Bacon and Banana No-Bake Cookies

13615100_525441460999816_598113280085318824_nSometimes life is just so full. You know what I mean? I have all these beautiful posts inside me. I have a slew of recipes I’ve already made and even more that I have ready to make. However, my life and schedule is packed! Living is important though. I always go back to Thoreau:

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

But I do have lots waiting inside of me, to share with you all. I still have to share with you about my trips. Not only food, but lessons I’ve learned, photos, experiences, etc.

I am going out of order, though, because I am freaking pumped about these bacon banana no-bake cookies I made!!

Last week Zach and I were sitting at the farmer’s market on Saturday, like we do every week. I don’t remember what we were initially talking about, but all of a sudden Zach said I should make banana no-bakes. Of course my initial reaction is, “duh of course I should, why don’t we add bacon?”

Monday I had to get bananas for work, so I also grabbed extra for me to take home. I had to make them right away!

I will confess, that he said they were good. However, when you say something is a no-bake, oatmeal is expected. However, I am a gluten-free baker, and hater all my life of oatmeal. Once you get pas the label, and just think of it as a cookie with bacon AND banana, you can truly appreciate how freaking awesome these were!

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Camping Fajita Skillets

20160702_182457On our road trip we cooked and ate pretty much every night together. We had a nice little stove that requires propane. We’d crank it up. Put on whatever we had prepped (we cut most of our proteins and veggies before we left and put them in labeled Ziploc baggies: we are efficient). Sat down in chairs around our camp area. Prayed. And ate, all while we took in the amazing views around us.

When we pulled into Yellowstone it was a little later in the day and we had, had a full day of travel. Going across Wyoming. Through a set of mountains. Up for a scenic drive through the Bear Tooth Mountains, to arrive at Yellowstone’s Northeast entrance. Here we went straight into the Lamar Valley area. It is none for it’s wildlife. Pretty much right away we spotted two buffalo. We had to stop. Zach was most excited to see all the wildlife on our trip. Of course he wanted to venture closer, but Yellowstone (and other future parks) were pressing about telling us that buffalo were dangerous and to allow more distance for them and bears, compared to other wildlife (also not to take selfies). Finally I reassured him that we would see more. Sure enough, further on down the road, we ran into valleys of hundreds and hundreds of buffalo. We even had to stop and wait for them! Feel free to watch this video that Zach took. Continue reading

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Besides bananas, Zach (recap, my fiancé), is also a big fan of buffalo. He likes buffalo chicken on his salad for instance. One day I remembered a buffalo chicken dip recipe my mother used to make. I was set on making it for him after he was done with a long day at work. He loved and crushed it.

Fast forward to our trip. We typically eat at home together (hello I’m a baker and he is a chef). So when we hit the road we not only wanted to save costs on eating out, but we wanted to prepare our own meals and snacks. Yesterday I posted the fantastic granola bars I made. Well I also wanted something savory for us to mow on in the car. Buffalo dip was a must. We had a cooler. He had his with chips. I ate mine with celery (this picture is it in a gluten-free tortilla bowl I made). It was a nice snack on the road and when we didn’t feel like cooking, it made for a nice little nap. It is not dairy-free. But it tastes great. We were on vacation and practicing  moderation. It was delicious.

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Banana Split Granola Bars

I have been on the most amazing trip (more to come) and super duper busy since I got home last week. Short recap: I went on a National Park road trip. I got engaged. I’ve been working. Moving. Planning a wedding and a reception. Working on my own business. Wrapping my brain around getting married. Preparing to change my last name. And trying really hard to get in a flow, and also to slow down enough to get time for some rest and to write some post because I have a stock-pile of recipes and thoughts.

Because our trip was a lot of car travel and hiking, I was stoked before we left to play around with granola bar recipes. My last market before we embarked I took the first batch to my market booth. They were a hit!! My mom was hooked and telling everyone. She sold them all for me at the next market. And the most recent one (my first one post trip), I sold a double batch in the first two hours.

They are GOOD. With that being said I was even happier with the ones I made for Zach (my fiancé) and I’s trip. He LOVES bananas. This week actually I just made him a banana cream pie. The idea popped into my head to make banana split granola bars. I was so pumped to make them. The coolest thing is when I conceptualize something and they turn out even BETTER than I thought they were going to. Totally what happened. We packed them up and had them on the go or sometimes as a little post dinner ‘dessert’ when we had spent over 10 miles hiking.

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Kraut and Brats

20160607_214107Last week I wrote a little bit about eating and shopping local. Farmer’s Market in the summers are my spot. It is a little early in the harvesting season, but gradual the produce and foods grows each week. I get excited to watch the towers of veggies grow higher and for the variation of colorful finds to increase.

I have some all-the-time favorites. I have been to the Royer’s Farm in Vermillion county, Indiana. Last year for some reason I chose some jalapeno brats. Ever since I find myself getting them nearly every weekend. Sure sometimes I’ve switched and tried some chorizo or I’ve dabbled with some mushroom garlic, but I always go back to the jalapeno.

I used to just eat them with eggs for breakfast, they were my favorite spicy thing. My boyfriend, Zach, however has me branching out. One of his favorite things is sauerkraut. I can dig some kraut. When I started doing a lot of research on immunity and flora, I learned that fermented foods are really good for you and the good flora in your system. I don’t want to be sick, I’ll take some good flora! I started drinking kombucha and searching for kefir. I even made my own kraut. My dear friends Kate and Jason at the market make their own, however. When we visited their farm and put in a day’s hard work, Jason sent us home with some tangy garlic kraut. We had it with the jalapeno brats. The rest is history and we eat it at least every other week. Zach said it is his FAVORITE kraut he has ever heard. And here it is, simple yet full of taste. If you live in Terre Haute try this. If not head to your own market and see if you can find some great kraut and brats Continue reading

Local Broccoli and Cheese Bowl

13413144_10101323305113213_5612479839080725930_nI am a BIG fan of shopping local. I sell locally. And I also promote my other vending friends. These people here. Even before I started selling at our local farmer’s market, I shopped there. I’ve been to several farms. I buy as many groceries as I can on Saturday’s from them. I talk to these people. We have rad conversations. We laugh. We joke. We relate. They are my friends. The faces and real life people behind my food. They pour love into their baking and creations. They lovingly tend their gardens and pick the veggies and fruit I eat with their own hands. That means something to me. When I look at this haul from yesterday’s market this is what goes through my mind. It’s what flows through my mind when I am at my own booth.

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So this week, I wanted to post some things I’ve eaten recently, made with local ingredients. Saturday nap after the market, finalizing some travel shopping, a great much needed nap, and some wonderful fellowship with friends, my boyfriend and I returned home hungry and ready to dig into some of our finds. We opted for broccoli as our star. Here is the deliciousness that resulted from this:  Continue reading

Sweet Potato Taco Bowls

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So I have been majorly slacking on posting and writing!I do have a back-up of recipes waiting to come your way, however. Like this gem. Man this is one of the best things I have made recently.  I have a thing for sweet potatoes (and bacon). I think if I planted sweet potatoes and raised pigs I would be set. I am learning however, that I am not the only one in love with sweet potatoes. Our summer farmer’s market has started up again and I have the opportunity to talk to some rad human beings. Chatting with my friend Kelly, we both bonded on the sweet potato lust. So as I was playing in the kitchen with the idea of a sweet potato pizza crust, I also remembered the taco bowls pans I have. While I had extra sweet potato puree, why not give it a try? I was really happy with them, when I packed them up for dinner Friday night.

You know what else I love? Working for my meal, so it can truly refuel me! On this particular Friday, I finished my market baking early. When my boyfriend, Zach, suggested we go to the new bike park in town, I was totally down. I am a firm believer in signs. I had heard at least five times about this Griffin Bike Park in just a week’s time. When my aunt mentioned on Thursday that they were indeed open, I immediately text Zach that we needed to go. So when that space became open on Friday, it was perfect timing (we are big believers in timing). They are still building it. But some of the trails were indeed done and ready for us to ride! It was cool and overcast, we beat the night rain, and we had the park to ourselves. If you live in Terre Haute or the area, I highly suggest giving it a try. I am usually a hiker, but trading walking trails for biking trails was indeed fun. And it pushed my comfort zones. After crashing my bike when I was little, most of my life I have had a slight phobia with them (hence the irony of me riding everywhere now). But I let go and went for it. And it was a lot of fun!! Granted sometimes we found ourselves in front of a ramp. Like this one:

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