Yesterday I shared about our decision to have a family vacation on Anderson Island, located in Puget Sound Washington. We had done a lot of planning ahead of time and we were well prepared to enjoy our time on the island. Anderson Island ended up being the perfect place to gather and although the island is small there was lots to see and do in exploring Anderson Island.


The house we found on HomeAway was actually a working farm complete with cattle grazing next to the house. There was plenty of room for everyone, a large farm table where we could enjoy our meals and wonderful hiking trails within walking distance of the house. To top it off our weather was perfect, cool evenings and sunny days.Exploring Anderson Island


The public hiking trails near the house were beautifully maintained and after walking through the woods the path came out on the water.Exploring Anderson Island Every so often you would come upon a picnic table in case you wanted to have a picnic. We saw all sorts of wildlife from newts to slugs to various birds.


Anderson Island is so small you can easily drive from one end to the other in a very short time.Exploring Anderson Island They do have a well-equipped store and two restaurants, which we did not try out. We preferred to cook our meals at home and gather around the big table for a family meal. Our evenings were spent playing games.Exploring Anderson Island


The island has a wonderful history museum, which we will have to visit another day. Our time was spent exploring the numerous hiking trails and playing hide and seek around the house.


All too soon our time on the island came to an end and we were heading back to the ferry. Although the ferryride is only 20 minutes you feel like you have been far away. It was the most enjoyable, relaxing time. I look forward to the day we can go back.Exploring Anderson Island





There are many types of islands on which to have an island vacation. There are beautiful tropical islands, islands off the coast of Maine as well as islands in Puget Sound. Since all four of our grown children have chosen  to call the Pacific Northwest home we decided to have a mini reunion on Anderson Island. Anderson Island is located in Puget Sound and is accessible only by ferry. It is a rather small island with only one little store and one restaurant. Since we were going to be there for four days we wanted to be prepare for our island vacation. It would be too costly to have to leave the island for supplies and we didn’t want to have to purchase everything on the island.


The first thing to do was figure out the meals we would need. There were going to be 9 adults and three small children and we would have meals for all four days. After figuring out how many meals to plan for I asked if others would be willing to take on a dinner. Both of our daughters immediately chimed in and said they would cook a dinner and bring all the supplies needed for that meal.Anderson Island


Since we would be arriving late the night before we were to take the ferry to the island I decided to place an online order for any dry goods we would need. I had the order shipped to my daughter’s house. I then created a shopping list for the morning after we arrived, which would include all the fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy. That way we could make one quick trip to the local grocery store before catching the ferry in the morning.Shopping, budget, prudent living


We also wanted to limit the number of cars on the island so we figured out who we could take in our car. Since our daughter’s both have children their cars would be full, and they needed the car seats so our two sons and one daughter-in-law drove with us.


By planning ahead and thinking about what we would want and need while on Anderson Island it made it possible for us to relax and enjoy our time together. The meals had been thought out ahead of time, the food purchased and we could just have a relaxing time.


We also planned ahead for activities on the island. If it rained we would have plenty of games to play and if the weather was nice we had already looked at the various hiking trails available on the island.Anderson Island


It didn’t take much time to plan ahead and as a result we had a wonderful island vacation on Anderson Island!


Just when you think you’ve finally used up all the zucchini in the garden your husband picks two more! Luckily my stepsister gave me a wonderful recipe for Zucchini Carrot Bread.Zucchini Carrot Bread Hopefully this will be the last zucchini recipe I will be sharing this year! I love zucchini but we’ve had such an abundant harvest this year!Carrot zucchini bread


Zucchini Carrot Bread




2 cups finely grated zucchini, including peel

2 cups finely grated carrots

2 Jumbo eggs (3 if smaller), beaten

½ cup oil (I used coconut oil)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. orange flavoring or 1 Tbsp. Grated orange peel


3 cups flour

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Baking powder

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. Nutmeg

1 Tbsp. Cinnamon




2 cups chopped nuts

1 cup raisins




In a large bowl combine the two sugars with oil and beat until fluffy. Add beaten eggs and orange flavoring or orange peel and mix well. Add the grated zucchini and the grated carrots and mix well.Zucchini Carrot Bread


Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add in three portions to the wet zucchini mixture. Mix well before you add nuts and or raisins.


Bake the zucchini carrot bread in greased and floured loaf pans.Zucchini Carrot Bread Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick comes out clean.Zucchini Carrot Bread


Makes 2 large loaves or 3 small loaves. This Zucchini Carrot bread freezes well.Zucchini Carrot Bread


Have you had an abundant zucchini harvest this year? What is your favorite way to use up zucchini? Of all the recipes I have shared this year including zucchini muffins and chocolate zucchini bread I think my all time favorite was the recipe for chocolate zucchini bread. I just love chocolate! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the zucchini recipes I have shared this year! Now on to pumpkin!


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Vermont has two major trail systems, the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. We are lucky enough to have both trails intersecting not far from our house. Recently we had friends up for a few days; the weather was perfect so we decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. There is a wonderful short hike in Barnard that takes you to Luce’s Lookout. Luce’s Lookout is on the Appalachian Trail (AT) between Woodstock and Killington. You can start you hike on the AT from Route 12 or you can take the back roads up to a local trailhead for a much shorter hike, about 3 miles round trip. The trail is very easy to follow, you hike up an eroded road and take a sharp right at the Y, at that point you merge with the AT. Continue hiking until you see the sign for Luce’s Lookout.


The trail we took is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodstock. When you get to the Lookout there is a small cabin with a lookout platform built on the roof, accessible by a steep ladder. Once you are on the lookout you just about have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.Appalachian Trail


The cabin is open as a hiking shelter and you can spend the night there if you are a through hiker on the AT. There are no facilities but at least you have a roof over your head. It is also a very nice place to just sit and enjoy the scenery.Appalachian Trail


Although the trail is popular and used for hiking, nature trips, and birding we only meet a few people on the trail. It was a perfect morning hike with our friends, there was time for conversation, enjoying the scenery and getting a little exercise at the same time!Appalachian Trail


One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the people you meet along the way. Recently an inventor of a new game, Peter Martinazzi reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing a new game called Story Bowl. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we were planning a trip to the west coast for a family reunion. Not only would there be lots of folks to share the game with but our family loves to play games!story bowl game


Story Bowl is the game to play with the entire family. It’s a goofy, lighthearted team game that ends in everyone telling stories. In just 45 minutes you’ll shout, play charades, squeak and more. All with clues that re 3-word “micro-stories” about everyone’s past memories. At the end of the game, you’ll reveal which micro-stories everyone wrote and tell the actual stories behind them.Story Bowl Game


TO play Story Bowl you’ll need at least 4 players but you can have as many as 14 playing the game. There were 9 of us, which was perfect. We had two teams and it really doesn’t matter if the teams are not equal. Depending on how many people you have playing the game it takes about 30-45 minutes to play.Story Bowl Game


How in the world did this game come about? Peter and his friend Rob, two friends from California who love to play games came up with the idea.


Story Bowl is based on a parlor game that Peter’s family calls “The Naked Game” (not sure why, and they haven’t heard it called this anywhere else). The game is super fun to play, and whenever we successfully play it, it creates a ton of good memories because the micro-stories are based on people’s own stories and they talk about them after the game.  BUT we found it was difficult to corral a group of friends, describe the game to them, and help guide each one of them to come up with their words. We heard things like “this sounds complicated”, “is this actually going to be fun”, and “what should i write”, etc…

So Rob and Peter made Story Bowl to make it easier for players to understand what to do and write memorable “micro-stories” about themselves.  The prompt cards reduce the friction to play, take a lot of the pressure and complication off the host of a game, and result in even more memorable “micro-stories”!Story Bowl Game


Not only were Peter and Rob nice enough to send me a game to review but they have also included a code for all my readers to get 15% off the game if they order a copy before October 17th! It would be a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the holidays. Just use the code WX7LKEUL and order your game HERE.


I hope you enjoy playing this wonderful game as much as our family did!



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