Homemade BBQ Sauce

My husband came up with this recipe a few years ago and now when its BBQ season, this is our favorite sauce.

It’s easy and most households will have these ingredients readily available.

Give it a try on your next BBQ and see what you think.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

1/2 cube candied ginger-chopped fine

1/4 c. dried cranberries-chopped fine

3/4 c katchup

1/2 c brown sugar

2 TBSP. yellow mustard

1/4 c rice wine vinegar

1/4 c hoisin sauce

1/4 c honey

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 c maple syrup

1 TBSP soy sauce

2 TBSP molasses

1 TBSP Lawry’s seasoning

Mix all the ingredients together and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Let cool and store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Enjoy!

Let’s Relive Summer Mid Winter…..

Who’s feeling like they have had enough of winter? I know I am.

As I often do at this time of year I thought I would take a look back at summer and all the fun that was had by us all. Let’s just say it’s something a bit more brighter, a bit more fun, and a bit more cheerful than looking outside my window at everything covered in WINTER!!!

Join me will you….

The view from atop Oberg Mountain.

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Water, sunshine, and two great friends…who could ask for more?

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Simply relaxing;-)

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Catch of the day.

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Yoga outside…..priceless!

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My second home.

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Freezing cold Lake Superior in July.

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Disc golf anyone?

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The bluest water in Wisconsin.

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Roses….oh, how I miss stopping to smell the roses.

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Homemade fly swatter constructed while sitting next to the campfire.

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It’s coming, summer is right around the corner. If you keep repeating this to yourself like I do we will all survive this winter. You gotta believe….

I Am Not Ready For It To Be August

August 1st already….. where did two months of summer go????? I am just not ready for it to be almost over. We have had so much fun, there is still so much to do, and well, I am just simply not ready.

This weekend I informed my husband and son that mom needed a water break. We have spent the last two months every weekend doing some type of water activity. However, with all that fun comes a lot of work the day after. Beach towels need washing, gear needs enzyme treating, watercraft need to be restored stored and so on.

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In all honesty, I really got the hiking groove back after spending a week on the North Shore of Minnesota. Hiking gives me a certain type of peace and reset that no other activity can give me. Although, my standup paddle board comes in a very close second, hiking is by far my number one sport. So this weekend my husband and I did everything on dry land/trail.

First, we visited my favorite disc golf course in Kaukauna, WI. Grignon Park is like hiking while disc golfing. Of course its my favorite for this simple reason. IMG_4984

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It has some big hills to climb and half the course is thickly wooded which offers solitude and a challenge when disc golfing.

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And no course would be fun without a water/mud hazard. IMG_4989

Then, later in the day, I finally talked him into taking me hiking on a trail I have been wanting to hike for a few years now. I will do a complete write up of this trail after we explore a bit more in upcoming weeks but for now let me say, it’s close to home and VERY PEACEFUL. Here are a few pictures from our 4.5 mile hike.

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It ended up to be a great way to bid farewell to July 2016. As August rolls around we have many more adventures on the calendar. And as you can imagine, I will savor every single moment of warmth and sunshine this next month cause I know what’s right around the corner. I dread it so much so that I am not even going to type that four letter word that starts with “S”

 

What are you looking forward to in the month of August?

What is your favorite season and why?

 

Summer In My Eyes Means…..

Summer means something different for everyone. For me, it the BEST season ever. That being said, there are very clear signs that tell me when summer has arrived, officially or unofficially.

There are always a pile of shoes outside my patio door to trip on.

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We have sunscreen and bug spray in every vehicle we own.

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Our summers are very colorful and sometimes very expensive.

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Dinners outside are a daily thing.

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I spend 8-9 hours of my day in this area during the week. A place that we don’t get to enjoy half the year….our backyard.

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I bid farewell to the gym and do most of my workouts outside. I will, however, make the occasional stop in at the gym if the weather is not favorable for outside exercise.

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My husband always picks my favorite flower and brings them inside so my house smells like lilacs.

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Fresh veggies are abundant

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There is never enough hours in a weekend to fit all our favorite things in.

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And my clothes lines are always covered in Turkish beach towels.

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What is your favorite part of summer? (mine is tank tops and shorts)

What is your least favorite part of summer? (mine is that is has to end so quickly)

 

 

 

Picture Perfect Weekend

I have one word for this past weekend…….AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

It started with the making of some sangria slush.

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To taking my last day of the sunshine vitamin until next fall.

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Washing our bedding and winter jackets to hang outside for freshness. IMG_3808

I cleaned the last remnants of winter from the inside and outside of our vehicles.

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Had my wonderful, willing husband pressure wash all my outdoor play toys.

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We ate our first meal outside this year. Something I LOVE to do.

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We then took a trail walk to end a big day. It was wonderful to see no more ice bergs floating around and wildlife enjoying the sunshine as much as we did.

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Sunday brought just a few little chores around the house and then we decided we just had to give paddling a try. Its been so long since our kayaks have been in the water, with my husbands back injury last summer and my recent surgery…..we just had to see if we still had it in us to paddle. Clearly we did and it felt wonderful to be in the water again.

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Our weekend ended with a game of disc golf.

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Awesome I tell you……….Awesome!!!!!

 

Did you have a good weekend?

What did you do for fun?

 

Summer vs. Winter On The Trail

How can we be 45 degrees one week, then get 13 inches of snow the next week and now this…..frigid, painful, below zero temps for the majority of this week? It’s like a roller coaster ride and I want off!

Before this all came about and I knew I would be locked up in my home for days I made an attempt to walk a trail with my husband. I really thought we would arrive and it would be snow covered but to my surprise it was not bad.

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Those tracks you see are from someone pulling an ice fishing sled down the trail to access a favorite ice fishing spot. As we made our way further down the trail you could see large rocks thrown out onto the ice to see the thickness of the ice cover. Which meant, of course, my husband had to toss one out there also to see for himself how much ice was there. Needless to say, not enough to even walk on. The rock he tossed out went right in and water came shooting up and out as soon as the rock made contact.

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A little further down the trail we saw that the person dragging the ice fishing sled made the decision to forgo his ice fishing plans and the tracks ended and turned around. I’d say that was a good choice, or at best, a safe choice.

As happy as I was to be on a trail, it also made me so sad at the difference winter makes from summer on this same trail. With the water being icy and looking so cold

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to parts of the trail being snow covered,

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it really made me think of how much more I love this trail in summer time. Things are green,IMG_1664

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and sunsets are beautiful in the evenings.

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Oh, how I can’t wait to walk out to the platform, sit, and watch the sun set again. A few more weeks to wait but it’s coming……..

Alrighty then…..enough day dreaming. Here is reality and what I did for workouts this week.

Saturday: gym:45 minute elliptical and stretching

Sunday: gym: 40 minute elliptical, lower body weights and stretching

Monday: mall: 3 mile walk

Tuesday: home: upper body weights and 20 minute recumbent bike

Wednesday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike

gym: 33 minutes elliptical, total body weights, stretching

Thursday: home: upper body weights

mall: 3 mile walk

Friday: rest

As you can see this has been a rough week of workouts. Life sort of got in the way a few nights and I had to take care of some business matters another night. Add in the extreme cold and our over flowing gym with new members…..and I just couldn’t find the motivation to go there more than once during the week. No one really understands how much I dislike the winter cold except me.

However, I do feel somewhat accomplished this week. I did some well needed cleaning and organizing of an area in our home that has been driving me crazy for awhile now and I finally found what I hope will be a great addition to our group of kiddos in the near future. These are both big areas that #1 make me happy and #2 give me security. Change is hard but when you feel good that the change about to happen is positive then it’s so much easier to face head on.

I’ll Take This Any Day

Sunday when I went around our home and reset our clocks a part of me wanted to just dig a cave and hibernate for the next few months. Something in me changes during this time of year and as much as I want to fight it…..I just don’t know how. I struggle through every day and literally drive my family crazy counting down the days until it’s time to change back the clocks again.

 

Despite my mood, life must go on. Monday I truly expected to have a horrible day. That one hour time change in a child’s life can literally cause them to crumble. However, I was happily surprised when all my daycare children showed up bright eyed and ready for a day of fun. What a wonderful way to start the week.

Take some happy children and mix them with some extreme temperatures in the month of November here in WI and life only got better. We actually played outside with no jackets and the sun shining on our already fading summer tanned faces. How glorious this was….

I had to laugh, which I know will come back and bite me in the %$# eventually since we are basking in warmth and sunshine and some individuals already have their Christmas trees up in their homes. I know, nothing like rushing the season, I almost choked when I saw this driving by a home the other day. I can’t help but wonder how much of a shock it’s going to be when this warm, summer like few days is over and I wake up to a cold, white covering on my lawn one morning. UGGGG, let’s not think about that!!!!

Talking about Christmas, did you know that Starbucks has released their holiday cups, stores/malls are playing Christmas music and everyone is already talking up black Friday shopping events. Maybe this warmth has me thinking summer yet because apparently everyone else is ready for the holidays except me. Plus, whatever happened to Thanksgiving…..it does come before Christmas???

Either way, I am going to take and spend every last moment outside before Mother Nature decides this needs to come to an end and winter has to arrive.

What affect does the time change have on you?

How about your children….do they adjust well or does it take some time?