What’s Cooking This Season? [2015 Cookbook Holiday Gift Guide]

This holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities to gather with family or friends and cook up something amazing to share. With regular, traditional holiday food front and center, some of the lesser known dishes may get ignored. Many people who may not enjoy foods served on Thanksgiving or Christmas may like some of these alternative meals. Check out some of the best cookbooks this holiday season; they’re perfect for gifting to a friend, yourself or a loved one. Continue reading

Learning to Love Radishes: Roasted Radishes

After the strong and record-breaking windstorm that rocked through Western and Eastern Washington, we had quite a fiasco on our hands at the farm. The hoop house built just this summer had ripped and broken in the strong gusts. Sadly, we had to pull all of the radishes that had been growing peacefully in the greenhouse and find a way to enjoy them. Having never experienced radishes cooked, rather only raw and chopped in salads, I decided to get creative and cook them in a variety of new ways. First up? Roasted Radishes. Continue reading

Introducing Lemon, Adventurous Beagle Puppy

The newest and most exciting thing to happen to us this fall is the arrival of our new puppy! His name is Lemon and he is a beagle, just like our other dog, Shiloh. Having gotten him at just 9 weeks old, we were in a bit over our heads with the housetraining, crate training and getting him to learn some basic commands. We’ve had him for about a month now and after some puppy training at our local vet, he is a happy and bubbly little presence in our home! Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving from Aquaberry Bliss!

We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings! First and foremost, we want to thank you for being a loyal reader and for joining our journey this year. We wish you tons of rest, relaxation and good food!

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We could not be more thankful for the happiness, new opportunities, renewed appreciation for the world and our success over this last year! Some of the great things that happened to us:

  • We explored tons of new places around Washington and Idaho
  • We took ownership of a farm and will be officially opening Aquaberry Gardens next year
  • We celebrated 1 year of marriage
  • We exceeded 100 houseplants in our “jungalow”
  • We officially spent 1 year living back in the town that we love
  • We got a new beagle puppy and enjoy watching him learn and grow
  • We saw countless shooting stars and appreciated our place in the universe


What are you thankful for this year?

One Year of Aquaberry Bliss!!

Here’s to the first birthday of Aquaberry Bliss! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for reading and following along with our journey! So much has changed in this past year and we’ve come a long way; from acquiring a small natural farm, spending our first season at the farmer’s market, adopting a new puppy, learning more eco-friendly ways to live and traveling to tons of new and exciting places!

This first year of Aquaberry Bliss has helped us to process and enjoy the beautiful things in life, make intentional steps toward a future we are building with boundless happiness and to enjoy our community and the little things around us. Some highlights from this year:

Wonder of the World: Visiting Stonehenge

The Magic Beanstalk: Provider Bean in Winter

Rabbit Tracking on the Palouse

Hearty Ixtapa-Style Tortilla Soup

If Everyone Grew a Tiny Forest…

A Guide to Foraging Safety: 7 Tips

Vineyard Pruning at Wawawai Canyon

7 Benefits of a Walk in the Woods

What is Permaculture?

Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

Plant it Forward: The Power of Greensharing


Thank you again and we invite you to stay along for the journey; we are so excited to see where this life is headed!

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PrintBy Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Explorer. Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle site dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

Thanksgiving Test-Run: Oyster Stuffing

Sometimes I make mock-up Thanksgiving meals before the actual season just because the food is so delicious! After trying a test-run of some sage rubbed chicken, I also decided to switch up my recipe for stuffing/dressing. Since I didn’t want to ruin a potential Thanksgiving with something I wasn’t sure I loved, I had to try this one out first! Oyster stuffing is popular in Southern cooking and can be quite controversial; I had never tried it until now; I’m glad I did. Continue reading

A Dozen Elk at Crystal Mountain, WA

While vacationing in a cozy cabin on Crystal Mountain, we decided to take a mid-day walk around the wood and surrounding neighborhood. We saw a lone animal walk across the street, completely unaware of our presence. Deer and elk are not strange to me; growing up in Washington means there are lots of animals that wander around residential areas. But this was quite a sight-the elk walked silently into a yard and once we looked hard enough, others began to pop up right in front of us! Continue reading