Friday, October 10, 2014


i'm just in love with this season. the weather is chill and the colors are breath-taking. it really does sing into the holidays so beautifully! ♥

> > > have a great weekend,friends! :) fall in love with it! ♥

Thursday, October 9, 2014

tator tot hot dish

i have been blank on meal planning. i was getting bored of eating the same thing over & over. the other day, i decided to make a hot dish because i'm a minnesotan, right? sorta. i haven't tried a tator tot hot dish before and the result was delicious!

(my bad, i know my stove top is dirty -whoops).

1 lb. ground meat
1/2 cup corn
1 cup green beans
mozzarella cheese sticks
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can of milk (i measured it from the cream of mushroom can)
tator tots

1. preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. cook ground meat, in my case, it was ground turkey
3. mix cream of mushroom & milk into a bowl
4. layer dish (i'd say i used a 5x9 dish) with cooked ground meat, corn, & green beans
4. use a cooking scissor or knife to cut mozzarella cheese sticks right into the dish, make sure it's spread out
5. layer the cream of mushroom & milk on top
6. top off with tator tots, the amount will vary how you layer it
7. set in oven for about 40 minutes to an hour. it will vary if you used fresh or frozen veggies/tots. mine was boiling at the end, i took it out at an hour and let it sit for a few minutes.

and there you go. i didn't follow any recipe, just made my own as i'm kind of stubborn when it comes to cooking. and since i do cook plenty and am not an expert, i know what my taste buds like. i didn't follow the cream of mushroom directions to add a cup of milk, instead, i added half a can so my dish wasn't so liquid-y.

brady really liked the dish, same here. it was something new for me, i was willing to try. i already have a few more meal plans for the days ahead and am excited. on the flip side, these are such comforting food that i'm afraid i will feel sluggish and want to go for some late night jogs.

so, what dishes are you cooking lately??

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

moon me.

the skies have been absolutely amaze-balls! now, i don't use that word much (amaze-balls), but seriously!!! they have been! the first photo is from our monday evening walk. . . you can barely see the moon, but my gosh, it was breath-taking!

the second photo was the lunar eclipse from early this morning. i mean, incredible! :) i was so happy i woke up in time for it and went back to sleep for another half hour before i really had to get up for work. so glad i finally got to see one!!

these photos do no justice in what really happened. i don't like that i am not magical with the lens i have with these types of photos/scenes. my 50mm isn't that powerful. still learning. still learning. hoping to learn with a new lens soon! :p

anyway, i hope your week has been beautiful! i know i have had a few little almost break downs, but overall, i am feeling great and the news i have have been superb. i'm definitely looking on the bright side! have a great rest of the week! ♥ ♥ J

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


when you're on the road, it's fun to make some stops and soak up some of the beauty on the roadside.

once we hit the north shore scenic route, i'm all drooling and eyes are wide open! lake superior is my ocean (only because i've never witnessed the real thing yet). it's so cool! and the water is so blue! and cold.

when brady and i drove up the gunflint trail, i was in total awe. the colorful trees were breath taking. i didn't want to leave. i want to be back there already. i had brady stop along the road while on the gunflint trail. . . it was nice because there was nobody else there until a couple saw us and joined us. and then we left. ha. just lovely! ♥

we also stopped by a north shore scenic area where there was a marina. my gosh. there were these HUGE rocks where we went for a walk. it had a rock-way where it led to an island? not really sure, we were short on time so we didn't go all the way to the end. i was telling brady how it reminded me of the galapagos island and how i wanted to be darwin at the moment.

it was absolutely amazing up north. we were kind of sad that we didn't get to spend enough time there. perhaps it won't be too frigid to get away for another weekend. i'm glad i at least caught a few snapshots of our weekend. you can view part i: here where we were at jay cooke state park and part ii: camped, here, a few miles from the canadian border.

hope the week is going well for you friends! i'm already planning for another get away, even if it's for the day! :) :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


So... we did not make reservations and around this time in this part of Northern Minnesota, it gets super busy and just about all of the lodges and campsites had NO VANCANCY. Luckily, we have this secret spot of ours about ten miles (maybe less) from the Canadian border to set camp. As we drove by the many campsites, I was getting more nervous and we had to set a PLAN C! Thankfully right, this place never fails us. We LOVE coming here!!!

We made it to camp right before the sun went down. I started the fire meanwhile Brady set up the tent. The stars were so beautiful! My pictures do NO justice.

You see that little friend and Brady's foot not too far? It was acting as if were didn't even exist! ^_^

My goodness we had a great time. We had only wish it would last longer. The sun was beaming hot. The entire time, I was in shorts & a tank. Ok, maybe not at night for bed, but you get the point. I don't think this will be our last visit before the snow fall and we may even visit during the snow. It was real nice not to see folks after the main road (no offense, people). We really do like our quiet. And I really do love Fall. It was so beautiful! ♥

You can read where we stopped before we set up camp here.