Travel Journal

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…

whiskey shrimp & coca cola rice

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Gracie has been on spring break since Wednesday and we’ve been enjoying some lazy days here in the Placzek household. She crocheted an adorable teacup cozy in Rastafarian colors. (I’ll share pics on Sunday in my “scenes” post.) I’ve been playing with all sorts of beachy colored, cotton yarn. I’m making place mats and napkins…

scenes from the last week

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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

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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…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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I have to say, the weeks surrounding the holidays and the new year were challenging for me. I wasn’t feeling well and ended up in the doctor’s office two days before Christmas. I had blood work done and even a chest x-ray and had to take an antibiotic for the first time in about 5…

october tradition

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big orange pumpkins on a porch, sunshine peeking out from behind clouds, blue skies, a hayride, a wine and cider tasting at our favorite apple orchard and winery (my favorites were the Cedar Creek Winery Settlement Gold and the Von Stiehl Skinny Dip Point White.) an orchard tour, golden corn fields blowing lazily in the…