smoked salmon on green plate

Vodka Brined Smoked Salmon

The best Christmas present we bought each other was a Camp Chef Pellet grill. I still can’t believe we waited so long to jump on this bandwagon. We had a charcoal grill that was left untouched for over 2 years, mostly because it was a lot of work to cook anything. We were inspired after a …

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Butternut Squash soup in a bowl

Butternut Squash Soup

Growing up I was never introduced to Butternut Squash so when I had it in soup for the first time I honestly couldn’t believe how delicious it was. I’ll never forget the first time I made the soup. I bought the Squash and when I got home I wasn’t quite sure how to cut it. …

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Pumpkin Pie Crisp

I love everything about pumpkin season, in fact I think it might be my favorite time of the year. Every fall I make a point to bake pumpkin drop cookies and share with friends and family. They are my most requested cookie. I found a pumpkin pie crisp recipe that looked easy and decided it …

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Cooked Spanish Paella in pan

Spanish Paella made easy!

Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to learn how to make Paella. My college friend Beth, who lives south of Seattle, has perfected this recipe and offered to teach me via a video call. John and I have been in the NW for the past several months helping my Dad so we were able …

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Away Cary-on bag

Away Carry-on Review

When it comes to travel I pretty much have it down to a science on how to pack. I do everything in my power to avoid checking a bag. Even a two week trip to Thailand I was able to pack everything I needed in a carry-on and a backpack. I have seen the Away …

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Dusti drinking a vanilla latte

A Hometown Visit to the NW

John and I left for Portland, OR the middle of August and have been here for the past four weeks. We couldn’t anticipate the timing of the trip but knew was inevitable. My dad was admitted to the hospital earlier this summer and has been recovering at a skilled nursing facility ever since. A Flight …

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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Anything with bacon has my attention. So when I found this recipe years ago on the Damn Delicious site, I was excited to find a summer salad with my favorite protein. I’ve made this as a stand-alone meal for dinner however it’s also a great side salad for a potluck. The homemade dressing is the …

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