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Alpine Utah Wild Poppies

The kids and I joined the Wasatch Little Explorers Club on their hike in Alpine, UT! We went in search of the infamous Alpine Poppies! After a short hike we came upon a small grove of trees and beautiful wild poppies! I can see why this spot is so popular with the local photographers! If you are looking for a nice spot to picnic or want to just come check out the poppies now is the time! 

Location: 1125 N Alpine Blvd, Alpine, UT 84004 (LDS church parking lot) take the dirt road just off to the side of the parking lot. You could drive to the grove using the same road but it is very bumpy! Plus, its an easy walk and nice to be outside! We were cautioned about rattlesnakes but I personally didn't see any, just be mindful of where you step! There are bathrooms at the beginning of the trail head. Not much shade along the road but the grove where the poppies are is shady and pleasant! 

Grand America Hotel Salt Lake City - Afternoon Tea

Mothers Day is this weekend and i'm lucky to have two moms to celebrate with, my Mom and Mom In-Law! I decided it would be easiest on everyone's schedules to celebrate a little early, my Daughter also joined us so it was a true Mother/Daughter celebration! I am a lover of Tea and all things British so finding out The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City offered Afternoon Tea and served Gluten free options made my heart soar! 

Not only were we treated to an amazing atmosphere thanks to fresh flowers and beautiful decor but also there was live Harp music! 

We started our Tea with these delicious Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse cups! Gluten free and yummy!  

After we ordered our tea we were treated to an assortment of lovely finger foods! They even have a specialty kid plate that includes a strawberry and Nutella sandwich, cheese and ham, PB&Jelly, turkey and peanut butter and banana with blueberries! 

Don't those all look delicious! Now I have to apologize for those that are Gluten Free because none of those goodies are gluten Free and I forgot to take a picture of my plate! I will say that my gluten free plate (which was brought out separately) was filled with seasonal roasted vegetables, glazed figs, avocado and tangerine toast and a tomato tapenade toast! It was delicious!

My fruit plate with fresh fruits was perfect for a Spring time Afternoon tea!

Fresh Lemon Curd, Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam which was served with scones!

The dessert tray! The top tier is all gluten free goodies and I was also served a very refreshing sorbet!

The Strawberry Mousse Macarons were perfection!

My daughter really liked the Raspberry tarts, she said the raspberries were some of the tastiest she has ever had!

After we had all ate and drank our fill we decided to explore the courtyard garden and what a sight it was! Beautiful flowers and fountains! 

We had such a great time having Tea and eating goodies that we will be making a return visit soon! I highly recommend calling and making a reservation! The Chefs at the Grand America are incredibly flexible and creative, if you need a guests plate modified to accommodate an allergy just let them know when making the reservation! This is definitely something we will do again for a special ladies afternoon or Birthday's! 

2017 Tulip Festival - Thanksgiving Point

The Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point's Ashton Gardens in Lehi, Utah is running now until May 6th 2017! 
We visited over the weekend and were amazed at the amount and variety of tulips! There are over 280,000 tulips in hundreds of varieties, all imported from Holland! In addtion to Tulips were saw brightly colored poppies, hyacinths and ranunculus just to name a few!
On Friday and Saturday there is a Tulip Tot Playland from 10am -6pm and Mondays from 4pm-8pm that my kids loved playing at!
for more information and to buy tickets click here!


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