Spicy Pumpkin Chili

Hey friends! Every so often I write a recipe for Sierra Trading Post. I love this recipe, so I thought I’d share!

We’re deep into the heart of fall, and for the last few months you’ve probably seen pumpkin everything. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin cereal… you can pretty much find a pumpkin version of anything that you eat or drink. I’ve been making pumpkin bread, truffles, pancakes and any other recipe I can dream since the start of fall (when I deem it officially acceptable to start the pumpkin craze) and have loved every minute of it. But, by November, the thought of one more pumpkin-themed food usually just makes me roll my eyes, except for one recipe in particular: Pumpkin Chili.


It’s so delicious- just trust me on this one.

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Three Cookie Recipes for Hikers

I don’t know about you, but I take extra care in planning out my energy resources for long hikes. I never just carelessly throw an energy bar in my backpack (unless it’s a short hike and I really don’t think I’ll need a snack anyway). I’m usually up the night before a long hike carefully planning out my meals and snacks. I’ve learned that no meal ever tastes as good as one that is enjoyed at the summit of a mountain trail (and my meal of choice is usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a can of IPA). ;)

Long or strenuous hikes burn a sufficient amount of calories, and it’s extremely hard to keep your energy level and motivation up when your stomach is growling. Some of my favorite convenient sources of energy for long hikes include KIND bars, trail mix and Justin’s Almond Butter squeeze packs (which I usually pair with an apple). All of those options are great, but I’ve got a snack idea that’s even better: cookies! Seriously, who doesn’t love cookies?

I started creating “hiker’s cookies” to bring along on the trails to break up the monotony of my standard pre-packaged snack staples. The best thing about making hiking cookies is that they can contain any flavor combination you can dream up! Three of my favorite hiker’s cookie recipes are Cherry Almond, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Banana Bread cookies.


Each recipe contains plenty of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates. The balance of these macronutrients will not only keep you feeling satisfied, but will also keep your energy levels up. These cookies can be stored in a plastic bag or sealed container for up to three days, and for up to a month in the freezer after that. (The Banana Bread cookies are best preserved when stored in the refrigerator, but will be just fine in your backpack all day.)

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FlapJacked Mighty Muffins [Giveaway!]


Hey friends! If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably me seen a few posts about FlapJacked's newest product: Mighty Muffins. I was really excited about the unveiling of these awesome protein muffins last month, because they've been in … [Continue reading]

#JoyDelivered with Door to Door Organics [Giveaway!]

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I have a love/hate relationship with going grocery shopping. I love finding new products, and looking through aisles of gorgeous, fresh food. But, I hate spending time and money doing it. I'm not the type of person that can just do one big trip once … [Continue reading]

Currently: June 2015


Well hey there, middle of June! (Or is it technically the end of June?) I've spent the entire month with a broken pelvis, so I'm pretty darn excited that it's flying by as fast as it is. Both of my parents had planned trips (months ago) out to see me … [Continue reading]

Blend Retreat 2015

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Thanks for all of your kind words and well wishes in regards to my car accident. This past week has pretty much been a nightmare, but I'm taking it day by day and hanging in there. I'd rather talk about happier things around here, so I'm  finally … [Continue reading]

Oh, My Broken Pelvis


I've been a HUGE procrastinator when it comes to (finally) re-capping Blend 2015. Planning it was such a big part of my life for a long time, and it definitely deserves some attention. I had a post mostly written that I had planned to finish this … [Continue reading]

Simple Berry Breakfast Parfait


I'm a big fan of breakfast. I'm also a big fan of lunch, dinner, snacks, happy hour, mid-morning coffee breaks.... basically I love to eat. Besides loving to eat, I also love all types of food. I'm lucky enough to not have any food allergies (knock … [Continue reading]

Currently: May 2015


Whoa- I've been majorly slacking at posting. I'm ashamed that I couldn't even manage to get a Currently post up in the last few months! When everything else is occupying my time, blogging definitely goes by the wayside. I appreciate that the five of … [Continue reading]

Working from Home [+ Late Morning Soy Lattes]


Working from a home office definitely has its pros and cons. The most obvious "pro" is that you get to be home- no commuting, no office drama and you can work in your pajamas all day long if you want. I've been working from home for a little over a … [Continue reading]