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.

#crochet, DIY

Crochet Blanket Sweater

My newest adventure in crochet was to create a blanket sweater and it’s like a cocoon for the body. I love the gray I used- a lighter one and the yarn is nice and soft but not too bulky. I used Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn as the author of the pattern suggests. The ¬†sweater used less than 3 skeins making it inexpensive. I’m excited to wear this sweater more as the weather warms up for spring!


My “blanket” before making it into a sweater.




Quiche with Homemade Crust


One of the breakfast dishes I’ve wanted to make at home is a quiche but I won’t be the one eating it. The overall flavor of eggs by themselves is not my favorite thing and never really has been. So this quiche was made for Mike and he developed the flavors of it with bacon, spinach, green onions, eggs, milk, and some seasonings. But I made the crust and the crust is a very simple recipe using olive oil and no butter. The crust is flaky and so easy to make. I found the recipe on Food.com, give it a try!

#crochet, Recipes

Crochet Mama and Baby Manatee

I recently tried crochet stuffed animals for a friend who’s expecting in August. I know one of the popular homemade gifts at a baby shower is a crochet or knit blanket so I wanted to stick with homemade but go a different route. I thought about asking my friend what her favorite animal is but once I saw the pattern for a mama and baby manatee it was decided. It did take me three tries to get the pattern started right but from then on it was so simple! This was definitely one of my favorite crochet projects. :)

What do you think?





We’re still cooking and baking all the time and some of our favorite recipes so far have been:

Oatmeal blueberry breakfast bars (Iowa Girl Eats)
Simple Marinara sauce (The Chef Next Door cookbook)
Oatmeal creme pies (Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Homemade sloppy joes- sans sweet potato (Skinnytaste)
Sweet potato, onion and cappicola pizza (Delish)
Cauliflower Rice (Cook Eat Paleo)

Recipes, Souper Bowl Sunday, winter

Lentil Soup

Last week Mike and I made lentil soup and it was one of our favorites as of now! One of my favorite things to do is make a big pot of soup on Sunday’s and enjoy it for the rest of the week. Now that I have Sunday’s off it’s easy to start making soup and then finish the evening with a delicious dinner. The lentil soup is hearty and full of vegetables without any cream. There’s carrots, celery, onion, kale, lentils and sweet potatoes. It won’t leave you hungry but it will make you excited for your next bowl! The soup recipe is in Amanda Freitag’s cookbook, The Chef Next Door, are you surprised? We froze half the soup to thaw for another week when we can get excited for the soup all over again!