Category Archives: Family Life

Surprise!

This beautiful bouquet of roses arrived on a day when the temperature are far below zero, the world is frozen and white, and gardening seems like a hazy, unlikely dream. {Thanks, honey.  You made my day.} I think beauty shared … Continue reading

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

For an unprecedented second day in a row school was canceled yesterday due to cold weather.  This just doesn’t happen in Minnesota.  But wind chills were in the -60 degrees range in the Twin Cities on Monday, with actual air … Continue reading

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My Grandmother’s Fruitcake.

  I appreciate the speed and ease of modern technology. Texting and e-mails are great. But there’s something so evocative about the handwritten word. The handwritten recipes in my recipe box are rich with memories—not just of the dishes themselves … Continue reading

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Amaryllis

I love amaryllis. They brighten the grayest of winter days, and watching and waiting for the buds to open is a fun reminder that spring will be coming soon. For years, though, I avoided them. For most of my adult … Continue reading

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Gifted

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Leftovers

                                          What can you add to perfection?                           … Continue reading

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Side Suggestions

Time to firm up the menu for Thanksgiving day. I’m serving pork tenderloin with a pomegranate sauce instead of turkey, but I do like to include stuffing and mashed potatoes as nods to tradition.  Both these sides are soft, beige … Continue reading

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Turkey Alternatives

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I Took a Walk . . .

 Our family went on a hike among golden maples. Leaves crunched underfoot.                   Windblown oaks lined the path where it neared the St. Croix River,               … Continue reading

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Apples

Minnesota is the birthplace of some really good apple varieties. We went to an apple orchard near the St. Croix River this weekend to pick up some of them. Pictured above is a Honeycrisp apple, which was developed by the … Continue reading

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