October has been a wonderful and busy month. The weather turned to fall, the colors of the trees began to pop and change, I was able to go up to Washington Island one more time and of course, take lots of pictures!
I know that I’m not the only one who was busy, so if you where quite busy this month and didn’t have a chance to check out my latest posts, here’s a quick recap of the month:
October has always been one of my favorite months. I think it is one of the most beautiful with the brilliant fall colors and the cool crisp air. Thirteen years ago another reason was made for it to be my favorite month… I got married to my wonderful husband. Now, I’m not going to gush on and on, but I can’t believe its has been 13 years! In that time, we’ve had 2 children, numerous pets and lots of fun. We are also blessed with very supportive families who are very generous and have given us many wonderful gifts.
I know that gift giving can be stressful, so if are trying to come up with ideas for your favorite couple, here’s a good starting point!
If you are looking for something practical, restaurant gift cards are always appreciated. My husband enjoys Home Depot/Menards gift cards too. One practical gift I received was a new set of bathroom towels. After 10 years, it was nice to get a new, plush set!
Ralph Lauren Wescott Bath Towels
One of my favorite gifts that we received was for our 12th anniversary. We were given concert tickets to see The Lumineers! It was wonderful… dinner out, no kids, great music… perfect to reconnect and just enjoy each other’s company.
This one I just got this year and am LOVING it! It is the wireless home speaker: Bose Soundlink Revolve. It was so easy to set up and the sound is just amazing (it comes in white too!).
Bose Soundlink Revolve
Another favorite I like to get and give, are monogrammed items. I have a customized poster of our wedding dates and details that I love, but you could also do personalized trays, glassware, decorative address stampers or embossers. There are so many great ideas!
Personalized Slate Serving Tray Cheese Board
Of course it is always fun to give and get some little trinkets along the way too.
Mr. & Mrs. Ceramic Coffee Mugs
Willow Tree Anniversary Figurine
Sun, Sand and Love, Personalized Photo
If you need some more ideas, check out this past blog post, it might inspire you!
Don’t forget to check out our Thank You List on Etsy. It will help you or your friend keep track of all the lovely gifts they received and thank you cards that need to be send out.
This all began many years ago when I was a teenager. I went on my first airplane trip with friends and had never gone through a TSA check before. Well, I learned I had to remove my shoes and found that I was wearing green and white striped toe-socks… yup. At first I was a little embarrassed standing next to my friends and fellow travelers all wearing “normal” socks. But then as I went through security, I heard giggling within this very quiet area. Turns out the TSA agent got a kick out of my socks. Ever since then, I try to find the craziest socks to wear while traveling to bring a little levity to traveling.
What do I look for in a sock? Well, it has to be comfortable of course, but I tend to look for bold and zany colors, sometimes pictures or sayings on them as well. Most of all, if it makes me giggle or look twice while shopping, I know I found a keeper.
Here are a few crazy socks I found while doing some online shopping. Check them out, you just might like them too!
(Clicking on the image will take you too the online shop.)
Color City Women’s Novelty Funny Ankle Socks $10
Blue Q Crew Sock “You’re Killin’ My Vibe” $11.49
Huiyuzhi Womens Cosplay Mermaid Socks $5.88
Are you a crazy sock fan? Do you have any travel habits? Feel free to share! Looking for some travel ides check out this blog post!
Planning a trip and not sure what to pack? Check out our Packing List at Etsy. It makes packing less of a headache and now you won’t worry about what you may have forgotten at home!
Oh my goodness, I am so excited that their is actually a Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, who knew! I love pumpkins!!! Adorable as decoration and yummy as a treat. Fall = Pumpkins, which turns into Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Pie and just wonderful things.
So what would Pumpkin Cheesecake Day be without a cheesecake? Here is a couple pumpkin recipes to celebrate. There are links to the recipes or you can find them by following me at Pinterest!
I found this great No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe at The Cincy Shopper Blog. I seem to have a hard time making cheesecakes so I do prefer the no bake variety. This one is easy to make and the directions are easy to follow. (Find the recipe here.)
Spiced Pumpkin Bread is another classic you must have! Whether you enjoy it in the morning with your coffee or as mid-afternoon treat, this is one recipe you are sure to enjoy. I found this keeper from Once Upon a Chef and is worth checking out. (Here’s the recipe!)
Oh my goodness, have you tried a Pumpkin Pie Truffle yet? They might be a bit putzy to make but totally worth the white chocolate drenched effort! These delectable little treats from Dear Crissy are amazing. Easy to take to someone’s party or just to enjoy at home with family. (The recipe is here.)
Here are three great pumpkin recipes for you to try! Looking for more pumpkin recipes? Check out my pins at Pinterest! Looking for other great dessert recipes, check out this blog post!
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!
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!
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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!
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 ShopSpring.com, 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!
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!
(Keep scrolling for October’s freebie!)
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.
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.
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.)
Have you tried any new s’mores combinations? Let me know what you and your family enjoy!
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.
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.)
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:
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!
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.
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: