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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

My Top 10 Favorite Gluten-Free Food for a Year recipes:

I have been meaning to highlight several of these recipes for quite a while now – but was finally prompted into action by one of my good friends ((and former college roommate)) to throw a few recipes out to all the peeps who live a gluten-free life. One of the reasons I haven’t said much about gluten up to this point is because I don’t want to be incorrectly perceived as “jumping on the GF bandwagon” because it is “hot” right now. I certainly don’t want people to think I want to steal some traffic because of the buzz surrounding gluten.  Continue reading

Sweet Smoked German Sausage & Cheesy Green Onion ((carrot)) Mashed Potato Casserole

Looking for an easy one pot meal that will please the entire herd, make your house smell divine & provide some health benefit? I have the perfect recipe! Homemade mashed potatoes laced – um, I mean blessed with the addition of 4 large, sweet carrots and a bit of cheese and butter is a tasty and HEALTHY treat that will not bring tears to the table*.

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This Hobo Dinner just may change your life!

 The first time I had a Hobo Dinner was when I was 12. Mom, Dad, Mike & I were camping in the summer in CO. Once the tent was sent up, the campfire wood was gathered and the campfire was built, mom and I started the meal prep. I remember washing my hands with water from our jug, making sure not to waste it! If something dropped on the ground, I would do a quick rinse and try to make sure it became part of my brother’s meal ((hahaha))!

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