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BEST NYC Sweets, 6 Bakeries in 4 Days

While vis­it­ing NYC (for the first time ever) last week, I checked out a list of bak­eries. In all, hub­by & I vis­it­ed 6 bak­eries and tast­ed 15 cook­ies, 3 mac­a­roons, 2 scones, one muf­fin, 7 cup­cakes, 1 slab cake and a bowl of banana pud­ding. Now that’s a list of sweets!! (It was only there 3½ days peo­ple — isn’t that crim­i­nal?!) Con­tin­ue read­ing

Smoked Salmon Scramble — a Berkeley favorite!

Sev­er­al years ago, David and I stum­bled upon, what has since become one of my all-time favorite restau­rants :: Lama Beans Cafe in Berke­ley, CA. We picked this spot because online reviews raved about this lit­tle local gem — high qual­i­ty, deli­cious local food that’s rea­son­ably priced — right up my alley!
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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

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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