Menu Monday: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

From the moment we brought Marlow home, I’ve been looking for ways to spoil her. We’ve realized that our girl has a very sensitive tummy and is very adventurous. While we have her on high-quality dog food, she still finds ways to eat things she isn’t supposed to, so I sought out a dog treat that would help her tummy feel better and that she would love. This dog treat is easy to make and is good for digestion, a win-win!


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  1. Heat up your peanut butter, it will go into the pan more easily.
  2. put your PB at the bottom of your dish I had a teaspoon in each of my little ice cube trays.2014-04-10 18.41.14
  3. Once you’ve finished your layer, next comes the pumpkin. I layered it on pretty thick, filling the tray to 2/3 fullness.2014-04-10 18.43.39
  4. Top it off with greek yogurt.

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    I tidied up the tray after I took this picture.

  5. Pop in the freezer. Let sit overnight. Then give to your pups.

Ms. Marlow loves this treat! Candy made, Marlow approved.


Outdoors Gear For Mom Update!

One of my most popular posts last year was my list of Outdoors Gear for Mother’s Day. My Mom’s birthday is May 9th, so I have double duty in May. While some obvious gifts of jewelry and spa day are nice, not everyone’s mama needs or likes that stuff, and there is a wide variety of new gear on the market for ladies. Without further ado, here are my top 10 picks for 2014!

  1.  The REI Crestrail Women’s Pack: $169, I purchased this pack last season and I am so thrilled with it. It is the perfect size for a long weekend trip, is very comfy, and while mine is gray instead of this pretty pink, the coloring and style is awesome. Any backpacking mama would love this pack.
  2. Fitbit Flex. $99.00. I am in love with my fitbit! Check out my review here!
  3. Women’s Zero Rules Short Sleeve Top. $39.99. I had last year’s model on my list last year, but Columbia’s new OmniFreeze Zero technology is even better than it’s predecessor. With a hot summer on the horizon, these tops are good for any kind of outdoorswoman, and are great for traveling. Buy them all.
  4. Padded Workout Tank. $14.80. Forever 21 is not my first place to go for outdoors gear, but their new line of activewear is durable, super cute, and CHEAP! I have several tops and leggings that I use for hiking and backpacking, that I don’t hate being photographed in. I’d highly recommend them. Size up, as this line runs small.
  5. Leatherman Style CS Multitool.$ Okay, I like this knife for a lot of reasons. Firstly, it comes in pink, which is always good. However, what I love most about it is the size. It’s able to accomplish a lot, while still being small enough to fit comfortably in my tiny hands, which is an issue I have with most multitools. I highly recommend this little guy to replace any pocketknife.

Wonderful Wednesday: A little bit of lovely

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about this amazing distillery:

4 Spirits is a locally owned distillery in Adair Village, Oregon. The owner is Dawson Officer, an Iraq war Veteran who served in the Oregon National Guard. The 4 Spirits who the distillery is named for his four of his comrades who lost their lives in 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq: Lt. Erik McCrae, Sgt. Justin Linden, Sgt. Justin Eyerly and Sgt. David Roustum.


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4 Spirits has 3 vodkas and a bourbon in their line up right now, and some rums on the way. I wanted to include them in my “Wonderful Wednesday” feature this week, because I think it’s important to support our local businesses, but I also think it’s important to support our veterans.

The 4 Spirits bourbon is AMAZING, and is the new bourbon standard in our house. In addition, 10% of the proceeds of the bourbon’s sale go directly to veterans services in the state it is sold in.

I am incredibly proud to support this great company, their delicious products, and the work they do. My bourbon dollars are well spent here!

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Menu Monday:Almond Crusted Tilapia

Another part of my adventures in learning to cook fish is my favorite quick “fancy” dinner: Almond Crusted Tilapia. This recipe wows guests (and Vaughn) but is super quick and easy to pull together.

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  • 4 tilapia filets (if frozen, thaw completely)
  • 1/2 cup almonds or almond slivers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • Fancy mustard of your liking (or yellow mustard). I love the mustard I have here, which is from Trader Joes.


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Lay tilapia filets in a baking dish.2014-03-28 19.38.54(1)
  3. In a blender or food processor (I used my magic bullet), add almonds, olive oil, and old bay and blend until the almonds are pulverized. I have tried different textures, I like it a little chunkier than is pictured here.
  4. Spread mustard on the tilpia filets.  This is the “glue” to hold on your almond covering.2014-03-28 19.39.58
  5. Pat your almond mixture on top of the mustard. Sprinkle the rest across the whole pan, it is tasty and delicious.2014-03-28 19.41.08
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the fish is done.2014-03-28 20.02.28
  7. Eat.


Decorating Easter Eggs

One of my favorite childhood memories was decorating Easter eggs. I remember sitting with my little brother as we decorated a dozen eggs each, very competitively. We got very into it, and were even more excited to track our eggs down on Easter morning! While the Easter bunny probably won’t be stopping by our house this year, i still had to decorate eggs. In a world where egg decorating kits rule the market, I still love doing my eggs the old fashioned way: a little vinegar and food coloring goes a long way!


  • Plastic cups you don’t mind getting stained
  • Vinegar
  • Eggs (I do a dozen) (keep your egg crate)
  • Food coloring (I use a standard 4-color dye box, but the neon ones on the market now are so fun!)
  • a slotted spoon or egg spoon (I just use my hands but my fingers are green today…so….)
  • White crayons are fun but aren’t necessary


  1. before you are going to color your eggs, you will want to hard boil them. To get the perfect hard boiled eggs every time, I follow these instructions: How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs 
  2. Once your eggs have cooled, you are ready to color!

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    cups in a row…

  3. In each of your color cups, mix together 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring. For different color combinations, view my color chart at the bottom.
  4. Slowly drop each egg into your color cup. Allow to sit in the coloring for at least 5 minutes or until it reaches your desired color. The longer you leave it in the stronger the color will be on the egg.2014-04-17 17.17.58
  5. Once each egg is colored, lay it across the egg carton to dry.

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For some fun eggs:

  1. Write words or draw designs on your egg with a white crayon before you color it. The dye won’t stick to the crayon, leaving spaces where you wrote for  the white to shine through!
  2. For “ombre” eggs, hold the egg progressively deeper in  the mixture for at LEAST 1 minute at a time. This will allow each part of the egg to get darker as you go along. ( Was pretty unsuccessful with my Ombre Eggs this year…)
  3. For multi-colored eggs, try using two different colors on each end of the egg, or using complementary colors when dyeing (for example, red and blue to make a purple egg). Be sure to let your egg dry completely between colors!2014-04-17 17.20.11

Have fun decorating your eggs, and have a very Happy Easter!