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scenes from the past week


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


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}


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


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}


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…

scenes from the past few weeks


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…

scenes from the past couple weeks


curious kittens taking baking lessons… flaky sweet rolls for a cozy breakfast on a snowy morning… and French press Rose Espresso from my friends Dan and Judy over at Coffee on the Porch in Camden Maine (thanks, friends!)… sleepy kittens and comfy quilts… a delicious out to lunch date of char grilled strip steak and…

scenes from the last week


I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my darling daughter Andrea at Sakura Sushi Bar here in Red Wing… nigiri, Cali rolls, sashimi, crab rangoon and orange chicken… YUM! Really great Japanese fare and super fresh sushi…if you’re in the area, give it a try ~ I am still savoring each and every page of the…

scenes from the last couple weeks


sugary snow-frosted boots, yards and rooftops ~ mildly flavored and chilled eldreflower water for a late afternoon tea party with friends ~ pine needles and the last remnants of the Christmas season ~ a lovely new pinto grigio, dinner at Chipotle, hard pear cider, hummus & munchables, limoncello cake, carrot cake and Earl Grey while…