Travel Journal

whiskey shrimp & coca cola rice

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Gracie has been on spring break since Wednesday and we’ve been enjoying some lazy days here in the Placzek household. She crocheted an adorable teacup cozy in Rastafarian colors. (I’ll share pics on Sunday in my “scenes” post.) I’ve been playing with all sorts of beachy colored, cotton yarn. I’m making place mats and napkins…

scenes from the last week

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I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my darling daughter Andrea at Sakura Sushi Bar here in Red Wing… nigiri, Cali rolls, sashimi, crab rangoon and orange chicken… YUM! Really great Japanese fare and super fresh sushi…if you’re in the area, give it a try ~ I am still savoring each and every page of the…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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sugary snow-frosted boots, yards and rooftops ~ mildly flavored and chilled eldreflower water for a late afternoon tea party with friends ~ pine needles and the last remnants of the Christmas season ~ a lovely new pinto grigio, dinner at Chipotle, hard pear cider, hummus & munchables, limoncello cake, carrot cake and Earl Grey while…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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I have to say, the weeks surrounding the holidays and the new year were challenging for me. I wasn’t feeling well and ended up in the doctor’s office two days before Christmas. I had blood work done and even a chest x-ray and had to take an antibiotic for the first time in about 5…

october tradition

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big orange pumpkins on a porch, sunshine peeking out from behind clouds, blue skies, a hayride, a wine and cider tasting at our favorite apple orchard and winery (my favorites were the Cedar Creek Winery Settlement Gold and the Von Stiehl Skinny Dip Point White.) an orchard tour, golden corn fields blowing lazily in the…

scenes from the past couple weeks

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an autumn art festival, a riverside farmer’s market, “hoof & snout” (beef and pork) sandwiches and wild rice meatball sliders from the meathead’s food stand for lunch, a brass band playing in a courtyard, trains stopping and going at the train station in levee park, red wing all decked out for fall…corn stalks and pumpkins…

ooey gooey creamy bacony broccoli mac and cheese

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Today Jeff surprised me with a big bouquet of flowers for our 18th wedding anniversary! We had an early breakfast at our favorite neighborhood cafe here in Red Wing. We’ve been celebrating all month. So far we’ve enjoyed a lovely day in Stillwater, dinner at Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter, a fun afternoon strolling the streets of…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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  The Andiamo, lazily paddling down the St. Croix river, and ducking under the beautiful Stillwater bridge just in in time for me to snap a photo… the leaves beginning to change ~ a kaleidoscope of color! … tea at Tin Bins in Stillwater Minnesota … the Stillwater trolley… bacon cheeseburgers with “the works” and…

gasthaus bavarian hunter

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German tossed salad with pickled beets & green beans German BLT (aka schnitzel sandwich) Jagerschnitzel with spatzle & purple cabbage kraut potato dumplings Bavarian Burger & Pommes Frites Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter’s Black Forest Cake We spent a memorable day in Stillwater yesterday. It was misty and cool and just the kind of day when you…

creamy bbq ranch dressing

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I’m baking a Swedish Apple Pie this weekend. Not just any Swedish Apple Pie THE Swedish Apple Pie. This is quintessential trip-to-the-apple-orchard fare. I’m excited to cook with Macouns and sour cream and that crumbly, buttery topping….OH MY. Well just make one and see. Soon you will see why I call this the best apple…