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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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Easy to make trail bars
Call them a chewy granola bar or an energy bar, either way, these are good! They freeze well also (wrap them up two bars to a bag for an easy trail snack out of the freezer. They are not super lig...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Easy to make trail bars
December 05, 6:07pm

Re: pudding
Sugar free weighs a lot less ;-) And when one is UL, every gram counts! The regular pudding isn't any better in my eyes though. It has the same amount of fake colors and flavors as the SF ;-) I m...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » what does "boil and set" mean?
December 05, 6:00pm

Re: Re: cozy with a cozy
Be sure to take the emergency blanket to wrap around you :-D Hehheh!! That'll keep them from getting all your UL secrets ;-) Anyhoo, another thing about cozies that is overlooked, is that they c...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » what does "boil and set" mean?
December 05, 5:11pm

Re: Re: cozy use
BD, the Mountain House packages work as a cozy in their own way. That is why they stay warm. The old MH packages (where the food was in a see thru bag) could be reused for home made meals to park t...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » what does "boil and set" mean?
December 05, 8:22am

Re: Damn heavy wedding band
When we got married, my husband asked if I wanted a Ti band, and I said no. I have white gold for both rings. The gold isn't cold feeling. I have very thin fingers, so my ring was actually very af...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Damn heavy wedding band
December 04, 5:11pm

Marzipan, This brand would work as a trail bar
Marzipan is usually gagging sweet, but we found an import from Italy this weekend that I could actually take with me on the trail and munch away on. The company that imports it is: http://www.p...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Marzipan, This brand would work as a trail bar
December 04, 8:07am

Re: mellow
Granulated garlic and dried minced garlic are actually very affordable options. Many times cheaper than fresh and besides the chance of going stale, it doesn't go bad unless stored wrong. It works ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe:
December 04, 7:59am

Re: hummus
For me, I like the dried garlic (it is freeze dried). It doesn't have the raw bite of fresh garlic. A bit mellower.

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Easy Homemade Hummus Recipe:
December 03, 7:47pm

Re: reflectix experiment
Hey guys, I don't know how much time you spend in fabric stores, but there is a product called "Insul Bright" that is sold near the fabrics used to line quilts (insulation dept). It is sold by the...

In Multiple Use Gear » Anyone using Reflectix fabric?
November 30, 8:22am

Re: Best tasting olive oil?
I only buy EVOO :-) Yum! I actually love the tsuff Trader Joes sells. Affordable and good tasting! (And yes, first pressing is best, it is done by hand, not by chemical means. The last pressings a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Best tasting olive oil?
November 29, 8:07am

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