Road trip! Big Bend, Terlingua, and Jen’s Chili recipe

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West Texas is my favorite part of the state. * There’s a killer dark sky program, with a museum and night sky party at McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, right in the Davis Mountains. * Or go try out all the food trucks and play with outdoor art installations at the Chinati Foundation or Prada in Marfa. At night, you can go see the Marfa lights. I’m not saying it’s aliens. But aliens. * And Alpine is a cool little college town with lots of outdoor murals, galleries, Big Bend Brewery (NOT affiliated with the park), and a fabulous museum at the University. We once saw Monty Python’s Holy Grail performed at their amphitheater.

That’s not what this trip was about. This trip was all about hiking. Six days filled with it at Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park. Ahhhhh. We stayed at a darling cabana with a great view of the park just outside its entry in Terlingua.

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Roadtrip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and a little Nashville Hot Chicken on the way

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Hope you all had the best Thanksgiving! My kids had a whole week off for Thanksgiving, so we decided to have Thanksgiving dinner early and go be thankful up in the Smoky Mountains for a week! We’d stopped in Gatlinburg on the way to Washington D.C. once, and had the full Jack Skellington reaction of “What is this place??” We went back the following summer and gave it a proper exploration. It is the perfect blend of cheesy tourist stuff and amazing natural resources. Great family spot. We decided to head back and rented an Airbnb up in the mountains. Continue reading “Roadtrip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and a little Nashville Hot Chicken on the way”

Camping weekend! Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna recipe and Cookbook review: The New Camp Cookbook

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“Ooooh, I wanna go camping for my birthday!” “I’d like to go hiking!” My daughter and husband have birthdays a week apart and their requests sounded like one fantastic weekend! The Texas State Park campgrounds fill up pretty fast, so I polled my Facebook buddies right away to get a potential list of parks with the best trees. Got the site!

A1ykYiZo5jLWe’re all foodies. Adding birthdays on top of that, I really wanted to make lovely campfire fare, so I ordered a copy of The New Camp Cookbook. I gave it a flip through and flagged a lot of potential weekend deliciousness, and then I saw it, Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna. Haha! Lasagna and Potstickers are her two favorite food groups. Perfect! (We already did his birthday dinner and cake at home!)

It’s very cool. You will not be bored with the same old campsite (or backyard!) meals. The author’s intent is that you do all the prep right at the campsite. Measuring and dicing out in the woods, where I have no desire to have a full pantry or fridge to work out of, sounded pretty bad. I prefer to keep things as simple as possible out in the woods, so that we can concentrate on hiking, canoeing, and chillaxing, so I did all the prep work at home, and even froze what parts would freeze well to double as ice packs in our cooler <I spell out those details below>. It worked out so well, and I couldn’t be happier with the book. <If you normally read my stuff, you’ll laugh at the pictures. When we got to the site, our lantern wasn’t working, so I had to shine a pocket flashlight on the salmon to get a shot. The pics look like something out of Blair Witch Project. LOL!> Continue reading “Camping weekend! Dutch Oven Old-School Lasagna recipe and Cookbook review: The New Camp Cookbook”

Family Vacay at Disney World!

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Hi everybody! I just spent the last two weeks down at Disney and Universal with my family. It really is a magical place. I think this was our 6th trip there, so we thought we had the drill down, but they’ve changed so much since our last visit, like 6 years ago. If you’ve never gone, you should totally rectify that!

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Road trip! Jen’s Salami and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Garlicky Mayo recipe. Hiking in Big Bend National Park.

We put 29 miles on our hiking boots over Thanksgiving week down in Big Bend National Park in west Texas. Just what the doctor ordered. Whenever we go on a road trip, I pack our family favorite, Salami and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Garlicky Mayo. Holy yum, batman! All it needs is some strawberries and grapes to go with it. And if you’re a hiker, stick around after the recipe, and I’ll tell you all about Big Bend. Continue reading “Road trip! Jen’s Salami and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich with Garlicky Mayo recipe. Hiking in Big Bend National Park.”