Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by? I can hardly believe that September is around the corner. This has been a different summer for us. Adam’s uncle passed away in June, and it kind of rocked the whole family. This summer we’ve tried to continue doing activities that we know and love, because we know Uncle Doug would want us too. Even though most days I’m sure we’d rather just lay around the house and be sad.
Here’s some of our happenings over the last few weeks. I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as possible too!
I love going to the Dog Bowl and Balloons Over Bavarian Inn every Memorial Day weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Frankenmuth is like Michigan’s own “little bravaria”. When you drive into town it feels as though you’ve just driven into the German hillside. There are cheese shops, famous fried chicken, the Bavarian Belle, shops, & lots of fun activities throughout the year.
Memorial Day Weekend up in Frankenmuth is like a big giant kick-off to summer for us, & I’d love to share it with you.
My nieces loved watching the Disney movie, Tangled , when they were little, and if I was being completely honest, I loved watching it too! We’d make cupcakes and decorate pink and purple tiaras with jewels and stickers, & dance around our living room singing all the songs and reciting all the lines. Our favorite part of the movie was the floating lantern scene, when Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder are in the canoe singing. I thought that type of scene only existed in the movies, until I saw advertisements for The Lantern Fest on Facebook.
I knew that one day I’d have to go to The Lantern Fest to witness this spectacle in person, and so when I heard The Lantern Fest was coming to Michigan, I jumped at the chance to go. This past May, just a few weeks ago, we experienced one of the most beautiful and unexpected nights of our lives.
There’s a new restaurant in town called Sedona Taphouse. We noticed it while driving home one night, and decided to check it out. Not only do they have Cactus Lemonade, 200+ beers on tap, award-winning clam chowder, and salted caramel cheesecake. But, they also offer a “Steak Out For Charity” special every Monday night where you get black angus steak, for only $7 and all proceeds go to a local charity. A delicious dinner that’s helping to support a local need, that’s also affordable…what could be better than that?!
If you are looking for a last minute Santa visit that is over the top adorable, cute, and unique…or, if you’re just looking for a neat new spot to chow down on a big juicy burger…then you’ve come to the right place!
As I was announcing my Very Rosy Christmas Giveaway LIVE on Facebook a few nights ago, I couldn’t help but share with you all some of the details of this amazing Date Night! This Christmas Date Night in Rochester, Michigan had everything!
There were over a million Christmas light; there was Santa; there was an old fashioned Kris Kringle Market in the street; there was amazing food including a bread Pudding made from Donuts from our favorite local cider mill; there was delicious coffee; there were horses with glittered hooves pulling white carriages; and there was a completely edible life sized train made out of gingerbread!
There is nothing I enjoy more than a beautiful fall evening at home….cozying up on the couch for a good movie, making fall treats, and carving pumpkins for our porch. This year I “upped the ante” a bit by making one of Adam’s favorite snacks…caramel apples! I’ve made caramel apples before, but this by far was the simplest, fastest, & most fun way ever!! Tonight we enjoyed them in a more romantical (yes, that’s a Stephanie-ism) way by making a Caramel Apple Fondue Bar!
As a proud Michigander, I am thrilled to see the revitalization of Downtown Detroit. If you live in the area, or are planning a visit, you have to visit the city. There are so many new businesses, restaurants, and shops. It’s a beautiful place to be. My sister and I saw that first hand during a visit to a pop up Luke’s Diner in Midtown and an afternoon spent at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts).