Travel Journal

hop dish & vine ~ stockholm wisconsin

This post is a combination of two times visiting the fabulous Hop Dish & Vine in picturesque Stockholm Wisconsin. To get there we only have to travel about a half hour on the Great River Road once we cross the bridge from Red Wing into Wisconsin, and it’s one of our favorite drives. The setting…

North Coast ~ Lake Superior ~ 2021

Hello Friends! We made our annual trek up to the north shore of Lake Superior again and it was so nice to get away. We were there for 5 days and it was a bit unusual because our daughter Gracie wasn’t with us this year. She is off on her own adventures now and has…

Minnesota Renaissance Festival ~ 2021

Hello Friends! The day after we went to the Minnesota State Fair, we decided to make the trek to Shakopee and check out the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. We luckily had beautiful weather for walking around, taking in the sights, watching a couple shows, and EATING. While I don’t enjoy the vegan choices at the Renaissance…

Wall Drug Cafe Speedy Beer Bread

I’ve had this little Wall Drug Cafe recipe book for years. We visited Wall Drug in South Dakota when Grace was about two years old, so almost 20 years ago. I have been meaning to share this super easy, delicious recipe for beer bread for EVER. I can’t explain why it’s taken me so long.…

Door County Wisconsin 2021

Jeff and I recently spent a relaxing four days in Door County Wisconsin. We used to go every couple years, but hadn’t been there since the girls were little, so we thought it might be fun to go back. It was SO nice to take a few days after the crazy year we’ve had. We’ve…

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…

lake harriet gardens + mother’s day 2020

Just thought I’d pop in and share some scenes from Mother’s Day 2020. Even with all the weirdness this year, my husband, daughters, friends, and grandgirls made sure I had a good day and that means so much to me. Flowers, in garden and bouquet form, were the theme this year as they are most…

california vacation ~ 2019

Here’s a photo-heavy post full of scenes from our latest vacation. I still have to post scenes from our Up-North vaca too, but thought I’d share this one with you first since it’s still so fresh in my mind, and so many friends and family members are asking for photos. We had SUCH a great…

minnesota state fair 2019 ~ some vegan options

Lots of fun at the Minnesota State Fair this year, and LOTS of yummy vegan food! I would have tried more, but as you can see I ate plenty. I even saved room for dessert which almost never happens. We had a perfect day for walking around and stayed for around six hours. The weather…