24 feet. That’s the length of living space our family of 4 is going to {attempt} to survive in this summer. A lot of planning, list making, research, then more planning is going into this adventure. It’s hard to anticipate everything you might need while balancing not bringing more than you need due to weight in the trailer.

Our summer road trip will take us from Northern California up through British Columbia via the Trans-Canada Highway and up into Alaska through Tok,

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You have wanted to try this whole meal-planning thing. But where to start? There are entire pinterest boards devoted to it, hundreds of blog posts, and tips all over. It’s overwhelming.

We’re going to start off easy. Slow. Just try it out and see how it works. Let’s plan for one week. That’s it. 7 days. You still with me? You can do it…Here we go!

  1. Begin by brainstorming a few meals your family loves.

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In an earlier post I made mention of Old School Mom & Pop style hardware stores and the almost mesmerizing appeal the hold for me. Also the fact that they are a dying breed.

As I mentioned, I spent some of my best childhood years being raised in a hardware store that my Dad owned in a tiny town in Eastern Washington State. This was the culmination of a lifelong dream of his and the start of a lifelong obsession for me.

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Well, I did it. I bit the bullet, so to speak.

Entering into this blogging world, I have been perusing other blogs on a daily basis, looking for things I like, things I want to try, and things to inspire me (as well as lots of questions answered!).

One thing that really stood out to me is the whole concept of branding and creating a logo and title that is easily recognizable in multiple facets.

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I love breakfast that looks super complicated. Especially when it’s not.

If you are having a brunch, a bunch of people over, or if it is simply a Sunday morning, this is a great (versatile) breakfast.

I have made this with both puff pastry and with crescent roll dough. Both are good,

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Meal planning. Such a buzzword. There are those who do, and those who don’t. And I suppose those who wish they could.

Guess what? You can {and should!} do it. If you’re still on the fence as to why, let me talk to you for a minute about why it’s the best thing I ever started doing for our family.

1. You’ll save money

This is a biggie. HUGE! Who doesn’t want to save money on their grocery bill?

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Weekly, we do a burger night, and this week, I didn’t have any ground beef ready to use by the time I got home from work.

{Long story, but basically it was one of those days where you feel like you’re playing catch-up from the get go and never actually catch. Up.}

So….I decided to brave it and come up with a way to prepare ground chicken in a way that would keep everyone happy.

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When we booked our Alaska Scouting trip, we decided we wanted to see a little bit of everything. Never having been there, we made the best choices we could with the information we knew. We knew we would head to Anchorage and over to Juneau, but we were unsure how to get back down to the lower 48. Chad, being the Alaska junkie that he is, had read all about the Inside Passage and how spectacular is was.

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There were two things pulling at our heartstrings; the call of the ocean, and the desire to be out backpacking. After much research, we decided to knock one of those Bucket List items off the to-do list and check it out.

The Lost Coast.

Daunting as that sounds, it’s worth the drive,

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Pinterest is just about my most favorite thing to do. I can spend hours perusing great craft ideas, teaching inspiration, and tasty recipes.

I am self-admittedly a little crazy about my boards, I have organized them in the way I like to meal plan. I like to do monthly meal planning, and to do so, I try to stick to a theme per day. Those themes do adjust throughout the year, as the weather can dictate things.

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