Family Day Bacon Breakfast Cookies

There are many magical things about these cookies. For one thing, you can eat them for breakfast. They taste amazing with coffee. Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast?  

Secondly, you only need one bowl to make them. (I’m a lazy baker – I only do things I can do all in one bowl.)

Thirdly… IT’S BACON. IN. A. COOKIE. My step-dad (who is vegetarian) once accidentally started eating one and conveniently went temporarily deaf until he was done eating it. (That’s how good they are.)


  • 1/2 pound bacon (the good thick stuff – applewood smoked if you can)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups corn flakes or equivalent flake-y cereal (this is the part where you pretend they are healthy, so choose accordingly)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (Some people will tell you raisons are ok as a substitute. Those people are wrong.)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon until very crisp, drain well and chop into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour and baking soda and stir into butter mixture. Stir in bacon, multi-grain flakes and cranberries.
3. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Space 2 inches apart. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove to rack to cool – about 2 minutes, then remove from rack.
4. Ravenously devour all the bacon cookies. Do not share with the children. If anyone asks what that delicious smell is… it must be that new scented candle you bought! Share with your loving family because it’s Family Day. (But make a secret extra batch for you and hide it in the cupboard.)


Hogwarts: Magizoology

Magizoology is the study of magical creatures. While we are taking our inspiration from the Harry Potter series, we won’t be limited by it! Any magical or mythical creature is fair game… from unicorns to the loch ness monster!



A hero… with a problem… meets a guide… who gives them a plan… that calls them to action… that results in…?

Campers will play the hero in a story of their own making. A character-driven role playing adventure!


Dance Captains

Campers who love to move to the music are going to love the opportunity to be dance captains for the week! We’ll learn a new camp dance to add to our repertoire, and learn some other new moves while we’re at it! Instruction will include an intro to a variety of dance styles.


Kiddi Comic Con

A mini-version of Comic Con, at camp!

Campers will fabricate a costume piece or prop for a character of their choice, learn comic-strip writing techniques, and explore self-expression and creative design.


Recording Artists Major

Whether singing or playing an instrument is what gets you humming, this musical major is going to be a rockin’ good time!

Campers will learn and perform a song which will be recorded for the camp website. Time allowing, we will also record a music video. Campers will be involved in all aspects of the recording from learning vocals to creating and playing musical instruments, to learning how to record separate tracks and complete the recording.


DIY Lego Movie

Everyone loves Lego movies… but now you’ll have the chance to make your own!

Campers will conceptualize and storyboard their own script idea, and then use stop-motion techniques to bring it to life… all while playing with Lego!

That’s just the tip o’ the iceberg! Read about the rest of our majors here.


2019 Summer Calendar


Our Christmas Elf, Part 2

Missed Part 1 of our elf story? Start here.

One thing I was very sure about right from the start was that I didn’t want a “regular” Elf on the Shelf. I wanted an elf that was uniquely ours… and he HAD to have the name Edwick.

So we started doing a little shopping around. Since we do the craft fair circut for Ron’s business Wood & Ashes, we were hoping we would find Edwick at a show – but nothing was quite right. Eventually we found an artist online who creates handmade elf dolls – and her style was PERFECT. Then it was just a matter of choosing the little guy with the right face… and when I saw him I knew right away.


One of the things I really love about him is that he is fully posable – right down to the hands. (Plus his little pencil behind the ear reminded me of Ron!) I also love that he isn’t overtly Christmassy – he just looks like a regular elf, but we can easily give him some extra Christmas-y accessories when we want to.

Our elf is one of a kind, so our “rules” for his visits are unique to our family too. I encourage everyone to make your Elf fit your family and your values – there are no “Elf” police! Doing it your own way will help you avoid feeling like a slave to the elf. (Because if it becomes a chore… then it’s not magical and no fun.)

Our Elf Rules

  1. Like his namesake, Edwick likes to bring the family special things to do. He might bring a new Christmas book to read, a craft activity, or tickets to the Magic of Lights.
  2. There’s no book or DVD. Our elf is unique to our family.
  3. Sometimes Edwick is lazy and doesn’t move (or just happens to go back to the same spot). That’s ok.
  4. Edwick does not do ‘naughty’ things, because he models positive behaviour. But sometimes he is silly, or hides, or writes us a note.
  5. Edwick is not a snitch reporting back to Santa – he’s with us to encourage Christmas spirit and family time. But sometimes we brag to him about something awesome somebody did. (“Hey Edwick, did you see G clear his dishes after lunch without being reminded?”)
  6. Edwick also likes to remind us to be kind and generous, so he reminds us to look for toys and other things we don’t play with or use anymore to give to other little boys and girls.
  7. Edwick doesn’t like to be touched, so we try to respect that. (And he stays up high where the grabby 2 year old can’t reach.)

What is unique about your family’s elf?


Last Day Magic

I know it’s pretty easy to do on the last day of camp, but our oldest campers had me in tears for most of the afternoon.

When we set up for carnival, it’s a free-range event; the kids play a variety of games which the staff are running in exchange for tickets to spend at the prize booth. Since the campers are free to roam around within the carnival space, we pair up bigs and littles so that the littles have someone to help them with the games and keep track of their tickets.

But that’s not quite what happened.

Instead, we saw Heartwood campers who were not just helpers, but completely devoted to their Sprouts:

Bigs and littles having a snack together.

I watched pair after pair of campers sitting down in the snack area to share a bag of popcorn or other treat and having a chat.

I saw a big helper who didn’t spend any of his tickets on himself, except for a few to buy a freezie. The rest of his tickets all went to buy his Sprout anything his little heart desired – including numerous snacks, “rockstar glasses”, two glow in the dark wands, and a wind-up robot.

All smiles! These Heartwood girls were so excited to buy a special prize for their Sprout.

Another Sprout had a meltdown when he realized the prize he was after had already been sold. The Heartwood camper who bought it immediately offered to resell it, and two others pooled their tickets to pay him back for it. (The kids had the whole issue solved before the staff even knew what happened!)

Two campers knew their Sprout was desperate to win the only PlayDoh set, so they conspired to pool their tickets together to buy it for her.

The best part of watching the Heartwoods take care of their Sprouts was not just that they were so generous with their tickets; it was the obvious joy they took in making our youngest campers happy. No one ever even suggested that they should spend their tickets on someone else; yet it came naturally and beautifully to them , and their faces were glowing as they did so.

Perhaps the most magical part of this whole story is that it wasn’t a last-day anomaly – our campers really are this nice to each other – but the format of carnival just highlighted it in an extra-beautiful way.

Parents of Heartwoods: You should be seriously proud of these amazingly caring, generous, selfless kids.
Parents of Sprouts & Shoots: Please know how loved your kids are by the older campers. As your monkeys get older, they’ll have some fantastic shoes to fill.

We are raising some seriously special kids here, people. These kiddos are giving me hope for the world.