Pumpkin Lasagna

It has been so long since I have posted! The last few months have been a whirlwind of changes including switching up my work with a move to the community college. Couple that with the holidays and the months just seemed to fly by. A lot of my cooking lately has been haphazard and not well thought…

Settling Back In

This time of year seems to often be the quietest for me. Things have calmed down at work – if I have done any races they are over and I leisurely enjoy the fall leaves on strolls and bike rides or (gasp) out of the window of my car! I am drawn back into the…

Where has summer gone? – Tomato Tart & Okra

I somehow am astonished that it is already the middle of September. It has been a busy few months. School ended and I hit the ground running traveling to family events, Rob’s race, and hosting our first camp. Then it was right back to work to start the year all over again. It is hard…

Bread and Breakfast

What are the chances that the first time you meet someone they hand you a sourdough starter? Turns out pretty good in the ultra running community. Such a great collection of people. Thanks Brendan for bringing it from Durango! I let it get lonely in the fridge for almost a month – I fed it…

Spring Break Memories

One of my favorite things about working in a school is the magical spring break. Sure winter and summer breaks are longer but spring break comes at the most perfect time teasing you with the ability to venture out. This year I did some skiing at home, visiting with family, and lastly some awesome solo…

Spring Break

Spring has sprung! I am on spring break this week. The break has started with just spending time with Rob doing things we love – running in the canyon, having beers at the brewery, and walking downtown for a coffee on a sunny afternoon.  I plan to get some more adventure in but for now…

Snow Day Split Pea

This recipe is for those days when all you want is soup. Doesn’t everyone have days like that? When the temperature plummets sometimes that is all that I want, a big pot of warm soup simmering on the stove without any fus. Maybe that has also been encouraged this year with the addition of a…

polenta with roasted squash and greens

Every family has a few stories that are told year after year with warm memories of loved ones who have left us. One of my favorites involves my Gram who was a British war bride after WWII. She still had many friends back across the pond after the war; times were tough and she sent many…

Foraging for Supper

Everyone needs a break sometimes. I have taken to my mountain bike a lot lately as running has been hampered by a calf injury. Riding through the forest there are mushrooms everywhere! Lucky for us many happen to be lobster mushrooms. These orange beauties are easily recognizable and nothing else looks remotely similar. They grow…

Back to School

I love my job, I really do. I work at an amazing school with wonderful faculty and students and I often think I don’t know how I got so lucky to work where I do. That being said the transition back from summer is always a tough one. It is the time of year where I spend…

Summer Salads

After the craziness of Western States we escaped to the mountains in Colorado to rejuvinate.  Coming back all of the sudden summer is in full swing here in Flagstaff. The summer rains have started and it is just a wonderful place to be. Salads full of fresh produce are the epitome of the season for…

“Pink” Salad

It has been awhile since I was able to sit down and write about things.  The end of the school year is such a busy time and Rob has been busy as well with his training for Western.  Couple that with some wonderful visits from family and friends new and old and it made for…

The Wonderful World of Beer

  Beer is really my number one indulgence, and it couldn’t be a better time to indulge. It seems like every day brings new breweries and styles to explore. Last week we had some stout left in a growler that was a little past its prime, such a crime!   Wanderlust Pan American Stout is…

Travel Food

This weekend I am at Lake Sonoma with Rob to kick off the spring racing season. I am crewing and enjoying beautiful Northern California. Traveling and crewing always seems busier than I think and I like to have easy healthy food ready to munch on. I get sick of always eating hummus and other spreads…