kiptopeke state park / camping

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a few weeks back we got to spend the weekend camping at kiptopeke state park along the eastern shore of virginia. this is such a great campsite and our second visit there. we went with another couple and had a blast! the weather forecast was not very promising leading up to the weekend but we stuck to our guns and went regardless of the rainy forecast....and SO glad we went. the weather was perfect and we only had rain during our last night there. it was crazy to be in a tent and have rain pour for hours. kinda scary / kinda cool.

there is something about camping that is so refreshing and peaceful. we don't go camping enough! even if you aren't one that likes to rough it--just give it a try at least once! you never know-you might find your inner camper!

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we made this delicious chili recipe passed on from a sweet friend and just about licked the bowl clean! here is what we threw in:
one onion sauteed in oil--then add 4 cloves garlic
in another small pan heat up the spices: chili powder, cumin, ancho chili, cayenne or chipotle to taste
heat those on low until you can smell them
add chorizo if you want--saute with spices
then add all of the canned stuff in a large pot and combine it all together with the rest:
black beans, pintos, can corn, petite diced tomatoes
toss in a bay leaf, lime, cilantro
let it simmer cook for a bit and you'll have a delicious chili

{clearly i am not a recipe blogger so please forgive the lack of details--you can be vague with chili right?}

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a suprise weekend getaway!

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it has been quite some time that derrick and i have been able to get away for an entire weekend--for no other reason than time together and relaxation. we had no set plans and didn't have an event to attend that called for this weekend away. it was perfect in every way. derrick called me friday morning and said--call this number and make reservations; be ready by 5. the hubby picked luray, va as our weekend destination. luray is famous for there caverns and they were quite spectacular. the story of the caverns is so fascinating. i'll let you research that on your own--and highly recommend the luray caverns!

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we ate breakfast at uncle bucks--and made sure to pick the most unhealthy options as possible. there was a ton of walking over the weekend, so that negates the calories right?!

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after the caverns we headed on a little antiquing adventure. we found a lot of okay places but none that were really grabbing my attention....until, we found this lonely antique store that have since named "the honey hole." we scored lots of awesome finds & even a fan for my bro. {you'll see these in the etsy shop over the next week so stay tuned!}

saturday evening we threw a blanket on the grass, sipped on some drinks and watched the gorgeous sunset over the mountains. our pup, sammy, came with us and he was loving it. i was kinda nervous about bringing sammy since he can be a nervous pup but--he loved the trip!

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getting away with derrick was perfect. we seriously have such a great time together and laughed a ton. there is something to be said for being spontaneous--give it a try! pick a destination and just go. you won't regret it.