2010 2nd Annual Apple Smash

The head count of the 2nd annual smash grew tremendously and along with many new families, we saw most of the Muddy Portage crew in attendance. It was great to see faces we haven’t seen in a while as well as several new friends we’ve met over the summer. There were enough people who pitched […] Read More

Michigan City 2010

Our forth trip to Michigan City fully documented here for our family. The weather and water have been the warmest yet. The highs have stayed in the mid-upper 80’s with just the right mix of sun and clouds.  The cottage is showing wear as other guest at the house hasn’t been treating it with total […] Read More

2009 Wine Cellar Pics

Here’s just a little business in the wine cellar around the end of summer. All these pics were taken by my friend, Jimmy Kinker. Since I’m never in my own pics, I really dig it when he comes over and takes some pics of the goin’s on. Jim has a new-found interest in the elderberry wine… […] Read More

1st Annual Apple Smash yields 47 gallons of cider

The word for this weekend is most certainly “extraction” – that is, getting the juice from what mother nature has given us. Gently pressing, or violently smashing, it’s all good. On Saturday, I helped the Specters press their grapes in Dave’s refurbished grape press. On Sunday, we did our “1st Annual Apple Smash” using the […] Read More

Nick’s Birthday Canoe Trip

We took a trip down the Whitewater River via Morgans in Brookville for Nick’s 5th birthday. The weather was beautiful and we saw a bunch of wildlife including many turtles and a beaver as big as a pig. The river was busy as many other enthusiasts seized the day. Afterwards, we headed over to uncle […] Read More

July 2009 update and Michigan City

July was busy month… both for business, and personally. I’m glad I got to slip back up to Michigan City with the family. It’s such a practical place for us and those who know me, know I am *Mr. Practical*. Serious, I still maintain that the Great Lakes offer just as much beach as any coast. […] Read More

It’s officially summer when you make ice cream

On Sunday, we’ll celebrate Hannah’s birthday a little early before we go on vacation. Strawberry ice cream was our test run Friday night. We’ll do it again on Sunday with all the other kids and chocolate and butter pecan is on the agenda. We used this same ice cream maker when I was a kid. […] Read More

Images of Spring 2009

For us, spring is a busy time of the year, not just with all the work and school stuff going on, but the needs of the garden, grapes and other horticultural rituals we love to do. There is grape pruning, garden tilling, seed planting and bringing out the banana plants. I have a habit of propagating […] Read More

Morgan’s Ft. Ancient Canoe and Cabin Trip

We shook it up a little this year for Susan’s birthday. She usually likes to canoe and camp on her birthday and we usually go to the Brookville location. This year, we tried the Ft. Ancient location since it has been so long since we visited there. We also wanted to pay our visit to […] Read More

Cincinnati Wine Festival 2009

This was the 19th annual Cincinnati Wine Festival. It’s grown to be one of the largest ones in the country. This year, over 600 wines and 130 wineries were present. If you are a wine enthusiast, this is the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines in one place. Since I am always on the hunt to […] Read More