Yosemite + Lake Tahoe + Finished Bed Frame = Happy Kelly

I feel more officially a Californian after visiting both Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe last week. My travel companions and I also stopped in the state capital, Sacramento, but the city can’t compete with the natural beauty of mountains and lakes. Before this trip when I pictured Nevada, I definitely didn’t picture this. Hiking down … More Yosemite + Lake Tahoe + Finished Bed Frame = Happy Kelly

Fava Bean Olive Spread

As part of Alumni weekend at UCSC, the University’s onsite farm was offering volunteer led tours around the grounds. The farm’s landscape is breathtaking. Home to a plethora of wildlife and plant species (both edible and inedible), the land truly embodies biodiversity in every sense. The interns working the farm learn about the relationship between … More Fava Bean Olive Spread

Creamy Sunflower Seed Butter & Wilder Ranch

Another week, another nut butter and outdoor adventures… This past weekend I ventured to Wilder Ranch State Park to partake in what was a pretty incredible coastal nature walk. Despite the clouds the docent kept the group’s energy up, detailing native plant and animal species encountered along the way. Who knew California had a state … More Creamy Sunflower Seed Butter & Wilder Ranch

Tahini Tempeh Pasta

This past weekend was filled with New Year’s outings and celebrations. Kicking off 2016 with some nature, I went on a lovely guided hike in Henry Cowell Redwood State Park. Lunch along the river at Big Rock Hole was beautiful. The town of Pescadero consumed my Saturday. First up was a trip to Ano Nuevo State … More Tahini Tempeh Pasta

Happy New Year! Resolutions, smoothies, and more.

December Recap: Wow December was quite busy, filled with outdoor adventures, holiday festivities, and some much needed family time. I got to travel home (briefly) for the holiday, and although there wasn’t any snow, I couldn’t have been happier to be home. Before heading home I continued my outdoor explorations in California. New Year’s Plans: … More Happy New Year! Resolutions, smoothies, and more.