Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Glacier National Park

Hands down. 
Everyone should put Glacier National Park on their bucket list. 
It seriously has to be one of our beautiful country's best kept secrets.
We spent 9 days in the beautiful land of Montana.  
Big Sky Country.  
Cowboy Country, as my dad called it. 
A place where you can ride your horse to the local country store to pick up a few groceries, or if you are in a hurry, just take your ATV and pop on in.   
If we go'll know where to find us...just sayin'
We went to Montana with my in-laws and some friends of theirs.
One of the days that we were there, we took the kids bright and early in the morning for a 2.5 hour drive, in what we refer to as the country, but in Montana, they call the highway, to Glacier National Park.

Flat Head Lake, MT
Just love the beautiful colors of the Montana Rocks
God, Mother Nature and their Creatures.
Momma goat, just having a little lunch, in the middle of our hike
Baby goat, getting a little nibble near by Momma.
We took the West Entrance to the national park and drove the infamous Going To The Sun Road.
Do it.
It's totally, completely worth it.
And while you are in Glacier National Park, play the license plate game with your kids.   We saw everything from Hawaii (my oldest was so skeptical we wouldn't see that one) and Alaska to Maine, New York, Texas and many, many more.  I think we missed 4-5 states.  Oklahoma...where were you?
Back to your views, the pictures will do the talking.

Lake McDonald

When we got to the top of our hike, this is what I saw.
They were taking in the beauty surrounding them.
We were hiking to Hidden Lake, and the kids stopped and sat down when they got to this view. 
Just soaking it all in.
Hidden Lake
It doesn't get much prettier than that.
What are some places you having been wanting to visit?  Do you have a travel bucket list?  I think Grand Canyon will be next for us.  :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 Tell me, how does your garden grow?  Ours grows very, very s l o w l y.

For as long as I can remember my mother always had a garden.  When we first moved into our home, The Mister had a garden for many years.  Then this year, is the first year, in a very long time that we've had a garden.   I have to admit that we did start the garden much later than anticipated.   We built our own raised garden beds, which, did take us much longer than I had originally planned on.  Darn those busy schedules of ours, always getting in the way of the fun stuff.    ;)

At any rate, after being gone for a week on vacation last week, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to come home to this lovely, growing, garden.

I was able to pick my first tomato tonight, as well as some cucumbers.  It won't be long now before everything is producing enough for my family.   Here is a run down on the plants we planted.

Romaine Lettuce
Green Leaf Lettuce
Roma Tomatoes
Hawaiian Pineapple Tomato
(can't wait to make salsa with this one)
Early Girl Tomato
 (group shot of all of our tomatoes)
Pickling Cucumbers
Slicing Cucumbers
Green beans
Lemon Cucumbers
(to shy to make an appearance...aka...not doing to hot)  :(
Then I found this fun little nugget on a vine that I thought was a goner.
I know a lot of you are growing your own gardens this year too.  So tell me, what are your must have produce that you grow?  I already have a list growing for things to grow next year.  Like, pumpkins! 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meal Plan Monday 8/12/2013

Hi everyone!!!   We are baaack!   We just spent the last 9 days camping over in Montana and it was simply amazing.  The scenic beauty is more than words can express.  I will post more on those later.

So last week, I mentioned that with the upcoming school year, soccer season, and whatever else our busy lives bring us, we have started to enlist the kids with the meal planning and sometimes, meal making process.   This worked great for when we were on our trip.   Everyone loved what each other picked out, and with having 6 of us in the family, this will help with my new work schedule (started today and I couldn't be happier).

Here are the meals that have been picked and planned out for next week, with one repeat from last week since we never got a chance to make it.

Monday:  Shredded Pork Enchilada's
Tuesday:  Crock Pot:  Honey Apple Pork Loin
Wednesday:  Country Fried Chicken w/ biscuits and gravy and country bacon  
Thursday:  Crock Pot:  Whole Chicken with lemon and garlic
Friday:  Steak, baked potatoes and a green salad
Saturday:  Dinner at a friend's house
Sunday:  Grilled Salmon w/ zucchini from the garden and garden salad.

Our soccer season and practices start tonight for one, and the two girls tomorrow, so you may see a lot of slow cooker meals coming this fall.

Have a fantastic week everyone!!  I'll be sharing pictures from our trip later in the week.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Meal Plan Monday 8/5/2013

Good Morning everyone!  

How is it that it is already August??  How did the summer go by so quickly?  I can't believe that we are already starting the preparation for the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.  With that, there are a lot of changes that our family is going to be going through.   So we, all credit goes to The Mister on this one, we have decided to start something new in the Mix of 6 household.   The kids are all going to start planning 1 meal a night, and they are going to cook it.  So, here we go with some kids favorites!!  Enjoy!

Monday:  Taco Ring

Tuesday:  Lasagna w/ Texas Toast and Caesar Salad

Wednesday:  Crab Cakes w/ Fruit and tater tots

Thursday:  Steak, baked potatoes and a green salad

Friday:  Chicken Fajitas

Saturday:  Crock Pot:  Honey Apple Pork Loin 

Sunday:  Chicken kabobs

Cheers to a great week and kids in the kitchen cooking!!


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