Tag Archives: Michigan

Wordless Wednesday 2.12

12 Feb

Wordless Wednesday 2.12

It has been a very long winter here in Michigan. Good thing I love snow!



XOXO – Elizabeth


Top Ten – Places to Visit in the US!

7 Jan

My top ten places in the US.


10. Houghton Lake, Mi – My All time favorite place to be. Largest inland lake in Michigan. We spent every summer at our grandparents house since I was born.
9.  Louisville, Ky – If you ever have the chance to visit Louisville I recommend that you go. My sister used to live there and a dear friend from college still does. We try to make it to the Kentucky Derby each year. This is an event that you have to go to at least once in your lifetime! Don’t forget your big fancy hat!
8. Niagara Falls – Passing through on our way to New York we stopped on a raining afternoon. I feel I need to go back again to appreciate the beauty.  It is crazy the amount of water that dumps over the fall.
7. Yosemite – As a child we went camping in Yosemite. From what I remember, the trees were huge and it got really cold at night. We also saw Half Dome.
6. Lake Tahoe – I have been during the winter and summer months. Once as a child and once after college.  My uncle took me skiing, which I had not idea how to do. At the time I was very scared to go down those big mountains. The scenery from the chair lifts was incredible. You can see for miles and miles.
5. Wash DC – My sister lived outside DC and I was only able to visit her once before they moved. We did the tour of DC and all the monuments. Amazing. I highly recommend taking time to do a day trip. Stop at all the monuments and take in what they all offer. My favorite was FDR.
4. San Francisco, CA – I have family just outside of San Fran. I have been there twice, once when I was a child and after college. This city has so much to offer. I need to go back again to full appreciate it.  Fishermen dwarf is a great tourist attraction. We did not visit Alcatraz, but when I go back I will.
3. Boston, Mass – Spent a day visiting this city at the end of summer a few years ago. We were in the are for a short weekend. I often mention this weekend to my husband as one of our favorites! We visited the Aquarium, toured Harvard campus and stopped at some of the local bars.
2. Kauai, Hawaii – Went for a wedding. Absolutely breath taking! This island does not have much of a night life, but that didn’t matter. We spent our days in the sun on the beaches and our evening hanging out under our Lanai. The funnest thing to see were all the chickens. They roam free like pigeons and are all over the island.
1. Round Pond, Maine – Spent a 3 week vacation here. The beaches, the air, and the sun were so clean. I often think back to this vacation and how I would like to go back some day. Fresh lobster every day!

What is your favorite city and have you been to any of these locations?

xoxo – Elizabeth


White Christmas

27 Dec

White Christmas

Hope you and your family has a wonderful Christmas! Even though it was a day late, we still got out snow! My sister took this photo while taking an afternoon stroll!

xoxo – Elizabeth

You live in Michigan when …

27 Sep

MICHIGAN… according to Jeff Foxworthy:

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you may live in Michigan.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t even work there, you may live in Michigan.

If you’ve worn shorts and a jacket at the same time, you may live in Michigan.

If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Michigan.

If “vacation” means going anywhere North of Grand Rapids for the weekend, you may live in Michigan.

If you measure distance in hours, you may live in Michigan.

If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you may live in Michigan.

If you have switched from ‘heat’ to ‘A/C’ in the same day and back again, you may live in Michigan.

If you can drive 75 mph through 2 fee…t of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you may live in Michigan.

If you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both doors unlocked, you may live in Michigan.

If you carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them, you may live in Michigan.

If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you may live in Michigan.

If the speed limit on the highway is 70 mph -you’re going 80 and everybody is passing you, you may live in Michigan.

If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you may live in Michigan.

If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you may live in Michigan.

If you have more miles on your snow blower than your car, you may live in Michigan.

If you find 10 degrees “a little chilly”, you may live in Michigan.

If you actually understand these jokes, repost this so all of your Michigan friends and others can see, you definitely do live – or have lived – in Michigan

Pretty Funny and TRUE!

XOXO – Elizabeth

Wordless Wednesday

26 Sep

End of Summer – Houghton Lake, MI

Here is another painting my mother did for a friend. This is a swing up at my grandmother’s house that over looks Houghton Lake, Mi. We have had many amazing memories up at the Lake. This picture has captured every memory from every summer for that last 20 years!

XOXO – Elizabeth

100th Post!

1 Sep

This blog was created in December 2010. The idea was to explore different cooking recipes, the ups and down living with my husband and how life changes as you head into the next stages in your life. Almost two years later I have hit my 100th post and almost 8,000 views. It’s crazy to think that anyone would want to read what I have to say. I greatly appreciate all the support, comments and feedback I have received thus far. Thank you.

It is fun to look back and reread old posts! Here are my top five posts!

1)A Wordless Wednesday dedicated to a piece of art my mother created for my husband for Christmas.

Tip of the thumb, Michigan

2) I am always looking for new recipes. There is a tab at the top of the blog  “Share your Recipes” . where I am  looking for you to share a good family recipe or one that you love to cook!

3)The third most popular post goes to a shout out to the month of May – National Food Month. I reached out to people who have blogged about the foods that are honored in the month of May. Stop by and see all the different recipes! Strawberries, Salsa, Asparagus… If you have a blog post please feel free to add in the comments!

4)I hate to even mention this post that I shared about a little problem we had with White kitchen mites. After several attempts with bug killer, orkin man, and lots of scrubbing these nasty little things finally went away on their own! Click the picture to read the full story!

Tiny White Kitchen Mites

5) Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month? Click the link to get a really killer Grilled Cheese recipe!

How many posts do you have on your blog?


Wordless Wednesday

30 May

Nothing is more relaxing than a fire by the water….

My little family, which consists of me, my husband and Houghtie went away for memorial weekend. It was just the three of us. We have had a rough couple months (I will post on the topic when ready) and now we are getting back to normal. This was the perfect weekend to just be together.

xoxo – Elizabeth

Boyne, Ski Weekend

2 Feb

Each year the advertising industry in Detroit throws a winter weekend get away. If anyone knows Michigan there are not many places to ski. So we drive up to Boyne.

This is our second year attending. Before last year it had been maybe 20 years since the last time I hit up the slopes. Needless to say I was very intimidated.  This year we did a lot better. The chair lifts still presented a challenge, but not as many falls and tons of laughs.

Do you hit the slopes? Ski or Snowboard? Where do you go?

xoxo – Elizabeth

Wordless Wednesday

1 Feb

My mother hand painted this map as a Christmas gift for my husband.   I wish this picture did a better job showing  how beautiful it really is. The details are just amazing. We have a cottage in the tip of the thumb, so this will be beautiful to frame and hang on the wall!

Are you interested in a painting like this?

xoxo – Elizabeth

Wordless Wednesday

12 Oct



The beginning of Fall

xoxo – Elizabeth