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Hello Michigan!  Both Genki Husband and I were born and raised in Michigan so it’s a delight to be able to come back and visit our families before moving towards the next chapter in our lives.  It’s always a bit hard living far from our families but in the long run it’s the best for us.  Thankfully we have some time that we can take off from work and visit before we are too far away that it’s more difficult to often visit.  Currently we are staying in a house on a small lake in our hometown in the lower 1/2 of Southwestern part of Michigan;  I’ll have to keep the exact location private for security reasons.  If you have never been to this area, I would highly suggest it in the summer as it is inexpensive and there are rentals properties usually available.  Better yet, the area is filled with lakes (supposedly 1 lake per every 5 miles radius) and is highly active with fun families activities such as water skiing, picnics, bonfires and so on.  It’s basically a movie in the modern times – picture perfect!

So on to the food!  That’s why we are all here right!  Thankfully Michigan has plenty of produce that comes from either right over the boarder from Canada or transported from Florida.  There is an occasional California produce item but usually just from the other two mentioned areas.  In the summer it is very easy to find fresh produce from local farmers at the local markets or farmers’ markets all around.  So we area always spoiled when we have food in Michigan with fresh produce galore!  Yum!  Today we went shopping so we used what we had and what our in-laws had available.

Breakfast: Grape Nuts cereal – who knew these were made from whole-wheat and are vegan?! Sure they are processed but in a pinch it packs a nice crunch.  This is made with unsweetened almond milk and a little brown sugar.

Leftover Lunch time: 1/2 a tofurky deli slice sandwich on a whole-wheat bagel from Whole Foods Market. Side salad with black bean/corn salsa.

This is actually for children but I really enjoy the fresh, organic fruit and vegetables that are normally blended together in a non-chilled container. I ate this after our 4 mile run today outside. So delicious!

Golden Quinoa Salad with Lemon, Dill & Avocado. This is a detox salad that can be eaten any time of the day and not just for a detox. Nom nom nom Best served fresh or cold the next day.

My Quinoa Salad with a side of Broccoli Salad with a citrus dressing. My quinoa salad portion is a good size just not on the giant plates. This was so tasty, I would highly recommend to everyone that likes quinoa.  Note:  I used red quinoa instead of golden.

Michigan is known for the gorgeous sunsets all throughout the year. Hawaii may have the rainbows but Michigan does have it’s sunsets. This is a view from inside our window in the dining table as we ate a big bowl of homemade coconut oil popcorn and a shared beer. Goodnight Michigan.