What I Am Loving Lately

Ahhh, it’s Friday and here are a few things I have been loving lately.

Workouts: I have had a whole week of my routine workouts back. I missed exercise so much being injured.

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New insoles: I think I am finally starting to get used to my new insoles. Those golf balls(arches) I felt like I was walking on seem to be getting smaller.

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Butter flavored olive oil: I am in love with this flavored olive oil. Sauteed with fresh veggies is the best ever!

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First kayaking trip of the year: We have our first river kayaking trip of the year planned for this weekend. Let’s all pray for warm water.

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Physical therapy: I am one week into physical therapy and am very happy with the results so far. I should shout out a big thanks to my hubby for holding these bands every night while I stretch them.

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Greek yogurt dressing: My new favorite salad dressing is Bolthouse Farms Greek Yogurt Dressing. The cucumber dill is fabulous on smoked salmon salads.

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Long holiday weekends: I am sure you love them as much as I do. So let’s all have some fun, relax, and enjoy!

Anything you wish to share that you are loving lately….let’s here it.

 

 

A Quote From My Husband….

After this past weekend my husband stated this to me in these exact words,”I need to go back to work just to rest and recover.” Ahhhhh, a little tiny part of me felt bad for him but a really big part of me was thinking, what in the world is he going to do this coming weekend when we have three days to play outside?

It all started when I decided about 10 a.m. on Saturday morning that I was done with that boot! The sun was shining, it was hot, and I was determined to have some fun. However, I had another type of anchor(my husband) that stuck pretty close by the entire weekend to make sure I did not over do anything and reinjure that ankle.Quickly we did our chores around the house. He cut the lawn and I washed our car and my boot to be able to pack it away for next time.(Did I really just say there would be a next time? Gosh, I hope not!)

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With all our chores done, it was time to have some fun. We started with a two mile walk on a trail.

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It felt so good to have a shoe on again:)

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We saw so much wildlife and so many wild flowers. All the trees we walked past were in full bloom and the scent was amazing.

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After our walk, we headed home for some dinner and then I told him I was not quite done. It was still so beautiful outside that I wanted to savor every second. So he agreed to play a quick game of disc golf with me.

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We then returned home once again and he was done. Nothing I suggested he was willing to do or let me do alone for the matter. So the day was over. However, my mind was already working on Sunday plans.

Sunday brought a little sun and some clouds with the possibility of storms in the afternoon. So we put it in high gear, we needed to get in some fun and exercise before the rain. We wasted no time. He loaded up our boat and I packed the cooler and we headed to the water.

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We returned from fishing/boating to originally take a hike along the Bay of Green Bay. However, after checking the forecast we decided it would be better just to walk in the neighborhood. We left with the mind set that I would try and make the three mile route we normally walk. I amazed myself by actually completing it without any pain in my ankle at all. This was a great sign for me. This is the same walk that use to put me in pain for hours afterwards due to my ankle injury. I was pretty happy to be pain free.

Upon our return home the rain started and continued for awhile. Which also meant our day was cut a little shorter than planned but we still had fun. I missed my jammed packed weekends of adventure and I am so happy to have them back.

This week will be a week full of walking with my kiddos during the day and working on making my ankle stronger with my therapy exercises and workouts. My hope is that I can possibly attempt my standup paddle board this up coming long weekend. Although, regardless of whether this happens or not, we have enough other events planned that I will not be disappointed either way. Let’s just hope that my husbands employer does not have a lot on his to do list come Tuesday……he will be ready to rest and recover for sure after I am done with him for three days!

Do you prefer relaxing weekends or busy fun weekends?

 

 

DIY Freezer Bag Meal: Lemon Pepper/Dill Tuna and Rice

Do you hike, backpack, have a child in college, work out of the home, travel for business or pleasure, or camp? Here is a tasty, easy to prepare, DIY freezer bag meal to enjoy.

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Lemon Pepper/Dill Tuna and Rice

1 quart size freezer bag

2/3 cup minute rice

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. lemon pepper

1/2 tsp. dried onion flakes

1/2 tsp. dried dill

1/2 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. dried parsley

1/2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1 – 2.6 oz. pouch of no drain tuna

1 cup water

Mix all the dry ingredients together in the quart size bag. When you are ready to prepare the meal. Add the tuna pouch, boil 1 cup of water and add this to the bag also. Close tightly, mix with your hand by squishing it around and insert it into a bag cooking cozy for 10 -12 minutes.

After 10-12 minutes mix again, check for proper consistency, and enjoy.

You can learn what a bag cooking cozy is here:

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A Farewell To My “All Terrain” Immobility Boot

I am so ready to kiss this boot goodbye and hope to never ever see it attached to my leg again. I have been immobilized for 6 weeks. The first 4 weeks with no extra activity allowed and the last two with whatever I wished to do as long as the boot was on according to my doctor. From red light to green light I wasted no time.

I have worked the entire time.

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I have went fishing in the boat.

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I have hiked a bluff in this boot. (which was the hardest thing I did)

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I have went wild asparagus picking in this boot.

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I have sat on a pier in Door County watching my husband fish in this boot.

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I have sat on my porch reading in this boot.

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I have disc golfed in this boot.

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I have camped in this boot.

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I even had to repair my boot since apparently it is not made for all terrain activities. After hiking and disc golf even my boot needed a little TLC.

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A few hours of drying time and it was as good as new.

As of today, I will remove this boot, store it in the back of a closet somewhere and return to life as I knew it weeks ago. I have learned that with age comes moderation. Whether I like it or not my body is not what it once was and I need to treat it with a little more loving care than I have been. That being said, I will not stop doing what I love to do. I will just do it slower and with a little more care involved. My motto is and will always be

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Thank you all for your well wishes and support these past few weeks. Now….. let’s have some fun!!!!

 

 

Fox Hill RV Park and Campground- Baraboo, WI

Are you looking for a great family friendly place to camp in Wisconsin? If so, I would highly recommend you make your way to Baraboo, WI and camp at Fox Hill RV Park and Campground.

We have camped here three times now and have been very impressed each and every time. You have tent sites, RV sites, and cabins to choose from. All very reasonably priced and the grounds are very clean. We have always stayed in what they consider their rustic cabins.

Outside

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Inside

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They have a very nice, large play area for children located right in the middle of all the sites. So whether you have an RV, tent or a cabin, your children don’t have far to go to have a good time.

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For the bigger kids they can rent and ride around on these fine looking scooters.

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The bathroom house is also located in the middle of the park.

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Take it from a clean freak, these bathrooms have been so clean every time we have visited that even I am amazed.

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And the best part is if it’s too hot or the inside showers are full you can always opt for an outdoor shower.

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This place has so much to offer besides being very close to so many area attractions. You have Devil’s Lake State Park a few miles away, the WI Dells area and all their attractions, a casino close by and so much more. Even if you never left the campground you would still find so much to do as a family.

More outdoor activities right on the premises

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And don’t forget they have a nice pool for the summer season, a great little gift shop/general store, and the nicest staff I have ever met. They even deliver wood bundles right to your campsite.

If your thinking about visiting the area of Baraboo,WI give them a call. I am sure you will have a very nice time staying with them.

 

****I was not compensated in any way to write this review. These are all my personal opinions and experiences regarding this establishment.

DIY Freezer Bag Meal: Mexican Rice with Fire Roasted Veggies and Chicken

Do you hike, backpack, have a child in college, work out of the home, travel for business or pleasure, or camp? Here is a tasty, easy to prepare, DIY freezer bag meal to enjoy.

Mexican Rice with Fire Roasted Veggies and Chicken

1 quart size freezer bag

2/3 cup minute rice

1/2 tsp tomato powder

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

dash of red pepper flakes

1 tsp ground flax seed

1 Tbsp. dried onion flakes

1/4 tsp oregano

1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup freeze dried tomatoes (ground these in the food processor for a few pulses)

1/3 cup fire roasted veggies(I used Mountain House brand)

1/2 package Tyson chicken in the no drain pouches

1 cup water

Mix all the dry ingredients together in the quart size bag. When you are ready to prepare the meal. Add the chicken (you could add the entire pouch if you wanted although, 1/2 was enough for each of our meals), boil 1 cup of water and add this to the bag also. Close tightly, mix with your hand by squishing it around and insert it into a bag cooking cozy for 10 -12 minutes.

After 10 minutes mix again, check for proper consistency, and enjoy.

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You can learn what a bag cooking cozy is here:

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A Little Of This and A Little Of That

We had a great weekend. With Mother’s Day on Sunday my son offered to prepare dinner of my choice which he knows is always a great offer. Meals always taste better when someone else prepares them. My choice was turkey reuben sandwiches on texas toast with fresh, wild asparagus on the side. YUMMMM!

In other weekend events…..I attempted my first game of disc golf with my immobility boot. We went to a course on the UW Green Bay campus. IMG_0973

Not a great game for me but it was still fun. I had a hard time getting up the hills with that darn boot on but with a little help I managed. It was a gorgeous day and we saw many families playing together which is always nice to see. IMG_0976

Saturday morning our son was working so my husband and I headed out to a recreational trail for some wild asparagus picking. IMG_0963

No one in my family eats asparagus except me however, my husband enjoys picking it.

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While we were nearby we also stopped at my favorite fish market and purchased some smoked salmon. My mouth literally starts watering the second I walk in and smell their fabulous smoked fish. IMG_0954

Which reminds me, have you tried this Korean BBQ pork jerky yet? We found ours at Costco….I highly recommend it!

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After a full day of activity, it was time to relax and try out my new resistance band exercises on my healthy ankle. In one more week I will be able to start exercising both ankles and hopefully they are healthy enough to attempt our big vacation in a few weeks.

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I was able to use the medium resistance band on my good ankle. I can only imagine that my injured ankle will not be as strong, but we’ll see soon enough.

What does your family do for fun?

Have you ever picked something wild and fed it to your family?