Month: July 2013

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies // Raw, Vegan + Gluten Free

Salted Peanut Butter Cookies: 3/4 cup raw almonds (cashews work great as well) 1/2 cup nut butter (I used peanut butter, but almond butter will also work) 8-10 medjool dates, pitted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract flaky sea salt *optional Using a food processor, or high powered blender, combine nuts, nut butter, dates and vanilla. Using […]

Zucchini “Noodles” with Pesto and Tomatoes

I have always generally liked zucchini. In bread, cakes, pancakes, grilled on the barbeque and sautéed over the stove. But I have never really loved it nor have I ever had a craving for it. Until I discovered this fast and easy, and don’t forget extremely healthy, way of eating it. Who knew, raw zucchini […]

Harvest Moon and Skype

Today, like most other days, I woke up and immediately began to check my email and my Skype account for new messages. I don’t really go out much, but when I do I tend to mess up the balance in the Force. Not that I don’t like to, but what purpose does a 13-year old […]


This is the best time of the year for berries. In the beautiful northwest you can pretty much find them anywhere, you just have to pull your car over… berries are so fantastic for you and they taste amazing! Eat them plain, with your oatmeal, on top of your pork chop (see recipe below), or on your Vanilla flavored […]

Jalapeno Hummus

This week I made a big batch of hummus, and then separately made three different options. One topped with toasted pine nuts and feta cheese, another drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil and blackened flakey sea salt, and then jalapeno hummus. This hummus has quite a bit of heat to it, although you can adjust per […]

Radicchio Salad with Balsamic Soaked Cranberries + Goat Cheese

Ok, I know living in the Pacific Northwest we shouldn’t complain about the heat. But it is hot! And when it is this warm I have very little motivation to cook large dinners. So right now we have been feasting on large salads and no-cook meals. Luckily between our garden and the weekly CSA box […]

It Only Takes a Spark: Wildfire Tips to Protect Your Family and Your Home

  As you are probably aware wildfire season is upon us in the NW. WA and OR residents have already seen a large number of fires spark in the eastern portions of both states. Meanwhile, CO was hit with another deadly blaze and several other western states unfortuantely kick started wildfire season in early June. […]

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My Evening With Butterbean

I once spent time in a cramped dressing room with a 400-pound boxer. In 2003, you see, I drove to Lincoln City, Ore., to watch Tonya Harding in a “boxing” match. You can read about that here. But the most memorable part of the evening involved Butterbean, boxing’s heralded King of the Four Rounders. The […]

Garlic Scape?

Recently my CSA box, from Hood River Organics, has been including garlic scape. Now I have to admit, even as someone who loves cooking and attends farmers markets regularly, this was my first experience with garlic scape. Have you tried it? If you love garlic — and this family loves our garlic — then this is […]

8 straight days on the trail…

You wake up as night gives way to day. You stay in bed a few extra minutes to contemplate your journey. You give a little stretch as you get out of bed. You grab your trekking clothes for the day and head for the toilet. You use the facilities and change. You head back to […]

Harvest Moon and Skype

Today I played Harvest Moon, and like any other day I checked my newly made Skype account for messages. I talked to my friends and harvested onions. One of the down sides of the Harvest Moon session was that I killed my patch of grass that would later serve as food for my cow, chicken, […]

Kids at The Crossroads Peru

This is the third summer that I have spent volunteering here at Kids at the Crossroads Peru. KATC is a non-profit being run by former Portlander GeGe Coleman. We provide supplemental education to 100+ children ages 4-14.  GeGe employs an all Peruvian staff of eight.  She herself draws no salary. KATC  is located high in […]

Guide Dog’s eye view – Angelina “speaks” out: how dogs help people

One of the places closest to our hearts -as people, dogs and dog people – and as Pac NW residents- is Washington State School for the Blind. The historic institution is right here in Vancouver, Washington. We started volunteering here and it has changed our lives in so many ways. The students, the staff, the volunteers- and […]

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Spuds Make Good Buds

Try swapping these out for your typical grain side choices like rice, pasta or even quinoa. They are super simple to make and incredibly versatile. You can bake, cube and stir fry. Heck you can even microwave em’! Try this mashed potato alternative. What you’ll need: -3 medium sweet potatoes -tablespoon ground cinnamon( or more […]

Escape from the Heat

Growing up in Arizona I was pretty used to heat.  We’d hardly bat an eye at triple-digit temperatures in July, and the 90s were a breeze.  This is my 8th summer in the Pacific Northwest and while I can still take the heat, I can tell you that I moved north for a reason.  The […]

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