Wednesday, March 26, 2008


"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."

author: Elsa Schiapirelli

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bull Shoals Lake

An impressive 71,000 acre lake, situated on Arkansas-Missouri border south of Sundown, Missouri, the Bull Shoals Lake is one lake you should consider for your fishing and camping vacations. For a family fishing vacation, you can choose any water sport you like, bring your water skis, scuba diving equipment, camping gear, fishing tackle, as well as hiking equipment. Swimming is great mid May through September.

The Bull Shoals Lake has numerous boat ramps in both Arkansas and Missouri areas. Fishing is great year round, but the peak action is during March, April and May, for bass, crappie, catfish, and many other species.

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Woodlands, Texas

Family Camping Experience at Camp Ter-Ra-Mont By Mary Connell

Get away without leaving The Woodlands!

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- The Community Associations Parks and Recreation Department wants to help you and your family reconnect with nature at the first annual Camp Ter-Ra-Mont. Enjoy the simple life for a night from Saturday, March 15, to Sunday, March 16, at Terramont Park.
“Families today spend a lot of their time inside,” said Kelly Dietrich, assistant director of parks and recreation. “We want to give grandparents, parents and children the opportunity to play under the stars, have fun and let their imaginations run wild.”
Camp Ter-Ra-Mont participants can choose to make s’mores, gaze at the stars, make and race toboggans, enjoy a night hike or flashlight scavenger hunt, watch for wildlife, play games, watch a movie, make crafts, tell stories around the campfire and much more!
The cost is $100 for a resident family of four, or $110 for a non-resident family of four. Additional family members are $25. Sleeping bags and tents are also available for purchase if needed.
Space is limited to 50 families, so register now! For more information, please visit the Community Association's Web site, and click on CampTer-Ra-Mont, or call 281.210.3950.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Extremely easy Sausage Roll-up

Ingredients: 1 package of Polish sausage cut into 4 links, 1 small bag of hash brown potatoes, 1 small onion, 4 tsps of cooking oil or butter, salt and pepper, 4 pieces of aluminum foil

Directions: Place 1 polish sausage link, 1/4 of the hash browns, 1/4 of the onion, and 1 tsp. of cooking oil or butter in a piece of foil. Fold it over and seal it and place it either on the grill or on the hot coals at the edge of your campfire for about 20 to 30 minutes. When it is done, salt and pepper to taste. Extremely easy and delicious to eat as a main dish.

Ham and Sweet Potato Foil packs

Cube ham and sweet potatoes, combine with 1/2 cubed apple. Place in foil pack, make sure the edges are sealed tight. Place on hot coals for 1/2 hour, turning every 15 minutes. Apples give moisture to the recipe instead of butter and it adds sweetness.

This amount feeds 1 - 2 people, double recipe for more people. Preparation time approximately 5 - 30 minutes.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Air Travel-UK to USA

Th EU has backed an Open Skies deal with the US. The unanimous vote by EU transport ministers will liberalise trans-atlantic aviation, easing restrictions on travel between Europe and the US. The deal may still collapse, however, over the US's usual protectionist stance on foreign ownership of US companies. They are insisting on a minimum of 75 percent US ownership of all US airlines. Should the deal go ahead, it could herald a new era of cheap trans-atlantic flights. It's a sad irony of US government ignorance that enforcing 75 percent US ownership could destroy some US airlines altogether if cheaper airlines can get a foothold on the lucrative transatlantic routes.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Didn't I promise you a photo of "Fred" the Pheasant?

Here is the photo of "Fred" the Pheasant we feed daily. He is beautiful and arrives every morning about 8:30 - 9:00 for his breakfast. My husband feeds him his corn breakfast and the other birds wait their turn. We are extremely interested in birds of all varieties, and we live out in the country where wild birds thrive. We are "bird watchers" who love to see how many different species we can find on a given day, week, or month.