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I’ve decided being a camp cook for a summer is sort of like running a marathon.  With only two weeks left, I guess this would be the last lap.  The exhaustion has set in, but there is an excitement and anticipation in seeing that finish line so close ahead!  I haven’t been feeling the greatest for the past few days, so thankfully, my dear friend Sue has been doing all the hard work in the kitchen while I’ve been resting up.  Today, though, I’m going to try to see if my muscles will hold me up for the day and head back to work.

Before I go, though, I wanted to share some of my favorite things I’ve discovered online while I’ve been basking in the quiet of home.

Months ago, I signed up for this course on Simplified Graphic design.  Then, I proceeded to spend nearly every waking moment in the camp kitchen!  So, I finally took the time to go through the videos.  I just loved it!  Emily walks you through each step so carefully, and as she taught, I “practiced” along.  The end result was this:


In the course of that little creative activity, I did a lot of searching for new fonts.  I know that might sound silly to some of you, but I’m crazy for fonts!  My Graphic Design Pinterest board has more fun fonts than you can even imagine…

I also discovered, like many things in life, that I tend to have expensive taste in the font department.  As I perused the options, I found that many of them were fonts that needed to be paid for.  My most alarming discovery was when one of them cost $695!!  Oh, gracious!  I had no idea that letters could cost so much…

In other favorite things, I found this house yesterday that I love very much.

dream house

The colors, the accessories, the easy breezy coastal feel…  Ahh…I just might study those pictures and “copy” what I can!

And, if you need a little laugh today, this article on brutally honest notes kids have written made my son and I laugh til’ we cried yesterday. 

Now I must get myself together and head on up to the kitchen.  Today shouldn’t be too bad.

It’s meatball subs for lunch and ham and scalloped potatoes for supper…

for only 158.;)

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Onions and Cookies

July 25, 2014

Obviously, my “picture a day” idea broke down rather quickly.

picture a day 2

I got the pictures taken, but didn’t have the brain power to put any words together to describe them.  My husband encouraged me to just post the pictures, but they seem to need a bit of explanation.

For example, if I didn’t explain, you’d probably wonder why Melissa is sporting goggles in this picture:

melissa and goggles

{Isn’t it cute?}  We had lots of laughs over the fact that when our star chopper of the week (Julia) chopped onions, Melissa would cry!

chopping onions

The goggles solved that problem, and Julia could chop away!  The other lady in that picture (on the right) is Ann, who traveled all the way from Kamloops, BC to help in the kitchen this week.  It was such a joy and incredible help to have her.  {And, she’s a blogger, too!  You can find her blog here.}

The saying “many hands make light work” is oh, so true in a camp kitchen.  The other “hands” that helped in our kitchen this week were these:

sue and laurel

Laurel’s & Sue’s.  It smells awful good in the kitchen the day that Sue comes to do the baking for the week.  Here’s a sample of what it looks like after she works her magic…

baking day

Texas brownies,


raspberry coffee cake, and…


1500 cookies!!  {Literally!} 

You may be wondering who we were cooking for this week.  It was these little cuties:

day camp registration

85 Day Campers (grades 1-6) +35 Ranch Campers +35 CITS + 45 staff. (= 200)

The campers head home this afternoon and a new bunch will arrive on Sunday…

and we’ll start all over again!:)

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Fresh Garden Produce

July 22, 2014

Just past the second cattle guard and across from the office building is our camp garden. It’s been here for a very, very long time and is lovingly looked after by long time staff members Les and Joyce Fodor. It’s such a treat to be able to use things in the camp kitchen that come […]

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Cleaning the Cooler Day

July 21, 2014

One of my most favorite things in the kitchen is cleaning the cooler day. I know it sounds strange, but I admit I am, so it’s all good!:) I’ve learned that this job can be really quite easy when done on a regular basis, or quite dreadfully awful if left for too long… We pick […]

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Sunday Roast Beef {for 200}

July 20, 2014

As I mentioned yesterday, this little home decor blog is going to take a bit of a diversion as I spend the summer cooking at our camp kitchen.  The days are pretty full, but I thought it might be kind of fun to try to blog about 1 (or 2) pictures a day from the […]

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Updates from My Camera Lens

July 19, 2014

Hi friends! Oh, how I miss spending time with you. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that I wrote that I was finished cooking for the camp. Alas, my time of refreshment was short-lived ~ two weeks to be exact. Then…back in the camp kitchen I was needed… My days are crazy busy […]

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Bathroom Storage Jars with Folkart Chalk

June 19, 2014

{Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post with product from Folkart.  However, all opinions and mistakes I made while using this product are as honest as the day is long.} When your main bathroom is approximately the size of a postage stamp, you start to get mighty creative when it comes to storage.  As we’ve […]

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Bathroom Decor Using Folkart Chalk

June 17, 2014

{Disclaimer:  I was compensated for this post with product from Folkart.  However, my love for their products isn’t conjured up.  All opinions and reviews are honest ones, and if they’d like to give me a lifetime supply, I’d keep on using it gladly!;)} Remember that bathroom renovation I’ve been working on? Well, I’m still working […]

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When it’s Time to Let it Go…

June 16, 2014

For the past 9 months, I’ve been working at a job I never dreamed I’d do. God gently prompted and moved in my heart to fill the role as our camp cook, since there was no one else to do the job. It’s been quite the journey. I’ve discovered lots of things along the way, […]

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Sharpie Doodle Mugs

June 13, 2014

The other day I told you about the process I take in choosing crafts to teach at camp.  Today I want to show you a super simple craft that our campers are loving already! The supplies are quite simple: rubbing alcohol cotton balls cheap, white mugs (I found them at our local “Everything for a […]

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