Travel Journal

a scenes post

    Summer is unfurling here in the Mississippi River Valley. We’ve had lots of rain with bursts of sultry, hot, sunny days in between which is causing all of the greenery to grow like a jungle. Lush, and thick, and so green. I don’t love the humidity, but I do love how gorgeously green…

{disneyland beach resort’s} milky way cake

The first time I enjoyed this yummy cake I was visiting the Disneyland theme park in California. I’ve thought about it from time to time but never searched for the recipe so I could make it at home. There are LOTS of recipes for Milky Way Cake out there, but the Disney recipe is the…

red wing holiday stroll & yuletide village festival

scenes from the red wing holiday stroll and yuletide village festival ~ a one man band ~ the scents of woodsmoke, kettle corn, cocoa, and pine in the air ~ me and the hubby toast the christmas season with mulled wine (served in fancy styrofoam cups) ~ christmas trees all decked out with fairy lights…

minnesota renaissance festival ~ 2016

We found out that this will be the last year that the Minnesota Renaissance Festival will be held in Shakopee, Minnesota. What the what? Next year they’re relocating, and they have yet to announce where. I’ve read a few newspaper articles that allude to it still being in the same general area. We already drive…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 4

Fianlly, I’m getting around to sharing part 4 of our little “up north” travel journal. I can’t believe it was a month ago already! We spent a whole week in one of our favorite places… Starting every morning with tea on our balcony overlooking Lake Sueprior, and ending every day with a dip in our…

minnesota maple soda

While we were visiting the north shore of Lake Superior in August, I discovered maple soda! It was offered at a few of our favorite establishments, and when I asked how it’s made, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s composed of only two healthy, delicious ingredients. I just knew I had to…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 3

More scenes from our up north adventure last month! It’s taken me sooooo long to post all the photos because I took so darn many. Can you believe there are still more? Just enough for one more post after this one, so please bear with me. I appreciate everyone who writes to me and tells…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 2

On our way up to Grand Marais, on day three of our up north adventure, we stopped at Palisade Head in Tettegouche state park. It’s beautiful up there with sweeping views of Lake Superior and it’s wild, windswept, rocky landscape. The size of the lake always takes me by surprise, and I’ve been traveling to…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 1

Our little adventure began much as it always does. We got up bright and early and drove from Red Wing to the north shore of Lake Superior. Our first stop is always Pizza Luce in downtown Duluth for lunch, followed by a long browse around Electric Fetus for music, incense, soaps, candles, and other fun…

scenes from summer

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…