My Momma Loves Me

My mom made Blue Moon Cupcakes!!!!!!!  She is a big fan of Pinterest, saw the recipe and thought I would like them.  And boy do I like them, absolutely delicious.  They have a slight hint of orange and the beer gives it a hardy flavor without being heavy.  She made them the day we arrived and the flavors just keep getting more rich.  I have made a request for a Guinness cake this year on my birthday.

Pure Michigan

I’m back in civilization now after spending a week celebrating “Pure Michigan“. If you had followed us around you would have been able to shoot all the footage needed for a new travel ad, it was also all girl power! I spent last week camping with my dear friend Robyn, from college. I’ve talked about her here before; she is the Army Captain who lives in Chicago. Her husband is from a hometown near mine and we often stop to see them on holiday trips. She is currently enrolled in grad school at DePaul and culinary school. Working to save the world one healthy kid at a time. The timing worked out perfectly that she finished both terms and had a week off from her internship. So we hit the trails, lakes and woods for some much needed R&R.

There is no better way to camp out than with a chef! Now I’ve always considered myself to be pretty stilled with a camp stove but wow Shrimp Scampi! Now that is just so far beyond what I expected to dine on. Add a chilled bottle of wine, a roaring fire and we just melted into our chairs. While I was not the chef I certainly was the fire marshal. I was able to get is a blazer going every night even with the wood soaked from rains. The weather as whole cooperated so well, poor Josh was in 100 degree heat all week. She whipped up veggie burger breakfast burritos and of course we had s’mores. One the one rainy day we headed into Ann Arbor for a visit to the delicious Arbor Brewing Company and a little shopping. Hey we are girls remember.

While running around the woods is all fine and good, I’ve got a sailboat in Michigan, one that was itching to be taken out. Well what if I told you that I took the sailboat out by myself! Oh yeah! Now don’t get too excited it was a very calm day and I only put up one sail but heck, I did it. Robyn had never been on a sailboat and she was a great help. I know that Josh is proud of me, although very jealous. He will likely not have a chance to set her out; we are not due back in Michigan until at least October. Even that might not happen.

To wrap up our Pure Michigan holiday we went horseback riding in Hell. Yup that’s not a typo; Hell Michigan was just a few miles from our campground and the closest stable. Nothing too exciting about the ride, it was fun as they usually are, very slow. We did stop in Hell on our way out for ice cream from Screams. All of the businesses in town are over the top Halloween themed, it was a hoot. I even had to buy a souvenir, just couldn’t resist. So I can now say that I’ve been to Hell and back, ha ha ha.

It was a really fun trip, lots of time laughing and talking about our husbands. Just the perfect trip with a girlfriend.

***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***

Yum Yum Yum… Cookies

I finally got Josh’s family chocolate chip cookie recipe to turn out. I didn’t realize how different this little cookies could be, my family recipe is saltier and not as fluffy. Ours are a more chewy kind. So I surprised Josh with these little gems. He likes them frozen, crunchy chocolate chips.

The Good Life

It’s said that few things are greater then the comforts of home, I can attest to that. We take with us on the road a few items that make it all a little more comfy. Like slippers, an electric water kettle and enough blankets to open a hotel. Even with all those goodies it is a real treat to be in an actual residence. Currently we are staying at the apartment our company owns in Detroit while our tour is on break, we might be here for almost three weeks. As you can see that family is all enjoying the luxuries here, couches to nap on, a living room and a kitchen.

I am surprised at how easily I picked back up on cooking and how eating at such a variety of restaurants has taught us both new flavors. Tonight we roasted some chickpeas, wow this is going to become a new staple around here. So get ready for some adventures in domesticity for a while.

A "Normal People" Weekend

Since we are going to be at home base for a little over a week, here in Detroit, we are staying at the companies apartment. It is a very lovely place, looks like an Ikea ad. Being in the apartment includes a full kitchen, washer and dryer; we feel like we are at home here. Since we are pretending to be normal people why not have a normal people weekend. For started we didn’t work; our tour is not back on the road till next week. Another couple joined us for a trip over to Windsor Canada, she is Canadian and needed to talk to a tax agent, then lunch and shopping. They met while doing a tour for Joe Fresh, since they talk about it I was excited to actually see the line. I have to say I am impressed. I picked up a hoodie and a stunning wrap dress, all for about $30. After a yummy lunch and a trip back through the border it was dinner on the mind. Now this will get you, we went shopping for dinner to, yes you guessed it, make it ourselves!!!!! Chicken on the grill, pie, veggies and great conversation. Our normal people weekend was quite nice.

Pippi enjoyed the extra hands to love on her


One of the hardest parts about being on the road, especially for me, is eating out every meal. It has little to do with eating poorly but what all restaurant food tastes the same after a while. When we were in Detroit for the month of December we had a stove top to cook on but that is not much. It was amazing being in my own kitchen, I wanted to share a few things that we nibbled on.

These are hors d’oeuvres I made for New Years, toasted asiago and sun dried tomato baguette with my homemade hummus and cherry tomatoes. A little pinch of chives for effect.

Chicken Kiev, special seasoned rice, steamed veggies

See mom I love my dishes