Travel Superior Photo Contest

Here are the 3 beautiful finalists in the Travel Superior Photo Contest.  I had some really tough competition and ended up getting third place.  Yay! And my photo is going to be used in the 2018 Superior-Douglas County Travel and Activity Guides.

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This was the first time I’ve ever entered one of my photo’s in a contest.  It was so exciting to be chosen and to win a prize for something I truly enjoy doing!

Make sure to check out the Travel Superior Facebook page for lots of exciting things to do in Superior, WI and Douglas County! #travelsuperior @travelsuperior

Paleo Banana Muffins

I love easy breakfast food.  I need easy breakfast food in my life.  I am not an early morning eater and I work shift work.  That means anywhere from 5:15 am to 10 pm could be my start time.  I need recipes that are simple.  Cooking and baking are not not my favorite things to do.  Mainly because I usually make a giant mess and I don’t like the clean up.

That being said, eating paleo has caused me to become more of a cook and a baker and I am enjoying it more and more. I like finding simple recipes that taste amazing and I found a great one on my paleo flour bag from Bob’s Red Mill.

I think this muffin recipe is amazing.   What I love about this recipe is that it gives you direction about adding fruit or any other add-ins you might desire.  They are simple instructions but at least they gave me a clue about how much to add.  When I experiment or am not sure about a step the ending can be disastrous.   I also love recipe’s that come with pictures of the step by step process.  So helpful when I panic and think is this what it is supposed to look like at this point?  This recipe doesn’t come with step by step pictures – that’ just a little extra info for you.

I am a really picky banana eater.  They have to be just ripe enough to eat.  If it is anywhere past this stage I can’t eat it.  It’s a texture thing.  My husband and son are the same way.   Anyway, I had some banana’s that were well past the eatable stage so I mashed them up and added about a cup to this recipe.  They turned out really, really good.  I not only used them as my breakfast but they were sweet enough (no sugar added) that they worked great as a dessert too.  A multi use muffin that is simple to make!  Yum!

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Travel Superior Photo Contest Finalist!

IMG_4234Oh my goodness! I am so excited.  I don’t think I’ve ever been a finalist in anything before.  Back in June I submitted this photo of one of the waterfalls at Amnicon State Park to the Travel Superior photo contest and guess what? It was picked as one of the three finalists!  It’s a win by the most votes contest.  If you are on Facebook make sure to look up Travel Superior and place your vote! And thank you to all who have voted and will vote!

Pattison State Park

I love hiking!  I love being in the woods.  I love being near water, whether a river, a lake or the ocean.  I love the smells and the sounds.  I love the peacefulness it brings to my soul.  Well, as much peacefulness as you can get while hiking with an energetic and loud 9 year old.

We made the best find yesterday at Pattison State Park.  It’s 20 minutes from our house.  We had hiked the High Manitou Falls a couple of times but had never checked out the other trails that the park has to offer. IMG_5063

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The trails are beautiful.  IMG_5089The trees are tall and cover you with a canopy of leaves providing the perfect amount of shade as you hike.  I can’t wait to go back in the autumn when the leaves are changing.  With all the oak and maple trees we spotted the colors are going to be amazing!

Almost the entire hike is right along the river.  I love the sounds of the river running as you walk through the trees!IMG_5140

 

We happened upon the most peaceful little beach.  It was the perfect place for my son to wade and throw rocks and for my husband and I to sit, talk and enjoy the quietness and beauty of the day.

We hiked to little Manitou Falls

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The campground and the facilities at this state park are great too.  So, if you ever find yourself in Northern Wisconsin make sure you plan to spend a day or two at Pattison State Park!

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/pattison/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes You Just Want A Cookie

Sometimes you just want a cookie.  A cookie that doesn’t taste like sawdust or take you 15 minutes to chew one bite.  You want a cookie that says you are making good choices and here is a little something tasty for you.  A cookie that tastes like something you shouldn’t be eating.

That’s what I was wanting the other day.  So I jumped on google and was searching  for a cookie that looked like something I shouldn’t eat but that was  compliant with my  Paleo lifestyle.

That’s when I came across allergyfreealaska.com.  I am so thankful for other bloggers. Allergyfreealaska.com’s  Ultimate Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are so delish!  They truly taste like I shouldn’t be eating them and yet I can!  I love them.  I make them and put them in the freezer in 2 packs to have on hand for those days when I just need a cookie.  A good cookie.  Mine never come out looking like hers do but they always taste amazing. IMG_4912

So, if on your  journey you are having a day where you just need a really tasty cookie, try these!

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/03/12/ultimate-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

#allergyfreealaska

Mynorthland Garden-Update

A quick update on our gardens! I am so thankful our friends agreed to let us garden with them.  Thankful they let us have some of the produce even though our follow through on the whole weeding thing hasn’t been the best.  The big gardens are starting to give us produce and our raised garden is going crazy.  The tomato plants are almost as tall as my hubby.  I am loving the gardening thing!  You can’t beat fresh veggies!