Visiting Red Wing

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 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…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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enjoying a vineyard picnic with my dear friend Nancy ~ delicious food and wonderful conversation over a glass of wine while gazing out at a gorgeous vineyard… perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes in all colors, bursting with flavor… a weekly menu… an afternoon spent at Barnes & Noble with Gracie ~ sipping iced tea and sharing…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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boat parties… riverside carnivals… chinese buffet lunch with my daughters (sesame chicken!) after a dip at the swimming hole… baby heirloom tomatoes… jamaican jerk chicken on the grill… frosty sweet strawberry margaritas on a sunny day…  food stand gyros… a blufftop view of our neighborhood…magazine photo shoots… kitty cats lazing on the porch…. I hope…

maiden rock swimming hole

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A couple summers ago my daughter, Andrea, told me about a few new swimming holes that she discovered (she’s cool like that) and we kept talking about visiting them, but somehow, with how busy things can get (especially last summer) we never got around to it… until a few days ago. We took a little…

scenes from the last couple weeks

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Summer is… teatime on a park bench by a sparkling fountain… surrounded by hanging flower baskets, visiting Barnes & Noble and spotting TeaTime Magazine on the shelf (the one that contains the feature article I wrote and photographed last summer…), rainbows right outside our front door after an abrupt downpour, the sweet scent of petunias,…

a garden wedding

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Hello, Lovelies… Here are some snapshots from our dear friends’ garden party wedding today here in Red Wing Minnesota…. Jeff took the formal photos, I got some candid shots…. and I made the wedding cake. Thank you Karen, from The Crystallized Flower Company, for the gorgeous crystallized flowers. So, so pretty. XO, ~Melissa