Weekend Fun, Workouts

Lapham Peak, Kettle Moraine Forest

Today we explored the Lapham Peak unit of the Kettle Moraine Forest in Wisconsin. The Lapham Peak tower had a great view of Pewaukee Lake and Downtown Milwaukee and I can’t wait to go back for the fall leaves. We walked along the Plantation Trail which was a nice paved trail, great for runners who don’t like true trail runs and also excellent for strollers. Next time we’ll explore the Butterfly garden which is connected to the trail.

Weekend Fun, winter

Christmas 2016 in Photos

Just a few photos to recap our Christmas Day spent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this year:

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Coconut macaroons from one of my two favorite cookbooks: The Chef Next Door (Amanda Freitag) which I drizzled with dark chocolate once cooled.

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We make ornaments every year and this year was snowmen made out of bottle caps and pipe cleaners for arms. The Santa paint brush on the tree was a previous DIY ornament!

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We were happy and excited to watch a Steelers victory against the Ravens this year! Playoffs, here we come! Here we go Steelers!

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I asked for more coloring pencils and I got them plus a cool new coloring book! Bring more snow because I’m ready to relax and color. :)

Weekend Fun, winter

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve! May your holiday be filled with cheer, enjoying company with your loved ones near and far, and blessed with happiness! Home is not always a physical location but with someone you love and I’m always happy to spend holidays with Mike. It’s even better when spent with more family but if not, that’s when other times spent together are even more special. :)

I love decorating our place right after Thanksgiving and the lights from the Christmas tree always put a smile on my face. (Notice  two (but not all) of our Steelers ornaments.)

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We had so much snow last weekend and it was awesome! I love watching the snow fall especially when I wake up from a nap to snow! After the snow there were wind chill temperatures in the negative, then we had some snow freeze, icicles form, melting snow, and then a bit more snow last night. One of the Pilates studios where I teach has crazy big icicles, look out below!

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I participated in a Secret Santa exchange at Colectivo and I made homemade bath salts using the Young Living essential oils I recently purchased. The bath salts couldn’t be easier to make- 1 cup of Epsom salts and 10 drops of Lavender oil. My Secret Santa loved the gift! I love seeing people get excited about the gifts they receive, it makes me so happy.

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Mike and I will be having fun making delicious food while home together, making this year’s ornaments, and watching some movies. Yesterday Mike smoked a brisket and we had creamed spinach and roasted sweet potatoes for dinner with the brisket! I made coconut macaroons drizzled with chocolate and for Christmas Eve we’re having French toast casserole for breakfast and then king crab legs and lobster tail, smashed potatoes, and carrots. :) Yesterday’s movie was White Christmas and today’s is Star Wars as a follow up to the new movie, Rogue One.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fall, travel, Weekend Fun

Insta-Minneapolis

Today’s post is full of pictures I snapped on my phone throughout our trip. Sometimes I prefer to snap a quick pic (or selfie) and mostly all of these pictures were posted on my Instagram account. I think the photos sum up our trip well: a road trip exploring Minneapolis and St. Paul filled with food and love for our new favorite city in the Midwest.

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We dressed as twins for the start of our trip to Minnesota- Minnesota Twins- get it?! ;) And the Pens played the Minnesota Wild on Thursday when we left but in Pittsburgh.

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Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub where I had the best wild rice burger ever (not that I have any other to compare it with as of now).

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Minnehaha Falls at Minnehaha Regional Park.

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Umbrellas hanging from the ceiling at Calhoun Square mall in Uptown- Uptown is where we stayed.

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Brasa Rotisserie for lunch after touring the Mill City Museum.

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Walking along the Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River with the remains of the Washburn “A” Mill to the left.

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The Minnehaha house seen on Rehab Addict.

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Apple Kernza (Kernza is a grain) pancakes at Birchwood Cafe with pomegranates, marscapone, and apples.

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A mural seen on West Lake Street in Uptown.

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A panoramic view of the VRBO apartment we stayed at in Uptown, MN. This apartment was Awesome. We liked it much better than the place we stayed in Folly Beach, SC and we would stay here in again.

Until next time Minneapolis, we miss you already!

 

travel, Weekend Fun

Cathedral of St. Paul

Saturday morning we had breakfast at Birchwood Cafe in the town of Seward towards St. Paul. Birchwood Cafe was the second recommendation I found from Andrew Zimmern. I had the Apple + Kerzna pancakes which had pomegranates, marscapone, and chipotle sugar, a combination I’ve never had but was excited to try. They had a kick but it wasn’t bad! Mike’s Eggs Benedict with pork were delicious as well with the fresh apples and greens which I don’t typically see on Eggs Benedict.

After breakfast we drove out to St. Paul. The drive was beautiful across the campus of University of St. Thomas and the houses along the way. I never get tired of seeing the architecture you find at cathedrals and basilicas. The Cathedral of St. Paul was amazing.

Next we went to Surly Brewing right when they opened to purchase our tickets for the noon tour. They open at 11 am so we sat and had a beer while we waited. The beer hall at Surly Brewing is so cool and we loved the brewery tour, it was definitely by far the best brewery tour we’ve done together!

We walked to dinner in Uptown and tried out Stella’s Fish Cafe. They have a really large menu selection but I went with the Chef’s Plate of scallops with grilled romaine, butternut squash, fresh apples, and fennel. It was probably the best scallop dish I’ve ever had and I loved every piece of it!

Below are pictures from the Cathedral of St. Paul. Sadly tomorrow I fly back to Milwaukee but not without a ‘Sota’ t-shirt and some Minnesota wild rice!

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Stained glass windows

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Stained glass windows above the choir

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Panels at the altar

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The dome inside the cathedral.

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Entrance to the cathedral.

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