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Farmers Market Fun!


I love summertime here in Northern Minnesota!

Sunshine after a long winter, beautiful open lakes, sunrises and sunsets that glow the most beautiful colors.  There’s fishing, camping, hiking…the Dorothy Molter Museum, the International Wolf Center, the North American Bear Center…wonderful restaurants, fabulous shopping, and amazing spas.  There’s bird-watching, loon-calling, and amazing Northern Lights picture-taking.  But one weekly event stands above all others…

The Farmers and Artists Market Read more

Four Angels and a Cigar – Part 2


The Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota

My incredible husband (my guardian angel) took me down for the first few days of appointments.  He was an incredible help – not only because I didn’t feel comfortable driving (with dizzy spells), but he also commandeered the schedule and guided me to where I had to go!  For the rest of the week, my oldest daughter Alex (another guardian angel) took over.  I was so thankful for their guidance and company – the whole process was overwhelming.  (I realized after I published Part 1, the title should have been Six Angels and a Cigar!  Tim and Alex were beyond angels!)

It was 7 days of appointments…only 2.5 hours the first day, but the other 6 days were 6-10 hour days at the clinic.  Add in two more trips in June for a total of about 2 1/2 weeks more at the Mayo…I was poked, X-rayed, MRI’d, spun in a chair, tied down to a table so they could flip me up and watch me almost pass out, sat in a capsule (during which I pretended I was captaining a space ship), and gave enough blood for all the mosquitos in MN to be jealous. Read more

Four Angels and a Cigar – Part 1 of 4


{After I read this blog yesterday: Finding Your Voice, I was inspired to publish this series of posts that I had started writing last year.}

No this is not a joke post, although you may find a few things funny on the way to the cigar.

And so here we go…

Let’s start with a little background: Read more

Teriyaki Pot Roast


It may be April 3rd, but here in Northern Minnesota it looks like December.  More snow is in the forecast for tonight and with everyone’s moods low (I think we’ve hit an all new level of crankiness), I knew it was time for some comfort food.  Of course, having made regular pot roast throughout the winter, I decided to make it with a twist.

I rarely make something that’s not from a recipe.  I tried years ago and it was a disaster.  But this time…this time…it was FANTASTIC!  Of course there were a few things that I realized should have been done differently, so I incorporated those into the recipe below.

 

TERIYAKI POT ROAST

1 – 2-3# Beef Roast (find one that has some nice marbling – it makes the roast more juicy)

1 – Bottle of Teriyaki Sauce

4 – Golden Russet Potatoes

4-8 – Carrots, cut up (8 if you use small baby carrots)

6-8 – Brussel Sprouts

1 – Medium Onion – diced

1 – Shake of Montreal Steak Seasoning (to lightly cover the roast)

1 – gallon Ziploc Bag

Place your roast in a gallon Ziploc bag with 2/3 of the Teriyaki Sauce.  Refrigerate 4-6 hours.

Brown the roast (preferable in the same pan you’ll be using in the oven).  Once browned on all sides, add vegetables.  Pour in 1/4 cup of water and the rest of the Teriyaki Sauce.  Cover and cook at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours, remove the cover and cook another 30 minutes.

Remove roast from pan, slice and return to pan.  The juices will help keep it moist.  Serve with hot buttered rolls.

Enjoy!

Patty O

 

Temp -33 and a Snowflake Tree to Warm My Heart


Well, if you haven’t heard, it’s been cold here in Minnesota. It’s been REALLY cold up here in Northern Minnesota – this morning we had -33 with a wind chill that brought it down to -50! Did it stop me from running errands? Oh no…hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to PT I go!

Sunday, I finally put away all the Christmas decorations…it only took 7 hours with my daughters help :)! My wonderful, incredible, patient husband brings the bins up from the basement…and carries them down when they’re full!

I decided to do something a little different this year with our Christmas tree. Last year we left the lights on and put the tree on the deck – it was beautiful through the patio doors, especially when it snows! This year we pulled all the ornaments off but kept (and added) snowflake ornaments and we kept it in the living room…it’ll be on the deck when it starts shedding its needles!

Isn’t it beautiful? It almost makes the cold temps outside bearable…almost.

Stay warm everyone! No matter where you’re reading this!

Patty O

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