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What Matters Most Now
A girl in love with the seasons who wants to cram as much as she can into the 365 days of the year to live a life of bliss.
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We just returned from a camping getaway with all four teens and the pooch. In an effort to prepare food ahead of time to streamline the camping cooking experience a bit, while still pleasing the teen palate, I researched recipes that would meet everyone's needs. We settled on a new... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at What Matters Most Now
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Nothing speaks summer like this Hawaiian Hibachi Huli Chicken recipe from Sam Choy. As far as ingredients go, the only slightly unusual ingredient is "Shoyu Sauce". Shoyu is a type of natural Japanese soy sauce that is said to have a lower salt content, that tastes slightly sweeter and is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at What Matters Most Now
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The first time I had this Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream recipe, my coworker and friend, Stacey Stiner, appeared at a work potluck with this freshly-made, homemade, old-fashioned vanilla ice cream recipe. Of course, we were all completely "wowed" by how utterly scrumptious it tasted but when she claimed it to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at What Matters Most Now
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1. I'm guilty of sneaking vegetables into my kids' food. When my kids were younger I added vegetables subtly to their desserts. My son recently admitted that when he found out about the chocolate pudding made with avocado, that he was afraid to eat anything that he didn't watch me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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oh. my. goodness. Warm Chocolate Melting Cake is one of those "go make this now" type of recipes. Seriously. Who knew that just five simple ingredients could be transformed into what I deem as a most delicious, warm melting brownie batter oozing inside a lightly baked chocolate brownie exterior. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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These 10 Quotes Kick My Tush When I Need a Nudge of Inspiration You are more prepared than you realize. - Seth Godin Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. - Saadi, poet #TravelOregon The two most important days in your life are the day you are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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Go Explore: Seattle, Washington with Teens or Tweens As we all know, teens and tweens can be a tough group to "please" at times, so I am always on the lookout for suggestions from others who have traveled this path before me to share their tips and tricks of what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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Happy Fourth of July! I'm grateful for our freedom on this celebration of America's Independence Day! May you all enjoy your patriotic celebrations, fireworks and stay safe! Fourth of July Fruit Salad If you need a last minute recipe for a Fourth of July party, picnic or potluck don't forget... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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1. July Belongs to Berries Month This is a great Berry Pie Filling to assemble while fresh berries are plentiful, to freeze for winter months. Mix 7 cups sugar with 1 3/4 modified cornstarch (Clear Jel A) in a large saucepan. Add 9 1/3 cup cold water and cook over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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This Cherry Vanilla Smoothie with Chia tastes more like a cherry milkshake than a healthy (280 calories per serving and packed with calcium, protein and vitamin C and a great source of fiber, riboflavin, iodine and phosphorus) way to fuel your morning. Just a few ingredients tossed into a blender... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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It's that time of year when we must slather ourselves in sunscreen in the Pacific Northwest! Did you know... I recently read an article that stated that by eating foods high in carotenoids, you can help build the natural sun protection from your diet. Spinach = dark, leafy greens By... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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Looking for an easy Fourth of July Celebration Dessert to take to a party or potluck? Look no further than these Patriotic Brownie Dessert Kabobs! Patriotic Brownie Kabobs Okay. So, I promised these were easy. All you need is wooden skewers, fresh strawberries and or fresh watermelon, fresh blueberries, marshmallows... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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Dating couples can teach married couples a thing or two about how to love! Here are 10 examples of ways dating couples remind "marrieds" how to fall in love, stay in love and keep the romance alive throughout marriage. 1. Date your mate. Call up your partner and ask your... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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Jun 16, 2015
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Around here, right now...here's a snippet of what's happening lately. Cooking: healthier meals from scratch and I've made our favorite Grilled Salmon recipe three times over the last month! The Hubs' cousin was visiting from Arizona and we just "had" to make it for him...along with the Frozen Berries with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
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For my Keeping It Real Series, here are my 10 Confessions on the 10th of June: 1. I don't eat eggs. The real story behind this is that when I was younger, I had an Unbaked Cookie Dough recipe that I loved to make. We raised chickens. We had a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
I am so happy to hear that Tracy - thanks for sharing! Our friends and family always love this recipe as well. It's such a perfect recipe for fun entertaining! Good to know that doubling the recipe served 20. Was that a mix of adults and kids or just adults? This would be helpful for me to add to the recipe. Thanks!
I love your idea of avoiding refined sugars during the week and then indulging on the weekend! I'm going to "copy" this goal for myself (and my family) this summer! Love it.
Mmm! What a treat to find a non-mayo salad that sounds divine yet healthy! Thanks for sharing!
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What a great list! Thanks for sharing these fun finds!
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Super cute and perfect for the graduates this time of year! Thanks for sharing!
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20 Fun June Activities and Days to Celebrate the Month You know I love lists. Especially lists that give me ideas on how to make a normal day extraordinary. So here you go. Here are 20 ways to make June extraordinary! Make Something! National Candy Month - Sally Quinn of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at What Matters Most Now
Thank you for referring me to your website and for your thoughtful comment about my great looking recipes that you'd like to feature on your site. I am interested in checking it out. Again, thanks for the feedback!
I love it Jane! Thanks for sharing your continuation of this fun tradition with Pickle Elf! What an adorable idea.
Hi Amy, I apologize for just reading your comment! Ugh, I wish I could have read this sooner but perhaps you have not left for your fun month-long RV trip to the National Parks (sounds amazing). For ease with camping, for the blueberry muffins, I actually used a Jiffy Blueberry Muffin box! (Gasp, I know, but it was all about the ease of preparation while camping!) They turned out so great! This year I want to try them with a homemade blueberry muffin recipe, which of course I will share! I am always looking for great/easy camping recipes. What are your favorites to have on the road?