Travel Journal

scenes from the past couple weeks

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::: Maiden Rock Apple Orchard, Winery & Cidery ::: Maiden Rock Cidery’s Honeycrisp Hard Cider Ellsworth’s ranch cheese curds ::: a day in Uptown Minneapolis ::: lunch at Pizza Luce… greek salad veggie slice with bianca sauce a little spice shopping at Penzey’s clothes shopping at Urban Outfitters knitted cozies for sign posts! a glass…

scenes from the minnesota state fair ~ 2014

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sweet martha’s chocolate chip cookies the blue barn’s blueberry basil arnie palmer the gizmo italian sandwich beer and walleye red bull slushie maple bacon ice cream sweet corn ice cream with honey butter bacon topping 3rd Lair Skate Park’s live show Another fabulous day at the Minnesota State Fair! We had perfect weather for it……

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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river city days, red wing mn ~ 2014 food truck spinach pizza grilling under the 118 year old oaks in our back yard jeff takes a pic of the steaks sun tea a thrifting/antiquing excursion farmer’s market produce another awesome book enjoyed with iced tea on the front porch wine and willows… a birthday happy…

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.…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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~ Garden roses continue to bloom in my gardens and all over Red Wing… ~ A birthday celebration getaway weekend at my mom’s in Forest Lake, complete with amazing massages, lunch and tea at my favorite Good Earth Restaurant (we had the original iced tea and the thai chicken pizza! YUM!), a carrot cake cupcake…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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pink peonies popping open… fragrant herbs reaching for the sun… flowers budding and blooming… strawberries and sugar simmering on the stove… jars clinking happily in the canner while the water boils and seals the jam in ~ like little time capsules that will release their bounty when snow is on the ground and we’re all…

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…

scenes from the last few weeks

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an easter egg coloring gathering at our home… easter dinner on the deck… blossoms and buds and green things growing after a week of rain and sunshine… birds chirping and happily hopping around in the yard… seed starts… boxes of warm weather clothing and sandals waiting to be unpacked after a long winter in the…