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{Travel} Historic Tennessee Tour

What to do on a hot summer day, you ask? Well, how about a driving tour of historic Tennessee? Considering I’ve lived here for almost 4 years, its about time I saw what life was like in the “olden days.” Last week, Grant and I both had a free day, so we decided there really wasn’t anything better to do! We’re completely movied out, and with temps near or over 100, staying inside is really the only option, especially for a Wisconsinite like myself. I found the sights to see online, and we drove at our own pace on beautiful back country roads for a good 6 hours… bonding at its finest!

1) Donut Den. No, not on the “historic site” list, but its been in business since 1940-something, so that’s historic enough. I drive past it on my way to the gym, and am always tempted, but have never stopped. Good thing, because I’m now addicted!



2) Historic Franklin. I just love the little town square and main street of shops- it definitely reminds me of Cedarburg, where I grew up!

3) Lieper’s Fork. Supposedly a historic town, with really good almond butter from Joe’s!

4) Attempted to stop at the Rattle & Snap House. Unfortunately, its now a private home, and you need advance reservations. Otherwise the guard dogs will chase you out…

5) James K. Polk Home. The pictures speak for itself!

6) We passed a few civil war battlefields on the way to stop #7

7) Carnton Plantation. By this time, it was 4pm and still over 100 degrees. We decided to save this for a cooler day, but it looks beautiful and is sure to be another great adventure!




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{Party} Summer Soiree

This past weekend was HOT HOT HOT, so I decided there couldn’t be a better reason to have a little get together! I used a summery color palate… orange, yellow, pink, and red made up the decorations and party supplies. I wanted to keep it simple and fun, and I think that was accomplished!

I used cupcake liners from Michael’s, colored straws, and small Mason jars for margarita glasses, or as my friends called them, “adult sippy cups.”

Appetizer plates from Crate & Barrel make for easy clean up. Paired with themed napkins, you can’t go wrong!

For the margarita shaped sugar cookies, I used a new recipe from Pinterest in hopes of making my cookies hold their shape while baking. I topped them with a “salt rim” aka sparkly sugar crystals. I still need to perfect this recipe, but I think they looked pretty cute!

Dad’s famous guacamole was a must!

And, so were monster cookies

Who can have a party without cupcakes?

3 bottles of tequila later, it’s got to be a success, right?! Hope ya’ll are enjoying your summers, bring on the cool weather!



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{Travel} Weekend in the Big D

Longhorn Crossing!

Dallas. It’s been on my “go-to” list for months, probably because ALL of my friends somehow center around this city- they’re either born there, grew up there, have recently moved there to start a job, or have some connection to this great place! So, it was about time I made a trip to go see what all of the hype was about. I had been there once before, but I was 13 and it was for an ice skating competition, so needless to say I didn’t get to experience all the city has to offer like I could now. I went for a long weekend, Friday through Monday, and stayed with my sweet friend Kathryn! It was such a fun weekend and a great way to start June, and summer for that matter!

Directly from the airport, we headed to Fort Worth for some legit Tex-Mex at Joe T. Garcia’s and the RODEO! Yes- a real life rodeo. What an experience to say the least…

Joe T’s


The rest of the weekend was filled with shopping, eating, catching up, quality friend time, and even more tasty meals!

Out and About

Sweet Friends

Banana’s Foster Souffle

Thanks to my wonderful friends for such a great second-first trip to Dallas!

Mother and Daughter


A “must”… 3 is my FAV number!


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{Good Eats} Guacamole

Guacamole… I don’t think there’s a better dip/sauce/whatever you want to call it in the world. For the longest time, I refused to eat it, I thought it was gross and kind of reminded me of that icky green ketchup stuff. Anyways, that’s all changed, and I’m so glad. It’s good on just about anything! My friends have been asking for my recipe, and honestly, once I have the basic ingredients, I guestimate on how much of each to use, but here goes:

*Disclaimer: I definitely can’t take responsibility for this recipe… My masterchef of a dad came up with it, and deserves full credit!


2 avocados {The ripeness totally determines how good it will be. The riper the better, but not brown}

2 Roma tomatoes

1 small onion

1 jalapeno

1 lime {for juice}

2 tsp cayenne pepper {to taste}

Salt {to taste- definitely don’t go light on it, second to avocado ripeness, salt makes all the difference}


*All of these ingredients can be adjusted to what you like, there’s no set ratio, whatever you think tastes good! This is just my preference…


Mix all ingredients together, serve with your favorite chips and margarita of choice!

Happy Weekend and Happy Summer!


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{Party} Impromptu Memorial Day Celebration

After a long weekend in Chattanooga, I decided there was no better way to end a great weekend than with a little Memorial Day get together! I tried a bunch of new recipes (Pinterest inspired, of course), and with a few celebratory red-white-blue decorations, I think it was a big success…

On The Menu:

Dad’s Famous “Palm Island Potato Salad

Caprese Salad Skewers

Fruit Salad

Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (aka heaven in a nut shell)


And, I did make macaroni bites, but they were eaten so quickly I didn’t have time to snap a pic!

Happy start of summer! I think its going to be a great one 🙂


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{Good Eats} Homemade Pie Crust

If you don’t know my dad, then you don’t know that he is an EXCELLENT cook. That’s not his actual job, but at home it most certainly is. We always make homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving, crust and all, and this year, I was lucky enough to learn how to make the famous “Tom Schaefer” pie crust that everyone raves about.

Homemade Apple Pie

Ingredients: 5 scoops flour (about 2 cups), 1/2 tsp salt, 1 stick of ice cold butter (or frozen), and ice water {this makes 1 crust- so if you’re making a bottom AND top crust, you’ll need to do this twice}

1. In a food processor, combine the 5 scoops of flour with the salt.

2. Chop the butter into small pieces and add to food processor. It doesn’t need much mixing, maybe press the button 4 times or so to get a good mix.

3. Keep the food processor continuously running, and add about 1 tablespoon ice cold water about every 20 seconds. It doesn’t take much water at all. You can always add more, but you’ll have to start all over if there’s too much. You’ll know its ready when all of the dough forms a clump in the mixer.

4. Gather the dough together into a ball and flatten into a 1 inch thick disc on plastic wrap. Wrap it up and put in the fridge for about an hour.

5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface- it doesn’t need any kneading, just simply roll and place into the pie pan.

6. Add your apples (or other filling), add the top, and bake!

YUM. Smells like Thanksgiving already!


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