Thursday, August 30, 2012

Twins Win!

Once again, my dad scored awesome seats to a Twins game, this time he left the co-workers at home and brought his three daughters and his Son-in-law.

We had 2nd row seats right on the third base line. I have never been that low in any stadium except the Metrodome, and it was awesome!


The Twins taking their positions on the field.


Joe Mauer came to visit us a couple times on 3rd base. I'm kind of out of my 'Joe Mauer I'm going to marry you faze' and just a large admirer of his back side. All those years catching does a body good. And milk. It's the cows!


There was a really pretty full moon rising over the ball park. If I had a real camera and not just my iPhone, you can bet your bottom dollar that this would be a pretty sweet picture. But I'm poor as a donkey, so I work with what I got. Kapeesh?


The boys managed to pull out a 10-0 win over Seattle. We had such a great time!

On to what I'm really blogging about now, or as of a few weeks ago. Food, and trying to eat better. I'm not going to deprive myself when I'm out having fun and want to live in the moment. So, I ate a Twins Dog and two beers. I give myself credit for that because I would normally drink a lot more beer than that, and have nachos, and peanuts, and probably an ice cream treat to end out the night. It was really hard to not get more and over indulge, but as I said in a previous post, I'm tired of letting myself down, so I'm working on staying true to my goal.

They say it takes 14 days for a habit to stick. I'm only on day 6, and I see my strength improving as far as my will power to say no to extra drinks or bad food choices.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yummy, yum, yum!

I'm getting more disciplined with myself and eating right because I hate the feeling I get when I let myself down, so I'm just not letting that happen.

I mentioned this is a busy week and that I would be gone every night. Well last night I had 45 minutes between when I got home from work and when I had to leave to go to volleyball. I reheated some left over brown rice, mixed it in with the chicken meat from my crock pot chicken and ate that while I chopped carrots and lettuce and boiled eggs. It made for a great salad to have with my rice and chicken and then again today for lunch.

I had one margarita during our two hour wait to play for the 1 & 2 spot (we lost), and Sensor Fries. I'm blaming the loss on the fries. My stomach and fries have been in a constant battle lately, so I try to avoid them, but it was the only thing that sounded good.


I know the croutons are a no-no.  Sue me. I'm not giving up my croutons. I was pleasantly full from this lunch of romaine lettuce, pulled chicken, carrots, hard boiled egg and some cheese with dressing on the side.  I eat lunch super early. Like at 11:00 AM, so by late afternoon I'm ready for a snack. Today it was a Clif Bar.

I love to make my own dressing with olive oil and balsamic oil and either adding garlic or salt do taste and for texture. My mom says you can add mustard and that will give it a different taste too. I just got a new mustard that I might try next time.

Here's where I'm going to struggle. I'm meeting my cousin from Milwaukee for happy hour right after work then I'm heading straight to the Twins game. Really, is there anything remotely clean to eat at a baseball stadium? Beer? No. Hot dog? No. Nachos? No.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Not so clean eating

I mentioned not long ago that I really want to try and eat clean. I did great the first 24 hours, but then I went out to celebrate mine and Laura's birthdays, and ordered a pizza in the cab on my way home. I scarfed down two pieces of deep dish pepperoni pizza and all of the breadsticks and went to bed feeling horrible that I failed so early on, and horrible that I just blew $20 on something that I didn't really want or need at all.

Since I'm on such a tight budget, I couldn't bring myself to throw away 3/4 of a pizza so I ate it for lunch at work, even though I had this great chicken meat all ready to go, and a new bunch of romaine lettuce to have with it.

One thing I thought was going to be my biggest struggle was dining out, or going to someones home for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised when I went to my aunt's house last night and she had a Greek salad, with olives, onions, feta cheese and a Greek viniagret dressing, chicken adobo, rice and fruit, followed by carrot cake cupcakes.

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I'll have about an hour between work and volleyball tonight to make a healthy meal for my dinner and prep lettuce for my lunch tomorrow. Side note: We have another play off game tonight and if we win we go to the championship which is also tonight! But, that also means two hours between games, at a bar, with yummy greasy food, and beer...lots of beer and margaritas. Oh the temptations!

Ok, focus, back to the topic at hand. Basically I'm horrible at staying on track, but I will get there, and I'm going to let you know how this little journey goes.

I'll be heading to the cabin for Labor Day weekend and I really want to try this recipe for the family.

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I'm loving anything you can cook in a crock pot these days. Especially since my fire alarm goes off every time I start my oven because it gets so hot in my little apartment.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday Funday

The birthday celebrations continued this weekend. I met my friend Laura out on Saturday night. We have the same birthday but she turned the dirty thirty and just got engaged so we spent Saturday night celebrating her. I haven't seen her in months because she moved down to Kansas City to be with her boyfriend fiancee about a year ago! It was so fun being able to catch up and hang out like the old times.


Last year we celebrated our birthday's together at Stella's and we did the exact same thing this year! Lot's of 2-4-1 drinks, hugs, and pictures. I love this girl and I'm so happy that whenever I see her, no matter how much time has passed, we can always jump right back in where we left off.

I celebrated with some friends on Sunday (my actual birthday). We started with bottomless mimosas and brunch at Loring Kitchen & Bar.


I love this place. Not just because you can drink mimosas for $10 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, but because they have the best steak and eggs ever! You get two eggs any way you want with a 5 oz. filet covered in bernaise sauce, my favorite sauce.  The staff was great, and made sure we never saw the bottom of our glasses, even after we paid.

We strolled down LaSalle and Nicollet and headed over to IceHouse. It's only been open for a month or so and I wasn't 100% sure what to expect, but it was really great, and again our server, Thomas, phenomenal! The drink menu was a little overbearing at first so we asked what they were known for and he was so great at letting us know what he liked and what was ordered a lot.


I started with a Fulton Lonely Blonde, fitting for me, and a Stranger In The Night. So, IceHouse is getting a rep for their sipping shots, and this is a salty caramel vodka. It was so good I almost ordered another but I wanted to try more drinks on the list.

My next drink was called On Blueberry Hill. I took a chance with this drink because I really don't like gin, but Thomas assured me it didn't taste like gin. He was right. It tasted like heaven in my mouth. It was such a hot, sunny day so I asked for something fruity and refreshing. Thomas hit it right on the nose with this drink.


On Blueberry Hill is blueberry gin collins with a hint of vanilla and cardamom.

It was such a nice day to spend with some girlfriends, chatting, celebrating, laughing and enjoying a few drinks on a patio.

I can't wait to see what 28 has in store for me!

I took this cab home that made me feel like I just been arrested for having too much fun on a Sunday



Saturday, August 25, 2012

Rainy Fall day

I, surprisingly, slept in until 10 this morning, so my plan to get out and run right away didn't happen. Instead I bummed around on the couch for a couple of hours and ran some quick errands with the plan to run when I got home.

I put my groceries away, tied up my shoes and as I walked out the door and onto the stoop of my building, it started to pour.

I finally made it out the door and tried a new trail that I never knew existed. It was so pretty and definitely makes you feel like you got 100% out of the city, even though at a couple points you do run under the interstate and along the rail road tracks, most of the trail looks like this.


My training run called for 4 miles, or 40 minutes of running/jogging. I went 5.2 miles in 52 minutes with an average pace of 9:58. Basically when I started my legs didn't want to move so I decided to alternate walking/running every time a new song started, so I feel like this is a good time. I have just over a month to add one mile so I can make it through my first 10k in October.

I did really well eating today too. Started the day with a Crunchy Peanut Butter Clif Bar, and dinner was brown rice, broccoli and chicken from the whole chicken I cooked in the crock pot last night. I can't believe how much meat I got off that little bugger. I have dinner plans every night this coming week, so it should last me all of my lunches.

In other fun news, yesterday I found out one of my cousins is preggers, which will be the first baby on my dad's side of the family!! Then, I found out one of my girlfriends got engaged!! We share the same birthday so there will be lots of celebrating between it being our birthday weekend and her new engagement!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Pumped up kicks

Last night I celebrated my birthday with my family at Butcher and the Boar, and it was pretty damn delicious. I got this sweet watch from Kari.


I'm not a flashy person who wears sparkly things, or much jewelry or accesories, but this is pretty fun and since the band is rubber, I like it even more.

The Parentals gave me cash because I wanted to get some new running shoes so I picked these new kicks up today.


They are the Nike Flex. I tried on several shoes and I knew the moment I put these on that they were the shoe for me. So super light compared to my last pair of running shoes, yet there's lots of cushion and me feet feel like they are walking on air. I'm pretty excited to get out and run in the morning.

I got home and had this cute card in the mail from my Aunt Jane.


She always makes homemade cards, and I love them! I must be about five in this picture. We would always celebrate August birthdays with my Aunt Jane (not pictured) Great Aunt Dorothy (Who would be 95), my Dad and me. How awesome is that wallpaper? That was in my grandma's kitchen!

I decided that I'm going to try and 'eat clean'. Cut out the processed crap that's so easy and convenient for me to make since I'm cooking for one. I say try because I know it's not always going to be possible for me to eat clean when I go out to dinner, have dinner at friends or go away for the weekend.  But in my efforts to start, I picked up a whole natural chicken on my way home from work, and tossed it in the crock pot.


Here it is after two hours in the crock pot and it only has to go for about 3.5 - 4 hours on high. It's so simple. Just rinse the chicken, pat dry, place in crock pot (slow cooker), set on high and add your favorite seasonings. Boom, you're done with the prep. Let it cook for 3.5 - 4 hours for a 3-4 lb chicken. This one is 3.5, so I'm going to let it go about 4 hours. I added Lawry's, garlic salt and pepper. I like my chicken pretty basic, especially since I plan to add this to salads through out the week.

I came across a lot of tips that had you put a sliced lemon in the chicken. I'm not a lemon person, but if I were, I would totally do that because it just sounds delicious. I just know I wouldn't like the taste of it.

I have some fresh broccoli I have to use so I'm going to steam that up when the chicken is done. That sounds nice and clean doesn't it?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Irish Fest

Over the weekend we piled into  a couple of cars and headed East, all the way to Milwaukee!


The drive took about 6 hours, but with traffic and accidents, we made it in about 7.


I got a little bored by the 5th hour so I started snapping pics...of myself.

When we got to Milwaukee we headed to Bridget's twin sisters house to unload the cars so we could head down to the festival grounds.


It was a gorgeous evening to be outside and celebrating all the Irish in me along Lake Michigan. Milwaukee's Irish Fest is I believe the largest Irish Fest in the country outside of St. Patrick's Day. It was really neat to see and hear all the people that traveled from all over the US and from Ireland and other countries to come celebrate.

When we got into the fest we met all of Bridget's family. I'm about 5'8" and I usually feel pretty tall, but good lord this girls family is tall! Not to mention her fiance and his family are all over 6'7", well, except his mom. We spent the night meeting their family and friends, drinking beer and listening to Gaelic Storm.



The second day of Irish Fest we got up, rushed out the door for the Race to Irish Fest 5K where I almost died. After the race we stopped at Altera, a coffee shop that Bridget and Andy swear has some of the best coffee ever. I'm not a big coffee fan, but they made an extra mocha frappe something, something and I said I would take it. It was delish! I also ordered a turkey club sandwich with no tomato. Got back to eat it and all they put on it was lettuce and bacon. Thank goodness for their delicious pesto spread and bacon, otherwise I would of been very disappointed.



After lunch, we chugged a couple mimosas while seven people got cleaned up with one shower, yowza! And headed back down to the festival grounds for round two.

I saved my fun green accessories for day two.


First things first, we got our beer and wandered the grounds. There was tug-of-war and a dog show.


How cute and silly is that sign? Have you ever heard of an Irish Wolfhound? Those things are massive, but are so sweet. I had never seen or heard of them before.

We checked out some Irish dancers. Sorry for the video, I was a little shaky, so if you get motion sickness, I would avoid hitting that little triangle.


Bridget had to work the Jameson tent so we spent some time up there getting our whiskey on.


This cup of liquid gold was called a Jamorita, a margarita with whiskey instead of tequila and it was to die for! I seriously think I'll be making these in the future.

Kate, Kari and I spent a couple of hours wandering the grounds, shopping, searching for food and took a ride on the sky glider. Check out the views along the way.


Seriously awesome. If you've never been to a state that borders one of the Great Lakes, I would highly suggest a trip to Duluth, Milwaukee, Door County, or Chicago.

After the sky glider trip we got dinner. Everything was something with potatoes.

(Mashed potatoes and corned beef, Mashed potatoes with pot roast stew, Pretzel stick with caramel, nuts and chocolate, Irish nachos)
We met back up with the crew and headed over to our spot from the previous night to watch Gaelic Storm again. They are a pretty cool Irish group. While waiting for things to get started we made friends with these adorable Irish dancers who taught as a couple steps.


Once the band started to play, Kari, Kate and I made our way to the front of the stage and had so much fun!


They had a confetti cannon during the encore and it was seriously awesome to be right up there in the middle of it all. The fiddler was so super preggo's, it was fun to watch her dance around and rock out with her fiddle.


I would definitely do this weekend all over again. It was so fun to get away and celebrate everything Irish!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Run/Walk to Irish Fest

While we were in Milwaukee for Irish Fest, we planned to run in the Arthritis Foundation's Run/Walk to Irish Fest 5K. The race took place at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. Temps had been cooling down from the 90*-100* days we've been having and with the run being along the lake shore, we all thought it would for sure be a nice cool run. WRONG! It was so frickin hot, about 85* and not a cloud in the sky and only about .45 seconds of shade throughout the course.

I have/had been training for this 10K I have coming up in October, so I thought it would be a breeze, again, WRONG! While doing my training, I've been using the C210K app and it's more interval training, so I don't really have the breathing down or the stamina to run continuously for 3.1 miles. However, I pushed through and did it. I ran the whole way with Kate except the last .25 miles. I was seriously having WW3 with myself in my head because my legs wanted to quit and my stomach was cramping (I forgot to eat when I got up). I didn't wave the white flag and instead pushed myself that last .10 mile when I could see the finish line.

I finished in 29.26, my worse 5K time, but it was the only 5K I had done this year.


I'm in the pink. Sweet action shot eh? Lately I realized that when I run I make a fist, but keep my thumbs up, you can kinda, sorta see it here if you tilt your head to the left, cross your eyes and hop on one foot. I like to keep people motivated by throwing everyone the double thumbs up.

Tips I learned from this run:

1. Always, always, always eat something before a run. I'm not a big breakfast person, and I brought Cliff bars for this reason. Which I forgot to eat because we were running late. I can't eat right before I run, but a good hour or so before will hold me over.

2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This was more of a fun run, but we had gone out the night before and all I had to drink was beer within 24 hours of this run. Not smart. It's been taking longer for my muscles to recover and my stomach was in knots and I was cramping (side/stomach) the whole run.

3. Don't wear new clothes in a race. I had a little shopping spree at Target for new socks, shorts, etc and besides the socks, it was a mistake to wear everything else without running in them before. My shorts kept riding up AND down. They have built in compression shorts which rode up, but I didn't tie the waste which slid down. My top kept riding up, so I was constantly pulling that down too.

4. Start slow. I was seriously dying at the end because I felt so good at the start, that I just took off, which I feel in the end, hurt me more than anything.

That's just a few of the things I learned that really just common sense for any runner. I'm still a beginner and learning the ropes, so help a fellow runner out and give me some tips!

I'm getting new running shoes for my birthday this weekend. What are your favorite running shoes? What do you look for when picking a shoe out?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chicken Fried Rice

After spending the weekend at Irish Fest and eating nothing but potatoes, I was craving something of a different ethnicity. I have a ton of rice since my parents are in food sales and rice stays good forever, so I decided to make chicken fried rice for dinner. It was so super easy and much more tasty than what I can get from my local Chinese restaurant, for half the cost too.


I used one cup white rice and one cup brown rice and cooked it in my rice cooker. You can also do two cups of rice with two cups of water and cook until the water is absorbed, roughly 20 minutes.


Cut up two chicken breasts and toss in 1/2 teaspoon corn starch, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper.


Chop two green onions.


I don't have a wok, so I just use a skillet to stir fry my chicken. Heat the pan with two tablespoons vegetable oil. Make sure the pan is very hot and the whole skillet or wok is covered in vegetable oil. Stir fry chicken until it is white, or cooked all the way through.


I only had peas on hand, so I added that to my chicken, added another 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir fried for one minute. Drain the chicken and veggies. Wash the skillet or wok. If you like eggs in your stir fry, lightly beat two eggs. Heat the skillet/wok with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and stir fry the eggs until cooked, but still moist. Again, set the eggs to the side and re-wash your skillet/wok.



When the rice has finished cooking, heat the skillet/wok with two tablespoons of vegetable oil and stir fry the rice for one minute. Add the chicken, vegetables, egg and green onion. Add two tablespoons soy sauce and stir fry one more minute then serve!

It was a super tasty fried rice and since I was in control of the vegetable oil and what veggies I wanted to add, I feel like it has to be more healthy than take out. I didn't feel all greasy and weighted down after eating this dish and I can't wait to eat it at work tomorrow for lunch.

Friday, August 17, 2012

It's a 'suite' life!

My dad had a suite at the Twins vs. Detroit Tigers baseball game for work, but not enough people to fill it. He offered up the open tickets to family and for his employees to bring friends. It was the perfect break in the middle of the week.

It was an afternoon game and a cool, yet sunny day. I had never been to any of the club levels in Target Field, or in any of the suites, so this was a special treat.

The suite was filled with beer, wine, hot dogs, chicken fingers and wings, macaroni and cheeses, yes, several types of macaroni, and so many other goodies and baseball staples.


The view was pretty great, you could see the whole stadium and never missed a single play on the field.



One of dad's employees name is Allison, so she was all about the Ali, Allison picture ops.


But see how I look like I have SUPER wide hips?? It's a backpack, I was relieved to figure that out. I didn't think I was that wide!

Kari and I took the opportunity to be tourist and take a glove picture.


That sucker is surprisingly slippery.

Unfortunately the Twins lost, but we were feeling like winners so we continued our day at Kierans! We ran into our cousin-in-law Tim who lives in Chicago. He was up here for work and had gone to the game. We obviously think alike because we was enjoying a cold one on Kieran's patio too!


That's not Tim. Or anyone I know for that matter.

Sometimes it's great being the only kid left when you are spending the day with your parents. I asked if mom and dad were hungry, expecting they would just say to order food at Kieran's, but they took me to Manny's!! Oh. My. Gah! Love that place!

I got to admire this lovely while in our suite.


He's dreamy.



I thought this was pretty hilarious when it popped up on my caller-id at work.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fall is in the air

Summer is winding down and Fall is in the air...or at least it was over the weekend in Northern Wisconsin, and it was great! We got up to the cabin around 7:00 PM Friday. Traffic was a b*tch, and I won't be talking to her until eternity because it took us 2.5 hours to get there! Ok, really 2.5 hours is a breeze considering most Minnesotans sit in their tin boxes for 4+ hours on traffic free days to get to their home-away-from-home.

The fam bam has been obsessed with this corn recipe and with how amazingly sweet the corn is right now, it really adds that extra burst of flavor and works great with the salty pancetta.

4 ears of corn - cut the kernels off
Saute pancetta until crisp, remove from pan, but leave the drippings
Thinly slice about 6 green onions and dice a jalapeno pepper. Saute slightly in the pancetta drippings
Chop some fresh cilantro and set aside
When ready to assemble, add some butter to the pan with the onions and jalapeno and add the corn and saute until warm but still crisp. 
Add pancetta, season with salt and pepper and top with cilantro

I wish I had a picture because it is so delicious and easy to make.

After dinner we bundled up and headed out to the fire. Are you a middle child? Tim and I have discussed this several times, that middle children are pyro's! My mom is sort of in the middle, she's one of 8, and she loves fire too. It's kind of crazy, we just kept grabbing more and more wood and trying to burn different things. Lauren wanted to see if the fire was hot enough for a can to burn, so we tested and, yes, it was inf act hot enough to melt a beer can. But it was a Busch light can, so it was probably cheap! We listened to some tunes on good 'ol Pandora as we watched shooting stars fly through the sky. It was a gorgeous night.


The next afternoon Andrea and Louis came up to the cabin. Once they arrived we loaded up the boat and headed to the sand bar. The water was a LOT chillier than it has been in a while, but we stayed out until close to 7:00 before I got grouchy and wanted to eat. Again, it was a beautiful 'Fall' night and the start to a meteor shower, so we had another big fire. The neighbs' were up, so I fire hopped from one to the next, all 10 feet that separate our fires.

A few of us stayed up until mid afternoon on Sunday because it was such a nice day. We took a final boat ride and stuffed our bellies before heading back to the cities. Kari, Lauren and Tim all headed out a little before me so I headed home alone. Sometimes I love that ride by myself. Especially because I can sing as loud as I want and no one is there to judge me!

Check out this photo from my office on Thursday. There was a little rain storm that moved through. Kind of neat to watch from 22 stories up.


Stay tuned these next couple of weeks. Lots of fun stuff going on! Tomorrow I'm heading to the Twins game, and we have a suite, Friday I'm going to Milwaukee for Irish Fest, then the following week starts my birthday celebration and bam! We are at Labor Day! I promise to take more pics and share them!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Some Come a Dollar

After ending things with the old 'Man Friend' I needed to get away and since I'm as broke as a toothless monkey, I escaped to the cabin with my parents and some aunts and uncles for the weekend. It was really the most perfect escape I could of had.

Colleen and Kevin came up for the weekend and Kathy and Dick were up at their cabin as well. Most mornings at the cabin start out slow. Everyone sleeps in, we take our time in the kitchen preparing a big breakfast, and then the day begins. We started with mimosas and bloody's on the deck while we planned out our day.


The weather was pretty perfect. It wasn't too hot, but cool enough that you didn't need to spend the whole day in the lake.

We loaded up the boat with coolers, dogs and food and took a cruise around the lake to the Kotoski's. We picked up Dick and Kathy and headed out to the sand bar to relax and get some sun.

Colleen had this little table top grill she brought out and cooked up some shrimp. It was pretty cool because all you needed was a sterno. It was a tad windy on the boat, but the shrimp cooked up and I even ate one...or two.

Leave it to me, the youngest one for the weekend, to be the responsible one. I checked the clock and it was quarter to eight in the PM and we were starting to run out of beer and wine, so I suggested we head back and make dinner. Check out this beautiful sunset as we were coming in for the day.


Amazeballs, right??

Our cabin neighbor was having an auction to sell all the crap precious knick-knacks she's collected over the billion years she's been alive. The auctioneers were setting up the yard, so needless to say, some folks got distracted and we didn't eat dinner until 11:30 PM.

We were all pretty shwasted and our dinner conversation turned into talking about Scientology and why I've had bad friendships/relationships. Pretty much I let people walk all over me and don't stand up for what I want, but will do anything for others. I'm going to get a tad off topic here, but in the last couple of months, I've let go of a lot of relationships because I was not getting the gratification that you should get when you have a good group of friends. I said to my parents that it's a great thing I think I'm funny and enjoy my own company because it's a lonely world when everyone just cares about themselves and not about others. That goes for friendships and romantic relationships, which is why I had to end things. There just wasn't the respect I deserved.

Ok, back to the weekend! Sunday's I usually get up and head home, but there was a large art festival in my neighborhood so I knew I wasn't going to be able to find any parking, and there was an auction going on at the cabin. Dad and I decided we should probably make a drink to really enjoy this auction, so he made a Bloody and I had a Screwdriver, we walked next door and this is what we saw!







There was SO much stuff! My dad bought the little boy up top and gave it to my uncle Dick. He loves stuff like that...well, mainly because we thought it was two boys. That was probably because we first saw it when it was dark and we had all been drinking. They brought in this nifty potty trailer, with a men and womens side. If the trailers-a-rockin, don't come-a-knockin! They also brought in a food trailer!

We were all having so much fun at this auction, meeting new folks, bidding on silly things and drinking too many screwdrivers, that I decided to stay an extra night and get up at the butt crack of dawn to head back to Minneapolis for work.

I was again the responsible one that night and started to get dinner going so we could eat before the sun went down. How yummy is this!



We had some veggies we wanted to use up so I threw them on a grill pan and grilled them up along with some chicken breasts.

What kind of mom would I be if I didn't share a little collage of my baby girl. She loves the cabin and is starting to go in the water all by herself!


It was a great weekend with good family, good food, and good conversation. It was kind of a treat to be the only kid up there with everyone too. I was up at 5:00 Monday to be home for work by 9:00. I love a good sunrise.

Sunrise coming home to Minneapolis