i'm so happy you're here, welcome to my big trail of crumbs!


welcome to my collection of adventures; from my kitchen to the great outdoors. my blog, maxene's trail of crumbs is where you will find my adventures in cooking and baking from an inspired recipe, dinning locally, exploring about the greater pacific northwest, and generally wherever my adventures may take me.

my blog name, maxene's trail of crumbs was coined after my husband, jokingly (but not really), referred to himself as my "personal sponge" due to his constant diligence in cleaning up my kitchen mess which was easy to follow by the trail of crumbs i always leave behind. 

let's face it, you're here for the pictures, and i'm horrible at writing so i'll keep the posts short. 

surf, eat, climb, bake, drink, repeat.

i have no special talents, i am only passionately curious
— albert einstein


my name is maxene. i'm the voice,  photographer, crumb maker, and trailseeker behind the blog.

i live happily in the most wonderful part of the states, the pacific northwest, with my husband and our almost-toddler baby girl.

in a previous life i was a former prepackaged frozen-meal glamourizer - you know, defrost frozen chicken, dump on teriyaki sauce, and measure out dehydrated potato flakes. that was me. scared to try recipes that required fresh and delicate ingredients and not willing to experiment with more than the ingredients i already had on hand. also, the very extent of my love for the great outdoors was self-limited to running outside and sun lounging on a river, you could easily say i didn't care to be outdoors much. that has all changed since i moved to portland, oregon in 2011. since then, my culinary love, and outdoor life have blossomed tremendously, this blog is where i share it all. on my blog you will find my NOW love for the great outdoors, my constant flow of culinary adventures being it that i'm sharing a complicated recipe, experimenting with fresh and local ingredients, or sharing my eating adventures outside of my home. while here you will also find my travels around the globe and my general enjoyment of living in the pacific northwest, primarily portland.

with that all said i am very excited you have stopped by. i hope my blog inspires you to hit some PNW trails, bake a recipe, and create your own messy trail of crumbs.

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from my kitchen to the great outdoors, this is my trail of crumbs.