• Adventures & Travel,  Bucket List,  Something to Bark About

    3.1 Miles Closer

    “Don’t compare yourself to others, Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday.”     I don’t know who said that quote, but it is one I have had to (re) learn over the past 2 years. It is hard for me think that just two years ago I was running 3-6 miles a day at a 9-11 minute pace.  Back then, I remember feeling like I was really slow – if only I could run faster. Today, after being out of the running so to say, I wish I could run 3-6 miles again – at any pace!  This was the motivation for setting my 2023 goals this year. I have…

  • Adventures & Travel

    2022 – Our Year In Review

      I cannot believe how fast it seems this year has gone!  Time just moves faster and faster, and before I know it, the year is coming to an end.  Sometimes it feels like the year flew by so fast, that we didn’t get a chance to do everything we had planned.  The truth is, we probably didn’t, but as I scroll through my photos, I realize we still did quite a bit. Join us as we revisit some of the highlights of our travels and adventures of 2022… January We started the year off on the road. After making our way back to California (this is where we left…

  • Food & Recipes

    Christmas Baskets – The Recipes For 2022

      This years Christmas baskets have been made, assembled and sent out! The Baskets Every year we change up the type of “basket” the goodies will go in, and this year was a homemade basket. Crocheted slouch baskets served as the main basket for the baked goodies, while the heavier canned goods were placed in gift bags.  The baskets themselves can be used for any number of things, long after the goodies are gone – a place to store throw blankets, dog toys, stuffed animals, magazines – really anything you want to use it for. The Goodies Each year we get requests for repeats of items- whether baked goods or…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Adventuring At Angel Lake

      The Nevada desert offers little relief during the hot summer months.  Travel just 15 miles outside of the town of Wells though, and you will find that much needed relief in the form of a nice cool mountain lake surrounded by beautiful scenery! Angel Lake, nestled in the East Humbolt Mountain Range, sits at an elevation of over 8300 feet.  Surrounded by mountains and peaks, it sits in a valley carved out by glacial erosion.  Three sides of this lake are nature made – while one side is man made to dam the glacier water that forms the lake. Angel lake covers an area of approximately 13 acres, and…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Visiting The Valley Of Fire In Nevada

      “Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing”  –  Dr. Seuss   “Amazing” is a great way to describe the Valley of Fire! You would never expect that just 50 miles northeast of the bright lights and crowds that make up the Las Vegas Strip, is an area so breathtaking and colorful, you forget you are even in the Mojave desert.  Welcome to the Valley of Fire – a Nevada State Park of epic proportion! The Valley of Fire was formed about 150 million years ago, during the Jurassic Age, when the ocean floor began to rise, exposing the land to wind, creating a “shifting and…

  • Adventures & Travel

    Jelly Belly Factory – A Sweet Tour

      “He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook, when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.”                                                                                                                                            – Clement Clarke Moore   No, it isn’t Christmas, but it IS Jelly Belly art!  I never knew there…

  • Something to Bark About

    The Big Climb

    The Big Climb Date of climb- May 14, 2022 Location of climb – Volcano Peak  in the Silver Island Mountains of Utah 🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸 About the climb On May 14, 2022 I participated in The Big Climb – a fundraiser event for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.  The LLS is a voice for all blood cancer patients.  They are constantly seeking a cure, researching treatments, and providing information and support to all blood cancer patients who suffer from Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and Myeloma.  Through events like The Big Climb, I am not only able to raise funds for LLS, but it holds me accountable to staying active. This was my first…

  • Adventures & Travel,  Products & Reviews

    Cycling The Scenic Loop – Red Rock Canyon, NV

    Red Rock Canyon is one of my favorite spots in the Las Vegas area!  If you love the outdoors, and you are ever in or near Las Vegas, I highly recommend you visit.  Whether you hike, bike or just want to drive, this area will not disappoint you! We decided to cycle the Scenic Loop Drive.  Here is our story, review and suggestions. There are a few things you will want to know about this cycling adventure, if you decide you want to do it. The Distance The first thing you will want to know, is that it is a little over 12 miles long.  For some people who are…

  • Food & Recipes

    Recipes For Power- 3 Easy Bowls

    Power bowls have become a trendy menu item that are not only easy to make, but are as delicious as they are packed full of nutrients!  The best thing about them, is that you can design them any way you want!  Not a meat eater?  Leave the meat out and sub in another form of protein like beans or tofu.   Not a fan of kale?  Leave out the kale, and sub in a different leafy green, like baby spinach.  The idea, is to build your bowl full of foods that you enjoy, that will provide you with the nourishment you need to fuel your body! To get the most out…