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Simple Shortcuts for Classy Camping Cuisine

Posted by Tori

Monday, July 20, 2015

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There are two different types of camping folk. Those who make do with simple hot dogs and hamburgers, accompanied by bags of chips—a mediocre meal eaten dismally for several days of the trip. Then there are those who know how to camp. I’m talking about those who meal plan weeks before, who utilize their campfire for its smoky flavors, who make their neighbors envious with their several-course gourmet camping meals. This summer, you don’t have to watch those people with dismay while roasting your hot dog on a sad little twig. You can be those people.

I grew up in a fairly camping-savvy family, and through the years I have gleaned the tricks of the trade.  It’s not about splurging on the fanciest outdoor cooking gadgets. The key to a delicious campfire meal is planning ahead. By prepping meals before departure as much as possible, you can spend more time...

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Easy, Freeze-y, Beautiful: Homemade Popsicles

Posted by Natalie

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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We’ve all been there. It’s a sweltering summer afternoon, the air feels thick and heavy, and it seems like there’s no escape from the heat. All you want to do is climb into your freezer and hang out there for a while. Since that’s not physically possible for most of us, the next best option is to munch on something frozen. What could be better than a sweet, refreshing popsicle to cool off?

I’ve loved popsicles ever since I was a kid. After a long day of riding bikes and running through sprinklers, my siblings and I would come home craving the frozen treats. We would open the freezer like a treasure chest and find the holy grail sitting inside: a rainbow array of ice pops, just waiting to be eaten. They hit the spot every time.

Despite being (quite) a few years older now, I’m not ashamed to admit that...

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A Nostalgic Summer Treat: S’mores Icebox Pie

Posted by Tori

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Easy Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

Buttery graham crackers, rich melted chocolate, that sticky ooze of sweet, warm marshmallow with those crispy golden brown patches you tried to achieve without burning… nothing quite beats a s’more on a summer night. Many desserts have tried, and failed, to imitate that ideal flavor combination. S’mores cupcakes are fun, brownie bars are pretty yummy, and even the frozen yogurt flavor makes a good case for itself. But nothing is quite the same as the traditional camp fire treat.

As they were for many American children, s’mores were an integral part of my childhood. The gooey fingers, the chocolate-smudged mouths, and the quest for roasted marshmallow perfection were the highlights of Girl Scout events, family camping trips, and beach bonfires. S’mores were the pinnacle of summer, the dessert we waited all year for, the sweet tradition that would never die.

This summer hasn’t felt quite right without indulgence in the toasted treat....

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All About Almond Butter

Posted by Natalie

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sleepytime Honey Almond Butter Smoothie

I’ve been a peanut butter addict for many many years, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I put it on everything—pancakes, fruit, oatmeal, sandwiches, and every kind of dessert. Up until recently, I was convinced that there was no rival to my beloved peanut butter. And although my love for PB will never die, I have recently fallen in love with something new and beautiful (cue music):
almond butter.

I was skeptical at first. Who was this imposter trying to take over peanut butter’s place on the nut butter throne? But I soon realized that almond butter is not necessarily the better butter; it’s just different. Using almond butter opens up a myriad of nut butter possibilities, and for me, that begins with its subtlety of flavor.

As delicious as peanut butter is, it tends to steal the show when it comes to flavor. Cookies and cakes with PB are first...

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