Celebrating 40 at Michael Symon’s Roast – Detroit, MI

My husband and I went to Roast in Historic District Downtown Detroit for my 40th birthday. We are huge fans of Michael Symon and regretted not trying a little harder to get in to Lola’s when we were in Cleveland a few years back.

We don’t live super close to Detroit so I made sure to make my reservations early. I was a little bummed when I could not make my reservation for my actual birthday because they had a private event in the works. So, I went the evening before, which meant giving up the chance to see my favorite band Shinedown on their latest tour ( I know, right?!?!?!?) I swung by the website and used the Open Table service. It was really easy to set up and they even called me a few days prior to my reservation to confirm. So, top-notch service there. [Read more…]

Summer Time Means Grill Time

I can’t believe we’ve made it through half the summer. I noticed my sister-in-law posted Monday about how her kids started back to school already in AZ. Kiddo doesn’t go back until September, after the holiday. So we’ve still got a few weeks left. I’m thankful for that because that means more time for grilling. I am big on the outdoors and I love grilling, swimming and just sitting around enjoying the fresh air. Sadly, even though we are rural, we live on a very busy road so a lot of our peaceful outside time ends up in screaming matches between the traffic to the tourist town next door, the semi trucks, and the motorcycles.  [Read more…]

Sugar-Free Chocolate Banana Smoothie

Happy 40th birthday to me!

And, guess what? In honor of my big day, I have a giveaway for you! Most of you know I am a brand ambassador for Hamilton Beach products and they were kind enough to send me this fabulous new Wave-Action blender. Not only that, I get to give one away! How cool is that? Don’t you love it when you get gifts for someone else’s birthday? :) [Read more…]