Markel Family Combo Breaker Getaway–Day Five

On Sunday, we stopped by Combo Breaker just as the pools were starting for the day. Since we were dressed for church, I took a picture of the Fab Five in their Sunday best:

And as is my tradition, I made sure to get a picture of myself wearing Pinup Girl Clothing on the Combo Breaker floor:

We then went to church at St. John Wheaton, where we unexpectedly ran into someone we knew…the Lutheran church is so small!

And then a stop at Oberweis for ice cream:

The lemon-blackberry was delicious!

After some lazy time in the hotel room, we went down to Combo Breaker for the Tekken 7 Top 8. The crowd was on fire, and I think this was my favorite fighting game to watch!

Ryan received a medal, as he has every year he has attended in one way or another:

That was the end of Combo Breaker, but we still had a few fun Chicagoland activities planned!

Tasty Tuesday–Apple Cider Milkshakes

After we went apple picking last week, and came home with a gallon of apple cider, I decided I wanted to make apple cider milkshakes. I couldn’t really find a recipe that I liked, so I played around with it a little bit until I had the proportions right. I used two scoops of Edy’s Washington Apple Pie ice cream, and four scoops of Caramel Delight (I have a pretty small ice cream scoop, so you may use fewer scoops than I did), but there are so many ways you could prepare it to your taste…vanilla, caramel, apple pie, and cinnamon ice creams would all work well, in whatever proportions you prefer! I garnished mine with a cinnamon stick because I was feeling fancy…you could also drizzle some caramel sauce on top, or add an apple slice, or whatever else sounds good to you!


  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 6 scoops of ice cream

Blend cider and ice cream until smooth. Garnish as desired.

Chaney’s Dairy Barn

When we travel, I like to look for fun experiences we wouldn’t necessarily be able to have back home. One such experience in Bowling Green, KY, was visiting Chaney’s Dairy Barn, which offers family farm tours on Mondays and Fridays during the summer for $8 a person.



It was a hot, sunny day, and we were very grateful that our wagon ride from the ice cream parlor to the farm, even though short, was covered!


We got to see a seven months pregnant cow and two calves, including one that was less than a week old! We just missed out on seeing their new robotic milker, but we did learn a lot about how technology is used on dairy farms!


Ladybug even got to help out with a demonstration…she had her finger hooked up to a milking machine, which she thought felt very weird!


After our visit with the cows, we returned to the ice cream parlor for our free scoop of ice cream (a highlight of the tour!) and a look around the gift shop.I tried the most Kentucky sounding flavor they had…bourbon crunch. It was delicious!



This was a really fun place to visit, and we learned a lot while we were there!