Raglan Road


This is one of our favorite stops. We try to make it here at least once every trip because my family loves it so much. The Irish dancers, the music, beer, and food are all perfect for this restaurant. We checked in a bit early and asked to be seated in the main dining room….

Dining Out: Shawarma King


About once a week my daughter and I either have a lunch or dinner out together. We try to find places that are not too expensive and are not always chain restaurants. Last night I asked her to choose the restaurant and to my surprise she chose Shawarma King. This little restaurant on Drake Road…

A Day in Kalamazoo


I have always thought that Kalamazoo sounded like a funny name for a city. Now that we spend quite a bit of time there I still think it sounds funny but I am learning my way around more and more. We spend all day one day each week there. I usually make a slow cooker…

Fall Fun in Chicago


The tree in our side yard says it is definitely fall. For us fall is prime Feis (Irish Dance Competition) season. We are traveling just about every other weekend for my daughter to Feis.  This past weekend we were in Chicago, Illinois. The view from our hotel, The Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare, was beautiful. In the…

On the Road Again


Hot enough for you? As we continue to bake in 90 degree plus heat and humidity we are on the road again. We decided to take a road trip. Unlike some people who may take a trip on Route 66 we took our road trip on Interstate 90.  Yes, from Indiana to Boston, Massachusetts on…

Gigi’s Cupcakes


My daughter and I LOVE cupcakes. When we lived in Rochester, New York, she and I would take study breaks from homeschooling and head to Sugar Mountain Bakery in Brighton to pick up a cupcake, or two. It was always such a fun treat or us. Once we moved to Michigan we could never find…

Eating Meals Out – Chain Restaurants


Yes, we really do eat meals out occasionally. My daughter and I took a trip last weekend to attend a Feis, Irish dance competition, in Kentucky this past weekend. Normally when we travel as a family we try to find little local joints to eat in. We ask locals or we scour the internet to…

Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian in Walt Disney World


Two years ago on our trip to Walt Disney World we started a tradition of choosing a “fancy” restaurant, as my kids say, and having dinner as a family.  Last year we went to Citrico’s for a three-hour meal. This year when we were choosing the restaurant my daughter asked if we could pick somewhere…

Liberty Tree Tavern


Liberty Tree Tavern is closed right now for some much-needed renovations. On our last trip my daughter and I went there for dinner. It had been at least 6-7 years since we were last at this restaurant. It is amazing how a few years and a much different perspective can make you see something in…

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Steak


I am in love with sweet potatoes right now.  My kids are okay with them.  As long as I keep cooking them I think they will start to get used to the taste.  I remember when they were little the doctor telling us to have them try food up to ten different times before thinking…