of apple season. At almost every turn, I saw apple trees with branches bowing at the weight of large, brightly colored apples. I had to force myself not to pull over and pick a pie’s worth of apples. I did pull over and knock on a few doors, hoping the home owner would give me permission to buy some of their apples ((no one came to the door — and I know they were home)). Thankfully, I eventually came across a roadside stand with freshly picked apples for sale, and with that – I was well on my way to making the best apple crisp of my life. Continue reading

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

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