What I Am Loving Lately

I find myself starting to enjoy each day a little more as the weather starts to heat up little by little here in Green Bay. From finally seeing leaves on trees to gorgeous colors starting to be planted in planters around homes and businesses. There is something about color that just adds happiness to life. With that being said, here are a few things I am loving lately.

Dinners outside again: My husband and I will often share dinner together outside on the porch in the warm months of the year. We have begun doing this again on the days that are nice and I am so grateful for this time.

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Coffee Nut M&M’s: OMG….they are my favorite all time M&M.

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Our Bugaboo Camp Cooking Pot set: I could not believe this when I found it at a garage sale one morning walking the neighborhood with my kiddos. I almost had a stroke when I saw the $3 price tag (normally $70 brand new retail) and opened it up to find it new, not scratched, and never used for that matter. It will no doubt be the best thing I find at a garage sale this season.

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Palmer’s Coconut Oil Lotion: As I mentioned in the past, my hair and skin have drastically changed since surgery back in January. And since I found my new favorite hair moisturizer, I was on a mission to find a lotion that would offer my skin some relief. I gave this coconut oil lotion a try after talking with a friend and have been very happy with the results so far. It not in any way greasy which is a BIG thing for me. It smells wonderful….like the tropics and really seems to moisturize well.

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Luna Chocolate Dipped Coconut Bar: After a long walk one day I stopped at a local drug store for a quick errand and noticed these by the checkout. I grabbed one since I was hungry and this sounded yummy. I don’t typically do bar type snacks unless on a trail or paddling a river but this just sounded perfect. After opening it and giving it a try, I think I may have a new favorite bar because it was soooo good.

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Sriracha Aioli: With grilling season upon us I am always experimenting with ways to liven up burgers, chicken and other meats. I picked this up in Door County, WI on a day trip with some friends and cannot wait to return for another bottle. We have tried it on chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers, and its fabulous in black bean burger wraps. It really adds a kick of flavor and spice.

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This inspirational saying:  I recently saw this while shopping and thought of how much our life has changed in the last few months. It’s exactly how I feel and I am working very hard to feel like I am living right side up again. All in good time….right

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That shall do it for now.

If you want to share something you are enjoying lately, feel free and do so.

Since tomorrow is going to be one of those crazy busy days I will end by wishing everyone a safe and very happy Memorial Day weekend………….

 

 

 

 

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GSI Bugaboo Cook Set Review

This is a review about the GSI Bugaboo Cook Set. Something I have been wanting for quite sometime now. I just could not justify spending the retail price on which is in the ball park of $70 new. I found mine at a garage sale for a whopping $3 and could not be happier with this price, the condition of the set, and the way this items performs.

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We are mainly planning on using this at campsites for cooking and not typically backpacking. Although, since it comes enclosed in a a nice, mesh, pull string bag and holds all the contents of the set nicely inside, I would think this could be backpack friendly. However, for one person the pot is probably too large to carry for this purpose.

Our first meal prepared in this pot was chicken alfredo. Let me first say, I LOVE THE DRAIN LID!

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This made draining the liquid off the cooked pasta a breeze. IMG_4052

We found that this pot heats nice and evenly and boils water in very little time. And it makes a good amount of food for a family of 2-3 people. IMG_4051

We did find that if the handle is left attached during the cooking process it does heat up and can be hard to handle. However, it is easily removable, so this is what we did while our pasta was cooking. It snaps right back on with ease so not really a big issue for us.

As for clean up, the pot is non stick which makes clean up fast and simple. IMG_4058

There are also four triangle cups that come with the set. Two with sip top lids and two without which can be used as small bowls I would assume. For us, the only contents we used were the cups for coffee in the morning. I like the size, not too big and not too small. Although, the lids did leak a bit, which I figured they would since our last GSI coffee cups lids were almost the same and they leaked also. However, I don’t prefer the sip top lids in the first place, so this was not big deal for us.

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Honestly, for the cost of a new set I would still hesitate to purchase this. It’s still a bit costly in my opinion. If it was for everyday use in the kitchen then it would be different and I would spend the money. In my case, finding it at a garage sale for a whopping $3 was a TERRIFIC find and we will enjoy it for years to come while enjoying the great outdoors.

What is your favorite camp item?

What piece of equipment would you spend a little more on for comfort/security? (We spent a good amount on our tent and its very rain proof as we found out recently)