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scenes from the past week

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There was a three year time span while I was growing up when my parents rented a big, rambling, old-school farm house in northern Minnesota. It was ancient and gorgeous and sat on an acre of land, surrounded by towering pine trees. My mom planted an enormous garden in our back yard during those summers.…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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~ Garden roses continue to bloom in my gardens and all over Red Wing… ~ A birthday celebration getaway weekend at my mom’s in Forest Lake, complete with amazing massages, lunch and tea at my favorite Good Earth Restaurant (we had the original iced tea and the thai chicken pizza! YUM!), a carrot cake cupcake…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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pink peonies popping open… fragrant herbs reaching for the sun… flowers budding and blooming… strawberries and sugar simmering on the stove… jars clinking happily in the canner while the water boils and seals the jam in ~ like little time capsules that will release their bounty when snow is on the ground and we’re all…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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springtime romance::: flowers of all sorts blooming in the gardens… swinging at baypoint with the grandgirls… blufftop picnics packed into Mason jars… long hikes in the woods… big shipments of tea to photograph, sample and review… stepping out to our herb garden and picking handfuls of green, fragrant herbs for soup on a rainy sunday……

extra thick special-k bars + a walk down memory lane

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Have you ever had Special-K Bars? Not to be confused with Scotcharoos… these are totally awesome and, in my opinion, WAY better. The first time I tried them was back in 1991 when my daughter Andie was just a baby. There was a sweet little deli in White Bear Lake which is where we lived…

scenes from the past couple weeks + mason jar picnic

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Lovely, lovely, lovely spring days. Time with family and friends, time to work, time to read and sip rosewater lemonade, time to play, time for a Friday night riverside fish fry, time for blossom-peeping walks around the neighborhood and time to relax. We’re planning a little getaway very soon and I can’t wait to hit…

four refreshing summer picnic beverages “to go”

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Today is the beginning of a much anticipated four day weekend “staycation” for us! We have all sorts of fun things planned, and among them… a picnic, of course! Packing picnic fare into coolers and picnic baskets is one of my favorite things to do. It’s so fun to develop a picnic menu days before…

scenes from the past few weeks

maddiegaze
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park days and walks with my daughter and grand girls… pizza… yard work… a mother’s day picnic… and planting the herb garden… spring days full of sweetness and light. I hope yours has been beautiful so far. Love, ~M

scenes from the last few weeks

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an easter egg coloring gathering at our home… easter dinner on the deck… blossoms and buds and green things growing after a week of rain and sunshine… birds chirping and happily hopping around in the yard… seed starts… boxes of warm weather clothing and sandals waiting to be unpacked after a long winter in the…

scenes from the past few weeks

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We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…