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”

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”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie

When I think of “warm and cozy,” I think about a hot mug of coffee, my fleece-lined slippers, and snuggling the doggo on the couch with a bowl of chicken pot pie. I have had zero success making a pie crust that wasn’t either super dry or crumbly, so when I stumbled across an iterationContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie”

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”

Cub Scouts: Harry Potter Blue & Gold

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better. – JK Rowling I love that quote because it reminds me very much of Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s quote “Look wide, and even when you think you are looking wideContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Harry Potter Blue & Gold”

Cub Scouts: Star Wars Blue & Gold

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, our Pack decided to ditch what had become a tradition of sad sack Blue & Gold Banquets and give this fun annual event the attention it deserved. In years past our Pack had gone the route of the Bear adventure, Grin and Bear It, andContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Star Wars Blue & Gold”

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”