Travel Journal

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…

a scenes post ~ coffee, food, artisan cocktails

  We’ve been thoroughly enjoying our weekends this winter. Outings to favorite restaurants almost feel like mini vacations when the cold weather has it’s grip on Minnesota. I took some quick photos while we were out, in case you may be in the area and looking for places to enjoy a good cup of coffee,…

red wing holiday stroll ~ 2017

Such a beautiful evening for enjoying the annual Red Wing Holiday Stroll with friends and family. So many people decided to venture out tonight, and I’m sure it’s due to the gorgeous weather we’ve been experiencing in the Mississippi River Valley. 50 degrees in November is unheard of, but we’re not complaining. We had a…

north coast ~ 2017

Our annual vacation to the “North Coast” was amazing, and relaxing, and beautiful. We love welcoming the school year with one last hurrah, and Lake Superior is a great way to do that. I’ve spoken of our “Up North” getaways on several previous blog posts. If you want to see them, just do a quick…

a scenes post ~ summerfood & books

So, as you can see, I like to eat. And before I eat I take pictures of the food. It’s just what I do. I guess that’s probably what you’d expect from a food blogger. 😉 This is a food-heavy post. If you’re not here for the food, you can scroll to the end to…

a scenes post ~ summer celebrations

    There’s so much to celebrate in June and July! My birthday, my grand girl’s birthday, Father’s Day, and the 4th of July. We pretty much just go from one party to the next all summer long, and I’m not complaining. The festivities began with a leisurely brunch at Hola Arepa. OMG. The food…

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…

{disneyland beach resort’s} milky way cake

The first time I enjoyed this yummy cake I was visiting the Disneyland theme park in California. I’ve thought about it from time to time but never searched for the recipe so I could make it at home. There are LOTS of recipes for Milky Way Cake out there, but the Disney recipe is the…

red wing holiday stroll & yuletide village festival

scenes from the red wing holiday stroll and yuletide village festival ~ a one man band ~ the scents of woodsmoke, kettle corn, cocoa, and pine in the air ~ me and the hubby toast the christmas season with mulled wine (served in fancy styrofoam cups) ~ christmas trees all decked out with fairy lights…

minnesota renaissance festival ~ 2016

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…