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Small town raised. Loves the Big City. Loves my husband and my canine kids. Love all things vintage.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Wordless Wednesday:

While researching stuff for our costumes, I came across these awesome costume pics.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Happy Tuesday all.  I seriously should have taken today off to recover from my 4 hours at the fair.   

Random thoughts of the day:

I loved the weather today!  Ok maybe not the rain, but the cooler air.  I wanted to come home and cook a fall dish like pork chops with apples and pumpkin pie spices.  MMmmmm.  Fall food is muy bueno.

Speaking of fall food, I picked up my FIRST Halloween magazine of the season.  Its a Taste of Home magazine and has some delicious looking/sounding fall recipes in them.  Cannot wait to test those out.  Things I'm looking forward to trying:  Fall Turkey Meatloaf, Mallow Sweet Potato Bake, Apple Pizza, Pumpkin Tiramisu, Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie, and Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins.  Lucas will be pleased to sample the menu I'm sure.

Speaking of Halloween - we have our costumes figured out.  So excited.  I think it will be fun.  I'm not saying what it is, but I'll give you one clue:  Disney.  (Work peeps who know what I'm dressing as, hush!)  :-)  

And speaking of..... well speaking of nothing, our CSA today includes:  


Now excuse me while I figure out wtf to do with an eggplant.....

Monday, August 29, 2011


I did it.  I went to Great MN Get Together and I lived.  I have a couple blisters, but I am otherwise in one piece.  Foods I sampled:  I had one mini donut, a couple bites of Lucas' pronto pup, some strawberry shake from the dairy barn and some sweet corn ice cream with maple bacon glaze.  Would I go multiple times in one year like people?  Hell to the no.  Would I go again?  Sure, but not for a few years. :)

Julie doing what Julie does.

Tractor pictures for Damian!

Sweet corn ice cream.

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Love these pins from Pinterest.

Speaking of Halloween..... I *think* we have our costume thought up. :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Five Question Friday Saturday edition. :-)

1. Did you make any fun purchases this week?
I ordered a couple things from Old Navy and Forever 21 - I don't have them yet so I can't say if they're fun, lol.  I'll let ya know.  

2. If you could go to any musical concert, what would it be?
Ummmm, hard to say?  Everyone said U2 put on an amazing show in Minneapolis, BUT I hate large venues so let's go with U2 at First Ave.

3. What is your least fav/ most fav house chore?
Least favorite?  Washing the kitchen floor on my hands and knees.  Hate it.  Most favorite?  Organizing my closet.  Or organizing things in general.

4. Would you prefer new appliances or clothes?
Hard to say.....  Right now I should say new appliances because ours are old.  :)

5. Miracle Whip or Mayo?
Depends on what I'm using it for.  I tend to prefer Miracle Whip because that's what my mom used so I've grown use to the taste of it.

Friday, August 26, 2011


TGIF!  Tonight we did dinner at Psycho Suzi's in NE Minneapolis.  I had a sweet baby pizza with feta cheese and mushrooms.  No babies were harmed in the making of that pizza (I don't think anyway.)

Lucas had a jalapeno burger that he couldn't finish because it was so HOT and tots.  

Dessert - S'mores.  Yes'm.  S'mores.  

I decided to go a little 80's today - yes I wore this shirt to our 80's party last summer.  :-)  

Don't forget the rockin' feather earrings.... Mmmhmhhmhmmmmm....

Have a rockin' weekend all!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


4 months from today is.....

Stop cussing me out - I'm just reminding you to start shopping.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Yummy dinner tonight - grilled turkey burgers and a mix of veggies including potatoes, corn, mushrooms, onions, asparagus and corn on the cob tossed in olive oil, fresh basil and spices.  Mmmmmm.  Not too many of these kinds of meals - it will be hot dishes and crock pot meals soon enough!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


69 days til the best holiday of the year.  Well 39 days til October 1, the best MONTH of the year.  :-)  Plans for October so far:  Ghosts and Graves Tour at the Wabasha Street Caves, Haunted Tour at the Mounds Theater, Zombie Pub Crawl, Family Halloween Party.  I.Love.October.  :-)

Love her or hate her, Martha is the Queen of Halloween. 

Monday, August 22, 2011


Nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner.   Lucas is the "brinner" cooker in this house.  The boy makes good pancakes.  These particular pancakes are honey wheat blueberry.

Even the dogs get a baby dog pancake.

What's your favorite brinner food?

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Today we spent the afternoon at the lake.  Lovely day for it!   

Outfit for boating:

Stripes are a big deal this year.  I bought this dress last year on clearance and kind of forgot about it.  I added a white belt to give me a waist. :-)

Sailboat races on the lake.  It was pretty to watch.

Hope you all had a good Saturday!

Friday, August 19, 2011


TGIF!  Happy Five Question Friday.  

1. Do you close the bathroom door when you are home alone? 
Heck no.  I rarely close it when Lucas is home.  But then again it is up like 3 floors from where he's generally sitting.
2. You have to walk around with a word on your forehead. That word describes you. One word. What is it? 
Amber, duh.  :)
3. What store do you refuse to shop at and why? 
Hmmmm.... this is hard because I love me some shopping.  I would say Hollister because I feel like I'm 150 when I walk in there.   I ONLY shop there when I'm with my niece - and she's doing the buying not me.
4. If you participated in arranged marriages for your child(ren), who would you choose for your child(ren)? 
Vinci would marry Micah because Vinci's loooooves Micah.  Basil would refuse an arranged marriage because she's old and doesn't give a shit anymore.  Chuck wants to be a bachelorette on the move her entire life.  She has no time for boys.
5. If you could pick how and when you would die, would you? 
Tough question - no because I would obsess and agonize over it happening but at the same time yes because I'd live to like 90 and die in my sleep.  

Thursday, August 18, 2011


What a looooovely day off!  My dear friend Julie and I had a Tut and Tilia day (with a cemetery thrown in).  

We went to the Science Museum to see the King Tut exhibit.  It was really interesting.  Julie saw the actual exhibit in Cairo "back in the day" - I won't tell you how back in the day....  (love ya Jules).  Its here til Labor Day - go see it if you haven't!

Then we went to Tilia for lunch. Tilia is getting a TON of buzz in Minneapolis.  Lucas (and his coworkers) actually built and installed some of the booths and the bar in Tilia.  It opened sometime this past winter and the wait to be seated was literally HOURS long - but people didn't complain and they kept lining up - hence the reason we decided to go on a weekday during lunch (and it was still hoppin).  I have yet to read a bad review of this place.   Love this picture Julie took of me outside the restaurant:

Ok ok, now to the food.  I had the fish taco torta - think fish taco on a bun.  Holy shiza it was amazeballs.  Julie had the Wild Arctic Char - its basically salmon - but it had some onion bacon marmalade goodness on it.  Wow.  Dessert included a dark chocolate cupcake.  I could eat a whole bowl of homemade whip cream.

So on the way back to Julie's place we swung by Lakewood Cemetery to visit her great grandparents - ok she really wanted me to see the chapel there but we swung by to say hi to the g's too.  The chapel is beauuuuuuutiful.  It was built in 1909 and its on the National Register of Historic Places.   The entire inside of the chapel is filled with MILLIONS of mosaics.  The pictures do not do it justice. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Wordless Wednesday - latest random pics from the cellular device:

Do you ever go through your cell phone pics and think WTF?  I found a couple of those pics....