Camping Meal Plan

Since the end of summer is near, we're trying to squeeze in a camping trip. Planning meals is always a challenge, but I've found some recipes that work well for our family and are easy to put together.


Breakfasts (enough for 3 days)

- Breakfast burritos with fruit by Taste & Tell
- Cereal with milk and fruit
- Oatmeal packets by 5 Dollar Dinners

The oatmeal packets can have lots of variations to fit everyone in the family.


Lunches (enough for 3 days)

- Chili Dogs (hot dogs, canned chili, shredded cheddar and diced onions on a hogie roll)
- Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich by Twin Dragonfly Designs
Campfire Nachos by Betty Crocker

Dinners (enough for 3 days)

- Pizza Pasta Bake by the Country Cook with bagged salad mix
- Walking Tacos by Cincy Shopper
- Teriyaki Meatball Packets with rice by Oleander & Palm (I use pre-made / pre-cooked meatballs, found in the freezer section of the grocery store)

Snacks & Desserts

- Classic S'mores with Homemade Graham Crackers by bebe a la mode designs 
- My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies by bebe a la mode designs
- Banana Bread Squares by bebe a la mode designs
- Energy Bites by Smashed Peas & Carrots
- Jerky
- Peanuts
- String Cheese
- Chips & Salsa

Meal Planning Tip: When I plan these types of meals, I try to make sure there are "crossover ingredients".  The less ingredients we have to buy the more cost-efficient it is.

For example, cheddar cheese will be used in the breakfast burritos, chili dogs and nachos. 

We will use the onions and peppers for the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich as well as the Teriyaki Meatball Packets. 

Pre-made / pre-cooked meatballs will be used in the Teriyaki Meatball Packets in addition to the Pizza Pasta Bake.

Happy Camping!


The $5 Cabinet

I found this gem on Craigslist for FIVE BUCKS!

It was pretty gnarly. And very purple.


Fruit & Yogurt Pops

I hope you had a great 4th of July! I'm keeping the red, white and blue theme going and enjoying some patriotic Fruit & Yogurt Pops!

I shared my simple 4-ingredient popsicle recipe over at Skip to my Lou. Go check it out here!


Summer List 2015

School is out and summer is in full swing!

Our kiddos will now be heading into 4th grade...

2nd grade...

And one more year of preschool...

By the end of the school year we are all ready for a more laid back schedule. But having a summer list helps us stay busy with fun stuff.

Here is this year's list:

This is our 7th year of making lists and the kids look forward to it every year. Here are some of the previous years' lists:


What's on your list this summer?


Printable Straw Flags

We're less than one month away from the 4th of July! Our Independence Day tradition is attending a big shindig at my parents' house and one thing that we're never short on is good food.

This year, I'm adding some festive straw flags into the mix. And the fun part? I'm sharing them with you so you can use them too!

They are super easy to put together. 


Double Digits...TEN!

On Friday, we celebrated our boy's 10th Birthday!! Hard to believe it's been ten years!

We started the day with doughnuts (naturally, since it was also National Doughnut Day!) then we took him and his buddies to play some epic laser tag and nickel games. He was so sweet to let his sisters tag-a-long. 

We were able to sneak over to the pool for a little swimming and the rest of the weekend was filled with A LOT of baseball. But it was all worth it since they won first place in their weekend tournament.

So proud of those boys!

It was a great birthday weekend and it was spent doing what he loves...baseball, swimming and playing with his friends.


Father's Day Gift Guide (for under $40)

Father's Day is right around the corner. If you're stumped as to what to get, you've come to the right place! I've put together a list of personal gifts for that special dad in your life! And they are all under $40!

For the fisherman: a personalized fishing lure