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  • Strawberry ShortcakeStrawberry Shortcake Summer Treat
    In Desserts, In The Kitchen
    Fresh homemade strawberry shortcake One of my favorite memories was my dad in the kitchen creating dishes. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and when money was tight, and there wasn’t a lot of food in the pantry, my Dad could create some masterpieces! Strawberry shortcake was one of those great memories that Dad would create. He would [read more]
  • How To Create A Home Theater
    In Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Enjoy A Night Out! We are all staying home and trying to keep our families healthy and happy. With a little imagination and pulling some items together you can create a “night out” at the movies right in your back yard under the stars. Here’s just how to do that. Find The Space Find a spot in your yard, in your garage, or even the perfect [read more]
  • Sourdough Starter From Scratch
    In Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Have you ever wondered about sourdough starter? I have mentioned before about my family living in the Alaskan Bush and some of our adventures. Some of my best memories are when we were introduced to sourdough pizza crust and waffles from some friends in the village. They of course had a 100 plus year sourdough starter that had been handed down from [read more]
  • Charley’s Buffet Dinner Rolls
    In Breads, In The Kitchen, On The Road
    Charley’s Buffet Dinner Rolls Have you ever been to Charley’s Buffet in Lincoln, Missouri? I had been asked this so many times and decided that I must go check out this place that everyone was talking about. outside of Lincoln, Missouri on a highway that seems to go forever and in the middle of nowhere, you will find Charley’s Buffet. I [read more]
  • DIY Christmas Gifts Repurposing $7.00 Dollar Tree Items: Homemade Soap
    In In The Workshop, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Pumpkin Spice Soap with Coconut Oil and Oatmeal ** This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Dollar Tree Challenge My best friend and I have lately been doing these Dollar Tree Challenges. We set down the rules of the project such as a $10.00 budget from Dollar Tree. You can use your [read more]
  • Rustic Pumpkins
    In In The Workshop, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Fall is my favorite season! The decor in my house is rustic lodge style, with of course moose antlers, evergreen trees and pine cones. I wanted to do something that was a little more fall harvest style without buying actual pumpkins. These little rustic pumpkins are made from supplies that you probably already have in your house and craft supplies. Supply [read more]
  • Keto Low-Carb Pumpkin Spice Donuts
    In Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, In The Kitchen, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Keto Pumpkin Donuts Fall has arrived and I wanted to create a Keto Pumpkin Donut for everyone out there that is following the Keto way of eating and wanted to enjoy some pumpkin flavored treats! These donuts are light, fluffy and do not taste low-carb or that you are missing out on anything. They come in at only 3 net carbs each donut! So go ahead and have [read more]
  • Ozark Honey Whiskey Bread Pudding with Cream Sauce
    In Desserts, In The Kitchen, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Bread Pudding with whiskey and cranberries is a perfect fall treat. It’s Fall Y’all! Yes, the days of fall have finally arrived. This is my favorite time of the year! The weather is beautiful, the fall colors are hanging on the trees and it is right before the holidays! It seems that most people migrate to more comfort foods in the fall and I [read more]
  • Road Trip To Drummond Ranch – Pioneer Woman
    In On The Road, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Kitchen at Drummond Ranch Lodge It finally happened…I turned 50. So what does a 50 year old blogger want to do? Well go to Pawhuska, Oklahoma of course! This was on my list of places to travel outside of the Ozarks and experience. The Drive Driving to Pawhuska, Oklahoma is about a 4 hour drive from where we are here in the Ozarks. We started out early [read more]
  • Do You Remember Peach Nehi?
    In On The Road, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Scott’s Iconium Store Known for their Peach Nehi Floats Have you ever had Peach Nehi? Or do you remember peach Nehi? Don’t know what I am talking about? Let me give you a little history of it. History of Nehi Soda Wikipedia tells us that Nehi (pronounced “knee-high”) is a flavored soft drink that originated in the United [read more]
  • Going A Little More South
    In Entrees, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Ozarks Jambalaya The History of Jambalaya The first is Creole jambalaya (also called “red jambalaya”). First, meat is added to the trinity of celery, peppers, and onions; the meat is usually chicken and sausage such as andouille or smoked sausage. Next vegetables and tomatoes are added to cook, [read more]
  • Fresh Blackberry Cobbler
    In Desserts, In The Kitchen, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Fresh Blackberry Cobbler You can’t go pick fresh blackberries and not make cobbler! While I was picking the berries I was trying to decide what I was going to make with them. I really wanted a cobbler, but really wanted cheesecake too. So I went ahead and made both!! This cobbler is a little bit different. Cobbler with a twist. I really like a crisp, [read more]
  • Berry Pickin’ In The Ozarks
    In On The Road, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    What a great afternoon I recently spent at Hummingbird Berry Farm in the Ozarks of Missouri. I have never visited a berry picking farm before. I have picked wild blueberries and cranberries in front of our log cabin in Alaska, but never here in the states. I just recently have seen some advertisements for blueberries, strawberries and lavendar. [read more]
  • Creating Gifts of Color with Posies!
    In In The Workshop, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    My posey, created with roses, mint, spearmint and lemongrass. My Memories I can remember as a little girl on May Day, the first day of May, we would make little cones shaped holders our of newspaper and then go through the neighborhood and pick flower (usually from the yard that I was giving to) and place them at the door, ring the doorbell and run away! [read more]
  • WOW! Wonders of Wildlife
    In On The Road, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    National Museum & Aquarium The Wonders of Wildlife – National Museum and Aquarium re-opened its doors in September 2017 and has definitely become a family destination hotspot. With over 350,000 square feet and 1.5 miles of trails with animals at every turn, you will be drawn into the immersive exhibits and habitats which were built to entertain and [read more]
  • Smith’s Restaurant
    In On The Road, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    When you are traveling on 13 highway through Bolivar, Missouri which is located about 23 miles north of Springfield, Missouri you will see at the Junction of U highway and 13, Smith’s Restaurant known for their giant tenderloin sandwich. Smith’s serves home-cooked food in a relaxed family atmosphere. A destination worth stopping in and having [read more]
  • Memorial Day Favorites
    In In The Kitchen, Salads, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog, Side Dishes
    When Memorial Day rolls around, it is a day of remembrance of the heroes that have served so that we may be free. It is also a day of remembrance of our loved ones that we miss. Memorial Day also seems to be the unofficial kick-off to Summer. Everyone heads to the lake to splash in the water, soak up some sun and have some barbeque with the family. We have [read more]
  • French Dip Sandwiches
    In Entrees, In The Kitchen, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    French dip sandwiches are a meal that you can put in the crockpot and with a little preparation have a great meal for your family or a crowd. History of the French Dip Interestingly enough that the French Dip is not French. It was actually invented in Los Angeles. Although there is some controversy between restaurants to who invented it first. This [read more]
  • Yates Rustic Range Trading
    In On The Road, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    Dedicated to his wife and built by the family, Yates Rustic Range Trading is a hidden treat right here in the Ozarks, sure to warm the heart. Just a few miles down the road from Preston, Missouri on 54 highway is a small building restored to glory. Protecting history by keeping an old landmark on the map, the Yates also preserve old family values not [read more]
  • Cherry Crumble Bars
    In Desserts, In The Kitchen
    Cherry Crumble Bars If you are looking for something sweet and don’t want to put much time into a project. These Cherry Crumble Bars fit the bill! They use a regular yellow boxed cake mix as the base and a few ingredients. In a few quick minutues you have a quick and easy dessert for the family. If you want to make it even quicker, you could use [read more]
  • The Pefect ​Burger!
    In Entrees, In The Kitchen
    The perfect burger! I have been in the pursuit of the perfect tasting burger. I had never been a fan of a thick burger, I would rather have a thin burger. Heck, sometimes I take the meat off and eat the veggies and the bun. But I have really grown to like the taste of a great hamburger or steak. After a lot of research and learning different techniques, I [read more]
  • A Spring Tradition
    In Entrees, In The Kitchen
    Crappie and Morel Mushrooms…a spring tradition. When April rolls around every spring there is one thing on our minds here in the Ozarks. Crappie fishing and morel mushroom hunting. This year has been an epic mushroom season here in Missouri. In fact, I have a friend that I believe is up to 1700 mushrooms found! I have been out twice and have found a [read more]
  • Putting In The Garden
    In In The Workshop, Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    This past weekend I was busy putting in my garden. Here in the Ozarks the ground is very sandy and rocky. So I have four raised gardens that I attempt to grow vegetables in every year. It seems every year the rain has won! I really want to put some PVC pipe and garden plastic that is retractable so each garden is a little green house. This would allow me to [read more]
  • Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
    In Desserts, In The Kitchen
    My families favorite peanut butter cookie One thing that you will find out, is that all my recipes for cookies are going to be soft and chewy. I really don’t like a hard, crispy cookie. When I was growing up we didn’t have a lot of money. My dad was King of whipping up a great cookie with whatever he could find in the pantry. His cookies were [read more]
  • The Hummingbirds Are Here!
    In Serendipity In The Ozarks Blog
    The hummingbirds have officially arrived to the Ozarks of Missouri! I wanted to be prepared this year with a feeder (plans to get more) and the knowledge that I needed to feed the hummingbirds correctly as not to harm them. My neighbors have several feeders on their front porch and it sounds like an airfield over there with all the buzzing about as they are [read more]