Friday Fun

Sams Spring Break 2015-washington power plant-2Sam and a dozen of his friends took a road trip to the Washington state coast for Spring Break.  These are some of the pics he snapped with his phone and texted to me while he was gone.  By now they should be packed up and on their way home.  I miss him and can’t wait to hear all about his trip!

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This morning I was thinking about Sam while I was making myself a cup of coffee.  I was thinking about how many cool experiences he has ahead of him in his life.  I turned my attention back to my cup of coffee. I’m glad I’m 38.  I’m glad I know three ice cubes make my 12 oz. cup of hazelnut cream the perfect temperature.  But I’m still super excited for Sam and every cold, scalding, and lukewarm cup of coffee he has to drink before he figures out how to get the perfect temperature cup.Sams Spring Break 2015-beach rental-2


Sometimes I forget that coffee is not only for drinking and that it is almost like salt for chocolate.  Here are some unique recipes featuring coffee I’m dying to try!

This Cappuccino French Toast with Coffee Cream. Dreamy!

This Coffee Chia Seed Pudding.  A perfect morning snack and energy boost!

This Espresso Chocolate Chunk Coffee Cake.  Serves 10? More like 1!

These Browned Butter Espresso Blondies.  I love how you can see the tiny bits of flavorful grounds in these blondies!

These Grilled Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Coffee Sandwiches. I could eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dessert!

These Brown Butter, Coffee, Pistachio, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cookies with a kick!

These Espresso Snickerdoodles. I want my cookie jar to flow over with these!

This Brown Sugar Rosemary Coffee Ice Cream. Rosemary and ice cream? I have a good feeling about this!

This Roast Beef with Espresso Sriracha Sauce Recipe. All this sweet calls for savory! Coffee and beef make a good couple!

This Coffee Bacon. Pork and coffee! Must try!!!

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ben ultra marathon training

Ben’s training to run solo in the To Bone and Back ultra marathon.  He ran ~12 miles today.  It seems like running is effortless for him.

ben ultra marathon training food

Ben’s Training Dinner

One funny little comic strip about running long distances.


My sister and Mom will appreciate this compassionate application of a 3D printer.




no bake vegan brownies with chocolate ganache


Do you remember those individually wrapped Little Debbie Fudge Brownies? These are not those!  But, when I first saw these No-Bake Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache they were the first things I thought of. I didn’t think of those old school pre-packaged snacks because of how they actually look or taste (because, frankly, I haven’t…

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Friday fun at an Idaho falls food blog


  FOOD I forget about soup. When I was in my early 20’s Sam and I lived with my Granny for a couple of years.  Every once in awhile she would make a huge pot of vegetable soup.  She called it skinny soup.  I swear you could eat a million bowls of it and not…

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healthy crunchy chocolate peanut butter bars

healthy crunchy cocoa and peanut butter bars

Did I mention no-bake? These bars are actually inspired by these Kashi Layered Granola Bars-Peanutty Dark Chocolate. I bought a box of them awhile back and the first time I bit into one I just knew they had to have made the top layer from dates and cocoa.  Sure enough, there were dates and cocoa in…

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friday fun

  FOOD I worked the last two Fridays so I didn’t get my Friday Fun in.  Working so much over the last two weeks got me thinking about brown bagged lunch, then the common sandwich.  Here are ten sandwiches I wouldn’t mind finding in a brown bag at lunchtime! This Short Rib Pho French Dip…

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idaho falls food and fitness blog

10 Diet Hacks

In December, I think I ate a few hundred Lindor Truffles and a few thousand spoonfuls of various nut/cookie butters!  Now, once again, I’m faced with feeling uncomfortable in my skin and wanting to get back to a weight I feel healthy at. I do this every single year.  I’m beginning to think it has more to…

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Mushroom and Tofu Stuffed Peppers

Mushroom and Tofu Stuffed Peppers

Ben has asked me more than once why I like red, orange, and yellow bell peppers but not green ones. After reading about them it all makes sense.  All bell peppers begin as green peppers then finally ripen into red peppers.  The other colors lie somewhere in between during the ripening process. According to the…

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