I hope you had a fantastic Labor Day Weekend. I'm actually starting this blog on Monday night, though it won't be posted until tomorrow. John and I just got back from a great weekend in Hillman and Harrisville, Michigan. Basically, it was a weekend of tradition for us. I'm sure your family had tons of traditions, but two of ours growing up included visiting Harrisville every Labor Day Weekend for the massive art fair they host annually and going to our family cottage on Lake Avalon. I really love this lake. It is so clear and as you get further in, the water moves from light blue to a deep teal. It will take your breath away... in looks AND temperature! It was insanely cold. I can't believe I talked John into getting into it! He was such a trooper, though. He took me on a canoe ride and floated atop the water on a little blue raft with me. If that wasn't enough, the little darling indulged my childhood urge to go mussel hunting. I'll save you the sight of our collection (dear PETA, no mussels were harmed in this excursion, we kept them in the water the whole time).
|Hanging out in the rain|
I should tell you about our cottage. It was the summer home that my great-grandparents built. My great-grandfather was a dentist and he wanted a place far enough away that his clients couldn't follow him to. I thought that was really interesting, because... who is crazy enough to stalk their dentist at his weekend home, right? However, my great-uncle, who still lives next door to the cottage told me that usually 1-2 patients per summer would still manage to track him down there. That is totally insane. Poor great-grandpa. Anyway, they built the house to hang out with their 4 daughters in (though one was later killed by a drunk driver) and eventually my grandfather passed away, his eldest daughter and her husband moved in next door and my great-grandma lived in the cottage year round. She passed it on to her 3 surviving daughters and now my grandma and one of my great aunts share ownership, letting the family borrow it each summer.
|oatmeal cream pies... mmm|
I loved it, too. It was very inspiring and I can't wait to tell you all of the ideas I have for 'la vie'. I took a little notebook that my dear friend, Anna, gave to me (specifically for writing inspirational things!) and filled it in. I'll give you a sneak peek at the end of the blog :) I will tell you something now, though. We made these incredibly easy oatmeal cream pies and I'm planning to put the recipe up as soon as we come out of our sugar coma :) the best part is that there are 2 versions, one for those who are really comfortable baking and one for those who want them to be extremely easy! Both versions are delicious :)
I could go on and on about how beautiful and idyllic the cottage is (you'll have to check it out on facebook... seriously, there is ivy EVERYWHERE!), but it's time to move on to the next adventure, which was Harrisville.
|see the baby in the back??|