Daniel and I headed down to TX for some much-needed friend time last weekend. After flying into Austin, we got picked up by the gang and headed to Torchy’s Tacos! So good! I had The Independent. Best mushroom taco I have ever had!
We wanted to find a super hipster coffee shop, so we started towards the Capitol and found Houndstooth Coffee. Super Hipster, but friendly staff. The girl working the register was actually from Milwaukee, so we were able to bond over our love for stone creek. I had the vanilla cold brew, perfect for the 100 degree weather.
We were able to walk over to the capital and walk around. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have a portrait of John Wayne on the wall, but I was informed that he did not actually settle Texas.
That was my time in Austin. Stayed tuned for a recap of my first surfing experience and the rest of my time spent in San Antonio!
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When you order 100lbs of blueberries, you make blueberry pie! Let me tell you, I made the best pie crust of my life. My filling didn’t set, but you can’t win them all!
My family headed down to Cincinnati on the 4th for the Ark Encounter ribbon cutting. We have been waiting and praying for this project for about two years, and it was so neat to be able to see the project open. The Ark Encounter is about 35 min. south of Cincinnati in williamstown, KY. It is a full size model of the Ark that God told Noah to build in Genesis. It is HUGE! They are still working on completing it 100%, but it is already an excellent museum/attraction. Along with the exhibits presenting proof that a world wide flood happened and how we can believe the Bible is true, they also have a petting zoo, restaurant and zip line. The gift shop was really great too! They had a beautiful section of fair trade gifts and accessories. They also have a small exhibit on loan from the National Bible Museum that is opening in DC next year. This is definitely a museum that I am looking forward to seeing!
We didn’t get to check out the food scene in Cincinnati but we did get to eat at a family favorite, Aladdins Eatery. We all were humming our happy tummy songs during this meal! Amazing shwarma! The mint tea is killer and make sure you order the dip sampler if you go!
We headed home early Wednesday morning. We didn’t pass Indianapolis at the right time, but if we had I was fully prepared to beg for a stop at Milktooth.
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bells are Ringing. This 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!
- On Moonlight Bay. This 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.
- Summer Magic. Another 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.
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!
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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