Summer Doings | 7-2-2016

I can’t believe that it is July already! I always get to this point in summer, and I freak out because  I feel like summer is going to fast and before I know it, I will be in the middle of a February blizzard! Real fears people!

Earlier in the week I went strawberry picking with my kids (AKA my little sister(8) and little brother(6)). It was the farms last day – so pickings were slim, but we managed to find about 11lbs. I soon as I got home I started looking for jam recipes that didn’t require canning. I don’t know about you, but I feel like canning is an extremely detailed process and most recipes are a little light on directions. What is with this? I was able to find a freezer jam that worked out perfect! I’ve been having toast and jam for breakfast all week.

When you live on a farm ( have I mentioned this? My family owns an organic farm, but we are by no means farm people), sometimes you get pulled to do manual labor. We grew medical grade chamomile this year, and it’s harvest time. Our littles have been out there almost everyday – they are closer to the ground. I helped pick a row, and lets just say that I have been sore for a few days! At least, the flowers are pretty and they smell good! I have plans to make a chamomile infused whipped cream to go along with strawberry shortcake. I’ll keep you posted on how it tastes!

If you are ever in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area, I highly recommend heading out with Clearwater Outdoors for a social paddle on the lake! My Sister-in-law and I went this week and had a blast! We SUPed and chatted on the lake for 2 hours at sunset. It was perfect!  A great opportunity to disconnect from technology and enjoy some fellowship time. We have plans to make it a weekly thing!

In between all that, I’ve been teaching my 16 years old sister how to drive and “by drive” I mean I have let her drive down the driveway multiple times. Not sure if I am prepared to take her on the real road, I might leave that to dad!

What are you plans for the 4th? My family will be heading to Cincinnati for the grand opening  of The Ark Encounter, so no big party for us. I am hoping that I will be able to have some of that awesome cake\fruit pizza thing, that is an American tradition, at some point weekend. I want to hear y’alls plans! Tell me in the comments below!



Brooke Alline


Five oldies to watch this summer |

I grew up watching old movies, I’ll never forget the first time I realized that they were still making movies… Yeah, I grew up under a rock. My Mimi is an old movie buff and one my besties growing up had the best old VHS collections. These are the movies I get an itch to watch once summer starts.

  1. My Sister Eileen. This is one of my  all time favorite! It has Jack Lemmon in it, need I say more? Funny movie about two sisters who move to NYC to make it big. It is a musical and the title number cracks me up every time.
  2. The Parent Trap. I will always love the Haley Mills version. How fabulous are those party dresses? Summer camp never looked more glamorous! It is also totally acceptable to watch the Lindsay Lohan version.
  3. Bells are RingingThis is one I forgot about until yesterday, I was thrifting and found a vinyl of the soundtrack. Score! Judy Holliday stars as an answering service operator who falls in love over the phone with one of her customers, but she always pretends to be a motherly 63 years old. Such a good one!
  4. On Moonlight BayThis classic Doris Day film is probably the reason I love Doris Day so much! Tomboy Doris Day falls in love with the boy next-door Gordon McRae.
  5. Summer MagicAnother Haley Mills classic. I still have dreams of one day throwing a  lawn party like the Careys. This movie also might be one of the reasons I love yellow so much.

Note: I am able to find all of these movies at my local library.

The Food Edition | 6-18-2016

I made this Strawberry Milk the other day. OMWORD.

I LOVE anything Banana, So I am going to have to make these Frozen Banana Creams.

I have been trying to master Falafel at home. I also don’t like to fry things, and these Crispy Homemade Falafel turned out pretty good. They turned out softer then I would have liked, but it might helped if my food processor was working.

This is one of my favorite summer dishes! I need to make it soon. It is perfect for picnics.

Every summer, I have these grand plans to make popsicles. It hasn’t happened yet. But these ones look great!

The other day we had good ol’ taco salad. You know the kind with Doritos;) I was so excited about it all day, it’s definitely a childhood favorite. And so easy to make fancier(grass-fed Beef, Organic jalapeño lime chips, avocado and TJ’s Siracha Ranch dressing)!

If you are on the Cold Brew wagon, you have to make this Homemade Vanilla Syrup. It is so easy and perfectly creamy.

What is on your must make\cook list this week?  Leave your links in the comments below!

You can also follow my Noshing Pinterest board. It gets the most pinning action from me.


Libertyville, IL | 6-11-2016

Photo taken by my personal photographer Madeline_powers

We took off today and went to explore a new town. When you live in a tourist town, your best bet for a weekend is to find a different town to explore! We had some fantastic Mexican food, shopped around in their cute little shops and visited the original Hansa(the real reason for the visit!) This time we tried the Dr. Hansa(Dr.Pepper and Espresso) and the Kaffelemonad(Cold Brew and Lemonade). They were both great to try, but the Royale W/ Bees is still my favorite!  The staff was so kind and chatty, definitely a pleasure to visit. If you are ever in the area, I recommend stopping by!

Hansa Coffee 755 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, Illinois 60048

Three things | 6-4-16

  1. Owl City.  For some reason I am like 20 years late to this party. My brother keeps laughing at me and calling me a homeschooler, but I just started listening to Owl City and I am crazy about it! Adam Young cracks me up so much! His song Deer in the Headlights had me laughing for days! He also started a side project composing scores for certain events in history. I think that The Spirit of St. Louis is one of the most beautiful things I have heard recently. Check it out!
  2. Still Huge mascara. This is my mascara right now! The true test of a mascara is if you will buy another tube, and I definitely will! It is the perfect mix of length and volume.
  3. The Greatest Generation Foundation Facebook page. I discovered this page a few months ago. They honor our veterans when they pass away, telling us their story. I have to tell you, I am a mess every time I read one. These men and women are such heroes and they are some of the most humble people ever. So many of them go about their lives without anyone knowing the extent of their heroism. Thank a vet today!

Three things | 5-28-2016

  1. Benefit Brow Bar. Y’all, I am so happy! They just opened a benefit brow bar near my house! I mean, it’s still 25 minutes away, but in an area where I am every week! I can now achieve my dream of having my eyebrows on fleek at ALL TIMES! But seriously, I have to go to them. I have crazy German eyebrows and sensitive skin and for whatever reasons their wax doesn’t make me break out. And they are dang hilarious over there at the benefit company.
  2. I am not an animal person at all. Not even a little bit, so it’s ironic that over the last week I have google image searched baby cranes(OMWORD), multiple breeds of pugs (anyone have one I could borrow for the day? It’s my brothers 23rd birthday and he would die.), snakes wearing hats, and baby donkeys. I don’t even know myself anymore.
  3. Cold Brew with Almondmilk and Honey. I was recently in Lake Bluff for my job and noticed that they had a new coffeeshop open. Well, that is right my ally! I stopped in and had their Royale w/ Bee which is their famous cold brew with Califia almond milk and honey! It’s so good! I have been making my own at home until I can get back down there. They also do a Dr. pepper Americano thingy that I need to try….



Three Things | 5-21-2016

  1. Califia Farms Almond Milk.  I love this brand! They are so cute and funny, and their products  are on point. I am not dairy-free(I live in the dairy state!), but we always have dairy-free milk around the house. I love it in my morning green smoothie, but it is fantastic over steel cut oats. Their Cocoa noir cold brew is also incredible, if you can find it.
  2. Kensington Palace Instagram . Seriously, what is better then seeing photos of Harry and his beard, and Kate and Wills in all the adorable togetherness? Nothing, nothing is better!
  3. Chacos vs. Birkenstocks? What are your thoughts on the matter? I have never been into either, but in my goal to become more outdoorsy, I need a pair of outdoor sandals. I linked to the pairs I think I would want. Tell me your opinions, please! Funny side story, I was at a slackline party/camp fire last night and everyone started talking about chacos and all the sudden they were taking a photo of everyones feet and only two of us were not wearing chacos. I think I know their opinions!