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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…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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Fairy princesses and baby cows on Halloween… backyard bonfires by the light of an October moon… Red Wing Brewery beer growlers filled with Pepie’s Porter… lattes at the Red Wing Confectionery and Coffee Shoppe with a friend… brunch at the always amazing Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis (salads, Peanut Butter & Bacon Burger, Venison Burger, Huevos…

season of mists

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an early morning sipping scottish breakfast with vanilla almond milk while taking photos on a very misty sorin’s bluff… anniversary flowers and sweet cards from the hubby celebrating our 19th… a few awesome, live music performances including front row seats to this gorgeous, stellar, mind-blowing concert … bbq sandwiches and gyros for lunch at the…

scenes from the past week

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  An early morning photo shoot in my beloved Red Wing Minnesota, brisk autumn walks, a good book and a cuppa next to a warm fire, a road trip with my friend Nancy: breakfast at the adorable Homemade Cafe in Pepin Wisconsin (We had the yummy blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup, cheesy hashbrowns, bacon,…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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~ The Creamery & Cheese Factory, Nelson Wisconsin ~ sampling new, delicious wines… ~ The Minnesota Renaissance Festival, 2014 ~ The King & Queen of the realm… gourmet cheese pizza… lots of live entertainment… lots and lots of people… beer and (of course) wine… poetry readings… knights… fajita salad… big iced teas for tea time……