Author: Rob Portinga

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lessons learned: be prepared

Be prepared for things to not go as planned You’ve likely heard the phrase, hope for the best but prepare for the worst, at some point. Or at least something similar. That’s sort of what I’m...

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why I chose to have bariatric surgery

Originally posted March, 2011 I wasn’t always “obese”, I don’t think I was even always overweight. I think I was a pretty average baby, and I was a fairly active kid. From second grade...

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lessons learned: have a plan…

… but be open to the possibilities. I have been leading an hiking/outdoors group on Meetup for about a number of years now, and was an event host for a couple years before that....

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old recipes: ginger cakes

These are from a recent stream I did, a Sleepy Hollow themed meal for Halloween. These ginger cakes are nice on their own, not too sweet with a soft, cakey texture. But… I accidentally...

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a sleepy hollow feast

My recently started Sunday night cooking streams meant I was going to be streaming on Halloween, so I wanted to do something special, but not just your typical … like.. decorated cookies or something....

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an idea born in nature

Around 2016 I was on a solo hike along the North Fork Skokomish River, near Lake Cushman in the Olympics and while I enjoy hiking with others, there are times I really just want...

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creamy jalapeno side sauce

Are we seeing a condiment come-back? Not quite two years ago I started seeing more variety in the sauces, especially pepper based, popping up in the stores. I’ve been making my own, simple hot...

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bean & corn soup

It has been kind of nice going thru the old website, looking for stuff I want to make sure I reblog over here. I’m discovering some stuff I hadn’t thought of in awhile, and...

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gear I use: packs

I don’t have photos, but I still remember a couple of my first true backpacks from when I was a kid in scouts. One was this orange, frameless pack that was just one large...

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birds into butterflies

Ok, this may be one of my worst play on words for a post title ever. And technically it’s not even butterflying the bird, it’s spatchcocking. But as popular as it seems to have...

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