Cape Disappointment did NOT disappoint! It was a fantastic weekend with friends. Since this was our first family tent-camping trip, I compiled a packing list from this mom’s blog and added my own ideas too. I’m happy to say that we brought pretty much everything we needed—although I would definitely bring more paper towels, Styrofoam cups,… Read More Cape Disappointment Camping
Cheese has long been one of our delights, hobbies, interests, indulgences. Stephen decided to try his hand at cheesemaking, so he ordered a starter kit off of Amazon. Early in September he gave it a go, following this tutorial. Cheese curds were a lot of work! He used one gallon of milk, and created a fun… Read More Say, “Cheese!”
Mom and Dad Moody came for five days before Christmas! We introduced them to the meaty deliciousness that is Miracle Mile Delicatessen and then drove up to a lookout on South Mountain. The road to the summit was closed due to storm damage, but the view was still impressive. Silas was thrilled to be “climbing” on a… Read More Christmas Collages
Our Thanksgiving weekend was full of get-togethers and activities, so we reserved Thanksgiving Day for just us five at home. Wednesday night was the annual Pie and Praise at church. I took my signature sugar cream pie, and we remembered how last year’s Pie & Praise was the first service we held in our new… Read More Thanksgiving Weekend
Making tamales at Christmastime is a Hispanic family tradition. It’s a long and involved process, so it makes for a great bonding experience for family and friends. This year a friend from church invited some of us to make tamales with her, and I thought it would be fun to learn how to make them… Read More Christmas Tamales
The other night I went grocery shopping by myself. Yes, you read that right—by myself. No babies. Alone. Solo. How did I accomplish this amazing feat? Well, I thought I’d write you a little “how-to” manual just in case you’d like to try it sometime. 1. Climb into your vehicle with only your purse, shopping… Read More Just Me. By Myself.
How do you like your dogs? Have you ever tried cutting them in a spiral before grilling? A while ago Stephen sent me this video tutorial that shows just how easy it is to do. So, I thought we could try it this past weekend. It was a cool experiment! First, skewer the hot dog… Read More Spiral-Cut Hot Dogs
Before I start, let me just say that the turkey tasted delicious. Now that your mind is at ease, let the trauma begin. Yesterday I roasted my very first turkey. All by myself. Stephen was at work, Silas was napping, and my mom didn’t answer my call, so I was all by myself. Just me,… Read More A Traumatic Turkey Encounter
I’ve baked three new kinds of pie in one week. This is me being brave. Very brave. Pie #1: Shoo Fly Pie. I had heard of this pie, but had never actually tasted or seen one before making it last Friday. It’s a molasses pie that’s a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. If you love molasses, this… Read More Thanksgiving Pie Baking
Make Pumpkin Stew! My friend Melanie made a pumpkin stew for my roommate and me back when I lived in St. George, Utah. I had never heard of such a dish, and I remember being a little apprehensive about trying it. It was yummy and festive all at the same time! So, last Saturday we… Read More What to do with a Pumpkin?