Summer Saturdays in Wisconsin

Totally rock!

Today my sweet Michael and I got up and went to breakfast at our favorite little spot. It’s called the Wooden Chair and boy it certainly has charm to spare!

The we headed down the side walk to the farmers market to pick up our produce for the week. I know I have blogged before about the virtues of growing your own food or sourcing it locally but really I can’t stress the benefits enough. It is far better for the environment, the local economy and for you plus there is just something so amazing about produce that had the chance to ripen in the field where it grew until the perfect time instead of on a cross country semi where it was picked weeks too early. It tastes better and has more nutrients. I also love the look of pride in the growers faces when they talk to you about what they have to offer this week and what will be ready next week. These people are my neighbors and I love supporting them with my money…and the tomatoes are unbelievable!

I always show up at the market with my own reusable bag, cash (lots of singles) and an open mind. I try to plan my menu around what is available now as opposed to going with a list and perhaps not finding everything.

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Today we got lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, basil, dill and a melon.

We actually grow a lot of this ourselves but due to our short growing season and our lack of a green house our harvest is not yet ready. The farmers at the market have awesome green houses to extend the growing season with…I love driving by the farms checking them out.

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On this week’s menu we have bruscetta (that basil is making my whole kitchen smell divine) Stuffed zucchini boats, a colorful salad to accompany the smoked gouda and artichoke heart risotto I want to make and a jump-start on my yearly pickle making.

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Even Sami approves!

Now I am hungry!


A most superb weekend!

It was an over all stupendous weekend at McKissick Manor. Which was most needed after an awful week at work. Stupid volcano…jacking up the emergency travel department where I work.

Anyway…. On Saturday the Ladies from church all went to Appleton for the sole purpose of eating at Olive Garden and forcing me into finally buying maternity bras. Both goals were accomplished however one was done much more cheerfully. After we returned home it was time to set up for Michael’s shindig since all the fellows at church were coming over for pizza and a devo. Since I did not meet the criteria to join them (aka I am not a man) I passed the time in the basement were I was supposed to be cleaning the sewing room but instead caught up on Project Runway.

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The advantage of always being the one with the camera is that you never have to be in any of the pictures. Which works for me as it turns out I am not one of those adorable pregnant chicks. Mostly I look like an expecting hobbit.

The Sunday we headed out to the Thompson Estate for some kite flying and taco bar with our youth group. It has stormed all night so were a little worried that kite flying wasn’t going to happen but the weather cleared up beautifully and it was perfectly windy! We wrapped up the afternoon with ice cream cones.

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Sometimes when I sit back and reflect I am amazed and so grateful for how blessed we are! We certainly serve an awesome God!


It is going to be a busy day over at Chez McKissick!

I should have gotten up way earlier then I did. Also probably shouldn’t have had cookies and Mountain Dew for breakfast…..

I received numerous calls from work begging me to come in as they are swamped. I actually would have if I wasn’t a;ready so busy. I am supposed to run to Wausau to pick something up and then high tale it over to Connie’s (who is the wife of one of our Elders) for a holiday luncheon.

Then I have a lot of gifts to finish up and wrap and my house looks abused.

I know I told someone I would do something with them tonight but for the life of me I can’t remember who/what. WHich is the precise reason I should have my planner surgically attached to me. I’ll just be prepared when whoever texts me to tell me I am late for whatever. Tis the season.

Also with all that going on you would think I would get up,get dressed and get to crackin’….except I am blogging in my pajamas at 10:30 in the morning instead. Wish me luck.

Oh Saturday….

Way must you always go away so quickly?

I spent the morning hours doing wedding hair and make up for Barbara’s sister-in-law. The most exciting part was that they live on a farm and I got to watch their new baby horse hop around his mama and then I got to play with the baby goats!!!!

After doing 5 head’s of hair and make up I came home and took a nap with my sweet husband. Seems like we are both so busy lately that we have to steal time away to spend time together. He had to go to a preacher’s retreat up in Black River Falls today and got home just in time to nap.

Then we met our favorite friends (really they are our family here in Wisconsin) for dinner at Arby’s and many rounds of Mexican Train Dominos where I dominated the night and won by a long shot!

Do you have those special friends you feel like you can spend all the time in the world with and never tire of? Where you can be completely relaxed and laugh your head off? They truly are a gift from God and I pray He has blessed you with friends as amazing as our Thompson’s


But then I looked at the clock and relaxed that Saturday had breezed right on by……Good thing I like Sunday just as much.

My favorite Sundays look a lot like this

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Becca is doing homework

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Barb is putting some snaps on her project

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Michael is sewing his pants.

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Tyler starting a lanyard. We always make these at church camp.

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Michele ironing our placemats

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Work in progress

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Tyler trying to get Bryce to help him make his lanyard


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Bryce is getting to know the new parakeet Sunbeam


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Becca and I were making a project for her English class. I like it when school and art mix!


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Michele sewing on the project were are working on together

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Michael seam ripping.


An afternoon spent creating with your favorite people is the best way to enjoy a Sunday.

Wonderful Weekend fun….

But alas I sit here on Sunday night utterly and completely exhausted.

Saturday began with the autumnal hair coloring of Brenda. (Aka I colored Brenda’s hair a warm brown for the fall)

Then it was time to run errands with the Michael. Somehow we ended up at the fabric store where he managed to weasel many treats out of me. He decided he needed all his own sewing things such as pin, scissors, tape measure and what not. He put a large dent in the money I had just earned (see above). At least he will keep his paws off of my stuff (who am I kidding?)

After the errands it was time to head to the park for Miss Emily’s graduation party. She finally graduated from the University with a very useful B.A. in art. mmmm perhaps her minor will be more helpful in the whole ‘find a decent job’ quest….except she minored in Religious Studies. Well, best of luck to you gal. Actually we are very proud of her. We rewarded her with the following:

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In my opinion it is much more useful then Barbaras idea of a beer helmet. See, we aren’t crappy friends after all.

It was really nice to meet all of Em’s family. Although I must confess I was taken back a bit when her granny and her Aunt were so excited to meet me. Flattered and over joyed of course but still surprised. I felt like a celebrity for like 2.47 seconds.

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I don’t know what time she started on the Oj and southern comfort but the gallon sized bottle of alcohol was nearly gone when I arrived at 3:30 (in the afternoon) so I would imagine she was feeling nice.

The the Mr and I headed to the grocery store to buy the needed food items for the taco bar we hosted after lunch today. How can $65 worth of groceries fit in two standard sized reusable bags? That seems insane to me. I felt like I should have many bags of food for that price. Oh well, lunch was very fun. We had several families from church over although Michele and Becca couldn’t make it due to illness.

After a nap I did my friend Brianne’s highlight and haircut. Then it was time to rally together with Michael and wage a surprise attack on the clutter in the basement (Aka the family room and the sewing studio) Especially since he decided he must have his own sewing nook. We had some rearranging to do in order to carve out some space for him and his stolen sewing machines. He stole both of my vintage singers…..

Hope your weekend was full of laughter, love and family. Many Blessings