Growing up, I thought living in the northwoods of Wisconsin was the worst thing in the whole world. I was jealous of my cousins in Chicago with their houses all in a row. The sound of airplanes and trains at night, the lightning bugs and the fact that it never really got dark outside.
[at home, last fall]
My dream was to move to a big city somewhere and escape the small town gossip, vast starry skies and eery silence that was occasionally disrupted by the sound of woodland creatures.
That childhood dream DID come true. I met the man of my dreams and moved to the big city that I love so much. But wow do I miss those cold mornings when steam would pour off the lakes and everything was covered in a thin layer of mist.
I took so much of it for granted and now I count down the days to when I get to be at home, wrapped in a blanket drinking coffee with my family. It is my favorite place on earth now. The things I hated, like the zero traffic lights and knowing literally every face at the grocery store are the things I miss and love about that town so much. Sometimes it takes something missing from your life to realize how much you love it and how much it has shaped the person you are.
I used to be embarrassed to admit that I was a cheese head who loved the Packers and could name over 30 cheeses…but now those are the things I’m most proud of. Maybe it’s the season, maybe it’s the crisp weather or the fact that I had an amazing trip last weekend…but I can’t stop sharing my love for the great state of WI! So here are the WI things I am loving on lately!
Obviously beer and cheddar are two major food groups in Wisco. Therefore, these garlic knots with beer cheddar sauce need to happen for the next Packer game!
Look how cute this little print from 1canoe2 is!
My favorite WI cocktail (a bloody mary isn’t a cocktail, right?) is the Old Fashioned. Whiskey or brandy, sweet or sour, I love them all if made correctly!
Then there is this perfection. For which I have no words.
And one of the most haunting, beautiful things I’ve ever seen. The Northern Lights. I remember my parents waking us up to go up in our field and watch them or my Dad turning off the headlights on our car so the vivid lights could guide us home. They are so breathtaking.