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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Fresh Summer Snacking

During the winter months I tend to snack on pretzels, crackers, and chocolate covered nuts and berries, but the weather is finally warming (we hit 70 degrees today!) and with it, my craving for fresh veggies and fruits arrived! I made it over to the local market on my lunch break and picked up some crunchy sugar snap peas and red seedless grapes for snacking.

While there, I also hand selected the makings for an amazing fresh corn salad that my friend introduced me to on a recent picnic. It’s so fresh, in fact, it’s raw! At first I had apprehensions about eating raw corn just because I had always had it grilled, boiled, or steamed, but it’s so amazing that when both my significant other and I were still raving about it an entire week later, I knew I’d have to try my hand at making it!

I loosely followed this recipe by Rachel Ray and it turned out fantastic! Love how crunchy the raw sweet corn is, especially in contrast to the lime juice and creamy avocado. It’s the perfect HEALTHY complement to your next BBQ picnic! Just be sure to wash all the veggies reeeeally well! I am a stickler on that.

Rachel’s recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 ears corn on the cob, kernels scraped
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped or 5-6 scallions, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded and chopped

Yields: Serves 6


Preparation

Grate shallot into a mixing bowl. Whisk in hot sauce, lime juice, salt, pepper and EVOO. Add corn, cucumber, tomatoes, onions, peppers and toss to combine.

You can watch a video of Rachel make this salad on her website here.


What are your favorite Summer-time snacks?

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