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Grand Haven Part II

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My mom and I had an amazing mother-daughter weekend visiting her hometown of Grand Haven, MI.  You can view part one of the trip here!

The weather got a little wet in the late afternoon, but my mom and I didn’t let that stop us.  After walking up and down the pier, we decided to head into town to check out all the little shops.

One of my favorite shops was a little general store called Fortino’s.  They had so many different specialty foods, homemade candy, and home-roasted nuts.  Delish!

We didn’t buy much, but we made sure to get some nuts for snacking and some locally made blueberry coffee (blueberries are pretty big in Michigan).

The store we bought the coffee from had a sample, and the blueberry hint was subtle enough that you could taste it but the blueberry flavor wasn’t overpowering.  I am excited to make a mug of this warm drink!

Eventually, all the walking around and shopping got us hungry for dinner.  We stopped at another local place called Snug Harbor.

The restaurant had outdoor seating right on the water with a perfect view!

For dinner, we shared two appetizers.  One of salmon bruschetta (I am for sure trying to make this again!!) and a hummus platter.  Yum!

Then, it was time for dessert and the musical fountain.  So, we headed to Temptations for some homemade ice cream, and then found a spot on the lawn to watch the musical fountain do it’s dance.

The musical fountain, happens at night.  It is a fountain that plays music, talks and lights up!  It is a cute summer tradition for locals.

After a long day of hanging out in Grand Haven and doing all of the “tourist” type things we were ready to hit the hay and drove to a nearby hotel.

We slept like logs, then woke up early to head back to Fort Wayne.  Luckily, the hotel had a hot breakfast, waffle maker included!

Mom and I shared the waffle, and it was tasty 🙂  So worth it!

After our tummies were satisfied, we loaded up the car and headed back to Fort Wayne.

All in all it was a perfect weekend, and I can’t wait to go back and visit with Mom again 🙂

Grand Haven Part I

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I had an AMAZING mini weekend vacation with my mom, my only wish…that it was longer.  I can’t believe that it is now Monday, I have to go back to work.  Hopefully, another trip is around the corner 😉

This weekend, my mom and I planned a little weekend get-away trip to her hometown of Grand Haven, MI.  It had been a while since either of us had been there, and my mom wanted to take me there so that we could do all of the “touristy” things.  The town is small, and located right on the beach of Lake Michigan.  It is the perfect destination for a little weekend trip.

We started out the morning bright and early so that we could hit the road ASAP…look out Grand Haven, the Deals are coming.

We then loaded up the car, and headed to Grand Haven, MI, my mom’s home town.  The first stop was Rosy Mound for a little hike on the the beach.

The hike was only about 2 miles, but boy were we sweating by the end!  There were plenty of stairs and even a little sand for us to trudge through.  It was a good leg workout for sure 😉

Luckily, there was a water station.  I think this is the fanciest drinking fountain I have seen!

We then decided to change out of our sweaty clothes and into our bathing suits with flowy dresses over them.  Our next stop was to eat lunch and then head to the beach.

We stopped for lunch at this local restaurant called Kirby House.  It had a fun feel to it, and mom and I both agreed that it was probably a pretty popular spot at night, but there was one thing that appealed to my mom and me….outdoor rooftop seating!

The wait staff was funny and friendly and gave us great recommendations.  My mom ended up ordering an olive and blue cheese burger with onion rings and their spiked with Jack Daniels ketchup.

I made sure to help my mom with the onion rings 😉  I ordered the Farmer’s Market grinder, which was a hot sandwich with melted mozzarella, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes and a lemon oregano dressing.  On the side, I had a mini salad.

It was warm, gooey and delicious!

After our bellies were full, we began to walk down to the beach, with the intentions of laying out for a bit and catching some rays.  Unfortunately, that is when the clouds and wind started to roll in with a little bit of rain.  Nothing too bad, we just ended up walking out to the end of the pier rather than laying in the sun.

That is all for now, but I hope you have an amazing start to your Monday.  Stay tuned for Grand Haven Part II later today!!

 

Special Food Request?

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Last night, I went to bed a little later than planned so that I could pack for my weekend away with mom.  Mom has been planning a little mini vacation to her home town of Grand Haven, MI for us and we are leaving bright and early in the morning, so right after work I am heading up to Fort Wayne. I can’t wait for some mother daughter quality time!

Workout

This morning, my workout was a thirty minute total body weights routine, much like the one that I  completed on Monday.  Usually, I try to head to the gym for my Friday morning workouts, but since I am heading out of town after work I wanted to spend a little extra time at the house double checking everything to make sure that I wasn’t forgetting to pack anything.

Breakfast

Breakfast was something I have been missing dearly with my early morning workout classes and baked oatmeal breakfasts eaten in the car….

a SMOOTHIE!  Today’s mix was creamy and delicious and everything that I have been missing.

Blackberry Peanut Butter Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in the blender and add in about 3-5 ice cubes and a splash of water to get things moving.  Enjoy!!!

How Picky Are You?

So, this morning on the news one of the stories was about a man who ordered a sandwich from a restaurant and was unhappy with the way it was made, because the restaurant would not fix it or give him his money back…HE CALLED THE POLICE!!!!

I can’t believe that he called the police over that sort of situation, but when I started thinking about it…when people make my food differently than requested I get pretty frustrated.

When I go to restaurants, I typically have some sort of special request and have a lot of questions.  I can remember one time when I was younger and at a summer festival, I ordered “pizza on a stick”…classy I know, but I was a kid and anything on a stick is better than not….anyways, I ordered pepperoni and they gave me pepperoni and sausage, and I have never been a sausage pizza girl.

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I didn’t realize it until I had already bitten into it, and I was NOT eating the rest.  My dad didn’t want me to take it back, but as a stubborn child who knew what I wanted (pepperoni pizza on a stick), I marched right back to the food stand, explained my problem, and was rewarded with a brand new pizza on a stick…sans the sausage.

I am also pretty picky when it comes to salad dressing (it must be on the side), and soup (it must be screaming hot).

Question of the Morning:

  • What special food requests do you make, and are you really irritated if they aren’t met or do you just let it go???