Matcha Elixir with Ginger, Citrus, and (optional) Bourbon

Hope you are having a lovely week! This week seems to be dragging for some reason. Maybe it’s anticipation of the weekend ahead? Perhaps it’s the change in weather? On the other hand, we’ve been super relaxed this week. Getting into bed early; not cooking two hour dinners; coming home from work and changing into comfy clothes at a record breaking pace…it’s been nice. Podcasts have been our jam this week, true crime mostly. Hey, it IS almost Halloween, ya know? If you like that kind of thing check out Generation Why. They have a ton of interesting episodes! A few stories will probably be familiar to you, a couple will be very familiar, but most will likely be new to your ears.
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Chocolate Brownie Banana Muffins (Gluten Free)

Hope you had a very peaceful weekend. We made a four day weekend out of it; spending time with Warren’s family in Canaan Valley, WV.

As the annual trip to Canaan approached, we were filled to the brim with excitement. We knew what was in store for us; jeep and hiking excursions, cooking, and most importantly, quality time with loved ones. Canaan brings family members from West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Colorado to celebrate togetherness.
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Roasted Beet & Coconut Pudding


I don’t know about you, but we thought life would be more serene after Labor Day. Yeah, that hasn’t happened. We’ve had so much going on these last three weeks. Interesting happenings at the cabin; our day jobs seem to somehow be longer and more hectic; the work on Fork To Summit is becoming more involved; the tourists seem to be lingering, and so forth. They haven’t been crummy weeks, just a bit nutsy. Nutsy weeks that we willingly choose to undertake.
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Gazpacho with Tomatoes, Beet Leaves, and Basil + Popsicles

The heat. The humidity. Driving us off the front porch at 7:15 p.m. as the sun peeks over the cabin roof, the high temperatures here in East Tennessee seem perpetual. Like marionettes, the sun beckons us to ditch standing over a stove as much as possible. Knowing the glory of fall and winter will have us warming up the kitchen with pots of chili, we easily give in to the ebb of the oven.
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Fruit Salad with Indian Spices and Mint Simple Syrup

Fruit 101: Flesh, agriculture, staple, nutritious, and raw. Oh, and forlorn fruits we like to call “vegetables”. That’s my adjunct lesson. Cut some up, toss them together, and call it a fruit salad. Label it fruit cocktail, it’s still chunks of fruit lobbed together. Even the colorful are well-worn on the inside. Luckily, we have the spice trade as a dutch uncle. He’s our one way ticket out of Sleepy town.
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