Camping + Boot Camp

There couldn't be a more perfect three-day weekend. I'm definitely in my happy place.FridayWe left for McKinney Falls State Park around 4:30 on Friday afternoon. Our drive consisted of music that resulted in high school and college flashbacks, an absurd amount of veggie chips, and Ryan's extra love for Michael's dog Xina. Friday night was cold. We had a tiny fire that provided little warmth, and I think it's safe to say none of us slept well that night. I curled up into a ball and stuck my head and pillow inside my sleeping bag....more

Can You Guess What Happened at the Campground?

Every summer, my extended family goes on a great drunk-out I mean camp-out. Maybe it's my chronic aches and pains, or maybe it's because I'm the type of responsible drinker who can't let myself get wasted while caring for small children around fires and rivers, but I never have much fun, and my participation is sporadic. Also, the big selling point of shared meals and rotating kitchen duties doesn't appeal, because we're vegetarians and my extended family is exactly the opposite.It's all more work than fun, and I'm a big spoil-sport....more
amyreese Oh no! I hope you didn't have to drive far!! That reminds me of another story. Let's ...more

Moroccan Chickpea & Tomato Soup

Day 27 of 30 Soups in 30 Days......more

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Day 26 of 30 Soups in 30 Days......more

Coconut Turkey Soup

Wild Mushroom Soup

Day 22 of 30 Soups in 30 Days......more

Turkey Corn Chowder with Herbed Dumplings

Day 24 of 30 Soups in 30 Days...home stretch!This title is a bit misleading -- when most people think of chowder, they think of creamy, fat-laden and sometimes goopy stuff, not suitable for everyday eating but maybe, just maybe, an occasional indulgence....more

Roasted Red Pepper Soup