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Our trip to Ohio

Earlier this month we headed North to Ohio and Michigan. While we were in Ohio we were blessed to spend time with friends and family members. We spent one night with our friends Scott and Cathy.

Scott and Rob have been good friends since Junior High School when they met at church and Cathy and I are second cousins. Her mom and my dad were cousins. She will be facing a rather complicated hip replacement surgery (her second this summer) next week and I know she would appreciate your prayers for her. We had a wonderful time visiting with them and wished we could have stayed longer. We enjoyed several delicous meals that they prepared, including breakfast when they made this Cream of Brown Rice recipe:

Family Favorite Cream of Brown Rice

For each serving:
1/3 cup cream of brown rice
1 1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsps. maple syrup
1 tsp. flax seed
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Pecans or walnuts as desired

Bring milk to a boil then add the cream of rice. Stir for four minutes and then add the other ingredients. To prepare in the microwave use only 1 cup milk and cook in a one quart container for 2 mins. Let stand for two minutes.

This was really tasty and was something we had never tried before. Have any of you ever tried Cream of Brown Rice? It is gluten free and might be something you would like to try for a special breakfast for someone who must avoid wheat or gluten.

Here's what the package looks like:

Here's a picture of the finished product:

We also visited with my Aunt Nana and her cat Ellie May.

We visited Rob's mother in the nursing home and while we were visiting Rob's sister, Deb and her husband, Dan also came for a visit. Megan and the children were with us at that visit and so they all got to meet little Maddie for the first time.

Our major complaint any time we travel up North is that there just isn't enough time to spend visiting with all those we would like to see and spend time with. We are thankful that we were able to make the trip even though our time was limited.

I'll post more of our travel adventures in some upcoming posts.


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Our trip to Ohio and Michigan

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post these pictures from our trip to Ohio and Michigan. It probably seems like old news now that school is starting up. I have been grappling with some computer issues that I am trying to learn, so I have been choosing to post things with fewer pictures. Hopefully eventually I will get the hang of this program. 🙂

The week after I retired we headed up to Ohio and Michigan. It had been over a year since we were last able to make the trip. Our first stop was to spend the night with Rob's sister Deb and her husband Dan. As per usual they treated us royally and we wished we could have stayed even longer. They are both great fishers and for supper Dan prepared some delicous fish which were caught in Lake Erie. I think he's as good a cook as he is a fisherman.

We also got to see their neighbor, Virginia, who is one of my faithful readers. She had been sick for a while shortly before our visit, so I hope she is feeling much better by now.

We always enjoy sitting out on Deb and Dan's patio while we are visiting with them and enjoy watching the hummingbirds which frequent the trumpet vine in the yard near the patio. We found out on this visit that Deb has been hiding some of her talents from us all these years. She showed us these corn hole boards that she had painted recently.

picture of Deb Dan Corn Hole Boards

I mentioned in a previous post that we were able to spend the day with Rob's mom on her birthday and all of us took her out to lunch at one of her favorite places, Cracker Barrel. Here's a picture of Rob, his mom, and his sister, Deb:

picture of Norma's Birthday 7-11

After our visits in Ohio we continued on to Michigan. Drew was eagerly awaiting our arrival:

picture of Drew Binoculars

We were thrilled to find out that he is going to be a big brother and are greatly anticipating that event.

During the days we visited with Meg, Jim, and Drew we visited a number of our favorite places, including some thrift stores and Randazzo's:

picture of Outside Randazzos 7-11

Here are a couple of shots inside of this lovely market:

picture of Randazzos Vegetables 8-11

picture of Randazzos Vegetables 2 8-11

We did visit a new place however. Megan found tickets to an animal safari in Port Clinton, Ohio for a very good price on Groupon. We drove down there one day and all of us had a very good time. There is an area with some animals in enclosures, a playground, picnic area, pony ride, and a pig race!

The walking zoo had many animals including these llamas and a kangaroo.

picture of Llamas 7-11

picture of Kangaroo 7-11

Here's Drew on the pony ride:

picture of Drew Pony Ride 2 7-11

Here's an action shot of the pig race:

picture of Drew Pig Race 7-11

After eating our picnic lunch, touring this area, and watching a pig race we headed to the drive through part of the safari. The animals were quite tame and we enjoyed getting a close up view of many of them.

picture of Zebras 7-11

picture of Deer 7-11

picture of Buffalo 7-11

picture of Giraffe 7-11

We had some carrots for Drew to feed to the animals and we were all amused when Drew started taking a bite out of each of the carrots before passing them out the window. That's one way to get your kids to eat vegetables.

picture of Carrots 7-11

Megan and Drew came back home with us for a week after our visit up there and on the way back we stopped in to visit my Aunt Nana in Ohio and were also able to see her brother, my Uncle Don who we hadn't seen for many many years. Unfortunately we didn't get any photos that day.

So, as you can see we had a very busy and very blessed trip.


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