Fancy Friday ~ Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving Feast is a favorite meal at our table. Every year, my husband and I sit down and plan out our menu.  There are certain dishes that are always featured, like roasted root vegetables, but there are inevitably new additions to the menu. I remember as a kid the retro Thanksgiving menu my grandmother laid out.  I think I might add Ambrosia salad on this year just for kicks.  But, maybe I'll use a modern twist on this dish. Our turkey glaze and preparation changes year to year. One year, Devon smoked the turkey on … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday~Pie

“Pie is a symbol of something bigger than Mom and her way with desserts.” ~ Pasquale Le Draqulec   “There are pies on a carousel, have a slice.” ~ Cake (the band)     “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness” ~Jane Austen   “One little thing can revive a guy/ and that is a homemade rhubarb pie/ Serve it up nice and hot/ maybe things aren’t as bad as you thought.” ~ A Prairie Home Companion   “What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where’s the … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday ~ Candy

My favorites were the sour cherry balls on the right and ju ju nickles.  When I was young we would bike up to Widman's Candy to have a fountain drink like lime cokes and cherry cokes.  Sometimes we would get a malted milk.  We'd linger in the back reading the comics.  Sometimes there would be a rowdy table of boys that would shoot spitballs at us with the paper straws. When we take a visit back to the small town where I grew up we often bring our kids to pick out some candy.  It's makes me happy to see my kids doing pondering … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday ~ Falling

"falling leaves hide the path so quietly" ~ John Bailey Autumn Haiku I grew up in northern Minnesota where the fields run straight and the dirt is dark black.  My family has driven up from Minneapolis to spend a long weekend in northern Minnesota farm country to visit my parents.  I thought the woods my parents walk in would be a perfect place to be inspired for this weeks theme ~ Falling.   These are the same woods where I walked and played in when I was in elementary school.  I feel I know them inside and out.  I know … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday~Fall Roundup

This fall I've been reading books like Moccasin Trail, By the Great Horn Spoon and Across the Aprils to my kids.  We are learning about the early pioneers and what they did to survive.  I don't know why, but their stories and travels remind me of fall.  Maybe it's the log cabins, roaming buffalo or majestic elk.   Celebrating fine artisans who work their craft from raw products with focus, precision and a desire to shape and create something beautiful...reminds me of fall. (Just a quick note, if you … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday Pinterest Board

We are going to start by me asking Kristin, what should we be asking? Chris Ann is pouring herself a glass of wine, I’m sitting on the phone and listening to her struggle to open the bottle.  I remember when I taught her in Italy how to open a bottle..which was great, thanks for ruining my record of having other people do the dirty work for me.  let’s see if she can do it. ….ah done.  and it’s the good bottle left in the house...great...I poured my glass from the sounds open, waiting for first sip. I think … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday ~ Mustard

So never lose an opportunity to urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-see germinates and roots itself" ~Anonymous. I wondered around junk chipped and used, with an old past life to tell... and pretty planters and sharp bold colors... I kept my eye out for pops of Mustard... I found my inspiration for Mustard and a whole lot more... here at the Junk Bonanza! Junk Bonanza ~ September 16 & 17th, 9-5pm, Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN ~ … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday ~ Lunch Boxes

I remember my Holly Hobbie lunch box. I carried it to school with pride. Every day at lunch, I'd open up my lunch box, with anticipation.  Inside I'd usually find a wrapped up bologna sandwich on Wonder Bread with French's mustard. There would probably also be a bruised, red delicious apple, three cookies and a thermos full of juice.  It was a special day when my mom had tucked in a note with one of her hand drawn cartoons, funny poems or if she put green grapes in my lunch, instead of the apple.  I don't remember ever … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday ~ Travel, Experience & Journey

Two weeks ago, we had so much fun having guests at our table for Fancy Friday, we decided to invite a few more to join us today.  LIFE here at our table is about travel, experiences, our friendship journey and projects focused on giving back.  We invited our guests to share a bit of their LIFE and how it relates to their journey.  Some of these guests happen to blog with a friend, partner or family member and in all honesty, we just wanted a peek into what makes their lives  tick. We asked our guests these questions: 1. … [Read more...]

Fancy Friday Travel

Kristin's brother snapped this picture.  It looks like a dream to us!  Do you know where this is?  Can you guess?  It's one of the next adventures we dream about having!  It's a cottage in the south of France.  We're hoping to go their sometime in 2012.  Where will we bike?  What will we see?  Who will we meet?  And who will share a table with us? There is nothing more inspiring to the soul than travel.  Travel stretches your horizons and sparks creativity.  And, travel with friends that are kindred adventurers can make … [Read more...]