restaurant review

{just like island restaurant’s} wiqui waqui salad

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We’ve enjoyed the awesome Wiqui Waqui Salad at both the California and Hawaii Island Restaurant locations. It’s so delicious, and I must admit, a bit addictive. Good thing it’s healthy! Annnnndddd, since we don’t have an Island Restaurant in Minnesota, it’s a good thing I came up with the “copycat” recipe so I can make…

summer staycation 2016 ~ a scenes post

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We took eleven glorious days off from work for a little summer “staycation.” Lots of hammock naps, beach days with our daughters and grand girls, iced sun tea on the front porch, trips to Caribou for iced coffee, strolls around our lovely downtown which looks like a giant flower garden in the summer, lunches and…

{just like island restaurant’s} beach bowl

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I adore Island Restaurant‘s burgers, salads and dinner bowls. The Beach Bowl is one of my favorite treats to make at home! It’s so easy, healthy, and delicious. And those colors! Such a pretty dish. We recently made these yummy bowls when our friend Dana came to visit. You want to start with a pot…

{just like panera’s} creamy tomato soup

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A couple weeks ago, Gracie and I enjoyed an afternoon on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. We perused the shelves of Barnes & Noble, bought some books, and had lunch at Panera. I had the Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich (ohmygosh! that tomato basil bread is to die for!) and chips, and Grace had half of a turkey…

water wishes ~ a scenes post

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I am such a lucky girl. The above photos are all taken from my birthday week. I had so much fun celebrating with my family, and in the upcoming weeks I’ll be celebrating with several of my friends. Lots of fun stuff on the docket, and more photos and bloggy posts to come… I called…

poppies & roses in the garden ~ a scenes post

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I took some pictures of our poppies on Memorial Day. The light was particularly beautiful at just that moment. It was streaming through the willow tree and dappling everything just so. Love when that happens, and when I’m lucky enough to show up. I was invited to attend Madeline’s end of first grade school picnic.…

beneath the blossoms ~ a scenes post

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Mother’s Day started with mimosas and brunch at The St. Jame’s Hotel with my sweet Andie and Grace. We sat on the quaint patio at the Veranda and enjoyed sticky caramel rolls, eggs Benedict, and hash browns. With the sun shining brightly overhead, a view of the river, good conversation, and birds singing in the…

spring gallery ~ a scenes post

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Jeff, the girlies and I took a stroll downtown to have dinner at a local pub on Friday night ~ PB&J chicken wings, chicken & Swiss sandwiches on Asiago bread, sweet potato fries, cheeseburgers, deep fried pickles, and Cape Cods. I spent the day with a dear friend last week, we opted to get out…