Quote of the week

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Nobody is too busy, its just a matter of priorities.-unknown

Quote of the week

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Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. -Dr. Seuss

Best Banana Muffins Ever!!

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These banana muffins are the best I’ve ever eaten! So light, so fluffy, so creamy!  My family couldn’t stop eating them!  I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 Large Eggs

1/3 cup sour cream

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

2 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 tsp vanilla extract

1.5 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line standard muffin pan.
  2.  Beat eggs lightly, add sour cream, melted butter, bananas, and vanilla, mix until combined.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.  Stir.
  4. Divide batter into muffin cups (will be super full)
  5. Bake for 18-20 mins.  Cool before serving.  Makes 12.

This recipe taken from FoodFanatic via Pinterest.

Quote of the Week

The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room.-Frank Lucas

 

12 Ways to treat yourself

 

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Here are 12 ways to treat yourself when you are stressed out.  Enjoy!

  1. Take a hot bath.  Get your bubbles, your candles and enjoy.
  2. Take a nap.  We are all insomniacs!
  3. Go have your favorite meal.  Restaurant or stay at home.  Have your favorite comfort foods.
  4. Go to a Spa.  Have your favorite treatments! A pedicure can do wonderful!
  5. Visit a new place.  Get out of your rut.  Find a new museum or park to visit.  Change your scenery!
  6. Enjoy a treat.  Go to a luxury doughnut shop  or ice cream shop!unsplash37
  7. Binge watch a TV show.
  8. Read all day.  Shut off the phone, and just be.
  9. Have a skin care day. Take care of yourself.  Get that face mask out!
  10. Shut off social media for the day. No Facebook, no Instagram.
  11. Take deep breaths. It’s simple, easy,  yet effective.
  12. Music.  Listen to some tunes. Music soothes the savage beast, it must soothe the savage soul.

Quote of the Week

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.-Albert Einstein

Up North Pt. 2

Here are some of the shots of the roses I promised!  There is something about flowers that just makes me so happy.  I think it is all the beautiful color and shade combinations you can get.  I can just stare for hours!

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I know, I know, I’m filling this post with flowers.  What can I say, I love flowers!  Here is a beautiful one from the grounds of Glensheen too.

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After Duluth, we ventured further up the coast to Lutsen.  On the way we stopped at Split Rock Lighthouse.  A very popular lighthouse on Lake Superior.

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Have you visited many lighthouses?  Which ones?  I’d love to hear about some more great lighthouses to visit!  While in Lutsen we just relaxed.  So I don’t have to many photos of us doing that.  Who wants to see us taking naps?

Tell me, where do you relax?

 

Quote of the Week

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Seduce my mind and you can have my body, Find my soul and I’m yours forever.-Anomymous

Up North!

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Recently, my family took our summer vacation to Northern Minnesota.  As part of our “get to know our state” year, we visited a few places we normally wouldn’t go.

Our first stop was Duluth and the surrounding State Parks of Jay Cooke and Gooseberry Falls.

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The beautiful Gooseberry Falls.  As you can see, you can get right up close to it!

Here is the Swinging Bridge at Jay Cooke Park.

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In the City of Duluth we saw Glensheen Mansion.  This beautiful historic manor is on Lake Superior and has all its original furnishings.  They offer multiple tours each day. Have you gotten the chance to explore local historic homes in your area?

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Here are some shots of the beautiful interior.

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The grounds were gorgeous too.

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Unfortunately, much of the grounds still need to be restored.  Someday.

As we progressed along on our trip we also got to see Leif Erickson Park on the shores of Lake Superior.  There they have a beautiful rose garden.  Check out my next post to see more shots!

To be continued…..

 

 

Landscape & Porch redesign.

Well, we finally got it done.  We finished the redesign of our front yard/porch and side yards.  Want to see what the old area looked like?  You can see it in the archives.

Here are our final results:

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Here is our front yard. The biggest expense was the concrete and stone work.  We had our porch doubled and the round sitting area added so we could see kids playing in the street.  What you cannot see in this photo is the concrete walkway we added to the front of our garage to the left.  In cold climate, you have the freeze and thaw cycle that caused your concrete, ground, and blacktop to settle. We had to dig up that part of our blacktop and put in concrete.

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I will find a bench for this spot next summer!

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Above is our Eastern side of the house.

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This is our Western side of the house.  Here we pulled out a huge bush and straightened out the lines of the bed.  The we turned it into a garden.  Let me say, I was worried that nothing would grow.  My fears were unfounded!  My garden is growing like crazy!

In all we pulled out about 75% of the plants.  Our landscaper added several, and a layer of black rock.  We have since added Allium, Iris and tulips.  I am so pleased how it turned out.  Now we are working on the backyard ourselves. It will take a lot longer, but we don’t have any masonry or large bushes to remove. i think that once we get to adding more rock and edging we will have to hire someone.