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by hobbit
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Welcoming another new destination bakery
Replies: 0
Views: 1454

Welcoming another new destination bakery

Visit Sun Street Breads, just opened this week (46th and Nicollet.) I treated our office staff meeting this morning to raspberry cream scones, apple turnovers, and the "Downtowner" cinnamon roll, made with croissant dough. Rave reviews on all. And I haven't tried any of the breads yet, but they look...
by hobbit
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Maine Mom Sentenced For Sex Abuse Of Daughter
Replies: 2
Views: 1776

Thank you, dora, for giving expression to my same thought. I visit the Forum to engage in thoughtful discussion of issues. If I wanted to read stories like this one I would shop the tabloids.
by hobbit
Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Metro Transit Shares The Joy
Replies: 3
Views: 441

And I say, amen to that, dorajar. Well said. Most importantly, well thought.
by hobbit
Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:32 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: St Paul Gangster Tour
Replies: 0
Views: 717

St Paul Gangster Tour

I experienced the St Paul Gangster Tour yesterday, and give it 4 stars! I learned so much that I never knew about the history of St. Paul. Frankly, I never had much interest in St. Paul. But this tour actually inspired me to go to my public library today and check out several books on its history - ...
by hobbit
Thu May 27, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: David Collins Convicted Of Killing Baby In Fight
Replies: 4
Views: 695

"Not to be racist" - right.
I agree completely with Dora.
by hobbit
Mon May 10, 2010 5:55 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Sad sign of the times
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Sad sign of the times

While in Linden Hills this afternoon I picked up the Southwest Journal, and was saddened to learn that Pearsons Restaurant will be closing. Its owners want to retire. My daughters are rolling their eyes right now, because when we lived in Linden Hills when they were kidlets, I took them there. And t...
by hobbit
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:11 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Farmers Markets
Replies: 0
Views: 1352

Farmers Markets

So much excitement about the new Twins Stadium - I am counting down the opening of our wonderful farmers markets. The Minneapolis Market opens just 2 weeks from today on April 24. Mill City opens its season on May 8. Bring 'em on!
by hobbit
Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:03 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Alemar Cheese Company
Replies: 0
Views: 1380

Alemar Cheese Company

I have become an enthusiastic fan of Bent River Camembert, created by the Alemar Cheese Company in Mankato. Today I had the pleasure of meeting Keith Adams, the cheese maker, where he was offering samples at a Kowalski's store. He is passionate about his cheese, and loves talking about it. It is now...
by hobbit
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:50 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: The Pioneer Woman
Replies: 1
Views: 1571

I love this site. Thanks for posting it.
by hobbit
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: The local KFC
Replies: 1
Views: 753

Lunds and Byerlys stores all offer a whole rotesserie chicken every Friday, all day, for $5. It is cleverly billed as "the five buck cluck." I think it is a terrific value.
by hobbit
Fri Feb 12, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: The Anchor Fish and Chips
Replies: 2
Views: 1643

I experienced The Anchor last evening. Arrived just before 5:30 and there was already a (short) wait for a table. By the time we left an hour later there were many, many more crowded into the small entry, patiently waiting. No one seemed distressed by the wait or the tight space. Our waitress told u...
by hobbit
Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Kitchen Window
Replies: 0
Views: 813

Kitchen Window

The expanded Kitchen Window in Calhoun Square, all bright and sparkling, is open for business justt in time for holiday shopping. And what a store it is! I experienced it today and it wowed me. Besides having every imaginable piece of equipment and kitchen gadgets, it has a very large selection of d...
by hobbit
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Random thoughts
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Now that we are deeply into the short days and long, dark nights of November, I look forward to the first snowfall. It is still magical to watch small snowflakes transform our landscape. And it brightens the driving at night. It's the darn ice I hate..........but that usually doesn't come until Janu...
by hobbit
Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Latisse
Replies: 2
Views: 837

Latisse

So tonight I am watching Food Network, wanting to see who is selected as the next Food Network "star." Usually I multi-task while watching the show, and pay no attention to the ads. But something about this one caught my attention, and I watched it in jaw-dropped amazement. The product is Latisse. A...
by hobbit
Wed Jul 22, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: The Finder Forum
Replies: 6
Views: 3301

I agree with BrewskiBri. She expressed my viewpoint very well. The categories I regularly look at are Politics, News, What's on Your Mind, and Food and Drink. I enjoy reading posts that reflect viewpoints with which I differ, but I have been offended by some posts that (to me) are biased and dismiss...
by hobbit
Fri Jul 17, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Podcasts
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

NPR has several. I like Stuff you missed in history class, and Stuff you should know. Another favorite is The Splendid Table (the show for people who love to eat!) with Lynne Rossetto Kasper. I also listen to Grammary Girl. It delivers short, one-topic grammar lessons that help me brush up on writin...
by hobbit
Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:23 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: State Fair Foods Debut
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

Oh my......the year of the spud. That potato tornado looks incredible. Topped with sea salt, perhaps? Or sprinkled with malt vinegar? Or red pepper flakes? Dipped into sour cream and horseradish? Rolled in grated cheese, or buttered bread crumbs? Several ways to branch out with this delicacy. Let us...
by hobbit
Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Regional linguistics
Replies: 4
Views: 1402

I lived in Michigan until moving to Minnesota as a new bride in 1971. The Minnesota lingo that I had to learn included calling casserole, hotdish; expressway, freeway; and pop, soda. I have never accepted the phrase "go with" that is used every day here.
by hobbit
Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: What's good?
Replies: 7
Views: 1932

Yesterday's and today's glorious weather - 2 gorgeous June days, back-to-back, and on a week-end so there is time to enjoy them.
Our gardens, which are firmly established now.
Home made potato salad!
by hobbit
Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Jason's Deli
Replies: 0
Views: 923

Jason's Deli

Eden Prairie now boasts the opening of Minnesota's first Jason's Deli. Featuring a terrific salad bar, made to order sandwiches and wraps, soups, pasta, and complimentary ice cream, every day. It just opened on Monday (June 8) - stay tuned for reviews. Should do well with the lunch bunch in its loca...
by hobbit
Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Hello, President Obama!
Replies: 7
Views: 1646

I took a vacation day to watch all of the coverage of this historic event, in real time. I smiled, I wept, I marveled at the greatness of this country. I felt as if a spell had been lifted from our nation. I experienced hope. And, I baked a pie!! (Hobbits like to cook, and it kept my hands busy whil...
by hobbit
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: The times, they are a changing
Replies: 0
Views: 497

The times, they are a changing

Change is in the air, across our country. I have been watching coverage of the pre-inauguration activities all week-end. I have "teared up" so many times with the excitement and hope and contrast to what we have endured for so long. I know that the issues we face are numerous and complex. But I beli...
by hobbit
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Thanksgiving
Replies: 1
Views: 775

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I love the planning and cooking, and love sharing the meal with my daughters' friends. What are your favorite dishes for the Thanksgiving meal?
by hobbit
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Qualities
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

trustworthiness
acceptance
self-assured
by hobbit
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: quotes
Replies: 82
Views: 28112

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
by hobbit
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:36 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Winter!
Replies: 3
Views: 1199

Watching Belinda Jensen warn about approaching blizzard and polar temp conditions Snuggling under a down comforter while the night winds howl Being blinded by winter sunshine Walking in new-fallen snow Fireplaces - anywhere Hot chocolate (with whipped cream) Soup and chili- making it from scratch, a...
by hobbit
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Palin - the heels are on?
Replies: 1
Views: 708

Palin - the heels are on?

This campaign is spinning so into unknown orbits. The candidate for VP of the United States, next in line for the most powerful position in our country, quips about her shoes, as a metaphor for her abilities? The more I watch the appearances, the more it becomes clear to me. The rigors of the campai...
by hobbit
Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Herbs
Replies: 4
Views: 1569

Dorajar - you probably have already done this but you can Google "how to use fresh lavender" and get several sites. The first one I got was www.seedsofknowledge.com which, in The Garden Path section, has information about growing and using herbs, and lavender has its own page. You might not cook as ...
by hobbit
Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: flip flops
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

Long term wearing causes problems? I believe any duration causes problems. Flip-flops are the worst. Probably OK in the gym to wear from the shower to the locker, but that's about it. Me - I'm a fan of Birkenstocks. Fashionable and cool, and many styles. Spendy, but I say invest in your feet. The Bi...
by hobbit
Sat May 31, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Truffles & Tortes
Replies: 1
Views: 999

Truffles & Tortes

Dessert lovers - read on. If you don't know about Truffles & Tortes, you should. Oh my...... In January I attended the Food & Wine Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and Truffles & Tortes had a table with samples of a chocolate torte that brought me and my daughter to our knees. We took turn...
by hobbit
Fri May 30, 2008 6:57 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Spring is sprung
Replies: 3
Views: 845

Makes me want to plant pots of herbs for my back deck, which is what I will do this week-end. I love having fresh herbs just steps away from my kitchen.
by hobbit
Fri May 30, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Decrepitude
Replies: 4
Views: 881

Bone health for me too. I have worked in the field of long term care for more than 30 years, and have learned a lot about health and aging. I will tell you that the majority of individuals needing placement in assisted living and nursing homes get to that point because of a fall that fractures or br...
by hobbit
Tue May 27, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Right/left brain?
Replies: 1
Views: 669

I, too, see her moving both ways. Mostly she is moving clock-wise, but she changes direction about 3/4 of the way through.
by hobbit
Fri May 16, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Bush's radioactivity
Replies: 2
Views: 789

Bush's radioactivity

GOP Congressman Tom Davis (R-Va) is quoted as describing George Bush as "absolutely radioactive" to any and all Republicans seeking election/re-election, and urged distancing from the President. Oh really? Here is my list of reasons why - a short trip down memory lane that can be expanded significan...
by hobbit
Thu May 15, 2008 9:53 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Soundses
Replies: 2
Views: 806

the sounds of birds in the very early morning, just before daylight. So much better than an alarm clock; the music (personal favorites) I have transferred to my Shuffle that I listen to while exercising; the muffled conversations of my 2 young adult daughters when they are together - I don't want to...
by hobbit
Fri May 02, 2008 6:42 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Surimi Imitation Crab Meat
Replies: 2
Views: 1585

I like to add it to salad. It's also good just snacking on it as is, straight from the package.
by hobbit
Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:09 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Manifest
Replies: 3
Views: 869

Pie crust. Cookies made from rolled dough. A fresh flower arrangement that doesn't look like chaos in a vase. A bow made with ribbon on a gift package that looks pretty. What the heck - a simple gift bag stuffed with tissue paper that looks pretty!!!! My mother was an accomplished seamstress. She no...
by hobbit
Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: With compliments
Replies: 2
Views: 835

Recently, a former co-worker e-mailed me a quote she found that she liked, and introduced it by saying that she thought about me whenever she came across a "great quotation."
by hobbit
Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Under the Weather
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

As it turned out it was actually a good day for a sick day. The weather - the wind, the cold, the rain/sleet/snow pelting the windows - compelled me to burrow under a heavy blanket in front of the television, where in between zoning in and out of light sleep, I surfed channels and got my fill of foo...
by hobbit
Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Under the Weather
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Under the Weather

For the last 2 days I have been figting off bronchial disturbance. Finally, today I gave in and took a sick day. What do you do when you have an at-home sick day?
by hobbit
Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:37 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Looking for suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

We actually experienced Alma last summer. One-time experience wasn't great. We were seated upstairs, and some kind of photo shoot was going on the whole time. Subjects were seated at the table next to us and so the activity was quite distracting. Several times the photographer panned the room with h...
by hobbit
Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Looking for suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

Looking for suggestions

Three of my very dear friends will gather for dinner out Thursday evening. One friend suggested Christo's - Greek cuisine on Nicollet. Because I have never been a fan of lamb, feta, spanikopita and bakklava, I urged a reconsideration. Now I have been named the destination decider. And so I ask for y...
by hobbit
Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:21 am
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Skillz
Replies: 6
Views: 1198

making pie crust
parallel parking
by hobbit
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Broders' Pasta Bar
Replies: 1
Views: 1033

I have enjoyed Broder's Pasta Bar only once, and gave it high marks. I am a regular patron, though, of the deli across the street. It's the best. Cheeses, olives, salads, fresh pasta, desserts, breads....oh my. If you have never experienced Broder's, go.
by hobbit
Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Winter's last hurrah
Replies: 0
Views: 596

Winter's last hurrah

I know. We are sick to death of snow, wind, cold, and ice. Easter's early arrival this year taunted our expectations of crocus, tulips and tree buds. And today we take another knock-out punch from Mother Nature. But look outside. Winter's last brush strokes are breath taking. This, dear readers, is ...
by hobbit
Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: I like to move it, move it
Replies: 1
Views: 631

One floor - I walk it, every time. Two floors - depends upon time of day: early in the day I will walk them; late in the day, more likely to take the lift. Three + - press the "Up" button. I like outside exercise - walking in the early morning, late April through September, when it is light. During ...
by hobbit
Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Restraint
Replies: 4
Views: 926

My "boss" (what an archaic word) occasionally splashes himself with cheap cologne (specifically, Stetson) mid-afternoon. "Splashes" is an understatement. The choking, cough-inducing vapors seep out of his office. I practice restraint by not commenting; instead, I find reasons to vacate my space, whi...
by hobbit
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Toodles
Replies: 3
Views: 803

I like to slip out, unnoticed. Poof - and I'm gone.
by hobbit
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Read it and weep
Replies: 4
Views: 956

Tom Brokaw's "Boom!" An interesting examination of the turbulent decade.
by hobbit
Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:45 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Girl Scout Cookies
Replies: 1
Views: 722

Girl Scout Cookies

I know, I know....a spring ritual across this nation. I have yet to find a choice, though, that actually tastes good. They all taste "store bought." So every year I dutifully buy from the neighbor's children, and the co-worker's children, and promptly drop off at the local food shelf collection plac...
by hobbit
Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Tiger Sushi, MOA
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

If, for any reason, I think I have to go to MOA, I refuse Saturdays. They are the worst of the worst. And as far as food, no thanks. Grab a beverage at a Caribou if you need a coffee fix, but leave the snacking and dining to the tourists. Mediocrity abounds at MOA.
by hobbit
Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: I see the light!!
Replies: 1
Views: 1148

I see the light!!

Loving the extended daylight we are having. I look to the windows at 7:15 pm and am heartened to still see my neighborhood. I have not turned on my desk lamp to write this. My spirit is lifted. Minnesota is turning the seasonal corner, and doesn't it feel great! Looking forward to slush.
by hobbit
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Red Stag Supper Club
Replies: 2
Views: 1118

Red Stag Supper Club

Enjoyed a delectable brunch at Red Stag yesterday. I really like this restaurant. The service is great - friendly, yet professional. Guests are given uninterruped time to enjoy their beverage and their meal. And the food - elegant in its simplicity, and each bite, delicious. Our foursome enjoyed a p...
by hobbit
Sat Feb 09, 2008 6:01 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Cold enough for you?
Replies: 0
Views: 563

Cold enough for you?

The only thing getrting me through this hideous polar front that is roaring through today and tomorrow is the hope that this is winter's final blast of extreme cold. I know we have weeks of winter remaining, and probably considerable more snow, but I hope the temperatures begin to stay in the bearab...
by hobbit
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Gray is sexy!
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

I "grayed" early too, in my 20's. Genetics. I have never colored my hair. Didn't want the trouble nor the expense, not to mention the chemicals. I prefer to describe my hair color as silver. When it catches light, it shines. I like that. Proverbs 16: "Gray (that is, silver) hair is a crown of splend...
by hobbit
Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Valentine's Day
Replies: 2
Views: 856

Valentine's Day

The Valentine's Day cards and candy displays appeared in stores even before 2007 was rung out. This week I have been hearing ads on the radio for rose bouquets (18 for $39.95 in a ruby vase if order placed this week) and jewelry (guys - it will never be forgotten/forgiven if you don't remember this ...
by hobbit
Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Attraction
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Dora - your question asks for one, concrete thing. For me I think it would be good health as I age. (Hobbits live long lives - I want mine to be healthy.) Perhaps that is why I have really focused on adding daily exercise to my routine over the past year. It's not a strenuous program - 45-60 minutes...
by hobbit
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Baby, it's cold outside
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

As for me - well hobbits like to cook, and like to share comfort food with fellow hobbits and wizards. So last week-end when the polar blast descended upon us I made vegetable beef barley soup. And with another big chill on the way tonight, I tried a new recipe for sour cream muffins - a rich, tende...
by hobbit
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Baby, it's cold outside
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Baby, it's cold outside

It's -14 this morning, and the forecast for the week-end is grim. What do you do to get through these days of numbing cold?
by hobbit
Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Replies: 3
Views: 1304

And I thought that I was the last person on this planet to have read this book. I read it 2 years ago, I think. To me, it ranks right up there with Middlesex, which I loved, and continue to think of as a literary masterpiece. Anyway, Kite Runner was very difficult for me to read. The writing is beau...
by hobbit
Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: New Year
Replies: 2
Views: 870

What do I look forward to in 2008? Counting down, day by day, the last year of the Bush/Cheney administration.
by hobbit
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Need
Replies: 3
Views: 904

Now that winter has blown into my space, I need the feeling of warm sun on my skin. I have the blast of the heater fan in my car, and the (dry) warmth of the furnace in my home. But I already long for that June sun-given warmth you get, when you rest your arm on the edge of the driver-side of the ca...
by hobbit
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Expansion
Replies: 2
Views: 914

I am ignorant of opera. I would like to find a way to approach "Opera 101" to ease into it. The stories, theatre, wardrobes and voices all appeal to me.
by hobbit
Mon Nov 19, 2007 10:30 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Thanksgiving Favorites
Replies: 1
Views: 829

Thanksgiving Favorites

Thanksgiving Day - 3 days from now. So many food shows and magazine articles on how to contemporize this day that is centered on food. Do you look forward to fresh treatments, or long for traditional favorite dishes? What menu item will make the day for you?
by hobbit
Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:29 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Well THAT's odd
Replies: 6
Views: 1554

This afternoon I ran a couple of errands on my lunch break. (Hobbits love lunch breaks.) While waiting in line at the check-out, a familiar tune was playing on the piped-in music within the store. I strained to listen carefully to be sure of what I was hearing, and sure enough - there it was. Jingle...
by hobbit
Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:17 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Last days of the administration
Replies: 2
Views: 952

Last days of the administration

I read headlines that lead with "Bush says" and say to myself, who cares. Let's face it. The final 12-18 months of an 8-year term are wasted as far as policy goes. What a waste of important time.

Consider a one-term, 6-year, administration.
by hobbit
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Campaign for Real Beauty
Replies: 9
Views: 1916

It's great. I will share with others. Turn the tide. Thanks for spotlighting this.
by hobbit
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:59 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: House of Dreams
Replies: 3
Views: 995

House of Dreams

I need at least 4: LOTS of natural light (windows, skylights) A spacious kitchen/gathering space. I could live with a house that had only a really great kitchen, couple of bathrooms, sleeping space needed by number of occupants, and laundry facilities. Windows that open (screened) to provide fresh a...
by hobbit
Fri Jul 27, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Country road, take me home
Replies: 6
Views: 1285

My favorite road trip follows Highway 2, from Escanaba to the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan's Upper Penninsula. The views of the beautiful Great Lake Michigan are awesome. And the first view of Mighty Mac through the trees and against the skyline, no matter what time of day, is breath taking. Personal...
by hobbit
Fri Jul 27, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Meat
Replies: 34
Views: 5221

I significantly cut back on beef consumption after reading an article that was published in the NY Times (Discover How Your Beef is Really Raised - March 31, 2002.) It was very informative, written in a straight-forward, non-judgemental way. The author actually bought a calf, and followed it from bi...
by hobbit
Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:45 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: When they get older - aging parents
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

I really appreciate your reply, dorajar. There are many. many issues to think about with the continuing care needs of our elders. Yes, I am very familiar with Pioneer Network. This organization is holding its annual conference in Minneapolis next week, and I am actively participating in it. It is a ...
by hobbit
Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: When they get older - aging parents
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

When they get older - aging parents

I spoke with a good friend today (we go back to high school days, 44 years ago.) She lives in Colorado. Her parents (dad is 89, mom is 86) live in Michigan. They have always lived in Michigan. Mom is having health issues. She has fallen, and has been hospitalized twice within the past year. Dad stil...
by hobbit
Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Home-grown tomatoes
Replies: 0
Views: 901

Home-grown tomatoes

They're back........ I enjoyed a "real" vine-ripened tomato sandwich for lunch on this glorious sunny Minnesota summer day, and marveled at the extraordinary taste - impossible to imitate, or to preserve with canning or drying in the sun. There is nothing like it. Adorned with sea salt and a drizzle...
by hobbit
Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:28 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Mill City Farmers Market
Replies: 1
Views: 1036

Mill City Farmers Market

If you haven't visited this gem yet, don't ley another Saturday morning go by without experiencing it. This charming market, open Saturdays from 8:00-1:00, is a nice change of pace from the Minneapolis Market (which I also love.) Feauturing a nice variety of local vendors, mostly organic, you can vi...
by hobbit
Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Read any Good Books Lately?
Replies: 2
Views: 776

Favorite Books

My "best read" is without a doubt, Middlesex, authored by Jeffrey Eugenides. I had to work my way through Kite Runner, which is the saddest story I have ever read, but so beautifully written. I am bracing myself for A Thousand Splendid Suns. I know I will read it, but Kite Runner was so difficult fo...