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My husband and I have been planning this trip for a long time. We’ve been planing to drive across the United States for almost a year! You may ask why? I guess the major reason is for the adventure! I drove across the US as a 12 year old with my family and I have many memories of that trip both good and bad! It will definitely be an adventure and it will also give us the opportunity to scout out the Pacific Northwest, spend some time there and decide if we’d ever want to re-locate. Now how are we going to save money on this trip and make it an economical trip? After all we just can’t fill up the car and take off! First we had to make sure our car was ready. Once we knew the car was ready for such a long trip we planned out our route. We plan to stay with friends and family along the way. Not only will it be fun to catch up with folks we haven’t seen in a long time but you can’t beat the price of a free room! We also planned to save on food. We packed a cooler Read More […]


The iconic picture of a family photo complete with Fido is no longer a social cliché. Studies and social experiments have shown that man’s best friend may actually benefit children more. Trying to convince your spouse why you should get a dog? Here are some of the reasons my kids and I used to successfully argue for getting a dog at my house. Dogs encourage patience This may not surprise you but dogs do not speak our language. Communicating with dogs requires kids to exercise patience and teaches them to tolerate others when they don’t listen to you. Adults can learn a little about patience too! Dogs encourage responsibility Taking care of another living thing is a privilege, especially when that living thing can look back into your eyes and show its emotions. Kids are taught to be accountable when taking care of dogs and their well-being. Dogs in most parts of the country need to have flea and tick control applied once a month, and that is a great thing to have a child help out with. Dogs teach compassion Teaching commands created by humans in a language they don’t really understand will mean that the dog will fail Read More […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I love mini-muffins. These muffins are delicious and low fat, sounds like a win-win to me! Perfect for snacking or packing in lunch boxes. Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins 1 cup light vanilla yogurt ½ cup fat-free milk ½ cup uncooked quick oats ½ tsp vanilla 1 large egg, beaten 1 large banana, mashed ¼ cup brown sugar 1 ¼ cup flour ½ tsp baking soda 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ½ cup mini chocolate chips Preheat your oven to 375. Combine yogurt, milk, oats, vanilla and egg. Set aside for five minutes to allow the oats to soften then stir in the banana. In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine the two mixtures to moisten. Dough will be very thick. Stir in the chocolate chips. Prepare your mini muffin tins by spraying with cooking spray. Spoon batter into the tins and bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes. Enjoy right away or let cool and freeze to enjoy later.

chocolate banana walnut oats

    Welcome to Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #19! Always so much involved to get ready to go away on a trip. The gardens need to be put away. The wood covered and ready for the winter. The outdoor furniture put away! Endless chores! Very thankful for the dear friends we have that will be taking care of our home while we’re away. In to know we can go away and not worry! Now to pack the bags and get ready to leave! More on our cross country adventure soon! I hope you join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email!  Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop Hosts are: Tracy @ Our Simple Life Sandra @ Clearwater Farm, Kathi @ Oak Hill Read More […]

Heading into fall.

I have mixed feelings when it comes around to preparing the garden for winter. It signifies a change of seasons and moving into a quieter time of the year. Soon the snows will come and I won’t be spending as much time outside in the garden. I will miss being outside working in the garden, but I do enjoy the slower pace of winter. I have more time to get caught up on reading and spending more time in the kitchen. However, winters are long here in Vermont, so I know it will be many months before I am outside in the dirt! Leaving the gardens in good shape is my goal. I pull up all the old vegetable plants and clean up any fallen tomatoes or other over ripe fruit that has been left behind. I also pull the weeds that continue to grow no matter what the weather. This year I am also planting a cover crop. Planting a cover crop can serve two purposes, it can help to smother out weedy garden patches and provide nutrients for the soil when it is tilled under in the spring. Several of the raised beds have had compost added to Read More […]


Have you ever decided to do something that just may be a little crazy? We are about to embark on a cross-country trip! You may ask why. Well there are several reasons. First of all, my husband works remotely from his home office. With his laptop he can work anywhere so we decided to spend three months in the Pacific Northwest near all four of our children. We also have been taking care of our daughter’s dog, Riley, the Boston Terrier. Our daughter and her family relocated to Portland, OR a year ago and unfortunately they could not find a rental that allowed dogs. So Riley came to Camp Vermont and has had a perfectly wonderful year. She has lived with us before and is a wonderful dog. Our daughter and her husband are now building a house and it should be just about finished by the end of the year and they would like their dog back! Unfortunately Boston Terriers do not travel well in the cargo hold of an airplane. So we will not only be driving cross-country but we will be driving with a dog! Luckily we have friends along the way that will allow us to Read More […]

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