Everyday Adventures

Ha Ha Tonka

Ha Ha Tonka is a beautiful state park in Camden, Missouri. It has over 3,700 acres of land and includes a spring, sinkhole, natural bridge, caves, castle ruins, and miles of trails. Last weekend a friend came to visit and we all piled in the car to drive up to Ha Ha Tonka. The pictures… Read More Ha Ha Tonka

Recipes

Sausage Sauce Piquante

Sausage Sauce Piquante is a great dish when dinner might need to be put “on hold” for a while. It should be simmered for at least 30 minutes, but can happily bubble away for much longer. The only catch is that if you’d like a thicker sauce, add the cornstarch slurry approximately ten minutes before… Read More Sausage Sauce Piquante

Recipes

Shrimp Florentine

There are two fidgety things I will ask you to do if you make this recipe. One, please buy block parmesan that you have to grate yourself. Shredded parmesan (and any other shredded cheese that I’ve seen) is coated with cellulose powder to keep it from sticking together, but this also prevents it from melting… Read More Shrimp Florentine

Everyday Adventures

Roubidoux Spring

Here’s a gem we discovered close to home. Roubidoux Spring is in downtown Waynesville, just a short jaunt for us. The photos in this post are of the spring area of the park – the “rustic” part of the trail. Further down in Laughlin Park, there’s also a long paved walking path, some soccer fields,… Read More Roubidoux Spring

Recipes

“Leftover” Banana Bread (with Buttermilk and Chocolate Chips!)

This recipe is a great way to use up leftovers! Not that chocolate chips are ever to be considered leftovers. The leftovers in question are a partial carton of buttermilk and some past-their-prime bananas. This recipe is quick to mix together and doesn’t dirty up too many dishes, the only “problem” is waiting for it to bake… Read More “Leftover” Banana Bread (with Buttermilk and Chocolate Chips!)

Everyday Adventures

George in Action

George seems to have two speeds: hyper and exhausted. And he really goes full tilt at both of those. Here are a few pictures catching his manic phase while out and about on a walk last weekend. Daily walks have been a great benefit of having a puppy. While Nathan and I would walk occasionally… Read More George in Action

Recipes

Berry Crisp

The weather has been teasing me the past few days. It has been deliciously cool and a welcome relief from the sticky heat that has settled over us this summer. There’s been a cool breeze, even in the middle of the day, and our walk this morning was very nearly chilly! This makes me so ready for… Read More Berry Crisp

Recipes

Unstuffed Peppers

This is a fast, healthy-ish recipe that frequents our dinner table. It’s not fancy, like traditional stuffed peppers, but you get the same flavors for a fraction of the work. Do you feel like stuffed peppers are fancy? Maybe it’s just the presentation, like when someone brings fruit salad in a watermelon… A couple things… Read More Unstuffed Peppers