About Camille

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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[…]

This summer we have been attending the early service on Sunday morning at our church. We had get 5 people up, showered, dressed, fed and out the door by 8:30 AM. Some of you are rolling on the floor laughing as you think about getting all 5 of[…]

I don’t particularly love ranch salad dressing, but there are certain times when a salad demands it.  For instance, I really like a tossed salad with ranch dressing when I eat pizza.  So I definitely wanted to have a homemade version ready to go when I wanted it. […]

I decided to make this baked french toast for breakfast on Christmas morning.  I wanted something quick and easy with very little prep work that was still “special” enough for Christmas.  This dish was amazing! My kids are still asking for this for breakfast!  We ate this for[…]