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Life in an RV

Jun. 26, 2010 3:57 pm 
Updated: Jul. 18, 2010 6:03 pm
I spent a lot of time this afternoon outside in this beautiful weather we're having. We're getting a small tease of summer. We don't really get too warm until after mid-July in this area. The baby is getting braver... And he's hooongry... So Mama Bird stops in r MORE
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Jun. 24, 2010 6:37 pm 
Updated: Jul. 1, 2010 6:45 pm
...Got out of town on a boat going to Southern islands...I've had this song running through my head all afternoon. I wonder why?? Tonight was French Polynesia, and I felt I should have held dinner and lit the dang tiki torches! On the menu: Potato Appetizers http://re MORE
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Jun. 17, 2010 5:20 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2010 5:12 pm
Bob and I had an attempt at a Panamanian dinner tonight and this is how it went: I am going to pick my little cell phone and order a pizza...UGH! I started out yesterday evening making a ceviche and that wasn't so bad but fried plantains...never again...YUCK! I also found a cold cucumber soup… MORE
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Shrimp and Scallop Ceviche
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Cold Cucumber Soup with Roasted Peppers
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Jun. 10, 2010 6:08 pm 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2010 3:13 pm
Today Bob and I ventured to Nepal. To be perfectly honest, I really didn't know what to expect as far as taste goes. Of course, I got grossed out reading about some of the cuisine and, yes, Nepalese people do eat yak, but I can't exactly waltz into Fred Meyer, Win MORE
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Jun. 7, 2010 4:10 pm 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2010 4:32 pm
Life is good today. I'll give you a little tour as I make my rounds. We go out the door and onto the steps, turn left and see... This! I'm pretty happy with my little junk container garden and how it's doing. We were thinking that we were going to lose our tomatoe MORE
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Jun. 4, 2010 7:34 pm 
Updated: Jun. 11, 2010 2:29 pm
Just another picture blog to show why I love summertime... Our newest family member: Smokey Lonesome! The table is all ready and rarin' to go... Love, love, love those blue skies... And the way the sunlight catches my wind spinners... I wasn't MORE
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About Me
I've been married to my husband for almost 10 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state about 30 miles Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight series. First, I am a food writer. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world, a meal from every country and territory and lots of original recipes. I feature my original recipes in a monthly column for our local newspaper. I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my container garden and the community garden that I've helped get started. My garden passion is growing rare heirloom tomatoes. I admin several garden groups on Facebook. I love to create new recipes. I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety. I am a multiple prize-winning nature photographer. I am also a professional cook and work in the food industry and continue to further my education with every opportunity that comes my way.
My favorite things to cook
I don't have really a favorite thing to cook, per say...I'm not afraid to cook anything. I've recently taught myself how to can and make bread. I still have no great love of making cookies. I'm getting very well-versed in worldwide cuisine, as I'm cooking my way around the world. I love to create new recipes and rarely, anymore, do I have one that flops, but it does and will happen...the road to hell was paved with good intentions, or so they say. My favorite cuisine in this worldwide culinary adventure has been, so far, Belgium...fantastic food! I also am partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Azerbaijani and Hungarian cuisine...and Middle Eastern food kicks @ss!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is the weekly international meals that I prepare. The tradition is that my blog readers choose what country they would like to see from week to week and I cook an entire meal for 4 people with a budget of $20. Right now I am in the middle of my "Austerity" project where we are solely eating from the freezers and really have to creative to do this and I am making up recipes as I go...I have used a few AR recipes and credit back to them, though.
My cooking triumphs
I've had several of my original recipes published. I've had my blog featured in a magazine. I now write a monthly food column based on my blog for our local newspaper. I am a Food Buzz featured publisher, I'm on PetitChef, RecipesUS and Foodista among many, many other cooking websites. I guess it's safe to say that due to my cooking, I have now ventured into the world of food blogging and into a smaller group of us fellow global food bloggers and I've made some amazing friends. I've recently had several recipes published in a co-op cookbook of international food bloggers.
My cooking tragedies
There have been several and there aren't enough characters in the 1000 allotted to list them all down! My motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You've got nothing to lose by trying something new!
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States