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Category: How To

What to Bring Day Hiking in the Pacific Northwest

This post is all about what to bring day hiking, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. As I talked about in my post about hiking for absolute beginners, you don’t need a lot of gear to get started with hiking. I am not suggesting that you should bring...

How to Prevent Blisters Hiking

Maybe you’re luckier than me, but I have a really hard time with blisters! Different people have blisters in different places and have more or less trouble with them but one thing is for sure, having blisters makes hiking absolutely miserable! All blisters are caused by some type of...

How to Deal with Mosquitoes Hiking and Camping

It’s peak summer and peak hiking and camping season, which goes hand in hand with lots of mosquitoes, especially around lakes which make great camping locations. In our family we take mosquito protection seriously! We lived in Alaska for seven years and Jay spent several of those years doing...

How to make a Mushroom Beef Burger

Are you ready for the juiciest, most flavorful burger you’ve EVER had?? Looking to reduce your consumption of red meat in the process? If so, look no further than this incredible mushroom beef burger!! We started experimenting with this in our household last summer and now we really have...

How to Start Hiking for Absolute Beginners

Hiking is a wonderful way to get outside and move your body, both of which are great things and summer in the Pacific Northwest is a great time to start. What is hiking? Hiking is just walking on a trail instead of a road or sidewalk. That’s it! If...

How to make REAL Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

LOCAL STRAWBERRIES ARE HERE!!! I love, love, love strawberries and the local ones are so much better! They are hard to find in grocery stores, I recently learned this is because Washington’s large scale strawberry producers sell them exclusively on the market to be processed into other things. But,...

How to Hike More Often: 7 Strategies

It’s that time of year when we’re all anticipating summer, longer days, more sun and more time outdoors! If you’re wanting to get out hiking more this summer, here are some tips that have worked for me for how to hike more often as I’ve increased the amount of...

How to Dehydrate Vegetables for Backpacking

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to eat enough vegetables at home, let alone backpacking! I’ve been challenging myself to find more interesting ways to eat vegetables, how to not waste any of the vegetables I buy and experimenting with more ways to dehydrate vegetables!...

Hot to Make a Sweet Potato Breakfast Burrito for the trail

I don’t know about you, but it’s always a struggle to find good breakfasts that are fast, delicious and nutritious. Enter the make ahead sweet potato breakfast burrito! This is not fast to make the FIRST time, but once you have a batch in the fridge, then it’s super...

How to make mini Rhubarb Cheesecake

Rhubarb is almost here!!! You can already find the hot house rhubarb from Puyallup at QFC and Fred Meyer (and possibly other stores, that’s just where I’ve seen it). Rhubarb will be all over our farmer’s markets very soon! I had lots of rhubarb sauce on ice cream growing...