You Made it to Your Mid-20’s! Now What?

Congrats! You’ve made it to your mid-20’s. You have probably made it through college and are on your own. OR if you are like a majority of the 20-26 year olds in America, you are in your parent’s basement (like me).

What did you dream about doing when you were younger? Hell! What did you dream about doing while you were in college? Is that what you are doing now? I’m very interested in your answers (you should comment on this below).

Skydiving - Mid-20's goals - Yoop ScoopGrowing up, I always thought I’d work with people. I would live in the country, on a lake, have toys, and be able to go fishing everyday after work if I wanted to. I wanted to explore the world, sky dive, eat gelato in Italy, and visit the most beautiful places on Earth. I wanted to have a business in a small town and be in-the-know. BUT, I also wanted to make money to have all the outdoor toys I could fit into a pole barn (that I don’t yet own). I wanted to help others behind the scenes. Not like a nurse-that-wipes-your-ass behind the scenes (however, they are severely important), but someone who helps others be successful – happy. I ended going to school for Marketing, Design and Communications. I wanted to be a voice. I wanted to be successful and make a difference.

Now that I am doing that. I want something else.

Does this resonate? Making it through your 20’s and finding out who the hell you are and what you’d like to do isn’t easy. At least not for everyone. That internship you took, that job you worked at for a year or two, they all affect the career path that we try to pave. Sometimes it paves itself, other times you have blood, sweat, and tear, and the rich Finding Your Path - Yoop Scoopkids paid somehow else to pave theirs. But however the path is created, is it always right?

Sometimes it seems we’ve created the type of life for ourselves that we vowed we would stay away from. We said we would live in the country, in the city, never be tied down. Boy were we wrong. I am confident though that things can still change and that you always have to time to do everything on your bucket list.

So now the burning questions are – When will you start? Where do you begin? Are you going to leave your 9a-5p for the unforeseen future before you?

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Easiest Chicken Noodle Soup. Ever.

I LOVE this Chicken Noodle Soup recipe! What makes it one of my favorites is that this recipe is totally customizable to you and your family’s taste. We make this a lot during hunting season for quick meals and when someone has a cold. This is so easy your kids (or even your husband) could make it!

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup


Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients - Yoop ScoopIngredients:

1 tsp Olive Oil

1 Small Onion

1 tsp. Minced Garlic

1-2 Celery Stalks (cut fine)

1/3 cup Carrots (cut up)

15-20 Chicken Bouillon Cubes

9.5 oz Egg Noodles

2 Cans of Canned Chicken

Parsley Flakes

Note*: I did not have any carrots on hand..


Step 1:

Heat up your olive oil in a large pot. Once it’s warmed up add your cut up onions and your minced garlic

Saute Onions - Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Step 2:

Add water up to about the bottom of the handles on the pot. Roughly 2/3 of your pot (no real measurement here. Again, with the customization). Put back on high heat.

Step 3:

Add your chicken bouillon cubes and vegetables

Chopped Celery - Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Step 4:

Once your water is boiling, throw in your noodles. Boil them for 12-15 minutes until el dente. Stir occasionally and add some spices if you want. I added just pepper. I don’t add salt because the cubes give you quite a bit. If you like a little spice, add some cayenne pepper.

Boil Noodles - Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Step 5:

Put your drained cans of chicken into your pot and let your soup simmer for about 1o minutes. I like to break the chicken up so it is not clumpy. Take a little taste test to make sure you like it. Add a cube o some seasonings if necessary. Lastly, add your parsley flakes (mostly for looks) and you’re done!



I saw a similar recipe on Pinterest (thanks for the inspiration!) and just had to try it! I doctored it up a tad. It is truly the easiest soup recipe out there! Because this recipe is so easily customizable, I would love to hear how you make yours! Thanks all!


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#TBT (#ThrowbackThursday)

I’d like to dedicate this week’s throwback to having the best times of my life at winter time in God’s Country.

During winter break ice fishing, saunas and snowmobiling were at the top of our To-Do List, everyday.

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Snowmobiling north of Newberry, Michigan at the Eagle’s Nest. Nice little hunting camp sat next to the river.


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Ice fishing on Big Manistique Lake off the southeast shore. Got a few nice perch and our toasty warm heater!


Making a day (or week) of exploring the trails and wilderness north of Newberry is something that not everyone has the privilege of experiencing. It seems like there are a billion lakes, streams, hunting camps and dunes to discover in places where only your snow sled can get you. Coming home to a huge pot of homemade chili and hotdogs after a “hard day” of riding was the cherry on top of an awesome winter day.

Go to Campfire Stories and share your memorable #ThrowbackThursday!


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Fighting FOMO – Fear of Missing Out

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The Struggle is Real

Unless you’re going to become a “YES Man”, there will be moments when budget, time, kids, dogs and other obligations come into play. Some of us are stuck at the age between college life and grown up life. Some of our friends are still in college, some are highly successful in their personal and work-life, and others are just riding out the adventures (envy).

Switzerland Waterfall - FOMOEurope Trip - FOMO - Yoop SccopTrip to Europe - FOMO - Yoop Scoop


Photo Credits: Cally Klimczak and Ron Trandell

I think social media plays a HUGE part in newly acclaimed FOMO. Seeing what everyone is doing all the time can impact how you feel about yourself and where you are in life. The pictures posted of party you fell asleep through? The Europe trip everyone your age has been on, but you? FOMO can be a very overwhelming feeling, BUT with your glass is half full (of wine, beer…  just kidding) we will get through this phase.

3 Ways to Fight FOMO

1. Turn off Facebook, Twitter, etc..

Social media can be the root of all evils. Seeing everyone’s Europe pictures and Jamaica vacations makes our snow-covered lawns seem lame. However, you could throw on a snow-suit and build an epic snow village and post the shit of it.. (see what happened there?) But honestly, half of us are way too lazy and enjoy warmth too much for that. On a slow weekend make a point to avoid social media for a bit. We all know you’re happy for your friends – but let’s be honest – drinking beers with James Franco? (eff you – with a smile).

2. Do Something Different

Go do something crazy (or not so crazy). Even if it is by yourself. Go to a new cafe, a new bar, a new park. Throw your dog in the car and go for a drive to … anywhere! Happiness and adventure comes from within. Make the most out of this one, precious life you have been given.

3. Embrace YOU

So you don’t have a huge budget, flexible job or the ability to party like a rockstar… No. Big. Deal. The more comfortable with yourself you are, the less you will feel like you’ve missed out on something amazing.

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Yooper’s Guide to Surviving in a Flatlander’s World

4 Things a Yooper Needs to Know Before They Cross Da Bridge…

You can’t expect a trout to survive in a sandbox. So don’t expect a Yooper to understand everything they will face in troll territory.

Yooper Crossing the Bridge

1. You are already a foreign being from another planet – that lives in the same state.

As soon as the words, “I’m from the U.P.” come out of your mouth, it’s game over. You have already been marginalized into a particular Troll box of foreign items and ideas. You have also gone straight to the top of their ‘Most Interesting People I’ve ever Met’ list.

2. Every word and every phrase you have grown up with is going to blow a Troll’s mind.Confused Flatlander - Yoop Scoop

“Jumped in da drink”, “Swamp Angels”, “Holy Wah”, “the Tooner”, even “Heading into town”. Simple phrases will boggle the minds of most Flatlanders.

3. No – that’s not a Yooper thing..

Every time you do something different from the flatlander norm, you will be asked, “Is that a Yooper thing?” – No,  A confident flatlander may even be bold enough to say, “That’s such a Yooper thing!” – when in fact, it is not.

 4. Traffic. Is. Insane.

Once you hit US 75 into the Lower Peninsula, you will have a sense of speed-freedom you previously (or legally) didn’t have. The flip side to celebrating your inner speed demon?  City traffic. Once you hit a major city such as, Grand Rapids or Detroit, you may experience claustrophobia. Also, when a traffic light turns green – you better step on that gas. Flatlanders have zero patience and live life in the fast lane. Going the speed limit or having a slow reaction time to traffic lights will get you honked at, the finger or hopefully something else more creative.

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Whether you’re a first timer or an experienced veteran of crossing the Big Mac, be aware of your differences, your similarities and for Heavens sake, own them!

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Our Little Fugitive

A 15-year-old Fugitive

Now some kids learn to drive when they are allowed to get their driver’s permits. Some kids are taken out back in a field and do some minor driving exercises to get familiar with a vehicle. My brother and I – weren’t those kids.

Old Gray Buick - FugitiveOur dad had us driving a tractor and mowing the campground when we were eight. When we turned 10-12 (depended on height a little, we’re pretty short folk) we got to get behind the wheel of a real vehicle. Our guinea pig car was street legal above the bridge and a hazard below the below the bridge.

I worked at an ice cream shoppe in the summer since I was 13-years-old. My dad ran a campground. Sometimes our schedules didn’t coincide very well for the pick-up, drop-off situation. So, my dad did what any dad would do that’s been teaching their kid to drive since they were 12 – he gave me the keys to the truck.

I had just turned 15-years-old and I was on my way to work, when a state boy passed me. My heart always pounded a little, but I’d been doing it for years. The rear-view mirror confirmed my pounding heart that was residing in feet. That cop made the quickest U-turn I’d ever seen on all four wheels.

I turned down  a driveway about five drives south from the campground. I parked the truck in the person’s driveway thinking I could make it look like I lived there. In my younger years I heard stories that cops can’t do anything to you if you’re in your own driveway. After I saw the cops headlights coming down the dirt drive, I ditched that idea – fast.Girl running from police - Yoop Scoop

Sprinting through the woods passing women gardening, creeks, dogs barking, cops yelling, then finally… my front door. I yelled through the kitchen window to dad that he needed to take me to work today – pronto. He jumped into shoes, grabbed the keys and off to town we went. He didn’t even ask normal questions like, “Why are you breathing so hard? Where is the truck?” – Thank the Lord.

While in the safe confinements of the ice cream shoppe I started my normal duties. While sweeping the porch I saw two cop cars speed by so I immediately changed my duties to being occupied in the basement. Pat (the boss lady) asked why I was being weird and to mop her damn floor. After I explained the last 30 minutes of my life, she put me back downstairs (couldn’t afford to lose a worker). Pat told me she was hiding me, like a fugitive. After two hours had passed, I felt pretty confident that I had out run the law. All I had to do was get my truck from the neighbors house. (right..)

Thirty minutes later I found out why that thought would be unnecessary. My dad came in to let me know that I had caused quite a stir at the campground. Police questioned every camper at our campground about why a little girl would run away from him through the woods. Dad warned me that the cop who chased me through the woods that morning would come in to talk to me about what I had done. Then, Dad laughed. He and Pat joked about the incident for awhile, Dad bought a chocolate malted, then left a huge cash tip for his little girl.

Chocolate Malt - Yoop ScoopShortly after he left, a state boy waltzed into the parlor. I casually asked him if I could get him an ice cream cone. After his stern, “No. No you can not.” I decided this was my guy. He cut right to the chase with, “What you did this morning is called ducking. We frown upon that. Make sure it doesn’t happen again. Maybe go get your driver’s license. Maybe I should speak to your father again…” I was relieved and surprised at how calm he was about the situation. I was already prepared to be hauled away in mini-cuffs.

After my ‘taking-to’, Pat came back into the parlor and said, “Hey fugitive! Make the man up some ice cream.” And so, I did. The three of us sat down and ate some ice cream while he shared more stories and his daily routine (which didn’t usually require running through woods). From then on (well, for at least the rest of that summer) I was called Curtis’ Little Fugitive. I have been told I’m a lucky lady. Apparently you don’t get away with that behavior below the bridge.

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Easy Meatloaf with a Kick

Spice Up Your Meatloaf!

We love da meatloaf! For us, this dish is delicious year-round. It is simple, easy, cheap and can fill up a hungry young man. This is “No Rules” Meatloaf. I rarely measure ingredients, so consider this meatloaf recipe as very customizable to your tastes. This recipe I made is for two, but if you’re good at math you can make it for as many as you wish!

Meatloaf Line Up


You will need:

  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 small onion (or half of a big onion, or as much onion as you want)
  • 1 pickled jalapeño (completely optional, but this is amazing)
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1/2%. I’m sure it doesn’t matter too much which kind you have)

Spices (Use whatever you enjoy best) I used:

  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Lawry’s Salt

Da Secret Meatloaf Sauce (Not so secret)

Easy Meatloaf - Da Sauce - Yoop Scoop

This recipe is super customizable based on your taste and what is in your cupboard.

For Da Sauce I used:

  • Ketchup
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Baby Ray’s Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

I do not measure these out. I use this rule:  1/2 Ketchup, 1/4 mustard, 1/4 BBQ

Again – this recipe is super customizable. This is just what I happen to do and have on hand.

Get Your Hands Dirrty

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Put ALL ingredients (except da sauce) into a medium mixing bowl. Put your hands in there and mix it all together until all ingredients are thoroughly distributed. (Hopefully you washed your hands first because we all know you just threw the dog a ball or let him outside for the 400th time).

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Plop into bread pan. My only available bread pan is made for giants and this recipe is small, so I only used part of the pan.

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I sprinkle a little extra bread crumbs on top. Not sure why. I guess I think it makes it a little crunchier and helps the meatloaf stay together (however this has not been proven).

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I then whip up ‘da sauce’. Spread that good stuff all over your meatloaf.

Easy Meatloaf - Da Sauce | Yoop Scoop

Plop your creation into the oven and wait for 50 – 60 minutes. I would keep it in longer if it’s a deeper pan.

After it comes out of the oven, I spread a little more of ‘da sauce’ on top. Wait another 5 – 10 minutes for it to cool down (unless you’re tough and/or extremely hungry).

Enjoy! I’m sorry I do not have a finished product picture. My significant other decided it was time to take it out and eat.

If you have any questions, or have made this dish and decided it was absolutely amazing or down-right disgusting, let me know in the comments!

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5 Things We Wish We Could Tell Our Dogs

I talk to my dog like he is a human. We are best buds and sometimes I like to think he understands my every word and feeling. Unfortunately, he doesn’t always ‘catch-my-drift’. These are five things we all wish we could communicate to our four-legged friends.

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1. Can I Pee Alone? And can you close the Door on your way out?
Don’t get me wrong, I feel a little flattered when he wants nothing more than to follow me around (Our husbands and boyfriends should take notes). But, please. Let me do my thing.

2. The Alarm Clock is NOT for you!
At this point, I’m not sure why I have an alarm clock. This dog is up at 6:00 AM. on. the. dot. BUT in the rare occasion I have to set an earlier alarm, the guy goes nuts. If the alarm is set for 4:00 AM, he thinks it is time to eat. This dog could hear the alarm tone from 4 miles away and run for the dinner bowl.

3. You really couldn’t have pooped 3 more feet to the left?

We have a fenced in yard so our dog really has a lot of pooping freedom. The ONLY time he decides to poop in the middle of the yard is when its time to mow. On our one mile walk around the neighborhood there is always at least one person out the same time we are. And in that time is when Deke will decide to poop in their lawn. AND he will do it in a moment of weakness when I’ve forgotten a doggy poo bag.

4. How happy I am to open the door when I get home from a long day at work

After a long stressful day, you want nothing more than to get home, chill, and probably crack a cold one. But nothing. And I mean, nothing, is comparable to the moment you open your door and a brown fur ball comes flying at you. It is pure tail-wagging, tongue-slobbery true true love.

5. I Love You Unconditionally

There is nothing that your dog could do that could make you stop loving them.

  • That hole to China in the backyard? – no big deal.
  • The holes in my favorite yoga pants? – eh… I’ll get new ones.
  • The scratch marks on the bathroom door, because you thought we were leaving you and never, ever coming back? (we went to empty groceries out of the car) – still not enough to be mad at you.
  • I hope everyday they know what “I love you” means when we hug them close (and then kick them out of the bed).

All for the love of a dog.

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Losing My Blog Virginity

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I have many hours logged for careful thinking, researching and planning out how my new (and first) blog should be. Much like how a young girl does planning her first time – or wedding. After hours (more like days) of looking at 100’s of domains, themes and others’ blogs, I am so ready to get this cherry popped!


This blog is bringing a flavor to the internet that it has never tasted before.

My goal is to inspire young adults to embrace any situation they’re in at this time in their lives. Because, let’s face it, 23 – 30-years-old can be an oddball time in life. We want houses, significant others, good jobs, lots of money and the President to thank us for our worldly services once in awhile.

I want to bring smiles and helpful hints to all those ‘kids’ making the big leap into being a ‘grown up’.  (This statement makes me think of a video of a high school track runner missing the hurdle.)

Thank you for helping in the ultimate Cherry Pop! Together we will reach ‘adulthood’ successfully. My Wish is that this blog either helps you out OR makes you smile. :)

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