(An Almost) Wordless Weekend

by Holly on August 8, 2010

in happiness,Wisconsin,wordless weekend

I have a friend named Ilsa.

Ilsa’s family owns an organic beef farm in Wisconsin.

Every year, they host a barn dance. People in their lovely small town come together, cook delicious food, drink pint upon pint of locally-brewed beer, and dance the starry night away.

Did I mention they donate all the money to charity?

They do.

Because the Peterson family is that dang cool.

I wish I had more pictures of the dancing.

But I was too busy well…dancing.

And trying to make friends with flowered-hat Hazel.

Ilsa’s family is cool, but apparently, according to Hazel, me?

Not so much.


Pure2Raw Twins August 8, 2010 at 11:42 am

Great pictures!! And yay for dancing!!

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

Your shots are gorgeous! Love those sunflowers.

Katie August 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

Love this post and Holly the pics are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! What camera do you use?!! How much fun that would be, and so nice they donate all the money to charity, that is really great!

Hazel is adorable!!!! Kids are so sweet! Glad you had a great weekend! xoxo

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) August 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

GREAT photos!! I’m gonna miss Wisconsin.

Run Sarah August 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

That looks like SO much fun – gorgeous photos! I want to attend a barn dance one day!

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm

It’s just as well that this post was nearly wordless, because words can’t capture how awesome your photos are and delicious your eats look from your weekend! That event sounds incredible, fun, and one of a kind.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Oh man, this makes me miss the Midwest like crazy! And you my dear!

Erica August 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

WOW- you got some amazing pictures. What an event and what a location. So so jealous. Pickles are deliciousness (and the pie looks pretty good too ;))

Crunchy Granola Gal August 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Great pictures and what a neat event! This is certainly one of those things you can’t find in NYC – everyone’s too snotty here, I think :) But my (formerly) crunchy self wants IN! Next year, I’m comin’!

Angharad August 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Looks like an incredible time love! So glad you got to eat delicious local food, guzzle beer and dance! Sounds perfect to me actually!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I have tried and shared your recipe for a quick and easy pizza crust from the “Ladie’s Night” post!

“…Grilled Pizzas, crust courtesy of The Healthy Everythingtarian… ” You’ve been linked! Thanks for the great recipe. Loved it.

Matt August 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Sounds like a great time! Glad you had a fun time dancing, drinking, and eating ;)

Laura August 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Those pics are AMAZING! wow, so bright and colourful..and hell pretty!! You’re camera is amazing ..and you’re skill of course;-) xx

Jess August 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Looks like SUCH fun! And the food? DELICIOUS!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes August 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

What a great event! Great photos! The sunflowers are beautiful… Mine got eaten by something…

Have a great week!

Carbzilla August 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

What the what are those pickle cheese Triscuit hors d’oeuvres? I need to make me some!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kailey (SnackFace) August 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

GORGEOUS weekend!!! Absolutely love all the photos here. But what I’m really wondering is, Did you meet a man? Are any of these pictures of prospects? Huh? Any of them? AM I RIGHT?! I mean, you are the coolest, so I’m expecting this.

Ashley August 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm

What fun!! Great pictures too!

Katie August 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Ahh that farmland is so beautiful! I get a lump in my throat with I look at it because it reminds me of my grandparents old farm…just beautiful. That packed plate of food looks pretty delicious, too. :-)

Corey - The Runner's Cookie August 8, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Gorgeous pictures – make me want to be there. My camera just broke and I need a new one…looking at photos like this are motivating to want to buy a good one!

Molly August 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Those are beautiful pictures!

I’m not sure if I’ve commented before, but I have been following your blog for awhile! What kind of camera do you use? Do you have any tips for a beginner photographer?

BroccoliHut August 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Need. That. Pie.

Susan August 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Amazing photos in this post Holly!!! You make Wisconsin look beautiful. Dang, I want to go to a backyard party at a beef farm in Wisconsin now!

Also, are those chocolate filled raspberries??

Molly August 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

Do you know how good it feels to be reading your blog again. I’ve missed you Miss Holly and have lots to share with you on my travels!! (my blog is clearly slacking these past few weeks :-/ )

See you at the end of August!!!

Gracie @ Girl Meets Health August 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

LOVE this. That last photo of the little girl is pretty much breathtaking.

Katharina August 9, 2010 at 11:35 am

How much fun!!! That is so cool and all of the food looks AWESOME! Pickles and cheese? I’ll have to try that! And that pie!! PIE!!! It’s exploding with berries yumm.


p.s. you have such a kind smile and kind eyes :) In that picture of you with your friend I just had to pause and smile too :)

Kacy August 9, 2010 at 11:58 am

Holy gorgeousness. Love.

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I love Hazel’s Blossom hat! She should be tap dancing on a piano!

I heart the fact that you took a picture of yourself drinking a beer in a mirror. Very resourceful, Holly!

elise August 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm

gah!! gorgeous photo skillz homie!!! looks like a weekend of pure bliss. can you please come visit in september? or october? im not picky… we MUST hang out though. soon.

Sami August 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm

holyy photography skills. i love the ones of the sunflowers, the old truck bumper, the b&w scruffiness, and the shoes! <3

Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

That sounds amazing! I am loving your pictures.

Paula August 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Wow. That last photo (Hazel?) is amazing. LOVE it.

Ameena August 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Just found your blog and I have to say how gorgeous your photos are! They make mine look really pathetic. :)

That little girl is one of the cutest kids I have ever seen.

Rachael August 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Beautiful shots – especially the last one. Wow.
I love me a barn dance – Appalachia is a mecca for them, it seems, and I’m a big fan. We’ve got square dancing, contra dancing, clogging and drunk-white-person-getting-down dancing – I appreciate them all.
I’m having farm envy right now. And I really want sunflowers. Is that normal?
Enjoy your week!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet August 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm

i’ve never seen a red sunflower before. beautiful, gorgeous pix.

Courtney August 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

This looks like heaven on earth to me! Dinner on the farm sounds soooo cool. and local! I love it.

Jane Peterson August 9, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Oh sweet Holly. What a lovely tribute to us all. Living on this farm for all these years sometimes leaves us only with the list of what hasn’t gotten done, but you came and shown a light on all that did get done. I just am sitting down after putting a couple of bushels of corn in the freezer and tears of joy fill my eyes. Come anytime with your basket and fill it ~ for we have gardened our way into abundance. Much love, mama tree

alli August 10, 2010 at 7:33 am

awesome pictures ! i especially love the local sign

jeri August 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

wow really digging the awesome photos!

Jenna November 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

Holly! What camera do you use?!

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