A friend and I took a walk around the outdoor Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It was … interesting.
I’m not a big fan of sculptures although I always find the Franconia Sculpture Park quite interesting but didn’t make it out there this year.
Still ~ it was a beautiful day for a walk and I learned something new about myself. I “see” things differently than other people. You’ll read about my discovery below.
The first sculpture I found interesting was bronze and was called Woodrow. It looked quite frightening to me.
Here’s a closer look at the head of this sculpture. Yikes! I wouldn’t want to encounter this fella.
I don’t believe I could ever create anything like this because I couldn’t visualize it in my head, could you?
Up ahead I saw something a little softer on my eyes ~ a grove of trees. I felt centered again.
Here’s another interesting sculpture … hmmmm …
Quite frankly, I didn’t see a goddess nor golden thighs in this sculpture. I know, I know … it’s in the eye of the artist. Still …
This next sculpture was more recognizable to me. I must have a stunted sense of artistry as it appears I need art to be more clear cut for me to enjoy it.
The one below is called Dawn Tree. Hmmm ….
I didn’t feel bad in not appreciating some of these sculptures as my friend wasn’t overly enthused by them either and she had worked at an Art Museum for 25 years. Maybe friends who hang out together have similar taste more often than not. What do you think?
Don’t laugh at me now … yes, I know it’s a snowman, uh, actually it’s a snowwoman.
This next sculpture brought a giggle to my otherwise wondering mind … I’m not sure why. Somehow though, I could see a pore.
Now, the sculpture of the reclining mother and child I could “see” but it didn’t take much thought.
This next sculpture really made me wonder what goes on internally that makes us humans view things so differently.
Do you see what I see? I doubt it. When I looked at the sculpture below I said to my friend “Look, a bug relaxing on a recliner.” She looked at me strangely and said “It looks like a cherry on a spoon.”
Sure enough ~ the sculpture was called Spoonbridge and Cherry.
What’s interesting to me is that it actually looks like a cherry on a spoon yet, until it was explained to me, my mind saw a reclining bug with antennae.
How do we explain this visual conundrum?
There were more sculptures at the garden here, but these were the ones I found most interesting ~ today.
So, what do you think influences the way we “see” things? The environment? Our upbringing? Education? Exposure to art?
I adapted this Food Network recipe to make it paleo ~ quite simple really as I just replaced the new potatoes with sweet potatoes. It turned out quite well.
Here is what you’ll be needing for this recipe (olive oil, salt and pepper not shown) ~
And, of course, turkey tenderloins ~
You’ll be dicing your sweet potato into large bite-sized chunks.
Next you’ll be adding the prepared turkey to a large casserole dish along with the diced sweet potatoes.
Make a nice broth to pour over the turkey mixture.
You’ll be baking this for about 40 minutes then allowing it to rest for about 10 minutes before slicing the turkey.
Ready to see the recipe?
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 (1 1/2 pound) turkey tenderloins
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1 large sweet potato cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons dried tarragon
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place olive oil in a large baking dish then season the turkey tenderloins with salt and black pepper then place them in the baking dish.
- Arrange the potatoes all around the turkey and coat them with oil.
- Season the potatoes by adding salt and black pepper to them.
- Arrange the shallots over the potatoes in the pan.
- In a small bowl, combine the wine, broth, vinegar, and tarragon then pour this mixture over the turkey.
- Roast the turkey and potatoes for 40 minutes until an instant-read thermometer registers at least 160 degrees F then let the turkey rest 10 minutes before slicing crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices.
- Now serve your meal with a salad or additional vegetables.
Pretty simple, no?
Roasted Turkey with Sweet Potatoes and Tarragon
Have you ever wondered why paleo eaters don’t regularly eat potatoes? One of the reasons is that the potato causes spikes in our glycemic index which can wreak havoc in our bodies. Here’s a really good article on it that gives you a lot more detail: The Paleo Diet ~ Potatoes.
Ahhhh ~ but what about sweet potatoes, you say. Sweet potatoes don’t have several harmful substances such as saponins and lectins.
And ~ that’s all I’ll say on that topic but please feel free to read the above articles along with the comments that accompany them.
For additional paleo recipes, click here.
On a crisp early October day, a friend and I took a walk around the Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
It was hard not to notice all of the high-end houses in this area, but the lake is what caught my attention because being around water brings my heart peace.
The city is close by but, outside of glancing at it, the noises can’t be heard. So peaceful ~
We get so few visitors since moving to Minnesota. I wonder if everyone is afraid of the mosquitoes or the snow. (laughing)
Fortunately, we had one brave soul come out to experience our autumn weather and she wanted to go to the St Paul Marjorie McNeeley Conservatory.
My husband and I had been here in the spring and it looks so different in autumn.
Here are a few pictures of what we saw ~ I really like the fence …
The sound of a waterfall is so peaceful ~
There were so many koi in the water waiting to be fed. I wonder what they do with them in the winter … ?
Even in early October, flowers were still blooming.
Such a vibrant color on the tree!
I definitely recommend a trip to the Como Park Conservatory ~ especially in autumn.
Yes, fudge. My husband’s favorite dessert.
There’s so many different kinds of fudge. And the best kind is the melt-in-your-mouth kind’ve fudge.
On our recent trip to Mackinac Island in Michigan, we saw so many places that were selling fudge that it made me wonder if it’s the fudge capital of the world. (laughing)
Nonetheless, we walked into The Original Murdick’s Fudge store and bought three slices of fudge ~ chocolate, chocolate mint and chocolate walnut. Yuuuummmmmm.
In all honesty, I bought one slice for a neighbor who recommended we go to Mackinac Island. But, since we didn’t get a chance to head over to his place right away, I froze it.
As life would have it (who else can I blame it on?), we took the slice of fudge out of the freezer and slowly but surely it got eaten. I just don’t know how it happened. (laughing)
Oh well …
Now, I know you must think I’m a bad person by now, I mean, who would buy a gift for someone and then eat it themselves?
So I want you to know (honesty is the best policy you know) that I ordered 3 more slices from Murdick’s Fudge ~ this time my neighbor will get all three slices.
Really! You can believe me ….
On our travels through Michigan and Wisconsin, we stopped at a small town called Marquette, Michigan, population approximately 21,000.
Since we were just “driving through” I didn’t think we would see anything noteworthy but I was wrong. I’m always interested in learning more about Midwest living. So, guess what I found?
Do you know what this is?
Yes, it’s a fish cleaning station. I had never seen one before so this was a first for me. I like “firsts” as it means I’m still learning.
This station came with very explicit directions ~ good to know the head of the fish must go in first. (laughing)
Hmmm … this doesn’t sound like it’s much fun though ~ clean up all blood? Well, I eat fish but I’ve never cleaned one or seen one cleaned before.
Does one use a special knife to cut the fish into pieces?
I’ll have to make a mental note to find a fish cleaning station while it’s in use ~ now those would be some nice pictures.
Here’s a view of the area right behind the cleaning station.
The picture below is of a Marine TraveLift for boats and is used to lift the boats out of the water so they can be worked on or cleaned.
After we left the Lower Harbor, we drove around town and I spotted an old church and had to take a few pictures. The colors on this rotunda are beautiful.
Look at the detail …
Old churches are so beautiful.
Small towns have a lot of history in them, don’t they?
To read more information on St Peter’s Cathedral, click here.
Okay so, the original recipe from the New Way to Cook Light cookbook is called Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Shallots, but I had a problem with the shallots. I burned them. I was working on the rest of the recipe and took my eyes off the shallots ~ it happened and it’s over. I was able to improvise quite well (and with plenty of time) with regular onions that I caramelized. Whew!
Loved this paleo vegetarian recipe and I’m sure you will too. I’ve changed the recipe to use the onions instead of the shallots along with using pure maple syrup in place of brown sugar.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need (less the olive oil and imagine there are onions instead of shallots in the picture below) ~
I try to have the onions caramelized before doing anything else because they can sit off to the side after they’re cooked.
Next, I cleaned the two large sweet potatoes, peeled them and cut them into small 1-2 inch pieces
Then I boiled the potatoes until they were soft to get them ready for mashing ~
This is the amount of rosemary that I used ~
Next I drained the soft boiled potatoes, used a hand mixer to mash them, added the rosemary, salt and pepper then added the caramelized onions on top.
Ready to see the recipe?
- 5 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions (about 1 large or 2 medium)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
- 1 1/3 pounds sweet potatoes, cleaned, peeled and diced
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat 4 teaspoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over low heat.
- Add the onions and the maple syrup to the pan and cook for 30-45 minutes, stirring frequently until the onions are caramelized. Once the onions are ready, remove them from the stovetop and set them aside.
- Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with water.
- Bring the potatoes to a boil ~ about 8 minutes or until tender, then drain them.
- Place the potatoes in a large bowl and beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. (Alternately, you can could mash them with a potato masher.)
- Add the rosemary, salt, and pepper to the potatoes and beat again until blended.
- Place the potatoes in a bowl then top with the caramelized onions.
- Drizzle with the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil.
And ~ here’s the final product.
I served this with baked Chicken Thighs and a Salad. Yum!
Oh ~ you want to see my mistake with the shallots, do you? Well, okay. Here it is. Don’t judge ~ remember that in the end, I was able to save the day. (smile)
The original recipe was found in the cookbook called The New Way to Cook Light, page 319.
The New Way to Cook Light, page 319, 4 small shallots, pure maple syrup (about 1 teaspoon)
Behind the Cornish Pump Museum building which is located in Iron Mountain, Michigan sits the World War II Glider and Military Museum which opened in 2011 and has one of only seven fully-restored CG-4A gliders in the world.
We found the museum while on our travels home from vacation through northern Michigan. We decided to skip the Cornish Pump part of the museum and headed to the back to see the glider (you have to pay two different fees for each section). Side note: There isn’t parking for those with disabilities unless you have someone in a wheelchair and want to push them across a large grassy area.
The Military Museum is very interesting and has lots of interesting displays.
But, our interest was more in the World War II glider.
Clyde Unger of Spread Eagle, Wisconsin was honored for his undertaking of the reconstruction of this WWII CG 4A Glider. Mr. Unger volunteered over 15,000 hours of his time from 2005 to the spring of 2011 working on this reconstruction. Amazing, isn’t it? So much dedication on his part to keep glider history alive.
The glider is quite large! Humongous! Below are some of the 70,000 parts that are needed for the Glider.
The costs of the CG 4A Glider from 16 manufacturers varied from $1.7 million for one glider from National, $308K each for seven gliders from Ward Manufacturing Company to $51K each for 60 gliders from Babcock Aircraft. Ford produced the most (4190) gliders at the lowest cost of $15,400 each. (This information was from one of the displays at the museum.)
- Wing Span – 83 1/2 feet
- Length – 48 feet
- Height of Tail Off of Ground – 12 1/2 feet
- Weight – 3670 pounds
- Towing Speed – Varied between 136 mph and not to exceed 158 mph depending on gross weight
- Land Speed – 70 to 80 mph
- Room to Land at Above Speed – 600 to 800 feet
- Length of Single Tow Roper – 350 feet
- Length of Double Tow Rope – 425 feet
Pretty cool, eh?
For additional history on this glider, please click here.
The death of a person in one’s life can leave one with mixed feelings. In my case, I felt a sadness at my father’s death yet my brain wasn’t quite able to process it. Not yet. I cried a bit, composed myself and continued on to what would be the best part of our vacation. Yet, there were moments when tears would swell and I didn’t understand why.
I simply didn’t know my father. And that was probably what made me the saddest. I understand that we can’t truly know people 100% but I would have settled for 50% or even 25% … something more than what I had which was mostly other peoples stories about my father that tended to conflict with each other.
My husband and I continued our drive northward to Munising, Michigan where we wanted to take an almost 3 hour cruise on Lake Superior to see the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore which is a part of the National Park Service.
Upon arrival, we noticed there was a boat leaving within 10 minutes but we decided to wait, have lunch and take the 4 p.m. cruise instead. Later, I was thankful we made that decision because as we headed east on the shore the sun reflected quite differently than when we returned. It was quite spectacular as evidenced in the pictures below.
We were blessed with sunshine which offset the cold temperature just a little bit ~ 54° Fahrenheit. Brrr … We were told that the temperature out on the water would be 10° colder. More brrrrr ….
I had packed a winter hat and a blanket for this trip so carried them onto the boat with me.
Although the waters were choppy, once we left the pier people headed to the back of the boat to take pictures. We were warned by our tour guide not to use up all of our film at the beginning of the trip as the rocks would be prettier later on. Film? We all laughed although he was serious as he said he’s probably one of the few people left who uses a camera that has film in it.
This could have been a very emotional day for me but for the beauty of the earth. I believe that in God’s foreknowledge He knew that I would need to be in this spot experiencing these moments.
Death would not overcome earth’s beauty ~ at least not today.
The rock formations soon started coming into view.
At first, I tried to take pictures through the window glass but they weren’t coming out very well. I walked to the back of the boat where people were crammed together jostling to take pictures. Being as I’m short, I couldn’t take pictures over peoples heads so I went back inside and waited for some people to come back inside. Sure enough, as people got cold, they started flocking back in to the warmth of the interior of the boat. Finally I had my opportunity to take pictures.
The pictures below are just a few of the ones I took. You may see some pictures that appear to be duplicates but there will be variations because of the reflection of the sun ~ one heading out from the pier and one returning to the pier.
God’s intervention in this particular moment in my life was welcomed ~ He couldn’t have had better timing.
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” Psalm 27:19
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.” Psalm 10:14
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:4
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.” Psalm 28:7
“Lord my God, I called to You for help, and You healed me.” Psalm 30:2
“The Lord is the strength of His people, a fortress of salvation for His anointed one.” Psalm 28:8
“Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:6
“Lord, be gracious to us; we long for You. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” Isaiah 33:3
“Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your name lead and guide me.” Psalm 31:3
“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore cruise that we took was approximately 3 hours long and went along the 40 miles of shoreline. The price was $36 per person and was well worth it ~ sometimes you can’t put a price on beauty.
Neither can I put a price on a Father who is always there watching over me. Earthly fathers may disappoint because they each have their own weaknesses that they are battling. But not my heavenly Father.
Time and time again He steps into my life ~ He’s always there but it is I who miss some of the everyday blessings He bestows on me. Yet ~ He stepped in again and made sure that I knew He was near me. Standing in front of me to guide me, beside me to listen to me and behind me in case I should fall.
I don’t know if I will see my earthly father in heaven. The last time I spoke to him he spoke of God, but I don’t know what his relationship was like with God when he died.
I will hope ~ that’s all I can do. Perhaps he will answer the questions I have in my heart about him. Perhaps.
For now, I can be at peace knowing that my Father in heaven will never leave me nor forsake me.