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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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{Travel} Quick Trip to Chattanooga

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Grant and I decided to head to Chattanooga for a little fun. I had only ever driven through, and had been wanting to spend a little more time there, than just at a gas station. I didn’t know much about it before going, only that it was a 2 hour drive from my house. Its definitely still an “up and coming” city, but there were so many unique things to do, that we can’t do in Nashville. It was so hot out, that we definitely had to take advantage of all the touristy things the city offers. Some highlights of the weekend:

Tennessee Aquarium

Pedestrian Bridge

Ruby Falls

Lookout Mountain (the sign said you can see 7 states from the top. I’m not so sure about that…)

Good Eats

Let’s eat!

If you have a free day or two, I definitely recommend going- a quick weekend trip worth taking in my opinion. I loved every second of our trip, and am already excited for our next adventure!


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{Travel} Weekend in Rome

This past weekend I went to Rome. No, not Italy, I wish… but, Georgia, where Grant’s sister was married on Saturday! It was so fun to be tourists for the weekend, and I’ve had enough sweet tea to sail away.


She was married on the Berry College campus at Barnwell Chapel, a beautiful 100-year old wooden chapel that seats about 100 people. The ceremony was so sweet and personable and the day was just gorgeous!

Barnwell Chapel

We had some time to explore the town, and it reminds me exactly of where I grew up, just about 4 times as big! We ate at a couple of great restaurants… Honeymoon Cafe, 333 on Broad, and The Partridge.


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Birthday Roundup

What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been! Here’s a recap of my wonderful birthday/week/month…

It started with a wonderful dinner at Sambuca planned by my sweet, sweet friends!

Prosecco from mom and dad, a delicious dinner, and even better company kicked off a fabulous celebration.

Oh, and I must add, I am now hooked on cupcakes from The Cupcake Collection– my parents sent them for after-dinner dessert, and good ole’ Gigi’s has nothing on them. If you haven’t been there, GO. Like go today. Do you really need a reason for a cupcake?

Sweet Lemonade Cupcake

My birthday was topped off with a delightful picnic on Love Hill, nothing beats this gorgeous view of the city!

Nashville Skyline

I went home to Cedarburg for the weekend, where my family and I had a wonderful time! We went out to dinner Friday night, dad cooked on Saturday, and we had my whole family over for birthday/graduation/Easter lunch on Sunday. I was spoiled with TWO cakes, one for graduation and one for getting old.



"Preemptive" Graduation Cake


I couldn’t have asked for a better week- I feel so loved…

Feeling the love

…and can’t wait for all the memories and adventures this year will bring!


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Nashville Birthday Box

As you know, Grant’s birthday was last week and I made this cheesecake for dessert… I love ANYTHING birthday related and I’m a big believer that everyone needs a present to open on their birthday, so I wanted to think of something fun, creative, and not so “typical birthday.” The question was, what to do? I decided to put together a “Nashville Birthday Box” full of all sorts of things for us to do together! So, what’s in this box?

  • Bottle of Arrington wine from Arrington Vineyards, not too far out of the city. Its a perfect thing to take on a picnic there, considering the weather has been so beautiful!
  • Volunteer Traditions Tennessee t-shirt… they have great things representing all of the southern states!
  • Giftcard to the Country Music Hall of Fame for 2 tour tickets
  • Giftcard to theĀ  Yazoo Brewery for 2 tour tickets- a small, local Nashville brewery
  • Taco Mamacita giftcard, one of of my favorite Nashville restaurants
  • Frothy Monkey giftcard, a great local brunch spot within walking distance from my house
  • Of course, nothing is complete without some of mom’s chocolate from her store!

We’ve already gone to the Country Music Hall of Fame and it was fantastic! Such a cool place, a definite Nashville must.


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{Sweets} Birthday Cheesecake

I’ve been wanting to attempt to make cheesecake for a while now, and Grant’s birthday was the perfect occasion! Although its my favorite dessert, I’ve always had it made for me or had it at a restaurant, so the challenge was on. I decided on a plain, New York style cheesecake to keep it simple and classic…

I used this recipe, but made a couple changes. For the crust, I used 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 cup sugar. This was the perfect change- the crust was perfectly sweet and stayed together when it was cut. I also cooked it in a water bath (be sure to line the outside of the pan with aluminum foil! And, I baked it for an hour at 325F instead of 350 per the recipe.

I have to say it turned out better than I ever expected… Definitely keeping this recipe!





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