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scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 3

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More scenes from our up north adventure last month! It’s taken me sooooo long to post all the photos because I took so darn many. Can you believe there are still more? Just enough for one more post after this one, so please bear with me. I appreciate everyone who writes to me and tells…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 2

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On our way up to Grand Marais, on day three of our up north adventure, we stopped at Palisade Head in Tettegouche state park. It’s beautiful up there with sweeping views of Lake Superior and it’s wild, windswept, rocky landscape. The size of the lake always takes me by surprise, and I’ve been traveling to…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 1

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Our little adventure began much as it always does. We got up bright and early and drove from Red Wing to the north shore of Lake Superior. Our first stop is always Pizza Luce in downtown Duluth for lunch, followed by a long browse around Electric Fetus for music, incense, soaps, candles, and other fun…

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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A day trip into Minneapolis… the Walker Art Center… Gather (for a glass of Vino)… Libertine (for more vino)… A stroll around Uptown and a little shopping at Urban Outfitters (our FAVE)… A pancake breakfast with bacon, eggs and orange juice to start Andie’s 24th birthday off right… Learning to speak Italian! (eeeeee! SO darn…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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an autumn art festival, a riverside farmer’s market, “hoof & snout” (beef and pork) sandwiches and wild rice meatball sliders from the meathead’s food stand for lunch, a brass band playing in a courtyard, trains stopping and going at the train station in levee park, red wing all decked out for fall…corn stalks and pumpkins…

the best sloppy joes

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These days I’m thinking about my book. Lots of planning and dreaming and networking and proposal writing in store. I’m excited and nervous and going through the whole range of emotions that go along with this process. It’s been a long road, but an exciting journey. Now that I have a completely clear vision of…

a six senses post

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seeing ~ beautiful, fresh flowers growing all over Red Wing, spilling from the many gardens and hanging baskets that adorn our pretty town…lovely stalls of baked goods, flowers, jams, jellies, pickles, and other delights at the Red Wing Farmer’s Market…best friends…THIS BOOK…antiques and thrift store finds…ferns, herbs, lilies and hostas flourishing after all of the…

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…

a “newsy” blog post

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It really has been such a lovely week so far. I got to talk to my sweet friend Tracy on the phone which is always a treat. We made plans for a girlfriends’ weekend in June so we can shop and craft and cook and hang out and drink lots of tea. I can’t wait!…