Friday, September 23, 2016

Self Portrait @ 42...

Keeping up with tradition means posting a picture of myself as I start my 42nd year on this great planet. Glasses are definitely a part of my everyday life...and not just reading glasses...the full-on trifocal variety. I secretly love them. I am also the proud owner of prescription sunglasses and cheap reading glasses for use before bed. I am officially juggling a lot of spectacles! Other than that I still rely on my Beauty Counter regimen to keep my skin looking as young as possible and hang out with my cool kids as often as possible to keep me young at heart. I am constantly cooking, writing and creating and could not be happier to have settled into my forties with ease.
Happy birthday to me!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Klassy Kamping 2016...

We've lost count of how many times we've been camping with our framily (friends who are like family), but this was one of our best ever Klassy Kamping adventures. The weather was simply perfect; days in the upper 70's and nights in the upper 50's is ideal for tent camping. This year I had to head up on my own on Friday because Finn had a soccer game on Saturday afternoon. I pitched the tents, cooked dinner and slept like a dream before waking up on Saturday morning to start a fire, make some coffee and cook my very own breakfast.  I felt like a real wilderness woman!
 "campfire breakfast scramble"
"early morning visitors"
 After breakfast we all gathered to hang out at the Pfour's site for a little hair braiding, bourbon, and banter. Kids hung out in the hammock and we all basically lounged around until the ladies decided to venture to Walmart to pick up a few necessities.
"boys hanging around"
 "a trio of lovely ladies"
 "quality sips"
 I was perfectly attired for a trip to Walmart-flip flops, PJ's and big ole purse-and when I added a $5 camouflage "ladies" hat to the mix I ended up being mistaken for a local at the Walmart check out. To say this tickled my friends is a total understatement!
 In the afternoon Amy and I took all the girls to the Iowa County fair in Mineral Point, WI. We checked out loads of adorable animals, went for a whirl on several rides and enjoyed some fair worthy fare. It was a glorious way to spend an afternoon!






 After our whirlwind afternoon at the fair we headed back to camp to wait for Leif and Finn to arrive. They made it just in time for our traditional Frito Pie in a Bag dinner and loads of 
late night conversation! I liked having them join me; my solo night was fun, but I missed sharing a tent with my favorite boys.



 We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning and enjoyed a group meal...breakfast burritos and and batch of Leif's bloody marys. These are two Klassy Kamping traditions that should never be tampered with and I must say this may have been Leif's best batch of bloody mary's ever! We load up our burritos with scrambled eggs, bacon, black beans, guacamole, salsa, sour cream and cheese; it is one of my favorite meals of the year! 


 After breakfast we all headed out on a drive through the hills to visit New Glarus Brewery for our annual beer tasting and then headed to some of our favorite local shops before settling in for a pizza lunch at Sugar River Pizza. Leif was particularly happy because he got to order a taco pizza...one of his all time favorites, but not one of mine.  So being in a crowd full of folks justified indulging in a childhood favorite...he was borderline giddy about that darn pizza!


 Following our outing a bunch of the kids went swimming while a few adults stayed back to start preparing dinner. El made a big batch of her famous cowboy beans and we served them over potatoes we had baked in the fire. It was a delicious way to end a fabulous weekend!

Crock Pot Cowboy Beans
½ pound ground beef
 1 medium onion, diced
½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans
1 (15 ounce) can butter beans
1 (15 ounce) can pork and beans
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup BBQ sauce
2 T yellow mustard
2 teaspoons chili powder
Salt and Black Pepper

Instructions
In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and onions until the meat is no longer pink; drain.
Drain all of the beans except for the can of pork and beans.  Combine the beans, cooked ground beef and onions, and remaining ingredients to your crock pot.
Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
Cheers until next year!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Klassy Kamping 2016 Portraits

 The Whole Klassy Kamping Gang
 Team Tillotson
 The Trio Kralj
 The Frigs
 3/4 of the Elsmo Four
 The P Four
 The Kiddos
The Screw Top Ladies
The Gents
Still missing our girl while we are on  this camp out.

Shamrockin'...


Monday, August 29, 2016

First Day of Second Year...

My girl and her beautiful friends are not too old for a first day of school picture.
I think sophomore year already looks good on her!

A Glimpse of my Favorite Shamrock...

 Thanks to Varsity Views for capturing these great shots of my Shamrock!


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