Summerset Winery Fall Harvest

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I’ve blogged a lot about wine and visiting wineries before, but until this weekend, I’d never had much insight into how wine is actually made. Summerset Winery‘s Fall Harvest has been on my Iowa bucket list for awhile now and this past Saturday a friend and I finally headed south toward Indianola to try our hand at grape picking (and stomping).  Continue reading

The Week: August 29, 2014

All Rights Reserved Megan BannisterIt’s been a rainy, gloomy kind of week so I’m hoping for some sunshine this long weekend. I’ve got a few fun things planned (and maybe even a mini road trip), but more on those later. In the meantime and while I’m off adventuring, here are my favorite bits of Internet from this week:

Some of the best I’ve ever read for remembering not to overthink it.

One of the best gazpacho recipes I’ve made in quite some time.

A gorgeous view of Paris through the lens of a Pentax 67 camera. Continue reading

What I’m reading lately

What I'm reading lately

It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big nerd when it comes to books. I love to read and chances are, if I know I’ll have some down-time, there’s a book in my purse. As part of my 101 in 1,001 list, my goal was to read 50 books and since I’m about one-fifth of the way there, I decided to share of few of the books that have made their way onto my bookshelf lately:

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
I picked up Adelle Waldman’s debut novel before heading on vacation with my family earlier this summer, and shameless disclaimer: I’m a sucker for an author’s first book. There’s something so unique about the first novel an author publishes and based on this one, I’m hungry for more from Waldman. Continue reading

Update: 101 in 1,001

101 in 1,001

Earlier this year I came up with a 101 in 1,001 list with the goal of completing 101 tasks in 1,001 days. Now I’m only a few months into my 1,001 days, but I’ve been slowly chipping away at some of the goals, activities and experiences I included.

In my last update, I talked about baseball games, the Pitchfork Pie Stand and more. This time I’m tackling a few of my in progress goals as well as some others you might have spotted a blog post about.

4. Run another half marathon (In progress)

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While I haven’t actually completed this one yet, but I did sign up for another half marathon. On October 18th I’ll be running my second IMT Des Moines half marathon, so wish me luck! I’ve started training and am slowly remembering what it’s like to run eight-plus miles.

32. Attend the National Balloon Classic in Indianola, IA (7/31/14)

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I’ve always been fascinated by hot air balloons and this summer I finally got the chance to go to Indianola’s National Balloon Classic. I opted for a morning flight over the crowded evening balloon glow (also because it was free), but absolutely loved by time at the balloon fields watching the competitions. Continue reading

Giant American Gothic

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Of all the things to see at this year’s Iowa State Fair, a 25-foot-tall replica of Grant Wood’s famed “American Gothic” was among my favorites. The sculpture, titled”God Bless America” and built by New Jersey artist J. Seward Johnson Jr., has been in Iowa for years, but somehow I’m just getting around to seeing it now. Continue reading

The Week: August 15, 2014

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After a work week full of sunny days, it looks like it might rain all weekend, which would be a huge bummer since I was hoping for an impulsive Iowa road trip. While I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a cloudless Saturday and Sunday, here are my favorite bits of Internet from this week:

The unauthorized Saved by the Bell movie Lifetime is making looks rough… But I’ll probably still watch it.

In case you need a laugh, watch Will Arnett & Jimmy Fallon play karate piñata.

Fellow Iowa blogger, DM Foodster, shares five food challenges around Des Moines.

How to keep your Farmers’ Market purchases their freshest. Continue reading

Tree in the Middle of the Road

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As I was organizing some files and cleaning off old memory cards, I happened to stumble upon these photos from a trip earlier this summer of a tree in the middle of the road near Brayton, Iowa.

After being diverted from the highway because of a major accident, we ventured out on some (very) bumpy dirt roads in search of this roadside attraction and our predetermined detour. Continue reading