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Father's Day in Jewell County

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
I always enjoy going back home even when it’s a quick weekend visit, and I feel very fortunate that I live close enough that weekend visits are feasible. I drove to Mankato last Saturday to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad and grandpa. I was hoping to catch the start of wheat harvest but the wheat wasn’t quite ready – although that did mean I was able to spend more time with my dad!

Saturday afternoon we drove through the farm on our way to dinner at Lovewell Marina. I enjoyed seeing the golden wheat fields and captured this photo. I love the colors – the blue sky, golden wheat, and white rock road. Oh, and did you notice no power lines? How cool is that?

Love this gorgeous Kansas view!

We walked around the farmhouse which brought back so many wonderful memories of playing in Grandpa and Grandma’s yard. My dad and I admired this swing that’s been there so long the chain has grown into the tree!

My dad at the farm

Dinner at Lovewell Marina is always so much fun. It’s great to sit outside, watch the boats, and catch up with the locals. I always run into a bunch of people I know at the marina which makes it feel even more like home. I’ve been to a lot of lakes in my recent tenure as a boat owner, and Lovewell definitely has the best marina restaurant. Great homemade pizzas, flat breads, pulled pork sandwiches, and salads. If you’re in North Central Kansas anytime soon, go check it out! 

My dad and I at Lovewell Marina on Saturday evening.

Coors Light is a must at the lake.

Dinner at Lovewell Marina!

On Sunday morning we went to Superior to enjoy a Father’s Day breakfast with Grandpa and Grandma. My mother made our favorite Good Morning Casserole, and we sat around and enjoyed visiting over coffee. 

Grandpa got a kick out of my dad's new instant camera.
Why did Polaroid's ever go away in the first place? 

It may have been a short visit, but it was wonderful time spent with people I love. 

Mike's Birthday at Ziggy's

Friday, June 17, 2016
Mike turned 29 on June 15 and I wanted to celebrate with a bunch of our friends this year. It’s difficult to do anything huge on a weeknight but I knew I wanted to do something fun and laidback at a hometown favorite, so Ziggy’s was the obvious choice. 

Ziggy’s is one of my favorite restaurants in my favorite part of Wichita. If you’re looking for fancy Ziggy’s isn’t your place. But if you’re looking for a charming location with amazing unique pizza combinations, it is. Ziggy’s sits in Clifton Square which is just the neatest, eclectic little dining and shopping area in Wichita. All the shops and restaurants are old homes that have been renovated. I love sitting on the patio at Ziggy’s – you definitely don’t feel like you’re in Wichita, Kansas, anymore!

Photo courtesy of Ziggy's Facebook page. (See reason in photo caption below)

In my opinion, Ziggy’s is the best pizza in town. If you’re looking for a round pie, you won’t find it at Ziggy’s though. They specialize in rectangular homemade pizzas with delightful flavors such as the White Delight (Grilled Chicken, bacon, green pepper, onion and cream cheese) or the Sanibel Islander (of course I love this one, right?!) which is Ziggy’s version of a Hawaiian pizza. 

The bar offers a great selection of beer, wine and specialty drinks such as the Ziggyrita, Summer Brew, and a Poor Man’s Mimosa. (Beer and Orange Juice!)

Mike and I love going to Ziggy’s so I knew it’d be the perfect place to surprise him with a couple tables full of his close friends and favorite pizzas. 

The ONLY photo I got all night. Evidence of a great time, or a major FAIL? You decide.

Being with our friends for Mike’s birthday reminded me of how much I love living in Wichita, and being close to all these wonderful people. Our circle of friends has become a wonderful mix of both my friends and Mike’s friends, who are now friends with each other.  I hope they know they mean so much to Mike and me – and it was so fun to have them help celebrate Mike’s birthday.

Derby Party in Derby

Sunday, June 5, 2016
As many of you know from previous posts, I love the Kentucky Derby and all its pomp and circumstance. In recent years, the Kentucky Derby has always been the evening before the Prairie Fire Half Marathon which dampens any thoughts of a Mint Julep fueled celebration. This year though, the half marathon was scheduled the Sunday before Derby Day which meant we were finally having a Derby party!

We sent out invitations asking our guests to ‘Dress in their Derby best,’ and our friends and family didn’t disappoint. We served up lots of tasty treats including these darling horse cookies, and Mike kept busy churning out julep after julep.

For those who don’t enjoy whiskey, we whipped up a batch of the Oaks Lily. The official drink of the Kentucky Oaks. Guests made ‘bets’ for Win, Place, and Show, and we all gathered around the TV to watch the fastest two minutes in sports! I loved seeing everyone in their hats, bowties, and brightly colored dresses. We had a great time with our friends and family, and many of us sat on the patio sipping Kentucky bourbon into the evening in true Derby fashion.


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