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Where to go in Central Alabama: Factory tours, museums, hiking & more

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    Alabama Museum of Natural History
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    Alabama Wildlife Center Oak Mountain
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    Birmingham skyline from Vulcan Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Tannehill's Iron & Steel museum
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    The kids visiting the Peanut Depot Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Ruffner Mountain Nature Center - my daughter checking out the turtles Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Comer museum & Blue Bell factory tour Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Mt. Cheaha Bald Rock observation deck Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Red Mountain Park treehouse hike Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Riding the Heart of Dixie trains. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    My three kids checking out the pork skin manufacturing area at Golden Flake. Photo by Christie Dedman

Here is the second installment of what to do in Alabama.  Remember the other day I posted the first installment called: Where to go in North Alabama: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Sci-Quest, Monte...


Easy fried cauliflower ‘rice’ with shrimp

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    Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Photo by Christie Dedman

I’ve made several cauliflower inspired dishes recently.  Since I’m the only one at the house that eats the stuff I make my $1.99 Aldi purchase last for several meals. Recently a friend at my...


Educational and Inspirational Freebie round-up from Answers in Genesis, Gospel for Asia, ChristianBooks, National Parks & more

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If you’re looking for free resources to enrich your family’s life either in the educational or spiritual realms, then check out this list of options: INSPIRATIONAL FREEBIES: Gospel For Asia Free book (mailed)  No...


Amazon deals: Mr. Peabody & Sherman 91-episode collection & Minecraft LEGO crafter kit

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This is a great deal on The Complete Mr. Peabody & Sherman Collection on DVD.  There are 91 episodes featured on this 2-disc set. Get it for $12.99 plus shipping.  It is eligible for Amazon Prime...


Alabama Jaunts: Feb. 7-8 Crafts, Canoe races, Dinosaurs, Living History & more

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This week flew by super fast.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve got self imposed projects around the house I want to do or if this is a sign of getting older that...


Where to go in North Alabama: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Sci-Quest, Monte Sano, Jesse Owens, Oakville Indian Mounds & more

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    My three check out the water inside Rickwood Caverns looking for blind fish. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Horton Mill Bridge in Oneonta. It's fun to drive across with the kids. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Ivy Green in Tuscumbia - birthplace of Helen Keller (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Imagination Place in Gadsden (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Inside Jesse Owens Memorial Museum (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Little River Canyon falls (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Hiking at Little River Canyon and bird watching (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Long jump area at Jesse Owens Memorial Museum (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Noccalula Falls & statue Gadsden, AL (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Arrowhead display at Oakville Indian Mound museum free admission (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Climbing a mound at Oakville. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Inside Rickwood Caverns (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Stoney Lonesome OHV park in Cullman. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Space and Rocket Center Huntsville (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Wheeler National Refuge (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Looking out from inside Russell Cave National Monument (Photo by Christie Dedman)

North Alabama has a wealth of places to go if you are new to the area or you have lived here all of your life.  I will define North Alabama by anything north of Jefferson...


Alabama Jaunts: Jan. 31 – Salamander Festival, Hummingbirds, Bird Feeder Craft & more

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    Salamander Festival is Saturday. If you have an animal loving child then head over to Homewood Senior Center.
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    Head over to Ruffner Mountain and let the kids learn about birds and build a bird feeder.
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    My daughter holding one of the many salamanders. My kids love the Salamander Festival. Kids can hold salamanders, turtles and more. Saturday Jan. 31 Time: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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    Monte Sano Von Braun Astro Society Planetarium Show

Do you work for the weekends?  As in you can’t wait to spend time with the kids and enjoy some free or cheap entertainment – well you’re in luck.  Here are some events to...


Super cheap & easy Valentine, 2 cents each (available for a limited time)

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    This candy resembles a rock but it's actually black foil wrapped chocolate crisp candy.
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    One strip of paper with a simple message is all you need.
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    Get 11 to 12 pieces of candy at Dollar General for 25 cents this week.

I’m not big on Valentine’s Day.  I might write a blog post one day about that but for today, I’m going to share a quick and easy Valentine greeting you can make with your...


Christie’s Easy Paleo Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Zucchini & Sausage Hash with Muffuletta

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    What your finely chopped or grated veggies will look like in the skillet for the Paleo hash. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Muffuletta olive salad mix is strong, so a little bit goes a long way. This brand was carried at Winn Dixie however, now we've only been able to find it on Amazon. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Paleo Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Zucchini & Sausage Hash by Christie Dedman

In my Paleo Acorn Squash Soup recipe I mentioned fellow clean eating & Paleo minded friends can be better sources for easy recipes rather than the labor and multi-ingredient recipes found online. Well, here’s another example...


3 things a LEGO event can teach parents of LEGO fans

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This afternoon my sister and I took our kids to the annual LEGO BrickFair event held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.  This festival for LEGO lovers is held in four states, Alabama, New...