Decision Time

October 22nd, 2013

How To Make an Important Decision

First, realize that there is Always more than one important thing to consider. There are at least two sides to Every story and each side is as important as the other. A third side could be the one.

It is very good at this point to make a list of pros and cons for the issue. Many times we find there are an equal number on both sides. This is the nature of living. Good things and bad things can come of our decisions and actions. At some point we realize that all is life and life is complicated. Try to keep it simple and you’ll be less inclined to err.

Secondly, make sure you have heard the other viewpoints to the issue. Ask an elder, a professor, and a good friend who has gained your respect and who knows about the issue from experience.

Thirdly, don’t make any decisions in haste or out of pure emotions. Heart, head, and spirit must all go together. If one is missing, something is wrong.

Fourthly, ask yourself, is this the right way to choose before making your final decision.

Fifthly, know that you can always withdraw and change your mind when new information becomes available. Don’t stick to your guns just because you made a decision and refuse to change.

Sixthly, if you have made the right decision, and feel good about it, then by all means stay with that until you have been proven wrong.

And, finally, sometimes if we wait long enough, an issue will resolve itself. No action need be taken by us. The resolution might take place almost immediately, or it might take years. It is up to you, armed with information and several viewpoints to decide when to take action and when to let it ride on the wings of fate. Good luck to you in all your endeavors.

October 17th, 2013

Been gone gathering for awhile, but today I am back with a hot tip for cash strapped college students and for people who like a deal while they get to check out some new music at the same time. Doesn’t hurt that there is a Rolling Stone site attached. Have fun!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/daily-download

Open Streets-Try It Out

September 14th, 2013

Many towns like Northfield struggle over weather or not to have motorized vehicles in their down town shopping areas. Well, Chicago, of all places to come up with a solution or compromise, is closing streets for a day, Sunday, each week. If it doesn’t work, no law in stone, YET, that says we can’t open it back up to cars and trucks, and all!

http://chicagoist.com/2013/07/30/open_streets_returns_to_wicker_park.php

What’s New in Wabasha

August 17th, 2013

It’s been such a busy week here, like everyone is realizing hey, it might be the last of summer over the next few weeks. Here in Wabasha, we have had it all. The best of the summer festivities, music, and food!

Our farmer’s market grows each week as more food becomes available from mother earth and I have to say, the last batch of radishes and zuchinni we got was superb. Sweet and delicious.
We got duck eggs and they were great. I made a fast omelet with tomatoes, zuchinni, oregano and vinegar, a dash to lighten up the eggs for me. It was great. I’ll have another tomorrow! The farmer’s market also has three ways to pay. Credit card, ESB card, and another one you have to ask Sara about. Liam played guitar and sang for us and we were happy to give him a gift of money for his efforts.
We have had a few good meals at the Bluff View. Last night, a half a dozen scallops with pineapple salsa on a bed of baby greens was superb at 11 bucks, and the scallop were decent size. My husband had a steak which I thought looked delicious and he said it was indeed. We have also had a very nice Sunday buffet there a couple of times and relished in the fact that everything was so much better than the usual fare. Also about 11 dollars.

Menus

July 22nd, 2013

For some years now, I have both collected and shared some mouth watering reading fare. Yes, menus.
Read a menu when you are sad, read a menu when you are mad, betcha sweet dollar you will not holler
because your brain will be so glad. lol!

Medici’s on 57th is a place I went to with various friends and my husband so many times I cannot count.
The food is so good, the service just right. Today, just go to the site, download the three menus and then
sleep well tonight. Alright? Alright.

http://www.medici57.com/

Bluff View Bar and Grille

July 13th, 2013

In Wabasha, we are so lucky to have new owners, Greg and June, who have made a super place to dine and enjoy one of the prettiest views in the area. We especially enjoyed our lunch today as Greg took a moment out of his busy time to let us know where my salmon was from, South America, and how he loved to prepare food for friends and anyone who appreciates the time and effort, I’d say the artistry, in serving a great dish of food. For me, this was one for the books, because, although it was a simple salad with salmon on top, the ingredients were very fresh, very colorful,
and full of flavor. A lovely balsamic vinegar dressing was my good choice and one that I enjoyed so much, I ate the entire cupful, which is something I rarely do.

Greg was proud of his cooking and of Chef Jeremy’s sparkling clean kitchen. Greg said, I don’t have to tell him what to do, he just keeps it that way on his own to the point where the county inspector commented that their kitchen was one of the best he’s seen.

My husband loves the beef dishes and orders them all the time. He’s the fussy one between us two and if he doesn’t like something, we don’t go back. We’ve enjoyed the Bluff a few dozen times in the last year, and highly recommend it to everyone now that Jeremy is here.

In Wabasha, HWY 60, near Hwy 61, 1-651-565-4332

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bluffs-at-Coffee-Mill/202994283048914?fref=ts

What’s New in Wabasha

July 2nd, 2013

Had another great day at the Wabasha Farmer’s Market yesterday by the hospital. Abigail sold us the bread she promised, we took it home and had some this morning as toast and we put some avocado on it. Man, that was good. It’s a very dense but doesn’t go down like a heavy rock. It’s dense, but light and mighty tasty. Just really good ingredients. For four bucks a loaf, I think I can make several meals with it as a base. Good work, Abigail!

Recipe;
Later, we tried baking French toast with Abigail’s bread. It was awesome. We cut 5 pieces of 3/4 inch thick slices into quarters and soaked them in 5 eggs with vanilla, milk and cinnamon. Then placed all 20 pieces into two buttered glass pans, put them in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. SO good with real maple syrup or honey.

Sara George got us some of the MOST wonderful tasting strawberries we ever had. We love strawberries and these were so worth the money. Get there early, they might be gone soon.

Another lady had radishes, but we didn’t get there early enough. Maybe next time!

Thanks so much to the wonderful farmers who weed and wait for us to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Thank you so much for your support. I know they really appreciate it.

Some Accessories Might Be In Order

July 2nd, 2013

Just ran across one of the nicest beaded jewelry artists I have seen. Please check them out on Facebook.
They are just getting underway so get there quick because I think they will sell out soon, that’s how nice
their pieces are to my eye.

J&M Jewelry
Quality handcrafted Native American Jewelry
Made in Milwaukee, WI USA

What’s New In Wabasha

June 25th, 2013

The Wabasha Farmer’s Market has some good news for you!! Now accepting Credit/Debit cards & SNAP/EBT!
The Wabasha Farmers Market is happy to announce that we will now be able to accept SNAP/EBT cards (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and also Credit/Debit cards.

We are also participating in the Market Bucks Program from Blue Cross and MFMA (Minnesota Farmers Market Association.) “Market Bucks” coupons match the first $5 in SNAP/EBT card purchases with an additional $5 in Market Bucks each market day.

We are asking everyone’s help in getting the word out about this great program that helps people obtain good healthy food for their families.

What’s New In Wabasha

June 25th, 2013

This is my first ‘What’s New In Wabasha’ where we will weekly post specials, reminders and notices of happenings, sales and services around Wabasha, MN. We cater to Mom and Pop shops. You know, the kind where you get special products and or services with a special smile attached because we are all in this together and some of us are making
it lots easier for some of us to get it together.

This week because it is my first week, second day of even thinking about this blog, I have two places I want to talk about. Cabbage Patch Garden Center and Floral Gift shops are the first. This lovely compound is hidden from the street view but if you stop and park, you will wonder into a wonderland of plants, shrubs, trees, and more. There is a huge wisteria vine growing over a greenhouse that you will not want to miss and every week the view is updated as the last one got sold! We have purchased many plants and other items from Cabbage Patch and couldn’t be happier with the quality and beauty of our purchases. From rose bushes to wind chimes, all lovely things to help our gardens sparkle!

This week, Brian has some special deals to tell be about and as soon as he does, I’ll tell you.
Cabbage Patch Garden Center
917 Hiawatha Dr W
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 565-2995

The second place is Flour Mill Pizzeria in Wabasha. This restaurant with attached ice cream and candy parlor like from the olden days is quite a treasure. I have enjoyed the pizza, fresh as it can be, the lasagna, so Italy, chicken pot pie, Marie Calendar, look out, and lovely red pepper side salad, cannot be denied. If you are hungry on a Monday, they are opened. Nice for me because I am always ready to go out and dine on Mondays. Not so much
Tues or Wed when the Flour Mill is closed.

They have great outdoor seating with the Mississippi River about 100 yards away! And you get to see the whole
river view. So beautiful. Come here to eat after the National Eagle Center, or just come here to eat and you will not be sorry, I guarantee it.

Flour Mill Pizzeria
146 Main St W
Wabasha, MN 55981
(651) 560-4170