Hello! And welcome to Fresh Flavorful Life, a food centered community that believes in the magic of gathering around the table.
Featured in publications like Buzzfeed, Feedfeed and Food Blogs Magazine my desire is to enable you to entertain easily, adventure often and eat deliciously. I hope to inspire fresh, flavorful moments with recipes for sparkly cocktails and beverages, simple appetizers and snacks, fun desserts and quick meals made as seasonally and locally as possible.
Oh, and I’m kind of obsessed with throwing parties for friends, finding local restaurants and farms, camping, hiking, backyard gardening, foraging for food, and basically everything quintessentially Pacific Northwest.
Welcome, pull up your boots, tighten your apron and get ready. We’re going to have a great time.
My name is Tristin Rose, or you can call me Tris.
I’m the chief cook, writer, adventurer, photographer and woman behind it all around here. A former small business consultant and web designer turned food blogger, I chronicle my easy family adventures and food life usually from my back patio with a glass of black coffee or red wine in hand, depending on the time of day.
The recipes and ideas I share here are gathered from years being hostess to my friends and doing the cooking for my family of five: my husband Jeremy, our daughter, Chayce and two sons, Fletcher and Nash.
We’ve spent the last 20 years living the suburban rural life in a small lake neighborhood in Mount Baker foothills. There we started our family, created roots in the tight knit community, grew as much food as possible on our tiny ¼ acre lot. And absolutely fell in love with the valley.
Now we’ve recently relocated to a large homestead and our 1967 house right next door to where I grew up. We have renovated and diy’d and started a flock of chickens. We’re also beginning to rediscover all the local spots for eating, adventuring and entertaining.
A return to ‘REAL FOOD’
My biggest inspiration is my childhood. For inspiration I always suggest thinking back to your childhood and remembering the things that you would spend your time doing.
For me it’s time spent hiking through the woods, soaking in natural hot springs, and clam digging down the beach. Time spent picking berries for preserves and wild spearmint for homemade tea. Time spent waking early to throw crab pots off of long docks. But the best time was the time spent around the table processing food with family. Elk, clams, crab, fish and buckets of blackberries. All broken down, preserved and divided with an assembly line precision that even Henry Ford would be proud of. Of course, enjoying the spoils of our labor together was always time well spent as well.
That upbringing on Washington’s West Coast instilled a permanent connection to nature and the simple things in life. Like camping trips, mushroom foraging and clipping herbs from the kitchen garden.
At age 20 I became a mom. While pursuing degrees in both business management and internet technology from Western Washington University. And also running a successful business with my (now) husband.
From an early age I practiced the skill of balancing parenting and personal passions. And spent my days as a work from home parent. With toddlers on my hip and Martha Stewart on in the background. While continuing to nurture hobbies, friendships and a love of adventure.
The entrepreneurial spirit
With natural entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to create and sell pursuing creative passions is a theme that has always been close to my heart. From being an eight-year-old craft fair touring jewelry maker. To having the time of my life working the festival market in the early 2000s. A natural entrepreneurial spirit that led me to degrees in both business management and internet technology.
I’m also ‘that girl’ with the camera slung over my shoulder. I’ve always loved photography. And from every party and event in high school, to every childhood party and sporting event as a young mom. I never missed a chance to capture the memorable shots then share them with others.
Back before yelp and Facebook I was the person my friends would turn to for restaurant reviews and recommendations. I’ve always loved cooking and teaching so much that I’d host cooking classes in my kitchen for friends and neighbors. A long-standing Food Network and Martha Stewart enthusiasts, entrepreneur, web designer and photographer who loves sharing information and helping others. But it wasn’t until 2013 that I married my passions for food, photograph and business. And became a food photographer, recipe developer and food blogger.
Featured in publications like Buzzfeed, Feedfeed and Food Blogs Magazine, I never take for granted how fortunate I am to now be able to take photos, cook and write for a living.
For that I thank YOU, the reader.
Capturing the natural beauty of life’s fleeting moments is still my passion and what drives me to create. A puff of barbecue smoke, a drizzle of cream over a glass, a quick step in the woods or the smile on a bride’s face as her father enters the room, these are the moments that inspire me.
“Everyone absolutely LOVED your posts and your incredible photography! We even shared your photos around with everyone here at Ahalogy because they are some of the best we’ve seen!”Ahalogy Content Management
Let’s work together!
I work with a wide range of clients, from large global corporations to small business, local farmers, restaurants and fellow food writers, to provide a custom mix of services based on individualized needs.
From recipe development, on location photography, in house photography, full digital content creation, and more. Check out some of my recent work for Skagit Valley Farmstand Fresh, Muir Glen, Tillamook, Morton, McCormick, Eagle Brand, Litehouse, Annie’s, Korbel, Twin Dragon, Maker’s Mark, Crown Royal, Squirt, Decoy , Argo, Grey Goose, Empress 1908, Target, Coleman, Schwans, Jack Links, Safeway, Tide and more!
I love nothing more than collaborating with a great brand to create useful content for my readers. And am always happy to help bring marketing visions to life through a wide range of services. From recipe development, product and recipe photography, in house and on location commercial photography, custom social media content creation and more. If you’re a brand looking to collaborate whatever your goals may be please contact me to see how I can help you achieve them!
..like, literally blown away by the gorgeous photos!“So fab food
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Thanks for being here,