Author: Jennie Flaming

How to make Instant Hot Chocolate Mix from Scratch

Hot chocolate is one of the many delicious hot drinks you can bring on the trail to make winter special (and enjoy at home, especially during the holidays). It might seem like a lot of work to make instant hot chocolate mix from scratch at home but let me...

5 Free Unique Seattle Holiday Traditions

It’s the holiday season and there are plenty of unique Seattle holiday traditions for the whole family that are free or nearly free! Here are my Top 5: Related: Seattle in Winter – 17 ways to have fun like a local 1. Christmas Ship Festival (various locations throughout the...

Snowshoeing near Seattle: Best Beginner Routes

December 2021 Note: This winter, like last, is experiencing extreme pressure on sno parks in Washington State. Be prepared that you may be turned around if legal and safe parking is not available. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ILLEGALLY OR BLOCKING ANY ROADS OR FREEWAY INTERCHANGES. This is for your...

Cranberry Fireball Cocktail for the Holidays

Cranberry Fireball Cocktail is a perfect cocktail for the holidays, when cranberries are just wrapping up their season and their festive red color just screams out holiday celebration! It’s easy to make this a virgin (non alcoholic) cocktail as well, just leave out the fireball. It makes a delicious...

Super Easy Cranberry Syrup

Nothing says the holidays like the bright tart cranberry, and Washington is a big producer of cranberries! They are in season throughout the fall and common in farmer’s markets and grocery stores in time for the holidays. This super easy cranberry syrup is perfect for holiday cocktails and mocktails...

Best Rainy Day Hikes in Mt Rainier National Park

When most people think of Mt Rainier, they think of going to the park for epic mountain views! The epic mountain views are AWESOME, but don’t let cloudy or rainy weather stop you from visiting. Some of the most incredible experiences in Mt Rainier are just as good on...

How to make Campfire Buffalo Chicken Foil Dinners

Love Buffalo Chicken? Love easy camping dinners? Then Campfire Buffalo Chicken Foil Dinners are for you!! In our family we love camping, and we love good food, but we don’t like complicated or fussy food, especially not outside! Last week, thinking of an easy dinner for a one night...

Maple Pass Loop North Cascades

The Maple Pass Loop in the North Cascades is an amazing view hike that I previously mentioned here and here, but it is such an amazing hike and one of the best in Washington and one of the best larch hikes in Washington that it deserves it’s own post!...

How to make real pumpkin puree

  Making your own diy real pumpkin puree is super easy and once you’ve done it, you might never go back to the canned stuff! It’s all pumpkins all over everywhere in Washington right now! About 2000 acres of land in Washington are growing pumpkins, and they are grown...

Fall Backpacking Lake Ingalls and Headlight Basin

Fall backpacking Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is an annual tradition for me. Late September or early October when the larches are turning golden is the perfect time. You can’t actually camp at Lake Ingalls, but you can at Headlight Basin. You pass through Headlight Basin on the...