Salt Sugar Sea

seeking life's scenic route • fresh organic recipes • diy converted sprinter van • guy, girl, baby and pup • stories from the road

Thanksgiving Leftovers Quesadilla with Cranberry Sauce


Thanksgiving leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving.  Sometimes the leftovers are almost better than the meal itself!  And did we have leftovers this year?  So many Thanksgiving leftovers!   For the past 6 years we have gotten together for what is becoming known as the annual “Orphan Thanksgiving”.  A happy hodgepodge of people, not from the area, who don’t make it home to see family.  Sometimes as.. Read More

Fresh Cranberry Sauce with Ginger and Pineapple 


Fresh cranberry sauce.  Have you tasted cranberry sauce made from real, fresh, whole cranberries?  I used to think cranberry sauce was made in a can.  It was some sort of canning, or pickling process, that turned the cranberries into a cranberry sauce.  This can shaped infamous cranberry sauce is the only way I had experienced cranberry sauce, until last year.   My fantastic-fitness-mom-friend brought over a new cranberry sauce to.. Read More

Hiatus from Van Life


Starting Location: MT Hood, OR Destination: Austin, TX Miles: 2,314 Days: 7 Season: Summer Temperature: 77 lows – 104 highs Vessel: Converted 158 WB Sprinter Van Passengers: Husband, Wife, dog, baby Night 1 – Medford, OR The Van Night 2 – Indio, CA Best Western  Night 3/4 – Phoenix, AZ Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Night 5 – Deming, NM Comfort Inn  Night 6 – Fort Worth, TX Marriott  Night 7 –.. Read More

Rainbow Crunch Salad with Jalapeño Ginger Peanut sauce


Rainbow crunch salad is full of fresh crunchy veggies and delicious kelp noodles. It’s completely raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo, and so good that you won’t notice the other 4.  Alone, the salad is good, but this sauce, this jalapeño ginger peanut sauce, this is what does it.  With spice from the jalapeño, subtle sweet from the peanut butter, and a hidden heat you get from true ginger.   Rainbow.. Read More

Chia Seed Pudding with coconut & raspberries


Chia Seed pudding with coconut and raspberries is packed full of insanely healthy micronutrients.  This whole grain holds fiber, protein and omega 3s.  Chia Seeds may seem on the expensive side, but you’ll get your money’s worth.  When soaked in a liquid, chia seeds can expand up to about 8 times their size!  I used Flax Milk for an extra boost of protein power, but any milk will yield the.. Read More

Happy VANniversary!


It has been a year since we purchased the van, which makes it our Vanniversary!  In light of this celebration, I did the ice bucket challenge.  No, I didn’t.  I mean, the ice bucket challenge did happen, but it wasn’t to celebrate the Vanniversary, it was out of pure necessity.  More on that later. For the Vanniversary, we took the little Sprinter out for a spin.  Just a little road.. Read More

Ginger Molasses Walnut cookies

It was a day when full access to a complete kitchen was all mine.  Taking a break from the van, we were visiting my sister ‘n law’s family in Southern California, at their beautifully remodled near-the-beach home.  They were gone for the day, saving the world from fire and sickness, and baby was napping comfortably in her travel swing.  The Husband was diligently plugging away at the computer, updating spreadsheets.. Read More

Sweet Potato Hash with avocado


For an egg-free breakfast, try naturally sweet sweet potato, savory caramelized red onions, melted mozzarella, and fresh avocado, all wrapped in a warm tortilla.  You won’t miss the eggs, not even a little bit.  Serve with chargrilled garlic salsa or raw heirloom tomato salsa or simple cilantro pesto.  Ingredients  1 sweet potato, peeled & chopped 1/2 red onion, sliced 1 avocado  2 string cheese sticks Sea Salt  Avocado oil 3-4 Tortillas.. Read More

Free Places to freshen up on the road


I wake up in a parking lot, my arm numb from cuddling baby back to sleep in the early hours. The Husband sitting on the spare bus seat (wedged between the dog and infant car seat) staring into the glowing light of laptop glory. The once vacant floor space, occupied with a way-too-big-for-the-van baby jumper, a large heavy roll of sandy fake grass, a table top BBQ grill, and a.. Read More

Turmeric Dal with Jasmine Rice

This cashew dal of red lentils and fresh immunity boosting spices is an excellent recipe for camping and travel, as all ingredients are dry ingredients and can be stored without refrigeration.  The cilantro will wilt faster if not kept cool, but refrigeration is not a total must.  The Husbands sister is an amazing cook, and has especially wonderful ideas for vegan recipes.  She introduced us to this dal when we.. Read More