Bookworm Gardens

Bookworm Gardens has been recommended to me so many times and we have never visited, so last week we finally made the trek up to Sheboygan to check the gardens out.  I was worried if we didn't visit this summer, my kids would "age out" and I think that is very true.  Olivia had a lot of fun exploring the gardens.  EJ liked that there were a few of her favorite books (like Little House on the Prairie) included. And Jack was a good sport and helped the girls navigate the paths so they didn't miss anything.

After we spent time in the gardens, we headed over to another cool place in Sheboygan, the Kohler Arts Center (full disclosure, I used to work there) and spent some time in the galleries checking out the Arts/Industry anniversary exhibition.  Unfortunately, that was all we had time for as we had to get back in time for soccer practice, but there is a great marina and lots of amazing food in Sheboygan as well.  Despite my aversion to reminding myself of driving there every single day, it really is a fun place for a day trip.

Solar S'mores

I'm not much of a camper, so my kids do not get as much access to s'more-eating as they would like.  I had this project on the summer list and it came in handy yesterday when I did something to my neck making it impossible to drive anywhere (or do much at home either).  Thank goodness for having a big kid to handle the construction of our solar oven.  The chocolate melted more than the marshmallows, but they were still yummy (I'm kicking myself at not getting an after pic of Livie...she was a hot mess!).  They were definitely a hit!

Sassy Cow

Last month, my city kids had some fun on the farm.  But it was really so much cooler than that.  We visited the dairy farm from which we buy our milk.  And given that we buy our milk at our local grocery store, it was nice to have the kids make the connection that we are buying from a Wisconsin farm.  We met the family (actually two brothers and their families) that run the farm.  We toured the farm itself and the creamery.  And, of course, we sampled some of their yummy products too!  No one would ever accuse this household of being super healthy eaters, but I do try to make choices that are semi-healthy and local when possible.  It was nice to show the kids how simple it can be (moving down one refrigerator door in the store and paying pennies more per gallon) to support a family working hard to make great products in our home state.  Besides, with a name like Sassy Cow Creamery, I think they are perfect for this family!