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north coast ~ 2020

Hello, Friends. We just spent a lovely week on the North “Coast” of Lake Superior and it was such a refreshing vacation. This is an excursion we take every year. The tradition is relaxing and comforting. Now, more than ever, I think it’s important to try to enjoy simple pleasures like reading a good book,…

scenes from summer 2020

How is your summer going? It’s definitely been a different sort of year, but we are doing our best to enjoy everything we normally do and have fun. There have been lots of picnics in all sorts of different parks, nature hikes in the woods, long bike rides on the Cannon Valley Trail and Pioneer…

north coast 2018

Hello, Friends! I’m finally sharing a blog post. Can ya believe it? After almost a month of silence. I think that’s a record for me. My computer hard drive decided to self destruct, so we had to replace it and then deal with my massive pile of photos. It’s amazing how annoying and inconvenient technology…

super crunch buffalo cauliflower sandwich

There’s crunchy and then there’s SUPER crunchy. This sandwich is the latter. Unbelievably good, and actually pretty easy to prepare. You’ll need cooking parchment or a silpat mat for lining your baking sheet. Don’t skip this step of your cauliflower will stick to the pan and you’ll be mad. This recipe is adapted from one…

spring fling & summer love ~ a scenes post

Wow! We have been so darn busy! All good stuff, so I’m not complaining, but it always surprises me how much busier the warm months are around here. My daughter, Grace, graduated from high school this month, we celebrated Mother’s Day, my birthday, and Father’s Day, I attended my grand girls’ school picnics, and we…

celebrations ~ a scenes post

Over the last few months I’ve gone through a sort of renewal in my personal life that’s hard to explain. Like I’m waking up. Without getting to philosophical (and weird) I guess I’ll just say that it all started when I gave up meat. I swear I won’t get “preachy” about how much this has…

a scenes post

    Summer is unfurling here in the Mississippi River Valley. We’ve had lots of rain with bursts of sultry, hot, sunny days in between which is causing all of the greenery to grow like a jungle. Lush, and thick, and so green. I don’t love the humidity, but I do love how gorgeously green…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 2

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 summer

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…

carrot cake zucchini bars + lemon buttermilk icing

Ahhhhh, it’s finally Friday. My favorite day of the week. I’m headed up to the library to return some books and take out more. I’ve been reading like books are going out of style this summer! One after the other. I’ve stopped a couple mid book. Just couldn’t get into them for whatever reason. There…