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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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After an overnight crossing where poor Hudson was stuck in the car below deck, we docked in Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland.  Through the mist and fog we journeyed north to pick up my brother-in-law, Walker; a rerouted traveler who in a stroke of luck (depending on how you look at it) and an extra $300 skipped the overnight ferry ride.

From there we ventured west to Gros Morne National Park and everything we had heard was true.


It is an almost magical place with ancient fjords, massive bays, staggering cliffs, sea caves and places where the earth's mantle has been pushed above ground into incredibly unique plateaus.  At night the mist would become so thick I could barely find my way back to our camp.  Pretty eerie yet mystical at the same time.

We saw moose, did headstands in flower full meadows (okay, just me), had wonderful nightly fires (thanks, Walker!), were ever impressed by the astounding beauty, hid from the rain (and got soaked on occasion) while enjoying the company for this part of our adventure.


It was interesting to share space after being just Dallas, the husky and I but it was a welcome change and very exciting to have someone in our “guest room.”


I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.  Enjoy!



Love and magic,


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After a long border crossing (where our things were definitely violated) we were in Canada!  Our first province to explore was New Brunswick.  I was drawn here by the wonder of the highest tides on earth in the long narrow Bay of Fundy along with the incredible rock formations.  Lets just say, it did not disappoint.  Hopewell Rocks were just as awe-inspiring as I imagined: the rugged shapes, mysterious tunnels with trees happily growing on top. 


At our last stop (if you missed Acadia National Park check it out here) we hit one month on the road!  In celebration of this I am starting a monthly musings series.  Once a month, I will reflect on what we've learned after another month on the road.


1. Sleep comes so much easier after a full day in the sun.


2. Anytime someone cooks you a meal, hug them.  It is a generous labor of love.

3. Nothing is as easy as it seems.


4. Emotions change like the weather.


5. Everything takes two (or three) times longer on the road... and I mean everything!


6. Pooping is a sacred act and should be done alone (not with strangers or wildlife present).


7. Skunk spray is so much worst than you could imagine.  It is great for inducing dry heaving.


8. Skunk smell is easier to get out of husky fur than an eyeball.  That can take a year.


9. Campgrounds are like weird little rotating neighborhoods and you should act accordingly.


10. Headlamps are a godsend.


11. The GoVino plastic wine glasses were one of the best purchases I've ever made.


12. Rain jackets are a necessity (I've avoided buying one my whole life, until now).


13. To travel with your dog, you must really love your dog.

14. Propane lasts forever... okay, probably not but our 11 gallon tank is like the energizer bunny.


15. Cooking over an open fire makes everything taste like smoke.  Am I doing it wrong??


16. Maybe the west coast isn't the best coast... well, it probably still is!  I'll let you know later this year.


17. There are no guarantees while cooking in the great outdoors.


18. It is weird to worry more about wild animals than checking your email inbox.

19. Who knew a four minute shower could be so refreshing?


20. You want my address?!?  I don't know how to answer that... will my license plate work?

Peace and musings,


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After some time in the city and out of our “camp house” we were ready to get back to it and Acadia National Park was the perfect place to get settled back in. 

They call it Vacationland for a reason!


The weather was great, the scenery was incredible and we got to celebrate one month on the road (and still loving it!) plus our first wedding anniversary!  Both were very big milestones for us and we celebrated accordingly. 


I made strawberry almond butter overnight oats for breakfast because we were lucky enough to be there at the first of strawberry season and I couldn’t pass them up. (Recipe below) 


For dinner I made a salad out of farmers market finds and drunken mushroom pasta with a full bottle of red wine (don’t worry, it was worth it!).

The most exciting part about our anniversary dinner was a very special bottle of champagne.

{Warning!  I’m about to go on a tangent about this crazy bottle that traveled through 10 states to help us celebrate our first anniversary.}  

For our wedding we bought multiple bottles of champagne to share at the waterfall we hiked to.  We packed them up and hiked them over a mile to the spot where we would share our vows. 

Towards the end of that part of the ceremony I was looking for one last bottle but everyone said they had all been drank. 


After searching for a couple of minutes I gave up the search deciding to believe them.  One of my wonderful new brother-in-laws carried my backpack down now that I was in my wedding dress and it wasn’t until the next morning I discovered this lone renegade bottle. 

We made the decision then and there that it would be our top tier of cake or at least representative for it.  We packed it up and flew it home. 


When we decided to pack up and go on this adventure I knew this bottle had to come with us and it traveled all the way up to Maine (after visiting 10 states all together) to be here on this day!  And, I have to say, much better than frozen year-old cake! 


Okay, back to Acadia…. What more is there to say?  You should really go see for yourself; the rugged rocks the varied landscapes of lush green and almost dessert like peaks plus perfectly clear lakes and ponds and a suspicious little island you can only cross over to at low tide. I promise you it is worth the trip. 


My only regret is that we were in Maine before blueberry season started so I recommend you plan accordingly.  I hear they are the best.


Are you still thinking about those Strawberry overnight oats?  I hope so! 


If you haven’t made overnight oats before you are in for a treat!  Basically, you stir together all of the ingredients, chill overnight and a hearty delicious breakfast is waiting for you in the morning.  As easy as that! 

These bright red lush berries are definitely the center of attention in this dish but the almond butter adds a nice depth of flavor (and it is practically a food group in my world) plus a big part of the inspiration for this dish were the organic Maine grown oats I picked up at the Portland Farmers Market. 


I hope you will give them a try!  I would love to hear how you like them! 



Never stop exploring,


Strawberry & Almond Butter Overnight Oats
Serves 2


1 cup oats (GF if needed)
4 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder*
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup almond butter
1 large handful of strawberries, quartered
3 tbsp almonds, toasted and chopped


1. In a large bowl stir together dry ingredients: oats, chia seeds, vanilla bean powder, cinnamon and salt.

2.  Add wet ingredients to the bowl: milk, maple syrup and almond butter.  Stir until completely combined.

3. Gently fold in strawberries.

5. Refrigerate overnight in the bowl or in two mason jars for serving.

6. Top with more strawberries, a dollop of almond butter and chopped almonds.


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