Travel Arizona Tombstone

A Day Trip To Tombstone

If you are a fan of the wild, wild west, you’ve most certainly heard of Tombstone. A few years ago we set out to explore Arizona a little deeper and check out all the things that make Arizona unique. Here I give you a little glimpse into Tombstone Arizona. Three hours SE of where we live in Queen Creek.Travel Arizona Tombstone

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Teens Happen

7 Unavoidable Teen Happenings

It’s true, everything they say about how scary the teen years are… well, it’s all true. Can someone please tell me how I can fast forward through these head spinning, nose clogging, round the clock grocery shopping, night mare inducing teen years?? The warnings are valid for both girls and boys, teens happen. Girls are extra dramatic, hyper sensitive, know-it-alls. Boys are stinky, reckless, binge eating, hairy buffoons. I am living this teen crazed life as we speak. I have three teens, one girl and two boys. And I have two more boys to go. What was I thinking?? Why didn’t anyone try to stop me? Well I’m in it now, so I want to share with you some untold truths about teens. You may read things, or try things, and think its going to save you some hardships down the slippery slopes of teen mountain… Those things won’t help. You can try, but they really won’t shape the teen years ahead as you’d like it to.

Here are 7 unavoidable teen happening. Because the real truth is, Teens Happen.

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The Patio Feast

Last November I launched a little pop up dinner I call The Patio Feast. It was something that had been rolling around in my head for sometime and I was finally ready to put it out there. Like anything new, it takes time to grow. This was my recent Patio Feast on the Homestead. My future home site. If you are interested in attending or hosting the next Patio Feast please email me at or you can follow along my Instagram Page The Patio Feast In the meantime, here are some a few photos from our 03/30/2019 dinner.

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Travel Arizona Christopher Creek, Payson

Christopher Creek Campgrounds, Northern Arizona

It’s hard to believe it took my husband and I nearly 14 years together to finally go camping. I am going to start sharing our family travels in this new Travel Trip Tuesday series. We have been a lot of places especially all over AZ. To kick it off I am taking you back to our first family camping trip to Christopher Creek in Payson, AZ. TRAVEL ARIZONA Christopher Creek, Payson.

If you aren’t the camping type and you’re really considering it. I am going to share my best tip for camp fire cooking. Along with a easy dinner you can make where everyone is hands on!

About Christopher Creek

With it’s high elevation of 5640 ft, you will definitely enjoy the fresh crisp air. Christopher Creek is a part of the Tonto National Forrest, known for it’s tall beautiful trees and it’s low desert canyon creek and near by fishing and swimming holes. There is plenty to do such as hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Or you could just set up a hammock between a few trees and unwind in all of it’s natural glory.

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La Campagna Homestead

Queen Creek, AZ Homestead

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a nearby homestead called La Campagna, run by two really kind and generous people, Lauren and Frank Infurna. It was actually an instagram contact turned friend that posted some photos to her stories about a great market stand, already loving that I had found a new market to visit, my IG friend then posted a picture holding a piglet, the same breed that we are planning to raise when we have our own homestead! SOLD! I had to go check this place out, visit pigs, and see what kind of goodies that had for me. Boy was I impressed with their entire operation. La Campagna Homestead.

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German Pickled Purple Cabbage

An easy homestead recipe for purple cabbage

If you love purple cabbage like I do, you’re going to love this easy German pickled purple cabbage recipe. Purple cabbage is a pretty easy cabbage to grow. Although I have only grown it once, it wasn’t much upkeep at all. Since they are smaller than your typical green cabbage you can grow about 25% more than green cabbage.

Great recipe for the homesteader that needs to use up their crops but also for those that just want to try something new in canning!

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Basil Pesto from the Garden

simple basil pesto from the garden you can make at home

Simple Basil Pesto you can make at home

I have been growing basil in my garden for about 10 years now and it was only about 5 years ago it occurred to me that I should make pesto. I mean, I used to buy it in the store all the time! This Basil Pesto from the Garden recipe is gunna have you running out to start your herb garden in no time!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Brewing Kombucha at Home

It’s simple, just make your own Kombucha

Kombucha really seems to be trending, it’s so funny to me how that happens in the food world. Remember chia seeds? Remember when recipes seemed to be all about sweet potatoes? Yeah, food has trends too. I haven’t been brewing Kombucha for long, I suppose it’s been about 2 years now. And honestly folks, it’s so easy. A little smelly and odd looking, but I’ll tell you it’s an excellent conversation starter when folks come to visit. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should be brewing kombucha at home.

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Garlic Oil Roasted Cherry tomatoes

The tastiest way to eat cherry tomatoes!

I fell in love with roasting cherry tomatoes about 10 years ago. Having gone to a produce rescue, I needed an easy recipe to use up over 20 lbs of tomatoes. About half of that was some sort of cherry tomato variety. Since I have a love of all things roasted, this was a great way to use them and store them for a longer period of time. You are going to love these simple garlic oil roasted cherry tomatoes too!

One way I have improved this recipe over the years was by using flavored or infused olive oils!  My favorite oil to use in this recipe currently is from my local Olive Mill. They have a huge selection of oils and other products such as stuffed olives, tapenades, and even beauty products! They make great gifts and we like to shop there around the holidays.

Go check them out, Queen Creek Olive Mill

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4 DIY Spice Mixes

4 DIY Spice Mixes you will always find in my cabinet.

I started mixing my own spices about 2 years ago when I ran out of Italian seasoning mix. If you know me, you know that I am quite the spice collector. So I took to the Goog (google) to hunt down a recipe, and sure enough, I had everything I needed. So I am sharing 4 DIY spice mixes I have modified over the years that you’ll ALWAYS find in my cabinet.



I use this mix the most. Because Many of the ingredients are larger flakes, I like to run this mixture through my coffee grinder to make it a finer powder. Mostly because I hate giant rosemary in my dishes. I use this in our homemade spaghetti sauces, many Italian dishes, and often on top of vegetables I am roasting.

3 TB Parsley flakes

3 TB Dried basil

2 1/2 TB Dried Oregano

1 TB Garlic powder

1 tsp Rosemary

1tsp Thyme

1/4 tsp Black pepper


Well this one is pretty obvious, I use this for all types of tacos such as: chicken, beef, fish, & shrimp. It will go well with your vegetarian options as well. And if you want to omit the sugar you certainly can! I like the sweetness though.

2 tsp Chili powder

2 tsp Ground Cumin

2 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp Cayenne

1/2 tsp Black pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Oregano

2 TB Brown sugar


This is another one on my favorites. It’s smoky flavor fills your dishes with a deep deliciousness. I love using this as a rub on chicken breast then blackening it over an extra hot oily skillet. It is also great to add to an alfredo sauce or even to a rice.

2 tsp Garlic powder

1 1/4 tsp Oregano

1 1/2 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Smoked paprika

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp Cayenne

3/4-1 tsp Red pepper flakes

Seasoned Salt

A versatile spice for practically everything. I use this in just about every soup, stew, chili, on meats, and my absolute favorite – on some warm buttery ramen noodles. I don’t use the seasoning the ramen comes with, my kids call that version “Mama Ramen“.

2 TB Salt

1 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Paprika (regular -not smoked)

1/2 tsp Ground Mustard

1/2 tsp Turmeric