Date Night With Jeff

up north adventure 2013 ~ part 1

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view from our room view from Kamloops Restaurant hummingbird creamy wild rice seafood chowder yarrow our burlington bay lake home kitchen/dining area living room fireplace living room area looking out onto our balcony jacuzzi in our bedroom bedroom fireplace bed burlington resort pool indoor/outdoor hot tub pool waterfall rocky beach at resort lake homes feet…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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boat parties… riverside carnivals… chinese buffet lunch with my daughters (sesame chicken!) after a dip at the swimming hole… baby heirloom tomatoes… jamaican jerk chicken on the grill… frosty sweet strawberry margaritas on a sunny day…  food stand gyros… a blufftop view of our neighborhood…magazine photo shoots… kitty cats lazing on the porch…. I hope…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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Things I never get tired of: Date nights on our deck under the canopy of ancient oak trees, the smell of grilled food for our dinner, picking fresh flowers for bouquets from our cutting garden, farmer’s market fare, lazy summer beach days with friends– the sun overhead and the sand in our toes, road side…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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Summer is… teatime on a park bench by a sparkling fountain… surrounded by hanging flower baskets, visiting Barnes & Noble and spotting TeaTime Magazine on the shelf (the one that contains the feature article I wrote and photographed last summer…), rainbows right outside our front door after an abrupt downpour, the sweet scent of petunias,…

rose petal salad

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Today Gracie and I strolled downtown to do some antiquing and we found a few awesome treasures. I promise I’ll share photos soon. We popped into the little Mexican grocery store on the corner of Plum and Main to order the ingredients for fresh tamales. (I can’t wait to share my recipe with you…) and…

scenes from summer staycation 2013 ~ part 1

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The last couple days have been so relaxing and wonderful. This year for our summer “vacation” we’ve decided to hang out in our own town, Red Wing Minnesota, and surrounding areas. I sometimes forget how much beauty we have just outside our door. We live in a very unique part of the state. Unlike the…

rose soiree

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I love weekends like this past one. Dinner out on Friday night at a wonderful riverside restaurant to celebrate our second feature article in TeaTime Magazine! (I promise I’ll tell you more about this soon!)… Cherry Berry and shopping on Saturday… Pizza and drinks on a garden-side patio with our dear friend Brad Saturday evening….…

prairie picnic

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Another beautiful weekend in the Mississippi river valley. Plenty of sunshine punctuated by just enough rain to keep it cool. We sat out on our back porch last night and shared a glass of wine during a sun shower. This happened a couple days ago and a giant double rainbow appeared over Memorial Park (Jeff…

summer pleasures & tea party gardens

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The mercury is rising…. time to enjoy our fresh air rooms…. hang lavender scented linens on the clothesline… pack a picnic basket…make a jar of sun tea… take a little summer “staycation”… go to an art fair… read a book at the water park… chase the ice cream truck…take a hammock nap… and just be….…

orzo picnic salad

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My birthday week. I can’t remember a birthday week that was ever so rainy, but I’ve been making the best of it. My friends have been bringing me food gifts (which I love), morels and rhubarb and fresh-caught-right-out-of-the-Cannon-river trout! We piled those yummy, buttery morels on toast, baked the rhubarb into crisps and cakes, and…