Sorry for being MIA all week. Needless to say it’s been a rough, painful week and I’ve basically been living for the weekend since Monday. Luckily, I had something to look forward to…a mini family vacation! Friday afternoon we packed our van and headed out to a small town near Saugatuck, Michigan.
Overpacking at it’s finest. Mom and I splurged on meats, fruits, and veggies from Whole Paycheck and Trader Joe’s to bring along for a weekend of home-cooked meals. The trip would normally take about 2.5 hours, but we had to pick up my sister from downtown Chi and an additional 2 HOURS was added to our trip thanks to extreme traffic. Ouch.
Finally, Michigan greeted us after almost 5 hours on the road.
We arrived to a small but cozy cabin perfectly sized for a family of 4 (photos of the interior to come tomorrow!), unpacked, and immediately relaxed with freshly brewed tea.
After almost 10 much needed hours (!) of sleep, it was time to take on the day. On the breakfast menu: whole wheat crepes, French-pressed coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Us ladies went on a scenic walk following the energizing meal, and many many photos ensued. (Warning, picture vomit up ahead!)
Welcome to Timber Bluff:
Our charming cabin in the woods:
A short walk away…
I spy Lake Michigan!
Down the rustic staircase…
A view fit for paradise:
And scattered footprints:
Follow the seashell path:
Back up again:
Naturally, we were starving after our mini excursion along the lake. But first, some major juicing was done. Yes, we did drag our massive juice-maker all the way here! Are you surprised?
In the mix: beets, celery, cucumber, carrots, ginger, tomatoes, apples
On the lunch menu? Tacos!
BBQ baked organic chicken, avocado, tomatoes, onion, cheese variety (swiss, mozzarella, goat), pickles, lettuce, and salsa. I bought a box of organic taco shells from TJ’s and am obsessed!
The weather had been gloomy and rainy all morning, but the sun finally broke though the clouds in the afternoon. Sun means only one thing…BEACH!
No swimming, just sitting
We hung out in the sandy dunes for about an hour and headed home. And that brings us to now! We’re about to start grilling up some bison steaks (!) for dinner and then walking to the lake to watch a gorgeous blood-red sunset of my dreams.
What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? Are you staying home or traveling?
Are you an over-packer or under-packer?