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Maker Faire – Detroit – The Henry Ford

photo credit: Maia C

Its almost time for the Maker’s Faire this weekend (July 30 – 31)! Its my first time going, and I’m really pumped to see everyone’s creations. Think of a wonderland, crossed with genius power, crossed with magic. Yup. Thats what it is. Creators will show off their inventions and ideas. I’m prepared to be wowed. Its also at the most perfect location, The Henry Ford. There is still time to get tickets.

One of the things I’m super excited about is Sean Casey’s Tornado Alley movie showing and the Tornado Intercept Vehicle (known as TIV). I’m sure you have seen that bad boy on TV.

You can check out the schedule and find them on facebook and twitter. Let me know if your going!

Oscar Meyer Wienermobile Food Truck Giveaway

Photo credit : AP photos

Last week was the 75th anniversary of the hot dog on wheels! In order to celebrate, the Oscar Meyer peeps added their latest addition to the wieners on wheels (keep saying wieners without laughing). Ok, stop being silly. This is a family blog, well, not really. ;)

They added a Wienermobile Food Truck, which was at the Renaissance Center, and they gave away 1000 free franks. The best part, was they had Slows Bar BQ Chef Brian Perrone serving them up with his own twist. He made many toppings to choose from.

Photo credit : AP photos

I was so sad I couldn’t make it for a ride in the wienermobile, but to make up for it Oscar Meyer gave me a goodie bag, and one to give away!! Not to mention, they are also including a $25 Gift Card to Slows Bar BQ!!

They are giving away so many cool items, check out what the wiener gets! Yeah, I made a silly wiener joke ;)

  • T-shirt
  • Coupons for Oscar Mayer Selects
  • Mini Grill
  • Apron
  • Grilling Accessories
  • Wiener Whistle
  • $25 gift card to Slows Bar BQ in Detroit

Seriously cool stuff! So to enter just just comment below with what your favorite hot dog topping/style is. Do you like it Chicago style or Coney all the way? Giveaway ends on July/12/2011 11:59pm EST. Only open to US residents. Also, please be patient if your comment doesn’t appear right away. I may have to approve it.

For additional entries:

1) Follow me on twitter @mirauncut

2) Retweet this on twitter: @MiraUncut is giving away a @SlowsBBQ & Oscar Meyer Swag Bag http://bit.ly/iP0LAZ  #giveaway

3) “Like” me on Facebook http://on.fb.me/hHGsnn

If you do the extra stuff for additional entries, be sure to enter a new comment for each saying for example : “I tweeted this and here is the tweet url ….” Also, if you already follow me on Twitter and Facebook, just add an extra comment for each and say “I already follow you” or whatever. Basically, you need to make a different comment for each additional entry so you can get credit when a random comment number is picked. You can only do one extra entry per each type.

p.s. you can track the wienermobile’s progress here

50-City Cookie CAREAVAN Tour

photo credit: DoubleTree by Hilton

If you don’t like free cookies, then stop reading right now :) .

The DoubleTree by Hilton has its Cookie Care-avan going around the whole nation celebrating their 25th anniversary for there iconic chocolate chip cookie they provide to all guests at check-in. Its a crazy trip their cookie truck is taking from Atlanta to Austin, Miami to Minneapolis and St. Louis to Seattle. Its a specially designed food truck embarked on a 10-week, 10,000-mile, 50-city journey.

photo credit: AP Images

On Thursday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Cookie CAREavan will arrive at Campus Martius Park to hand out free cookies while supplies last. So make sure to join them and enjoy some free cookies! They also have many other giveaways with the grand prize of a five-day/four-night vacation and airfare for two to any DoubleTree by Hilton property in the U.S.

photo credit: AP Images

Follow them on Facebook to get the low-down on if they are in your town. They are also the sponsor of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, which premieres on August 14th at 10p/9c.

p.s. This is not an ad, and I am not getting anything out of this, other than good karma for sharing info about free cookies! :)

Kensington Metro Park – Winter Snow Pictures

Kensington Metro Park is part of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Let me tell you, its AWESOME! Even on a snowy day its so much fun with lots to do.
Winter in Kensington

Kensington has some killer slopes for sledding. When we were there some 5 kids piled on 1 sled and zipped down the hill. It was hilarious.
sled
The Picnic areas were abandoned obviously, as well as the farm house area.
Winter in Kensington

The best part was trying to figure out where the land ended and the frozen lake began. The lakes were just like vast sparkling fields of white.
Winter in Kensington

The picture below was taken from standing on the lake. Its a pic of where boats usually tie up in the summer.
boat dock

I loved how some parts of the lake were cleared off for some friendly hockey games.
Winter in Kensington

Below is me jumping on the lake. Testing the ice.lol. Thank God it held…
Winter in Kensington
Winter in Kensington

Every summer we enjoy the nature reserve area in Kensington. You can usually see ospries, cranes and many other beautiful birds. None of our usual animal friends were around, but that didn’t prevent us from enjoying a stroll. It has its own special beauty in the winter. Especially in its quiet solitude.
Winter in Kensington

Kensington is truly one of my favorite things about Michigan. Its so picturesque year round.
Winter in Kensington
Winter in Kensington
Winter in Kensington

It was gloomy all day, but the sun started peeking out towards the end of our visit, casting beautiful yellows, oranges and pink hues over the grey skies.
Winter in Kensington
Winter in Kensington

Whats your favorite park in Michigan? OR your favorite part of the winter?

Plymouth Ice Festival – 2011

Ice Fest

It was my first time at the Plymouth Ice Festival and it was awesome! Not even below freezing temperatures could keep me away from Kellogg Park. There were so many beautiful sculptures with so many details to take in. They really sparkled like pieces of crystal. The best part was watching the dueling chainsaw exhibitions. I took some pics of my favorite pieces… Can you believe all the feather detail on the rooster?
Ice Fest

Everyone was mesmerized by the fairy. I had to elbow people out of the way to get a shot.

Ice Fest

Some organizations sponsored some of the sculptures. My favorite was one from a group promoting the adoption of dogs from the animal shelter and not from inhumane puppy mills.
Ice Fest

There was also a super cute teddy bear that was just begging to come home with me. I’m not sure if I would enjoy cuddling with him so much. I would wake up feeling like I peed myself every night.

Ice Fest

Look at the stinger on this scorpion. It’s deadly!

Ice Fest

Then there was Lady Liberty. Her robes were so beautiful. The detail of the scales mesmerizing.

Ice Fest

I never expected to see hammer head sharks on land. They were swimming among some seaweed. And there there was the cutest piranha with the cutest teeth ever. Cute being very relative of course.

Ice Fest

Ice Fest

A gorgeous Native American was present with an eagle. Look at his pecks and 6 pack. Wawaweewah!

Ice Fest

And the best way to propose in winter is below ;) It was in front of a house close to where we parked. Must have been a great surprise for Amber. Congrats!

Ice Fest

You can follow the Plymouth Ice fest on twitter or on Facebook.

My favorites were Lady Liberty, the hammerheads and the piranha. Were you there? What was your favorite and why?

Pronto – Royal Oak

Pronto

In honor of Halloween, and the fact that I will always be a kid at heart, I wanted to share a really really awesome candy store called Pronto, that is attached to a restaurant, but can really stand on its own!Pronto

So much to choose from. Old style nostalgic candy. Colorful lollies. And yummy looking treats.Pronto

They also make the cutest little chocolate treats.Pronto

Aren’t these the cutest little doggies?

Pronto

What really caught my eye was all the creatively packaged “gifts”. Everyone loves chocolate, but I will love you more if my gift comes in a pink bucket, and filled with old style candy and Wonka bars :) Pronto

Many different assorted treats.

Pronto

Pronto

Mario overload?

Pronto

Many different gum ball machines.

Pronto

Hands down, the most unique items I saw were all the different HUGE pez dispensers. The thing was the size of my arm!Pronto

Some star wars Pez, and some Elvis Pez.Pronto

Pronto also offers a large collection of cards.Pronto

Pronto

I haven’t tried out the restaurant, but this placement is a definite yay, and is a great place to start if you are having any sort of gift giving block, especially if its a gift for me ;)

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