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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: Re: DIY Instant Rice - Cool
The reason I mention no oil added is so that you get the longest storage life out of it (the fat is what goes rancid in storage). I carry a bottle of olive oil with me on trail :-) Having said tha...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » DIY Instant Rice
December 17, 4:49pm

Yes and no. Do I carry in NP's? No. I would not break the laws here. Do I have a CCL? Yes. Do I train with my husband? Yes. Have I taken classes on shooting and carrying concealed? Yes. ...

In Chaff » Does your kit include a gun?
December 17, 3:23pm

DIY Instant Rice
Commercial instant rice is easy to use, cheap and can be found almost everywhere. So what does it lack though? Simply a deep taste and as well the texture that good quality rice has. Sadly with ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » DIY Instant Rice
December 17, 8:49am

If inside it could just be sloppy sewing style. Post a photo?

In GEAR » What would you all do?
December 13, 8:38am

Re: Anecdotes
Yes, I know it is weird. I prefer straws and or plastic tumblers. I don't like clanging my teeth on glass or metal. Gives me the willies. Same reason I like using Lexan utensils. As well my f...

In GEAR » Polycarbonate controversry
December 12, 4:27pm

Re: thc?
Or maybe just don't take anything....what a concept....

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » booze, drinks, etc
December 12, 2:24pm

Re: Re: Polycarbonate controversry
"Sarah: that is dangerous, but also exhilarating and life-enhancing! What is life-enhancing about refusing to switch plastics?" Simply put for me: I use plastics in moderation. Every ...

In GEAR » Polycarbonate controversry
December 11, 9:08pm

Re: Polycarbonate controversry
Jason, I so agree with you! This for example could be dangerous: But oh so worth it! For anyone who has hiked the Eagle Creek Trail in Oregon will recognize where that was taken, the trail ...

In GEAR » Polycarbonate controversry
December 11, 8:06pm

Re: "Tater Tuesday: Creamy Broccoli Alfredo Taters" - Variation
Jason, do you have a Big Lots store near you? The Bear Creek mixes seem to show up there quite often, often for dirt cheap. Btw if it is that there are larger chunks in the mixes taking longer to...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Tater Tuesday: Creamy Broccoli Alfredo Taters
December 11, 1:47pm

Tater Tuesday: Creamy Broccoli Alfredo Taters
For Tater Tuesday's recipe this week it is Creamy Broccoli Alfredo Taters. This is a variation of a previous recipe, and it is was for me very tasty! I am recovering from oral surgery and th...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Tater Tuesday: Creamy Broccoli Alfredo Taters
December 11, 1:06pm

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