Holiday Stroll

Local music from 

It's Bug and her mom!

Toasty fires

The Hay Creek Ramblers at Riverbend Market Co-op

Shawn, Steve, and Russ

The line for Chili

High School Jazz Band at Cornerstone

It was packed in there!

                                             The line to see the penguins was a block long.

So was the line to see the reindeer.

FINALLY got to try Phil's Spot!

Seb's Medicine, a local band kicking out some Hendrix



5:30 a.m. Bird is stuffed with oranges, apples, onions, and a bit of butter.

Setting the table with the Spode Mayflower and Czechoslovakian Bohemian wine glasses.

                                        Grandma arrives just in time for a head massage.

and some puppy love

Loulou has her chair all picked out and is patiently waiting

The dressing, NOT stuffing. Mom's recipe. More butter than you can imagine, white bread, sautéed onions, fresh sage, poultry seasoning, and celery seed. 

Best corn pudding ever. 
2.5 cups corn fresh/frozen
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons flour
3 tablespoons melted butter
3 beaten eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
bit of cinnamon & nutmeg

Mix all and bake at in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish at 350 for 35 minutes.

Mom's mashed. Scads of butter &  heavy whip.

House made cranberries, but must have the tinned as well!

German red cabbage with oodles of caraway

Gravy secret, gobs of butter and red wine

Juicy turkey!

Calling the young folk

Dessert: Indian pudding, sweet potato pie, & apple pie

Lining up for plate scraping and leftovers

Grandma getting some help sending her first text.

I'm over the moon seeing these three together!

So GREAT to see the nieces! This is what it's all about, folks!


La Crosse & Winona Road Trip

Road Trip!

We stayed here. Nice little water park, clean rooms, and it's on the river.

                                       Dinner at Texas Roadhouse.

Best filet mignon EVER. Perfectly cooked at mid rare, and the peppercorn sauce is sublime.

A meat message

Back to the hotel for swimming

And tv. We haven't had television in over 7 years. Fun to watch, but loath the commercials. Especially  the mundane pharmaceutical ones. 

                          Getting a late night snack. Nothing very healthy in this vending machine.

Morning coffee

Our breakfast table


 An absolute must stop at The Pearl

Filling her bag and visiting with Holly.


Love this place!

Charlie, of Hardt's music

Extensive selection of books!

Lunch at Cha Chis ( the Thai place was closed)

Pretty darn amazing!

Checking out prices for ear piercing.

Drat! Closed on Monday. Must plan another trip there soon!

Floating house

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