New Year’s Tea

Finally experienced High Tea at the St Paul Hotel! It was so nice to celebrate my birthday (belatedly-note- make a reservation well in advance to have tea at SPH) with Cobber friends! I’m a tea snob, so the fare at SPH did not meet my expectations, but the companionship elevated the entire experience, so I am not at all disappointed. We did resolve to explore other Tea options in future…more chances to get everyone together! Perhaps we can get Annie here for a Mary Kay tea party!? Cheers! We neglected to toast the new year but here’s our “selfie/ self-we”

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Yummy New Recipes

Today I had leftover ingredients to use up, so I tried a couple new recipes. Our neighbor went fishing in Lake Superior and caught some huge trout on Saturday. He gave us a lot, maybe 5 pounds or more. So tonight we’re having Trout Dill Chowder, inspired by Ruth Cousineau’s salmon chowder in gourmet magazine.
And the kids decided they don’t like strawberries anymore, so with the 2 pints I had already purchased I made jam using an Ina Garten recipe with blueberries and apple for thickening. I ran out of sugar so used ginger syrup which added nice flavor as well.

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The perfect carrot

Here’s the first carrot, harvested by Hillary, from our little garden. It was so cute that she insisted on a photo before we chopped it up for soup! It was very yummy, too. And here’s to Zaca, my Spanish friend and carrot farmer extraordinaire, who advised sandier soil. Cheers!

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Pizza Night

Lily’s been wanting to make pizzas from scratch (based on an episode of Caillou) so we used up some of out tomatoes and garden herbs and invited the neighbors.  Hillary was at football game with a friend, so that night was a good opportunity for Lily to have something special to do.  I don’t think we had the right pans and/or baking method, so they didn’t get very crispy, but they were tasty!  We used lots of veggies and Lily’s whim was satisfied – mission accomplished!  I used this make-ahead pizza dough, and it worked great!

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In a Pickle!

We have lots of cucumbers and other veggies this year because of all the rain for our garden plus what we get from CSA

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So we tried refrigerator pickles using cucumbers, onion, garlic, and radishes. The girls helped chop cucumbers and filled the jars with various combinations of the veggies- now we wait a few days before trying them. But they look nice, right?!

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North Shore Adventures

We went up nort’ to have some fun for 4th of July.  Hillary and I did a wood-fired oven baking class at the North Woods Folk House.

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We made 2 types of bread (flat bread, and focaccia) but I guess I didn’t get the camera out when we were working on the focaccia.

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Hillary enjoyed playing the role of a 10 year old (the class was for ages 10 and up and she’s only 9) as much as she enjoyed the baking 🙂

It was really fun, and we hope to take more classes in the future. I’d like to take a birch bark or willow workshop and Bryant wants to do their canoe building course! The campus is beautiful and very inspiring. Lily and Bryant hiked around Grand Marais while Hillary and I were baking.

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Cherry Brown Butter Bars

I’ve had this recipe from Smitten Kitchen waiting for me these last few weeks. I finally got them made yesterday and they are worth the trouble (and calories!) I pitted the cherries with a knife and that was the hardest part. I will have to get a cherry pitter if these are to be repeated. But they are scrumptious!

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Farmer’s Market in our yard!

Hillary and Lily have been busy playing Pioneer Girls and Farmer’s Market in our back yard. We have a couple of square foot gardens with a trellis between them and have managed to get a pretty good crop of cucumbers and beans, in spite of a bit too much shade. Hours of entertainment! Who knew?!

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