Birthday weekend in Caseville and 4th of July celebrations

Our tent set up. We borrowed and used cheap tents for a while but finally invested in a good one last year!

Is it just me, or does the 4th of July seem like it happened weeks ago? It hasn’t even been a full week! We went camping at the end of June to celebrate my birthday, and it feels like it never happened. Once we come back and get into a routine, it’s like we never left. I feel that way about summer in general–we wait so long for it to return, but once it’s here, it’s like it’s always been summer. Then it flies by, and we’re back to waiting ;).

One nice thing about blogging is having a record of things I’ve done. Let’s try to remember the past couple weeks, shall we?

I was actually in New Orleans on a work trip toward the end of the month. Once I came back, I had a couple days at home, then we were off again–so that’s why I didn’t really get back into my usual routine.

Coffee is a priority, even while camping!

We took off on a Thursday night and camped for three nights at Sleeper State Park in Caseville (Michigan). We stayed there last year and really liked it, plus it was one of the few places with any availability when I was booking. The State Parks really filled up fast this year!

We got there kind of late on Thursday. I hate setting up in the dark, but it was nice waking up there on Friday. We spent some time checking out the shops in Caseville before hitting the beach.

Used book scores!
Shortly before I got one of the worst sunburns I’ve had in a long time.

Caseville is a small town, but they have a really nice beach. They also have a brewery! My husband isn’t a huge beer guy, but since it was my birthday, he couldn’t say no ;).

Thumb Brewery in Caseville. I tried their IPA, gose, and a lavender lemon ale that was super refreshing.
Honestly, most of the weekend was spent eating chips.

We had a fire later at night (my favorite part about camping!), although it was mostly so we could cook dinner. It was in the 90s all weekend! I’m not trying to go too far into “glamping” territory, but thank goodness we had a couple of small fans for our tent or we would have roasted.

Repping my favorite podcast.

On Saturday, we drove over to Port Austin and spent some time at their Farmer’s Market. We bought incredibly delicious homemade pickles and potato chips (honestly, probably the best salt and vinegar chips I’ve ever had!). The pickles did not last long. After the market, we grabbed a couple of drinks to cool off before heading back to the beach.

Hers and his (mango habanero margarita and electric lemonade).

On Sunday, we headed home, with a brief detour at a flea market and stop at one of my favorite restaurants, D’Angelo’s. It’s a pizza place with a vegan menu, and their burgers are delicious.

The fun didn’t stop there, though! We took off a couple extra days to recoup, plus we had the 4th of July holiday, so we spent a few more days eating all the things and getting all the sun.

Belle Isle beach in Detroit.
I wasn’t ready to quit the bonfires!

On Wednesday, my sister and brother-in-law had us all over for the 4th of July.

I wish I got a better picture of my husband’s awesome shirt.

It was also a belated birthday celebration.

I have to share the cute wrapping paper on the present from my parents! I love it.

My mom got me the best gift! Everything was Golden Girls themed. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Golden Girls Funko Pops, hot sauce, umbrella, and Mad Libs!

I actually tried to buy those Pops recently, but my husband told me not to. He said we had too many, which is honestly a valid reason, hah! Still, I kept stalking them on Amazon and almost threw them into my cart multiple times. Little did I know, he was in on it and was trying to keep me from buying them!

To continue the festivities, my sister also got me the most amazing vegan cake! It was a funfetti-style cake topped with vanilla and birthday cake flavored macarons. It was SO GOOD. My terrible picture doesn’t do it justice!

Amazing vegan cake from For the Love of Sugar in Detroit.

Whew! We packed a lot into a few days. It was a great trip and birthday, and I’m looking forward to camping more this summer. Hope you had a great 4th of July, too!

Tell me: How did you celebrate the 4th? Do you like camping?

PS: Want more Golden Girls? Revisit this Saturday Six post: Thank You for Being a Friend.


KATE NASH and weekend recap!

Hi all!

How was your weekend? I hope it was a good one. It’s finally starting to warm up in Michigan! The sun was actually shining this weekend.

On Saturday, I conned my husband into going to see Kate Nash with me. If you’re not familiar with her music, you may recognize her as Rhonda/Britannica from GLOW.

Kate Nash and Marc Maron in GLOW

I bought a ticket a couple weeks ago and was just planning on going by myself, but it’s always nice to have someone to go with. My husband isn’t a huge fan of going to concerts, though. I asked him teasingly a couple of times about going, but I knew he wouldn’t.

On Friday night, I happened to find the Valentine’s Day card he gave me this year, which promised “one date night out of my choice.” HA. Let’s just say he’s not giving me any more IOUs unless they are super specific.

He was a good sport about it. The show was pretty late–doors weren’t until 8–so we headed over to the new Founder’s Brewery in Detroit for dinner.

I like Founder’s beers to begin with, but I really liked the brewery. It’s seat yourself, but we got lucky and found a table that had just opened up. Their prices were surprisingly cheap, and I tried two beers: Dankwood, an imperial red IPA aged in bourbon barrels, and the Galaxy Wheat IPA. I like that you can choose your sizes for each beer (5, 8, 10, or 16 oz), so it’s easier to try things (or you can do a flight).

I also wanted to go there to try their vegan sloppy joe. I was not disappointed! It was a little spicy (which I like), and I really liked the everything onion roll.

Vegan sloppy joe at Founder’s

After dinner, we headed over the show, which was at the Majestic Theatre. The Majestic is probably one of if not my favorite local venues. It’s connected to the Magic Stick, another venue with a bar, bowling alley, and pizza place. We had some time to kill–Kate Nash wasn’t scheduled to start playing until around 10–so we hung out at the bar for a bit before heading next door.

Waiting for Kate!

It was a pretty small crowd, which was kind of perfect. I definitely prefer small shows over larger venues! This was my first time seeing Kate Nash, so I was pretty excited!

Kicking things off with “Foundations”

She was perfect. She has a new album out, which I’m loving, but she actually played a bunch of songs from her debut, Made of Bricks. It’s probably my favorite album of hers, so I was thrilled, especially when she played “Merry Happy.”

She also played for a long time–probably close to an hour and forty-five minutes. She mostly rocked it out with her girl band, but she did do a couple acoustic songs, and even ended up playing “I Hate Seagulls” by request.

Cellphone picture inception
Rocking out

It was close to midnight once the show let out, which was the latest show I’ve been to in a while (I’m a grandma–no offense Mom! 😉 ).

On Sunday, we mostly took it easy. We ran out briefly to a used book sale. It’s an annual, weeklong sale at a nearby mall, and we usually come across some good deals. This was opening day though and it was really crowded, so we browsed a bit and left. I did pick up a few things, but we may head back later in the week to give it another go.

We spent the rest of the weekend watching Lost in Space on Netflix (we’ve got one more episode to go) and mentally preparing for the week ahead.

Weekends are going to start to get busier now that the weather is getting nicer. I hope you had a good one!

Tell me: What did you do this weekend? Are you a Kate Nash fan? Have you watched Lost in Space? Do you do anything to help you prepare for the week?