On Friday, I shared photos from our anniversary trip along Minnesota’s North Shore. We had a wonderful time exploring state parks, but that was only half of our trip. On Saturday, we piled into my brother’s car for a scenic road trip to Bayfield, Wisconsin and the annual Bayfield Apple Festival!
My brother Kristian lives in Duluth, and he knows the city and surrounding parks better than anyone else. Originally, we planned to take Kristian with us on our state park adventure and he would show us his favorite places and trails. Our plans changed when Kristian discovered our weekend up north coincided with the Bayfield Apple Festival. We didn’t know what to expect- only that my brother went with friends the year before and had a great time.
We met at my brother’s house in Duluth early Saturday morning and were on the road by 9. The drive from Duluth to Bayfield is just under two hours, but the drive was gorgeous, winding along the shores of Lake Superior on one side, and acres of farm land on the other. The fall colors were at peak, and we couldn’t have asked for a sunnier fall day. Bayfield is a small town of about 400 people, but there were crowds everywhere for Apple Fest! Last year, USA Today named the Bayfield Apple Festival one of the top 10 fall festivals in the nation, and people travel from across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Even though we arrived early, we had to park several blocks away and walk down a steep hill to the festival in downtown Bayfield.
Luke and I had a chance to go to the North Shore for our anniversary a couple weeks ago, and we leapt at the opportunity. The North Shore is one of our favorite places, and the fall colors up north are breathtaking. The fall colors were near peak and though it was cold, it was sunny and glorious. Visiting the North Shore in the fall was on our list of adventures for 2016, and I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for months. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, and I’ve been dying to share some photos from our trip!
Overlooking Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake, the North Shore stretches from Duluth to the Canadian Border. The North Shore is saturated with state parks, and with stunning vistas, rocky beaches, raging rivers and waterfalls, it is easy to see why. Lace up your hiking boots- you’re in for an adventure.
Sweaters. Crunchy Leaves. Scarves. Crisp Mornings. Boots. Pumpkin Flavored Everything. These are a few of my favorite things about fall. Autumn is my favorite season, and I could go on and on about everything I love about this time of year. There’s nothing better than going for a long walk to enjoy the fall colors and coming home to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea. Except snuggling up with a warm bowl of soup.
Soup is one of my favorite foods. When I was a kid, I used to ask for soup for lunch every day- even during the summer. My mom worried terribly about my sodium intake and couldn’t believe how many cans of soup her daughter went through over summer vacation. While I’ve curbed my soup addiction, all I want to eat on these crisp fall days is a nice, warm bowl of soup!
Even though soup is one of my favorite foods, I often avoid ordering it at restaurants because they can be greasy and loaded with sodium. Italian wedding soup is often one of the worst offenders, with a greasy broth and lots of mini meatballs and little pasta noodles. But it’s still so delicious! I found myself craving Italian wedding soup last week, and was determined to make my own lighter version.
Packing your lunch is a great way to save money and stay on track with your nutrition. The concept is easy, but with busy schedules, it’s easy to forget and suddenly you’re left trying to find something satisfying from the vending machine or ordering delivery yet again. With a new school year beginning, there couldn’t be a better time to start a new lunch-packing habit! I pack my lunch everyday, and these tips have saved us both time and money week in and week out.
This week, we turned our calendars from August to September. As summer winds down, I am so excited for my favorite season- fall! Time to unpack the sweaters, boots and scarves, and pull out my peacoat and mittens from the back of the closet. I love the crisp and refreshing fall mornings and the bright autumn leaves falling from trees.
I love pumpkin, and enjoy it all year round. Fall has arrived, and you can bet I’m capitalizing on this season. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes to inspire you this autumn!