Paige Falls/Broadwater Hollow

Just as you come into Compton, Arkansas from the north, turn onto the dirt road opposite the fire station to get to Paige Falls in Broadwater Hollow. It is a bit of a drive down this road and it can be a bit rough, but I promise, you will not regret it. The falls start … Continue reading Paige Falls/Broadwater Hollow

Brownies: Scratch VS Box

I love to make brownies and recently, I wondered if given a choice would people like box or scratch brownies better. I made a batch of both and took them to work and asked people to choose which they liked best. Early on, it was dead even and next thing I know, it was 8 … Continue reading Brownies: Scratch VS Box

Richland Creek Wilderness-Camping, Hiking & Backpacking

If you are looking for a great place to head outdoors in Northern Arkansas, consider the Richland Creek area. For day hikers or backpackers, you can camp in the campground and day hike to Richland Falls, Twin Falls and even Sandstone Castle or you can hike in and camp. The trails to Richland Falls and … Continue reading Richland Creek Wilderness-Camping, Hiking & Backpacking

Macarons for the first time

My granddaughters and I watch cooking and baking shows together all the time. We talk about all the things we want to make and this past weekend we had the chance to try macarons for the first time. First, though, how fun is it to say "macarons?" That is part of the draw-you get to … Continue reading Macarons for the first time

Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is like potato salad. There are a million recipes. I could eat my version of chicken salad for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And, it is so easy to put together. I like to make a batch of chicken salad on Sunday (my prep for the coming week day) to have for lunches. I … Continue reading Chicken Salad

Lasagna

My granny was Italian and growing up, every Sunday after church, we would go to her house for traditional lunch of pasta, ravioli, meatballs, and Italian sausage. From a young age, I loved the seasonings and flavors of Italian cuisine. Because my granny made the pasta, ravioli and sauce, I found myself leaning more towards … Continue reading Lasagna

Backpacking Bear Creek, Arkansas

Tucked beautifully in a canyon in Arkansas is Bear Creek, a creek that has many waterfalls that snake their way from canyon ridges over moss covered rocks and downed tree limbs to the canyon floor below. It just took one overnight backpacking trip here and I was hooked. We start out parking at a turnout … Continue reading Backpacking Bear Creek, Arkansas

Gooey Butter Cake Bars

Gooey butter cake bars. Just the words conjure up happy thoughts of a sweet delicious dessert straight from the oven, ooey, gooey cake bars with the perfect crust that crumbles in your mouth and mixes with the flavors to make an instant party in your mouth. It's like fireworks on the 4th of July exploding … Continue reading Gooey Butter Cake Bars

On a hit summer night would you………..

Well, yes, we would.... have an amazing healthy dinner with some of our very good friends and then head to the lake for an evening boat ride. It was an incredible evening to be on the lake. There were hardly any other boats out and with the moon coming into full, I just couldn't get … Continue reading On a hit summer night would you………..

Homemade Taco Seasoning

In this age of more health conscious eating, one aspect that I have found most appealing is making my own seasonings and sauces. My first endeavor in this was making my own taco seasoning. A bit skeptical at first, I looked at several recipes and found the most common ingredients and the result was a … Continue reading Homemade Taco Seasoning