Malia

Hi There! My name is Malia. I love to cook, garden, fish, and live in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Come join in my silly adventures as I tromp through the garden, cook up a storm, and try to live every day to its fullest!

20+ Salads for Dinner

I love salad, especially for dinner. We have it at least once a week as a meal. It’s wonderful! Fresh lettuce and vegetables with a lean protein and fun flavorful ingredients like pecans, fruit, and goat cheese, what’s not to love? The sky is truly the limit as to how…

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Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

It’s August. It’s hot. Too hot to turn on the oven for any reason. The idea of introducing any heat into our house in the evening makes me cringe. We have a little air conditioner in our bedroom upstairs that actually does a great job of cooling the house most…

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Caprese Cobb Salad

Probably you already know that I love salad for dinner. It’s one of my favorite things. Per our meal planning, Mountain Man and I have it once a week. Why? It’s healthy, tasty, and so easy to make. Often people fear that they won’t feel satisfied after eating just a…

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Eastern Washington Joyride

One of my favorite things in life are long winding roads through vast swaths of open fields. I love driving on them, alone. Just me, my car, and some great tunes. This week I had the pleasure of taking highway 231 North off of I-90 just outside of Spokane.  The…

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How to Care For Dahlias

Welcome back to part 2 of my dahlia tutorial! For part 1 go here: How To Plant Dahlias Probably about now (July), you’re looking at a whole lot of green in your dahlia bed. Maybe a few blooms but basically you’re on pins and needles waiting for the flower explosion…

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The Only Steak Marinade You Will Ever Need

One new opportunity that this small town life has provided us with has been the option of purchasing a local cow to be butchered and packaged for our own personal use. This purchase comes with a lot of perks and I would highly recommend it to anyone who eats beef…

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Old Fashioned Potato Salad

There are some recipes that everyone considers the quintessential All-American summer side dishes. Baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, but probably the most essential is the potato salad. What is a barbecue without potato salad? What is a picnic without a potato salad? What is Summer without potato salad??…

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Crispy Fish Tacos with Mexican Coleslaw

As you probably already know, Mountain Man and I like to fish. It’s our livelihood and our favorite activity to do together. In the Spring, for a very limited window of time, the state opens up halibut fishing for the sportsmen… and women. Well actually, it’s usually just the Men.…

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Refreshing Meals for Hot Summer Days

Summer is here! I’m so happy! Fresh produce, blue skies, and warm temperatures. The only challenge I face during the summer is what to cook on hot days. I’m a champ when it comes to wintry comfort food since 9 months out of the year, it’s cold and rainy, but…

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Raspberry Ginger Ale Jam

When you go to your favorite breakfast joint and your meal comes with toast, what kind of jam do you reach for? Raspberry has always been my first choice. I love the zesty, tartness that’s sweet but not too sugary sweet like strawberries can be. If sunshine had a taste,…

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