Travel Journal

a scenes post

jeffpourvino

Two weeks ago we spent a lazy weekend at home. It consisted of lots of naps in front of the fireplace, reading THIS (which was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the privilege of reading), watching reruns of Parks and Recreation and The Office. It was so darn cold all weekend!…

a scenes post ~ holiday time

gracejeffstroll

The day after Thanksgiving is always the lovely Holiday Stroll here in Red Wing Minnesota. They have it all: live reindeer and penguins, strolling carolers, fun and refreshments in all the downtown shops, a live nativity, a showing of A Christmas Story at the Sheldon Theatre, a fire dancer (our dear friend, Cassandra), food trucks…

a scenes post

chapatifood

A couple days ago I realized that it’s suddenly cold outside. I could smell snowflakes and I remember briefly thinking to myself that it wouldn’t be too long now. We were spoiled with a long, warm, beautiful autumn here in Minnesota this year, so I was still a little surprised by the light dusting of…

20 years ~ a scenes post

aliceautumn

October is our wedding anniversary month, and we pretty much celebrate from the 1st until the 31st. This year we’re celebrating our 20th, so we decided to make it extra special by throwing an intimate, casual soiree at our home. Here are some scenes from the month so far… kittens frolicking in the dappled light…

minnesota renaissance festival ~ 2015

rengate2015

Gypsy carts, giant turkey drumsticks, jugglers, acrobats, fire eaters, fairy wings, mermaids swimming in secret coves, outrageous costumes, colorful Renaissance buildings, the pickle man, beer, strolling musicians and bands, people as far as the eye can see, waiting in line for a half hour to get a gyro (worth the wait), salted nut rolls (get…

indian summer

drea1

Our annual jaunt to the Maiden Rock Apple Orchard, Winery & Cidery… apples, apples and more apples!… Eve’s Pudding, slow cooker apple cobbler, Swedish sour cream apple pie, apple bread, scalloped apple chicken, country apple brownies , homemade applesauce and apple butter for our morning tea and toast, and all sorts of spice-laden, apple-y recipes……

up north adventure ~ 2015

seagull2015

Every year, at the end of summer, we set aside a week to hang out at our favorite “up north” resort and restaurants. It’s such a great, relaxing way to soak in what’s left of the warm season and gear up for the school year and autumn. We take lots of walks, go swimming in…

scenes from the past few weeks

jeanacresbarn

A farewell party for my dear friend, Josh at the gorgeous Jean Acres Farm in Ellsworth Wisconsin. It was such a pretty venue, and the night was perfect for a party in the country. The farewell was bittersweet. Miss him already. We celebrated my birthday at The Smack Shack Restaurant where I had the giant…

scenes from mother’s day

thedanger1

We did a tour of some awesome places for my Mother’s Day celebration this year. We started at Betty Danger’s Country Club for drinks and a twirl on “The Danger” ferris wheel…aka “vertically revolving patio” aka “mechanical tree.” So much fun, and such a great way to kick off the day. From the ferris wheel…