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beneath the blossoms ~ a scenes post

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Mother’s Day started with mimosas and brunch at The St. Jame’s Hotel with my sweet Andie and Grace. We sat on the quaint patio at the Veranda and enjoyed sticky caramel rolls, eggs Benedict, and hash browns. With the sun shining brightly overhead, a view of the river, good conversation, and birds singing in the…

spring gallery ~ a scenes post

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Jeff, the girlies and I took a stroll downtown to have dinner at a local pub on Friday night ~ PB&J chicken wings, chicken & Swiss sandwiches on Asiago bread, sweet potato fries, cheeseburgers, deep fried pickles, and Cape Cods. I spent the day with a dear friend last week, we opted to get out…

a scenes post

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We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at home and I was busy in the kitchen all day the day before, cooking up new recipes and old favorites. My daughter, Andie, took the day off so we could just hang out, eat, have a few pints of Guinness, and enjoy each others’ company. I’ve been thinking about…

dishwasher detergent hack

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I don’t usually share tips and “hacks” here on ChinDeep, but this worked so splendidly that I just had to share it with you. It was one of those days that I had done a ton of cooking and had dirty dishes on every available surface in our kitchen. The sink was full too. When…

happy new year

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We enjoyed a lovely 2 week winter staycation ~ Christmas… polar fleece crafts with the grand girls… lots of cooking and even more baking… My daughter, Andrea’s, New Year’s Eve birthday… lunch out at Fiesta Cancun Mexican Restaurant one day (The Chipotle Burrito and Shrimp Fajitas are AMAZING!), and Red’s Savoy Pizza another (always awesome!)…We…

a scenes post

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The weather has been unbelievable here in the Midwest. It snowed one day for about a minute and there was no trace of it an hour later. Mostly it’s just been warm, and breezy and completely lovely out there. Sunshowers, no coats, tee shirts in November. Love, love, love. We’ve been “tucking in” the back…

minnesota renaissance festival ~ 2015

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Gypsy carts, giant turkey drumsticks, jugglers, acrobats, fire eaters, fairy wings, mermaids swimming in secret coves, outrageous costumes, colorful Renaissance buildings, the pickle man, beer, strolling musicians and bands, people as far as the eye can see, waiting in line for a half hour to get a gyro (worth the wait), salted nut rolls (get…

indian summer

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Our annual jaunt to the Maiden Rock Apple Orchard, Winery & Cidery… apples, apples and more apples!… Eve’s Pudding, slow cooker apple cobbler, Swedish sour cream apple pie, apple bread, scalloped apple chicken, country apple brownies , homemade applesauce and apple butter for our morning tea and toast, and all sorts of spice-laden, apple-y recipes……

scenes from the last few weeks

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A hike on the Cannon Valley Trail with my girls… hopscotch and grapevine forts in the back yard… a fish fry at the Harbor… a rainy Saturday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts complete with an awesome tour of the Contemporary Arts wing and a stellar lunch at Agra Culture… wine lunch with my dear…

scenes from the past few weeks

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  Last weekend we traveled to Winthrop Minnesota to enjoy a belated Christmas dinner with my grandma and aunts. My aunt Bobbie made roasted chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and crusty baguette. My aunt Paula made a simple, delicious salad, and I brought THIS cake for dessert. We had such…