Friday, July 25, 2014

10 Car Camping Tips

When the kids were growing up we did a lot of camping. It was cheap, fun and got their energy out. We kept it simple, but always had a great time. When my father died in a car accident, the weekend after the funeral we were up in the mountains camping. It gave our family some time to ourselves, to be together, to reflect and be away from the distractions of the rest of the world. I think that's the thing I love the most about camping and hiking - the peace. Here are 10 tips to help make your next camping trip a success.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Banana Pops

I love ice cream. It’s one of my favorite foods, and if I could eat it every day without my backside spreading to create its own solar system I would. Unfortunately ice cream is reserved for those treat days that we set aside for ourselves every couple of weeks. BUT, I do make a treat in the summer time that is the next best thing to a big bowl of creamy deliciousness. It’s frozen, yummy, and feels like you are cheating by eating an ice cream bar. The best part? It’s good for you. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Holidays

Things have bee a little quite for me in the blogging world: I don't have much time to sit down to my computer these days, but I haven't forgotten. I am in the midst of starting up a new business, reorganizing my house, and - oh ya - my son's wedding this month! Holy  Crap!!! My son is getting married in two weeks! It is very surreal for sure. We are busy planning our big party - here are your reasons to have one of your own.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Apple-Blueberry Coffee Cake

Most of us are super busy these days and don't have time to sit down to eat a healthy breakfast. Lucky Charms and power bars seem to be the main stream for most, if breakfast is even eaten at all. However, with a little preparation the night before, you can wake up to an amazing breakfast all ready to go, and, depending on how big your family is, it can keep you going for several mornings.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Red, White and Blue Cookies

It doesn't take a lot of time and thought to make a fun holiday treat. These patriotic cookies were a snap to make and a huge hit at our party! The only extra time involved was sitting and picking out all of the blue and red M&M's, but it really only took about 5 minutes and was worth it.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Patriotic Pancakes

It's always the little things that can make the big differences and make an ordinary breakfast fun and festive. All we did was add vanilla yogurt, blueberries and strawberries to our morning pancakes and walla! - instant American Pride. These lovely pancakes put us all in the mood for the days festivities ahead.

Monday, July 1, 2013

July Holidays

Here are your reasons to party in July. Make each ordinary day an extraordinary one by celebrating the little things in life - and have fun!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pepperoni Pizza Pull Aparts

Jess is home and getting ready to graduate next weekend. We decided to have her graduation party this last weekend, since we will have to make the 2 hour drive to her campus for the ceremony, we thought it would be too much for one day to try and do both. Pizza has been a staple in our house for years, so I wanted to make some, but wanted something a little different.  Here's what I came up with.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

June Holidays

It's June! We are starting to get a few more sun breaks than before and the temperature is slowly getting to a more bearable level. Soon we will start moving outside for more of our activities and soaking in the much  needed Vitamin D. Here are Junes excuses to throw a party: if you need more than the sunshine as an excuse.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Making Your Cookies Last

You have a hankering for a cookie, go in to make a batch and end up with 3-4 dozen. One of two things happens: you either waste some because you have too many, or more often than not eat WAY too many because they are there to tempt you at every turn. I started doing this with my cookie dough a few years back and thought, why the heck didn't I think of this 20 years ago!