Camping Local

The fire crackles as two plump marshmallows singe to toasted perfection while we gaze into the embers beneath. It’s a warm night and we relish in the stillness of the forest with only an owl’s gentle hoots calling to us from the distance. It had been far too long since we had pitched the tent […]

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The Kite’s Name is Frederick

It was so windy that my tent flew away. In preparation for a night out camping, I was setting up our two-person tent for waterproofing on our porch when a gust of wind blew it right out of my hands and over the roof. In a mad dash down the three story apartment building, I […]

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The Oak Savannah Trail

When I was a kid, I used to bike all around my neighborhood. Pedaling as fast as I could with the wind rushing through me, I accelerated down the big hill without brakes like an adrenaline junkie while a blur of tiger lilies and cattails surrounding Shipshewana Lake blanketed my peripheral vision. It felt like […]

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The Japanese Grocery Excursion

Matcha green tea, Botan rice, Curry packets, Tonkatsu sauce, and Inarizushi-no-moto, are just some of the ingredients we use regularly that are hard to find. We stock up every few months at the closest Asian store when in the South Bend area or visiting family in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While we can usually find the […]

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The Erie Lackawanna Trail

It seems as though the season has finally turned to springtime with days of fresh rain and sunshine. With the warmer weather on our faces, we commenced our goal to bike the network of trails weaving through the Lakeshore area. We obtained a copy of the Northwest Indiana Greenways and Blueways map from our local […]

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Bundled for Exploration

Winter is upon us and the negative windchills could not be more frightening. However tempting it may be to bake the day away or curl up with hot beverages while binge-watching great television, the opportunity to experience adventure is missing. My lifelong partner in exploration devised a brilliant plan to tackle the winter terrain by […]

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The Birthday Boy Bakes his own Cake

Derek is thirty-one years old today, and there’s no better way for a master chef in the making to celebrate his birthday than to bake his own cake. After a little research, he selected a kitchen-tested chocolate cake recipe by the chefs of “Team Tasty 101: YouTube- How to Make the Ultimate Chocolate Cake.” It […]

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A Thanksgiving Dinner For Two

The Thanksgiving holiday, like most American traditions, has a complicated history. Over the years, I have had a personal disdain for the inaccurate retellings of Native American history, over-abundant feasting, and the crowds of mass consumption for the “newest” products. Focusing on these unfortunate characteristics takes a bitter toll on my ability to appreciate much […]

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Baking “Crownies” for the Teachers

Sweet, yet salty.  Fudgy, but also crispy. Opposite textures crumble together as one beautiful mouthful melts in my mouth. There’s nothing too complicated about baking brownies or cookies, but combined together, the “crownie” rises to the top with a level of sophistication unmatched by its unexpected delight. The Jager home has become a test kitchen this […]

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The Community Garden Finale

I always knew that I had a green thumb as a kid when my Grandma Berger would unload her tools from the station wagon and enlist my help to tackle the dirt surrounding our home. I loved digging my hands through the soil and getting physical with the work of tilling, weeding, and carting piles […]

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