It’s not often that I bake. I tend more towards the savory side of things for every meal, including breakfast. But sometimes, you just need a sweet treat. And lately I’ve been baking more often. I’ve found an awesome cornbread recipe that I honestly don’t know how I’d improve upon (you my girl, Alex Guarnaschelli!). I’m working on an easy gluten-free brownie recipe that uses coconut flour instead of all purpose. And then there are these Simple Ginger-Spiced Apple Muffins.
Hey guys! We’re deep into Thanksgiving preparations over here @ Kale & Compass (cooking so many tasty things!), but I can’t completely blame that on my lack of posts lately. I can, however, blame Dragon Quest Builders.
I’m sorry. So not sorry. It’s SUCH A GOOD game. It’s got all the awesome 3D crafting and building aspects of Minecraft, but with more structured storylines and objectives. Bottom line: it’s addictive and so so fun! Check it out.
More to the point of this post, Lake 22:
Nick and I did manage to separate ourselves from the PS4 for just a short time in October to finally, FINALLY head out to North Cascades National Park. It’s a bit further out than we normally venture for day hikes etc. but we booked an Airbnb in Bellingham, WA for Columbus day weekend and Lake 22 Trail was midway between home and there. So we went. And we hiked.
Hi friends! Happy Election Day. Hope ya’ll voted and stuff. It’s getting colder out around here, rainy and cold and dark. Nick lovingly describes this time of year as the time when we eat a lot of bright orange meals. I can’t help it, I love me some squash (and sweet potato and carrots and… you get the point). This Brown Rice Congee with Roasted Red Kuri Squash does not disappoint. If you’ve never had congee before, I highly recommend. It’s literally comfort in a bowl.
Guys, this salad is so festive! When I saw those teeny tiny beautiful sweet bell peppers at the market I couldn’t resist. They work great in this salad because they’re hearty and crunchy and pair very well with a light and creamy tahini za’atar dressing.
We’re in the middle of a series of big storms over here in Washington, if you haven’t heard. Meaning it’s been rainy and windy for about 4 days straight and should continue throughout the next week. I say bring it on. My running routine might need to take a temporary pause, but it gives me more time indoors to catch up on photography and cooking to-dos that have lingered on the list. Plus, I’ve (finally) finished editing my hiking photos from the summer (I know, I know!).
Today I’m giving some much needed love to the Compass side of Kale & Compass. Let’s all pause to enjoy the scenery a bit. These sunny-days-of-summer photos make me really happy to look at, especially now, on this rainy dreary Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!