Sight-Seeing in Door County

If you’ve ever thought about a weekend or vacation in Door County, Wisconsin… go! Throughout the Door, their are so many places to enjoy food, shopping and the great outdoors. When I go up with my family, we really take the time to enjoy Peninsula State Park and walking around the different little towns, checking out the playgrounds and, of course, enjoying lake views and taking tons of pictures!

If you’ve never considered or heard of Door County, Wisconsin, here are some of my favorite pictures and places… enjoy!

Karfi ferry to take to Rock Island
Fishing Boat
Historic fishing boat “Welcome”, Washington Island
Washington Harbor, School House Beach
Jackson Harbor, Washington Island
Detroit Island
Pilot Island in Port Des Morts
Eryabakki & Washington
Ice at Northport, Lake Michigan
Cedars at Europe Lake, Liberty Grove
Grass reeds at Rowleys Bay, Ellison Bay
Keep your eyes open, you never know what you’ll see!
Fishing at Clark Lake, Sturgeon Bay
Queen Anne’s Lace
Kangaroo Lake, Bailey’s Harbor
Lighthouse at Cana Island, Baileys Harbor
Sister Bay, WI
Winter Frost in Sister Bay
Destination sign at Egg Harbor pier
Pull up a chair, Ephraim
Golf course at Peninsula State Park
Sunset at Tennison Bay, Fish Creek
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and anchor, Fish Creek
Young boy statue in Egg Harbor
Sledding Hill at Peninsula State Park

There is so much more to explore, I could never capture everything. I look forward to my next trip up and finding new places to enjoy!

Have you been to Door County? What is your favorite place or thing to do?

Of course, when planning and packing for a trip, I use my Packing List, saves so much time and I am confident I have everything I need. Check it out at my store at Etsy!

Packing List, part of our Travel Collection
Packing List sold at Etsy.

Desserts are the Best!

I love desserts. Yes I do! I enjoy eating them, but I really enjoy making them. When I worked in an office, I would randomly bring in cupcakes and treats, just because I felt like baking. Baking for me, is way more fun than cooking! Sounds silly, but their really is a difference.

As the weather turns brisk, I find that I enjoy having people over more often. It also seems that we are visiting more people too and its always nice to bring a sweet treat along. With that in mind, I’m sharing my favorite, go-to dessert recipes. I’m not very good at creating my own recipes, so I will include links to the locations that I found these recipes at. I have made them all and loved them all!

(Please note, all recipes can be found by following me on Pinterest. I’ve also included links to the recipes as well.)

First up, is what I call Whiskey Cake, but it is really a Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake from Martha Stewart. This takes a little planning ahead to make, as it needs to sit overnight, but it is so worth it!  (You can find the recipe here.)

Chocolate Chip Icebox Cake by Martha Stewart aka Whiskey Cake

Next are the Sangria Cupcakes with a Red Wine Frosting from The First Year Blog. Oh my goodness these are divine! I get requested to make these over and over. One little tip though, be careful when reducing the wine, if you let it go too long it solidifies… learned that the hard way! (You can find the recipe here.)

Sangria Cupcakes
Sangria Cupcakes with Red Wine Frosting from The First Year Blog

By now, y’all know I love s’mores, so how could I not have a s’mores recipe here? (Check out our free S’mores Menu!) When I don’t have a bonfire going outside, here is my oven proof one that I can bring and share with others. By trusty ol’ Betty Crocker, you’ll like the Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’Mores Bar. (Find the recipe here.)

Smores Bars
Warm Toasted Marshmallow S’Mores Bars by Betty Crocker

I debated which snickerdoodle recipe I like best. Because, really, you can’t go wrong with a snickerdoodle! But I decided to showcase the cupcake version. Yes, you can make Snickerdoodle Cupcakes and tack on that Cinnamon Frosting and they are just amazing! The recipe that I like best is from Real Housemoms. (Check out the recipe here.)

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with cinnamon
Snickerdoodle Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting by Real Housemoms

Last, but certainly not least, are Easy Oreo Truffles from Kraft recipes. Three simple ingredients make up these little treats. I made these for an anniversary dessert party and people thought I bought them from a bakery! So easy and so good. You could even get your kids involved in making these. (Find the recipe here.)

Oreo Truffles
Easy Oreo Truffles by Kraft Recipes

These are my top 5 dessert recipes. Of course I have others, (you can find some others here) but I’ll share more another time! In the meantime, happy baking!

Need recipe cards to keep these favorites in your cookbook? Check out our Modern Nautical Recipe Cards at Etsy. You have the option to purchase a PDF download to print out your self, or purchase pre-printed recipe cards to be mailed to you… the choice is yours!

Printed 10 pk Recipe Cards





Favorite Fall Finds

Fall is my favorite season. Hot apple cider, scarves, bonfires, crisp morning walks, leaves popping with color… its just so good! So, to celebrate my favorite season, I’ve found some great items that I thought you might like too. So, in no particular order, check out these great, must-have fall items!

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I found this cozy scarf online at, but it’s by Ambercrombie & Fitch. I love the mustard color set with great nautical navy stripes! $38

With fall comes many gatherings. Whether its bonfires outside or even holiday dinners, it’s always handy to have an extra platter or two. I couldn’t be more excited with this find. It’s a Ceramic Dipped Platter from Bungalo, but its actually on sale for only $18! That’s 77% off!!! I love a good deal and at this price you might want to grab two, one for you and one as a hostess gift!

Nothing like a hot cup of coffee in the morning or a hot cup of cocoa in the evening. Either way, this mug has ‘cozy’ written all over it. This mug from Robert Siegel Studio ($48) is just perfect!

Of course my list has to have a new pair of sunglasses in them! The best part is a lot of places are clearancing out their summer line up and I found these at Dresslilly for only $5.48! The ombre look is perfect for fall!

Here’s a great plaid shirt dress from Faherty and its on sale too! This Lighthouse Plaid is perfect with some boots or even leggings. $108

I’m totally in love with this bag! Its the Wintersweet Printed Handbag in red. So adorable and so seasonal and under $25!

Fall is the time to embrace plaid! These shoes from Tom’s are so perfect too. I love the red plaid with the tan corduroy detailing… perfect! $59.95

Those are some of my favorite finds for fall, but as I keep shopping I’ll keep you updated! Happy shopping!

Looking for gift ideas? Check out this blog post!





More S’Mores Please!

I enjoy summer and its long days, but when fall comes around, I get giddy! I love the cool, crisp nights. I love the sunsetting just a little earlier. I love a good bonfire with friends and family. I love ooey, gooey s’mores too!


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Yes, I love sitting around a warm fire. Roasting stick in hand, roasting soft marshmallows to that perfect caramelized brown on the outside. The kids don’t quite seem to have the patience for that yet, theirs seem to be more flaming torches! Either way, we always have a good time.

Family enjoying a bonfire
Dad and son around a bonfire
S'more options!
S’mores Menu and Ingredients

We also enjoy trying new combinations of s’mores as well. Yes, their is more to try than just graham cracker, chocolate and mallow! Just check out some of our favorite combinations and feel free to try them at your next bonfire.

S’mores Menu

This month, this menu is our new freebie! So please, download it, share it and use it! Download Here (It is designed to be trimmed to an 8×10″ so you can frame it.)

S’mores Menu
S'mores menu
Smores Menu



Have you tried any new s’mores combinations? Let me know what you and your family enjoy!

Flames sparking in the night sky
S'mores main ingredient
Marshmallows ready for roasting!

Download your S’mores Party Menu and don’t forget to check out our Recipe Cards sold at Etsy!

Recipe Cards sold at Etsy!






A Trip Up to Washington Island, Wisconsin

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should @roguewavedesigns), you know I love taking trips up to Door County. As a family we go up in winter and a few times in summer; not every time do we make it up to Washington Island, but we try. The Island is one of my favorite places to go. I can sit down and read a book, take a walk through the woods with my camera, take the kids swimming and just relax and unwind.

There are so many beautiful spots on the Island, but here are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken this summer that, I think, highlight some of its beauty.

Getting There:

Clouds over Deaths Door crossing
Channel Markers between Detroit Island and Washington Island, WI
Rudder on display at Washington Island Ferry Line Offices

Yes, the island is really an island. There are no hidden bridges (I’ve been asked that!) so you do need to take a ferry across. We usually take the ferry out of Northport, but their is a passenger and bike ferry out of Gills Rock that runs all summer. (Links for more info are at the bottom of the post.)


The Beaches:

Sand Dunes Beach on the south side of Washington Island, WI
All natural rock beach on Washington Island, WI
One of the most beautiful beaches!
Washington Harbor, aka School House Beach, Washington Island, WI

There are two great beaches here.  Sand Dunes Beach has soft sand and is a great place to take small kids. Sand castles and walks on the beach are great. The water here is shallow, so the kids can enjoy it and the temperature is a little warmer too.

School House Beach is located at Washington Harbor. This has no sand, so feet beware! The beach is all naturally polished rock, its pretty cool and should not be missed… even if you are not going to go swimming. If you are going to brave the waters, just know that it will be chilly! Even on the hottest August day, the waters are brisk. The harbor is quite deep!

Things To Do:

Karfi that connects people from Washington Island to Rock Island
Park your bikes and get ready to board the Karfi to Rock Island!
Jackson Harbor, Washington Island, WI
The Valiant on display at the Fishing Museum on Washington Island at Jackson Harbor
One of the many roads you can enjoy on Washington Island
Boardwalk at Jackson Harbor
Morning walks with no cars!
Finding simplicity while camping
Enjoying soup at Jackson Harbor looking out at Rock Island State Park
Looking north from the Mountain Tower
Nature walk through the cedars on Washington Island, Wisconsin


Fishing at Detroit Harbor, Washington Island, WI
Children feeding the animals at the Farm Museum

When people ask me, ‘what is there to do?’, I usually tell them ‘Lots!’. However, I do have to add the disclaimer that it depends on what you are looking to do. If you are hoping to hit cute little shops and eat your way through the day, then you will be disappointed. Their is shopping and restaurants, but not that many. If you are planning on kayaking, biking, hiking, getting lost in the woods, etc., you will LOVE this place!

Random Thoughts:

A couple last remarks to enjoy your visit: Town is 3 miles from the ferry, this is not Mackinac Island where everything is right at the docks; Everybody waves to one another… so wave back!; The rocks at School House Beach are not made at a factory, please don’t take them.

Leaving Washington Island on the ferry
Entering the channel in Detroit Harbor

For more info, feel free to contact me with your questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. Otherwise here are a few websites worth checking out: