It’s Camping Season!

We kicked off the camping season with our annual trip to Interlochen State Park. The guys fished almost everyday, at least once a day. We feasted on bluegill three nights!

Hubby and Pops catching dinner!


There’s a mile-long hiking trail at the South Campground. While the guys were out fishing, I headed out to the trail to check it out. It was great to get out and jog/walk a bit. On one of my walk intervals, I heard the leaves crunching. It was a bit louder than the noise the birds make. I don’t know if I was more stunned or the two deer were to see me so close!


Our dog, Chuck, came along! He loves going on trips, but at his age, the heat tires him out fast. He could barely keep his eyes open when I took this photo! The dirt offered the most relief, so he was also very dirty!

He was sooo tired!

What would camping be without a bonfire??



Introducing… Fat Cat Leather


I’ve been wanting to start working with leather for about a year. When my husbands job was cut to 15 hours per week, it seemed the perfect opportunity to start this project.  We started learning about leather, putting together kits, really getting into it, then track season came along he was busy coaching.  Now that summer is here and the 15-hour per week school job is ZERO hours, we are ramping up production and will begin stocking our new Etsy shop in July.

Here are a few of our new items:

And I’ve been making rings! Lightweight, adjustable rings. “To the MOON and BACK” has been a popular phrase. My new favorite is “She Believed She Could So She Did.”


I’m always putting up new items on my website and in my etsy shop. An easy way to keep up with all of it is to sign up for my newsletter. It goes out every Friday and includes the week’s new items!

I hope you have a great week!

Care for your Sterling Silver Jewelry Tip #2

Put these in your jewelry box!


They absorb moisture and are non-toxic. Keeping your jewelry box free of moisture will slow the tarnishing process.

Where do I get them?

Most women probably already know that these little packets come in new purses and tote bags. Many items ordered online also come with these in the packaging.

Tell me…

I’d love to know your tips for keeping your sterling silver jewelry looking new and shiny! Leave a comment or email me

Caring for your Sterling Silver Jewelry

Caring for your Sterling Jewelry

Tip #1:

Jewelry Wipes. For cleaning and removing light tarnish, I love these disposable wipes. They can be found at your local big store jewelry counter. The tarnish will turn the white sheet black and your sterling silver piece will start to look like new again!

Look for the Good Housekeeping seal of approval!

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Mashed Potatoes on Crack

mmmm bacon!

We get our pepper bacon from the local butcher… The Meat Shack.

This bacon was intended for a recipe that I tried… Twice-Baked Potatoes from the Pioneer Woman Cooks.

They’re simple to make and we usually have all the ingredients on hand. Confession… this is the first time I’ve made or eaten twice-baked potatoes. Since I was only feeding hubby and me, I halved the recipe. (Except I forgot to half the sour cream and used a whole cup.)

If you like mashed potatoes on crack, you’ll like this recipe!

8 baking potatoes, scrubbed clean

Canola Oil

8 slices thick-cut bacon, fried

1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter, cut into slices

1 cup sour cream

1/2 cup milk

1/4-1/2 tsp seasoned salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (I used co-jack because that’s what we had)

2 green onions (I used half red onion because that’s what we had)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Rub them with the canola oil and bake for 1 hour, making sure they’re sufficiently cooked through.

Slice the butter into pats. Place in a large mixing bowl and add the bacon bits and sour cream. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Lower the heat to 350 degrees F.

With a sharp knife, cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scrape out the insides into the mixing bowl, being careful not to tear the shell. Leave a small rim of potato intact for support. Lay the hollowed out potato shells on a baking sheet.

Smash the potatoes into the butter, bacon and sour cream. Add the cheese, milk, seasoned salt, green onions and black pepper to taste and mix together well. (IMPORTANT: If you plan to freeze the twice-baked potatoes, do NOT add the green onions.)

Fill the potato shells with the filling. I like to fill the shells so they look abundant and heaping. Top each potato with a little more grated cheese and pop ’em in the oven until the potato is warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes.

For a printable version of this recipe, go to the Food Network.

An Old Member of the Household

Yesterday you met my Keurig, the newest member of our household. Now meet one of my favorite gadgets. It’s like “Hard Boiled Eggs for Dummies.”

I love hard boiled eggs. On a salad. With bacon and mayo. In potato salad. With tuna and mayo. Salt and Pepper.

But I’m NOT Betty Crocker. As a matter of fact, when I want to boil eggs, I have to go get my Betty Crocker cookbook to figure out how to boil the darn things.

This EggCOOKER is so easy to use. I put in as many as 7 eggs in the tray. Pour in the appropriate amount of water. (It comes with a no-brainer cup that tells you how much water to put in depending on how many eggs you are hard OR soft boiling.) And turn it on. The only bad thing about this EggCOOKER is the loud buzzer. I jump out of my skin every time it goes off! But I can be anywhere in the house and hear it.

I’ve found the best way to peel them is to put them in a small strainer right away, run cold water over them and shake them up. This cracks the shells all over. Then I peel them while still running cold water over the eggs.

This kitchen gadget also comes with a tray to poach 4 eggs!

How do you eat your hard boiled eggs??

Love, CathyJayne

New Member of the Household

Meet our newest member of the household!

I don’t shop on QVC often, but happened to be watching when they had the new Keurig at a great price AND it had a ton of k-cups. This new one sells at our local store for $189. I got for $40 cheaper. The k-cups and a filter were included!

I just had gotten to the point of being SICK and TIRED of making coffee every morning!!


This machine is a dream! I can have my favorite flavor, hubby can have his favorite flavor, and it only takes a minute! How did I live without it for so long?

Some kind folks have shared their sources for k-cups. and are just two places I’ve heard of.

So tell me, what’s your favorite flavor and where do you buy your k-cups?

Love, CathyJayne

We Made the Lilacs Bloom

It was the day we laughed so hard
we made the lilacs bloom

I was ten
it was sunny

we were running like peacocks
a game of badminton
happiness all balled up in our hands
shooting out of us in shrieks and bellows

I'm a cat
she declared

and I decided I was too

a beautiful cat
with nothing to do
but chase the wind

they say it whips you in the face
but this isn't how it works
if you run hard enough
the wind bores right into you

I don't remember anything else
except the smell of the beach
sweet as carrot cake
the wind carried the rest away.

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Love, CathyJayne

Pink Hair Rub

I saw this on the Today Show a few weeks ago and wanted to try it! It looks easy to apply and best of all, it washes out. So I ordered pink and blue from Hair Flairs.

It comes with directions and I highly recommend reading and following them! As you’ll see in one of the photos, the rub does flake and make a bit of a mess. It cleaned off the counter and the sink very easily. It seemed to have the same texture as a powder foundation.Image




My buddy Chuck

This is my buddy Chuck. Today was a big day for him! He went to the vet to get his rabies shot and his nails trimmed. He DOES NOT like to have his nails cut!

He was a good boy while in the waiting room. There was some excitement when other dogs came and went. But once in the back area, he became a different dog. Scared and looking for a way out. If he could have, he would’ve jumped out the window in the procedure room. One assistant held him while the other cut his nails. His eyes were so red I was worried he’d have a heart attack or stroke!

But once it was over and he was out of the room and back in the lobby, he was better. He was fine on the car ride and was happy to be home. He even went for another short car ride with me later in the day.

Now that the weather is nicer, we take him almost everywhere with us. Walks and rides are his favorite things! And treats.

As I type this, he is laying on the floor next to me. He’s my buddy.

To keep up with Chuck and his adventures, follow him on his Facebook Page!