Travel Journal

minnesota renaissance festival ~ 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…