Updating your home decor is fun and stressful! I have been making some changes to my relatively new apartment to make it feel more like home and cozier for the winter. I love my Ikea couch that has lasted me over 5 years but the legs were starting to look very “college” like. I replaced the legs with these mid-century modern chestnut colored wooden legs from Etsy. You can see this small change now matches my coffee table and transformes the room! It was so easy to put these on, all you needs was an Allen wrench to take the existing legs off. I am so happy and it only cost me $40.
A couple weekends ago I went up to Michigan where we always go near the sleeping bear dunes. We were about a week too early to really see all the fall colors changing but we still were able to enjoy a Fall filled weekend. We went hiking at Empire Bluffs on Sleeping Bear Dunes and this trail was so awesome! Once you got through the woods, we were walking along the dunes with a huge drop down to Lake Michigan. We stumbled on this secret forest, Game of Thrones like at the end where you will see a photo of a interesting tree I have included. After our hike we drove to Leelanau Peninsula near Traverse City to a winery/distillery called Chateau De Lealanau. They had cherry cider that was delicious and we had to buy in their cool little tumbler bottles. We ate at Bubba’s in Traverse City, one of our favorites for casual dining up there. The next day we got a bushel of apples to make our seasonal whiskey with and of-course some apple crisp. We even picked up some acorn squash and cooked it later in the week with a little brown sugar. We both finished our entire half of squash that night it was so good.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing the band the Buzzcocks in person at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. ‘Autonomy’ is one of my favorite songs. Steve Diddle was so energetic and Pete Shelley’s voice is so unique. Great show!
Last weekend marked the last weekend of the summer that The Chicago Botanic Gardens featured the butterfly tent before the winter. I went to go see the numerous variations of butterflies they have from many different countries. Did you know they like to eat fruit that is past ripe? Neither did I! but they like the sugar water. I guess we both have something in common, a sweet tooth. I tried to capture all my favorites from the day, but some of them were constantly fluttering around and I was not fast enough. There are a few pictures from the vegetable garden and other flowers that I enjoyed. The tree is a pear or apple tree that they groom to grow horizontally to save space.
This meal is so easy and super healthy and delicious. I love making fish packs because you can just throw everything in and ta-da! you’ve got a complete meal.
Filet of salmon
Cherry tomatoes halved
Chopped basil leaves
Salt & Pepper
Ice cream made entirely from bananas and it tastes good too!
Handful of shaved coconut
Handful of cocoa nibs
2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
1/4 Cup cashews
Words cannot describe the beauty of Lake Tahoe. The lake transforms into many shades of blue; cobalt, emerald, lapis, sapphire, and turquoise to name a few. I experienced all these colors when we kayaked to Emerald Bay. The next day we rented a boat from Camp Richardson and drove it to Rubicon Bay where I went tubing for the first time. The final day was reserved for a hike near Angora Creek. I love the combination of sand and pine trees here. So beautiful!