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Sarah Kirkconnell (sarbar) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
About Me Love to hike, backpack, snowshoe, cook and 4 wheel. If it is outdoors, I am happy! Love hiking most, preferably with a light pack and a sunny alpine meadow ahead of me.
My husband and I run / and our frequently updated blog at as well as my personal blog
We are the authors of 3 outdoor cookbooks and the people behind FBC.
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All Forum Posts by Sarah Kirkconnell

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Re: Slow order. Is this typical?
My orders have always showed up faster than it says it will, so hopefully. OTOH, the shipping is free for over $20, so I don't complain too much about speed. Usually ;-)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Slow order. Is this typical?
August 02, 6:50pm

My Thoughts
With 3 kids now...well, what I did when I had one child is much different than what I do now. When my oldest (who is 16 now) was 4 1/2, he was hiking 10+ mile days and going nearly every where I we...

In GEAR » Camping with Toddlers
August 01, 11:56pm

Re: Other ways to make almond milk
What Rex talks about above works well. You can do it with nearly any seed or nut butter. It works.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Powered Almond Milk
August 01, 11:23pm

Re: Getting Married. Destination wedding?
Question is: Will it just be you, the Mrs. and someone to marry you? Or are you expecting others to come? If so....don't. Only do a destination wedding if it is for you two. Otherwise, go...

In Chaff » Getting Married. Destination wedding?
July 29, 1:52pm

Totally normal reaction to TVP. I can only eat it in very, very small amounts (less than 1 Tablespoon dry). Oh lord.....worst night ever was Fantastic Foods burrito/taco filling. I swear childbirth...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » TVP
July 27, 9:17pm

Re: Millennials and the Backcountry
So David... What generation do YOU belong to? Gen X being yuppies. Snorting. It is kind of hard to go out for multi-day trips when Gen X is taking care of kids, their parents and for many,...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Millennials and the Backcountry
July 25, 9:59am

Re: Cheese
Justin, Romano is the same - mostly. It just has to do with where it is made and what milk is used. It can often be made with sheep or goat's milk, although cow is used also. Both it and...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How long would these foods last without refrigeration?
July 23, 10:33pm

Re: Bacpacker recent issue
Marko, that is because the recipes are all shot inside, in a studio. And many of the recipes are not UL hiking doable by any means.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How long would these foods last without refrigeration?
July 22, 2:53pm

Re: Bacpacker recent issue
The sealed packets, especially the plastic ones by Kraft, have a VERY long shelf life. Kraft Parmesan cheese has cellulose added to it now, which keeps it the same constantly. It stays pourable and...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How long would these foods last without refrigeration?
July 21, 11:40pm

Re: Life Can Be Pretty Cool With Kids
Monday seems to becoming a "go explore nature" day :-) One tall teen and two wee ones ;-)

In Chaff » Life Can Be Pretty Cool With Kids
July 21, 11:37pm

All Reader Reviews by Sarah Kirkconnell

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Maruchan Ramen
I use the noodles as a base. If you use them as "instant pasta" you will have fast and easy meals. I take the ramen block and 1/4 cup of freeze dried vegetables, then cover with boiling wate...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
September 08, 8:56am

Guyot Designs Firefly
I picked up a Firefly a couple weeks ago on a whim. I figured it would be a fun toy, and maybe make the one Lexan bottle I carry a bit more multi purpose. I tried it out recently. (it was used on a s...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 10:16pm

Luna Bars Sunrise
As noted, I am not a fan normally of "energy bars". But, Sunrise Luna Bars are very, very good! Aimed at women, and designed for breakfast, they are good anytime of the day. They are ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 10, 11:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
Recently I was sent an entire box of Larabars from the company, with every flavor in it. It had in it all the JOCALAT bars also. I love Larabars already, and the JOCALAT ones? Even more. The coffee fl...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 07, 4:59pm

Garmin Foretrex 201
My husband bought me one for this years Christmas. I wondered how much I would like or hate it. After having around a month to play with it, I can say I love it! It took me awhile to figure out...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 20, 9:02am

Laura's Wholesome Junk Food All Flavors
I found at a local organic grocery in my town, and fell in love with them. They come in 7 ounce tubs, with a long shelf life. They can be easily repackaged ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
January 09, 10:46pm

Fantastic Foods Instant Black and Brown Beans
I have been using FF's instant beans for at least 10 years now. A box stretches out and makes a couple meals on the trail. For use in burritos, bean dips and soups/chowders they are great. The ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 07, 10:10pm

Just Tomatoes Just Veggies
You can find the Just Tomato line at most REI's, in natural food stores and online, thru their website, My favorite product by them is their Just Veggies blend. It comes i...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 07, 10:04pm

Kelty Illusion, Women's
I bought my Illusion when it came out, in 2004. For the most part, it is my winter and hauler pack when I need space. The pack is 3500 ci, and weighs in at the advertised weight of 3 lbs 6 ounces....

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
January 07, 9:00pm

Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
MSR's customer service, along with their parent company, Cascade Designs, has fantastic customer service. They warrantied a Sweetwater filter that started blowing water out of the side (the one th...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 13, 10:42pm