mother’s day

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“Whereas the service rendered the United States by the American mother is the greatest source of the country’s strength and admiration; and Whereas we honor ourselves and the mothers of America when we do anything to give emphasis to the home; and Whereas the American mother is doing so much for good government and humanity, we declare the second Sunday of May will henceforth be celebrated as Mother’s Day.” ~Presidential Proclamation, 1914

I received the traditional ‘Karen Roses’ for Mother’s Day.

My wedding roses…

Love them.

a picnic in Stockholm Wisconsin

gazing out at Lake Pepin…

Gracie played on the old merry-go-round

the quaint little downtown with all it’s shops

Sicilian olive oil and rosewater at The Palate

and for dessert…

the piece de resistance…

Palmer House Ice Cream


The Stockholm Pie Company!

The BEST ice cream on the planet!


creamy vanilla ice cream

with crunchy almonds

and tangy, chewy maraschino cherries.

Jeff had a piece of the apple crisp

and said it was very good.

Last stop…

The Smiling Pelican Bake Shop


Maiden Rock Wisconsin.

One of my favorite guilty pleasures are these


chewy on the inside

slightly crispy on the outside

candied ginger & lavender sugar cookies.

Oh MY!

Jeff and I enjoyed them on the back porch

with a glass on Pinot Grigio…

How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?


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  6 comments for “mother’s day

  1. Cami
    May 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Oh, too funny! I make (what I think is) wonderful lavender shortbread cookies. Sadly, NO ONE likes them but me. HA! FINALLY!! SOMEONE other than me who likes lavender cookies! Looks like a wonderful day!

  2. Melissa
    May 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    I think they’re wonderful! I’ve made lavender shortbread and lavender cake before, but I’m still trying to perfect these cookies 😉 thanks for commenting Cami!

  3. May 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    wow… those sound AWESOME!!!!!

  4. Melissa
    May 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

    they are! Now I just wish I would have bought a few more 🙂

  5. Kimber Dunn
    May 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

    LOVE the old fashion merry-go-round!! That store looks lovely and the whole day looks so wonderful!

    • Melissa
      May 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      It was a really nice day 🙂

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