Utah Book Month ~ Author Spotlight Mark Hansen @theoutdoorcook

This month is Utah Book Month, and now that the entire month has pretty much gotten away from me, I wanted to take a quick second to feature a Utah author with some fantastic cookbooks, Mark Hansen.   I’m always on the lookout for new camping recipes, and I like Mark’s books for Dutch ovens. He has one that’s Black Pot for Beginners and Best of the Black Pot and Around the World in a Dutch Oven.   I forgot to use the “black pot” this weekend while we were up at Starvation, but it’s on the list for next time. We have a volcano that I’ve been dying to try. It’s basically a propane version of the hot coals.   Have you used a Dutch oven? What’s your favorite recipe? Do you use a volcano or the old-fashioned fire?   For more Utah Book Month details, check out the full schedule HERE   Share...

CHIHUAHUA MOMMA by @amyjarecki ~ Cover Reveal

CHIHUAHUA MOMMA COVER REVEAL I’m so excited to get to show you guys the cover for my critique partner (and best buddy!) Amy Jarecki’s new contemporary romance, Chihuahua Momma! Turquoise Morning Press will release it in eBook the week of July 28th, and the paper back will be available in early September. WAHOO!     In the frenetic world of canine pageants like Westminster, where dog hair flies and personalities diverge, Rebecca Lee remains in a cocoon of loneliness. Widowed, with two teenaged kids and a business to run, Rebecca would rather mow through five-hundred poodle cuts than think about dating. But when former quarterback Matt Johnson shows up to buy a Chihuahua, his irresistible grin rocks her world—until Matt’s ex decides she wants him back and Rebecca’s daughter decides she’s against her mom dating. Rebecca now has a choice—crawl back into her realm of dogs or fight for the powerful love that fills her soul. What do you think of that awesome cover? Follow Amy: Twitter Facebook Blog Amazon Goodreads     Share...

Lightning Rider Excerpt ~ Heroes and Heartbreakers

Exclusive! I know, I know. More Lightning Rider  :) Camping season is coming, and I have some great remodel pics of the trailer to show you guys, but in the meantime, I’m so excited about having an exclusive over at Heroes and Heartbreakers. They have the first 2 chapters up! Thanks for putting up with me. Only a few more weeks.   Share...

RV Remodel ~ Because it’s Not Just a Trailer

It’s Our Home.  RV Kitchen Backsplash Upgrade Um… You all know that I have a bit of a distraction problem *squirrel!!* On a rainy weekend when I was supposed to be cleaning the trailer, I couldn’t stop frowning at our boring wallboard that is about as lame and builder-grade as they come. But I wasn’t sure what I could do about it, or if I could even paint over it. I did some research to see if anyone had ever done it before and (got distracted) and found this killer backsplash in an RV where they’d used regular house tile and grout to make this look stunning. It looks so cute, but I was worried about all the goat trails we go on and that we’d end up bouncing the tiles right off. (It’s not like we ever end up in a regular campground!) Then I found this backsplash: it’s PAINT! No, really!! Click that link to see how she did it. Armed with some serious excitement, (and while hubs thought I was busy cleaning :) I ran to Home Depot, and grabbed some supplies to get started. Drywall mud Drywall mud spatula Drywall sandpaper 220 Grit sandpaper Paintbrushes and sponges — assorted sizes Kilz primer (in the color you want your grout lines) Assorted colors of acrylic craft paint (I used the little bottles from Hobby Lobby) Paper plates Thin painters tape (Gorilla or Frog) Rulers and Levels To prep the (standard issue RV) wallboard: Sand the existing walls (I used 220 grit). Be sure to get the edges really good! If you don’t then the top layer of paint will...

Hashimoto’s and Our Family

When I was pregnant with Walker, I was diagnosed with a thyroid issue. At the time, I thought it was just one of those “pregnancy issues.” It wasn’t. When my Ob-Gyn couldn’t get my thyroid levels balanced she sent me to an Endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Disease–an auto-imune situation that makes my body attack my thyroid. (there’s more to it than that, but you get the idea) Since my thyroid regulates every system in my body…kind of a big deal. Six years later, I’m now finding out there are ways to manage the flare-ups with diet, so we’re about to begin a serious life-altering journey this Thursday. One of the holes I’ve always had in my survival prep is medication. My dependency on my thyroid meds has troubled me for a long time. Hopefully six months from now, I’ll have a few more options…kind of excited to see where this journey takes us. What about you? Are there medications/medical issues that affect your ability to prep for long periods? How have you managed them? Share...