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scenes from the past couple weeks

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cozy tea parties with people I love… fresh cucumber sandwiches… spoonfuls of sugar… alphabet soup and other nostalgic “nursery” foods… flannel jammies and relaxing evenings spent fireside reading novels and european travel books (planning for our 20th anniversary vacation!)… a holiday stroll downtown red wing complete with old fashioned christmas lights and a 10 foot…

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…

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 week

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heirloom tomatoes a “dexter” breakfast… french press coffee ham steaks and basted eggs with tabasco sauce blood orange juice alice waits for her share glorious summer flowers a picnic with my daughters and grandgirls in colvill park a lunch at falconer vineyards with my friend nancy… the mall of america… lunch at TC Grill… dinner…

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.…

the ultimate chocolate chip zucchini muffins {gluten free}

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It’s another hot, steamy day out there today. We went for a hike on the Cannon Valley trail and then had some lunch at the Red Wing Brewery. BEST. PIZZA. EVER! Now we’re relaxing in the AC, sipping wine and planning tomorrow’s outing. Maiden Rock Swimming Hole here we come! Tonight we’re grilling up some…

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…

chewy oatmeal date bars {gluten free}

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Whenever we visit The Good Earth restaurant I like to indulge by treating myself to one of their ooey gooey oatmeal date bars. They’re buttery, rich, slightly crunchy on the outside and they have a thick layer of sweet, date filling in the middle. My goal in creating this recipe was to duplicate the texture…