Archive for the ‘A Look On The Bright Side’ Category

Sad Day for Skyline Restaurant, Lake City, MN

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I learned today that Skyline Restaurant, where the of Skyline Hotel Condos are on Hwy 61 in Lake City, MN has gone down and out.
It was one of my favorite places, located at the end of Lake Pepin, right there next to the water, where the Pearl boat harbors. The food, though sometimes missed a beat, was more often good and plentiful with very fair pricing.
A little word of advice on the side; never order a steak unless you are in a place that calls themselves a Steak House. It’s a special sort of situation that a restaurant that offers some of everything usually cannot cope with.
Anyway, I am so sad about them going down. A couple of new restaurants came to town and that may have pushed the sack over the bridge. I have been to one, called The Rail House, and it’s good, it has some original recipies, like pizza, and such, but it’s not that much different in its offerings, i think that its just that people like something new. We may get “5 senses blind” to a restaurant, it’s food, it’s ambiance and even it’s staff after a few dozen trips. So we go where everyone else is going to hit the latest trend in dining out.
Good luck to the new owners, if there will be new owners and if so, I hope to write about you, too.

What’s New in Wabasha

Saturday, 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.

What’s New In Wabasha

Tuesday, 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

Sunday Buffet at Bluff View Bar and Grille at Coffee Mill Golf Club, Wabasha, MN

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

We finally got a chance to try the new buffet as we were encouraged by neighbors who raved about it.
We decided to go and see for ourselves. Isn’t that interesting? Haha. Okay, really, it was good and it
did have everything you would expect for a breakfast buffet including eggs and omelets made to order.
We especially enjoyed the bacon. It and the light patty sausage were very good. Light on the salt.
They put salt on the table, if you want it, go ahead, but don’t make the rest of us suffer. Nice thick bacon, cooked well, not burnt, not stiff like dead wood board, flexible, tasty, but doesn’t taste like maple syrup, apples or grand momma’s raspberry pie. If you want your bacon tasting like other ingredients, let me leave it
up to you to put both together and I’ll just take the bacon.

There were several types of potatoes, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit of all sorts American, mixed vegetables with rice, chocolate chip cookies, a plate of small cinnamon and other sweet rolls. The only thing I did not see was a plate of cheese, and no fish at all. However, I did not miss theses last two items. After all, it is really just a late breakfast.

I did not speak of the ham, pork, and Eggs Benedict because my stomach is just not that big. Maybe you can try them for yourself. To all the rest, I give an A. Thanks to Craig and June, Chef Jeremy and the Staff for a great gathering of food and service.
The Bluffs @ Coffee Mill is available for private events.
Please contact June Alper for details.
She can be reached at 1 (651) 565-4332 or
by email at

Planning for Next Thanksgiving

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Now I have heard everything! White Castle Hamburger Turkey Dressing.
You can replace the bread cubes or crumbs and meat with one White Castle
hamburger for every pound of turkey. So a 10 -12 lb turkey would get a dozen white castles, some celery,
walnuts, onions and herbs, or however your momma made it,
and OMG! White Castle Stuffing!

Remember to be thankful for all your blessings each day of the

When You Are Ready

Monday, March 12th, 2012

They say when you are ready, the master will appear. I guess, no, I know I must have been ready when I finally walked into ‘Kimono’. a, you’ll never guess what, Kimono shop where fine Japanese Wedding Kimonos are sold.

I had been directed to visit the shop over a year ago, but it was closed that day, and then they moved around the corner and I lost track of it. Yesterday, after visiting Alice the Great Horned Owl who was also visiting the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, we were walking over to get one of our favorite so fresh pizzas at the Flour Mill, and we saw the door to Kimono wide opened. It was a 65 degree day and we decided to take a look around, even though the shop looked very dark inside. Well, the shop was dimly lit and the reason for that is to save the very special fabrics found inside.

The kimonos are simply divine, collector’s items, historically significant and are many of last ones ever to be made in the hand sewn manner of hundreds of years of tradition. If you have never seen gold and silver thread and all manner of incredibly wondrous colors set to a nature scene with only birds who pair together for life adorning the gardens and streams pictured this is for you. I cannot say enough about this collection. I have seen many fine museum quality pieces in museums that hardly compare.

So, for me, so interested in fabric arts lately, this discovery was a major gift and blessing for my mind and body and spirit. Many thanks to Richard Fuller.

Please visit Kimono by appointment or
10 to 4 Weekdays, 12 to 4 Weekends
or call as directed on the door.

The owners are nearby at all times, but don’t come too early as Richard keeps late nights talking to his Japanese clients.

651 565 2002
128 Main Street
Wabasha, MN

blacked out wikipedia

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Wikipedia is blacked out for a day…trying to send a message to congress to leave our free internet info alone!
Write your congressman right away, people! don’t let them keep knowledge away from us…it’s our internet, not theirs! Pass this on, please.

Eagles, Not the Football Team

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Searching around the Internet can be somewhat frustrating at times when so many things are named for things that they are not. But, let’s not get into that right now. My focus is on an old problem with an old solution that was brought to my attention by a recent WCCO newscast. but still, our country’s incredibly beautiful and wonderful eagles are still being sickened and killed by highly toxic lead shot and lead bullets.

Lead is toxic and the effect on eagles is a painful and drawn out death. We took lead out of our paint because it was killing kids. Let’s take it out of our guns when hunting deer and other animals. Many states have laws that require the use of copper or other non-toxic ammunition and many people around here volunteer to do so because they know it makes their families safer, too, when they eat the game they shoot. Although it may be more expensive, it will certainly go along way to make up for the damage caused by lead.

The warmer season we are having this year only aggravates the situation as the deer entrails containing the lead left by hunters are more visible to eagles and others and therefore more accessible and visible as food.

If you are a hunter or know of one, please pass the information on and let’s reduce the number of eagles dying each year.
It’s bad enough they have to contend with harsh weather, other predators and vehicles. Give our eagles a break and take lead out of the equation.

If you google, “non toxic bullets deer hunting”, you will see dozens of articles that talk about this subject at length.

Also, please visit the eagles at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. A beautiful building and museum right on the Mississippi River.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all! An attitude of gratitude is always the best. Don’t eat too much and get some much needed rest, I guess.

I have so much to be grateful for in my life, if I were to pass away today, I know I did the best I could and saw many, many wonderful things. Like children laughing and singing, waterfalls, tall and wide, mountains and oceans
and people full of pride. I saw puppies and tigers and giraffes and bears and all of the birds that fly in the air.

I’ll stop here and let you think about the wonderful places and things you have seen and wish you a happy holiday, whatever that means to you.

I am watching two parades on tv, one from my home town, Chicago, and one from Macy’s New York. I am grateful for tv, too.

Now You’ve Gone TOO Far!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

I was looking at a new online over 50 magazine when I cam across this article that peaked my interest. Here you go, you know how much I like to share…

We are all going to do this someday. We are all going to kick the bucket. The bucket will fall over and out will spill our, well, our everything. Then, what? Be buried, tossed, burned to bits. But, are you going to die green? Will your last breath leave a legacy of living green til the very last drop. See