Foodie Friday | Ring in the New Year with Family Traditions

Have you made New Year’s traditions?

My fiancee Spenser Gruis, and I have a few traditions we enjoy each New Year.  For the past 5 years, we have spent New Year’s Eve with his parents, Scott and Cheryl Gruis.  The Gruis family works hard at their family-owned towing company.  When we actually get the chance to sit down all together for a nice meal, we want to take full advantage of it!

Photo by Seneca Epley Photography

Photo by Seneca Epley Photography

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West Fork Wharf, Celebrating the Local School & Sports

I have heard so many great things about the West Fork Wharf ever since they opened in June (2014). Many of my friends and family have been but I kept missing out. Finally, a few of the North Iowa Bloggers decided to go there for supper after our recent wreath making class. Since I’ve never been here before, I was really looking forward to seeing all the awesome decor that I have heard about.

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Limited Edition: Home Sweet Homespun

Are you looking for a holiday gift that will wow everyone? This Limited Edition Birchbox is a show stopper. This box is FULL of things to keep you “cozy at home”. Everything item in this box is devoted to all things handwritten and homemade. What I love about this LE box is what it’s perfect for a hostess gift or even as a little treat to yourself—either way, there’s plenty of warm fuzzies to go around.

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You can find this box at Birchbox.com for $40.00 which is a total steal as it’s valued at $96!

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Pie’s & More, a hidden gem in Mason City, IA

Pie’s & More is cute little restaurant in Mason City, IA. It’s hidden away in a little strip mall. This strip mall doesn’t get a ton of traffic so I think a lot of people forget about this place, but with food and service like they have, it should be top of the list for best comfort food in North Iowa.

Pie’s & More has become part of our family tradition the week of Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, everyone starts to roll into town around 10am, but since no one wants to make lunch we all meet up at Pie’s & More, which is located in the Willowbrook Mall. We have quite a large family so we try to get there around 11:30 to get one of the large tables saved for us. My favorite spot is sitting in the front window so I can people watch while waiting for everyone to arrive.

The absolute FIRST thing you HAVE to do upon arriving is to pick out the type of Pie you want. It sounds crazy to order and receive your dessert before you get your entree, but it’s an absolute must if you want the pie you want. Since pie is in their name, this is what people come for so it goes fast. They have something new and different every time I go, but my favorite are coconut cream, chocolate and Banana Cream. Other people in my family like Apple, Peach and Pecan.

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Naturebox Subscription Review

Just last week, I got my 2nd and 3rd naturebox subscription. I’m not sure what happened but I had 2 boxes sent to me. Normally, Naturebox will send you a box of 5 bags that are full of different snacks that you have placed into your online “pantry” for just $19.95/month + free shipping. They have snacks for any type of person out there. There are vegan, soy-free, milk-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, as well as nut free.

Since I’ve got a total of 3 boxes, I’m thinking this will be my last one as I wasn’t in love with it and the price is kind of high. Since I am saving up for my wedding, I am cutting back on a lot of things and sadly, this will be one of them. This month, there were quite a few items that I wanted a lot more of so since there were so many,  let’s start with those items.

Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars

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