Gear Review: Melitta Pour-Over Coffee


Pour-over is all the rage right now, but ironically I can remember that was how my Dad preferred his coffee back in the day 😉 And my Mom’s set up back then was a very simple Melitta pour-over setup as well. Good coffee can be easily made with little effort, and you don’t need fancy […]

Safe Commercially Made Treats For Allergies


Safe Commercially Made Treats For Allergies. That can be a very intimidating subject if suddenly you are in charge of meals/snacks for others – and have no experience with allergy safe foods. I saw this question this morning on a hiker’s forum and while I go by the theory of “Ask the parents to provide!!”, […]

Sunflower & Cherry No Bake Bars


Peanut and Tree-Nut Free, and if made with gluten-free oats, can be acceptable to a GF diet. If you love a chewy bar, you will love this one. If you don’t like your oats as natural in texture, use 1-minute (quick-cooking) oats instead. Sunflower & Cherry No Bake Bars Ingredients: 2 cups old-fashioned oats (Gluten […]



Simplicity can be a good thing. So can just trying to not be a snob, especially over coffee. At home I am a barista for Kirk (I spent 9 years being a barista – and even published a short book last year on it The Natural Barista: Latte Syrups & Drinks) and love making gourmet […]