Fun Summer Family Adventures

Looking for something fun to do as a family this summer—without breaking the piggy bank? Here are some great ideas for inexpensive, memory-making family adventures.


Park progressive dinner—Pack a three-course picnic and hop on board your bicycles for a progressive dinner, playground style. Head first to the closest park where you’ll serve the appetizer (veggie sticks). Explore a while, then get back on those bikes and ride to the next local park for your main entrée (sandwiches) followed by a third destination for fruit and cookies. Or, if you prefer, make your last stop at the local ice cream shop for dessert. Then bike back home to work off all those calories.


Treasure hunt—Send your family on a “photo hunt.” Print this list of common landmarks and then walk, bike or take a drive together to search for each item. Snap pictures as you go as proof of your success. If possible, split the family into two teams and make it a friendly competition. Whichever team finds the most items in one hour wins.


S’mores anytime—Who needs a fire pit? Whether you’re tailgating, camping, or just hanging out in the back yard, here’s a simple way to serve up authentic s’mores. Simply line a terra cotta pot with aluminum foil then fill with charcoal briquettes and light ‘em up. You’ll have a mini “fire” just right for roasting marshmallows!


Make your own ice cream social—Invite the neighbors over for a good old-fashioned ice cream party, with homemade ice cream! Here’s a simple recipe that’s as much fun to make as it is to eat.



Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Cookie Recipe

No Bake Cookies

So this recipe is nothing new to most people, but it’s still one of the best!

Grab your daughter and help her learn how to make the one of the simplest, yummiest versions of the “oatmeal cookie!” (It’s totally healthy, right?)

Peanut Butter Chocolate No Bake Cookies


2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 stick butter

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (or any oatmeal)

1 cup peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt



Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment.

Bring the sugar, milk, butter and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, then let boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.

Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, and let sit at room temperature until cooled and hardened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

For a printable version, click over to foodnetwork.




Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread


Perfect for breakfast, snack-time, or dessert, this moist pumpkin bread will fill your home with its tantalizing smell and delight everyone who eats it!

Award-Winning Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil (can also use mild-tasting olive oil or melted butter)

4 eggs

16 oz. can unsweetened pumpkin

3 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2/3 cup water

1-2 cups chocolate chips (according to taste)


Preheat over to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 pan (or large cookie sheet or muffin tins) with nonstick spray. Stir together sugar, oil, eggs, and pumpkin. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Blend dry ingredients and water into wet mixture, alternating. Add chocolate chips in desired amount. Pour into pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes (or 20-25 minutes for cookie sheet or muffin tins), or as long as necessary until a toothpick comes out clean.


Easter with Your Faithgirlz

Easter Blog

Easter is only a few days away!

If your household is at all similar to ours, we often struggle to think up a few last-minute crafts, decorations and recipes to make the day special and help impart the significance of this Holy Week to our kids. To assist in your scramble (Easter… eggs… scramble… get it?!), we’ve put together the list below to help get your creative juices flowing!

Enjoy this time with your family and develop traditions for years to come.



TRADITIONS (New takes on old favorites)

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After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts + Recipes


Did you know?

At the age of just sixteen Patrick was captured by a group of Irish pirates.
The raiders brought Patrick to Ireland where he was enslaved and held captive for six years. Patrick writes in ‘The Confession’ that the time he spent in captivity was critical to his spiritual development. He explains that the Lord had mercy on him. While in captivity, Saint Patrick worked as a shepherd and strengthened his relationship with God through prayer eventually leading him to convert to Christianity.

A lot of mystery surrounds his life. To read more, check out this interesting Wiki read.

Now, there are a ton of themed crafts around this holiday and your faith girl is most-likely looking for something green to wear! Create something special with your faith girl, share some of St. Patrick’s story and start a great conversation!


Visit our Pinterest Board to explore several great themed crafts & recipes:

Fabulous Fudge

Fudge-recipeThis easy and DELICIOUS fudge recipe is the perfect solution for any chocolate craving!
Grab a few simple ingredients, pre-heat the oven and prepare for a great time with your faith girl.


  • 1 – 18-ounce bag milk chocolate chips
  • 1 – 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8” x 8” baking pan


  1. In saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and walnuts.
  3. Pour into 8” x 8” pan lined with wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate until cool.
  5. Cut into small pieces and enjoy!

Let us know how it turned out by sharing a comment or picture on our Facebook page!

Berry-licious Smoothie

Blueberry-SmoothieGet your tastebuds ready for this refreshing berry-filled smoothie.
Grab a blender and a few ingredients. You’ll be enjoying this delicious treat with your faith girl in no time!


  • 1⁄ 2 cup blueberries
  • 1⁄ 3 cup milk
  • 3 or 4 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3⁄ 4 cup of vanilla yogurt


  1. Place all ingredients in blender and mix well.
  2. Pour into tall glasses and serve with straws.

Share a picture of your yummy creation with us on Facebook and Instagram!


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