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Month: August 2017

To Those Who Tailgate Me: At Night

To Those Who Tailgate Me: At Night

I see you back there, swerving side to side and flashing your lights (or possibly just keeping the high beams on). It’s pitch black out and for some reason when you want the person in front of you to go faster, it is universal to ride their bumper and high beam them. You just need to turn your lights down and back off, because all you are doing is giving me a headache and making it harder for me to…

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Cloths Line 101

Cloths Line 101

Is It Worth It? (this post contains affiliated links) So you have been wanting a cloths line, maybe you even saw my tutorial from the other day, now you are trying to determine if it is worth it (or maybe trying to convince a spouse it is worth the expense). Did you know that according to the “Saving Electricity” website it costs on average $.36 to dry a load of cloths? Besides the cost of electricity, if you have a…

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Building Project: Cloths Line

Building Project: Cloths Line

I have wanted a cloths line since we bought our house, almost 4 years ago. The house did have a cloths line, complete with a pulley, but it attached to a tree which we cut down shortly after moving in (we have cut a lot of trees down, there were quite a few trees which should have been cut down a long time ago). Previously, Andi had strung a rope between the house and a small maple tree, the only…

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How We (Unintentionally) Raised Our 6 y/o’s Iron Levels

How We (Unintentionally) Raised Our 6 y/o’s Iron Levels

We have reason to celebrate! For the first time in the two years Colten has been getting iron checks, his levels are normal! Not only are they normal, but they are almost 6 times higher than they were 6 months ago. 6 times! My first thought when the doctors office called with the results, was finally we got him to normal levels, and the second thought was what the heck did we do differently these past 6 months? The rise…

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Day Trip: Herkimer Diamond Mine

Day Trip: Herkimer Diamond Mine

Day Trip: Herkimer Diamond Mine Out west there are a ton of diamond and gem mines. We drove by so many of them in our travels out there, when Andi was stationed in California. Every time we would drive by a sigh advertising “Diamond Mine”, Andi would say how he wanted to do that before we moved. Guess what we never did? We never made it to a mine. Between the Corps having to approve your requests for travel and…

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Recipe Review: Steak and Cheesy Bacon Potato Hash Foil Packets

Recipe Review: Steak and Cheesy Bacon Potato Hash Foil Packets

I am currently looking to add more red meat to our menus. I am perfectly happy not having any meat, or chicken only, but Andi does enjoy a beef dish. Plus I am trying to expose my kids to a range of dishes and red meat meals (besides venison) are something that they could be enjoying. I love a good grill recipe, and if it goes in a foil packet even better. That’s why when I saw this recipe for…

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Perfect Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Perfect Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust After using those packets of crust mix you can buy at any supermarket, the ones where you only add water, for years and year, I was ready to make my own pizza crust. While those packets were relatively cheap, chances were I had the ingredients in my pantry the whole time to make my own crust, and could make it even cheaper than the packets. Finding the perfect pizza crust recipe was not that easy though….

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Skillet Fryer Chicken

Skillet Fryer Chicken

I really like cooking a fryer chicken in the crock pot. You throw a raw chicken in there, come back 8 hours later and voila, you have fall off the bone, juicy chicken. The thing is though, that is how I have ALWAYS made my fryer chickens (including mine and Andi’s first thanksgiving and Christmas together). I have changed up the seasoning over the years, but it’s still the same, and the skin is kinda slimy when cooked like that….

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We Had A Date Night!

We Had A Date Night!

You read that right, Andi and I finally had a date night. We went out without kids! It has been 9-12 months since we have had a true date night. Yeah, we have been out without the kids once in December and once in April. But I don’t count those two occasions. You know what we did both times? We finished up holiday shopping (Christmas and Easter). My mom watched the kids, and Andi and I had to go shopping,…

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Day Trip: Stony Brook State Park

Day Trip: Stony Brook State Park

Our trip to Stony Brook State Park was actually an unplanned visit. We had a fun day planned for the kids which started with watching some horse races (the kids have been teasing to go watch the horses race) and then going to Seneca Lake State Park. Seneca Lake State Park has a very nice splash pad and a “beach”, it also has a nice picnic area and a paved trail around part of the lake. That was the plan…

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