Joy Larson was raised in Montana, is a graduate of the University of Montana, mother of four, animal lover and writer.
It’s Time for Christmas Programs Again
It’s that time of year again. It’s Christmas program time. The time when parents pack into gymnasiums and auditoriums like sardines to watch their children sing holiday classics.
Holiday Mulled Red Wine Crockpot Recipe
My oldest brother has become famous the past few Christmases for making almond roca. It was something that my mother always used to make when we were kids, but hadn’t made in a long time and my brother resurrected it. Along with bringing back the almond roca, my brother has become fa…
I remember as a child thinking that my parents knew everything. They always seemed to have the answers. Before I was a teenager, I looked up to them in awe of all that they knew. They were my heroes.
5 Cold Fighters
With the first snow of the year on the ground already, it’s time for people to start passing around bugs. The common cold is one of the most infamous of all bugs to be generously shared every year. My family survives at least one cold every winter, some more severe than others...
Super Simple Salted Caramel Popcorn Recipe Perfect for Fall
I had numerous handfuls of this amazing popcorn at a family friend’s house a few weeks ago. It was quite possibly the best caramel popcorn I’ve ever had. I was pleasantly surprised to learn the recipe was so simple.
Do You Have Weak Red Blood Cells? Are You Anemic?
This past spring I was totally nuts for ice. I would eat cup after cup of ice, chewing, crunching and annoying everyone around me. I couldn’t help it. I just craved ice and I couldn’t get enough. I didn’t think this was particularly strange. I just thought that I had developed a habit, a bad habit a…
New Test Show if Students Are Fat
In some states public schools have initiated an annual student weigh-in. The students’ body mass indexes are measured and the reports is sent home letting the parents know if the parents and student should be concerned about the child’s weight.
Reasons to Visit Missoula this Fall and Winter
Just because the weather gets a little colder soon, doesn’t mean that Missoula and Western Montana close the blinds and hibernate for the winter. In fact, the opposite is true. There is just as much to enjoy about our fair city when the snow flies, as when the sun shines 20 hours a d…
5 Things to Do Before School Starts
There are still a few days before school starts and I’m trying to make the best of them. I love school and the normalcy it brings to our life with a set schedule. However, my kids aren’t quite as excited for school to start as I am. So, I’ve put togeth…
Why I Can’t Wait for Fall
With all the 90 degree weather we have been enduring in the past month or so, I have been longing for a nice long Montana autumn. Autumn is my favorite season and I can’t wait for it to be here. Here are my favorite things about autumn in Montana