north shore adventure ~ day 4

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a walk in the woods…

granola pancakes, bacon, eggs and a cup of Earl Grey at Coho Cafe…

and, of course, the traditional stop at Lou’s Fish House for the best beef jerky know to man…

Our little journey “Up North” was coming to a close…and I’m always sorry to see our time at the shore end. Lake Superior is definitely a sacred place for me. But, it was nice to get home and start settling in to Autumn. I love everything about this time of year. The decorating, dusting off board games, unearthing sweaters and other wooly things from the depths of the attic and from the backs of closets, baking pumpkin bread and apple pie and other wonderful spicy, fragrant treats. Oh, and let’s not forget the obsessive soup making that ensues as soon as September hits. Do you do this? I will be making a pot of soup every week until Gracie is out of school for the summer again. I don’t know what the heck is up with that, but I love it.

Today I have the house to myself. I’ll be working on the novel, drinking lots of tea, talking to an editor friend about (possibly) shopping for an agent…Haven’t made up my mind if I want one of those yet…and then treating myself to an antiquing/thrifting adventure downtown Red Wing before Gracie gets home.

I’m definitely thinking chicken stew with dumplings in on the dinner menu this evening.

What are you up to?

Have a beautiful week!


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  6 comments for “north shore adventure ~ day 4

  1. September 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Such beautiful photography! I’ll have to check out Lou’s.

    • Melissa
      September 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      aw! Thanks. That’s sweet of you to say, I appreciate the compliment. Yes, Lou’s has great beef jerky. I like the smoked fish too. My new favorite place to put together a smoked fish, cheese and cracker picnic is the Dockside Fish Market in Grand Marais. We LOVED the herring caviar. 😉

      • September 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

        I tried the Dockside for the first time this summer – Scott has been there many times on work trips and wanted me to experience it. I loved the fact that the kids fish and chips were served in a little boat. Did you see the fish water pitchers? I was SO tempted to buy one in cobalt blue!

        • Melissa
          September 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

          We only went in for some smoked fish and herring caviar this time. When we found out they served their caviar to Angry Trout, we decided to eat there the next day. Does Dockside have good fish and chips? The Angry Trout serves some of the best we’ve ever had…and the atmosphere is gorgeous! I loved the shop at Dockside…didn’t see the pitcher. Sounds pretty 🙂

          • September 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

            We liked the fish and chips, but we all ordered it so it was a lot of fish and chips. Next time we will probably order a variety of things and share.

            I was interested in going to the Angry Trout – I love it – but we decided on the Dockside thinking it would be better for our energetic 4 year old. I think it was a good choice.

            I’ve never tried caviar . . .

          • Melissa
            September 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

            Next time we’ll have to give Dockside a try. Grand Marais is Jeff’s new favorite town…so I have a feeling we’ll be headed up there again soon 😉

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