Midterm Election Voting Tool

This year, WordPress along with The Pew Charitable Trusts has unleashed a great tool to help you find out what you need to know for midterm elections. Just type in your address below and you will be shown your voting location along with voting resources and who will be on your ballot. That’s amazing! For my voting district, it gives me a link to the county Board of Elections website where I can look up any issues that will be on the ballot as well.

Now, that’s all well and good if you’re just looking for the names of candidates, but if you’re doing any research to decide who you will vote for, I would recommend checking out a site I’ve mentioned before:  Project Vote Smart. just type in the name of a candidate and then select the Bio, Votes, Positions, Ratings, Funding, and Speeches tabs at the top for more information. They try to be as comprehensive as possible and biased. The site provides mostly the raw data leaving you to decide what to do with it.

VoteSmart.org

As always, voting is a right under our US Constitution. It’s no good to just complain about things. If you don’t vote, even if you just vote in the Presidential elections, you are not putting your thoughts into action. Educate yourself and then go VOTE!

Fresh Friday – Last 10 on Pinterest

Some recent Pins that have made me happy, inspired me, or just piqued my interest:

via daisiesforviolet.com – How to Finish an Embroidery Hoop. This has been the bane of my existence, finding an easy way to finish a stitching framed in a hoop. I think this is probably one of the easiest I’ve found. Felt at Michaels for $.29/sheet!!

via gardeningknowhow.com – Pruning Pepper Plants

via goodhousekeeping.com – 11 Exercises You Should Never Do

via gardeningknowhow.com – Overwintering Pepper Plants – mine are all tucked into the garage for the winter. Hoping this will help me kick start a harvest when the weather turns for Spring!

via megduerksen and raisinguprubies on Instagram – LOVE anything related to the states and crafting 😀

via kitchenstewardship.com – 20 Ways to Use a Random Half Cup of Pumpkin – I hate wasting that last bit of pumpkin puree after a recipe!

via swingncocoa.blogspot.com – Covered Greenhouse Garden – My goal in life is to have a greenhouse!

via guff.com – 20 Lesser-Known Travel Destinations – yep!

Orphaned baby elephant Themba was unable to feed himself and faced certain death until Albert the sheep provided some much needed company and assurance. The six-month-old elephant was orphaned after his mother died in a fall down a cliff. The pair now spend every hour together at their home in the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

My favorite! Sleeping Beauty! (although the Once Upon a Time version of her was kind of weak…)

You are welcome to find me on Pinterest. There is a quick button to the right of this post, just under the Instagram feed.

See you there!

 

Fresh Friday – Quizzie Edition

So, the big thing going around the interwebs are these quizzes to find out just exactly who you are – in tv, movies, books, philosophy. Yep, you can now know exactly who you are based on just 12 easy questions.  Here are some just for kicks:

You got: Jasmine

Daring and adventurous, you are considered the daredevil or you group. You enjoy having fun, taking risks and living life to its fullest.

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What Kind of Best Friend Are You?

Their partner in crime

You and your best friend have stories for days and you’ll probably still be telling them when you’re in a nursing home together decades from now.

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Silly questions….yes! lol Um, comments are pretty silly too! Read: “I just want a list of all the books! What is the one with the question mark?” Answer: “There isn’t one…they are just using that as a filler for the pic.”  haha

You got: “The Dog” by Joseph O’Neill

Joseph O’Neill, author of the best-selling and award-winning “Netherland” returns with a comic novel set in Dubai. “The Dog” details the post-breakup life of a man who leaves New York for a fresh start in Dubai, but struggles with constant feelings of guilt. Though humorous, “The Dog” is also a profound commentary on ethics and the human condition that will make you reflect as the leaves begin to change color. Publication date: September 9, 2014

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You know Gilmore Girls is on Netflix now?!?!  I’m so excited..totally going to have a binge fest while the Huz is on second shift.

You got: Lorelai Gilmore

(But I’m probably waaaaay more Rorey than Lorelai….yep)

You march to the beat of your own drum — life is more fun that way. Your quick wit and charm draws everyone in your life towards you. You’re not too worried about being on time for events or parties; after all, the party starts when you arrive. You’re self-sufficient, passionate, and a true go-getter.

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The Ultimate Disney Quiz

AMAZING! You are a Disney scholar. (29 out of 29)

You know your Disney animated films inside and out. Now wear your Disney scholar badge with pride.

(I retook it, just because I wanted this picture for the result:)

Pretty good challenge! 😀

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This has been a question plaguing me for the last…two weeks.

Are You More Hipster Or More Basic?

You got: More Basic

You have somewhat traditional tastes, and don’t really care much about being “cool.” You enjoy being part of a close-knit group, and would rather be comfortable and relaxed than go out looking for the hip new thing.

(Oh good. Throw in a PSL and we’ve really got something!)

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Which British Prime Minister Are You?

You got: Neville Chamberlain

Sure, sometimes you’re misunderstood. But you’re a person of substance. You’re consistent, considerate, and on time. No-nonsense, all-business, and always impeccably dressed: That’s you.

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You are Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. You’re a little bit of a conundrum. You probably love to travel and see new things, but you shirk the spotlight and aren’t very comfortable around people. You’re your own harshest critic, but you’re great at solving problems, whether you know it or not. Mysterious and more than a little bit shy, you see music and art as an emotional outlet and important form of expression for the occasionally overwhelming moments in everyday life.

(Yes! Love Tchaik! He’s the closest to Prokofiev I think they could have on this quiz.)

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When you take these things, how close to you think they get? Some are totally silly, but some seem to do a good job of summing up people. If you take the ones above, what results did you get??

Fresh Friday – Thoughts Edition (Church Ceremonies)

Coming from the Protestant Christian slant of faith, there is a general distancing from ceremonies or similar terms within the church setting. Some denominations cling to them more readily than others, but it does seem like the idea of “ceremony” has, in general, become an archaic form of worship. Sure, most churches you visit across the nation will have their Baptism and Communion ceremonies, but these are like the minimum requirement.  (I’m going to buffer this with a qualification, though. There are some churches that are making a return to a more regimented, ceremonial format to worship. It’s kind of a new thing, but more of a renewal of an old thing. Dig?)

I’m not going to say that one is wrong and the other right. I think I would be ok with the minimal stated above, but there are some pretty sweet ceremonies that I have witnessed and been a part of over my life. One such is a foot-washing ceremony. That is mostly based on the text from John 13:1-20, and has a lot to do with encouraging humility among the brethren and servanthood and is often part of a commissioning service for those going on the mission field. It was sweet and beautiful and I loved every minute of it.

Another ceremony is one I mentioned, the Commissioning ceremony. This is for those going on a mission trip or into missions as a career choice. There are several aspects of this type of ceremony: typically, Laying on of Hands and Collective/Individual Prayer for the commissioned. I’ve even had my head anointed with oil. This type of ceremony has the purpose of encouraging the ones going to be brave, purposeful, and to have success on their journey. It also is to encourage those sending them out to pray while they are gone and for the hearts of those they will meet. I also really love this type of ceremony. I believe the format for this ceremony and the following is based on Act 13:1-3.

Another, which I recently witnessed and have been to a few times before, is the Ordination ceremony. The purposes of this ceremony is to ordain, order or authorize, an individual for a life-career in ministry. This can be as an elder in the church or as the actual pastor. This type of service can have many facets, but it typically involves the one chosen, a committee who did the choosing, and the congregation to act as witnesses. The committee will state why they think this person is a good candidate and, with the blessing of the congregation, they will lay on their hands in prayer.

I was so excited to find out that a dear friend, the husband of a dear friend, was being ordained this past weekend. In my own church, we had just covered the first chapter of Titus, where Paul is speaking on the qualifications of an elder in the church, so everything was pretty fresh in my mind. Here’s the list:

  • anyone who is above reproach
  • husband of one wife
  • children are believers
  • not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination
  • not arrogant, or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain
  • hospitable, lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined
  • hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, able to give instruction in sound doctrine and rebuke those who contradict it.
    (Titus 1:6-9, ESV)

I am proud to say that this all fits my friend to a T (aside from the third point, because his kids are both under 5 yrs old). We discussed in church the meaning of the phrase “above reproach.” This doesn’t just mean that they have a good reputation, but that if anything bad is said about them, it is immediately quelled because everyone knows him to be good. That is something special to be said about anyone. It’s not that this person is perfect, but that in every part of their life, they strive to follow God’s Word and commands. The Huz and I attended another high school friend’s ordination ceremony a year or so ago. It was such a special evening. I feel so blessed to have such friends in my life.

As the ceremony was progressing, I was reminded of how important it is to continue praying for those who are ordained or commissioned for ministry. It seems that when someone is set apart like this, they immediately begin to face spiritual attack. Pray for those in spiritual leadership positions to withstand spiritual attack and keep their spirits up. They have an important task ahead of them – pray for sound wisdom and teaching. That’s a lot of responsibility and they need our support.

As someone who has been on the mission field before, I greatly valued the prayers and encouragement from friends and family back home.

Is there any ceremony in church that you particularly enjoy? It can be one mentioned above or one I missed. I’d love to hear about it!

“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Titus 3:1-7, ESV

Freebie Printable: October Bible Verse Calendar

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The FINAL entry of the Bible Verse calendar, here are downloads for the month of October in three versions, ESV, KJV, and NIV.  I stuck with a very Fall-sy theme. October’s big holiday is Halloween, but to keep this month’s calendar user-friendly, I did not include anything explicitly related to the holiday. But pumpkins still are best in the Fall whether there are costumes and candy or not!

I hope you enjoy!

ESV Oct 27

Instructions:

  1. Download the .pdf file below.
  2. Print onto white 8.5 x 11 card-stock (other colors might be ok, but you’ll have to test that out yourself).
  3. Cut along the dotted lines then sort into numeric order.
  4. Prop up on a little stand, or keep in a drawer and swap out on the fridge. Or buy a recipe box with a ridge in the top for easy reading.
  5. Keep in a prominent place where the members of the household will easily see it. The kitchen table is good, if you have breakfast there.
  6. Discuss verse(s) with family and encourage reading the surrounding verses for context and meditation throughout the day.

Download:

October ESV (pdf)
October KJV (pdf)
October NIV (pdf)

Bible In a Year Plan October (pdf)

Enjoy! Oh, and subscribe to this blog to the right if you’d like notifications of new posts and the next of these printables. I promise not to overwhelm your inbox. 🙂

Fresh Friday – Last 10 on Pinterest

Some recent Pins that have made me happy, inspired me, or just piqued my interest

from OneGoodThingByJillee.com – Always looking for practical ways to reduce my keratosis pilaris. It does seem to be getting better as I get older, but the bumps are still noticeable sometimes

from ShugarySweets.com – mmmm, pumpkin, spice, biscotti, coffee…all so yumm

from MyBakingAddiction.com – chocolate and pumpkin in brownie form?! Yummm…I’m sensing a theme here

from HomemadeGinger.com – always looking for new crafty ideas. This sounds like a great cheat!

love embroidery. I have been wanting to try embroidery with ribbon too. Oh, maybe I can use it on this quilt I’m working on!

from SomethingSwanky.com – are you saying I have a problem here? Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip is totally normal in the fall 🙂

from LandscapeDesignAdvice.com – I have some fresh dirt patches that will need to be filled next Spring. Great ideas!

from TwoPeasandTheirPod.com – pumpkin again, yes. But they’re PUMPKIN DONUT HOLES!!! 🙂

I just love elephants. They are gorgeous and lovely and special.

by MeadowTea on Etsy.com – Pun intended!

You are welcome to find me on Pinterest. There is a quick button to the right of this post, just under the Instagram feed.

See you there!

Fresh Friday – DIY Edition (Paper Beading)

I am an unapologetic crafter. I have probably a dozen or so projects either in the midst of completion or just floating around my brain…scary. My husband would probably agree. I have a crafting room that is still being put together – the problem is that as I go through my stuff to get more organized, I find new projects and ideas. It’s a sad, vicious cycle.

Recently, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to widen my scope by inviting others to join me, especially from our church. I’m still getting to know the members up here (just started attending when we got married), and crafting is a nice, casual way to hang out and fellowship.  The first attempt was a craft I learned from my sister as a little kid. Seriously, I think I was 8 yrs old when she taught me how to make these, and I still have the thought in the back of my mind that it’s a little kid craft, BUT it is definitely something that can be jazzed up and done very creatively.  It is also a repurposing craft, which is something I LOVE!

Here we go!

The best kind of paper for paper beading is magazine paper. It is thin, flexible, and general has a lot of color on it. If you’ve ever paid attention to a magazine advertisement or just a story with lots of photographs in it, they will generally have colors that go well together. You want to avoid pages that have a white or black border on any part of the page (unless you want that color dominant for your beads) as whatever color is on the edges is what color your beads will most present.  Here’s what you need to get started:

wpid-20140911_190701_1.jpgA magazine page (full page with as clean a tear as you can get), ruler, pencil, eraser, scissors (sharper the better), pencil sharpener (if you’re doing a bunch of pages), round toothpicks, clear-drying craft glue, and quick-dry clear fingernail polish.

Here’s where some forethought is needed. Decide what kind of beads you want. Do you want long rounded ones, or tiny round ones, or tube-like ones, etc. Do you want them small or a little larger? If you want a bunch of small beads, it’s best to make your bead lines along the narrower part of the page. If you want them to be a bit thicker, and not as many, draw your bead lines along the long part of the page. It also matters which colors from the page you dominant. If you want the colors on the sides to be dominant then draw along the narrower part. If you want the colors on the top and bottom, draw on the longer part. Let me show you what I mean:

wpid-20140911_191136_1.jpgBecause the page I chose has the gold coloring throughout the whole sheet, it didn’t really matter which direction I drew the lines. But I decided I wanted a lot of smaller beads, so I started spacing my lines with the paper horizontally in front of me. You might see it better in the next pictures. It’s also a good idea to draw your lines on the back of the page so that you don’t have any pencil/eraser marks on your beads themselves. Magazine paper does not do well with erasers, so if you do erase, you might lose some color, so I recommend drawing the lines on the back.

This is the tedious part, but it’s not terrible. Decide how wide you want your beads to be. I like a standard width of one centimeter. Above, I actually made the spacing a little smaller that one centimeter but the idea is the same. You can determine how much color of the page will show through the bead design by how big or small you make the tip (the small spacing above). I wanted a lot of the gold to show on my bead, and for them to be pretty rounded once they are rolled up, so I made my tip as small as possible (one millimeter).

Continue the measuring ticks down the edge of the page until you run out of paper. Flip the paper over and begin on the opposite edge, but the same side as the first time. (For example, if you started from the left side of the page before, when you flip it, begin from the right side.) Measure in halfway one bead size (if you are measuring your beads to be 1 cm wide, measure in from the edging 5 mm) When you find that point, put the small measurement in its place. (if your small end of the bead is 2 mm, you will now have tick marks from the edge at 4 mm and 6 mm). Then continue your original pattern along that side of the page. You are now staggering your tick marks opposite the ones you already made on the other side. This is so that when you connect the tick marks, you will have really long triangles of even spacing, thus using the most of your paper.  The next image might make it a little clearer for you.

wpid-20140911_194156_1.jpgI sure hope that helps. Now you have very long triangles that can be rolled into paper beads! Can you see it yet? No? Well, hang in there. Begin to cut along the lines you have drawn, discarding the strips on either end of the page because they will not match the rest of your beads.

wpid-20140911_200148_1.jpgYou don’t have to cut on the lines exactly, but do the best you can. The graduated angle of the strips will add depth to your bead, but it is ok for them to be unique. They are YOUR beads, after all.  You will notice that the coloring of the strips will alternate depending on which edge of the paper the wide end was sitting. It’s ok if they are different because the colors should already go together well.

wpid-20140911_202641_1.jpgWhen all the strips are cut, get out your toothpicks. Just a handful is enough to start with. I like to work with about 7 at a time to make a sort of assembly line.

wpid-20140911_202808_1.jpgBegin by taking the fat end of your triangle and wrapping it around the end of one of the toothpicks. Make sure that you are far enough away from the tip of the toothpick, so that you have a good, regular base to act as the hole of your bead. Hold the paper tight and spin the toothpick until it “grabs” the paper and begins rolling up the paper.

I am right-handed, so I twist the toothpick with my right hand while holding the paper with my left. Use your left hand to guide the paper as it wraps around the toothpick. You want to keep it in the center of the “bead” and you will watch it grow the closer you get to the tip of your triangle.

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Continue wrapping and holding the paper tight around the bead until you reach the last little bit of the triangle.

wpid-20140911_203038_1.jpgPut a small amount of glue on the inside of the paper and then spin the toothpick under your fingers while the glue sets and holds the tip of the triangle down. Be careful not to get any glue on the toothpick itself. It is a challenge to get the bead off the toothpick if it is glued to it.

When it holds its shape and doesn’t unravel, it’s ok to set the bead down. Since I’ve finished cutting all the strips of paper, I like to use my scissors as a holder for my beads while they finish drying and while I roll up more beads.

wpid-20140911_204201_1.jpgIt keeps the beads off of the table so that they can dry and not get stuck to anything. Leave them set for about 5 minutes (usually enough time to roll up the remaining toothpicks with beads.

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When you have used up your toothpicks, it’s time to start sealing the beads. No matter what kind of sealant you use, the beads will not be waterproof. But at least you can give them a good shine. Grab your fingernail polish and run the brush around the bead a few times until it’s good and even, then rest on the scissors to dry. Again, be careful not to get the polish on the toothpick itself. Also, be careful not to let the bead touch the table because it will leave a blemish in the polish (much like when you paint your nails).

wpid-20140911_204726_1.jpgWhen the beads have dried sufficiently (about 5 minutes), it is safe to remove them from the toothpicks. The easiest way to remove them is to twist them off in the opposite direction that you rolled them onto the toothpick. This is also a good reason to make it close to the end of the toothpick – sometimes the paper in the middle can shift when you pull it off. Twisting while pulling helps keep the shape of the bead.

Continue through the remaining strips of paper until you’ve made all your beads. Now you can decide what kind of jewelry you want to make with them. I am not a big necklace person, but I enjoy bracelets. I paired my paper beads with some small seed beads to make a wrap-around bracelet.

wpid-screenshot_2014-09-18-10-53-08_1.jpgI used hemp cording, a matching button, and jewelry floss. I often get comments asking if the paper beads are glass or plastic. They are a great conversation piece.

wpid-screenshot_2014-09-18-10-53-24_1.jpgLet me know how it turns out and if you have any questions.

Enjoy!

P.S.

If you like the idea of paper beads, but don’t like the idea of making them yourself, why not check out THIS organization?  31 Bits is an amazing organization that works with women in Uganda, giving them job training and skills to provide for their own families and rise above poverty. The name of the organization stems from Proverbs 31, where it describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family, and from the “bits” of paper the beads are made out of. Pretty cool, huh? And the beads and jewelry look BEAUTIFUL!

Fresh Friday – Foodie/Wander Edition (Traverse City Food Stops)

To continue with the Traverse City recap, I’m sharing some of the places we stopped for food in the and around the city.  Of course, being northwest mitt-Michigan, you can expect lots of cherries featured on the menus. Some of my favorite things I tried was special-made cherry chipotle humus and cherry barbecue sauce.

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Website

120 S Union St, Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 922-1348

***UPDATE (1/3/16) The only location for House of Doggs is now in the Mall.  Here’s the address: 3200 S. Airport Rd., Traverse City, Michigan***

Now, if you want to talk about chili dogs, you talk about Cincinnati. That’s a firm statement and fact. I don’t even know why I bothered getting a Cincy-style chili dog outside of Cincinnati, but they did only alright. I’ll share that my companions LOVED their dogs, though. Matt’s mom heard that this place was on one of those foodie TV shows and so, it was our first stop the very day we got there. It was very good, and I enjoyed the theme of the joint – all dogs have their own quirky regional name, like: Be-Bop, Grand Funk, Disco, James Brown, etc. The brother in law got a real strange one, I think it was the HOD Fusion, which included crushed potato chips.

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Website

1375 Yellow Drive, Traverse City MI 49684
231-929-4418

The Huz and I stopped in here because, hello, it’s cheesecake! We were in the area called The Village, which includes the renovated Old State Hospital grounds (apartments, shops, restaurants) for the annual Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival. Naturally, they are incredible for their cheesecakes, but they also serve soups and sandwiches. We got our cheesecake to go but ate our lunch outside. So good!

Higher Grounds Trading Co

Website

806 Red Dr, Suite 150, Traverse City, MI 49684
877.825.2262

It was a little chilly on the day of the Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival. Of course, Michigan is a little further north than southwest Ohio, so we should have been prepared. We welcomed a stop into this coffee shop, which is just around the corner from Underground Cheesecake Factory.  This place has all the earmarks of a great local coffee shop, which I love! One super-cool thing is that they gave us our coffee in real ceramic mugs. The catch? We could bring them back when we were done and they’d be cleaned and reused, or we could take them if we really wanted. We returned ours, but mine had a Santa on it, which was fun. The mugs are donated to them and it would definitely reduce the waste from the shop. I’m pretty sure I saw that they offer the used grinds to small-garden farmers. Here’s the description they post on their website about who they are:

Higher Grounds Trading Co. roasts fair trade and organic coffee from around the world. We stick to high standards not only for ethical and environmental reasons, but also because we’re obsessed with quality: we believe these standards produce the best-quality coffees around. Our close relationships with farmers help us bring delicious coffee from the field to your cup.

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Website (couldn’t find a true website, so this is their Yelp page)

7294 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
906.847.9901

If I’ve been walking a lot before eating (which is all you really do on Mackinac Island), I am not usually up for a big meal. So, yes, I did go to a nice restaurant on Mackinac and only got chicken tenders and fries. But they were so good! Also, the special chipotle lime bbq sauce was amazing!! I loved it. I don’t think I would’ve thought to put lime in a bbq sauce, but I’m so glad THEY did because I could have probably drank it and been just fine. I can’t remember much else about the place, though, except that I had to take a pic of the bathroom. There were paintings in them by a guy with the same name as one of my friends, which was funny to me. Anywho, check them out. There isn’t a huge variety of food options on the Island, but this was probably one of the better options minus the Hotel.

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Website

420 N Saint Joseph St, Suttons Bay, MI 49682
231.271.5000

I’m jumping around, but I had to put this place in here. We stopped here for lunch one day on our way up to Fishtown (back from? I can’t remember which came first) and, again, we had been doing a lot of walking, so I went light on my meal. I snagged the Cherry Chipotle Humus. If you know anything about Michigan, it’s that it’s Cherry country. They did not disappoint. It was fruity, spicy – everything they promised. The inside of the place is amazing too; lots of beautiful wood, fireplace, giant bar. It was gorgeous.

The Cherry Hut

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211 N. Michigan Ave. (US 31), Beulah, MI 49617
(231) 882-4431

I was told to stop here by a customer. The Cherry Hut was also featured on a reality foodie show, so we figured we had to check it out. They are, as the name would imply, all things cherry. The Huz had a burger with cherries mixed into the meat. I had a regular burger with cherry barbecue sauce – soooo good. The father-in-law ordered a “Complete Dinner” which came with just about everything on the menu. It was unreal how much food he had, and he loved every bit of it. They have a store of take-home treats that is very comprehensive. I bought some chocolate-covered cherries and gummy cherries to bring back to the office. They were gone within a few days. I would highly recommend a visit here for lunch or for dinner. The decor is real sweet too, like a 50’s dinner with cherries!

Moomer’s Ice Cream

Website

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7263 N. Long Lake Rd., Traverse City, MI 49685
231.941.4122

There are a few different spots where you can find Moomer’s Ice Cream. We stumbled upon it at The Village in the downstairs of the State Hospital (don’t let that scare you) and also at their main store, which sits next to a dairy farm. I love local flavor and you don’t get much more local than ice cream from local dairy farms and other local ingredients. If you like Moose Tracks ice cream, you will love their Cow Tracks blend (pictured to the right).

Union Cantina

Website

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127 South Union Street · Traverse City, Michigan · 49684
(231) 941-5038

This is a great little Mexican bar in downtown Traverse City. My biggest takeaway was that I could actually order a DR. PEPPER and it came FROM THE TAP! Yeah! it is so hard to go through northern states sometimes. I must live right on the line where Dr Pepper stops being a thing in the north. The food was pretty good, but seriously, I can only remember the Dr Pepper. 😀 Oh, and there’s a crazy massive antique mall on the same block.

Fresh Friday – Wander Edition (Traverse City Iris Farm)

I promised that I was going to post the highlights of the trip to Michigan back in June, buuuuuuut I’ve been a bit of a slacker. I mean, I’ve had stuff on my plate this summer, but not enough to really excuse it. This week, we got a package which reminded me of that promise, so here is a post about one of my favorite finds near Traverse City, MI.

It was not on my list of things to see, but we drove passed it a couple times and I KNEW I had to make a stop at some point during our visit. The irises were in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous!

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It was very cloudy the morning we decided to stop. I was sad, because the colors were so vibrant in the sunlight. We were not the only ones with the idea to stop, though. A group of ladies were setting up chairs and easels to paint the beautiful colors of the flowers. The sun was trying its best to make an appearance, and did in spots.

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There are so many kinds of irises with so many creative names. We put in an order for rhizomes to be mailed out to us once they were ready. We ordered 5 different types: Seakist, Immortality, Forty Pinochle, Wabash, and Neutron Dance. They finally came in the mail after I had almost forgotten about them!

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If you are ever in the area, you should definitely stop by! Peak season would be late May-early June. You can pick out which rhizomes you like and they will be delivered to you the end of October/early September. They come bare root (as you can see), so there’s no worry about invasive species making their way into your community. It even includes a Certificate of Quarantine Compliance! If you’re a “native” junky like me, you will love that they take this extra precaution. Irises are beautiful but not worth the spread of Japanese beetle or plant disease. I am very excited to see what they look like next Spring. The goal is to plant them in the garden bed on the side of the house, using old tire halves to make raised beds for other annuals. I’m so pumped!

Iris Farm in Traverse City

 

5385 E Traverse Hwy
Traverse City, Michigan 49684
(231) 947-9040

on Pure Michigan Website

 

Freebie Printable: September Bible Verse Calendar

ESV Sept 18

To continue in the Bible Verse calendar, here are downloads for the month of September in three versions, ESV, KJV, and NIV.  I think everyone is back to school now and this month’s theme goes along with the theme of teaching and learning – to grow more like Christ and together as a body.

I hope you enjoy!

ESV Sept 13

Instructions:

  1. Download the .pdf file below.
  2. Print onto white 8.5 x 11 card-stock (other colors might be ok, but you’ll have to test that out yourself).
  3. Cut along the dotted lines then sort into numeric order.
  4. Prop up on a little stand, or keep in a drawer and swap out on the fridge. Or buy a recipe box with a ridge in the top for easy reading.
  5. Keep in a prominent place where the members of the household will easily see it. The kitchen table is good, if you have breakfast there.
  6. Discuss verse(s) with family and encourage reading the surrounding verses for context and meditation throughout the day.

Download:

September ESV (pdf)
September KJV (pdf)
September NIV (pdf)

Bible In a Year Plan September  (pdf)

Enjoy! Oh, and subscribe to this blog to the right if you’d like notifications of new posts and the next of these printables. I promise not to overwhelm your inbox. 🙂