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A gal that cooks, crafts, grows & travels in the Midwest.

  Midwest Photography  Fine Art Photography Prints


I don’t craft as much as I once did.  When I do, you will find it here.  Many of the posting will be about gardening and previous crafts that I sold at one point.

Shattered Marble Necklaces
How to Recycle an Old Record Into a Basket or Bowl How to Make Scrabble Tile Necklaces
How to Make a Terra Cotta Clay Pot People 57 Gift Basket Ideas You Can Make
Smores in a Jar Printable Bathroom Wall Art Home Decor
Easy to Make DIY Stepping Stones Bowling Ball Garden Art
Knit a Planter - Instructions Treats for the Birds
DIY Rhubarb Stepping Stones How to Display and Dry Hydrangeas
How to Create Easy QuikCrete Walkways
Spa Sock Cupcakes Garden Products Made from Sticks and Wood
DIY Lip Gloss and Lip Balm Recipes DIY Broken Tile Backsplash


I live in Wisconsin.  We have a VERY short growing season and experience long, gloomy winters. Many of the postings deal with cold weather.  I also have a love of nature and wildlife – expect plenty of postings dealing with critters. This is a small sampling of over 200+ posts.

Dividing Canna Bulbs
Starting an Indoor Window Garden for Winter Save and Store Your Geranium Garden Plants for Winter
11 Birds That Will Eat Oranges at Your Bird Feeder Growing Lemon Grass
Build Mason Bee Homes How to Dry Sunflower Heads for a Sunflower Seed Feeder

How to Care for a Poinsettia
All About the Blue Jay
Fruit Bowl Bird Feeders Recycled Garden Plate Flowers
Birds You Might Find in Your Yard or at Your Feeder Using antiques as unique planters – Give items a second life by using antiques as unique planters and containers. Some picture ideas to get your thoughts cycling. Mostly antiques but some additional containers too.
Bird Seed Suet Filled Egg Shell Recipe

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I keep myself busy by exploring the Midwest.  I enjoy hiking new trails and searching out the wildlife, plants and whatever else Mother Nature throws at me when on my travels to locations.

The posts below are informational.  Places you too can visit.  Most include directions and / or are Google Map enabled. This will be a small sampling.  I plan on adding additional places.

I really photograph for me.  I think of it as a therapy of sorts and I enjoy nature with every fiber of my being. If you enjoy the outdoors, then I figured why not share places that may be new to you.

I will be adding additional photography galleries  here, if you are interested.  Any sales from photography allow me to travel more and share my love of nature with you.

Canyon Falls Grand Canyon of Michigan Millie Mine Bat Viewing Iron Mountain Michigan
10 Days in South Dakota Trip Wisconsin to South Dakota Midwest Wildflowers
Wisconsin ATV and UTV Trails Aztalan Stat Park in Jefferson Wisconsin
Cave Point County Park in Door County Wisconsin Da Yooper Tourist Trap Upper Michigan - Good for a Few Laughs.
Longtail Point Lighthouse Green Bay Wisconsin Turkey Run State Park Marshall Indiana
Grand Island Ice Caves Upper Michigan Belgian Community of Brussels Wisconsin Buildings



I like simple!  I’m also the person that believes that time is the most important asset of one’s life.  The recipes under this category are make ahead recipes that allow me to spend less time in the kitchen and more time out enjoying life.

Making meals & snacks ahead of time saves money because I’m not making a quick dash to the drive through.  I also eat a little healthier because the meals travel well, or can be pulled out of the fridge and reheated.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats
How to Make Pickled Eggs Make Ahead Meatballs
Breakfast Jam Bars Recipe

Recipes Using Freshly Grown Produce

Grilled Corn on the Cob and Herb Butter
Creamy Cucumber Salad

Let’s Party!

In my social circle, we will make a party for ANYTHING.  Life is centered around food and drink. I live in Wisconsin, ’nuff said 🙂

Grasshopper in a Bucket Drunken Gummy Bears
Skittles Infused Vodka Pina Colada Slush
Survivor Birthday Party Brandy Slush Drink Recipe
How to Serve the Perfect Wine Every Time - Confused on what wine should be served with certain foods? Let me help you out!
How to Package Cupcakes for Bake Sales


Some helpful information and recipes that may help you in the budget department.  Work smarter, not harder is my motto. Remember, not EVERY money saving idea is for you.  You pick and chose what will help you reach your goals.

All Purpose Cleaning Recipes
DIY Liquid Hand Soap Infused Water Recipes
Never Ending Fabric Dryer Sheets Jewelry Cleaner Recipe

This is a small listing of posts available.  Please see navigation tabs above for additional postings.


Food Prep/ From My Kitchen Recipes/ Nikki Lynn Design - The Midwest Life - Cook, Craft, Grow & Travel.

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats - 15 minutes for a weeks worth of breakfast

Pressure Cooker Blueberry Steel Cut Oats

Man is it cold out.  The rain is bone chilling.  I don’t even want to be outdoors and that is saying a lot, coming from me.

I decided last week to go back to making all our meals ahead of time.  It saves me time, energy and money. Today, was the perfect time to start! I’m sharing one of my husband’s favorite morning breakfasts. Pressure cooker blueberry oats.

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Fresh From Garden Recipes/ From My Kitchen Recipes/ Gardening/ Nikki Lynn Design - The Midwest Life - Cook, Craft, Grow & Travel./ Side Dishes

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Corn Roast & Flavored Butter

Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving.  Can’t beat that.  Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house.  Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
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Flower Garden and Pots/ Gardening/ Nikki Lynn Design - The Midwest Life - Cook, Craft, Grow & Travel.

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Fish Pellets as Fertilizer

Whenever I can I like to use organic fertilizers.  People ask me all the time how I grow such mammoth rhubarb plants and I always grin and I say I’m not sure.  That grin should be a tell all – I do know, I’m just not telling.  Until today. Fish pellets as fertilizer is the secret.

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Michigan Travels/ Photography by Nikki Vig Blog

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap Michigan - Funny Roadside Stop
Crafts/ Nikki Lynn Design - The Midwest Life - Cook, Craft, Grow & Travel.

Printable Bathroom Wall Art

Wash Your Hands Print - Example of one of the free designs you can print out. My 12 year old son said the framed prints have been a huge hit with his friends. He stated that not a tween or teen has come out without giggling and repeating the sayings. I created four different sayings and frame them all for the downstairs bathroom.

I was looking for some cute framed sayings to add to my bathroom decor and I really didn’t like anything I came across in the stores. I decided to make my own printable bathroom wall art.

Then, I remembered that my daughter had given me some white, 8×10 frames for Christmas last year and I figured maybe I should just make something to print out to tie the distressed frames to.
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Food Prep/ Tips and Tricks to Save Money

Save Money on Groceries

How to Save Money on Groceries

Time to tighten the budget.  How to save money on groceries. I know how to do it. But truthfully, sometimes I find it to be WORK. Just as much work as a fulltime job.  Taking the time to plan out EVERYTHING is a pain. I’m not one who likes to sit down and take two hours out of my week to pre-plan before shopping. Checking store ads, price comparing, cutting and organizing coupons; ugh! I did all that back in the 90’s. Refunding and couponing was a large part of our household back then.  Both are more than acceptable ways to save money.  I just do not have the time and commitment for it today.
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Explore Wisconsin/ Midwest Travel Locations/ Photography by Nikki Vig Blog

St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin

One thing I absolutely love about traveling is that it provides me with a constant source of education.  Over the weekend, I attended The 4th Annual Spyder Rendezvous in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin with my husband.  Heavy rain prevented me from riding with the group on Friday.  I admit it, I’m a wimp and my dry car provided a comfortable alternative for the day’s travels. I spent some time exploring St Coletta Jefferson Wisconsin.

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Photography by Nikki Vig Blog

Vintage Americana Photography


Vintage Americana Photography

Healthy obsession.  That’s what I call it.  Albums that are chock full of vintage Americana photography prints that I sell. Antiques, old collectables and vintage finds with fabulous little details depicting life that has past us by. You can view and/or purchase out of my SMUGMUG Portfolio HERE




Bird Recipes Crafts & Care/ Crafts/ Feathered Friends Backyard Guests/ Gardening/ Nikki Lynn Design - The Midwest Life - Cook, Craft, Grow & Travel.

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments Make Your Own

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments Make Your Own Recipe

Homemade Birdseed Ornaments Make Your Own

Follow the recipe for these birdseed ornaments and the next day you have sweet treat for your birds.  The ornaments would make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family as well as wedding favors for your guests.
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