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Our Weekend Exploring Chino Valley, AZ

This past weekend, Adam and I went exploring around a town in Arizona we had never visited before. Check out all of the details from our weekend exploring town, and see what there is to do in Chino Valley, Arizona!

Over the weekend, Adam and I decided to make a road trip up north to explore a part of Arizona we had not visited before. 

Northern Arizona is always raved about when it comes to places like Sedona, Flagstaff, and the Grand Canyon. But one part of Arizona we do not tend to hear about is Chino Valley. Chino Valley is located in Yavapai County and just an hour and a half north of Phoenix, so it is an ideal location for those seeking a weekend vacation idea that does not require a plane ticket for each member of the family. When it comes to a weekend getaway, there is plenty to do and see in Chino Valley and just outside of town. 

Our weekend staycation exploring Chino Valley was relaxing, quiet, and a breath of fresh air. Keep reading to see all of the details from our visit including our perfect stay overnight at Primrose Inn and Suites,  our burger lunch at Lucy's Bar and Grill, our wine tasting at Granite Creek Vineyards, our dinner at Pasghettis Pasta Joint, and our visit to the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary. 

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 198

Happy Saturday!

After a relatively-less-anxious week, I am ready to embrace a little bit of that roadtrip wanderlust with Adam and enjoy a quick weekend staycation up north. 

Earlier this week, Adam dealt with some major migraines that left him sitting in bed not moving around. His insomnia has definitely gotten a little less intense, and he was able to get caught up on rest throughout the week. I myself had one sleepless night in the middle of the week, but luckily, there weren't any panic attacks or major anxiety outbreaks associated with it (I'm thinking it was just too much coffee late in the afternoon). 

This weekend, we are getting ready and heading out the door to drive a few hours up to northern Arizona to explore a part of the state neither of us have seen. It's always fun to explore a new AZ spot--you never know when you'll find your new favorite staycation getaway hangout! Stay tuned to see the details on the blog, or you can follow along in real-time on our Instagram Stories all throughout this weekend to see what we're up to and where we are headed!

Our Mini Linky Party | Week 197

Good morning!

It has been an interesting week for sure. I have been dealing with a bout of anxiety that kind of came out of left field for no apparent reason, so my work and the blog kind of took the backseat in my life this week. 

I did a check-in on Instagram this week and wanted to talk openly about my anxiety, and it was refreshing to see so many people agree with me in that sometimes the right thing to do is step away from social media when feeling anxiety. I've been focusing on my mental health, and lately, that has been not getting too involved with social media and stepping back from some of my online communities I engage with regularly. 

Beyond dealing with some anxiety and just feeling totally out of sync with my normal self, Adam has not been sleeping well and has been having some issues with his insomnia. We ordered him some new pillows and an ergonomic pillow for his shoulder, and with all of the tossing and turning we've been doing all week, it feels like neither of us got any rest all week long. I'm hopeful that we will have time this weekend to nap sporadically throughout the day, and we will just keep our fingers crossed that his new ergonomic pillows help so that we can both get some much-needed rest once the pillows arrive in the mail.

Elkhart Lake Eggs | Baked Eggs with Feta Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Cilantro

Sharing this savory, egg breakfast recipe inspired by the recent trip we were invited to take to discover and explore all that there is to do and see in the village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin! We received this recipe to share on our blog from The Osthoff Resort's head chef during the cooking class we took while we were there. 

At the end of last month, I had a chance to attend my very first cooking class during our first visit out to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The trip out to Wisconsin was great, and the village of Elkhart Lake is definitely ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy a weekend or long weekend getaway near the Milwaukee area. In case you missed it, you can see our complete travel itinerary compiled of the best things to do, where to stay, as well as my favorite dining options in the 'weekend at Elkhart Lake' blog post here

During the trip to Elkhart Lake, I had a chance to go to my first cooking class and now that I have attended one, I have already been searching around the valley to attend another one. It was a great time! This particular cooking class in Elkhart Lake was located at The Osthoff Resort, which is by far my favorite accommodations out of all of the places I got to tour and visit. Within The Osthoff Resort, there is a cooking school located on the property called L'ecole de la Maison Cooking School. Our cooking class lasted a few hours, and we prepared a handful of recipes with some help from the chefs.  Among all of the recipes we prepared and then tasted, this baked eggs recipe they shared with us was my absolute favorite.

These delicate and flavorful eggs are a delicious, hearty way to start the day and are packed with heirloom tomatoes and seasoned with feta cheese and cilantro.