Traveling Tuesday – Camping with Kids!

My husband and I packed up our girls last Friday and headed to the mountains for a Father’s Day weekend camping trip. There were originally going to be three other families along with us but they decided that threatening thunderstorms and a low of 40 degrees at night was reason to stay home cozy in their beds! My husband, however, is from Colorado. He scoffed at 40 degree weather being cold and said that our family was packing up and heading out! I have to say I was a bit reluctant… I am a California girl born and raised – Northern, so I can take a bit of dampness, but definitely not cold and definitely not with a three year old and a 9 month old!

One of the best things about having a Dodge Sprinter (one of those huge cargo vans which my husband has for work) is that you can fit EVERYTHING into it plus the kitchen sink — and trust me we did! Besides all the extra clothes and wipes that you all suggested (thank you very much!), we also brought our full sized barbeque, bike, futon mattress, scooter  plus all the camping gear that is needed.

There was four items that I brought thinking that they might be over the top but I am SO glad that I did. First, the toddler potty for the middle of the night bathroom needs. I put in right next to her makeshift bed and she was able to get up and go – best thing ever! The second essential was the baby tent. We were able to put the baby in it while we were setting up camp, making dinner, etc and she was happy to play in here and I didn’t have to worry about her eating dirt/twigs/etc…  I am just not that relaxed of a mom. Finally, and we probably could have done without this, is the booster seat. We were able to plop the baby in it and get her fed while working on our dinner – awesome! Another item that was totally not necessary but very fun for the three year old? Her Adirondack chair with umbrella that I recently got for her.  The umbrella provided hours of entertainment!

I am sure that you can do this kind of trip without half the stuff we brought, but it sure was nice to have some of the comforts of home in the woods!

Happy summer traveling!

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What’s for dinner Wednesday? Goat Cheese & Candied Pecan Salad

As I was making this salad, my sister who is a very health conscious told me that most salads are “ruined” by adding cheese, nuts and salad dressing….to which I turned around and gave her a big fat raspberry and gleefully added dressing (albeit light) to my delicious salad!

So, I guess that I have to give the disclaimer, if you want a “healthy salad” then find another recipe. If you however, want a salad that is SO delicious and not “that” bad for you…then dig in my pretties!

Side salad (feeds four or one or two…depends). All these ingredients came from Trader Joe’s but you can get anywhere.

Shopping List
Bag o Butter lettuce
Goat Cheese
Candied Pecans
Champagne Vinaigrette (TJ’s just started carrying this in the light option…see I am trying)

Mix Together

  1. Dump lettuce into bowl
  2. Add cheese (I used about ½ small tub)
  3. Candied Pecans (my sister is right about the calories here…so use as much as you want)
  4. Toss with dressing

We also tried this with adding skirt steak and that was delicious….you could add grilled chicken if you want to make it a meal too. The 3 year old said the salad was too spicy (the dressing is a little bit) but I set aside some lettuce, cheese and nuts and she had a faux salad.

Have any additions you would add?

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House rules?

Running through our local park last week was more of an obstacle course since a brood of wild ducks and geese have seemingly taken over. Not only do I have to dodge the birds themselves, but my household rule to remove shoes when entering our home was only reaffirmed when I gave up trying to sidestep the presents they were leaving behind everywhere. Though I don’t yet have little ones crawling around, I enjoy yoga and stretching on a daily basis so much of the time I am sitting or lying on the floor — sometimes face down — and I know I personally wouldn’t be happy picking up or coming face to face with anything I tracked in from the park. Or a public restroom. What about your family? Do you remove shoes when entering your home?

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What’s for dinner Wednesday: Chicken & Mushrooms (kinda)

Before children it could be said that I rarely if ever went to the grocery store. And cooking a meal? Practically unheard of! Then marriage with a baby happened and I found myself reaching for the Betty Crocker cookbook my Grandmother had given me that was 50 years old and falling apart. I’ve made huge strides since, but every once in a while I am reminded of my humble beginnings, especially when we have dinners like we did the other night – harrumph!

I had a craving for chicken and mushrooms! We’d just recently purchased a cast iron pot and it is awesome for cooking any kind of meat and/or veggies in with a touch of olive oil. (As a side note, my husband and I have a running joke that the proper way to care for a cast iron pot includes no scrubbing or dish soap…. I just looked it up on Wikipedia; click here if you want to read more about it!) The plan was to brown three chicken breasts (both sides) on high heat and then bring it down and add the mushrooms. The problem was that the chicken breasts were too large… they browned but were going to take forever to cook! Finally, and this is my favorite part, I just started cutting at the chicken (yes, in the pan)… You should have seen the look on my husband’s face when he came into the kitchen to check on me. As I was sawing away at our dinner, I added the mushrooms and a bit more olive oil and figured I’d let the pan do its thing!

As you may have guessed, it didn’t turn out quite the way I was hoping. All the moisture was gone from the chicken. Fortunately, I’d also made a Trader Joe’s instant risotto so we had chicken and rice bowls for dinner. Actually, I added the chicken and mushrooms to a salad and the husband threw it all into a bowl and added some of the juice from the bottom of the pan. Bless his heart – he claimed that it was delicious. The three year old ate two bites of rice and claimed she was full. I actually did enjoy the chicken on my salad but anything is good with feta cheese and champagne dressing. ;)

Sometimes, it is more about the journey then where you are going.

Have a better chicken and mushroom recipe? I would love to have it!

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