Friday, September 17, 2010

We must be nuts…

…cuz we’ve gone Loony again.  Yep, at we’re at Loon Lodge.  My cousin Nicole gets married this weekend in Crookston so we had to make a pit stop here.  My sister hadn’t seen the place yet either, so theres that too.  Avery looks amused.  “Oh yay.  We’re at Loon Lodge again.”DSC_0573

In the brief time that we’ve been away from Loon Lodge – fall arrived!   DSC_0574 DSC_0575

They are busy trying to close up the cabin for the year, so we had to eat up what was left in the cupboard.  Which meant it was finally time to break down and eat the last bag of Costa Rican Frijoles Rojos.  Translation: Costa Rican red beans that ROCK.  We’ve found a site online to buy them, so all is well in the world.  Which is good because my Avos is OBSESSED with them.  She ate nothing but red beans and milk for dinner last night.DSC_0581

Dylan had nothing to do with them.  He’s busy with his bulldozer. DSC_0583

Bean coma. DSC_0585

Screaming at Grandpa to give her more beans (we had cut her off for diaper changing sake in the morning).   DSC_0590

“Uggggg.  Why won’t anyone LISTEN TO ME!?!?!? Fine!  I’ll wipe my face on the couch! That’ll show em!” DSC_0592

Today we got the stupid idea to take a boat ride.  At first it seemed okay, but it turned out to be a baaaaaad idea.  Summer and fall have collided.   DSC_0595 DSC_0597Th

e crew examining the wall falling into the lake.  It was serious bidness.   DSC_0600

Fall fashion statement! DSC_0601

Its a good look for her, me thinks. DSC_0602

Stoopin to a new low!   DSC_0603

Finally!  Documentation of the sunglass collection! DSC_0605 DSC_0606 DSC_0607 DSC_0614

(note: these are Jon’s actual sunglasses.) DSC_0615

Fallllllllllllllllllllllllllllll DSC_0616

Here’s were it got ugly.  Yes, that

‘s Susan snuggling with a dog.  Yep, a real dog.  This is not a fake dog.  Real dog here people!  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  It was COLD!  The sun left us, the wind picked up, the waves were splashin’ and we took cover and comfort with a blanket and lap dogs.  It had to be done. DSC_0621

Back on dry land, it was snack time.  Best almond butter ever! Paired with a lovely honeycrisp apple! DSC_0624Avery was “helping” feed the dogs. 



DSC_0626It wasn’t just me she offered to share her apple with.  Yuck! DSC_0627


























Well, I’ve run out of things to tell you.  Eric came and took the kids to his parents house, so I will be having a kid free night! Woohoo!  Crazy times to come!  Okay, so probably not, but I like to pretend I can still hang with the best of em.  There’s talk of another showing of Hot Tub Time Machine and I can’t pass that up!  Open-mouthed G’night!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mystery revealed

  It’s been raining all day long here.  Good thing I have a lot to do indoors!  The kids are happy that they get to watch tv and build forts, tho Dylan keeps bringing up a bike ride getting Avery all riled up for nothing. Literally, it’s been raining all day.  I see no bike ride in their future.  Avery doesn’t really watch tv all that much yet, but this morning I caught her watching for a minute or so like this: (take note of my beloved Fluidity bar and Dylan on the couch in the background)DSC_0525

Rain, Rain, go away. DSC_0526

Our special guest came bearing gifts!  Well, not gifts as I shall pay her for efforts.  I requested that she bring me as many of these babies as possible.  Yes, I’ll admit.  I have a problem.   DSC_0527

These are AMAZING. DSC_0530

Lunch today was the same as yesterday, but I’ll post the recipe today.  Wouldn’t ya know it, the one time I don’t post a recipe – I get a request wanting the recipe!  Dang it, Derek!  It’s okay – not your fault I was being lazy this morning.  So here it is:

Black Bean Burgers Ala Trishy
DSC_0389  Ingredients:

2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 carrot, grated (could do more if you want, but I’m lazy when it comes to grating carrots)
1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds), but if you can’t find them – unsalted sunflower seeds would be a lovely choice
1 TB olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Mash up the black beans in a large bowl using a fork or a muddle or even a meat tenderizer would work!  Don’t mush them up so much that they become paste like.  They should be more of a chunky texture.  Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix it all up.  Preheat a frying pan coated with cooking spray.  Wet your hands (to prevent it from sticking to you) and form the mixture into patties (it will yield 5-6 patties).  Fry them until each side is golden brown.  I like to gently smush them down some with my spatula while they are cooking.  We topped them with cheese, guacamole and a tomato on a 100 calorie bun.  You can do whatever toppings you want though! 

Onto the news of the day – the mystery mission we are on.  Ever since we moved here, we have had it in the back of our minds that we wouldn’t stay here forever.  While we love our house, the lakeshore and the distance from town were not quite as appealing.  So, we’ve decided to list our house for sale!  So now you’re probably wondering how we will continue to have “Our Life on a Lake,” right?  Well, we are on the lookout for new lake properties that are closer to Brainerd.  We realize we have a tall order, but we will try to remain hopeful that something will work out.  We need to sell our house before we can move on and that will probably be the hardest part.  But you never know – we could be surprised!  When the time comes, we will definitely miss this house, our neighbors (sorry Lingy!  We wanted to tell you before we posted it here, but well, it’s raining and I didn’t feel like going outside today! LOL) and this area in general.  The kids have loved this place very much, but we think they would love to have a better lakeshore where they can swim freely and also have a shorter commute into town for school and activities.  I know their driver will LOVE that more than anyone! Wink  So anyway, I spent a good portion of the day staging and taking photos for our listing.  BIG THANKS to Auntie Susan for keeping the kiddies occupied while I did all this.  Let me tell ya – it was no small feat.  This place doesn’t always look so magical, if you can believe that! Ha! So here are the pics I took today:
DSC_0533 DSC_0534 DSC_0537 DSC_0538 DSC_0542 DSC_0543 DSC_0544 DSC_0546 DSC_0547 DSC_0549My helper!  She makes a mean teepee. DSC_0554

We have a helper down!  I repeat, a helper down! DSC_0558 DSC_0559 DSC_0565 DSC_0567 DSC_0568 DSC_0569 DSC_0570 DSC_0571

And that’s it for today’s photos.  I did pull some old photos of our yard to send to our realtor.  They may or may not include the wild rice.  I’m sneaky like that.  Open-mouthed

Well, dinner is marinating, so I better get to preparing it!  Have a lovely evening!