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Habits? Ask me again, 10 years ago.

>> Monday, August 23, 2010

Enjoying the moment.

10 years ago, I would list things I wanted to "achieve". We aren't talking about New Year's resolutions. My lists were structured that required instant habits! Craziness! 10 years later, I like developing small habits one step at a time. Just like John Lennen said, "Life is what happens to you, while you are busy making other plan". Check out zenhabits .

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Tuscan Beef Stew

>> Sunday, August 15, 2010

Overnight we have gone into a new season, one that smells like Fall. The memories that the smell conjures up. The air reminds me of shopping for school clothes, school supplies, sleeping in the living room of the cottage with the windows open, evening golfing until dark, bonfires....things we did before the kids entered the school year again.

I love the line about this topic in the movie You've Got Mail.
"Don't you love New York in the Fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies.
I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."


I decided this was a great day to look for a Fall soup recipe. I hunted around in my freezer to see what it offered. I found a 10 oz. chunk of beef chuck in my freezer and cooked up my version of a

"TUSCAN BEEF STEW".

Cook the meat down at medium heat in:

3 cups water
3 beef broth cubes with a 1/4 c. of black cherry balsamic vinegar until the meat was falling apart.
Then I added
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp sage
Salt and pepper
1 (15 oz) can of crushed tomatoes
1 medium zucchini diced
1 1/2 c dry red wine
Bring this to a boil and boil for 3-5 minutes.
Add:
5 cups hot water
12 oz Orzo, uncooked
3 additional beef bouillion cubes
Cook on low heat for about 1 - 1 1/2 hrs. until ready to serve.
Serve garnished with grated Parmesan cheese.

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Going Home

>> Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Today all the family is going home. One last lunch together and we will all go our seperate ways.


Our menu was homemade bread, turkey chili, and Cowboy Caviar.

Cowboy Caviar
1 each chopped - red and orange bell pepper
1/2 red onion, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
1 can shoepeg corn, drained
1 can pinto beans w/jalapeno, drained
1 can black eyed peas w/jalapeno, drained
1 can black beans, drained

Sauce:
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1/2 c sugar
1 c vegetable oil

Bring the vinegar and oil to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in the sugar until it is dissolved.
Cool.
Pour the marinade over the veggies and refirgerate at least 24 hours.
Eat with Wheat Thins or tortilla chips.

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Meanwhile, Don.......

>> Tuesday, August 10, 2010



Meanwhile, Don ventured out with Ken (brother-in-law) to do some fishing. Monday morning saw them heading out to Northern Minnesota in the Pathfinder and lots of mosquito spray.


This is a 20" Large mouth bass. They said they ate it for breakfast.
Sounds like they are having fun.
He will be home on Friday.

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After the Wedding


On Sunday after the wedding, the family (Dad, Chris, Steve, Erin, Jacob, Megan, Cammie, Justin) all headed up to Door County for a couple of days.

The first evening they went to JJ's La Puerta for supper. Cammie worked there five summers as a waitress and still cannot get enough of Mexican food. She was excited to show Steve and Erin.

On Monday I drove up and spent the afternoon with them at Hands on Art and worked on a few projects with them. Don spent several summers living and working up there with families in the welding studio while Cammie and Erik worked at the local restaurants. The silo project mentions Don, his painting and work at Hands On.


I left them that evening and headed home. They headed to The Shoreline Restaurant for supper. Erik bussed dishes for two summers at The Shoreline.

Alot of Sallenbach memories are in Door County.

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The New Couple

>> Sunday, August 8, 2010







Is this the happiest couple? They thoroughly enjoyed their day and laughed alot.

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The Wedding

A proud dad. A great day.









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The Wedding Day-that morning



While Mom and Sharon put together the last of the programs (doubled as fans to combat the heat and humidity), I met Cammie and the girls at the salon for "hairdos". They had all stayed in a room at the hotel that night, I wonder how much sleep they got? But when they arrived the six bridesmaids and Cammie were laughing and having so much fun. If they stayed up late, it didn't show.


After the updo, I had to head home and make Jacob's cap for the wedding. Jacob would be walking down the aisle with the rings tied inside the cap. An important assignment, so the hat better fit.


Motherhood prepares you for days like this; all the multitasking. Sewing, making pizza for bridesmaids, giving input to Becky who was making the list of things not to be forgotten in the transport to the wedding.


The only hitch....I arrived at the church to decorate and change into my dress when I realized I left Cammie's dress at home. Whoops! That seemed too obvious to be on the list.

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The Wedding Weekend-Rehersal






The night before Cammie's wedding, the wedding party sat out in the garage and made 26 wedding cake floral tops. Cammie, funny girl, announced after they had finished, "we're not really going to use these, it was just a team building exercise!" jk



One of the cake tops had fern "antlers" (I made sure it was on the bridal reception table). What surprised me is that the boys did as good as a job as the girls. I didn't care what the final product was, it was unbelievable fun and stuff memories are made of.



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