Travel Journal

scenes from summer

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Can you believe we’re already in the throes of August and talking about the kids going back to school? The summers always seem to scurry by in a flash, and I just go with the flow. Adding stuff on top of stuff to our calendar until it looks like a complicated math problem. We say…

capatouille {caponata + ratatouille}

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I walked up to the farmer’s market at the Red Wing Depot on Saturday morning before Jeff and Grace woke up. I tiptoed around the house, sipping tea, getting dressed, and quickly checking my email before I left. The sun was already making it’s way across the sky and it was pretty hot outside for…

little log house pioneer village

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“The Little Log House Pioneer Village is home to over forty-five restored buildings, a replica of the Hastings Spiral Bridge and flower gardens designed by Sylvia that span over 40,000 square feet. Once a year, the Bauer’s open the village to the general public to tour over three days. The Little Log House Antique Power…

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…

{halfway to hana} maui banana bread

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There’s this awesome little rest stop/gift shop/cafe on the Road to Hana, Maui. We happened to be  traveling that road on a gorgeous day in 2003 when we visited that amazing island. By the time we were halfway to Hana, we had already seen more waterfalls than we ever had in our lifetimes, visited the…

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…

greeted by the sun ~ a scenes post

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A beautiful day spent at the dazzling Como Park & Conservatory. They’re currently hosting their Spring Flower Show, and after a long, lingering winter, the wild flourishes of flowers and blooms were a welcome sight. Pretty, pretty, pretty. All of the animals seemed to be lazy when we were visiting. And camera shy. It seems…