January 8, 2013

On Wisconsin–Pt. 2


I must admit that I didn’t know much about Wisconsin until I met Mike.  I was one of those that would always think, “What is there to do in Wisconsin?”

Well, the answer is tons!  If you couldn’t tell by my previous posts, I love going to visit (not quite sure if I could live up there yet).  Madison and the surrounding areas have such and active and fun vibe and the scenery is beautiful in the winter and the weather is glorious in the summer. 

Besides all of our Christmas commitments, seeing old friends, attending our baby shower we still had plenty of time for some fun – here is a recap of our most recent activity list.


Sledding (snow tubing) – anywhere there’s a hill!



Boys will be boys!



Mike and his brother love making jumps and then concocting the most ridiculous ways to launch themselves into the air.  Since I couldn't’ partake this year in the jumping, I was the resident photographer.






I did get one run in, but don’t worry, no jumps – it was a pretty smooth ride down the “bunny hill”.



Crash and burn.


National Mustard Museum – Middleton, WI

Home to the World’s Largest Collection
of Mustards and Mustard Memorabilia

What is it you ask?  Well according to their website:

A mustard museum? ABSOLUTELY! According to Barry Levenson, founder & curator of the National Mustard Museum, you can blame it all on the Boston Red Sox. In the wee hours of October 28, 1986, after his favorite baseball team had just lost the World Series, Barry was wandering an all-night supermarket looking for the meaning of life. As he passed the mustards, he heard a voice: If you collect us, they will come.

He did and they have. In 1992, Barry left his job as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Wisconsin to open this most improbable museum, now one of Wisconsin’s most popular attractions. The Mustard Museum has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the popular game show To Tell the Truth, as well as countless features on other national television and radio shows, and in major newspapers everywhere.












They also offer a huge selection of mustards from all over the world... and don't miss our "Gourmet Goodies" section to help fill your pantry.  Free tasting samples are also given on any of the hundreds of mustards and sauces sold.


Cedar Grove Cheese – Plain, WI

Since we did a tour of many local breweries on our last trip to Wisconsin I figured it would be cool to check out a cheese factory on this trip since I couldn’t partake in the beer tasting this time!

There are tons of cheese factories to choose from all around, but we chose the Cedar Grove Cheese Factory in Plain, WI.






This factory was a bit on the small side, but their cheese packed a big punch and was delicious.




The Butterkasse was my favorite…kind of like a Havarti – nice and creamy!






Milwaukee Admirals – Milwaukee, WI

The Milwaukee Admirals are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League. They play at the BMO Harris Bradley Center (home also to the Milwaukee Bucks).

Milwaukee is a quick drive (a little over an hour) from Madison and is definitely worth a trip.  There are lots of unique eateries to choose from and it was decorated beautifully for the holidays.







Cowbell night!



Admirals win!





HMO Bradley Center – Downtown Milwaukee


Build a Snowman – anywhere there is snow!

My brother-in-law made this awesome snowman in his front yard (by himself I might add) which towered close to 10 feet once the top hat was added.  Black spray paint completed the look and everybody that drove by loved it!  Cars were stopping to take pictures and give shout-outs all week long.





Other funsies worth checking out:

--We didn’t get to do either of the following activities this past trip, but have done both before and loved it!


  • Skiing @ Tyrol Basin – Mount Horeb, WI
  • Shopping on State Street – Madison, WI

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