What I did on My Summer Vacation was often the first assignment of the school year when my children returned to their classes in September. I thought I’d make it the first blog of the school year even though I don’t go to school anymore.
I just returned from eight days in Michigan visiting my sister, Beth. We drove north to see her son’s family in north-central Michigan. His little girls are four and two; they kept us busy. We played games and read stories and entertained them for two days before moving on to our cousin in the western part of the state.

Cousin Paul lives two blocks from Lake Michigan in the charming little town of Frankfort. We spent a day visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park where we watched crazy people run, slide, tumble down the steepest sand dune I’ve ever seen. Once at the bottom they could swim/wade in the lake but then had to make the daunting and treacherous climb back to the top.

Long way down, longer way up!

Long way down, longer way up!


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

One evening we went to a Blues concert in a local pub, the next night we lingered over the fabulous Veal Forestiere that Paul had prepared. Breaded veal cutlets browned in butter and served with a Marsala sauce with mushrooms and artichoke hearts. Paul is known for his cooking and meals at his house are always events. His Spinach and Bacon Quiche is the height of decadent breakfast food. His kitchen is the only one where I’ve ever seen half-gallons of heavy cream.

Leaving northern Michigan, we headed for Chicago and some time in the big city. We spent a whirlwind two days, museums, plays, and a Segway Tour along the lakefront. In the evening we could sit on our 7th floor balcony and enjoy the lights of the city. It was an exhilarating and exhausting two days before returning to Ipswich and the Fall season.

The Bean, sculpture in Millennium Park.

The Bean, sculpture in Millennium Park.


Lakefront Tour

Lakefront Tour


Chicago at night from our 7th floor condo room.

Chicago at night from our 7th floor condo room.

Bacon Spinach Quiche

1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
6 eggs
1½ cups heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1½ cups shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese

1. Blend eggs, cream, salt and pepper together with a blender or wire whisk.
2. Place chopped spinach, shredded cheese and crumbled bacon into pie crust.
3. Pour egg mixture over it all.
4. Bake at 375 degrees until center is set, 35 to 45 minutes.
5. Allow to set 10 minutes out of the oven before serving.