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It's been an interesting month... 
Sep. 21, 2011 12:14 pm 
Updated: Oct. 24, 2011 5:55 pm

September has been B-U-S-Y!!! 

The first week, college classes were already in session from the end of August. Three of my classes are on the main campus, which is about an hour or so from home (my other class is in town, 25 minutes away).  I’ve been enjoying nice motorcycle rides to and from class, but leaving at 8:15AM means as cooler autumn weather sets in and my warmer riding gear is maxed out, I’ll have to park the bike and take my rather-neglected car.

Aside from busy class loads, we started the month off with my husband’s step-sister visiting with her 2 year old.  That little girl is so adorable we just could not help but to spend loads of time playing with her!  It really got my husband and I wanting our own (SOON!!!).  They left on a Tuesday, and then DH and I went camping later that week.

Camping was quite the little adventure of its own…

I wanted to do something a little different this time but at the same locale (MacKerricher State Park in Mendocino Calif.-SOOO BEAUTIFUL!).  The campground has a handful of walk-in sites: you park your vehicle at the bathroom/showers and walk down a path to these private tent sites, some surrounded by blackberry bushes, and one even has an ocean view.

I called to find out they don’t take reservations for the walk-in sites, but I’ve learned from experience that they are not top picks.  I guess most people like the open campground setting.  My husband and I packed the Blazer with our camping totes, sleeping bags, tent and cooler and off we were.  After two hours, we got to the park and drove around to pick our site only to find the section of the campground that includes the walk-in sites had been closed just a few days prior; it had been closed for cost reasons. That really pissed DH and I right off.  State parks are one of the few ways we citizens have to connect with nature and the great outdoors and I believe that is a lot more important than many people realize.  Of course, we were going to make the best of it.  Sadly, there was only had one section of the campground even open.  We selected the next best spot we could find and, well, set up camp. 

We ended up having a fantastic time!  We did a lot of walking around the campground and the cliffs and tide pools, we even flew a kite!  We enjoyed some delish camp food (unlike the last camping trip-read my previous blog about motorcycle camping): ham steak with baked ‘taters and my own lemon-pepper zucchini, ham and eggs with veggies, creamy clam chowder in bread bowls, kielbasa with peppers and onions over rice, fresh blackberry pancakes, and Madras Lentils with grilled naan bread. 

It was all fantastic until my camera disappeared. I was going to grab it and go take a picture of the sunset, but I couldn’t find it.  I had it in just 3 different places all day: my back pocket, on my wrist with a strap, or in a little backpack.  I tried to remember the last time I had it but couldn’t.  We had walked so much that day, it could have been anywhere, and the tide had already rolled it.  Adrenaline just hit me and I started running, retracing my steps the best I could since the tide had risen.  I went as far until the point that I needed to turn back to fight darkness.  Luckily, I had thought to grab a flashlight before I left, but even so, I wasn’t about to stumble off a cliff into the ocean over a camera.  I ran back to the campsite; it was dark when I got there and my husband had started the fire.  My legs were killing me from all the walking all day and then running the path a second time!  I was frustrated because I am not an irresponsible person, but knew I needed to accept that the camera was probably gone.  We left our information with the park ranger as we checked out, just in case.

Amazingly, the park called stating someone had found and turned in our camera!  They got it in the mail for me and I was ecstatic to find it still worked and all the pictures were on it.  I figured it must have not made it into my bag when I took it out of my back pocket to sit on a bench.  We had walked in some pretty obscure areas so I feel lucky it was found!  I am very grateful to the honest stranger turned it in-thank you, thank you!

After camping, I had a little less than a week to prepare for my first Human Biology exam.  We were getting new material right up until the exam, with no review!  I’m not the best test-taker and there was A TON of information to remember so I studied hard.  Sometimes professors let you bring a note card or have some way to give you a little confidence for your weak areas, but no luck of that sort here.  Hopefully I did OK; I feel like I got a B+ or an A-.  I’ve had fairly easy classes thus far in my college career, so I’m playing a game with myself to see how long I can keep my 4.0. My husband, sweet as he is, is positive I aced this.  We’ll see…

And I am so awfully behind on my Allrecipe Allstars activities!  We received these lovely samples of Hidden Valley Ranch to do some activities this month and I made Out Of This World Pasta Salad as soon as I got my camera back!  Check it out for my review and photo, along with the reviews and photos of many of the other Allstars.

September sure has been a busy month thus far, and it’s not over yet!  Can’t wait to see what else is in store, and I hope to be a more active Buzzer again soon, as well as get back on track with the Allstars too!

[I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Lissa's Food Blog-Eating for Health and Happiness! The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of *~Lissa~*.]

our Campsite
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Me & the Seaweed
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DH flies my kite for a little while
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Clam Chowda Breadbowls
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The camera could have been anywhere
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Sep. 21, 2011 12:25 pm
Nice post, good pics. I especially like the spooky quality of you and the seaweed, look at the beach behind you. Way cool. Hmm, snagged the recipe (never added 3-color peppers to pasta salad before), and oh, yeah. Glad you got your camera back, but I'm not surprised. I've found most people want to do the right thing, and do. Now I'm off to read about your previous camping trip, lol.
Sep. 21, 2011 12:30 pm
I'm back from reading your last entry. No cooler? No stove? No way!
Sep. 21, 2011 2:55 pm
Nice blog - I am so glad that you got your camera back. Funny - I just had a conversation with my grandkids - one of their friends found a I-Touch at the park. I said to turn it into the parks dept. They said - nobody would think to call the Parks Dept. I will share your story with them, as proof! Good luck and let us know how your exam went. I am sure you did great.
Sep. 21, 2011 8:39 pm
Lucylove, it's nice to know people DO the right thing. Sometimes people can be so rude or mean to each other! Your second post made the chuckle, lol!
Sep. 21, 2011 8:41 pm
Thanks, B'Nana, I will let you know! And do share the story! You never know!
Sep. 22, 2011 5:24 am
Lissa looks like a lot of fun. My husband and I did a lot of tent camping in our younger will treasure the memories. You are so lucky someone turned in your camera...thank goodness there are still honest people out there. Great photos...thanks for sharing...I love camping photos.
Sep. 22, 2011 6:07 am
Glad you got the camera back. Nice to read your camping blog.
Sep. 22, 2011 3:03 pm
Hi Sherri, yes, I feel very lucky and thankful for the honest people! And yay for camping! Thanks for reading!
Sep. 22, 2011 3:03 pm
Hi there Cat Hill, thanks for stopping by!
Oct. 23, 2011 6:17 pm
HAHa, found it, finally. Check out all the nice comments. Sure did enjoy your photos, looked like such an awesome day!!!!!!!
Oct. 24, 2011 5:55 pm
Thanks Velyn! Nice to 'see' you on here, lol!
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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Skillet dinners, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, cookies, brownies, quick breads, Italian, Asian, mac & cheese, mushroom or broccoli Alfredo, pie-especially apple, pear and chicken pot pie, pork in the crock pot for carnitas or BBQ pulled pork.
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My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
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It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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