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Stephanie Henkel

Joined 3 years ago from USA. Last activity 5 days ago.

Through the years, I’ve pursued many different interests as my life’s path has been curved and varied, but a few things have remained constant.

Travel, writing, art, photography, reading, cats, and of course, my family, have always been with me. My husband and I are avid RVers and spent 4 years after retirement living in our RV and traveling the U.S. This wonderful time gave me the opportunity to photograph some of the most beautiful places in the country, and these photographs are often the inspiration for my hubs on RVing and travel.

In my life before retirement, I tried my hand at many different things – writing, art, teaching, photography, gardening, crafts, reading are all still among my abiding interests. As a mother and grandmother, I have shared many of my interests and hobbies with my children and grandchildren. Now I often share these interests through my writing.

My Hubs have included topics about full time RVing, crafts, recipes and humor to name a few, and I have been pleased to have several hubs featured as HubNuggets Nominees, Hub of the Day and PodCast.

HubNuggets Nominations:
The RVing Life: Leave Stress Behind

Halloween Safety: Beware of Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves

Some of my Featured Hubs of the Day are:

Devils Tower National Monument~Facts and Photos of an Unusual Place 

Make a Collage~Summer Fun for Kids of All Ages
 
Bluebirds ~ Pictures of Bluebirds~Bluebird Houses~Attracting Bluebirds

Ten Ways to Pamper Your Cat – by the Cat.

Ten Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day with Activities, Movies and Food

Ten Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids and Grandparents

What Causes Yawning? Things that Make Me Yawn

Zucchini Relish Recipe - A Great Way to Use Zucchini

 

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My blog where I occasionally rant and write: Footloose and Fancy Free with The Gypsy Queen

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  • 29

    The Best Tropical Pineapple Baked Ham

    7 months ago

    The secret to this delicious pineapple baked ham is in the pre-cooking. Adapted from Filipino style cooking, the ham is boiled first in pineapple juice, then glazed and baked.

  • 49

    The Best Homemade Blackberry Brandy Recipe

    7 months ago

    The best homemade blackberry brandy is easy to make at home. Homemade Blackberry Brandy is great for sipping or to pour over ice cream or use in desserts.

  • 63

    Amazing Cats and True Cat Stories

    8 months ago

    Cats are amazing! Read about some remarkable cats, some who found their owners again despite all odds, some who adopted unlikely babies, some who are just plain silly.

  • 75

    Your Sense of Smell: More Important Than You Think

    14 months ago

    Of the five senses, many believe the sense of smell is least important. But smell is more important than you think. Smell is related to taste, memory, identifying danger and finding love!

  • 92

    Weird Amazon Products and Funny Amazon Reviews

    12 days ago

    If you've come across weird products and funny reviews while browsing on Amazon, you're sure to enjoy this hilarious collection.

  • 22

    How to Run a Meeting Successfully

    15 months ago

    Make your next meeting more productive! Tips for running a successful meeting. How to make an agenda and when NOT to have a meeting.

  • 45

    A Romantic New Year's Eve Story

    15 months ago

    Read the true story of a romantic New Year's Eve that took place in 1940 and continued for more than 50 years. A secret engagement, an elopement, a wedding and a family explosion!

  • 38

    Master Bedroom Decorating: A Romantic Bedroom Makeover on a Budget

    16 months ago

    Here are tips for a romantic master bedroom makeover that will work with a limited budget. Before and after pictures of a bedroom makeover and a list of tips for adding a romantic look to your room.

  • 22

    Make a Gypsy Costume for Halloween– Gypsy Costume Ideas

    6 months ago

    Learn how to make a gypsy costume for Halloween from items you have in your own closet. Add a few finishing touches like jewelry and tarot cards, and you'll be all set to have fun and tell fortunes!

  • 52

    How to Paint a Watercolor Desert Sunset

    14 months ago

    Beginning watercolor painters can paint a desert sunset landscape with these simple instructions. Includes a step-by-step video. You will need two brushes and four colors of paint for this striking watercolor.

  • 34

    Baby Steps to Beginning Watercolor Painting

    14 months ago

    Want to try watercolor painting? First take these baby steps to beginning watercolor painting and soon you'll create your own watercolor paintings. Basic supply list and how to use them. Step-by-step for a basic...

  • 81

    More Funny Southern Sayings and Southernisms From Readers

    2 weeks ago

    Colorful and funny southern sayings directly from born and bred southerners and those who were transplanted to the south. Readers of the first article, Funny Southern Sayings - Meaning of Southern Expressions, will...

  • 95

    Unsolved Mysteries - The Elusive HubScore Code

    15 months ago

    Writers on HubPages puzzle over the meaning of their Hub Scores and Author Scores. Here are some thoughts on the random ups and downs of Hub Scores and even a few tips on good Hubbing practices.

  • 58

    Rockhounding: Secrets of a Rock Collector

    11 months ago

    Love rocks? It's easy to become addicted to rock collecting when you spend time surrounded by rocks in the great outdoors.

  • 70

    Hungarian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

    19 months ago

    Hungarian stuffed peppers with tomato gravy is wonderful way to use green peppers from your garden. This is also a great dish to make in the winter as bell peppers are available year around.

  • 91

    Summer Flowers Photos from My North Carolina Garden

    30 hours ago

    Pictures of summer flowers growing along my garden walls in North Carolina. Includes images of deep blue hydrangeas, vibrant orange lilies, canna lilies, hostas and roses. There are even some close-up pictures of a box...

  • 70

    Zucchini Cobbler Recipe and 25 Other Ways to Use Zucchini (courgettes)

    11 months ago

    Here is a zucchini cobbler recipe that will surely become a favorite summertime dessert! As a bonus feature, you'll find 25 other ways to use up your bumper crop of zucchini! Zucchini recipes, zucchini photos and a...

  • 124

    Zucchini Relish Recipe - A Great Way to Use Zucchini

    20 months ago

    Zucchini Sweet Relish is a perfect way to use zucchini from your garden. The sweet sour flavor is perfect with hot dogs, hamburgers, tuna salad or on sandwiches.Try my best zucchini sweet relish recipe!

  • 33

    Fruity Raisin Bran Muffin Recipe - Low fat, Low Cal and Healthy!

    20 months ago

    Try these fruity raisin bran muffins for a low fat, low calorie breakfast. Banana, applesauce and raisins make the muffin moist and slightly sweet. Only 77 calories per muffin!

  • 75

    Full Time RVing - How to Downsize Your Home to an RV

    4 months ago

    Simplify your life, downsize your stuff! Whether you are downsizing into an RV for a life of full-time RVing or downsizing to move to a smaller home, here are some great tips. What to keep, what to donate and what to...

  • 32

    How to Avoid a Grilling Disaster -Tips for the Grilling Challenged Cook

    16 months ago

    Here are some great tips on how to avoid a grilling disaster for the grilling challenged. Useful tips for making a perfect steak and avoiding the charred BBQ chicken.

  • 18

    Birding Apps - Best Android and Kindle Fire Apps for Birdwatchers

    15 months ago

    The best birding field guides are now available as apps for your Kindle Fire, smartphone or iPad. Exciting features include bird calls and hundreds of color photographs.

  • 53

    The Funniest News Story -A Whale Is Blown to Sushi in Oregon

    18 months ago

    One of the funniest stories ever reported in the media concerns the famous exploding whale of Florence Oregon. Forty years after the incident, the news clip is still being viewed. Story and video here...

  • 92

    Spring Flower Pictures from a North Carolina Garden

    79 minutes ago

    Enjoy a collection of 25 spring flower pictures from a North Carolina garden. Includes butterflies and insects on azaleas, iris, roses, calla lilies and other spring blooms.

  • 287

    Funny Southern Sayings - Meaning of Southern Expressions

    10 months ago

    Yankees and Southerners alike will enjoy these funny southern sayings collected from across the South. If you need help interpreting the meaning of southern expressions, well here it is! Great list of Southernisms!

  • 155

    Strange Foods and Downright Weird Foods that People Eat

    12 months ago

    Strange foods that people eat include fried pickles and head cheese. But how about the downright weird foods like corn smut, fertilized duck eggs and coffee beans picked out of civet poop? Learn about some really...

  • 26

    The Best Free Gifts for Mom - Ideas for Free Gifts

    12 months ago

    Some of the best gifts for Mom are the free gifts of your time, thoughtfulness and talent. They are priceless. Check here for 18 of the best free Mother's Day gifts for Mom.

  • 22

    Easter Monday is Dyngus Day! Dyngus (Dingus) Day is Alive and Well in Buffalo NY

    13 months ago

    Dyngus Day, or Wet Monday, is a Polish American celebration of food, pranks, polkas and parades in Buffalo, New York. Celebrating the end of Lent, the beginning of spring and the start of a courtship season, the...

  • 37

    Funny Tax Deductions and Weird Tax Write Offs

    13 months ago

    The IRS may not have a sense of humor, but they have dealt with some funny, weird and surprising tax deductions. See which ones were denied and which surprising deductions were allowed by the IRS.

  • 10

    IRS Red Flags - How to Avoid Tax Audit

    11 months ago

    Here's a list of red flags to avoid if you want to lower your chances of an IRS tax audit. Don't raise any red flags!

  • 114

    Spring Cake Decoration Using Fresh Flowers

    13 months ago

    Your spring cake will be a hit when you use fresh flowers to decorate it. Great for Mother's Day, Easter or spring birthday cakes. Ideas and instructions for spring cake decorating with fresh flowers. Bonus - how to...

  • 33

    Microwave Mishaps, Microwave Dangers and Microwave Uses

    6 months ago

    Microwave ovens - I do love them in spite of my microwave mishaps. Here's the truth about some microwave dangers you've been warned about and a list of great uses for your microwave that have nothing to do with cooking.

  • 109

    10 Surprising Things That Are Making You Fat

    15 months ago

    There are many factors other than a high calorie diet that make you fat. Here are 10 surprising things that are making you fat - from your friends to your plastic water bottles.

  • 37

    iPads for Cats, Apps for Apes and Dolphins - What's Next!

    10 months ago

    If your cat is bored, maybe you should get him an iPad and some of the free apps for cats made especially to entertain him. Cats, Apes and Dolphins are now using iPads for entertainment, fun and communication.

  • 14

    Camping Safety: Tips for Safe Camping

    8 months ago

    Planning a camping trip? Here are some valuable camping safety tips to think about before and during your camping trip. List of things to pack for safe camping as well as tips on campfire safety, pet safety, food and...

  • 28

    How to Choose the Best RV Campgrounds for Your Camping Style

    10 months ago

    Whether you are renting an RV for a family vacation or an experienced RV, you will want to select the best RV campground. Here are features of the best RV campgrounds and tips on how to select the best campground for...

  • 134

    What Causes Yawning? Things that Cause Me to Yawn

    10 months ago

    Have you wondered what triggers yawning, or why you have to yawn when you see someone else yawn? Check out this article for interesting facts about yawning.

  • 30

    Advice for New Parents - Never Say Never!

    14 months ago

    The best parenting advice ever came from a wise woman who said, "Never say your child will never..."

  • 33

    Why Stress Causes Weight Gain or Weight Loss

    10 months ago

    Adrenaline and the stress hormone, cortisol can be responsible for weight gain or weight loss during times of stress. Find out why stress causes food cravings and weight gain. Tips on managing stress, too.

  • 52

    Childhood Memories of the 1950's: Trapping a Monster

    13 months ago

    Memories of being a kid in the 1950s include playing Tarzan of the Apes. Kids loved to swing from rope vines, build forts in the woods. Then one day we caught a monster in our Tarzan-inspired trap!

  • 84

    10 Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids and Grandparents

    11 months ago

    Here are 10 fun outdoor activities for grandparents to do with their grandchildren. Take kids out into the fresh air and sunshine, enjoy nature and have fun!

  • 193

    Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee - Good News for Caffeine Addicts

    11 months ago

    Good News for Caffeine addicts - Studies have shown that there are many health benefits to drinking coffee! Enjoy your coffee without guilt after you read about the many benefits of drinking coffee.

  • 16

    Join the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 14-17, 2014 - It's Worldwide!

    2 months ago

    Join the Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 14-17, 2014! You can now participate from anywhere in the world. Help scientists and ornithologists in their continuing study of birds. Bird photographs. Find out what to do...

  • 26

    RV Camping in Death Valley National Park - With Photo Gallery

    15 months ago

    RV camping in Death Valley National Park offers many beautiful views, interesting history and unique natural areas. Visit in the winter for balmy temperatures and sunny days. See Badwater, 282 feet below sea level, the...

  • 24

    Super Bowl Monday - 5 Reasons Why You'll be Sorry You Watched the Super Bowl

    14 months ago

    If you love football or hate it, you most likely watched the Super Bowl. But on Super Bowl Monday you may be sorry you went to the Super Bowl parties and watched the big game. Here are 5 Reasons you may be sorry you...

  • 120

    I Hate Football! 25 Things to Do Instead of Watching the Super Bowl

    2 months ago

    I hate football! If you hate football, you will be looking for something else to do on Super Bowl Sunday. Here are 25 things to do instead of watching the Super Bowl that are guaranteed to be more fun than the game --...

  • 113

    10 Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Day with Activities, Movies and Food

    2 months ago

    Celebrate Groundhog Day on February 2nd! Here are 10 fun ways to celebrate Groundhog Day for kids and adults. From the naturalist to the movie buff to the gourmet cook, there's something for everyone. Check out this...

  • 44

    Kitchen Decorating – A Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

    2 years ago

    Here are ideas for a kitchen makeover on a low budget. Photographs of a kitchen in a foreclosure house that was transformed by its new owners using a combination of existing features, paint, and creativity.

  • 38

    Five Important Things Grandparents Can Teach Grandchildren - Grandparents as Teachers

    7 months ago

    A grandparent's role as teacher. One of the most important is that of teacher. Here are 5 important things that grandparents can teach their grandchildren about reading, skills, values, manners and family heritage.

  • 40

    The Best Days and the Worst Days of the Year

    10 months ago

    What are the best days of the year to sell a house, get married or buy a car? What is the best day to have sex or have a baby? Find out what the Best Days and the Worst Days of the Year are in this fun and informative...

  • 190

    10 Ways to Pamper Your Cat - by the Cat

    2 months ago

    These humorous tips, 10 Ways to pamper your cat, are straight from the cat's mouth. Take advice from Gemini, the King of the World Cat, and learn how to treat your cat to the life he really deserves. Funny and fun guide...

  • 17

    Shells and Seaside Ornaments - Christmas for Ocean lovers

    20 months ago

    Have you ever spent a memorable vacation at the seaside playing on the beach? If you love the ocean, shells, lighthouses and all reminders of the seaside, this selection of seaside ornaments and Christmas decorations is...

  • 86

    Go Away - A Poem About Internet Addiction

    18 months ago

    A humorous look at internet addiction. Can't stop yourself from checking your email, doing a search or writing deep into the night? Internet addicts and computer addicts will recognize themselves in this humorous poem:...

  • 66

    Beautiful Trees and Their Textures

    12 months ago

    Take time to enjoy the beautiful trees like the 1,500 year old Angel Oak Tree in South Carolina. Here you'll also find close-up pictures of textures of trees, trees with moss and lichens, trees with wind twisted trunks...

  • 61

    Manatees at Blue Spring State Park Florida

    13 months ago

    Blue Spring State Park on Florida's St. John River is a favorite place for manatees in Florida to gather when the weather gets cold. Millions of gallons of 73° water water flow out of the spring each day providing a...

  • 18

    Brookgreen Gardens and Sculptures of Anna Hyatt Huntington

    11 months ago

    Brookgreen Gardens showcases sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington and other American sculptors in a unique garden setting. See 1400 sculptures amid constant blooms, beautiful fountains and tree lined walks. Stunning...

  • 24

    Atalaya - The Amazing Winter Retreat of Sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington

    10 months ago

    Atalaya, former winter home of American sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington. A sprawling Moorish style home, some say castle, on the Atlantic coast near Myrtle Beach. This National Historic Landmark is located within...

  • 16

    The Best Unique Experience Gifts - The Most Memorable Gifts for Christmas

    2 years ago

    A unique experience is a gift that will make people happier longer. Studies show that experiences bring longer lasting satisfaction than things. Give the people on your gift list an experience gift. Here's a list of two...

  • 91

    Getting Old Is Not Amusing - A Poem

    24 months ago

    If you find old age amusing, or even if you don't, reading this poem about getting older will make you smile. If you are younger, just remember that we all grow older one day - it could happen to you!

  • 62

    Scenic Byways - A Photo Gallery of Abandoned Cars

    8 months ago

    Traveling the country's back roads and scenic byways, we come across abandoned old cars and rusty old trucks that are more of a work of art than junk. Here is a collection of photographs of abandoned cars taken in South...

  • 34

    RVing Across the Florida Panhandle

    18 months ago

    Here is a selection of photographs of the Florida Panhandle, from the Gulf Coast to the Apalachicola National Forest. RVing across the Florida Panhandle is an opportunity to see uncrowded white sand beaches, the...

  • 112

    Cactus of the Southwest - Cactus Photographs

    2 years ago

    Photographs of cactus of the southwest deserts in their natural environments. Includes cactus from Big Bend National Park, Organ Pipe National Monument and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

  • 20

    RVing Off the Grid - Camp Cheap in Quartzsite, Arizona

    10 months ago

    RVing off the grid - camp this winter in Quartzsite, Arizona. Boondock on BLM land while using solar energy or wind power for electricity. RVers living off the grid in Quartzsite agree that the best things in life...

  • 46

    How to Choose the Best Pictures for Your Articles

    18 months ago

    Choose the best pictures for your article to attract attention and add color and interest to your layout. Here are tips on how to make the best choices when choosing clip art, free photographs or your own original...

  • 16

    Solar Powered Toys and Gifts for Kids

    16 months ago

    Kids go green with solar powered toys! Here are some of the best solar powered toys, construction kits and craft kits for kids. These toys will help teach children about solar energy through entertaining activities and...

  • 24

    Solar Powered Gifts and Gadgets

    15 months ago

    Solar powered gadgets are a great way to promote energy conservation as well as give a green gift to those on your list. Here's a great collection of cool solar gifts for gadget lovers and practical solar powered gifts...

  • 27

    The Night Sky and Light Pollution - What Happened to the Milky Way?

    10 months ago

    Do you remember seeing the Milky Way? Today two thirds of the U.S. can't see the Milky Way because of light pollution. It harms the environment, wildlife and even humans. What can you do to reduce light pollution?

  • 70

    Black Forest Cake Recipe- A Special Occasion Cake

    11 months ago

    Make this wonderful German Black Forest cake from scratch to impress a crowd, or try some easy shortcuts which will still make a great Black Forest Cake. The scratch recipe will make a large four layer 9" x...

  • 60

    Escape the Rat Race - Follow Your Dreams

    16 months ago

    Have you dreamed of escaping the rat race to follow your dreams? Read here how we made following our dreams a reality. Our dream was to travel full time in our RV, and we brought it about by making three changes to our...

  • 6

    Retirement Planning -Plan Now, Play Later!

    17 months ago

    You are never too young to plan for retirement. Start saving early, but plan more details as you near retirement age. Questions to ask yourself about retirement and tips for making a retirement plan.

  • 28

    Cyberchondria - Hypochondria and Internet Addiction

    10 months ago

    Cyberchondria, a cyber version of hypochondria, is a form of internet addiction that is becoming more prevalent as more people obsessively search the internet for medical information. Are you a cyberchondriac? Take the...

  • 50

    Potato Pancakes Recipe- Just Like Mom's, But Easier

    15 months ago

    Make this easy Potato Pancake Recipe using your blender. Your potato pancakes will be just as good at Mother used to make with lots less effort. Serve with applesauce and sour cream for a delicious meatless dinner.

  • 57

    The Best Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipe

    17 months ago

    Cranberry coffee cake for a special breakfast. When fresh cranberries appear on the supermarket shelves, try this delicious recipe for Cranberry Coffee Cake! Great for Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch on Thanksgiving...

  • 53

    Quick and Creative Tips for Using Original Photos on your Hub

    14 months ago

    Enhance your on-line articles and web pages with original photographs. A well-placed image can lure the reader into your article, add color and interest to your work. Here are some quick tips to improve your original...

  • 33

    How to Use Free Photos and Free Clip Art on Your Hub or Website

    18 months ago

    Find and use free photographs and free clip art on your website, blog or HubPage. Tips on where to search for the best Creative Commons images.

  • 35

    A Rockhound’s Discovery - Is It An Alien Fossil or an Ancient Native American Carving?

    11 months ago

    Is this an alien fossil or an ancient figure rock? Walking in the Sonoran Desert near the Arizona/California border I came across this odd rock with an embedded face. Although only about 5/8" across, the fossilized...

  • 13

    What Your Halloween Costume Says About You

    13 months ago

    The Halloween costume you choose can reveal hidden facets of your personality. Yearn to save the world or retreat into childhood? Introvert or extravert? Find out what your Halloween costume says about you.

  • 15

    Halloween Advice – How to Use Charms, Amulets and Protections Against Spooky Things

    14 months ago

    Halloween is a time for witches, vampires, zombies, ghosts and werewolves-beware! Here's some Halloween advice on how to protect yourself with charms and amulets to keep away those things that go bump in the night.

  • 118

    The Importance of a Name - How Your Name Affects Your Life

    12 months ago

    How important is the name you give your child? Research shows that names can be very important! A name can influence how others view you, how you react and can even be a factor in success in your career.

  • 58

    100 Excuses to Get Out of Work and Other Stuff

    18 months ago

    Everybody needs an excuse sometimes. Here are 100 funny excuses for getting out of work, cooking, cleaning, dieting and any other stuff you don't want to do right now. There are even three great bonus excuses for...

  • 13

    RV Plumbing Tips for Newbies: Keep RV Holding Tanks Working

    12 months ago

    Every RVer must eventually deal with dumping their waste water tanks. Here are good tips for keeping RV holding tanks in good working order. Learn when to dump, how to identify RV safe toilet paper and how to maintain...

  • 17

    Keeping in Touch While Traveling and Full-Time RVing

    16 months ago

    Keeping in touch with family and friends while full time RVing is proven to be necessary to social well-being, physical and mental health. Full time RVers maintain social ties by using technology to maintain healthy...

  • 24

    Rip Current Escape– Safe Ocean Swimming

    8 months ago

    The ocean is a beautiful and delightful playground, but rip currents can be deadly. Here are beach safety tips on how to escape rip currents when swimming in the ocean.

  • 79

    Make a Collage~Summer Fun for Kids of All Ages

    11 months ago

    Looking for a great arts and craft activity for kids? Making a collage will appeal to both kids and adults. Here are some ideas for different kinds of collages and suggestions for finishing them into wall art.

  • 56

    A Lighthouse Tour of the Outer Banks of North Carolina

    9 months ago

    Did you know that August 7th is National Lighthouse Day? Take a driving tour of lighthouses of the Outer Banks on your next North Carolina vacation. Visit the five historic restored lighthouses on the barrier islands,...

  • 27

    Playing Card Games Promotes Senior Brain Fitness

    6 months ago

    Seniors play cards to improve brain fitness. New research shows that memory loss and declining cognitive function is not inevitable if seniors exercise their brains to activate new brain cells. Playing cards is not only...

  • 29

    The Best Rhubarb Pie Recipe - Rhubarb Cream Pie

    13 months ago

    Rhubarb is one of the first signs of spring. Whether you get it from your garden or your grocer, be sure to make at least one rhubarb pie! Here's a recipe for a Perfect Rhubarb Cream Pie as well as some interesting...

  • 24

    Far Away Places: Are They Calling You?

    16 months ago

    Are faraway places calling you? Do you have a wanderlust gene, or some Romani Gypsy blood? Or does your Destiny Number predict your desire to travel? The song, Faraway Places may describe you perfectly!

  • 60

    Wanderlust: Why People Travel

    22 months ago

    Wanderlust, an inborn desire to travel and explore the world, seems to affect some people while others are content to stay at home. There are so many reasons why people are irresistibly drawn to travel. It makes one...

  • 73

    Devils Tower National Monument: Facts and Photos of an Unusual Place

    19 months ago

    Devils Tower National Monument, in the Black Hills of Wyoming, was named the first National Monument by Theodore Roosevelt. Devils Tower is considered a sacred place by Native Americans. Check here for photos, history...

  • 31

    Padre Island National Seashore~ RVing and Birding on the Texas Gulf Coast

    11 months ago

    Birdwatchers, campers and RVers love Padre Island National Seashore on the Gulf Coast of Texas. RVers can camp in one of several campgrounds or drive and camp right on the beach. Padre Island is on a majoy flyway making...

  • 21

    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge: Bird watching in Florida~Roseate Spoonbills~Manatees

    16 months ago

    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premiere site on the Atlantic Coast to view migrating birds. Included in the 310 species of birds seen at the refuge are bald eagles, rosette spoonbills, wood...

  • 8

    Best RVing and Camping Books -Best Field Guides, Directories and How-To books

    11 months ago

    Here's a list of Eight Best RVing and Camping books. Don't leave home without basic field guides to birds and wildflowers, RV repair and maintenance guides and best campground directories. These must-have books make...

  • 145

    Bluebirds ~ Pictures of Bluebirds~Bluebird Houses~Attracting Bluebirds

    23 months ago

    A pair of Eastern Bluebirds make their home in a backyard nesting box. Photos of bluebirds, bluebird nests and baby bluebirds included. Tips on attracting bluebirds to your backyard.

  • 33

    I Hate Swimsuit Season! Crash Diets, Fad Diets and Diet Humor

    11 months ago

    Dieting humor. I hate swimsuit season! Do you hate to diet? If you've tried all the latest fad diets, you might like some of these diets better: The Christmas Cookie Diet, The Stressed-Out Mother's Diet, The Danish...

  • 34

    Make Something for Nothing ~ Crochet Fun Beach Bags from Recycled Plastic Bags

    8 months ago

    Recycle plastic grocery bags to make useful and interesting crocheted tote bags in varying sizes. Basic step-by-step instructions with photographs are included. Learn how to cut continuous strips of "yarn"...

  • 54

    The Best Homemade Peach Brandy Recipe~The Reluctant Peach Tree and A Baby Raccoon

    7 months ago

    Homemade peach brandy is delicious and easy to make. If you have access to your own peaches,pick the fruit at the peak of its ripeness for jams, pies and, of course, peach brandy. Here is a simple recipe for peach...

  • 17

    Gemini My Psychic Cat - Are Cats Psychic?

    14 months ago

    This is a story of a special cat, Gemini. Is he a telephathic or psychic cat? His owner thinks he is. Also read here for great tips on how to find a lost cat.

  • 14

    Full-Time RVing - Campground Hosting at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    9 months ago

    Campground hosting allows RVers to enjoy extended time at beautiful locations like the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and other National Parks. Full time RVers stretch their budgets and perform a service by...

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    St. George Island State Park - Surf Fishing on the Florida Panhandle

    18 months ago

    St. George Island stretches along the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida Panhandle. Here's a great story about surf fishing on the Florida Panhandle and the "one that got away." Great blue heron photos.

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    White Sands National Monument-White Gypsum Sands and Matilda the Camel

    17 months ago

    White Sands National Monument is located near Alamagordo,New Mexico and is surrounded by White Sands Missile Range. The scenic drive through the white gypsum dunes has interpretive signs as wells as places to park or...

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    How to Establish a New State Residency When Living Full Time in an RV

    8 months ago

    Arranging for a new state residency is one of the first things that new Full-time RVers need to do after they sell their homes. Most full time RVers choose one of three states for their legal residence. Here are the...

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    RVing the Outer Banks of North Carolina - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Pictures

    7 weeks ago

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina - a great place to RV. Camp near the beach at private campgrounds or one of the four campgrounds on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Information...

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    Make Something from Nothing~How to Make a Crochet T-Shirt Rug

    14 months ago

    Recycling worn out t-shirts into beautiful rugs satisfies my penny-pinching nature. Here are complete instructions for cutting t-shirts into yarn and crocheting a throw rug similar to the braided rugs grandmother used...

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    Seven Things Your Cat Can Teach You About Happiness

    9 months ago

    Learn some of the secrets of a happy life from your cat. Cat's know how to live the good life, play hard, sleep well and teach others how to treat them well. Learn the secrets of your favorite feline!

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    Tips on How to Look and Feel Younger- Staying Young

    11 months ago

    No one wants to get old. Here are some pointers on how to stay young and some serious facts about aging. Anti-aging foods and anti-aging lifestyle tips will help you look younger and feel younger.

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    Russian Easter Bread Recipe and Polish Babka Recipe

    12 months ago

    Nothing is more delectable than the smell of yeast bread baking. Here are two great sweet bread recipes: Russian Easter Bread is finer grained with the traditional candied fruit and Polish Babka, a lighter raisin bread.

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    Quotes for Making the Most of Life~ Live in the Moment

    2 years ago

    Make the most of your life by living in the moment. Here are some of the best quotes for enjoying life to the fullest and living in the moment. Read them now because dates on the calendar are closer than they appear!

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    Live in the Moment - Enjoy Life More

    2 years ago

    Live in the moment, and enjoy each minute of your life. Children, artists and creative people live in the moment as they focus on their activities. You can live in the moments of your every day life.

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    Making Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar Snow

    14 months ago

    Making maple syrup was an enjoyable family project in the late winters in Central New York. Buckets were hung from trees and the sap was evaporated over a wood fire. Maple taffy, or maple wax, was a special treat!

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    RVing Sedona Arizona: Red Rock Canyons, Hot Air Balloons and Ancient Dwellings

    13 months ago

    Sedona is a photographer's dream of red rocks and hot air balloons. Natural beauty and psychic energy of vortexes attracts diverse visitors. Also see nearby Tuzigoot NM and Montezuma Wells.

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    Polish Easter Traditions From Babka to Polish Easter Eggs (Pisanki)

    12 months ago

    Polish Easter traditions in a Polish American family are a blend of old and new. Baking babka and chrusciki (bow tie cookies), spring cleaning, hot-cross buns and traditional Polish Easter Eggs (Pisanki) are some of the...

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    RVing California at Imperial Dam and Senator Wash Reservoir

    10 months ago

    Each winter, thousands of RVing snowbirds flock to the Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area on the California Arizona border. They come to the BLM camping areas at Senator Wash Reservoir for the mild weather, cheap...

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    RV Camping Etiquette - Boondocking Etiquette

    5 months ago

    Be a good neighbor by following some simple rules of etiquette when RV boondocking. Learn what others expect of you when camping out on public lands and you'll be a welcome member of the boondocking community. Respect...

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    Living On Less - Live in an RV Full Time

    10 months ago

    Here are some secrets of how to live on less by full time RVing. Many retirees live well on limited incomes by living in an RV rather than a house. They have found many ways to cut costs and live on less. Read here to...

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    Wii Games ~ A New Trend for Senior Brain Fitness

    15 months ago

    Seniors are finding that playing Nintendo Wii games are not only fun, but good for their mental and physical health. Promote senior brain fitness!

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    New Year's Resolutions That Will Make You Happy

    4 months ago

    Throw out that list of New Year's Resolutions that will make you unhappy! Resolve to be happy. Here are 3 New Year's resolutions that will make you happy and feel good about yourself in the coming year!

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    Affordable Dental Care in Los Algodones, Mexico - Traveling to Mexico for Dental Work

    9 months ago

    U.S. and Canadian tourists flock to Los Algodones, Mexico for affordable dental care. Americans save up to 75% on major procedures by getting dental work done in Mexico. Algodones, across the border from Yuma, AZ,...

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    Mail in Rebates: How to Get the Manufacturer's Cash Rebate You Deserve

    8 months ago

    Save money by getting the manufacturer's rebates you deserve! Find out how to increase your chances of getting your rebate. You do have recourse if your rebate is rejected.

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    Chrusciki: Polish Bowtie Cookie Recipe

    8 months ago

    Polish Bow Tie cookies, or Chrusciki, are a traditional treat at Easter and Christmas time. In some Polish families they are also traditional wedding treats. Do enjoy this family recipe for the crisp, flakey fried...

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    A Pressure Cooker Misadventure - Cooking Soybeans

    2 years ago

    A would-be vegetarian tells a funny story about cooking soybeans in a pressure cooker. It ends in a disaster, but that doesn't stop her from planning the next experiment following Euell Gibbons advice on foraged foods.

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    Museums with Weird and Strange Collections

    8 months ago

    Visit one of these museums filled with weird or strange collections on your next road trip. From a collection of glittering Liberace costumes to the Corn Palace or the Largest Ball of Twine, there is sure to be a...

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    RV Living— A Simple RV Christmas

    4 months ago

    RV living means living a simple life. Full time RVers find holiday joy and community by celebrating Christmas in simple ways. Here are some tips for celebrating a simple and happy Christmas while living in an RV.

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    The Olympic National Park Rain Forest

    2 years ago

    The Olympic National Park Rainforest is one of the few temperate rain forests in the world. Included are some of the many photographs of the rain forest that I took while RVing in the Olympic NP. You will see giant...

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    Great Gifts for Birdwatchers

    17 months ago

    Bird watchers of every level love to watch the antics of our beautiful feathered friends. Here are some great gift ideas for bird watchers.

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    Romantic Valentines Day Idea – A Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride

    2 months ago

    Are you looking for a unique and romantic Valentine's Day idea? Think about bundling up in warm blankets and taking a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride with your sweetheart.

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    Family Heirlooms Are Perfect Family Gifts

    14 months ago

    Family heirlooms may be valuable antiques or items with great sentimental value, but little monetary value. Gift giving occasions like graduations, special birthdays, Christmas or weddings are the perfect time to pass...

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    Best German Rouladen Recipe — German Beef Roll-Ups

    2 months ago

    Rouladen, sometimes known as German beef roll-ups) is a favorite dish for those who love German food. Here is the recipe for rouladen that my German mother-in-law gave me many years ago. It's still a family favorite,...

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    German Sauerbraten Recipe —Make Sauerbraten in Your Pressure Cooker

    16 months ago

    This German Sauerbraten is easy to make in a pressure cooker and is the perfect food to serve for OctoberFest or special holiday dinners. Make this Sauerbraten with either venison or beef- they're both delicious!

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    Boondock Camping in Quartzsite Arizona

    4 months ago

    Thousands of RVs converge on the tiny desert town of Quartzsite, Arizona each winter to boondock in the desert. RVers come to Quartzsite for the mild weather, the RV and Gem and Mineral Shows and the many events geared...

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    Traveling With Cats in RV or Car

    2 months ago

    Traveling with a cat can be a good experience for both the cat and his owner if a few commonsense guidelines are followed. We learned to make some special travel preparations for our cats and they have adapted well to...

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    Polish Sour Mushroom Soup Recipe

    7 months ago

    This recipe for Polish Sour Mushroom Soup is a Polish Christmas Eve tradition. Made with fresh mushrooms, its tangy flavor is enhanced with sour cream. Often this is served with a dollop of mashed potatoes in it! Yummy!

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    Best Gifts for RVing Snowbirds

    4 months ago

    If you're looking for the best gifts for snowbirds, here are some useful and easily stored items that any snowbird would love to have. If you camp or go RVing, you'll even find some great gifts to put on your wish list!...

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    Travel Tips for Your National Park Visit

    11 months ago

    National Parks and Monuments in the US showcase some of the most unique and stunning areas of this country. Because National Parks are often located far off the beaten path, and sometimes even in wilderness areas,...

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    Pierogie Recipe: Making Pierogies (pirogi, pierogy, pyrogy) Is A Polish Tradition

    9 months ago

    Making pierogies at Christmas time is a tradition in many Polish families. The noodle-like dough is filled with fillings of potato, cheese, fruit or sauerkraut. Pierogie recipes here.

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    Olympic National Park: RVing on the Washington Coast

    11 months ago

    RVing along the Olympic Coast of Washington. Photographs include pictures of the rugged, Pacific coastline and RV campsites on the coast. Includes information on RV camping, lodging, and travel tips.

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    Slab City California: The Last Free Place

    8 months ago

    Slab City, which residents like to call "The Last Free Place", is located near Niland, California on the former Camp Dunlap Marine base. Each winter, this unique spot draws thousands of RVing snowbirds who are...

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    Fun Books For Kids Who Hate to Read

    2 years ago

    Even kids who hate to read will enjoy books from this selection of gross books, yucky books and funny books! The books include fascinating gross trivia that captures the interest of kids of all ages.

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    My First Thanksgiving Disaster

    7 months ago

    Cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner was not supposed to be a disaster, nor was it supposed to be funny. It ended up being both. But all good plans can go awry...

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    Seven Useful Things I Learned in High School

    10 months ago

    Here are seven useful things I learned in Hunterdon Central High School that I still use today. Who would have guessed that a 1950's Algebra or Home Economics class would be important 50 years later?

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    Christmas Crafts for Kids

    16 months ago

    Crafting with kids is especially fun at Christmas time. Here are several ideas for fun Christmas decorations and Christmas crafts to make with kids.

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    Olympic National Park- Photographs from Hurricane Ridge

    9 months ago

    Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge has one of the most spectacular views on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Visit the park in summer or early fall to see a profusion of wildflowers. Includes photographs of the...

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    Get Free Money through an Online Search

    7 weeks ago

    Checking the free government website really worked for me! I got $100 in free money from the state treasurer's office by filling out a simple form. Read here where to look and how to find out if you have money somewhere...

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    The RVing Life: Leave Stress Behind

    8 months ago

    Go RVing and leave the stress of everyday life behind! Full time RVers have experienced the joys of life on wheels while living simply and frugally.

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    Beware the Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves on Halloween

    14 months ago

    There are spooky things out there on Halloween night. Take these steps to protect yourself from Vampires, Ghosts, Witches and Werewolves! You may think it's funny, but you'll wish you had thought of some of these...

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    Boondocking in the Arizona Desert with Pictures

    14 months ago

    Boondocking in the Arizona desert is a favorite winter pastime for RVing snowbirds. Here are tips on how and where to boondock in southern Arizona with pictures of some of the most scenic areas.

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    Frugal RV Living: Fun, Free and Cheap

    7 weeks ago

    RV Snowbirds and full time RVers, are you looking for cheap entertainment and fun things to do on a budget? Here are some great ideas for free and cheap things to do during your winter travels to Arizona or the Rio...

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    Arizona Desert Wildflower Pictures

    12 months ago

    Winter visitors to Arizona who stay into spring may be lucky enough to see the desert come alive with tiny desert wildflowers and cacti in bloom. Here are a selection of photos by Stephanie Henkel of southern Arizona...

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    RVing on a Budget: RV Camping Free or Cheap

    12 months ago

    RVers have many options for free and cheap camping if they know where to look. RVers on a budget can find many suggestions here on how to find free and cheap places to camp.

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    The RVing Lifestyle: Living Full Time in an RV

    7 months ago

    Curious about Full-Time RVing? Here are some great reasons to choose the RVing lifestyle. The top three reasons to choose RVing are: to lead a simpler life, to live more cheaply and to see the country. Article includes...

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