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Earl Grey Whipped Cream

I didn't fall in love with tea until I was 19. Strictly a coffee girl, I saw a divide between my "sophisticated" latte and the dark leaf water. And since Alaska is coffee-obsessed as well, I never had tea foisted on me in the cultural sense. But then, I went to Ireland. And I made a few friends. And ...

The Ugliness of Change

It's called break up around here. I used to think it was because us Alaskans were "breaking up" with winter. Now I know that it refers to the breaking up of the ice on the ocean and the lakes. With break up comes grass, and sun, and blooming flowers. But it also comes with slush, and dog poop smell, ...

Peach Roasted Pork Shoulder

There are some days where you've just earned it. There are days where your joints are sore, and you've run yourself through the day mentally and physically. There are days where you've hiked a mountain, run a marathon, built a house, and kayaked a river all within an hour. Or, at least, it feels like ...

Easy Garlic Hummus

I'm not usually an organic nut. I buy it when I can, but I don't fret over whether or not something is organic, or whether there's a few ingredients I can't pronounce. If I'm buying a Reeses or a bag of French fries - which, admittedly, doesn't happen often nowadays - I'm not freaking out about the long ...

Adventures, And Other Springtime Activities

It's no secret that getting Moosie was, singe-handedly, the greatest decision I ever made (although I'll give The Fiance credit: he technically said yes first). She's persnickety, crochety, and she would rather get hit by a car than walk through a puddle. When she wants pets, she digs her claws into ...

Managing Depression While Traveling

That title can't be right, can it? No, the word "depression" doesn't belong in the same sentence with the word "travel." If Pinterest is to be believed, and I'm 100% sure it is, then travel is a magical potion that fixes things like anxiety and depression and causes you to live in a perpetual state of ...

Creamy Chicken Stuffed Peppers

I have a confession to make: I'm a chronic pepper-purchaser. Now, in the grand scheme of addiction, on a scale from biting your nails to meth, constantly buying too many peppers probably falls more toward the "biting your nails" side of things. It's not like anyone's getting hurt because of it, ...