During the middle of the winter, when I feel trapped in the house with cabin fever, I like to look through our past vacation photos. It helps me escape for just a few minutes. Today I found some photos of a trip to Wisconsin that we made with our friends Jack and Debbie.
I was traveling for the Taste of Home Cooking Schools up in Door County. My husband, Scott, drove up from Iowa with our friends to join me for the weekend. We had so much fun! I will share other adventures from that trip another time, but today I’m including some shots from our early morning visit to a lighthouse and my stop at a local bakery/cafe.
Our trip was in October, so the trees were just beautiful.
We decided to climb out of bed early. Okay, let’s be honest – Scott had to drag me out of bed. I grew up on a farm, but for some reason the “early-rising genes” skipped over me. I can do it, but it just takes me a while to wake up and be ready for an actual conversation.
The bonus to getting up so early was that we had the chance to enjoy the sunrise as we drove to breakfast and then visited one of the eleven lighthouses in Door County.
We decided to climb to the top of the lighthouse and check out the view from the top. This is Cana Island Lighthouse that’s been on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years.
There are 97 steps up a spiral staircase to reach the top. I have to admit I did do a little huffing and puffing, but we made it!
The view as we stepped out onto the observation deck was worth the climb. It was a little windy but also bright and sunny. So pretty!
While in Door County I gave a cooking school in Sturgeon Bay. A group of ladies attending the school suggested I stop at a local bakery/cafe for some treats before leaving town. So, I did just that.
Well, weeks after getting back home, I was still thinking about those awesome cookies! I decided to try and recreate the recipe, and after several tries I developed a “keeper”. This is the recipe I use every time I’m daydreaming about Door County.
And, whenever Scott asks me to bake us a batch of cookies, these are at the top of his list. We hope you enjoy them, too!