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Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Start with a ball of potato dough. I use the instant potato flake recipe - not for the purist, but I think it's super-tasty and super-easy, and it rolls out nice and thin and makes a soft lefse. It's quite delightful.

Here you see my lefse griddle and turning stick. My dad had carved one and made the hilt look like a Norwegian sword, but this is stylishly effective, too. You pick up the thin, flat dough with the stick and lay it on the griddle.
In the middle of making lefse, I looked out the window and saw and eagle (crow above it) in our huge cottonwood tree. Then saw the horses running down the hill.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Anniversary in Paris

 Doug and I took a spontaneous, romantic 15th anniversary trip to Paris in 2003.
We left the kids with various family and friends (thank you again), and had a charmed, perfect trip abroad.
  Flipping through this old French textbook, I noticed lots of photos and sections about places we saw and ate and experienced. So I combined textbook photos with our photos, and it's a fun memory book.

 Here's tiny photos of us on the little boat sailing up and down the map of the Seine.

 There was a section in the French text about French-speaking places other than France. Here is a page about Quebec, with a picture of Chateau Frontenac, where we spent our honeymoon! So I dug up a couple of pictures from 1988.

We loved the Cluny

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mushroom Quiche!

O my goodness, this was tasty - mushroom and swiss! And it looks so pretty on my starburst plate.

Does anyone make leftover pie crust anymore? I still love it - sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, bake till lightly browned. (Often, however, I bake till burned and then say "Doh!" when I smell it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Altered Book

 Home to Texas

One spring break, the kids really wanted to swim. We live in MN. We can't swim outdoors until the middle of June. So we decided to throw them in the van and drive to Texas till we found a beach. (We made a lovely detour to Austin first to see an old college friend), but drove all the way to Corpus Christie - good god. I will tell you I don't ever have the need to visit Texas again. I wish Austin weren't there, because I like that, and we liked the River Walk in San Antonio. So the kids got their beach time and we even drove the 1/2 hour south of Corpus to cross into Mexico so the kids could say they'd been to a third country (the US being their first, Canada the 2nd, and now Mexico for an hour).

To pretend that I had a good time (I can't stand beaches, full sun, or Texas, or the states we had to drive through to get there), I created a photo album in this funny Western thrift store find: Home to Texas.

It had hilarious character names, like Dork Wallace (that's now an insult in our family, as in: "YOU'RE a Dork Wallace!"), and Austin Crabb, Ace Pease, Spang Cooper, Bucko Sollars.

Minding Our Own Business

I grab these books with picture endsheets (and this one even has the book jacket!) whenever I find them. This one I ripped out the text block and rebound with my own letterpressed lined blank pages.  A long time ago I was trying to figure out how to make hand bound journals with lined pages. All I could find to purchase online were single sheets. To do a sewn book, you need large sheets of paper to fold down to make a "signature". You sew several signatures together then attach your book covers.
Anyway, I couldn't find any large sheets of lined paper, so I had a print shop make a die of lines and then I befriended this great guy in Northfield, MN who had letterpresses. I spent an evening with him printing big sheets of my lined paper. He was so good at perfecting the print - he took a lot of time adjusting the height of the die so that it would make an even print. I love watching someone who is really really good at what they do.