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My friend LIsa is the queen of research and finding fun things to do. While I was home we went to the red carpet premiere of , "The life of Chris Roberts- Antieau: A love letter to Tom Waits", in Ann Arbor at the Michigan theater. It was such a fun night. The photo's were taken inside the Michigan theater, and are of the one of the amazing bands that played for the event, Orpheum Bell.
Here is a photo of one of Chris's amazing pieces of art. Can you believe it is all done with fabric.
Oh, I love indoor market places!! Being here reminded me of my visit at the market in San Miguel, Mx.
The crepes were to die!! The pastas, deserts, fresh sauerkraut, sausages, meats, and the homemade horseradish!! Wow, so many amazing things to choose from. I only wish we had a market like this close to home!! It would make cooking dinner so much fun!!
While we were in Michigan we went away for a little overnight getaway with my good friend Lisa and her fiancee Nigel. We were going to go to Chicago for the weekend but we decided to go to Cleveland instead. You are probably wondering why in the world we would go to Cleveland?! We decided to go somewhere closer to home after we knew we were only going to go for one night. Lisa and Nigel, recently had to go there for business and were pleasantly surprised when they discovered what a fun town it was.
I was shocked at how cute Cleveland was. There were a lot of wonderful little pockets to the city!! The day we were leaving we had went to a historical indoor food market, the west side market in Ohio City and they happened to be having a small art fair down the street. So we went investigating and you will never believe who we met?? Captain Eyeball.............!!!
The man above in the first photo is the creator of Captain Eyeball and he was hysterical!! I couldn't resist but to buy one of his night lights and magnets for my daughters!!
Here is a photo of Nigel with his new eyeball!!
I must admit that I did come home with one of these one eyed bowler t-shirts too!! I had just beet the socks off my husband bowling the night before so it was like a trophy to me!!
I probably should not be sharing the photo below, but it cracks me up!! Todd, looking like a really bad drag queen!! He found a new way to use the eyeballs!! Ha, Ha!!
Looking back I spent $4.00 on the eyeball nightlight but the memories spent at Captain Eyeballs booth were priceless!!
Wow, I am back home and trying to catch up to my reality of a busy life. It was so wonderful to escape for three weeks back in Michigan. I celebrated my birthday with my family and was so spoiled by receiving homemade cake and pies from my Aunts. The chocolate chip cookie cake above was to die for. My Aunt Billie is an exceptional cook and baker!! Now to burning off all those calories!!
The photo above was taken at a restaurant in Ann Arbor the evening of my birthday, when I was recieving my favorite gift. One of my best friends, LIsa and her man sang me the craziest version of Happy Birthday, they had me in complete stitches!!
Had to share a photo of the key-lime pie that my Aunt Judy made for me, I must admit it was my favorite!! The recipe came from an old dish towel that I found on one of my treasure hunts and it was the best tasting pie I have ever had!
Here is the recipe if you would like to give it a try!
4 egg yolks
6 egg whites
1/2 cup lime juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
pinch of salt
Beat egg yolks until lemon colored. Blend condensed milk, slowly add lime juice, salt and mix well. Add cream of tartar to egg whites and beat until foamy, continue beating adding sugar 1 tablespoon at at time until egg whites peak. Gold 6 tablespoons of the meringue into the filling mixture. Pour into a nine inch baked pie shell. Top wit remaining meringue and bake in a slow oven, 330degrees, until golden brown.
My sweet Aunt Bonnie also made me a cake, see I wasn't kidding it is a wonder I could still fit into my jeans for the flight back home!
My mother and aunt Polly hamming it up!
My Bailey doing what all boys love to do, LIghting matches and Blowing things UP!!
Here is a photo of my favorite firework because it was the one that didn't go bang. It just beautifully lifted off and flew away with its twinkling light glowing to allow us to follow it on it's journey. Nothing more wonderful to me than warm Michigan summer nights that last for what feels like forever. Especially when shared with special people.