Cub Scout Activities: Family Bake-Off

I’d like to think that, after a decade in Cub Scouts, I have a favorite special event; just one gathering that is more exciting than the others or that I feel the kids enjoy the most. I’ve said it a million times before (and even used it to name my blog), but if you LookContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Family Bake-Off”

Cub Scouts and Beyond: Protect Yourself from Viral Breakouts

Updates to the Original Post Regarding Coronavirus March 16, 2020We are officially experiencing a national COVID-19 epidemic and just about everyone I know is out of school and practicing social distancing. While we are confined to our homes and feeling like our schedules and, well, entire lives are completely at a stand-still, there are stillContinue reading “Cub Scouts and Beyond: Protect Yourself from Viral Breakouts”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Family Favorite Crock Pot Beef Stew

Between a respiratory issue that just wouldn’t quit and the holidays, I took a little “blog break” in December and am finally back and ready to share. I made a bunch of new recipes over the holidays and have a beef stew recipe that I’ve been dying to share for two reasons; first, it’s delicious,Continue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Family Favorite Crock Pot Beef Stew”

Cub Scouts: Gift Exchange and Holiday Party Ideas (Achievements, Too!)

We are officially two days into December, which means it’s time to break out the holly and jolly, make with the merry, and find ways to bring cheer into the lives of our Scouts. There’s that old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” By December, your Scouts might be feelingContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Gift Exchange and Holiday Party Ideas (Achievements, Too!)”

Cub Scouts: Raingutter Regatta

I am “admiring” what’s left of a little ice on the back deck as I type this, making it a little odd to be considering a fun summertime event like the Raingutter Regatta, but I am willing to do just about anything to get into a warmer state of mind. My sons have now participatedContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Raingutter Regatta”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Stuffed Pepper Soup

It’s November and, as you would expect here in the Northern hemisphere, the temperatures are steadily dropping. We’ve had some unusually low temperatures in Richmond, and even saw some snow yesterday afternoon. Despite my absolute best effort to pretend it’s still summer (like wearing my Tevas and shorts), there’s no denying that we’re heading intoContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Stuffed Pepper Soup”

Scout Activities: This Is Jeopardy! For Advancement

Hey, Scouters! It’s time for JEOPARDY! First category is “Lesser Known Scouting Pioneers,” you’ll take $100. “The influential leader known as ‘Green Bar Bill’ who was quoted as saying ‘Scouting is a game with a purpose’.” Say it with me, everyone… “WHO IS WILLIAM HILLCOURT?” Wait, who? Mr. Hillcourt is the dashing fella to theContinue reading “Scout Activities: This Is Jeopardy! For Advancement”

Savory Recipes: Chicken Parm Meatballs

You know that quote “you are what you eat”? If there’s any truth to that, I want to be a chicken parm meatball. Unsurprising, considering I am one of those people who often ponder things like “can some emotional health issues be relieved with carbs?” I think they call that soul food and I amContinue reading “Savory Recipes: Chicken Parm Meatballs”

A Mother’s Musings on Natural Tunnel State Park

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir Mountaineer and father of our National Parks, John Muir was an early conservationist, a naturalist, an environmental philosopher, and a lover of mountains. His contributions to the preservation of the American wilderness are most evident on the West Coast, specifically Yosemite andContinue reading “A Mother’s Musings on Natural Tunnel State Park”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crispy, Savory Salmon Patties

It’s officially fall here in Virginia (although I’m sure we’ll go through all four seasons today by sundown), and that means our household is breaking out the decor, lighting the Autumn Wreath Yankee Candles, and whipping up our fall family favorites. Over here, we eat salmon in some form or another at least once aContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crispy, Savory Salmon Patties”