So nice to be up North…

Up North - October 2014

We spent a fantastic, long weekend up in northwest Michigan in the Traverse City area. I honestly don’t think I can come up with the appropriate words to really describe how breathtakingly beautiful it was up there (especially with the fall color on display)! As you may already be aware, fall is my favorite season – so this weekend I was in my happy place…seeing the fall views all around me (so much color!), wearing sweaters and scarves, enjoying a warm fire (don’t forget the s’mores -we had those too), stopping at an apple orchard (more on that below), etc. I was like a kid in a candy store and it was great! Why can’t I stop using exclamation points…yep, fall does this to me, I can’t contain my excitement!!!

We spent some time hiking around where we stayed (Lake Ann, MI) and also enjoyed a hike in Sleeping Bear Dunes, we drove around and stopped in Leland, visited the L. Mawby and Big Little tasting rooms, made it out to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, and did a bit of shopping and dinner in Traverse City too. The lakeshore colors are stunning and it was beautiful watching the waves crash along the shoreline.

We are lucky, here in Michigan, as there seems to be no shortage of apple orchards to visit and enjoy this time of year. I had the pleasure of visiting an orchard that was like none other I’ve been to before; one of the highlights for us was stumbling upon Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm where they grow and sell antique apple varieties. I was fascinated at how many varieties of apples they had available – most of which I’d never heard of or seen before. We picked up 3 small containers to take home of Sheepnose, Spitzenburg (supposedly Thomas Jefferson’s favorite), and Ashmead’s Kernel apples; we ate Almata (these are pink on the inside) and Macoun apples on the spot, before we got back to the car. They also ship gift boxes and the woman who rang us up was the owner’s granddaughter – so charming and such an interesting stop along our way.

You can view more photos from our trip here.

Kilcherman's Christmas Cove Farm

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

Up North - October 2014

by Valerie | 10.20.14 | For Funsies, Travel | No Comments »

weekend haps

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After a busy work week, we found some time for some much needed r&r over the weekend – I watched one of my favorite Halloween movies, enjoyed our fireplace, and did a bit of decorating around the house. Ryan did some yard work too, mowing and raking leaves, cleaning up some of our garden beds for the season (he pulled quite a lot of herbs which we’re hoping to dry and use throughout the winter). And Melody enjoyed a nap near the sunshine coming in the window on Sunday afternoon; she’s a professional at that!

Jack-o-lantern

Sun napping

by Valerie | 10.13.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

fall y’all

fall y'all

So this is what my front yard looks like now… I know, I know – we need to get out the rake, but isn’t it beautiful? We made a big pot of homemade soup with fresh garden peppers and herbs over the weekend too – yum!

by Valerie | 10.06.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

take a hike

Pinckney

The weather in Michigan this last week was pretty spectacular and we couldn’t resist taking advantage of it and enjoying a hike on Saturday in the late morning/early afternoon. Bonus: We stopped for fresh cider and doughnuts on the way there and were able to enjoy some of the early fall color on display too!

fall afternoon

Pinckney

fall afternoon #nofilter

Pinckney

by Valerie | 09.29.14 | Around town, For Funsies | No Comments »

Squirrel!

Squirrel

Our dog, Melody, is very familiar with certain words and makes it clear she understands (or at least is excited) when you say those certain words out loud…words like, “outside”, “treat”, and “squirrel”, for example. We’ve got 3 bird feeders at our home, which the squirrels, chipmunks, and birds all seem to enjoy and Melody delights in chasing off squirrels from our yard whenever she’s given the chance; it’s pretty great to watch – you can tell she’s really proud of herself and she’s having a great time doing it whenever she bolts off after one. And, working on a college campus, there is no shortage of bold squirrels to observe; some of which will even approach you and beg for food/pose for this photo. I like to imagine they all have names (most of which are “Henry” for some reason). Did you know the University of Michigan has a Squirrel Club?

by Valerie | 09.26.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

blue skies & sunshine

#rossschoolofbusiness

Blue skies

Sunflower

by Valerie | 09.23.14 | For Funsies, Photography | No Comments »

Things I love

Cloud formations

Things I love:

  • My husband (who makes me lattes).
  • Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love in my lattes.
  • Saturday mornings at home.
  • Thunderstorms.
  • Garden flowers.
  • Pasta for dinner (with fresh-cut garden basil on top).
  • My cutie pup (who looks extra cute here in her Texas Tech collar begging for crackers).

Things I love: 1) my husband (who makes me lattes). 2) Roos Roast Lobster Butter Love in my lattes. 3) Saturday mornings at home.

Things I love: garden flowers

Pasta dinner with garden basil

Things I love: this cutie pup!

by Valerie | 09.08.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

Afterhouse

Found this buried in the walls - Detroit paper from August 1946 #afterhouse

We enjoyed helping out at Afterhouse yesterday in Detroit (you can read more about Afterhouse here and here). Spent several hours of hard work for a good cause with some really great people; and, bonus, we got to hang out with the adorable Ezra too! We also met a very nice young lady who lives in the neighborhood and Ezra was really digging her beautiful braided hair – so cute! In the process of taking down some of an old wall, a paper was unearthed – Detroit Free Press dated August 24, 1946 that stated “One answer to Detroit’s housing shortage. City to get material for 10,000 homes.”

#afterhouse

#afterhouse

#afterhouse

by Valerie | 09.01.14 | For Funsies | No Comments »

“Are you ready for Ryan?”

Weather patterns

An approaching thunderstorm just looks more impressive when it’s sitting over the UM Law School, don’t you think? We enjoyed attending Nashbash 2014 in Kerrytown last week (BBQ, beer, and live music), a game of Ticket To Ride Europe – complete with Alvin and Dexter added to the game board, and our friends’ most adorable two-year old was the star of brunch on Saturday; he was very interested in counting everything together and then counting it again, he had an amazing laugh, and when he said, “Are you ready for Ryan?” we all came to understand that meant he wanted Ryan to pick him up and put him on top of his shoulders – adorable! I suppose the world must look very different for a two-year old when you’re on top of the shoulders of someone who is 6’4″ tall. And if you ever wondered what Melody might look like as a monkey…

Melody monkey

by Valerie | 08.25.14 | Around town, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

cookie cakes & cocktails

Garden bouquet

Last week we enjoyed a cookie cake for a friend’s birthday, a Man Men cocktail night with friends, and we found some nice things at an estate sale on Saturday (including a painting and this small, clear glass pitcher I’ve used as a vase for our garden herbs and hydrangeas in the photo above). And it’s been nice to get some rain too – which our garden and yard are always happy for. We even installed a new storm door and made a couple trips to IKEA for some extra workspace setup in our basement. Melody seems to approve of our new purchases – I think she’ll especially enjoy the storm door as now she’ll have a clear view of the backyard and she can keep a close eye on the chipmunks, squirrels, and birds that may drop by; although she is a bit skeptical of the painting which is currently sitting on the floor against the wall waiting to be hung…

Pretty sky

M

Mad Men cocktail party

by Valerie | 08.18.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

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