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NWTK: Pumpkin Dump Cake

I'd never heard of dump cake until I started seeing it in every single community cookbook out there. Come to find out, dump cake is a thing. The essential concept is, you want to open packages, dump them, and bake, and make a cake. Skeptical? I was, too. Turns out, it kinda works. And in some cases, it works really [...]

Have a Life Already

Since June, I've been trying every day to make the full-time writer thing work. Some of it has been uphill (manuscripts to finish, manuscripts to edit, classes to teach, authors to coach) and some of it has been downhill (social media, chapter leadership, conferences). But regardless of how easy or difficult it's been, it's been a great journey. I've done [...]

New West Test Kitchen: Campfire Bundles

Montana in the late summer and early fall is all about being outside. And let's face it, it's the most beautiful weather we have, so we have to savor it. But I figured, since we're all doing all this camping, it might be fun to try something you could theoretically make outside on a campfire. Kristy tried one recipe, and [...]

Couch to 2K and Challenging Challenges

When I was in my 20s, I did something called a Couch to 5K. I was in a health kick and decided I wanted to run a 5K. There's a program my friend Allison turned me on to called the Couch to 5K program. They set up non-runners to start running. You're supposed to be able to go from couch [...]

New West Test Kitchen: Potato Salad

What would the summer or fall be like without potato salad? Everyone has their individual preferences, as far as how to make said picnic fare, so we really went to work this time. We tried mayonnaise, salad dressing, vegannaise, sour cream, and greek yogurt. Without further ado, let's jump in to the testing. Potato Salad (Tistylee) I have a soft [...]