Michigan Nature Around Us

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Fog coming sitting over the lake as we drank our coffee on the docks. Depending on the wind, this fog can swirl, flow straight or just sit with a peaceful bliss.

There are so many things that I want to share with you about Michigan in the Summer time.  It is a blessing to be here this summer re-living our childhood in this gorgeous glacier created state once again.  We have lived so far away for so long, it is nice to see familiar faces and familiar surroundings for one last time in entirety.  A sabbatical to ones’ roots is sometimes what one needs to reboot on life and remind ones’ self what is truly important in life.  Here are just a few of the things we are loving right now:

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Scotland Highland Games: Videos

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As many of you already know we went to the Highland Games this last weekend to see one of our friends perform.  While I want to keep his identity private, I did want to share some of the events with all of you.  Genki Husband and I are large ‘band geeks’ so we enjoyed the opportunity to not only watch the manly sports events but also listen to the recreational Kalamazoo Pipe Band.  It is recreational so it’s not the same as the bands one might have seen during the recent competitions over in Scotland but nonetheless exciting.  These performers put their hearts and souls into the music and the trade of the instruments.  Whenever someone does such a thing, it is heartwarming and worth the extra time to encourage and delight in his/her hard work.  We had a lovely time and can’t wait to tour around and see more in the years to come.  Enjoy!

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Scotland Highland Games 2014

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Traveling again to Kalamazoo, Michigan to see the Scotland Highland Games.  One of our friends is a clan member (doesn’t that sound strange to say in today’s society?) so we went to watch him perform in this annual event.  Even though I’m 100% German, Genki Husband has a wee bit o’Scottish in him so we love to attend these games whenever possible.  To add a friend performing is all the better reason to attend this event.

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Vegan Dollar Store Finds

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There is nothing I appreciate and adore more than vegans connecting together online and in person to spread the joy of finding accidentally vegan products in everyday stores.  Lately I have been reading on Oh She Cooks website about vegan products she has been finding in her local Dollar Tree Store.  Unfortunately I do not believe there is a store right near our house but since we were traveling again we decided to check out what products were available in one of them.  To tell you the truth, I wanted to check out the vegan mayo which costs $1!  Seriously I had no idea there were so many things sold in these stores, if you have one nearby go have a look and have a tiny adventure!  See below:

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Chicago Adventures Continued: Vegan Travels

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There are a few different photos I wanted to share with you from Genki Husband’s cell phone.  Although it suggests how lazy I am at times, I do in fact ask to use his cell instead of mine at times because I don’t want to unzip my purse.  (Nope, not joking.)  So here are a few more photos of our recent trip to Chicago, Illinois, USA for a day of adventure.

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English Muffin Bread Recipe

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English Muffins are a weakness of mine.  While Genki Husband and I do make our own vegan English Muffins at home, we do not do it while away from our own house.  It takes a good amount of time and also a lot of vegan butter.  Thankfully I found this recipe and couldn’t be happier with it.  We have made this recipe twice now and we have devoured the bread up each time.  Normally we cut the recipe down so we only end up with 1 loaf but this last time we made 2 just to assure we had enough to fit our cravings.  It does freeze well if it can make it there.  The original recipe was from the wonderful website called, “One Good Thing by Jillee”.

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Cabbage and Garlic Soup Recipe

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So many of you might remember the giant cabbage we purchased for $2 at the farmers’ market the other day right?  Well, we decided last week when we had a day of less than 80F/27C to make cabbage soup.  We had a lot of cabbage to get through so it just seemed to make sense in the long run.  We also had some fresh garlic for the farmers’ market so we wanted to be sure to have everything as fresh as possible.  If we were in our own home, I would have made this and take some reusable containers and saved leftovers for the winter months as an instant dinner.  But instead we ate the entire recipe in a few days – no complaining here.

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Chicago Bound Again: Vegan Travels

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Hello Genki Friends!  Hoping all of you are excited about the weekend, still can’t believe it’s already Friday.  We just returned from a trip to Chicago, a second home lately since it has the O’hare airport.  It is the largest airport with the best price in the local area.  It takes less than 4 hours to travel to Chicago, so it’s really not that bad of a drive and it saves a bundle on plane tickets.  Genki Husband and I decided to travel together and get out of the house.  It was a spur of the moment trip and we were so thankful we had the chance.  (Not so thrilled about the O’Hare parking ‘police’ almost giving me a ticket though… always an adventure.)  As this was a trip of relaxation from all the stress in our lives lately, I did not take many photos.  But, I did take a few since I have a slight photo addiction.  Here is our trip in photos:

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Food Fuel for Long Run Mornings

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Three weeks ago we started a new training plan for our running and Sunday just happens to be our long run day right now.  It will probably get changed once we move but for now that’s the day for us.  We tend to get up at our normal time and skip our coffee sipping time of relaxation and just head on out.  Sometimes Genki Husband and I will grab a few dates or share a banana before leaving the house but basically we eat nothing before our long run.  Last weekend was 80 minutes in duration so you can expect we really burn off a lot of calories.  Upon our return, we tend to make a large breakfast at around 10A.M.  Here’s what we have been eating after our long runs:

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