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June 8th, 2012 | Comments Off on instagram friday

By the time I return to my little corner of the blogging world next week, we’ll have a high school graduate in the house. Pretty cool, if you ask me.

But this past week? Not cool. Warm. Hot even. And it was gloriously, perfectly June; weather that begged to be enjoyed and appreciated, because technically, it’s Summer and it’s an ever-so-short three months of sheer madness and ecstasy in the state of Minnesota.

So enjoy I did.

I took a long bike ride and spotted a lovely lady.

Remember this picture from my Memorial weekend butterfly extravaganza? I hadn’t identified the top left butterfly, but I finally learned that it’s a Pearl Crescent.

There was ample blue sky and sunshine this week, but also a perfectly June-like thunderstorm, preceded by a gorgeous sky.

Flowers bloomed in abundance. I love that aspect of early Summer.

And cats slept in silly poses.

There were some pretty amazing finds this past week too…….
Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Cookies {{Yes, please!!}}
A Potato Salad for all summer long
Cocoa Chai Granola- perfect combo of chocolate and spice
Perfect scones for Strawberry Season
Scroll down the the very last picture in this post and TRY not to gasp out loud.
{{unless you’re my husband…..}}
A cutting board I covet
A cookbook I got that I can’t wait to explore
(you should explore the website….

instagram friday

June 1st, 2012 | Comments Off on instagram friday

It’s June already, the first day of ‘official summer’. Let’s hope the weather catches up with the calendar. It’s been a bit chilly lately, and the warm days are few and far between.

This past week was pretty low key; I had five days off work over the Memorial Weekend, and I spent a lot of time at out lake home in Western Wisconsin. There was much to see there.

But before I could even leave, I had to calm down a freaked out cat who hid in the cupboard from a vivid thunderstorm.

Once there, the butterflies were the star of the weekend.

I took a long, long hike along a winding country road.

I relaxed a lot. With adult beverages.

And came home to marvelous garden greens, covered with a delightfully light and flavorful Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette.

{{I’ll post the recipe soon. Trust me. It’s worth the wait.}}

And of course……

What else did I discover this week??

A meatless lentil burger <—–WANT

Steel Cut Oats…. in BREAD

How to do what you love

The simplest Ice Creams Ever 

This book.

This Tofu

instagram friday

May 25th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

My friend Mary, the talented photographer behind White Peach Photography, and the kind and giving heart who gifted Clara to me has a feature on her blog called Instagram Friday where she highlights her week through her Instagram stream. Last week, in her Facebook post about it, I mentioned that I would love to do my own Instagram Friday post, but jokingly said that I’d have to do something interesting first. My Instagram feed isn’t always the most exciting of my social networks.

But this past week, I took a closer look at what I was doing, and started capturing a lot more images of daily life besides the ubiquitous cats. And with that, my own Instagram Friday evolved.

 {{rhubarb spoon bread…. recipe coming soon!}}

{{I discovered the magic of Diptic, a photo grouping app on the iPhone}}

{{nacho night due to excessive tortilla chips in house}}

{{spider season is back…. this is our garage after dark- a suburban horror story of macabre and bloodlust}}

{{Eli in the garden, his favorite spot to snooze away the day}}

What else have I discovered this week??


This cake. Gah.

A sandwich for Spring.

Perfect treats for the upcoming HOT weather.

Breakfast Extraordinaire

A meatless wonder burger