Girl Scout Life

Posted by Jen Crompton.

One of the greatest things about having daughters is watching them grow up to be strong and confident young ladies – ready to take on the world! While we still have a ways to go before they fly the coop we are thoroughly enjoying giving them every opportunity we can to help them be successful in life. From the time our girls started school, they have each been involved with Girls Scouts; starting as a Daisy, moving on to Brownies and now Junior Girl Scouts. The experience of being part of this ‘sisterhood’ has greatly enriched their lives in ways, we as parents, could never have imaginged. During their bi-weekly meetings our girls work diligently on earning ‘Badges’ in various areas of interest. Our girls have learned what it means to be a philanthropist, serving the community in a variety of ways; what it takes to be a business woman by selling cookies and managing finaces; they learn how to be confident in their own skin during a workshop that emphasized self-care and pride in our appearance; and most recently our older girls have learned what it is like to be a Detective in a law enforcement agency!

During a recent visit to our local police department, our Junior troop spent the afternoon learning all about what it takes to be a detective from one of Barnstable’s finest female detectives! Such an empowering experience for the girls to have. The detectives did an amazing job inspiring these young ladies to channel their inquisitive energy into learning all about law enforcement. They spent about 2 hours learning about finger printing and DNA sampling, heard all about internet safety, and toured the facilities where detective solve their biggest cases, along with the holding cells and the 911 call center. The detectives were amazing at helping the girls connect what it means to be a Girl Scout and follow the Girl Scout Law and carry that into a law enforcement career. As a Girl Scout, these young ladies commit themselves to living their lives being honest and fair, courageous and strong, respectful to themselves, authority and others, and helping make the world a better place. These are all the qualities it takes to be great detectives!

The girls will carry the lessons and values they have learned through their time as Girl Scouts, throughout their lives and being part of this diverse group with a common goal, will help them accomplish anything they want in life. Thank you Barnstable Police Department for a wonderful afternoon that our girls will never forget!

Slow Cooker Obsession!

Posted by Jen Crompton.

When the temperature drops and days become shorter and the night is long, little else brings us as much comfort as curling up on the couch binge watching the latest drama (Come on, who doesn’t love This Is Us?!) with a big bowl of steaming hot soup that has been simmering all day in the slow cooker just waiting for us to dive in.

Of all the gadgets and gizmos I received almost 13 years ago when I was married, my slow cooker is, by far, my favorite and most beloved gadget in the kitchen!

With the popularity of Pinterest at an all time high, the recipes available for slow cooker meals are endless! While strolling the aisles of the grocery store, I can whip out my Smartphone and search for a recipe, grab the ingredients and head home!

Like many moms, serving my family something tasty and nutritious is a daily struggle in our house. We are a busy family of four, and can often get stuck in a rut of the same go-to meals, week after week. The slow cookers allow us to mix it up a bit and explore new things without slaving over a hot stove all day. I can throw all the ingredients in the cooker before leaving for work in the morning, set it on low, go about our day from school, to work, to dance and come home to a warm and delicious, ready-to-eat meal for the whole family!

Gone are the days of slow cooker soup only! While we have our favorite soups and stews (can you say Chicken Tortilla Soup? Yum!), we regularly make Asian inspired Honey Glazed Sesame Chicken and Rice, Mexican beef or chicken fajitas, and pulled pork sandwiches!

Our newest favorite dish is one I never expected to be making in my slow cooker! Desserts are the latest craze in slow cooker deliciousness. Ooey, gooey, chocolate lava cake left to cook for 2.5 hours is heavenly and just what we need on a chilly winter night! Perfect for parties or family movie night, toss in those ingredients, set it and forget it!

Speaking of parties, nothing says love like bringing a pot of slow cooker meatballs or a creamy spinach and artichoke dip to your favorite gathering. No more stressing over what to make, finding the time to cook it, just toss it in and press a button! Slow cookers even come in a variety of transportable sizes, for easy party convenience!

Enjoy some of our party favorites here:


What will you be making in your slow cooker next?