Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Be the Mommy You Want Her to Remember

I just wanted to share something that is on my heart this morning... I dug out my old camera this weekend. Since camera phones are the big thing, I rarely think to use it anymore. But, I was preparing to go on an all day hike and, for safety reasons, wanted to keep my phone… Continue reading Be the Mommy You Want Her to Remember

Hiking

1,048 Stairs of DOOM…with kids

Koko Crater Railway Hike aka Stairs of Doom If someone challenged you to climb 1,048 steps made out of railway ties in the excruciating heat of Hawaii with no shade, what would be your response?  What if this little excursion required climbing these stairs up to 1208' in elevation? What if I told you this railway which… Continue reading 1,048 Stairs of DOOM…with kids

Recipes

Hearty Beef Stew

Hearty Beef Stew *Makes one freezer meal Ingredients: 1 pound beef stew cubes 4 carrots, sliced 4 red potatoes, cut into large cubes 1 package dry onion soup mix 2 cans 98% fat-free cream of mushroom soup 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 1 (10 oz) package frozen green peas Instructions: Place all ingredients in… Continue reading Hearty Beef Stew

Recipes

Pesto Chicken & Green Beans (or Asparagus)

Pesto Chicken & Green Beans (or asparagus) *Makes one freezer meal Ingredients: 2 Chicken breasts Green beans or asparagus (amount is your preference) Small jar of Pesto Instructions: Put chicken and pesto sauce in a freezer bag. If using green beans you can throw them in the freezer bag before freezing as well. Freeze everything.… Continue reading Pesto Chicken & Green Beans (or Asparagus)

Recipes

Salsa Chicken

Salsa Chicken *makes 2 freezer meals Ingredients: 6-8 chicken breasts 2 15 oz. cans of black beans 1 family size frozen bag of corn 2 cans of diced tomatoes and green chilies 1 jar of salsa 1 packet of taco seasoning 2 cups of cheddar cheese Instructions: Divide everything (except cheese) evenly into two freezer… Continue reading Salsa Chicken

Recipes

Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

Scalloped Potatoes & Ham *makes 2 freezer meals Ingredients: 12 new potatoes and cut into ¼ inch round slices or a large bag of frozen potatoes 2 cans of cream of your choice 2 cans of water 2 ham steaks, cubed 8 oz cheddar cheese 4 cups of broccoli salt and pepper Instructions: Divide everything… Continue reading Scalloped Potatoes & Ham

Recipes

Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

Tex Mex Chicken Casserole (makes 4 freezer meals) Ingredients: 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded 8 cups of cooked rice 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes 2 packs of taco seasoning 2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained 2 cans of black beans (undrained) 1 small can of black olives, drained 6 cups of cheddar cheese,… Continue reading Tex Mex Chicken Casserole

Family/Motherhood/Military Life

Under My Nose: Appreciating the Blessings Right in Front of Me!

As a little girl, I always imagined what it would be like to be a mommy some day. I just knew that I would have ALL baby girls-5 of them! And, these little beauties would all be just like me. We would be the best of friends. I had such big plans for these imaginary… Continue reading Under My Nose: Appreciating the Blessings Right in Front of Me!

Hiking

Pu’u O Hulu

14 days! Yes, it's been 14 days since my last hike! I feel like I have been depriving myself of air. This HAS to be how Cher from the movie "Clueless" would feel if she were told she couldn't shop. "As-if!" Let's just be real here, my mental well-being is night and day different if… Continue reading Pu’u O Hulu