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How Our Family Has Gone Home(steadin’)…

How Our Family Has Gone Home(steadin’)…

If you’ve been following our family on social media, you may have noticed a recent influx of posts about homemade food.  That’s because for the past few months, I’ve been on a quest to provide more healthy food options for my family.  Specifically, more  veggies, and less processed food.  It started last fall during Apple-mania week, when I realized how fun it was to cook with local ingredients that are in season.  The next progression was pumpkin and zucchini – and our house began to fill up with healthy breads, oat bars, and fruit butters.  Then some time around Thanksgiving…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Blackberry Biking Bonanza

A Blackberry Biking Bonanza

Our family traditionally celebrates the 4th of July in Winston-Salem with both sets of grandparents.  We have homemade ice cream, ping pong and corn hole tournaments, and of course the biggest, most badass fireworks display in the neighborhood!  As the Crag-Daddy’s parents have gotten bitten by the biking bug in recent years, the past couple of Independence Days have also featured a biking adventure – last year we spent a day on the “rails to trails” system in Virginia’s New River State Park.   So much has changed since then!  Not only has Big C graduated from balance bike to…Read the rest of this entry →

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Reusable Snack Bags Tutorial

Reusable Snack Bags Tutorial

Last week I posted about greener packaging options for food, whether it be in a lunchbox or on the trail.  One of the ideas that got the most feedback were the homemade fabric bags I made to replace all the ziploc bags we were using on climbing/camping trips.  I had several requests for directions on how to make them, and since I certainly don’t plan on selling them, I’m happy to provide you with the “pattern” I went by.  FYI, I use the term “pattern” pretty loosely, as I’m not sure I’ve ever followed an ACTUAL sewing pattern all the…Read the rest of this entry →

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Campsite Cooking (For Those Who Hate to Cook…)

Campsite Cooking (For Those Who Hate to Cook…)

Our family climbs a lot.  And when we climb, we usually camp.  And also eat…a LOT.   In fact, one of my favorite parts of a climbing weekend is sitting around a fire at the end of the day with my family and friends – bellies full of food and hearts full of laughter as we retell highlights from the day’s antics.  But this post is not about hallmark-card sentiments, it’s about food!  So let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the matter…(sorry I couldn’t resist ;)) First of all, let me preface by saying that by no means…Read the rest of this entry →

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8 Tips for Greener, Healthier School Lunches (and GIVEAWAYS!)

8 Tips for Greener, Healthier School Lunches (and GIVEAWAYS!)

It’s back to school time!  Whether you’re anxiously anticipating, or dreading the day, it’s coming soon!  And with a new school year comes a new opportunity to educate your children about healthy lifestyles.  Whether your just looking to expand your repertoire in your already healthy-eater’s lunchbox, or need some ideas for your picky processed food lover, here are some strategies for maximizing nutrition and minimizing empty calories and waste.  1.  REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES:  Keeping your student hydrated is essential for brain function and concentration.  According to Registered Dietitian Kate Geagan, even just 2% dehydration can leave your child feeling sluggish!…Read the rest of this entry →

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