Backyard Living

What to cook for your 4th of July Celebration

The Fourth of July is the pinnacle of the outdoor cooking season.  It’s a national holiday, a day off work for many, and a good excuse to fire up the grill (or smoker, or fire pit, or campfire…). There are … Continue reading

Cutting the cord — The decision to quit Cable TV

We waffled over the decision for days about whether or not to quit cable TV.  It was really a technicality.  We knew the answer.  We just couldn’t admit it yet.  In my post, Sacrifice is Hard to Swallow, I mentioned … Continue reading

GUEST POST: Refill Your Emotional Tank with Jen McDonough

This guest post is from my friend Jen McDonough.  If anyone knows about Living Beyond Awesome, it’s her! Interested in writing a guest post for Here are the guidelines. Life is fun and adventurous for our family of six … Continue reading


My Outdoor Cooking Setup Part 2 — Cast Iron

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Cast iron cookware is among the most versatile to use in a car camping or backyard setting.  It is relatively inexpensive, can handle as much heat as you can throw at it, and as non-stick as anything if seasoned properly.  … Continue reading

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Willow River State Park Videos

Here are some videos from our last trip to Willow River State Park in Hudson, WI.  I wrote a lengthy overview last year.  We visited again and shot some new video and took a bunch of pictures. We walked the … Continue reading