Recent Meals….Still Learning To Cook For Two

I have been so busy that remembering to take a picture at meal time has been forgotten quite often. Although, don’t fret, I have been cooking as usual but gosh have things changed when it comes to cooking and grocery shopping.

Here are a few meals we have enjoyed recently. My husband has always wanted to take a steak, chop it up, and make a hamburger patty out of it to see what the difference is from ground beef. Well, this finally happened and surprisingly it was pretty darn good. I am not a big beef fan so I was hesitant to try it. However, I must admit, I believe we may have it again since it was so good. IMG_1363

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One evening we had sweet chili chicken, couscous salad, and zucchini.

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Another evening was lemon shrimp with capers and spinach over pasta.IMG_6939

And last I want to tell you about this fabulous sauce I picked up on my last trip to Trader Joes. Gyoza dipping sauce has become a new favorite around here. One night I prepared this chicken veggie stirfry and another night I finished the bottle by tossing together a chicken and leek skillet meal that we simply loved. Each took about half the bottle…so two meals out of one jar. Like usual, I wish I would have bought more but you never know when something new comes out if you will like it or not. However, I am already researching how to make my own Gyoza sauce….and it looks pretty darn simple. IMG_1384

Let’s touch on grocery shopping here quickly. In all honesty, I am still adjusting to buying and feeding two people at meal time. I even have found myself able to use a small cart at the store instead of the jumbo grocery carts. IMG_1362

It takes me less time to put groceries away once I arrive home. And I never use all my reusable grocery bags anymore like I once did before. And the bill at checkout time is a shocker…but I am loving it. So little by little I am adjusting to the new way of meal planning and shopping. Now if only they would make hamburger/hotdog/ and bread loaves in half sizes….I would be very thankful!

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Mother And Son Day Out….We Had One Of The Best Burgers Ever!

Saturday my son and I spent the majority of the day together and it was quite nice. I never in a million years would think he would ask to join me in my plans for the day but surprises happen and this was a surprise. I had planned to travel about 45 minutes from home to a local community for a city wide garage sale event. And since our son recently moved out, he has a few things on his list that he still needs and asked to join me.

We left bright and early Saturday to arrive in Algoma, WI by 8a.m.. Needless to say my husband had no interest in joining us….he had a “honey do” list a mile long anyhow. We toured the town and shopped until my son had $3 left in his pocket and then we called it quits. My SUV was full, our pockets were empty, and by the end of the morning so were our stomachs. We needed to fix this last problem so we had been hearing about a fairly new hamburger restaurant that is operated by a very successful high end dining establishment also in the same city. Skaliwags 2…..or Skaliwags Burger Co. is right around the corner from the original Skaliwags and this one only sells burgers. Located on the main drag in this small city….604 4th St., you can easily locate it and have one of the best burgers I have ever had in my life!!!!

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This place is tiny, very clean, restaurant staff was very friendly, and the food was worth the small wait. IMG_1387

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They have a number of sides you can choose from. Burgers are prepared to your liking. And many are chef inspired creations that you must try.

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Our day was completed after this meal…you can only imagine why. We were exhausted from garage shopping all morning and then having one of the best burgers ever. If your in the Algoma, WI area, I would highly recommend a brief stop at Skaliwags 2.

 

Trails Are Picked Out And Now It’s Time To Train For This Adventure

Recently our son stopped over for a visit and I tossed out to both my boys (husband and son) a suggestion that we really should consider looking at preparing a training schedule for our upcoming trip to Sedona, AZ. Surprisingly enough, both agreed! This brought a small chuckle to my inner self. It’s funny how when mom (me) plans a vacation it takes 10-12 weeks to prepare for this vacation. We know this because after attempting once to do one of these vacations without training….we have all learned the hard way. Training makes what I love to do on vacation so much more pleasant in the long run. IMG_5837

So this is what we came up with. We agreed 10 weeks should be enough time to accomplish what we need. I have already picked out all our hikes, summits, and activities that will take the toll on our bodies. All the rest of the fun should be easy and just plain fun. We know the area already since we have visited once before so we all agreed incline strengthening is the most important.

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Along with some higher mileage walks/hikes added in, this should prepare us for the adventures we have planned. Planning was the easy part….now finding time, energy, and the area where we can do this is the tricky part. Although, I think I have it set. Here is the plan….

First, let me say WI is flat!!!! In the past we did steps to help us prepare at a near by track field. This year, however, we will not be doing those steps. Why you ask??? Simply stated, they are concrete and torture, to put it mildly!

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Plus, we know we will not be boulder climbing, for the most part, like in the past, so a hilly incline to climb up and down numerous times is more what we need. Thankfully, we have a new grassy hill near our home and it will be perfect.

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Second, we know we need to up our mileage from our normal walking/hiking distance. So we have a great hilly trail on the UWGB campus that worked perfectly for our last vacation and we plan to use this same trail again to up the distance for this upcoming trip. Three laps of this trail almost add up to 10 miles which is perfect.

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Plus, we have many rail trails that go on forever. We could easily take our pick of rail trails and just walk until we can’t walk anymore.

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Last, finding time will probably the hardest part. We are planning on twice during the week in the evenings and once on the weekend. Add this with my normal daily early morning workouts and I should be plenty exhausted. Although, I still plan to take Fridays off of all exercise since, after all, it is Friday and every body needs a rest day. If my husband is on the road traveling for work this schedule could get a bit tricky for him. He works long hours on the road so he may or may not miss out on some training days. He typically takes workout clothes to hit up his hotel gym but sometimes this works out and sometimes it does not depending on his schedule. It will be what it will be.

Like usual many people ask us every time if its worth all the work we go through to go on vacation. I can honestly say, no matter how much we dislike the preparation, the reward is so worth it. Anyone that has had a goal and has accomplished that goal by putting in hard work to get there will know…..it is so worth the effort!Mom Cathedral End low logo-1

If your in the Sedona, AZ area and have any recommendations for us let us know. I would love to hear from others what they found to be the best hikes, restaurants, places to explore and so on.

Our First Dinner At Our Sons New Place….A Dream Come True For This Mom!

Alright, I have something amazing to tell you all. Maybe this won’t seem amazing to many of you but to this mom it was SIMPLY AMAZING!

This past weekend we were invited over to our sons new place for our first dinner that he prepared, served, and cleaned up. Yes, dad helped since it was both of them that caught the evenings feast but I did nothing what so ever to lend a hand. IMG_1376

At one point I entered the kitchen to wash my hands and was told to get out of his kitchen! With pleasure my dear son.

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A few weeks ago they went fishing together and caught quite the bounty of fish.

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And this was the night we ate there catch and let me tell you…. it was delicious. Almond battered fish and homemade tartar sauce with fresh broccoli salad was on the menu.

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My boys did a great job…it was fabulous. And watching them work together in the kitchen, of all places, was quite the pleasure to be completely honest. IMG_1379

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This mom makes 95% of everything we eat so having them serve me was a dream come true. I can’t tell you how proud it makes me to see him become the adult he has become. I know its only been about two months since he has moved out but from what I can see so far, he is going to do just fine.

 

 

 

 

 

Sister Bay, WI Disc Golf

Sister Bay, WI has tons of fun to offer and now they have added a disc golf course to the mix. Located on Woodcrest Rd. between County ZZ and Scandia Rd., just East of town at the sports complex.

New courses are often hit or miss since we have played many in our area. Sadly, this one has to be added to the miss list for me but here it my review of it anyhow.IMG_1265

Upon arrival you will find ample parking and bathrooms are available.

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We could not find any course map here when we arrived although the course itself is not hard to follow once you locate basket number one.

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It ultimately takes you in a circle around the entire sports complex and back to the parking lot. The entire course is on mowed grass.

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It had one fairly large hill but nothing that is not doable.

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The end of the course brings you through some prairie grass and very near a lot that looked to be for boat/camper storage. For this reason we skipped these two holes since I know I would not want anyone…good or bad….throwing a hard plastic disc near our boat.

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Another thing I did not care for about this course was that if a soccer game for instance would be going on and you accidentally threw your disc incorrectly, it could easily interrupt the other players on the field. The field line is very close to the tee pad #6 that you can see in this picture.

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This is actually where my disc fell on this particular hole…right in the back side of the goal net. Thankfully, no other games were being played at this time.

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For me, this course was not a challenge and it also was not interesting. Mowed grass for the entire course offered no variety. No trees offered no challenge. And if the complex was full and other games such as baseball and soccer would be happening at the same time I can see this as a disaster waiting to happen. I guess in my opinion, its just too much packed into a small area. However, if your looking for a great course just to practice throwing, then this would be a great starting place.

 

 

Unplugged For Five Days….Amazing!

We just finished up five days off from both our jobs and spent the majority of it together…..we so needed this time. Never knowing when or if work travel plans will affect our lives has become a way of life for us. So spending time together when we can is crucial to our relationship. With the bonus of Independence Day falling mid week this year we decided to take the remainder of the week off and just be us. No work, no email, no schedule, no cell phones, no nothing. IT WAS SO NICE!

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Let’s start with the holiday….it was HOT once again. We actually all had off and had planned the night before to disc golf as a family. This quickly fell through when I woke up after a very long night of not feeling well. So I decided to stay home and let my husband and son go alone. They soon returned after only nine holes extremely hot and miserable. Gosh, was I happy I did not go with. The remainder of the day we hung out as a family indoors. It was nice and quiet.

Thursday my husband and I headed to Milwaukee, WI to check out a new mall I have been eyeing up for quiet some time now and of course make a Trader Joe’s trip.

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The mall was a bust…..just not impressed at all. Trader Joe’s was fabulous…..gosh, I wish we would get one closer to us here in Green Bay!!!!

Friday the humidity finally broke and that meant we could have some fun outdoors. Say no more, I was packed and ready to go in less than an hour. Snacks, hydration, tubes, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and sunglasses.

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We chose to once again float our favorite nearby river in our tubes. I love doing this. It’s so relaxing listening to the birds and just floating along. It took us 4.5 hours to float from the starting point to our end point and it was exactly what I needed. It was hot and sunny the entire river. My husband actually spent more time out of his tube than in it since it was so nice.

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Him being outside of his tube offered lots of exploring of the river bottom.

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The dragon flies were very friendly also. They literally had no fear of us at all.

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The biggest bonus of the day is when we came upon these two beauties. I know the picture is blurry but I did the best I could from my tube on moving water.

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Saturday it was father and son time….which meant mom got some time alone to catch up on laundry, do some house chores, go to the gym.

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I also had time to prepare a meal that actually took a bit of thought instead of throwing something together fast after a long day. Pizza wonton cups (recipe here) and summer squash were a perfect summer dinner. IMG_1281

Sunday again was an early morning rise and shine event since fishing was not all that great Saturday they decided to take the boat this time to their favorite fishing lake and try again. With the heat expected by mid day to be once again high, they left super early in the morning. And since I am a morning person, I went for a 4 mile hike on a local trail before the heat of the day set in.

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Dinner was another cool and refreshing summer meal of Greek salads for everyone.

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We sure had a great few days….some alone time and some family time. Unfortunately, like most good things though, it had to end and it’s now back to work for everyone.

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Jacksonport, WI Disc Golf Course

We recently played disc golf for the first time at a new course located in Jacksonport, WI. If you are familiar with Door County, WI you know that they have it all….great food, drinks, water sports, unique shopping, great state parks, and now they even have disc golf.

The course is located on County Rd. V just off the main drag in Jacksonport. Easily to locate…just watch for the sports complex.

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The course is 9 baskets and is very easy to follow. All the baskets are very nicely marked which is great if you know anything about disc golf. Some courses are like a maze and you can only hope to be going in the right direction but not this one.

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At the beginning, near the building, you will find the map, a donation box if you wish to donate, and a box with score cards inside.

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The course itself leads through grass, a few small hills, some trees, a pine forest, and  some prairie grass also.

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It’s not a hard course by any means, but it still offers some challenging spots especially if you are like me and often throw it right into the trees and high grass. And then you beg your husband (like I did) to go find it since snakes live in the trees and high grasses…..ewwww!

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Ultimately, the course ends at hole 9 with you throwing right past the baseball/softball field back to where you began at the starting point.

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For me, this course was great. If you are a professional this course would not be any challenge I would think. Although, if your looking to have some family fun or just give this sport a try, I would think it would be perfect. On the plus side, you are very near Lake Michigan and the temperatures are cooler, so depending on when you plan to visit you may need a sweatshirt. The course itself is very well maintained and was not busy when we played on a Saturday during the mid morning hours. I myself, would recommend this to anyone looking to have some fun.