Domesticate Me: Recipes for the wilderness

I’ve been swamped getting ready for Nashville Marriage Studio’s debut at a bridal show.  Yeah.  This is going to be a great bridal show, and I’m excited to be a part of it.  However, I’m not good at this stuff and I’ve been stressed out and I’m not sure that anyone should really blame Mark if he kills me in his sleep.  Right now, I would kill me in my sleep.  I’m that annoying when I’m stressed out.

Despite all of this, I hate leaving all 3 of you (Secret Agent CT, my mom, and my mom-in-love) hanging when it comes to blogging entertainment.

So, here’s my question:  Does anyone have any recipes or food ideas for when Mark goes out on rock climbing trips?  Stuff that’s easy and would be appealing even when it’s like a million degrees outside?  Any of you white people have any recipes for trail mix*?  I’d appreciate it.

*Yes, I did call some of you “white people”.  Because, well, you’re white.  And white people have recipes for everything.

And, yes, I did ask for a recipe for trail mix.  I asked for a recipe for mixing pretzels and M&M’s.  Someone please help me.

11 thoughts on “Domesticate Me: Recipes for the wilderness

  1. First of all, Marie, I applaud your bravery to go rock climbing with Mark. And I was greatly relieved that your question was about recipes and not the technical aspects of dangling off the side of a cliff. I do enjoy hiking, though. So trail mix is something I know about.

    Well, Marie have I got a deal for you! Go to the Food Network website – Enter “trail mix” in the search box and you will get a wide selection of easy trail mix recipes. When Food Network recipes are listed as easy, they usually are. And many have reviews.

    They are a little more complicated then mixing pretzels and m&m’s – actually pretzels don’t work as well – they tend to crumble in the bag after you pack it – varieties of nuts are much better. And remember trail mix is a high energy food, so the ingredients reflect that. Fainting while rock climbing could – well – ruin your day.

    Anyway, good luck and let us know which recipe you try first!


    Oh, I feel like a liar. By “I went rock climbing”, I really meant I walked up to a rock and watched Mark and Adam climb. Aye.

    Ha, you’re very right. No fainting during rock climbing. And see, the pretzel correction is so why I love the Domesticate Me answers… poor Mark would be chugging on pretzel dust if it wasn’t for you guys!

  2. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    Marie!! Yea!! A new blog!! Thank you!!! I first wanted to tell you that you look so pretty in your video. I like your hair like that. I also LOVE your top. It’s so cute! You look so stylish!! (Not that you don’t normally look stylish or dress cute…umm…this just got weird. I feel like my compliment has turned into a slam. I don’t mean it that way!)

    Anyway! I don’t know what you feed Mark while he braves the wilderness. I wouldn’t have realized that you need to bring food with you. (I also don’t know how long you are out there climbing rocks either. I’m guessing a long time.)

    You mean there are not McDonald’s in the wilderness? That probably means there are no bathrooms either. Yikes! Don’t state parks have bathrooms and vending machines?

    I suggest that you just copy whatever Adam brought with him, as long as Mark likes that stuff. Or – beg Adam’s wife to pack twice the stuff. lol What about nuts? Like planters brand cashews? Thomas loves those and they have a long shelf life. I have no idea what is in trail mix. All I remember is there are m&m’s in there and I pick them all out. So just give Mark a bag of m&m’s and call it trail mix! 🙂

    Basically, I’m not much help on this topic. I am as clueless as you! Thomas doesn’t take food with him when he goes hunting. Well, maybe he does but I don’t know about it! I’m going to ask him. On our hunting trip, there was no food or bathrooms. Horrible!

    Ha, thanks for the “compliment” on the shirt! You can’t see it in the video, but there is this gap thing where I guess you would show cleavage if you had any, but I don’t, so I thought it wouldn’t look very provacative on me. It didn’t look provocative, but it did end up showcasing my bird chest in a not so flattering way. Ha! Anyways, I’m thinking it will be the perfect shirt once I have the gap permanently sealed.

    Anyways. I love that your husband may or may not be starving in the wilderness, too! That makes me feel so much better. Just give him m&m’s and call it trail mix! Brilliant 😀

    • Dear Secret Agent “CT”,

      You are too funny! I really enjoy the LOL moments when you comment on Marie’s “Domesticate Me” featurettes!

      I am also out of my element when it comes to wilderness adventures. After all, I grew up in Philadelphia! I had a professor in my doctoral program who defined a wilderness adventure as having to stay in a hotel that doesn’t put a mint on the pillow. I wouldn’t go that far, but I get his point.

      Be well,

  3. Shelly says:

    We sometimes make trail mix at Christmas. I don’t know why though the store bough Party Mix is just as good and you don’t have to buy 4 boxes of cereal and 4 cans of nuts which gets pricey. Also for fruit what about apples or oranges (no Tupperware needed – so no need to carry around empty bowls after lunch). For sandwiches, what about peanut butter (no refrigeration needed). Think about what you took in you lunch in school.

    I adore you. Anything that doesn’t require extra packaging/refrigeration would be really nice. Ha, and that’s funny that you mention the lunch I took to school. One day my mom sent me to school with a spam sandwich. Yeah. Trust me, that wins you friends in the “I’ll trade you my spam for your fruit roll up” barter system in the cafeteria.

  4. Chelsea says:

    I guess I fall into the “white people” category. I keep a tupperware of nuts mixed with M&M’s and dried cranberries on my desk. I love it. That’s all the help I am!

    I totally forgot about dried cranberries! He loves those things. He eats them like candy. Must be a white people thing 😀 Ha. No seriously, m&m’s and cranberries sounds like it might be a winning combo for Mark!

  5. Giant sells some good trail mix (made by Planters peanuts). They have all kinds of varieties. In case you go there looking for it, it’s next to the popcorn section. These aren’t potato chip size bags — they are snack size bags. Good luck on your quest for trail mix. Take care, A.

    Seriously, I’m so glad you let me know what section this stuff is in. Mark once requested pretzels and I spent, oh, probably 45 minutes looking for them. Craziness. I will check it out, thanks!

  6. you crack me up.
    but i don’t like trail mix, so i’m not helpful.

    although… kashi’s chewy granola bars are amazingly filling. i eat those alot. 🙂

    Oh, I will have to get some of those! I always buy the cheap stuff, but if these are really filling he’ll probably like it a lot! And I bet I can get them from Alice :p

    • I completely forgot about the Kashi chewy granola bars! They’ve got several varieties and they have a bit of a protein kick, too! In fact, the grocery store is still open and I’m off to get some now!


      Ha, Kashi should pay me… or at least Future Mrs. Smith for the promo spot 😀

  7. Connie says:

    Well I think the advice DrJohn gave is all you need along with the prepackaged stuff and the protein packed bars he should be good to go, as long is price is not a problem. Really all you need to do is google trail mix and go searching. Mark must not be picky if he has been taking Lord knows what in the past. Now you can pack him a real treat and don’t forget to tuck in a love note to cheer him up.

    Ha, he really isn’t picky at all which is a huge blessing. And I’m still not sure where he found the food he has 😀 And the love note is the perfect way to top it all off!

  8. Akirah says:

    I’m not white. But I read your blog. So you at least have one non-white reader.

    But you’re right. Speaking for myself and from what I’ve observed about my race, I know very few black people who enjoy hiking, myself included. So I cannot fathom what white people eat when they hike. I’d assume trail mix. But can’t you just buy that in a bag?

    Clearly, I am not the “white” person to ask about this stuff. 😉

    Ha! I love knowing there are some non-white readers out there 😀 I love even more that even in not knowing what to bring out there you knew that trail mix does not require a recipe… you’re farther ahead than me :p

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