The Upper Peninsula – Vacation Day 4 (or the end)


Back on the road back to home. This time crossing the bridge was much easier as we could drive on the paved part not just the inside grated lane. That was awful. It made the car shake and it was rusted which really gave me no confidence in its sturdiness. I know in my head…

Pantry Storage


How do you store your extra pantry staples? Do you shop only sales circulars? The above is one of my three shelving units that I have in my basement to store my extra supplies. I try to keep 3 months of staples so that I am not running to the store every time I make…

The Upper Peninsula – Michigan Vacation Day 3


This was our favorite day of our entire trip. We drove along the lake to Tahquamenon Falls. It was about 50 miles from Sault Sainte Marie to the falls. Our friend told us there were beaches along the way with few to no people we had no idea what she meant. After driving for a…

Old Fashioned Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake


I remember my mother making this cake when I was a kid. She never put frosting on it (which was always my favorite part of the cake) because she said it was so rich anyways that it really didn’t need any. She would dust the top of the cake with a bit of powdered sugar but…

The Upper Peninsula – Michigan Vacation Day 2


Today was a weather game. There was a 50% chance of rain so we went with the local attractions and saved the Tahquamenon Falls trip for the next day when the chance of rain was only 30%. Although, it was forecast to be a bit colder the next day we went with the drier of…

Pierogi and Sausage Casserole


I first made this casserole over 2 years ago. I have reworked the original recipe into a one pan casserole that can be on the table in about 30 minutes! This meal was one of those, “Oh my goodness it is 30 minutes before dinner and I don’t know what we are going to eat…

The Upper Peninsula – Michigan Vacation Day 1


While the kids were away at camp this year we had planned to go to Walt Disney World for a parents only vacation. About two weeks ago I realized that it is 90-100 degrees in Florida. What was I thinking? I hate heat AND I hate crowds. We are used to vacationing in Florida between…