Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Much like my recent post about Warm & Cozy: Healthy, Hearty Turkey Chili, and especially on a rainy fall day like today, I am looking for ways to transition into the new, cooler season with family favorite recipes that perk up even the most morose summer-lover. I made chili two ways this week at theContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot White Chicken Chili”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot Turkey Chili

The seasons have most definitely changed. Anne of Green Gables kind of says it all, “I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.” This from a firm summer girl. The older I get, the more I appreciate fall, but it takes some time for me to warm up to the idea.Continue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot Turkey Chili”

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”

Kids Stuff: Geocaching Adventures

Also see my post, Kids Stuff: All About Geocaching Adventure Labs! Picture it; Suburbia, 2014. I had managed to design a fabulous schedule where I could get the kids out of daycare and work from home full-time. It was a gift, one that changed my life in a number of ways for which I willContinue reading “Kids Stuff: Geocaching Adventures”

Easy Mexican Casserole Done Two Ways For Busy Nights

Anyone else struggling at least seven times a week to make a quick dinner before Scouts or sports that everybody looks forward to eating? The kind of recipe that comes together quickly, warms bellies, and makes for bomb.com leftovers? Let me introduce you to my mother-in-law’s Mexican Casserole, a regular life-saver over here with myContinue reading “Easy Mexican Casserole Done Two Ways For Busy Nights”

Scouting: All About Cub Scout Knot Tying

Look wide, and even when you think you are looking wide – look wider still. Lord Robert Baden-Powell I firmly believe that there are opportunities within the existing Scouting program that, no matter how impeccably mapped out, can always use a little injection of fun or maybe a slightly different perspective. Most of us areContinue reading “Scouting: All About Cub Scout Knot Tying”

One-Pot Savory Italian Mac

The seasons are changing, much to my chagrin. It’s hard to stay sad about summer coming to a close when there are so many delicious one-pot recipes on the horizon, and this one in particular is a family fave. It’s flavorful, full of veggies, and simple to prepare, even on those busy school nights. TheContinue reading “One-Pot Savory Italian Mac”

Cub Scout: Camping Emergency Response Plan And Scout Safety

It’s about that time for Scouts to hit their local camp grounds for all the outdoor adventure (and s’mores) they can stomach! Along with your seasonal camping checklist, consider adding an Emergency Response Plan to your basic camp materials. In another life I worked extensively in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, professional experience I feelContinue reading “Cub Scout: Camping Emergency Response Plan And Scout Safety”

Kids Stuff: Cheeser Car Game

It’s been all fun and no games over here with Cub Scout Recruitment in full-swing, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to pass on some good, clean fun! We’ve all been on that long car ride where the tablets have lost their shine, you’ve been looking for a “Q” on the highway signsContinue reading “Kids Stuff: Cheeser Car Game”