Summer Family Fun – Ideas and Recipes for Backyard Family Time

Summer Family Fun – Ideas and Recipes for Backyard Family Time

Even though we are getting closer to the end of summer there is still plenty of time left for summer family fun. Just head out to your own backyard for a day full of fun and quality time together making amazing memories. When it is time for dinner, work together as a family to create a fabulous family dinner of Grilled Panzanella Salad and Cheesy Flatbread Pizzas. Top of the evening after the sun goes down with more outdoor fun and a dessert of Apple Honey Crisp. Do let your inner kid run free on this day. Think back to … Continue Reading →
Deck Design Made Easy

Deck Design Made Easy

For my family we enjoy our patio and deck areas just about all year long. Our current deck is over 20 years old though and it is time to think about a new one. So we have started planning. My first step has been started a Deck Ideas Pinterest board. (Family Features) While outdoor living season may be winding down, there’s no better time to start planning your dream deck. Prep work is a big part of the process – much of which can be done now and throughout the cooler months to get your backyard retreat ready for next … Continue Reading →
Easy Low Country Shrimp Boil Recipe

Easy Low Country Shrimp Boil Recipe

Hubby loves to cook in his cast iron Dutch oven outside so he is always tagging me in recipes to see if I would want to try this or that. A few weeks ago he had come across a low country shrimp boil and really wanted to try it. Of course, when it was time to cook he couldn’t find said recipe, men! No problem though, I did a quick search and found a lot of variations of the low country shrimp boil recipe and just adapted for what I had on hand for Hubby to use. This is a … Continue Reading →
Take a Hike, National Trails Day  [infographic]

Take a Hike, National Trails Day [infographic]

Today is National Trails Day so I thought an infographic about hiking would be fitting. I know many of us might think of hiking as something that requires a lot of gear and you have to be in great shape to do it but that really is not true for all trails at all. Check your local, state, and national parks to find easy hiking trails, short trails, and even handicap accessible trails. Hubby and I went hiking recently – yes I went hiking – twice actually. The first time we went to a state park nearby and hiked one … Continue Reading →
Farmer Hubby and Our Tiny Garden  Wordless Wednesday

Farmer Hubby and Our Tiny Garden Wordless Wednesday

Farmer Hubby, notice he shaved off his Duck Dynasty beard finally, and our little garden. He really wants to be a real farmer, but for now this has to do. Looks like green beans will be on the menu soon, fresh from the garden! Is this not the cutest little jalapeno you’ve ever seen? I love it! If you look behind it a bit you can see an even tinier one, but it doesn’t have that curve. Grape tomatoes! I’m going to be able to pluck them off and put them in my salads soon. We are growing lettuce too. … Continue Reading →
This WAS my first rodeo

This WAS my first rodeo

I am still up at the lake right now and relaxing. Friday night I went to my first rodeo ever, The Mark Twain Lake Outlaw Rodeo. It was pretty cool. This is not a big time rodeo, but a smaller one. Kind of like the difference between going to a local dirt race track to watch the late models vs. watching an official NASCAR race. Both are equally fun, but in different ways. The rodeo took place by the dam in the recreation areas they have. It is not far from our lake house at all. Right before we left … Continue Reading →
National Safe Boating Week [infographic]

National Safe Boating Week [infographic]

Today starts the beginning of National Safe Boating Week. I grew up being on a boat often as my parents and family love to fish. While a bass boat really is not my thing, I prefer a sailboat or a cabin cruiser or a yacht, being safe is always important regardless of the boat you are on. One very important thing is to inspect your life jacket. Has it seen better days? The infographic below shows you what to look at. This might be the year to replace them. Father’s Day is coming up and if your dad is hard … Continue Reading →
Bug Off! ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Device Review

Bug Off! ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent Device Review

Hubby is an outdoors type of guy.He loves going out into the woods to just enjoy nature, to hunt, camping, going on the lake to fish, and just generally being outside. Missouri has a lot of mosquitos and bugs and he does not like to use sprays and lotions directly on his skin to keep them away. He found the ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent device to help with this problem. The ThermaCELL device is a butane powered mosquito and black fly repellent. It uses the butane to heat the pre-moistened pad to release the repellent up to 15 feet around you. … Continue Reading →
Lawn Games for Everyone

Lawn Games for Everyone

We were a fairly active family when I was a kid. Always busy doing something or another. Even if it was not a structured event like dance, softball, or the like we still did other games at home on the lawn or at picnics and family BBQs. Here are some of my favorites…..   Badminton is kind of like tennis, but a higher net and smaller play area. It also uses a shuttlecock (which yes we always giggled about as kids) instead of a ball.   On television you may see the fancy version of croquet where everyone wears white, … Continue Reading →
Discover Boating

Discover Boating

Occasionally I run into someone who says they have never been on a boat. This really surprises me because all of my life we have gone on boats. This is the first time I got to drive a boat – I was about 5 (1975) doing this and it was my mom’s boss’ pontoon boat. I was so thrilled to get to “drive”.   Here I am fishing (that’s me in front) with my brother and my dad. This was on my dad’s red and white boat which he loved. While I do like fishing, I do not like it … Continue Reading →