Sunday, August 28, 2011

Michigan Trip Day 1

Every year a group of my cousins take a road trip. This years trip took us up to the shores of Michigan.
We left on Sunday morning and while waiting on everyone to arrive at my cousins I passed the time watching the Amish arrive at the neighbors across the street for church.

Our Transportation. We departed at 8:30am and arrived in Mackinaw City aound 5:30pm.

Checked into our hotel.

After dinner we drove over to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.

Mackinac Bridge

The Mackinac Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the upper and lower peninsulas. Total length 26,372 feet.

The Algonquian Native Americans called the straits and the surrounding area "Michilimackinac", meaning "the jumping-off place" or "great road of departure". These Native Americans moved around the straits rather than crossing them. The straits were the end of the trail.

Mackinac Island on the left and Round Island on the right.

He just seemed to be posing for me.

My waterfront home...NOT!!!

After we got back to the hotel my husband and I decided to walk the few blocks back to the bridge and watch the sunset. We were glad we did.  It was just beautiful!

 To be continued.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Morning Tea and Brunch

An Amish lady in my area puts on these delightful tea and brunches. Over a year ago a co-worker asked if I would like to go to one. Of course I would.  She is pretty much booked ahead a whole year but it was worth the long wait. Not only was the food awesome her gardens were just beautiful!!

Is this not the coolest arbor you have ever seen? I want one!! Our teacups were on the table in here. You picked out a cup then went and poured your tea from the teapot on the stone table shown below.

The Stone Table. So cool!!

These pastel colored chair are just adorable.
 I never thought about taking pictures of the food. The next time I will.  Everything was so delicious and she kept bringing more and more. I am quessing there were at least 15 or more different dishes and of course I had to try them all!

When a tree is in the way just go around it.

A stone pathway winds through a shade garden. Love shade gardens!

A  place to relax and meditate.

I don't think I have ever seen this tree. She said it is a Tamarix tree. So pretty.

I want one of these too.

One last peek into the arbor.  Thanks for visiting.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sauteed Corn

Sweet corn is in season here in Ohio. Corn is my favorite veggie, well that or potato's.
 Unfortunately the racoons pretty much destroyed mine:(  but a new produce stand opened
 next to where I work so I have been picking some up after work. Gotta have my corn!!!
 It's such an easy summer time meal.

 I always make sure I get enough to have a few leftover for this sauteed corn.

Cook corn like you normally would.

Cut it off the cob.

Chop some green and red peppers and some onions. I use red if I have them.

Saute onions and peppers in 1 Tbsp butter.

Add your corn and additional butter. The butter depends on how much corn you have.

Season with salt and pepper. Can you tell I like pepper?  Sometimes I add some fresh parsley too. Saute a few minutes until heated through.

Hope you like it as much as I do!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wade and Gatton Part 2

Here are a few more photos from the beautiful Wade and Gatton hosta farm. If you like hostas and live in central Ohio this is well worth the trip.