Well, we just got back from a little trip to Wisconsin. We went to see my sweet mom, and as a plus got to see all three of my brothers and their families. Initially my mom was going to have knee surgery, and we were going to help her with recovery, but her knee got better so it was not needed (yet, anyway), so we got to just hang out and have a good time.
So, lets talk about Wisconsin for a bit. I have few observations for you.
You know you’re in Wisconsin when…
You see cheese curds on the menu every place you go. BTW, they don’t ever say “fried” on the menu, just “cheese curds” – it’s just a given that they are fried.
You see TONS of options of cheese everywhere. And it’s cheap – especially at the Rudolph Cheese Factory where you can get every type of cheese imaginable and the prices are low (and REALLY LOW for folks living in Costa Rica!).
Note on cheese curds: you can get plain cheese curds (not battered or fried) from the Cheese Factory – they are usually warm (really, that fresh!) and squeak when you eat them. Definitely a Wisconsin thing.
You see Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badger clothing on everyone:
There’s snow on the ground in the winter!
You all know I love Costa Rica, but Wisconsin has a special place in my heart. It’s my home state, after all.
We had a blast hanging out with Mom – yes, even in the middle of winter. The sun was out most days, and after the first couple of days of zero degree (F) temps, it “warmed” up to 35 and was actually pretty nice out, we even went for a hike one day on a cross country ski trail.
Here’s a few highlights from our trip (yes, a lot of these center around food, don’t judge):
Eating and looking at LOTS of cheese! We had so much fun visiting the Cheese Factory (twice!). Here’s what we brought back to Costa Rica with us, all this for under $40:
Seeing my brother Tim and family:
Eating fried cheese curds. Also, you can’t go wrong with Wisconsin beer cheese soup.
And because you can never have too much of a good thing, here’s some more fried cheese curds for you:
Seeing my sweet brother Ted & wife Shannon and their kitty Penelope in Chicago:
Eating good pizza (this was in Chicago too!):
Wearing my UGG boots:
Drinking craft beer (Greg):
Visiting REI to pick up some hiking gear:
Eating a good burger!!
An invigorating winter hike:
It was a really good trip, and we were so happy to see all of my family.
Thanks for having us, Mom. You rock!
That’s all for now! — Jen
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