Author: Erin

I'm doing what I can to provide the best life I can for my family. I love cooking & baking, homestead arts, DIY, and gardening {as well as coming up with projects for Mr. Wanderstead Husband!!}...but I love to explore the world around us too! We will figure out how to do it, and eat well while trying.

I’ve got two words for you.

Pan. Pizza.

I have recently become a convert to this style of cooking pizza. You may have picked up on that based on how many times I make it in a 10-day span.

Fortunately, the family is on board with it.

There are a few recipes floating around the internet, and they all say basically the same thing. There are 4 simple ingredients.

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Yesterday, while enjoying the mild sunny day on the back deck, I realized – as a shower of leaves fell around me – that fall is actually here. Fall is, without a doubt, my most favorite time of year. The crisp air begins to enter into our daily lives, the intense heat of the summer becomes a figment of our past, and I can smell the change of seasons in the air.

And no,

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It had been a long day. A long week, really.

It was an adventurous, exciting, and really neat experience, this whole driving to Alaska concept. But there were aspects that were difficult, especially with kids.

We arrived at Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park in British Columbia exactly one week after we had left home for our trek. Traveling along the Alaska Highway (or Alcan Highway) was proving to be more than we bargained for –

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This morning was cold. As I rolled out of bed at my new normal time of 4 AM, I realized that chill in the air wasn’t due to the overhead ceiling fan being on. I blindly opened the closet, trying to stay quiet, as the little one had come to our bed during the night and was sleeping soundly. I reached for the empty space where my long, fuzzy robe usually hangs, only to find it gone –

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You guys! I saw RAIN coming in the forecast! I know for non-Californians, that isn’t very exciting, but for me? Well I’m just about up to HERE with this triple digit heat. I don’t see serious rain, but I did see it mentioned and that means that fall is basically here.

Know what fall means? Crockpots & cozy, homemade meals. And I just love my crockpot more than an average person. I may or may not own three,

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This week I have started a new routine. I get up at 4:00 AM to drag myself out of bed and get upstairs to work on the blog for a few hours before heading off to work. It’s so quiet up in our loft at that time. And oddly enough, I feel so productive and not nearly as tired as I would have thought. 

It’s funny, but many of my family members are extreme early risers,

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Burger night is upon us and this one is such a yummy variation, combining two of my most favorite things: burgers and grilled cheese. 

I remember being introduced to a patty melt many years ago, but I couldn’t get passed the rye bread or the grilled onions.  I would frequently see the item on menus, especially those restaurants that favored more vintage recipes. However, the cheese-factor seems to be missing for me! 

I decided to put my own spin on the classic,

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In Where have all the mom and pop hardware stores gone?, Chad mentioned the hardware store his father owned up in Tekoa, Washington when he was growing up. There was mention of the simpler times; the almost Norman Rockwell-esque way of being brought up. I’ll admit now, I was nervous about heading up there to see it – first time for me ever, and first time for Chad since he left it at age 5.

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