Postcard From MN…Wish You Were Here.

Our spring break has come to an end and as I reflect over my twelve days off, I found that I really did have some fun times…minus the weather.   On the first day off, my friend and co-worker Jean and I headed out the school doors and straight to McDonalds for a Shamrock shake to kick off our break…and it happened to be St. Patrick’s Day.

Going green!

Going green!

Kelly and I did some shopping and visiting over break and on the weekend, we had Terry and Jim & family over as well, so some cooking and entertaining was done, which Nate and I enjoy doing together.  Nate did all of the cooking for this last gathering, and he really outdid himself.  Everything was amazing!

Apple tart w/almond paste & apricot glaze.  I could’ve eaten this entire thing.

Apple tart w/almond paste & apricot glaze. I could’ve eaten this entire thing.

Nate makes a mean meat & cheese tray~

Nate makes a mean meat & cheese tray~

Love having family over~

Love having family over~

Late on in the week, I woke up in the mood for baking.  By 9:30 am, I had two dozen banana muffins made and ready to eat.   After that, I started on Snickerdoodle cookies.  These are one of my favorite cookies and fun to make as well.  Kelly and I had one straight out of the oven.

Yummy muffins!

Yummy muffins!

The perfect cookie~

The perfect cookie~

It’s so true…when you’re on break, you tend to eat a lot.  True, even here in Minnesota.  ha~

What happened next…okay, on Friday, a group of us met at a place called, Manic Ceramic. This was a cute little store that you go in to, pick out a piece of pottery, then paint it however you’d like.  Once you’re done, they keep it, fire it and glaze it, then you pick it up in a week.  I can’t wait to see how my creation turns out!

painting grapes on my bowl~

painting grapes on my bowl~

Jean, Sheri, Me & Karin in our workspace.

Jean, Sheri, Me & Karin in our workspace.

When we first got there, they told us that the hardest part of this activity is going to be picking out your pottery.  The guy was right.  There are so many neat things to paint and we all wanted to pick them all.  You kind of go into a trance and your brain is trying to think what would be the best or what can I use?  haha.  Sheri seemed to have the most difficulty trying to pick out a dang color!  I realized that the three of us were sitting down and painting and I looked over to find her still staring at the paints.  She just couldn’t decide…brain freeze!

One, of many shelves to choose from.

One, of many shelves to choose from.

Just pick one!

Just pick one Sheri!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was such a fun and relaxing way to spend an afternoon with some girlfriends.  We all agreed that we’d love to come back another time and do this again.

Love our pottery!

Love our pottery!

A few doors down from Manic Ceramic, was a Green Mill.  Perfect spot for us hungry artists.  We walked on over and met up with a few other co-workers for Happy Hour.  It was good to catch up with them all and hear what they’ve been doing on their spring break.

EA’s unite!

EA’s unite!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I was at Happy Hour, Kelly was having her own outing with friends.  She got to go to the Wild hockey game and see them take on the Calgary Flames.  She saw a great game that night and a winner!  Nice to have friends that have season tickets.

Heading to the game!

Heading to the game!

Kelly, Olivia & and an unknown with Nordy, the mascot.

Kelly, Olivia & and an unknown with Nordy, the mascot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night (Saturday), Kelly celebrated her birthday one more time.  She had her birthday party/sleepover with many of her good friends over…including some boys.  They did not stay for the sleepover.   Nate was asked to make pizza’s for dinner (this has become a birthday ritual) and I made her a Orange Blueberry cake that she found on Pinterest.  It was really good!  We all sang to her and she managed to blow all 15 candles out, unlike her sister who always seems to leave at least one.  ha~

Was a pretty cake.  Had a layer of orange under that purple.

Was a pretty cake. Had a layer of orange under that purple.

Singers lungs...she got that last one~

Singers lungs…she got that last one~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a long night for Kelly and friends, but they had lots of fun and every one of her friends thanked us for having them over.  What a nice, polite group of teens.  They are always welcome back.

Finally, a b-day picture taken outdoors.

Finally, a b-day picture taken outdoors.

So that bring us to today and our last day of break.  It’s raining here and that’s okay.  A sign of spring and washing away the ugly last remains of dirty snow.  We have 60’s in our forecast for the week ahead and that makes us smile.  We are ready to move on to some warmer weather.   Speaking of warmer weather…here’s a little peak at what Megan’s spring break looked like in Corpus Christi, Texas.   Yes, we were all a little jealous, but glad she had such a good time.  She will be arriving back home tonight and I can’t wait to see her!

Soaking up the sun & sand.

Soaking up the sun & sand.

Making sandcastles~

Making sandcastles~

 

Beach babes~

Beach babes~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 comments

  1. 12 days full of adventure for everyone,i think you may need a day off to relax and regroup.
    The cookies were perfect can i have the reciepe? Can we go back to the ceramic place soon it was a great way to spend the afternon.
    Kelly and Megan also had a wonderful vacation love the photos.

  2. I would love to go to the ceramic place with you girls next time.
    Looks like you had a great staycation!

  3. I will send the recipe and yes, we will go back again soon. Maybe make some Christmas gifts for family or friends. Dawn, you’ll have to join us. Just commit!

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