Hi, I’m Amanda!

Most days you can find me cooking around a campfire, exploring a new hiking trail, or trying to make the perfect campfire s’mores. After growing up on the East Coast of the United States, I decided to spontaneously drive out to California with a friend in 2013.

I’ve been living “out West” ever since, eventually landing in my current home in Utah. I create educational content on hiking, car camping, and camp cooking, to help you go from confused and overwhelmed, to confident and well-fed in the outdoors!

Fun Facts About Me

I’d rather be

soaking in a hot spring

Favorite Book

deep Survival

grateful for

my family and nature

Favorite Movie

Secret Life of Walter Mitty

my weekends

camping + hiking

Seinfeld vs Friends


Where this all began…

My earliest memories as a kid revolve around food and the outdoors. I’ve always loved cooking or baking; my family would go camping for summer vacations. I remember my mom baking me a birthday cake in a dutch oven and fishing with my Dad on the lake. As I got older, I focused more on school and slowly lost this connection to the outdoors only to rediscover it as I got older. Now things have come full circle and I get to share my love of good food, nature, and quality time with friends and family through this blog and my YouTube channel.

My 3 favorite foods are artisan pizzas, tacos, and homemade fresh-out-of-the-oven brownies. I collect antique cast iron, rocks, and old silver coins. I love whiskey, raw honey, and the smell of fresh sage.