Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Here are some shots along the route:
We actually hiked the trail from east to west (Magney to Kadunce R.). This was a really nice segement of trail that had a bit of everything. It was long inclines and declines, with a mixture of mature and younger forest which made for varied and delightful walking. The hiker passes through 30 year old upland black spruce plantation, crosses a dry stream bed, over a couple of bridges and there is even one small overlook of Lake Superior. There are some neat streams to cross and the main feature - the lake walk! This isn't as impressive as it sounds as by the time you hit the "lakewalk" you've done 5.2 miles and walking on rocks for 1.5 miles isn't as neat as it sounds. As we came down the Kadunce River, it started to sprinkle and by the time we hit the car, it was seriously raining. Luckily the car was only a dash across the highway.
good segment for dogs
passed 4 hikers all after lunch
5/26/07 - 58*, overcast, cool until the afternoon. Then a tich muggy with rain at 3:30.
Lunch was on the lake
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
We each ordered something different, except the Father wouldn't let the Mother nor I touch his ribs so we have to take his word for it that they were good, and seeing as he cleaned his plate, I don't doubt that they were. But the mustard that came with his dish was fantastic and I had to sample several bites with stolen french fries.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
The End of the World as We Know It by Dale Bailey. This was a really cool short story. Initially I found the fragmented writing style a bit annoying: the author would digress into historical bits about other end of the world events then jump back into the main story. However, as the story progressed the end of the world bits began to make more sense and I found myself looking forward to them. This story also had overtones of realism that I found to my liking.
Monday, May 21, 2007
This past week we pulled out and ate (see, I'm even squeezing in a couple of new recipes!):
1/4 box rotini became - Bob Barkers Summertime Salad (Rachel Ray Every Day, June pg 131) This made a lot and would be great for a summer potluck for people with non-adventurous taste buds. I found it lacking a bit in the seasoning department. It could have used just a bit of...something. Feta cheese perhaps? Provolone? Pepperoni? The visual appeal of this salad was delightful: red, orange and yellow peppers, red cherry tomatoes, bright green basil, dark purple kalmata olives. I did make one substitution: the recipe called for tri-color rotini, but I used whole wheat.
1 tub Corn and Salmon Chowder
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Each month Peter describes what it’s like to live in Provence, what the country is like, the season, the restaurants, the holidays, and the food. He talks about driving around to buy cases of wine for their wine cellar. He describes each little towns restaurants. Peter talks about discovering where to by bread, who has the best olive oil, which baker makes the best pastries, what butcher takes the most care with his cuts of meat.
And mixed in are the Mayle’s adventures with the construction workers over 9 months. After that first Mistral Peter and his wife decide to put in central heat and between their poor but improving French and the growing understanding on how quickly things get done in France we follow the monthly construction progress.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
So with some on-line guidance from a friend and a small shopping list, I grabbed a local friend and we checked out the Yarn Harbor in Duluth. I dutifully bought the appropriate weight yarn and the corresponding needles and a book. A very handy book as I will discover over the coming months.
Thus on a quiet evening (remember this was March) I sat myself down and figured out how to cast on, how to hold the needles (very important), how to hold the yarn (even more important) and how to do the basic knit or garter stitch. Before long I was knitting a scarf! Now this wasn’t with out some lessons...I had to rip my project apart no less than three times to get the width right. Attempt #1 had me making a 5" wide scarf. Attempt #2 had it at 12". Attempt #3 I think I had the cast on count correct. Other lessons learned were to periodically check your stitch count lest you some how end up adding on 10 extra stitches somewhere. More ripping out involved but I learned how to do so and then get the needles back on the project.
So by April I finished my first project. I was going to block it before I posted this but I seem to be dragging my feet. I may not block it either. We'll see.
Pattern: Knitting by Jennifer Worick, The Starter Scarf, pg 32.
Yarn: Cascade Farms Ecological Wool, 100% Puruvian Highland Wool, 478 yards
Store: The Yarn Harbor, Duluth, MN
Needle size: #10
Kia's not so sure she wants to be a model...
Monday, May 7, 2007
I recall making most of them. I even recall what most of the tubs are - there are only a couple mystery tubs. I think one is the spicy enchilada sauce from 2005. Not sure though. It could be the homemade marinara sauce. And the green beans should really be used up as I think they are from garden year 2004. And heavens! How did I accumulate so many frozen bananas?
So what, pray tell, are these "Special Occasion's" that I have so carefully stockpiled food for? Well...there is the imminent "planting season" at work, where I put in long hours several days a week and have no time to cook meals or grocery shop. And there is the imminent, "Monday after a Cities run" where I don't always have time to get to the grocery store for lunch or supper fixin's. And...I guess I don't know what else. I just know that having some meals on hand is always a good idea. Until...I find have too much.
So! I have decided to declare May my Pantry Reduction Month! For the month of May (and maybe June) I am going to clean out my freezer and cupboards. I've included my cupboards as well because sometimes I just need to pare things down a bit.
Week 1 results:
Wheat Berry Chili (Eating Well)
Corn muffins (Cooking Light)
Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Stew (Cooking Light)
barley (used 1 uncooked cup for Bean and Barley Burritos)
used up the last of my pepitas for the squash stew
1 pkg chocolate chips (chocolate chip cookies)
Thursday, May 3, 2007
The restaurant is small and simply done. I think there were only about 12 tables total in the whole place. There were only a handful of pictures on the walls, and the tables unadorned. The large glass window on the front of the building allows for a nice view of the street and pedestrians - great for a spring evening. However, the inside was very humid and the bare floors made for a noisy ambiance.
The waiter arrived promptly and we ordered a variety of drinks - the Father had ice tea, the Mother ordered a White Zin from California, and I had a Kristian Regale on ice (sparkling apple beverage). The menus were these long rectangular things that were a bit hard to open since you had to be cognizant of the people sitting on the opposite side of the table. First listed were the antipasto's and the salads. The variety of salads grabbed my fancy and I ordered a "Mista" - spring greens, bacon crumbles, Parmesan, kalmata olives, artichoke hearts and grape tomatoes in a red wine vinaigrette dressing.
The pizza's we ordered were the Siciliana and Pizza di Bricks. The Siciliana was artichoke hearts, prosciuttio, kalmata olives and basil; the Pizza di Bricks was mushrooms, roasted red peppers, Italian sausage, basil, red onion with the addition of pepperoni.
The salad was fantastic. The bacon really added a nice salty background to the vinaigrette and the two slices of "bread" (lightly salted pizza wedges) were warm and delicious. The pizza's were very good - the crusts just perfect and the toppings didn't overwhelm the delicate crust. I would definately eat here again.
Best of all, the price was right:
Mista salad - (small) 4.79
Siciliana - 10.95
Pizza di Bricks - 10.79
White Zin - 4.50
Ice Tea - 1.85
Kristian Regal - 2.35
Total (+tax) = 39.00