Bear Lake

3 Perfect Days of First Experiences in Estes Park

Once in a while, you get that perfect day…the weather is just right, you’re eating some fantastic food, you spend your day with your favorite people doing your favorite activities.  Those days are the best!  Well, how about three perfect days in a row? My family spends a week in Estes Park, Colorado every summer, and has enjoyed many perfect…

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vanilla ice box cookies and coffee toffee cookies

Cookies! – A Food First Before Friday

We love cookies in our family!  Especially warm cookies straight from the oven.  We have our favorites of chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter.  Those are probably the top three homemade cookies that all families bake together.  So, hopefully you accepted this last week’s challenge and tried something new. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  Read my…

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The original Wisconsin Ducks in Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells – Beyond the Waterparks

You’ve heard about Wisconsin Dells, the waterpark of capital of the world.  Yes, the whole world!  You can’t drive down the street without seeing crazy tube slides coming out the sides of buildings, or vertical waterslides that are straight down and way beyond extreme. Your kids could spend days at the waterparks and still not want to leave!  That is,…

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Small Town Cafes – The Best Breakfast You’ve Never Had

It’s been five hours since we stopped at Lona’s Corner Cafe for breakfast and I am still stuffed!  Lona’s Corner Cafe is a tiny restaurant in an even tinier town that serves breakfast and lunch.  I drive by this cafe everyday that I go to work, and have always thought “someday we have to eat there”.  Well, since the goal…

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Cook the Cover Rachael Ray Every Day

Cook the Cover – Rachael Ray Every Day

So after doing a pretty darn good job cooking the cover of Bon Appetit, I decided to move onto cooking the cover of the June issue of Rachael Ray Every Day.  I knew that whatever dish was on the cover, it was going to be full of flavor and yum-o.  And it was!  Ice cream tacos! I can make that,…

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Vodka Martini

The Beverage Challenge – A Food First Before Friday

How did the beverage challenge go?  Were you able to try a few new beverages during the week?  Here’s what we tried: Last Tuesday I had my bi-monthly yoga class that just happens to be held in a vodka distillery.  I know!  The benefit of having yoga class in the distillery, is the drink we have afterwards.  I knew I…

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Wilderness Resort

Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells – 71 Tips For Your First Visit

If you grew up in the Midwest, you either visited Wisconsin Dells every single year, or you have never been there.  You love the Dells, or hate the Dells.  It’s crowded, weird, crazy, fun, unique, nostalgic, should I go on? We never visited Wisconsin Dells when I was a kid (poor me), and it was only a few years ago…

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Brookies – A Brownie and a Cookie Mash Up

You probably bake cookies from time to time, or bake a pan of brownies when you are required to “bring something”.  Well, it’s time for something new!  Next time, bake brookies!  What?  Brookies are moist chocolately deliciousness!  Brookies are the perfect combination of a brownie and a chocolate chip cookie.  How can you go wrong? Brookies are easy to make,…

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Capitol Building

What to do Your First Weekend in Madison, WI

If you’re looking for a smaller city to visit in the Midwest, than you need to consider spending a weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. The city is easy to get around and has a lot of fun family attractions.  There’s also great shopping, restaurants, outdoor trails and other family friendly activities. Madison is the second largest city in Wisconsin, and is…

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Pumpkin muffins with raisins

The Muffin Challenge – A Food First Before Friday

I love muffins!  My favorite muffin is banana with chocolate chips and pecans.  Pair it with a cup of strong coffee, and I have the perfect breakfast!  My other favorites are wild blueberry muffins with crumb topping, and a warm oatmeal cranberry pecan muffin.  The recipe for the oatmeal cranberry muffin is in my favorite muffin cookbook (affiliate link) Muffins A…

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