Pictures of Marquette, Michigan



Waves rolling into Marquette Bay on Friday


The lights of Marquette, MI, with Saturday’s sunset in the background and shove ice on the shore.

The past week the temperatures have been in the 70’s and 80’s, which for Elisabeth and I, is much too warm! We prefer cold temperatures 🙂 I was looking through our blog post drafts, and I was rather shocked to find this post from our vacation in Marquette in February! But I am glad we didn’t post it then, because it seems fitting to post it now, when the temperatures are so horrid and all I want is cold and snow.

These photos are from our weekend in Marquette, MI. It was windy all the way up to Marquette with whiteouts in some areas.  The waves in Marquette Bay were rolling in and crashing against the icy shore. On Saturday, when the wind had calmed down, there were huge icicles hanging from the branches of trees and bushes that grew near the shore. Saturday evening we drove south out of town and around the lake and saw some shove ice. It was a beautiful evening, as you can see.


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Egg Shell Planters


This post has been a few weeks in the making, but I am finally sharing it with you  🙂 Mom saw this idea of egg shell planters on another blog, and I couldn’t wait to try it this spring!

To make the egg planters, I cut the tops off raw eggs and poured the eggs into a mixing bowl. (We made scrambled eggs that night for supper) Then I boiled the eggshells  to sanitize them, dried them off, and set them aside until I was ready to plant.

I was so excited to plant seeds! The first ones that I wanted to plant were green and white onions. When I took the carton of eggshells outside to fill them with soil, General thought the eggshells were treats for him 😉 He made sure they all got slobbered on!

I used a nail to make a drainage whole in the bottom of each shell before filling it with dirt and a few seeds. The onion seeds took only a few days to sprout, and they are growing very fast. I think I will have to transplant them into other containers, since we have about two more months until we can actually plant outside.

The eggshell planters were so fun to make, and I will definitely make more to plant zinnias in.


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Cast Iron Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Our mom made a pineapple upside down cake for dessert one evening this past week. We hadn’t eaten one in a long time and it was so delicious. The photos are not the best quality because I took them in the evening, but I had to share them with you.

Mom made the cake in a cast iron pan and used a recipe from Grandma, her mother. Because the pan is cast iron, the cake baked faster 🙂 Which, of course, means that we were able to eat it sooner. For this reason, if you are going to make a pineapple upside down cake, you should definitely use a cast iron skillet if you have one!

I searched Pinterest for pineapple upside down cake recipes because I was curious to see if a recipe for a cast iron cake differed from a recipe for a regular pan. (The one Mom used was for a baking pan.) From what I could from could find, it doesn’t matter. Instead of sharing links to recipes for a skillet (like I was going to), I will share the recipe that Mom uses.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake

1/3 cup butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 can (20 ounces) pineapple slices

Maraschino cherries

Whole pecans

2 eggs

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup pineapple juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1/3 teaspoon baking powder

Âź teaspoon salt

Pour melted butter into a 9-inch round pan. Or melt butter in a cast iron skillet. Stir in brown sugar and spread evenly. Arrange drained pineapple slices over the top. Place one cherry in center of each ring and arrange pecans around. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until thick, about 5 minutes. Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add juice and vanilla. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Beat in all at once. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Cool before inverting on serving plate.




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UP200 Finish


Denis Tremblay, Bib 7, heading down for a 3rd place finish


Ed Stielstra, Bib #3, placing 4th!



Ed’s dogs


Ward Wallin, Bib #8, placing 5th.



One dog was in the bag when the team came in


Bruce Langmaid and his team (bib 2) crossing the finish line in 6th place


(Bib 12) Shawn McCarty’s dogs heading down to the truck with a 7th place finish

On Sunday the dog teams returned to Marquette’s Lower Harbor and the finish line. We got down there in time to see Denis Tremblay, Ed Stielstra,Ward Wallin, and Bruce Langmaid finish. We also walked around the parking lot where the mushers were taking care of their dogs and we talked a bit to Ed Stielstra. He introduced us to his dogs and told us a little about each one. Elisabeth and I both think it would be so fun to work for Ed and Jen’s kennel (Nature’s Kennel) when we are older 🙂

Because we had to head home, we missed seeing Sally Manikian finish. She came in about an hour and a half after we left.


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UP200 Start



At the start of the UP200


Gabrielle and Sally Manikian 



Friday evening (February 12th) was the start of the Up200; it was bitterly cold and windy and we all froze, but it was a lot of fun! We got down to the race early and got to watch the mushers get their gear out and start to pack their sleds. Gabrielle and I talked a little bit to Sally Manikian who is from New Hampshire. Definitely a highlight of the evening!

For most of the start we were down at the bend in the road where the teams head south out of town. (It was so hard to get pictures of the teams because of how fast they went by and the darkness made many of the pictures blurry. But we picked our best to share with you )  Towards the end of the UP200 start we walked up the hill and got to see the teams go by from different points.

Gabrielle and I wanted to stay and see the Midnight Run teams start, but everyone else was frozen so we had to head back to our hotel : (

Later we will share some pictures from the finish line!



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~ Elisabeth