About Camille

Hello! Welcome to Growing Up Gabel - I am so glad you are here! This is the place where I share recipes, crafts, DIY projects and real family life. I hope you will follow me on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter! Just use the icons at the top of the page!

The other night I ran across a peanut butter no bake cookie recipe on Pinterest.  (Are you on Pinterest? I love it! You can follow my boards  (or click on the button to the right) but be careful — it’s like falling in to the rabbit hole once[…]

My first experience with yarn crafting was when I was in upper elementary school.  I joined a 4-H club (4-H is a BIG DEAL in Michigan) where I learned to sew, cross stitch, bake, crochet and do other various crafts.  In fact, I think we called our group[…]

During the summer we have an over abundance of eggplant, which I love, but have a hard time finding good eggplant recipes.  Eggplant marinara is a great summer dish that tastes like eggplant Parmesan but without the frying.  Feel free to use homemade marinara when making this! Over[…]

Marinara Sauce Recipe

A basic homemade marinara sauce is easy to make at home! No need to buy the jars in the store.  Serve this on spaghetti, use to make pizza sauce or try it in an easy lasagna recipe. Growing up my mother always made what we called spaghetti sauce,[…]

We purchased our town home just over two years ago.  The town home is only about 6 years old (an old house in Las Vegas is about 25-30 years old!) so aside from some shoddy construction and corner cutting made by the builder, our home is in pretty[…]

I came across Busy Bags a few months ago from the blog Unsolicited Advice.  Busy Bags are simply an activity for your child to do that is contained in a bag (or large envelopes would work, too).  The idea is that the kids can pull out an activity[…]

We homeschool our children so I hadn’t thought much about first day of school pictures since they won’t be going anywhere.  But my mom took them of us every year and I think it’s important to at least snap a quick photo to commemorate another year.  I think[…]

We had this soup for dinner the other night.  It was 104 degrees outside.  But I really missed eating soup! So we did.  In fact, we cooked the meatballs in the grill. I didn’t like the meatball recipe I used.  I usually use this recipe and I love[…]


A no cook, at home version of sashimi salmon is one of our favorite summer meals! Salmon is sliced and marinated and served with rice and cole slaw for a cool summer meal.   This recipe is for all you sushi lovers!  We love, love sushi around here. […]

The minute I saw these, I knew I had to have them!  We have got a TON of books because I have a hard time not buying books for the kids because I want them to love to read. You should see my Amazon.com Wishlist!  I’ve always liked[…]